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Thu
28
May

“All that is necessary for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.”

Ken Tubbesing shared a variety of history lessons about World War II from a book written by Samuel Ambrose while surrounded by American flags flying in observance of Memorial Day, May 25. Bob Leuenberger, LeRoy Mitchel and Charlie Pierce of Johnson County VFW #8221 stand in the background.

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Thu
28
May

Geology of the area explained at NioCorp town hall meeting, questions answered

Approximately 100 landowners, investors and other guests attended a supper meeting at the Elk Creek Fire hall on May 21 hosted by NioCorp Developments Ltd. The company is developing a source of niobium which is used in the production of high grade steel. Elk Creek is the only niobium site under development in the United States Scott Honan, vice president of business developments for Nio- Corp, Ltd. shared some of the next steps that must take place for the niobium project to move forward during next couple of years. This past year, NioCorp Developments has drilled 20 holes for a total distance of 11.1 miles. This is one mile longer in distance from Elk Creek to the downtown business district in Tecumseh. According to Honan, drilling expanded the size and grade of the resource. Currently, the company has defined approximately 180 million ton of niobium esource within the past 12 months.

Thu
28
May

Body cameras will be an asset to to law enforcement in Johnson County

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department recently received a memorial gift donation from Jim and Sally Hutt of Tecumseh inmemory of their daughter, Ann, who had a great love and respect for all emergency personnel. The Sheriff’s Department usedthe gift to purchase six body cameras for Johnson County Sheriff Scott Walton and his deputies to wear while on duty.

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Wed
20
May

TSCI riot will increase caseload in Johnson County District Court and cost county

As of Tuesday morning, Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith had not received any investigative reports from the Nebraska State Patrol regarding the riot on Sunday, May 10 at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. As the county coroner, she expects to receivethe official autopsies on the two inmates killed during the riot. These types of reports take about three weeks to be completed. The autopsies were scheduled to be performed Tuesday, May 12 after the riot the previous Sunday. From evidence she has seen, Smith said the deaths of the inmates appear to have been caused by other inmates.

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Wed
20
May

Ricketts tours damage at TSCI

On Tuesday morning, Governor Pete Ricketts invited area media to join him as he toured the extensive property, smoke and water damage done to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution during a riot that broke out the afternoon of Sunday, May 10.Most of the estimated $300,000 to $500,000 in damage was done to Housing Units 2 and 3. Security cameras and windows were broken; doors and walls had scorch marks; a wall was torn down between units 2A and 2B; aper and other flammable items are strewn on the floors which ere still wet on Tuesday in Unit 2B, the main crime scene.

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Wed
20
May

Stayed Safe

Inmates attempted to smash the window on one of the doors to the TSCI gymnasium. One unidentified female staff member locked herself in a closet in one of the offices in the gymnasium. She felt that some of the inmatesinvolved in the disturbance were going to harm her. They did manage to break the glass into the office she was hiding in. Warden Gage said that inmates involved in the riot kept pounding on the closet door in an attempt to lure her out.

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Wed
20
May

Zink 60-year member of Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140

STERLING–Duane Zink of Sterling was recently honored with a pin as a 60-year member of the Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140 of Sterling. When he first became a member of the American Legion Post #140, they didn’t meet very often because they didn’t have a meeting place. They met at the former Corner Bar at one time. Since then they purchased the old Masonic Lodge which was later purchased by Sterling Public Schools and is now used as a parking lot. Currently, the Sterling American Legion meets in a building on the north side of Sterling’s business district. Zink served as commander forfour to five years. He worked closely with Richard Rathe, adjutant; and Dalen Rathe, treasurer. One of the fundraisers Zink helped implement was an Amateur Talent Night, which was very successful for two to three years.

Wed
13
May

Riot breaks out; Two inmates dead; Prison on lock-down

The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution remains on lockdown following a riot that broke out on Sunday afternoon, May 10th, Mothers Day. Two guards suffered minor injuries, two inmates are dead, and others injured and thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to the housing units.

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Wed
13
May

Other than the smoke rising

Other than the smoke rising from the yard of the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution and the Sheriff parked in the driveway to the facility, people would not be aware that a riot was going on inside the prison. Johnson County Sheriff Scott Walton and his deputies were stationed at the entrance of the facility checking identification of staff, crisis team members and emergency personnel entering the grounds. Traffic along Highway 50 became so congested that the Sheriff closed the county road located north of TSCI to prevent onlookers from driving in circles around the section.

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Wed
13
May

Local response to TSCI incident

Tecumseh Mayor Bill Montz said some Tecumseh-bashing is going on around the state and country. e said media people are calling him from as far away as Sacramento, Calif. to ask him about the riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Facility and they all seem intent on asking if the prison disturbance in fact will deter people from wanting to live in Tecumseh.

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