The Randolph Police Department is asking for your assistance in finding a missing juvenile.
Machenzie Pollard has been reported as missing and was last seen in Randolph. Machenzie is a 13-year-old white female. She is five-feet, six-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Machenzie may be wearing a gray hoodie and glasses.
If you have information on the location of Machenzie Pollard please contact the Cedar County Dispatch Center at (402) 254-6884.
Days after authorities warned citizens of a couple wanted for murder and possibly heading to Nebraska, the couple was found in Pueblo, Colorado.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 27-year-old Joshua Aaron Robertson and 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey were wanted for the murder of a woman in a remote area near Los Angeles. The murder is believed to have occurred August 14.
The woman's children, of who Humphrey is the aunt, told police that the couple were Nebraska bound. Authorities were not sure exactly where in the state they are headed, however. It is believed that they have family in the state.
Robertson was previously convicted on illegal weapons charges and was on probation, according to investigators.
Authorities are warning citizens to be on the lookout for a couple wanted for murder that may possibly be heading to Nebraska.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 27-year-old Joshua Aaron Robertson and 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey are wanted for the murder of a woman in a remote area near Los Angeles. The murder is believed to have occurred August 14.
The woman's children, of who Humphrey is the aunt, told police that the couple are Nebraska bound. Authorities are not sure exactly where in the state they are headed, however. It is believed that they have family in the state.
The couple is considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to be driving a green 1999 Ford Expedition with California license plates with the number 7BEK024. The plates may have been swapped for temporary paper tags. The vehicle has stick-figure family stickers and a sticker that reads "RIP Chad Watkins."
Robertson was previously convicted on illegal weapons charges and is currently on probation, according to investigators.
Anyone with any leads on the couple should contact authorities immediately.
Beginning Friday, August 19 and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, Sept., 5, the Nebraska State Patrol will participate in the “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” (YDYDYL) campaign, a nationwide effort to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.
Troopers and communications specialists will put in overtime hours during the enforcement period thanks in part to a nearly $23,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
“As motorists we all play a big role in travel safety,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Traffic volume is typically high as we wind down the summer travel season and that can lead to congestion and delays. We need everyone to do their part to stay safe by following the rules of the road.”
The Nebraska State Patrol encourages all travelers to plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach their destination. Motorists are reminded to pay extra attention in work zone, to obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.
Impaired or reckless drivers can be reported to the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cellular phone, or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. Emergencies should be reported to 911.
Travelers wanting to check the latest road or weather condition report can utilize 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System at www.511.nebraska.gov. A Nebraska 511 mobile app is also available to download at no cost for smartphone users. Simply search your app provided for Nebraska 511.
Col. Rice said, “Join us in our effort to save lives on our roadways. Watch out for the other guy, always buckle up and never drive impaired or distracted.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as “National Farmers Market Week.”
This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.
“Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels,” said Secretary Vilsack. “National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities.”
Throughout the week, USDA officials will celebrate at farmers market locations across the country.
On Saturday, Aug. 6, Elanor Starmer, the administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – which conducts research, provides technical assistance and awards grants to support local and regional food systems – will kick off the week visiting a farmers market and wrap up the week at USDA’s own farmers market in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 12.
“Farmers markets are a gathering place where you can buy locally produced food, and at the same time, get to know the farmer and story behind the food you purchase,” said Administrator Starmer. “These types of markets improve earning potential for farmers and ranchers, building stronger community ties and access to local foods.”
To help farmers market managers across the country promote and celebrate National Farmers Market Week, USDA is sharing online free farmers market related graphics that market managers and others can use to customize posters, emails, websites and other promotional materials.
The graphics, along with a short demonstration video, can be found at:www.ams.usda.gov/resources/NFMW.
Over the course of the Obama Administration, USDA has invested close to $1 billion in 40,000 local food businesses and infrastructure projects.
Farmers markets provide consumers with fresh, affordable, convenient and healthy products from local producers.
With support from USDA, more farmers markets offer customers the opportunity to make purchases with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program; and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
Supporting farmers markets is a part of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) Initiative, which coordinates the Department’s work to develop strong local and regional food systems.
USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014, according to industry estimates.
