Valerie Dempster of O’Neill and 10 of her coworkers won $50,000 playing Powerball from the Nebraska Lottery.
Dempster is the assistant administrator at The Evergreen Assisted Living center in O'Neill and a 1972 Orchard High School graduate.
The co-workers purchased their winning ticket from Fast Mart at 202 East Douglas Street in O’Neill. The winning ticket contained one play that matched four out of the five winning numbers (03, 21, 45, 53, 56) with the winning Powerball number (22) from the October 24 drawing.
When she came to claim the group’s prize at the Nebraska Lottery Lincoln office, Dempster said she originally thought that they’d have to split the $50,000 prize with the three other winners from the drawing, but was delighted to find out they got the whole amount.
“I’m totally shocked,” she said. “I love it.”
The group bought their tickets on a whim at the last minute for the drawing, Dempster said, and she locked the tickets in her desk for safe keeping.
Word made its way through the office that a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket had been sold at the same convenience store they got theirs at. Dempster said a circle of coworkers formed around her desk before she arrived to unlock it.
The 11 coworkers are splitting the check evenly and, after taxes, they’ll be walking away with about $3,000 each, which will make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, Dempster said.
“I didn’t think it would ever happen,” she said. “I’m a believer now.”
Powerball is a multi-state jackpot game currently offered by 44 state lotteries, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning $1 million playing Powerball are 1 in 11,688,053 while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.9.
An O'Neill man was sentenced in Holt County District Court on Monday for burglarizing a local pharmacy and making terroristic threats.
Cameron Boyer was sentenced for the crimes of Terroristic Threats, Obstructing A Peace Officer, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Theft By Receiving Stolen Property, according to Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly.
He said the crimes stemmed from the burglary and theft of a local pharmacy and involved thousands of doses of prescription drugs.
"Mr. Boyer was facing 45 years in prison for his crimes," the county attorney said. "I, on behalf of the people of the state of Nebraska, recommended that he be sent to prison for his crimes. The department of probation also recommended that he be sent to prison."
Ultimately, Boyer was sentenced to four years of probation and received credit for time served, which was 153 days in jail.
"I am extremely proud of the investigation conducted by local law enforcement officers as well as my personal participation in that investigation," Kelly said. "We worked together to draft and execute several search warrants, and obtained court orders for DNA analysis. We turned O’Neill upside down and inside out to recover those drugs."
He said the team successfully recovered a large quantity of prescription opiates, and "convicted the two individuals who were responsible for the burglary, theft, and the subsequent stashing of the evidence."
Ami Buckendahl also faces charges in connection with this case and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10.
A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of an O'Neill man early this morning.
At about 5:09 a.m., 23-year-old Emerson Schmaderer died after the pickup he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol. His next of kin have been notified.
The pickup-semi accident occurred west of Ewing. Schmaderer was driving his pickup westbound on Highway 275 when his vehicle struck an eastbound semi driven by August Waterman.
The state patrol reports that restraints were not in use, and a passenger in the pickup was transported, however, there were no injuries to the semi driver.
The accident is being investigated by the Holt County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska State Patrol and O'Neill Police Department.
A Holt County millionaire was found guilty and sentenced to jail on several charges in Holt County District Court on Monday.
Following a jury trial, Kenneth Kipple was found guilty of two counts of criminal child enticement and one count of tampering with a witness. Kipple was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 3 years to 5 years and ordered to register as a sex offender. According to Holt County Attorney Brent Kelly, several members of the Bikers Against Child Abuse Motorcycle Club attended the sentencing.
"On behalf of the victims and the people of the State of Nebraska, I am pleased with how this case turned out," Kelly said. "This was a very hard fought battle that lasted three years. Mr. Kipple was a millionaire by virtue of his inheritance, and was able to employ as many as 5 defense attorneys to assist him. At the end of it all, after years of work by law enforcement, and after days of witness testimony, it took the jury less than an hour to find Mr. Kipple guilty as charged on all counts."
Although this chapter is closed, Kelly said the overall investigation of Mr. Kipple and any allegations of crimes against children will remain ongoing.
Protests are expected in O’Neill around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a large federal law enforcement operation targeted businesses in the north-central Nebraska town of 3,631 people.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid was part of an operation in both Nebraska and Minnesota that saw 14 business owners and managers and 130 workers arrested.
Officials say these businesses knowingly hired and mistreated immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.
Homeland Security Investigations special agent Tracy Cormier described the operation as one of the largest in its 15-year history.
Cormier says the focus of the operation was on businesses that knowingly offered for hire immigrants in the country illegally to other businesses, such as farms, meat processors, grain companies and restaurants.
Owners and operators of those businesses that hired the immigrants were also targeted for arrest.
-Reprinted With Permission From News Channel Nebraska
An O'Neill woman battling breast cancer has been selected as a recipient of financial support from the Pink Bandana organization.
Michelle Bulau, age 33, is a wife, mother, nurse, purpose-seeking, breast cancer survivor. Michelle lives in O'Neill with her husband of nine years, Luke, their five children Lily (7), Jack (6), Emma (4), Ellie (2), Hatti (2), and their 115 lb. St. Bernard named Bernie.
Michelle was diagnosed with State IIIB metastatic breast cancer in February 2017. She initially underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection, 25 rounds of radiation, followed by an additional 18 weeks of chemotherapy.
Michelle works full time as a surgical nurse by day and fills the remaining hours of her day spending time at her children's activities including: gymnastics, wrestling, basketball, baseball, softball and swimming.
Michelle is grateful for the past year of ups and downs because it has strengthened her faith in God and has brought some of the most beautiful and genuine people into her life. She asks that everyone keep praying for all cancer patients, both past and present.
The Pink Bandana organization raises support and awareness for women in Nebraska, age 40 and under, who are battling breast cancer. Each year, recipients from across Nebraska are chosen to receive financial support. Michelle has been chosen as one of six recipients who will receive support during the 2018 Beat Breast Cancer Mud Volleyball Tournament.
The tournament will be held Saturday, July 14 in Prague. To register a team for the tournament, please visit www.pinkbandana.org.
After more than one week, the boiling water notice has been lifted in O'Neill.
According to O’Neill Water Commissioner Curtis Kizzire, the latest water test results came back early Friday afternoon.
“We got the results of the second test by email just right there after lunch,” Kizzire said.
He said the test results came back clear.
“There’s no quantitative amount," Kizzare said. "They test negative for E. coli and chloroforms.”
He said they will continue disinfections of the water for an undetermined amount of time as a precaution.
“I’m not sure at this point, I’ll bring it up at the council meeting on Monday and discuss that with them," Kizzare said. "At a minimum, I think it ought to go through next week, if not longer.”
The boil notice was issued by the City of O'Neill last week after E. coli bacteria was discovered in its distribution system. He said a cross connecting issue with a residence caused the latest contamination and has been corrected.
Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the golden age of aviation history!
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is bringing the first-ever mass produced airliner to O’Neill and is inviting you for a ride aboard our flight.
From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors. EAA’s model 4-AT-E was the 146th off Ford’s innovative assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It was sold to Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger division, Eastern Air Transport, whose paint scheme is replicated on EAA’s Tri-Motor.
For more information about the history of the Ford Tri-Motor and our tour, please visit http://flytheford.org.
Public Flight Information
Dates: Thursday-Sunday, June 14-17, 2018
Times: Thursday: 2-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place O'Neill Municipal Airport-John L Baker Field
Walk up tickets for adults 18 and older go for $75, but purchasing tickets online at flytheford.com in advance reduces the cost to $70. Tickets for children 17 and under cost $50, and children 2 and under can go for free on the lap of an adult.
Athletic Director Bill Moos, Head Coach Scott Frost and members of the Nebraska football staff will visit all areas of Nebraska as part of the Husker Nation Tour presented by First National Bank. The two-day, 26-town blitz will take place on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12.
Troy Walters and Mike Dawson will be in O'Neill on Tuesday, June 12 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the O'Neill Community Center.
All events in the Husker Nation Tour are free and open to the public and give Nebraska fans a chance to meet the coaching staff as preparations continue for the 2018 season. The tour will kick off with Frost, Moos and Associate A.D. for Football Matt Davison highlighting a trip to Scottsbluff and Alliance on Monday. The trio will be at the Gering Civic Center for a mid-day event on Monday, followed by an early evening event at Newberry's in downtown Alliance.
Monday evening events will also take place in Valentine (Troy Walters, Mike Dawson) and Ogallala (Erik Chinander, Frank Verducci), before the staff meets fans in 22 towns on Tuesday, June 12.
Tuesday groups include Walters and Dawson (O'Neill, Aurora, Seward); Chinander and Verducci (Imperial, McCook, Lexington); Jovan Dewitt and Ryan Held (Kearney, Hastings, Geneva, York); Barrett Ruud and Sean Beckton (Norfolk, South Sioux City, West Point, Blair); Travis Fisher and Mario Verduzco (Wahoo, Fremont, David City, Beatrice) and Moos, Greg Austin and Zach Duval (Falls City, Auburn, Plattsmouth, Gretna).
See the full list of tour stops below:
The Boots and Saddle Club will be holding the first horse show of the year on June 10.
The show will be held at Carney Park in south O'Neill. Events include halter classes, lead line, walk-trot, ball and barrel, ribbon race, pleasure, westering riding, poles and barrels.
The lunch stand will be sponsoring National FCCLA qualifier Ryann Haburchak from Chambers.