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August 1, 2014: Today in Central Nebraska

August 1, 2014

Scheduled Today:

Community Events:
* Blaine County Fair events starting at 7pm with Ranch Rodeo
* Hooker County Fair events begin with the 4-H Livestock show starting at 7am
* Dunning Blood Drive today from noon to 6pm at the Sandhills High School
* 'Remembering the Fallen in Nebraska' on display in Mullen at the Lariat from noon until 8pm

For more information on the above events, check out the calendar found on the homepage of this website.

Today's Public Meetings & Conferences:
* There are no meeting scheduled today

UPDATE: Grubtill charged with arson

July 31, 2014

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church members gathered in their Parish hall for Sunday morning Mass July 27, as they did the evening before due to a Saturday morning fire in their church next door. A fire that the State Fire Marshall later that day ruled as arson.

Matthew Grubtill, 23, of Broken Bow has been arrested for the crime.

The beer bottles, beer caps and matches left in the church led the Broken Bow Police to Grubtill. He was arrested at his residence following the execution of a search warrant later that day.

Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

July 31, 2014

(AP) — Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.

A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said.

The Milwaukee plant slaughters live cattle and packages beef products. The meat producer bought the plant, which can process as much as 1,400 animals a day, in 2001.

Lexington police looking for man who shot at officer

July 31, 2014

(AP) — Lexington police are looking for a 25-year-old man who they say shot at officers.

Police say officers sent at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to check on a disturbance saw Jose Covarrubias, of Lexington, fire a handgun at a woman fleeing a house. The officers say he also fired at their vehicles, and one officer returned fire before Covarrubias fled the scene.

A child was treated at a hospital for a minor injury from an apparent ricochet.

An arrest warrant for Covarrubias says he's wanted on two counts of attempted murder and other crimes.

TRENDING VIDEO: Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up

July 31, 2014

TRENDING VIDEO: Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up

July 31, 2014: Today in Central Nebraska

July 31, 2014

Scheduled Today:

Community Events:
* No events scheduled today

For more information on the above events, check out the calendar found on the homepage of this website.

Today's Public Meetings & Conferences:

* Regular Monthly Board of Directors Meetings of the Custer Public Power District will be at 9am at the headquarters office

For more information on the above meetings, check out the Public Notice section of the Custer County Chief.

TRENDING VIDEO: Dog Passes Out From Excitement To See Owner

July 28, 2014

TRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner

Ken Neville dies as result of motorcycle accident

July 28, 2014

Tragedy struck central Nebraska July 27, 2014, as a one-vehicle, motorcycle accident 3.5 miles south of Broken Bow took the life of Kenneth R. Neville, 60 of rural Broken Bow.

According to Sheriff Dan Osmond, Neville was traveling south on the Sumner Road when his motorcycle, a 2011 Harley, drove off of the roadway, into a ditch and through a barb wire fence. Neville died at the scene as a result of his injuries. He was alone on the motorcycle and was wearing a helmet. The accident was reported at 5:39 p.m.

UPDATE: ARREST MADE in Fire at St. Joseph's Catholic Church

July 27, 2014

UPDATE: Matthew A. Grubtill, 23, of Broken Bow, was arrested late Saturday and taken into custody after Broken Bow Police executed a search warrant on a Broken Bow residency. He is being charged with arson and criminal mischief and was booked into the Custer County Jail. The investigation of the fire at the Catholic Church is ongoing.

FIRE at ST. JOSEPH's

St. Joseph Catholic Church members gathered in their Parish Hall for Sunday morning Mass July 27, as they did the evening before due to a Saturday morning fire in their Church next door.

Nebraska soldier killed in Afghanistan

July 27, 2014

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, of Hickman, Nebraska; and 19-year-old Pfc. Keith M. Williams, of Visalia, California, were killed in Kandahar Province on Thursday. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.

The Defense Department did not release any other information.

Nebraska jail first to ax immigration detainers

July 27, 2014

(AP) — At least one Nebraska jail has stopped honoring federal requests to hold suspected immigrants in jail without a warrant, following the lead of other local entities around the country who say the practice puts them at risk of civil rights lawsuits.

Other Nebraska counties may soon follow suit, thanks in part to a push by civil rights organizations.

Loup Lines shares scope of tree seedling program

July 27, 2014

Many Nebraskans have been there, it’s considered a hallowed hall for Husker Football faithful. Now picture the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium with nearly every seat holding a conservation tree seedling. Your mental picture provides a quick glimpse of the scope of the Lower Loup Natural Resources District’s conservation tree program.

Nebraska should look deeper at incentives

July 26, 2014

(AP) — Nebraska needs to look at more than jobs and wages when deciding whether the state's tax incentives actually work, experts from a national research group told state lawmakers Thursday.

Insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5M in refunds

July 25, 2014

(AP) — The federal government says insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that nearly 16,600 Nebraska residents will be getting refunds, averaging $108 per family.

The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvement or return the difference to consumers and employers.

Stenberg Warns of Misleading Postcards Concerning Unclaimed Property

July 25, 2014

Postcards stamped on the fronts and backs with the words, Unclaimed Property Notification, are not being sent by the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

The postcards instruct receivers to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. The recorded message at the toll-free number instructs receivers to search for unclaimed property at www.unclaimed.org.

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