November 28, 2015

Crash in Panhandle takes the life of teenager

A traffic wreck in the Panhandle has claimed the life of a teenager.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports 16-year-old Lane Malmberg, a student at Gordon-Rushville High School, died in the two-car crash near Gordon in Sheridan County.

According to NSP, Malmberg was traveling west on 670th when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with Nebraska 27. A car driven by 42-year-old Robert Mungo on 27 struck the Malmberg vehicle in the intersection. Malmberg died at the scene. Mungo suffered minor injuries.


Former state senator dies in central Nebraska wreck

A former state senator has died in a car wreck in central Nebraska.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office reports 91-year-old Howard Lamb died from injuries sustained when his pick-up collided with a semi tractor-trailer south of Broken Bow.

Lamb, who lived in Anselmo, was traveling on Nebraska 21 early Monday afternoon when he turned into a private driveway and collided with the oncoming truck.

First taken to Broken Bow for treatment, Lamb was flown of CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He died the next day.

The truck driver was not injured.

Lamb served in the Unicameral from 1977 to 1993.

Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office tips for a safe Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving is normally double the average number of fires in homes all other days.

Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office Deputy Raymond Nance has some suggestions so everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Turkey fryers are very popular but never use one indoors. He says every year there is a fire where someone put the fryer inside a house or garage.   Fryers can easily top spilling hot oil over a large area so make sure they set on a solid surface.

Nance says if your fryer doesn’t have a thermostat controls you may want to buy a thermometer. He says, “They range between $9 and $90 in price. Turkey frying is around 350 degrees. Once you hit 450 to 500-degrees, we have reached the temperature where the oil starts to smoke a little bit. This is also known as the “auto-ignition” temperature that means without any help from a flame that oil can burst into flames.”

Nance says roasting a turkey in the kitchen also need to use extra care. He says cooks need to stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling or boiling any foods at a high temperature. Be prepared and keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you have to smother a pan fire. If you see smoke or grease – including the drippings from the turkey- start to boil, turn the burner off. Another tip is to wear short sleeves when you cook or roll them up. This helps keep clothing away from heat and flames of burners.

Female body found in Missouri River

A body has been found in the Missouri River.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports the body of a female has been found in the Missouri River, south of Nebraska City in Otoe County.

NSP responded to reports from the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office about the discovery last night.

No cause of death has been determined. No identity has been made. The investigation continues.

Woman pleads no contest in deadly hit-and-run

HandcuffsA Grand Island woman is convicted for her role in a fatal hit and run collision on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska.

Thirty-year-old Mandy MacDonald pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide and a felony count of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

She’ll be sentenced on February 9th in Cass County District Court.

Authorities say MacDonald lost control of her car on May 31st near the I-80 Greenwood exit and collided with another westbound vehicle.

That vehicle ran into a roadside ditch and rolled, ejecting its driver, 50-year-old Kristin Olson, also of Grand Island.

Authorities say MacDonald fled but was stopped by a state trooper a few miles west.

By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney