February 21st, 2019

State and Local News

The City of Norfolk is discontinuing their old emergency alert system next week after implementing a new text messaging system that was introduced to citizens last November. The new system will be implemented next Thursday, February 28th. The new system will only be used for emergency messages such as a snow emergency, storm related weather emergency, or other type of emergency situation. If you were subscribed to the original emergency alert system, they recommend you unsubscribe from that platform by texting unfollow norfolkalerts to the 40404. To subscribe to the new Norfolk Emergency Alert Messaging System, text norfolkalerts to 81257.

A Nebraska sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago now is linked to at least five other potential victims, and the investigation began with a polygraph test for a state patrol job he was seeking. Nicholas Bridgmon, a Seward County sheriff’s deputy, is charged in Johnson County with forcible sexual assault, which allegedly occurred Dec. 1, 2006. Bridgmon has been placed on administrative leave, and his attorney didn’t return a message Thursday from The Associated Press seeking comment. Authorities have said the other alleged assaults listed in court records occurred in several unspecified counties.

The Northeast Community College men’s baseball team has updated its schedule once again; it was announced by head coach Marcus Clapp on Thursday. The Hawks will now play on Sunday against Cloud County Community College at 9 a.m. followed by a 12 p.m. first pitch with Neosho Community College. Northeast will battle Cloud on Monday at 9 a.m. and Neosho at 12 p.m., in Chanute, Kan.

The Northeast Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action tomorrow night starting at 5 p.m. against Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, Iowa due to impending weather. The men will take on Marshalltown at 7 p.m. The games were originally scheduled for Saturday night. For all news related to Northeast Community College athletics, visit for complete coverage. Fans can also follow the Hawks on Twitter @NortheastHawks for game-day coverage.

World and National News

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will soon vote on a resolution rejecting President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency.  The California Democrat released the letter she sent to fellow lawmakers asking them to support the effort to stop Trump’s bid to extend the wall on the border.  If it passes with a majority vote in the House, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote on it in the coming weeks.

A U.S. Coast Guard officer is accused of being a domestic terrorist.  FBI agents arrested Lieutenant Christoper Paul Hasson and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition from his home in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday.  Court filings claim he planned to launch a killing spree on politicians and journalists from a list of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Prosecutors say Hasson is a white nationalist who “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”  Hasson is set to appear in federal court tomorrow for a detention hearing.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s [SMUH-lets] attorneys are speaking out after he was indicted Thursday for filing a false report to police about an alleged homophobic and racist attack.  They wrote that Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence.  They point out that there have been leaks of both true and false information in this case.  They wrote that they intend to mount an aggressive defense.  Smollett is due in a Chicago courtroom Thursday to be formally charged.

An Idaho teenager is making thousands of dollars plowing snow in Seattle.  Up to ten inches of snow has piled up in Seattle this month, the heaviest the city has seen in 70 years.  An 18-year-old landscaper from Coeur d’Alene took advantage of the situation and put an ad on Craigslist offering to plow that snow.  David Holston says he soon received a job offer for a thousand dollars.  Holston says he wound up plowing 15 sites over four days for up to 750-dollars an hour, and made 35-thousand dollars.

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