Latest Grand Island News

2 men sentenced for stealing U.S. Postal Service truck

Jan. 16, 2020 7:51 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two more men accused of stealing a U.S. Postal Service truck in Grand Island while kidnapping its driver have been sent to prison. Sidney Britt, 38, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to 20 years. He'd pleaded guilty to robbery and using a firearm for a violent...

Grand Island teacher, student arrested in trafficking case

Jan. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island high school teacher and 17-year-old male student have been arrested in what police are calling a human trafficking case involving other students at the school. The Grand Island Police Department said in a news release that 37-year-old Brian Mohr, an English teacher...

Man charged in Nebraska crash that killed Wisconsin woman

Jan. 8, 2020 8:27 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Utah truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes following an Interstate 80 collision in Nebraska that killed a Wisconsin woman. Hall County Court records say Peterson Black, 37, of Taylorsville, Utah, had been under the influence of alcohol while...

Mystery drone sightings reported in central Nebraska

Jan. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in three central Nebraska counties are following up on drone sighting reports after several nighttime drone flights last week caused a stir in northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska. Officials in Hall, Buffalo and Adams counties said drones had been reported flying...

Wisconsin woman killed in Nebraska interstate collision

Jan. 6, 2020 1:53 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities released the name Monday of a Wisconsin woman who died in a collision involving a semitrailer on Interstate 80 in Nebraska's Hall County. Sgt. Jason Smith of the Hall County Sheriff's Department identified her as Mary Niedermeier, 72, who lived in Madison, Wisconsin....

2 men accused of plot to kill estranged wife of 1 of them

Jan. 6, 2020 11:38 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Two men have been accused of plotting to kill the estranged wife of one of them, Grand Island police said Monday. A police news release said a 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Grand Island on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, terroristic threats,...

Nebraska Supreme Court rejects death row inmate's appeal

Jan. 4, 2020 12:54 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal of a Texas man on Nebraska’s death row for killed two Grand Island men in 2007. Marco Torres Jr., formerly of Pasadena, Texas, had sought post-conviction relief for a third time after being sentenced to death for two...

Crews reopen Interstate 80 in Nebraska after winter storm

Dec. 30, 2019 5:01 PM EST

Interstate 80 has reopened across Nebraska, but other roads remain closed in north-central Nebraska Monday afternoon because of blowing snow from a weekend winter storm. A nearly 80-mile stretch of Interstate 80 from Lexington east to Grand Island reopened Monday afternoon after being closed for several hours,...

Ex-teacher accused of theft from choir gets probation, jail

Dec. 23, 2019 7:58 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A former teacher accused of stealing from a show choir he directed in south-central Nebraska has been given five years of probation and some jail time. David Sackschewsky, 47, was sentenced Thursday in Grand Island and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution, Hall County District...

Nebraska gambling measure gets big boost from tribal company

Dec. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The economic development arm of a Nebraska-based Native American tribe is once again pumping big money into a campaign to legalize casino gambling. Ho-Chunk Inc. is bankrolling the petition ballot drive with nearly $1.5 million contributed so far to the Keep the Money in Nebraska...