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Wed
20
May
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Zink 60-year member of Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140

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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
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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
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Other than the smoke rising

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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
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Local response to TSCI incident

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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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Wed
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Monday morning

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Monday morning, firefighters with the Tecumseh Volunteer Rural Fire Department take a pumperinside the security fence at TSCI to extinguish some hot spots in the prison yard and one of the housing units where several small fires were started when a riot broke out on Sunday afternoon.

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Sun
10
May

Riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Facility

Smoke can be seen from fires set in the yard at Tecumseh Sate Correctional Facility, Tecumseh, NE

Riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Facility

Tecumseh—May 10, 2015 5:45 P.M. – At approx. 2:30PM staff at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) noticed a large gathering of inmates in front of a housing unit. As staff reported to the area to break up the gathering two staff members were assaulted, and one inmate was injured. All of these persons have received medical treatment. Following thisincident, there were several other incidences which took place in multiple housing units resulting in small fires, and damage to property.
The Crisis Negotiation Team, Correctional Emergency Response Team, and Special Operations Response Teams are currently on sight at TSCI working with staff to further control the situation.
The exterior of the institution is secure.

Wed
06
May
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Downtown improvements pushed back another year

The city said it is out of its hands at the moment. It is up to the Department t of Roads as to when things swing into gear. Tecumseh has a 2011 DTR grant for $250,000 that is being coordinated with a $4,000,000 Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Grant for the downtown project that will preserve the historic brick streets and expand the historic lighting around the square.

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Wed
06
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student at JCC Schools

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Tyler Blessing, a student at JCC Schools, tests his hearing to determine if he is listening to music above or at 85 decibels. The apparatus he is using will help him learn that he can hear his music at a safe decibel level.

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Wed
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Carrie Miller enters plea agreement, will be sentenced July 1st

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Carrie Miller will be sentenced July 1 in Nemaha County District Court. Miller is the former Johnson County Central teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy who attended JCC.

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Wed
06
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Round table discussions with Congressman Smith

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Congressman Adrian Smith stopped in Tecumseh to have a round-table discussion on various issues with members of the Johnson County Farm Bureau, representatives of the Johnson County Hospital and other concern citizens in attendance at the President’s Room of the American National Bank on Monday morning. Approximately 30 people attended this meeting. When discussing Obamacare Congressman Smith said, “We need to celebrate what works well. However, in the future I think we need to set up scenarios for future opportunities of prosperity. More prosperity will create more tax revenue,” said Congressman Smith. “With more tax revenue we can lower our $18 trillion debt which is a staggering amount of debt,” Smith said.

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