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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska prison that saw two deadly inmate uprisings in the last five years is getting a new warden.
The Department of Correctional Services announced Monday that Todd Wasmer has been chosen to oversee the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in southeast Nebraska.
Wasmer assumes his duties in August. He will replace current warden Brad Hansen, who is retiring after 42 years with the department. Hansen has served as the prison’s warden since 2016.
Wasmer most recently served as an assistant warden of the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, a facility housing detainees for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He was previously chief of security for the Citrus County Detention Facility in Florida.
The Tecumseh prison was the site of two deadly inmate uprisings in 2015 and 2017.
GERING, Neb. – Attendees of a program at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area will observe and learn about the night sky. The program gets underway at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
The presenter is Tom Robinson, a Western Nebraska Community College instructor who teaches astronomy.
Robinson said attendees will meet at the nature center for an introductory video provided by Hyde Memorial Observatory of Lincoln, then move to the east end of the park to observe celestial objects through telescopes.
The program, which was moved up a week from its original scheduled date to capitalize on better viewing opportunities, is an installment of the Wildcat Weekends series of events at the park. It is open to the public free of charge, but a Nebraska park entry permit is required for vehicles.
The Alliance Lucky Star Chinese, Japanese restaurant has closed. The restaurant was located at 1239 West 3rd Street.
According to Box Butte Development Corporation executive director Chelsie Herian, “Pizza Hut took ownership of the building July 22nd.”
Herian said Pizza Hut will be undergoing a remodel of the current Lucky Star building. They will re-open at an undetermined future date.
“They will continue to operate on Flack until remodel is complete,” said Herian.
SPRINGFIELD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man was fatally injured while helping prune a tree in a rural portion of Sarpy County in eastern Nebraska.
Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old Fred Trumble was struck around 3 p.m. Saturday at a property about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Springfield.
The office says he was flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he was pronounced dead later.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who was doing maintenance work at a Lincoln hotel through a prison work-release program has been found dead and another worker was found unresponsive.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services identified the inmate in a news release as 49-year-old Craig Haynes.
He was found dead Saturday in the basement of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in the Haymarket area. Lincoln police say the other maintenance worker is expected to survive. Police are investigating what happened to the men.
Haynes had been an inmate at the Community Correctional Center-Lincoln, serving a 10- to 12-year sentence for convictions that included operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, third-degree sexual assault and making terroristic threats.
He had a tentative release date of November 2020.
SPENCER, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado was reported when a storm system moved through northern Nebraska.
Sunday night’s system included high winds, hail and heavy rain.
The National Weather Service says the tornado was reported at 9:15 p.m. Sunday by law enforcement personnel about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) northwest of Spencer. Hail an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter was reported 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Spencer.
Station KBRX reports that a grain bin was destroyed and stock trailer tossed across a yard about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) north of O’Neill.
No injuries have been reported.
HERSHEY, Neb. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in western Nebraska say a 23-year-old man has died after falling into the North Platte River and becoming trapped in an irrigation gate.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it received a report of a possible drowning around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Deputies and a rescue team responded and found 23-year-old Matthew Bruning’s body trapped underwater in the gate. His body was recovered a few hours later.
A witness told investigators that Bruning was standing on the gate structure when he fell in.
His death has been ruled an accident.
GIBBON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in south-central Nebraska say a man killed his wife and shot a neighbor before later fatally turning the gun on himself.
The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened Friday night in Gibbon following a domestic disturbance at the home of 38-year-old Ryan Gove and his 37-year-old wife, Evita Gove. Investigators say Evita ran with the couple’s 6-year-old child to a neighbor’s house as Ryan chased her with a handgun. Investigators say Ryan then shot Evita several times and shot the neighbor, George Hoffmeister, at least once before running back to his house. Hoffmeister was hospitalized. The child was not injured.
Deputies surrounded the home and tried for about four hours to get him to surrender. Officials say he was later found inside dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gibbon is about 170 miles (273.58 kilometers) southwest of Omaha.