You also can find local and regional supply chain resources on the newly-revamped KYF2 website and use the KYF2 Compass to locate USDA investments in your community.
More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results on Medium.
By Logan Lawson
The nationwide battle over rights for transgender people has made its way to Nebraska.
Nebraska is one of 10 states that have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Nebraska against the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit challenges the recent mandate changing current Title IX and Title VII law regarding how schools assign students to showers, locker rooms and restroom facilities.
The other nine states involved are Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. All of the states involved fall under the jurisdiction of either Title IX, Title VII or both of the laws in different ways.
According to court documents obtained by the Holt County News, the lawsuit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, challenges the May 13 “Dear Colleague Letter” issued jointly by the Department of Education and Department of Justice. In the letter, the two departments outline new obligations that they seek to impose under Title IX and Title VII in allowing students at federally funded schools to allow individuals access to all showers, locker rooms and restrooms based on the gender they self-identify as, regardless of their birth gender.
According to the Department of Justice, Title VII is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. It generally applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state and local governments.
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
The letter states that allowing students to use private facilities consistent with their gender identity, regardless of their birth sex, is “a condition of receiving federal funds.” This means schools that choose not to comply with the new obligations risk losing funding which, according to the Department of Education, amounts to 9.3 percent of the average state’s total revenue for public schools.
The 10 states involved in the lawsuit allege the new obligations circumvent state and federal laws already in place allowing schools to separate facilities by sex without using the proper legislative process to change the laws.
According to court documents, the actions redefine the meaning of “discrimination” and “sex,” something the two departments do not have the authority to do. Both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice fall under the executive branch of the government, which is given the constitutional responsibility to carry out and enforce federal laws, not create them.
The states also argue that discrimination does not occur when a protected characteristic, in this case a person’s sex, is not taken into account for determining how someone is treated. Sex is defined in Title IX and Title VII as male or female.
The lawsuit is the most recent action taken in reaction to the current administration’s stance on gender identity. The administration made their stance clear when the Department of Justice sued the State of North Carolina in May for their law requiring individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their sex according to their birth certificate. The law and the succeeding lawsuit have spurred protests across the country.
A nearly identical lawsuit to Nebraska’s has been filed in federal court in Texas as well by 13 other states. The two lawsuits, along with various individual cases, look to set precedence for future cases regarding gender identity.
An Amber Alert issued late Sunday night for two-day old Bentley Tuttle has been cancelled. The newborn and his mother have been found.
At approximately 10:15 Sunday night, an Amber Alert was issued for Tuttle, as he was taken from Faith Regional Health Services and thought to be in danger. The suspects were the child's mother, 35-year old Lacy Tuttle, and 29-year old Chad Raff.
There have been no updates on the condition of the child except that he has been found safe and the suspects are in custody.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a two-day old child missing from a Norfolk hospital.
A child has been abducted from Norfolk in/near NE Nebraska. The Norfolk Police Department is looking for a child who was last seen at Faith Regional Medical Center, Norfolk and is believed to be in danger. The child's name is Bentley Tuttle.
He is a 2 day old male, with short, dark hair and was last seen wearing White t shirt, Winnie the Pooh diaper, blue checkered fleece blanket.
The child may be in the company of Lacee Tuttle, 35 year old white female, 5'5, 195, brown hair, blue jean capris with blue shirt. Chad Raff, 29 year old white male, 5'10, 150, blonde hair, bluejeans, brown shirt, black hat. They may be traveling in a Blue or Black Chevy Venture Van, possibly no plates or a Gold 2008 Buick Lacrosse Utility, 40-F416 that was last seen heading leaving the hospital parking lot.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Bentley Tuttle, please call 911 or contact Norfolk Police Department at 402-644-8700 immediately.
When the microphone cut out during the National Anthem at the Swim Trials in Omaha, the crowd didn't miss a beat.
According to Sam Murphy, a UNO Student Athlete who was there, after the first verse the microphone crackled and then stopped working.
"The crowd didn't miss a breath. They immediately picked up where he was and then belted the anthem as one," Murphy said. "The singer never stopped singing either and it was cool because the crowd went at his tempo too."
People all around the country are sharing videos of this magical moment.