NSP to Participate in Border to Border Traffic Safety Initiative

NSPThe Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) joins its state law enforcement partners along the I-80/I-35 corridors in a multi-state, multi-agency high visibility traffic enforcement operation in an effort to achieve zero fatalities for the period August 28-30.

The special enforcement effort coincides with the You Drink You Drive You Lose nationwide enforcement campaign and encompasses 455 miles of Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

As part of its involvement in the I-80/1-35 Border-to-Border Traffic Safety Initiative, the Nebraska State Patrol will conduct special enforcement activities along the I-80 corridor to include high visibility patrols and vehicle checks. A $12,530 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will help to pay for the special enforcement efforts.

Five years of crash data (2009-2013) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined August to be the deadliest month on I-80 and one of the deadliest on I-35. From 2009-2013, 92 people were killed on I-80 during the month of August, while 73 people lost their lives on I-35.

To-date during the month of August 2015, Nebraska has recorded two traffic deaths on Interstate 80.

Colonel Rice said, “We are asking the motoring public to partner with us during this special enforcement as we strive for zero fatalities by wearing your seat belt, obeying the posted speed limit and never driving impaired or distracted.”

Nebraska Traffic Enforcement Effort Leads to Drug Seizures

state-patrol-logoA special enforcement effort in Hamilton County on Thursday, August 20, led to several traffic stops resulting in the seizure of a total of 206 lbs. of marijuana.

Just before 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20, a trooper stopped a 2015 Hyundai Sonata for speeding two miles north of the Giltner interchange. A probable cause search led to the seizure of 101.7 lbs. of marijuana and 3.5 lbs. of hashish. The drugs were contained in three duffle bags in the trunk of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Derick L. Rivero (M), 29, New Britain, Conn., was lodged in the Hamilton County Jail on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

Just after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, a trooper stopped a 2014 Toyota Corolla for a stop sign violation at the Giltner Interchange.  An NSP canine indicated to the odor of drugs coming from the car. A search of the car led to the seizure of 21.6 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was located in a duffel bag in the trunk of the vehicle. A loaded shotgun was also located in the trunk of the car.

The driver of the vehicle, Trenton Hall, (M), 28, Gansevoort, N.Y., and two passengers, Daniel J. Walker, (M), 31, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Yohanns C. Carr, (M), 31, Denver, Colo., were all lodged in the Hamilton County Jail, each on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Firearm during a Drug Violation.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, a trooper stopped a 2015 Ford Taurus, just south of the Giltner interchange, for failure to signal. An NSP canine indicated to the odor of drugs coming for the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 82.9 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana contained in four duffle bags located in the trunk of the car.

The driver of the car, Geoffrey G. Wright, 40, Midvale, Utah, was lodged in the Hamilton County Jail on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

2 Construction Workers Injured on I-80 Near Paxton, Driver Arrested

Joe O'Connor Zubiate

Joe O’Connor Zubiate

The Nebraska State Patrol Troop D- North Platte is investigating a hit and run accident that injured two construction workers on Interstate 80 just west of Paxton.

Just before 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, the Nebraska State Patrol responded to reports of a hit and run accident involving two construction workers on eastbound I- 80, two miles west of Paxton, in Keith County. The workers were struck by a vehicle described as a blue Saturn.

Approximately 10 minutes later, a trooper stopped a vehicle matching the description just west of the North Platte exit on eastbound I-80. The vehicle had damage to its right front.

The 18-year old male driver of the vehicle, Joe Marcos O’Connor Zubaite, of Hesperus, Colo., was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

The two construction workers, who names are not being released at this time, were transported to Great Plains Health in North Platte, with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation into the incident continues.

Falls City Shooting Suspect in Custody in Kansas

Desiderio Hernandez

Desiderio Hernandez

Authorities in Brown County, Kansas have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a Wednesday morning shooting in Falls City.

Desiderio Hernandez, 34, Falls City, was taken into custody during the early morning hours of Thursday August 6, after a nearly seven-hour standoff at a residence in Horton, Kansas.

Hernandez is wanted on a Nebraska warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder in connection with the shooting of Joseph Debella Jr., 31, Falls City. Debella was critically injured in the shooting which occurred during the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 5, at 1418 Morton Street in Falls City.

Hernandez is being held in the Brown County Jail awaiting extradition.

Debella Jr. remains in critical condition at Bryan Trauma Center West Campus in Lincoln.

The investigation into the shooting continues.

Suspect Sought in Falls City Shooting

Joseph Debella Jr.

Desiderio Hernandez

The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Falls City Police Department and the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office, are searching for a suspect involved in an early morning shooting at a residence in Falls City.

Just before 1:00 a.m., the Falls City Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at 1418 Morton Street in Falls City.  Joseph Debella Jr., 31, of Falls City, suffered a gunshot wound. Debella was flown to Bryan Trauma Center West with critical injuries.

Investigators have identified a suspect and have issued an arrest warrant for Desiderio C. Hernandez, 34, Falls City. Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’9”, and 175 lbs. He was last seen wearing a brown plaid shirt and brown shorts.

Law enforcement is searching for Hernandez who is believed to be on foot in the Falls City area.  He is not believed to be armed, but should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desiderio C. Hernandez should call 911, or their local law enforcement agency.

The investigation into the shooting continues.

NSP Plans Extra Enforcement for ‘Cruise Nite’ in Kearney

state-patrol-logo(Kearney, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), in conjunction with the Kearney Police Department and the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct two nights of special enforcement efforts Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, in Kearney.

The special enforcement designed to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes is planned to coincide with the 28th annual Kearney Cruise Nite. The event held WednesdaySunday, July 15-19, draws hundreds of classic car enthusiasts together for four days of fun and festivities.

The special enforcement will include high visibility patrols and vehicle checks during the evening and early morning hours of Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.

“Whenever we get a lot of people and automobiles together in one place there is the potential for traffic congestion and crashes,” said Captain Chris Kolb, Commander Troop C-Grand Island. “We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to do so in a safe, responsible manner, by complying with all traffic safety laws.”

In 2014, troopers made arrests and issued citations and warnings for Driving While Intoxicated (1), Minor in Possession of Alcohol (17), Open Container (2), Misdemeanor Drug Possession (7), No Seat Belt (9), and Child Restraint Violation (3).

A $10,950 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) will help to pay for overtime hours for troopers and communication specialists during the two night special enforcement.

Seat Belts & Teen Drivers Focus of NSP Educational Efforts

nsp-mascot(Lincoln, Neb.)- Young drivers and seat belt usage will be the focus of a summer-long initiative by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) as it continues its efforts to “Drive to Save Lives” through voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.

Beginning in July and continuing through September, the Nebraska State Patrol will provide educational programs utilizing the agency’s Rollover Simulators, Seat Belt Convincers and Driving Simulator. The educational programs are made possible thanks in part to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

According the latest statistics from the NOHS, 71% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing their seat belt.

“We need to make an impact on our young drivers,” said Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “This initiative affords us an avenue in which to provide hands on learning experiences for teens, allowing them to see first-hand how seat belts save lives.”

Anyone interested in scheduling a safety presentation should contact their nearest Troop Area Office:

nsp troop contacts

Troopers Honored for Efforts to Stop Impaired Driving

Chad Phaby

Chad Phaby

(Lincoln, Neb.)-  Sworn members of the Nebraska State Patrol were honored during the 15th Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Outstanding Law Enforcement Awards & Recognition ceremony.

The awards ceremony held Tuesday, May 20, in Lincoln, recognized law enforcement officers who work daily to ensure Nebraska roadways are kept safe from drinking and drugged drivers.

According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), of the 207 fatalities recorded on Nebraska roads in 2013, 72 were alcohol related. That compares with 212 fatalities in 2012, 87 of which were alcohol related.

“The efforts of all law enforcement to remove impaired drivers from our roadways plays a key role in reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The honor is recognition of their hard work and dedication and they should be commended.”

The Troopers listed below were honored by MADD for their commitment to keeping Nebraska communities and roads safe.

Troop B- Norfolk Adult DUI-Individual/MIP Enforcement Individual

Adult DUI-Team

Trooper Tim Doggett #126
Trooper Brandon Wilkie #464
Trooper Bryan Wiggins #495
Troop C-Grand Island

Troop D-North Platte

Adult DUI-Individual
Education& Awareness MIP Enforcement
Trooper Sam Mortensen #618

Investigator Chad Phaby #375

Headquarters Troop-
Lincoln
Adult DUI-Individual

Adult DUI-Individual

Adult DUI- Team

Trooper Michael Grummert #397

Trooper John Lukesh #342

Trooper Kaleb Bruggeman#584
Trooper Denny Frey #91
Trooper Michael Grummert #397
Trooper John Lukesh #342

NSP Promotes 100 Days of Summer Initiative

state-patrol-logo(Lincoln, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol encourages all motorists to do their part in saving lives on Nebraska roads during the heavily traveled summer months through its “100 Days of Summer” enforcement initiative.

In its 7th year, the “100 Days of Summer” initiative provides motorists an opportunity to view planned NSP enforcement activities. Each day, beginning with the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing through Labor Day, the Nebraska State Patrol Field Services Division will work to hold at least one traffic safety enforcement operation somewhere in the state.

“The concept is simple,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.  “On our website we provide a link to some of our special enforcement activities, in turn we ask motorists to do their part by complying with all traffic safety laws.”

Interested motorists can visit the Nebraska State Patrol website @ www.statepatrol.nebraska.gov and click on the NSP Enforcement Activities link located beneath the state map on the NSP homepage to access an enforcement calendar. The enforcement calendar will list at least one traffic safety enforcement effort per day. By viewing the calendar, motorists can access information on the type of enforcement planned and the location of the enforcement.

Colonel Sankey said, “Help us make this summer travel season a safe one. Follow the rules of the road and remember to always buckle up.”

Five DWI Arrests Made during Troop C Special Enforcement

state-patrol-logo(Grand Island, Neb.)- A special enforcement conducted over the weekend in Hall County led to the arrest of five motorists for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

The special enforcement included a DUI checkpoint and high visibility patrols in and around Hall County beginning in the early evening hours on Saturday, May 17 and continued into the early morning hours on Sunday, May 18.

In addition to the 5 DWI arrests, troopers issued citations/warnings for speeding (15), Driving Under Suspension (3), No Operator’s License (4) and seat belt violation/warning (3).

The special enforcement designed to reduce the potential for alcohol related crashes was paid for thanks in part to a $2,375 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).