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In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the communities within our service area, Mid-Plains Community College is taking the following precautions to protect our students, staff, and the communities we serve.  MPCC will hold classes as scheduled next week, March 16-20.  At the close of next week, MPCC will be on an extended spring break for the two weeks beginning Sunday March 22 – Saturday April 4.  Online classes will continue as scheduled.  Faculty will return to campus on March 30 to prepare to adjust their courses to a remote education delivery format where possible.  When classes resume on Sunday, April 5, most courses will have been moved to a remote education delivery format.  Applied tech courses and other courses with required labs will resume on campus. There will be some exceptions based on certain programs so students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors about the adjusted expectations and format of their courses moving forward. 

Dual credit and early entry students taking courses at one of MPCC’s campuses should check with their college instructors on upcoming changes.  Students taking courses at high school locations should continue to follow their high school schedules. 

Scheduled on-campus events are on an event-by-event basis dependent on the size of the anticipated audience for each event and the final decision to proceed, postpone, or cancel will be made by the appropriate Vice President in conjunction with the President.  North Platte PTK Induction, scheduled for Sunday, and North Platte Inter-High Day, scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18, have been cancelled.   

Residence halls, food service, student services and all other college functions will continue to operate and serve those students remaining on campus.  MPCC will provide student services to students in a virtual environment for advising, registration, etc. 

Intercollegiate athletes will continue to participate in competitions as long as the NJCAA and Region IX continue to hold competitions.  All athletic facilities will be accessible by college for-credit students only and will be closed to the general public effective immediately.   

Out-of-state travel for college-related business will be suspended until further notice.


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Four individuals were charged Thursday  connected to sex trafficking in Furnas County, 
Joseph H. Baumbach, 59, of McCook has been charged with Manufacturing Child Pornography and Evidence Tampering, both felonies. Baumbach's arraignment is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Jacob E. Kramer (21) of Oxford has been charged with one count of Sex Trafficking of a Minor and one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, both felonies.
Terry L. Smith (37) has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Sex Trafficking, both felonies. Smith's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Bucky J. Weaver has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, a felony. 
We will have information as soon as its released.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson News Release
 

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MARCH 3, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Family, friends, colleagues, and fellow law enforcement officers will gather to honor the life and service of Trooper Dale Fahnholz #227 on Thursday, March 5 in Kearney.

A funeral service for Trooper Fahnholz will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST Thursday, at First Lutheran Church, 3315 G Avenue in Kearney. Members of the public are welcome to attend the service. The ceremony will include the honor guard from the Nebraska State Patrol.

For those wishing to send cards, please send them to the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters at 3431 West Old Potash Highway, Grand Island, NE, 68803.


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MARCH 3, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the afternoon and evening hours of Friday, February 28, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Keith County.

This project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 14 businesses were inspected, with one selling alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 7 percent. All 14 businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The business which failed the inspections was:

Paxton Pit Stop – Paxton (Checked ID, Sold to Minor)

The businesses included liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


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This past December GI Family Radio filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Fair for violating Nebraska's Open Meetings Act as well as public records requests. Last month the board filed a response saying that because the board is a private corporation, both the open meetings rules and public records request compliance doesn't apply.The State Fair Board meets Friday February 14th in Lincoln. GI Family Radio CEO Alan Usher joined KRGI News.


View audio interview with Alan Usher below.



State Fair Audio

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A Hastings man initially charged with murder has been given 38 to 40 years in prison. Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony after prosecutors dropped the murder charge. Prosecutors have said Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery conspiracy. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 44 years. 

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The Northwest school board held their monthly meeting last night that drew special attention to many with the item agenda posted to close Chapman school. Last Monday the board held a special meeting hearing public comments. After public comment last night, each board member spoke  on their own behalf on how they felt about the matter if the district needed to go forward eliminating the Chapman as one of the feeder schools. 

Chapman currently has 68 total students. 42 of which are resident students, with 26 being option students. With the closure of Chapman, Northwest will now have three feeder schools including 1-R, Cedar Hollow, and St Libory.

KRGI News - Chapman School Closes Report

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Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.    

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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.



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The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.

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JANUARY 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Division have arrested a Palisade man for child enticement by electronic device.

This morning, investigators served a search warrant at a residence at 110 N. Kerr St. in Palisade, in Hitchcock County. The investigation began after NSP received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an individual at that address had received child pornography via Facebook in December 2019.

The occupant, James Hicks, 42, was arrested for child enticement by electronic device. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

The NSP Technical Crimes Division is one of dozens of federally funded Internet Crimes and Children Task Forces throughout the country and works for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to address child exploitation crimes.

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(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested four people and seized marijuana, THC products, and fraudulent credit cards during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Honda sedan fail to signal a turn while exiting I-80 at Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity and performed a search of the vehicle, revealing 15 pounds of marijuana and approximately $1,500.

The driver, Peter Blizzard, 43, of Redway, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of money during a felony drug violation. Blizzard was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu speeding near Lexington at mile marker 242. During the traffic stop, a K9 from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office detected the odor of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed 53 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of THC wax, and 300 THC vape cartridges.

The driver, Nathan Wessels, 24, of Lincoln, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver. He was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, another trooper noticed a Range Rover speeding on I-80 at mile marker 305, near Alda. During the traffic stop, the trooper because suspicious of criminal activity. Troopers searched the vehicle and found multiple fraudulent credit cards, a forgery device, and marijuana.

The driver, Elliot Wills II, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, and passenger, Ahnaya Mosley, 21, of Santa Clarita, California, was arrested for criminal possession of a financial transaction device, possession of blank financial transaction devices, possession of a forgery device, unlawful manufacture of a financial transaction device, and possession of marijuana – less than an ounce. Both were lodged in Hall County Jail.

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