NP Woman Accused of Striking Boyfriend with Lamp

Lori Bell

Lori Bell

A 51-year-old North Platte woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend.

At around 7:30 a.m., on June 21, North Platte Police responded to the report of an assault in the 800 block of West 3rd Street.

Officer met with a 55-year-old male who alleged that, following an argument, Lori Bell had begun slapping him while he was sleeping, then grabbed a lamp and struck him over the head.

Following further investigation, officers placed Bell under arrest and charged her with felony domestic assault.

She was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

 

Local Storm Reports (June 21, 2015)

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Reports Courtesy of the NWS-North Platte

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 01:52:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 19 NW Clinton NE HAIL 1.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 01:52:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 19 NW Clinton NE TSTM WND GST 70 public public estimated wind gust of 70 mph for a couple of minutes.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 01:52:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 19 NW Clinton NE TSTM WND GST 70 public public estimated wind gust of 70 mph for a couple of minutes.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 01:55:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 12 WNW Clinton NE HAIL 1.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 3 E Rushville NE HAIL 1.75 fire dept/rescue delayed report…damage to siding and roof of house.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:01:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 5 WNW Clinton NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:03:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 6 N Gordon NE HAIL 1 co-op observer very little wind with the hail.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:08:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 4 ENE Clinton NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:12:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 5 SSE Clinton NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:12:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 6 W Clinton NE TSTM WND DMG 0 trained spotter trained spotter reported 40-50 mph winds. several trees were blown over.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:12:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 6 W Clinton NE HAIL 1.5 trained spotter

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:26:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 9 SSE Clinton NE TSTM WND GST 60 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:26:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 9 SSE Clinton NE TSTM WND GST 60 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:26:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 9 SSE Clinton NE HAIL 1.75 public winds on the north side of the residents were all broken out.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:26:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 5 SSE Clinton NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:35:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 13 SE Clinton NE HAIL 1.75 storm chaser relayed via storm chaser

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:35:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 14 SSE Clinton NE HAIL 1.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:47:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 35 SSW Merriman NE HAIL 0.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 02:54:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 35 SW Merriman NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 03:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 20 NNE Hyannis NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 03:45:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker Mullen NE HAIL 1 law enforcement a brief period of quarter size hail…then the hail stones were mostly pea size.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 04:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker 7 ESE Mullen NE HAIL 1.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 07:05:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 12 W Merriman NE HAIL 1 public time estimated from radar.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 08:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 8 ENE Merriman NE HAIL 1 public time estimated from radar

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Sheridan 6 N Gordon NE HAIL 1.25 co-op observer

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 09:30:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 13 SE Gordon NE HAIL 1 public hail at least quarter size

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 09:45:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Cherry 17 SE Gordon NE HAIL 1.75 public hail fell for about 15 minutes

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 11:05:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker 10 SW Mullen NE HAIL 1 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 11:10:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Arthur 4 N Arthur NE HAIL 2.5 public window broken…screens knocked out…car damage

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 11:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker 12 S Mullen NE HAIL 2 law enforcement window broken out of house…cars stuck on highway 97 due to hail

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 11:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker 13 SSW Mullen NE HAIL 1.75 public hail up to golf ball size. wind estimated at 70 mph

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 11:35:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hooker 20 S Mullen NE HAIL 1 trained spotter also e40 mph winds

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 12:10:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Arthur 4 N Arthur NE HAIL 2.5 public window broken…screens knocked out…car damage

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 12:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Arthur Arthur NE HAIL 1.75 co-op observer ping pong to golf ball size hail for 2 to 3 minutes

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 12:45:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Keith 6 NE Paxton NE HAIL 4.25 fire dept/rescue hail up to the size of softballs knocked out all windows on the north side of the house and most windows of the vehicles on the property.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 5 E Paxton NE HAIL 1.75 law enforcement

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:03:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Keith 3 E Paxton NE HAIL 2.5 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:04:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Keith 3 E Paxton NE HAIL 2.5 ship

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:04:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Keith Sarben NE HAIL 1.75 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:10:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 3 W Sutherland NE HAIL 4.25 911 call center

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 8 SW Sutherland NE HAIL 4.25 public window broken and truck windshield broken

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:15:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 12 NE Wallace NE HAIL 4.25 public large hail put holes in roof and living room ceiling. all vehicles on property have significant damage.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:20:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 15 SW Hershey NE HAIL 2.75 public time estimated by radar. relayed via social media

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:25:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 7 SW Sutherland NE HAIL 4.25 public all windows on west side of house broken out. roof damage and leaks in a few places. car damage windows broken and dents

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:35:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln 8 N Wallace NE HAIL 1.75 public crop damage to corn and alfalfa. dent damage to vehicles.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:35:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Lincoln Dickens NE HAIL 2.5 fire dept/rescue time estimated by radar

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 13:45:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Keith 6 NE Paxton NE HAIL 4.25 fire dept/rescue hail up to the size of softballs knocked out all windows on the north side of the house and most windows of the vehicles on the property.

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 14:07:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Hayes 16 SW Maywood NE HAIL 1.5 public

LBF Sun Jun 21 2015 14:14:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Frontier 11 SW Maywood NE HAIL 1 public

NP Men Charged in Assault with Pipe

Two North Platte men are facing felony assault charges after they allegedly attacked another man.

At around 5:00 a.m., on June 16, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to a residence in the 1600 block of West Ninth Street on the report of an assault.

According to police, a 49-year-old man alleged that he was assaulted by 43-year-old Bradley Herrick and 44-year-old Hollen Herrick.

The victim said he was sleeping in a camper when the duo burst in and assaulted him.

He alleged that, as Bradley Herrick punched him, Hollen Herrick struck him multiple times with a pipe.

Police say the victim had injuries which corroborated the account, including fractured bones in his face.

Later in the day, an Investigator made contact with the Herrick’s and placed them under arrest.

Bradley Herrick was charged with felony 2nd-degree assault and Hollen Herrick was charged with felony 2nd-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

They were transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed.

The victim was transported to the hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries.

Kansas Point Campground Slated for Electrical Upgrade

kansas-pointNORTH PLATTE — This fall the electrical units at Kansas Point campground at Lake Maloney State Recreation Area (SRA) will be updated. The original electrical units were installed for the 56-pad campground in 1983.

As part of the upgrades Kansas Point campground will close after Labor Day for the upgrades to take place, which should be two to three weeks. The campground will be open for campers after the new electrical updates have been made, however there will not be any water available due to winterization of the campground.

Rod Shimmer, Lake Maloney Superintendent is eager for the upgrades, “The upgrades have been needed for several years, with the new RVs pulling more amps, the old units just couldn’t keep up. “

Kansas Point sees over 35,000 visitors per year that camp, fish and boat at the SRA. Lake Maloney SRA is located just south of North Platte on HWY 83.

A current Nebraska Park Entry Permit is required on all vehicles that enter the area. Permits are available at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission District office in North Platte, online or at several local vendors. A daily permit is $5 or an annual permit for $25.

Ricketts: European Trade Mission Helped Promote Nebraska

Pete Ricketts

Pete Ricketts

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska’s workforce.

Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip with stops in Italy, Belgium and Denmark.

The governor says he and a state delegation sought to build long-term relationships with European companies, some of whom are likely to visit Nebraska later this year. Nebraska is hosting its annual “Passport Weekend” for out-of-state businesses in September.

Ricketts says delegation members worked to educate European companies and government officials about Nebraska, while dispelling what they consider misperceptions about American agriculture. Ricketts says the group focused on Nebraska’s workforce, quality of life and the work ethic of its residents.

Man Accused of Stealing Donation Jar for NP Girl with Terminal Cancer

Robert Charles Bergen

Robert Charles Bergen

A North Platte man is facing charges after he allegedly stole a donation jar from a local convenience store.

At around 4:45 a.m., on June 10, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to Caseys, 2421 Rodeo Road, on the report of a theft.

Staff at the store alleged that the suspect, later identified through surveillance video as 30-year-old Robert Charles Bergen, entered the store while an employee was busy and stole a donation jar containing around $250.00.

Police say the jar was being used to collect money for 3-year-old Olivia Swedberg, who was diagnosed with intrinsic pontine glioma, a terminal brain cancer, in May.

Officers searched thoroughly but were unable to locate Bergen.

Later in the day, an off-duty officer observed Bergen walking on foot near 4th Street and Buffalo Bill Avenue.

He reported it to dispatchers, and officers were able to locate Bergen as he was crossing the Buffalo Bill viaduct.

Bergen was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.

He’s been charged with theft.  Bergen also had two active Lincoln County warrants for failure to appear.

Police did not say if the money was recovered.

NWS Confirms Tornado Near Lake Maloney

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A landspout tornado touches down near Lake Maloney on Sunday afternoon. The National Weather service says the twister was brief and there were no reports of damage or injuries.  Photo courtesy of Kate Edwards

An uneventful Sunday afternoon quickly took a turn when tornado sirens sounded in North Platte.

According to the North Platte Police Department, a citizen called the 911 center and reported a tornado on the Southeast side of Lake Maloney at around 12:25 p.m.

Authorities say the National Weather Service confirmed the tornado and reported that the tornado was nearly stationary.

Because it was unknown which direction the cell would move, the sirens were sounded at Lake Maloney, as well as in the city limits of North Platte.

Police say dispatchers received numerous 911 calls from citizens asking why the tornado sirens were going off, and remind citizens that the sirens are only tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.  They say any sirens sounded outside of this time indicate an emergency and should be taken seriously.

The high volume of 911 calls only compounds an already hectic time for the dispatchers and police say the congestion may keep someone with a real emergency from getting assistance.  They ask that 911 only be used in the event of an emergency.

The Weather Service says the landspout tornado was on the ground for a few minutes and there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

According to meteorologists, a landspout tornado is a tornado that is not associated with the mesocyclone of a thunderstorm.  They are typically shorter in duration and produce less damage than their supercell counterparts.

A storm near Anselmo also produced a funnel cloud on Sunday afternoon, but the Weather Service said it did not touch the ground.

 

 

NP Police Investigate False ‘Shots Fired’ Report at Local Church

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An unidentified officer with the North Platte Police Department responds to a shots fired report at the Church of Christ at 700 South Willow Street. Police determined the report was false.  Photo by Dave Lee

The North Platte Police Department is investigating a false report of a shooting at a local church.

At around 12:01 p.m., on June 14, the NPPD received a call from a subject who said there was a man with a gun at the Church of Christ.

According to police, as dispatchers were talking to the subject, they heard what sounded like multiple gunshots in the background.  The caller also made a reference to ISIS, an Islamic terrorist group, during the call, according to Lt. Steve Reeves.

Police say there are two Church of Christ locations in North Platte, one at 700 South Willow Street and one at 3311 South Oak Street.

Because the caller did not specify which location they were referring to, NPPD officers responded to the South Willow location, and deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the church on South Oak.  Additionally, other officers, who were off-duty, were called in to ensure there was enough manpower.

Authorities say law enforcement entered both churches and deemed them both to be safe.

They say, at this time, it appears the caller provided false information.

Investigators are working to identify the caller.  Police believe the call was made over the internet.

NP Police Investigate Friday Night Stabbing

north_platte_patchNorth Platte Police are investigating an assault on Friday evening, that left a 19-year-old man with a stab wound.

At around 11:10 p.m., on June 5, officers with the NPPD responded to a home in the 2000 block of East 2nd Street, after receiving a report that a man had been stabbed.

Police say the stabbing occurred during a scuffle involving as many as five people.

At some point, police say the 19-year-old male sustained an abdominal stab wound.

Authorities say the investigation is still active, so very few details were available, and investigators are still working to identify all the parties involved in the disturbance.

The victim’s name and condition were not released.

 

South Dakota Man Accused Stealing Rural Lincoln County Family’s Car, Setting Up Camp

Craig Halstead

Craig Halstead

A South Dakota man is in jail in Lincoln County after a rather strange series of events on Tuesday night.

At around 9:20 p.m., deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence on East Golden Road.

The property owner had reported that there were a pickup and camper parked on his property, and he didn’t know who it belonged to.

The victim told deputies that he approached the pickup and camper and found them both to be unoccupied.

A short time later, a male subject, unknown to the victim, drove up in one of the family’s cars, and was wearing a hat and gloves that belonged to the victim’s wife.

After noticing that the male subject, later identified as Craig Halstead, had a gun, the victim left the area and contacted law enforcement.

Deputies located Halstead in his camper, along with several firearms and property belonging to the victim.

Halstead was detained and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center, where he was jailed on charges of trespassing, unauthorized use of a vehicle, felony theft, felony possession of stolen property and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing.