Birth announcements

STANDLEA — To Derek Standlea and Ashley (Jordan-Mooers) Simants of Grand Island, a son born April 9, 2019, at CHI Health St. Francis. Grandparents are Tammy and Terry Redden of Kearney and Kelly and Sheila Standlea of Grand Island.

BENNETT — To Caleb and Amanda (Wademan) Bennett of Harvard, a daughter born April 8, 2019, at CHI Health St. Francis. Grandparents are Wayne and Gaylene Bennett of Palmer and James and Reneé Wademan of Blue Hill. Great-grandparents are Allen and Delores Bennett of Palmer and Shirley Wademan and Janet Hedlund, both of Blue Hill.


Anyone with information about any crime in the state may call the Grand Island-Hall County Crime Stoppers, (308) 381-8822. Callers will remain anonymous.

A reward of up to $1,000 will be paid after law enforcement agencies have determined the seriousness of the crime and the usefulness of the information.

Inmate custody status can be obtained by calling the VINE hotline at (877) NE 4 VINE or by visiting Information is available 24 hours a day.

If you see a crime happening, call the Grand Island-Hall County Emergency Center — 911.

Grand Island Police

The following felonies were reported:

— Charles Royale was arrested Wednesday after police say he forcibly entered an apartment at 223 1/2 S. Sycamore in which he was not a resident. Police say he removed his own personal items and items owned by the victim, Ryan Norem. Royale was arrested for burglary.

— Reyes Torres Jr. was transported to CHI Health St. Francis Wednesday night after he was pushed down a flight of stairs. At the hospital, it was discovered that his arm was broken. The incident apparently occurred at 1615 S. Lincoln.

— A lender of the Bank of Doniphan, 1010 N. Diers, reported that a male falsified information on a vehicle loan to secure a cashier’s check. The fraud occurred between Nov. 9 and Wednesday.

Hall County Sheriff

Law enforcement arrested six people on warrants in nine cases. There were 20 calls for service. For more information visit and click on the sheriff link.

Court report

Hall County Court

— Michael F. Ortiz-Corpeno, 18, homeless, was charged with committing terroristic threats on March 9. Arraignment set for 1:30 p.m. April 24.

— An arrest warrant was issued for Joseph S. Sargent, 63, Spokane, Wash., for violating the Sex Offender Registration Act.

— An arrest warrant was issued for Zachary D. Hinds, 25, Grand Island, for two counts of violating the Sex Offender Registration Act on July 31, 2018.

— Connie Lynn Evans, 28, Grand Island, use of supplemental nutrition program benefits totaling less than $500, 24 months probation, ordered to pay restitution of $11,500.

— An arrest warrant was issued for Emmett Q. Hughes, 27, Grand Island, for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest for a felony and driving under suspension, both on Feb. 21.

— Timothy D. McClure, 31, Kearney, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, second-offense DUI-alcohol, possession of 1 oz. or less of marijuana, first offense, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, all on Wednesday. Preliminary hearing set for 9:30 a.m. May 2.

Driving Under the Influence — Ernesto Ceballos-Lopez, 47, Grand Island, enhanced DUI or refusal to be tested with one prior conviction, $1,000 fine, 30 days in jail, 24 months probation, driver’s license revoked five years; Abigail M. Williams, 21, Chapman, DUI-alcohol, first offense, $500 fine, six months probation, driver’s license revoked 60 days.


Hanna honored by GIPS in 2013

Because of incorrect information provided to The Independent, one of Amy Hanna’s honors was incorrect in a story in Thursday’s paper. She was honored as specialist of the year by Grand Island Public Schools in 2013.

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