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Cortland resident reports possible scam
GAGE COUNTY – On July 10, a Cortland businessman and resident called the sheriff’s office to report he had received a letter in an envelope with no return address that indicated a person died without any relatives and the person writing the letter wanted to give the Cortland resident the $9.2 million in the deceased person’s account.
The Cortland resident/businessman knew right away it was a scam, by indicators such as no return address on the envelope, no business address on the letter, and the letter was addressed to someone else, not the person on the envelope. A Gage County Sheriff’s Office investigator spoke with the Cortland resident, confirmed he had not lost any money, and took the letter for evidence. The Gage County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be wary of the various scams, fraudulent activity, and other deceitful, duplicitous and shams, chicanery and barratry. If you believe you have been targeted for a scam or fraud, contact your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.
Accident claims the life of rural Lincoln woman
LANCASTER COUNTY – At 7:39 p.m. on July 13, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Southwest Rural Fire and Rescue, responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash occurring at the intersection of Southwest 40th and West A Streets. According to the Sheriff’s report, first responders arrived and found where a southbound 2015 white Chevy Silverado pickup collided with a westbound 1993 Chevy 1500 pickup in the intersection. The front seat passenger of the 1993 Chevy 1500 pickup was pronounced dead at the scene and has been identified as 54-year-old Rhondi Lovelace from rural Lincoln. The driver of the 1993 Chevy 1500 pickup has been identified as Reginal Wyman from Fremont. Wyman was transported to the hospital, treated and released. The driver of the 2015 Chevy Silverado has been identified as 25-year-old Matthew Werner from Lincoln. He and his passenger declined medical treatment at the scene.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction team was called to investigate the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that Werner failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection when the crash occurred. Seatbelts were in use in the 2015 Silverado and airbags deployed. Seatbelts were not in use by the occupants of the 1993 Chevy 1500 pickup and airbags did not deploy in the vehicle. An autopsy has been ordered by the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and the investigation continues.
First human case of West Nile virus reported
LINCOLN – A man in the Scotts Bluff County Health Department jurisdiction tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
“This is the first human case so far this season and there will be more,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “West Nile virus can be a mild illness for some but serious for others. It’s important to get into the habit of protecting yourself from mosquito bites now because we’ve got a summer of warm weather and outdoor activities ahead of us.”
DHHS started its West Nile virus surveillance at the beginning of June. A mosquito pool in Lancaster County and in Phelps County tested positive early that month.
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