Latest Grand Island News

Police have identified man found dead in Grand Island yard

Aug. 5, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Police in Grand Island have identified a man whose body was found lying in a front yard this week. The body of Devlin Kenney, 37, was discovered Tuesday morning, the Grand Island Independent reported. After some investigation, police determined Kenney had been assaulted and have...

Police seek information on death of man in Grand Island yard

Aug. 4, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Police in Grand Island were seeking information on the death of a man whose body was found lying in a front yard. The man’s body was discovered Tuesday morning, the Grand Island Independent reported. It appeared the man had been assaulted “in some manner," police...

Teenager sentenced to 40-45 years in Grand Island killing

Aug. 1, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island teenager has been sentenced to 40-45 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a man in 2019. Arek Friedricksen, 17, of Grand Island was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder in the death of Vincent Arrellano Jr., 32, on April 24, 2019, KNOP reported....

Firefighters: Woman injured in Grand Island house fire

Jul. 29, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A woman has been injured in a Grand Island house fire, officials in the south-central Nebraska city said. Battalion Chief Bryan Stutzman said firefighters were called to the house for a fire just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, and arriving crews found the front of the home fully engulfed...

One-stop operator Vickie Gregorio with the Heartland Workforce Solutions talks to a jobseeker outside the workforce office in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, July 15, 2020, as others seeking employment wait behind her. Nebraska reinstated job search requirements this week for most people claiming jobless benefits. Those unemployment insurance requirements were suspended in mid-March to help employees who had lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska unemployment rate rose to 6.7% in June

Jul. 17, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s unemployment rate rose in June, a month after claiming the nation’s lowest rate in the midst of the country’s coronavirus pandemic. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7% in June, up 1.4 percentage points from the revised May...

Patrol: Chase reached speeds of 155 mph; driver arrested

Jul. 15, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — An attempt to stop a speeding car on Interstate 80 led to a high-speed chase over 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) that reached 155 mph (250 kph) , the Nebraska State Patrol said. The incident happened Monday night, when a Seward County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a speeding...

Wood River man killed in 2-vehicle crash in Hall County

Jul. 2, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

ALDA, Neb. (AP) — A Wood River man has died in a two-vehicle crash in south-central Nebraska, law enforcement officials there said. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on a rural road near Alda, killing 21-year-old Alexander Schneberger, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said. Schneberger was...

Nebraska State Fair still a go, but will be scaled back

Jun. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair is still a go but will be scaled back considerably to protect people from the coronavirus, organizers said Tuesday. The fair's board approved a slimmed-down schedule for this year's event, which is scheduled from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7. Executive Director...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 22, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. June 16, 2020. Packing plants must step up anti-virus steps, UNMC survey shows Experience since March has dramatically shown that meatpacking plants are especially vulnerable to becoming COVID-19 hot spots. That’s been the case in the Midlands and across the country. In fact, a host of...