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CHARLES MIX COUNTY SHOOTING

Authorities have arrested a suspect in an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says 40-year-old Russell Turner Junior was arrested at his home in Wagner. Jackley says Turner was arrested on three outstanding warrants, with additional charges pending.

Authorities say the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante early Thursday when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. Jackley says the incident "escalated" and the deputy fired into the vehicle, which fled the scene.

The sheriff's office says Turner resisted arrest and tried to strike the deputy with the pickup.

Authorities say a minor was a passenger in the vehicle. The person suffered undisclosed injuries that Jackley says aren't from gunfire.

Turner wasn't injured by gunfire.

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Impacts of Proposed Transmission Line in Nebraska

On October 30th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is publishing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess the natural and human effects of issuing a permit to authorize the take of the federally endangered American burying beetle. The NOI initiates a 60-day comment period for the public to review and comment on any of the topics to be addressed inthe EIS. Comments can be provided electronically by accessing http://www.regulations.gov/. The comment period will end December 29, 2014.

The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has requested that the Service issue this permit because the construction, operation, and maintenance of its proposed 220-mile long, 345 kV transmission line is likely to impact the American burying beetle. As a requirement of permit application, NPPD is preparing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to identify avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures for the American burying beetle.

Beyond analyzing the impacts on the American burying beetle, the EIS will also consider the effects on a broad range of other resources. These include other fish and wildlife species, geology and mineral resources, soil and water resources, air quality, land ownership and use, recreation, transportation, socioeconomics, visual resources, noise, cultural and paleontological resources, hazardous materials, and public health and safety. The Service is also interested in learning about the presence of archaeological sites, buildings and structures, historic sites, sacred and traditional areas, and other historic preservation concerns in the proposed project area. The Service also seeks information about the direct, indirect, or cumulative effects that implementation of the HCP could have on any of these resources, as well as the beetle. The Service is also seeking information about other reasonable alternatives to the proposed HCP and permit issuance that should be considered and their potential effects.

The Service is holding three public scoping meetings where information about the EIS, HCP and American burying beetle will be provided. Any interested party or organization is welcome to provide comments at the meetings. The public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:

American Legion—November 18, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 657 G Street, Burwell, NE 68823;

Village Municipal Offices—November 19, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1200 First Street, Sutherland, NE 69165; and

Thomas County Fairgrounds—November 20, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 83861 Highway 83,Thedford, NE 69166.

A copy of the draft NOI can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/, http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/ne.html, or by contacting:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Nebraska Ecological Services Field Office

9325 South Alda Road

Wood River, Nebraska 68883

Alternatively, copies can be requested by phone: 308–382–6468.

 

 

 

Two Brothers Sentenced for Decembers’ Double Homicide

On October 27, 2014, Billy Ray McCloskey, age 23, and Riley McCloskey, age 20, were sentenced, in United States Federal Court, Central District of South Dakota, in connection with the murders of Benjamin Clifford, age 76, and Calvin Kills In Water, Jr., age 23, that occurred on the Rosebud Reservation on December 23, 2013.

Billy Ray McCloskey pled guilty to two counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Riley McCloskey pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder and was sentenced to 210 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.

Crystal Red Hawk, age 37, pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder in connection with the double homicide and is currently awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.

   

Wetland project in Rock County to be featured on wetland tour

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rock County rancher Roy Stewart are inviting the public to tour a wetland restoration project on his property Nov. 6 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM. NRCS Area Engineer Bob Atkeson said this project is special and something to be proud of.

"Roy worked long and hard with NRCS and our partnering agencies to get this wetland restoration just right. He deserves credit for sticking with the process to create a wetland on his property that went above and beyond a typical wetland restoration," Atkeson said.

Stewart first approached NRCS about assistance with restoring the wet meadows on his ranch. When the meandering streams in the south fork of the Elkhorn River were straightened, the water started to flow faster. This increased speed caused the channels to cut deeper. When the channels became deeper, this drained the shallow ground water, causing the wet meadows to no longer be as wet as they used to. This caused Stewart's hay production to drop significantly.

NRCS engineers worked with Stewart to develop a wetland restoration plan that would reduce the erosion of the channels flowing through his ranch. Atkeson said, "Several grade stabilization and stream restoration techniques were used in this project to restore hydrology to the sub-irrigated meadows on the Stewart Hereford Ranch."

This restoration has helped the Elkhorn River and wet meadows once again function together as a healthy system. Atkeson said, "This project is unique since it occurs along a stream channel. Other producers in the area who have lost hay land production may be interested in coming to see how Roy's project works."

The tour is free and open to the public. Meet at the site six miles south of Newport, Neb., on county road 875 at 11 AM. Contact Bob Atkeson at the O'Neill NRCS field office at (402) 336-3796 ext. 3 for more information.

 

Nebraska doctors will share Ebola lessons online

The Nebraska doctors who successfully treated two Ebola patients this fall plan to share lessons about how they protected health care workers from the deadly virus.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medical Center plan to offer two online courses about Ebola and the methods used to treat patients with the virus in Omaha.

Doctors who work at the hospital's specialized biocontainment unit have said they have received numerous requests for information related to treating Ebola.

One of the courses will be designed for health care professionals, and the other course will be created for the general public.

The free clinicians course is available now either through the iTunes U app or this website: http://phtc.unmc.edu/moodle . The public course is expected to be ready soon.

   

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