AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Gun wielded at Walmart, stabbing occurs later
COZAD—Four Lexington men were arrested following a recent altercation inside the Lexington Walmart. According to police officials, a fist fight was reported there and all those involved fled the scene. A pistol magazine was found in the area where the fight occurred where one of the suspects was alleged to have displayed a gun in the store. The dispute ended at a residence where another incident took place and a 21-year-old Lexington man died from a stab wound. The Dawson County Sheriff’s office and Nebraska State Patrol assisted in location and apprehending the suspects involved. Arrested were two 22-year-olds, Pedro Martinez and Eriberto Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Felipe Rodriguez, and a 26-year-old, David Martinez.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Bow Dollar General bomb threat a hoax
BROKEN BOW—A recent bomb threat was called into Dollar General in Broken Bow, closing the store and closing the streets leading into their parking lot. According to Police Chief Steve Scott, the 911 call came that someone had called into the store demanding five $500 prepaid Green DOT cards, and if not, there was a bomb. Officials arrived and cleared the store. When the specifics were revealed, it was decided not to send the bomb squad as it turned out to be a scam and was all about money. Similar scams have also hit other Dollar General stores and different versions of the Green Dot Scam have been floating the country. Broken Bow’s store employees did the correct thing by not complying and reporting to authorities, which also helps to shine a light on this and other scams.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Tri-Ogallala tests endurance of athletes
OGALLALA—Erica Lieber was the overall female winner and Brooks Greene the male winner in the Olympic Distance Division of the Tri-Ogallala Triathlon. The Olympic Distance Division consisted of a 20-lap swim, 25-mile bike ride and 10K run. The Sprint Division covered a 10-lap swim, 16-mile bike ride and 5K run, and was won by Traci Keyser and Nathan Holthusen. Dan Keyser, superintendent of Sutherland Public Schools, was the winner in the 50-59 age group of the Sprint Division.—reported in the Keith County News.
Students host governor at new pivot dedication
CURTIS—Governor Dave Heineman is the keynote speaker at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with NCTA students, University of Nebraska leaders and president of Reinke Manufacturing, Inc., Chris Roth. The ceremony will dedicate a new center pivot system, “NCTA Celebrates Irrigation 2014.” Agricultural partners and educators joined forces for the new Irrigation Technician concentration at NCTA where students will get a change to show off a new teaching tool at the campus.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Devil’s Den Bike Rally draws 106 entrants
ARNOLD—A large American flag hanging from the Arnold Community Center greeted participants coming to town for the annual Devil’s Den Bike Rally on July 12. There were 106 entrants for the poker run which began at Suzy’s Pizza followed by a stop at Callaway Hanger 22, and through Oconto to Broken Bow. The bikers then roared up to Anselmo to Fubar, Dunning and back to Arnold. Participants also enjoyed competitions and live bands. The event helps organizations like the Arnold after prom and golf association, TeamMates, Autism Awareness and Out of the Darkness.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Electrical fire in plane forces pilot to jump
CALLAWAY—A recent cockpit fire on a crop dusting plane at Witthuhn Aerial was thought to have started in the electrical system at the Callaway Airport. Pilot John Witthuhn was taxiing back to the hangar when sparks started in the cockpit. Smoke and then fire filled the one-seater and he had to jump out of the still rolling aircraft. The aircraft then veered off the apron and toppled over the embankment where it continued to burn. Callaway Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and the blaze was put out. Witthuhn did not appear to be injured.—reported in the Callaway Courier.