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Sand Hills Express

Authorities investigating accident involving school bus, pedestrian

MINATARE, Neb. -- A 20-year-old man is recovering from injuries after a school bus accident. The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office says they were called to the scene east of Minatare on Highway 26 Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say the man was taken to Regional West, but he was later released...
MINATARE, NE
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Star-Herald

Scottsbluff man accused of rape

Scottsbluff Police arrested a Scottsbluff man after neighbors reporting hearing a woman screaming and police discovered a woman who reported having been raped. Amarjit Singh Kary, 76, faces a charge of first-degree forcible sexual assault, a Class II felony. Kary was arrested on Sept. 3, shortly before 9/30 p.m., after...
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE
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Star-Herald

Honoring the fallen through public safety appreciation

Above, Gering eighth grader Maddy Rico shakes Chief of Police George Holthus’s hand before giving him goodies to share with the entire department. Below, Rico is joined by classmates Jayla Moore (left) and Nevaeh Herrmann (center) in presenting the goodies to the Gering Police Department. They, along with several other classmates, baked the treats in their family consumer science class on the morning of Friday, Sept. 10. They gave goodies to the police department, fire department and the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center to show their appreciation for their work, in honor of 9/11 and the public safety victims that fell in service of others that day.
GERING, NE
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Torrington Telegram

Council and police honor fallen officer

TORRINGTON – The Torrington City Council and Torrington Police Department honored fallen officer, Harley Mark, with his family and friends present during the first council meeting in September on Tuesday. According to Chief Matt Johnson, Lieutenant Harley Mark was fatally wounded in a motor vehicle accident while attempting to apprehend...
TORRINGTON, WY
Star-Herald

Torrington Police pay tribute to fallen officer

The Torrington City Council heard a tribute for Lt. Harley Lorenze Mark, by Torrington Police Chief Matt Johnson on the anniversary of his death on Tuesday, Sept. 7 during the council’s regular meeting. Mark was a TPD Officer who was killed in the line of duty when his patrol car...
TORRINGTON, WY
Star-Herald

Gering man sought on warrant, accused of sexual assault

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Gering man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Mario Blanco, 44, of Gering, is sought on a charge of first-degree sexual assault on a child, a Class IB felony, according to Scotts Bluff County Court documents. According to an arrest warrant...
GERING, NE
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Imperial Republican

Firefighters gain hands-on wildfire training in Gering

A four-state wildfire training was held in Gering over the weekend with six Imperial Volunteer firefighters attending the all-encompassing large fire practice. “We came in as a single resource to learn tactics and techniques of a Type 3 fire incident,” said Aaron Greene, a volunteer fireman and vice-president of IVFD.
GERING, NE
Star-Herald

West Nebraska Engine Academy hosts around 240 firefighters for wildfire training

Around 240 firefighters, with 31 fire engines, battled wildfires during training exercises at the West Nebraska Engine Academy on Sept. 11 and 12. “We have 31 engines and about 240 firefighters from Denver, North Platte, Ainsworth, South Dakota, Wyoming that showed up. I couldn’t give you a number of how many (fire departments are at the training) exactly but they stretch out to Olathe, Kansas. The word is getting around and we get to see a lot a lot of fire departments from a lot of places,” Gering Fire Chief Nathan Flowers said.
PUBLIC SAFETY

Panhandle man charged with indecent exposure

A Panhandle man recently exposed himself at a laundromat. 47 year-old Adam Moreno has been charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor for indecent exposure at the Gering Laundromat to a teenage girl. According to court records, Moreno is accused of sitting inside the laundromat exposing himself. The girl observed him...
GERING, NE
Star-Herald

20 years later: Looking back on a day of terror

Twenty years ago America came under attack when four airplanes were hijacked by 19 terrorists. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third was flown into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks.
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE
Star-Herald

Learning the ins, outs of public safety careers

Six students are learning the ins and outs of careers in police, fire and even the court system in a public safety academy started at the Gering High School. Eleven agencies and organizations are working with the staff at the Gering High School to offer opportunities for students to work internships that will help them develop skills, as well as seeing if a career in public safety is something they would like to pursue.
Star-Herald

Three young adults don police uniforms like fathers, family members before them

Three area young adults are now donning blue police uniforms as they follow the legacies of their fathers and other relatives in law enforcement. Scottsbluff Police officer Megan Brady and Mitchell Police officers Quintin Enlow and Cody Ybarra graduated on Aug. 11 from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Academy, members of the 208th Basic Training Class. During their graduation, each of the new recruit’s fathers — retired Nebraska State Patrol and current Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jeb Brady, Scottsbluff Police Sgt. Cody Enlow, and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Travis Petersen — were recognized as legacy officers, standing up and getting their own round of applause. Megan Brady also had the added honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during ceremonies.
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE
Sand Hills Express

Court charges Gering man with indecent exposure

GERING - A Gering man has been charged with indecent exposure after he revealed his genitals to a teen girl at the Gering Laundromat. According to court records, Adam Moreno, 47, has been charged with a class-two misdemeanor. He's accused of sitting with his genitals out outside the laundromat. The teen girl went outside and observed Moreno looking up and smiling at her. The mother called police.
GERING, NE
Star-Herald

ASK A COP: Tell me about my rights

Q. If you are arrested, do cops have to read you your rights immediately? My son was arrested and I don’t think the cop read him his rights. Great question. Knowing your rights and understanding when they apply is very important. The rights you are referring to in this scenario are known as Miranda warnings or Miranda rights which were set forth by a landmark Supreme Court case in 1966 (Miranda v. Arizona). Many people are familiar with at least the term Miranda rights, but some may have an incorrect understanding of when those rights actually apply.
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE
Star-Herald

Comunity rallies behind Finishline Café owners after motorcycle accident

On Aug. 7, around 11:30 a.m., Jaci and Jarvis Brill were on their motorcycles waiting at a red light near Rapid City on their way to a restaurant in Sturgis when the driver of an eastbound SUV turned right to go south, crossed two lanes and clipped Jarvis, knocking him to the ground and into a nearby car, and collided into Jaci head on.
GERING, NE
Torrington Telegram

TVFD, GCSO respond to car fire east of Torrington

Members of the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire Wednesday afternoon while Goshen County Fire Warden Bill Law and Deputy Sheriff Herb Irons provided scene safety at 1st Class Storage east of Torrington off of Highway 26. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and no injuries were reported.
TORRINGTON, WY
Sand Hills Express

Court charges Scottsbluff teenagers as adults in Saturday shooting

All 3 Scottsbluff teenagers arrested for a Saturday night shooting that left another teen with a non-life-threatening wound have been charged as adults. 18-year-old Ray Camacho Jr, 17-year-old Gabriel Barron, and 16-year-old Landon Horton are all charged with Attempted 1st-Degree Murder, Felony Use of a Weapon, 1st Degree Assault, and at least five counts of Terroristic Threats.
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE