SCANNER RECAP April 19, 2023

Landmark Gun Ruling, New Scanner Donation, Missing Girl Rescued, Troubled Youth Tracked, Knife Threats and more, every day on Scotts Bluff County Scanner.

Remember, scanner traffic is not news until confirmed, and eyewitness accounts are often unreliable. All parties remain innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Timestamps indicate when our Insiders recorded the event.

Thank you Siegfried Consulting LLC!

We are constantly striving to make this volunteer service the best possible for our listeners to the live feed. Therefore it brings us great pleasure to announce that we will be getting a new scanner for Scotts Bluff County, which then makes it possible to open up Morrill County with our current unit.

Expect these new improvements to be in place in the next 30-60 days, including the additional feed!

A New Scanner purchase is being made possible by a generous donation from Steve Siegfried of Siegfried Consultants LLC.

Landmark Nebraska Legislation

“Constitutional Carry” LB 77 passes 33-14

From Sponsoring Senator Tom Brewer :

Today marks the end of my seven-year battle for Constitutional Carry in Nebraska.

Thirty-three Nebraska senators voted this morning to end the Final Reading filibuster on LB 77 and to pass the bill. I have spoken with Governor Jim Pillen, and he is eager to sign the bill into law. That will make Nebraska the 27th Constitutional Carry state.

Much blood has been spilled to protect and defend our constitutional rights. Some of it has been mine. I am proud today that our Nebraska Legislature stood up for the rights of all Nebraskans.

I would like to thank the volunteers with the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, the National Rifle Association, and Gun Owners of America. Without your support this victory would not have been possible.

Most of all, I want to thank everyday Nebraskans who spoke up and made it clear to my colleagues that they wanted us to make the words in the Nebraska and federal constitutions mean something.

“The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen.”

That watchfulness paid off today.

LB 77 passes 33-14 and awaits the Governor’s signature, expected to come immediately and take effect by late summer.

A spokesman for Governor Pillen confirms that he intends to sign the bill into law.

No School Friday – GJHS only

Scottsbluff Police Dept Reminder

Scam calls have been reported to us. They are using local cell phone numbers and claim to be from U.S. Customs or U.S. Marshals.

1. Do NOT give out personal information
2. Do NOT send money for warrants
3. Law Enforcement agencies do NOT collect fines via phone calls, text messages, etc.

If you happen to fall victim to one of these scams, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Monument Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 29th

Scotts Bluff County Scanner’s Early Spring Winning Photo by Katy Harimon.

For Immediate Release

(GERING, Nebr.) – National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park. Are you interested in giving back to our national parks? As part of this year’s celebration, Scotts Bluff National Monument will be hosting a volunteer cleanup event in the badlands area of the monument on Saturday, April 29th. The badlands are a seldom visited area of interesting geological formations located on the north side of the monument.

Participants will meet at the monument visitor center, located at 190276 Old Oregon Trail in Gering, at 9 a.m. After filling out some volunteer paperwork, the group will shuttle out to the badlands area where park rangers will provide a brief talk about the area and distribute instructions and supplies for safely cleaning trash from this area of the monument. Snacks will be provided.

Participants must be at least 13 years of age (participants 13 to 17 years of age will need an adult to join them) and should be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds and hike up to 2 miles on steep, uneven terrain. Sturdy walking shoes and old clothing that may get dirty are recommended, along with sunscreen, bug spray and drinking water. Because of limited tools and space in the shuttle, registration is required. Register by calling the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center at 308-436-9700. In the event of inclement weather or muddy conditions, the event will be rescheduled.

For more information about Scotts Bluff National Monument, please call 308-436-9700, visit or Facebook at


Controversy in the News

We believe that the media’s job is to get both sides of the story, directly from the source, whenever possible. In my first year or two of writing, I admit I found it easier to grab some info off the internet rather than make that contact directly. It’s hard. Sometimes, we have to contact next of kin in a missing or runaway case, or speak directly with suspects, victims, witnesses, business owners… whatever it takes. If we want to get to the truth, we have to make the tough calls and get all three sides of the story.

There is alot to say, and alot to learn about this particular restaurateur case, but what peaked our interest was the overwhelming support the owner is receiving.

Chad Leeling You’re a good person you put a lot of money into that building And that business… And really it’s nobody’s business what went on.. It would be awesome if you did do a country bar, But if you don’t that’s okay too. Just do what you gotta do!! And your friends (including me) will support you no matter what…

There are a lot of nosey people in this town that gossip and start trouble but let me tell you the good people don’t listen to bullshit and are smart enough to see the real picture. Nobody is perfect we all have our flaws but getting loans and oweing money, getting in to debt is all completely the norm. We’re all there. I’m sure Chad is going to be just fine. I’m sure he’s minding his business, as he should be and everyone else should be minding theirs. Chad’s business is not yo business! Like how I sound gangsta there? Lol I’m sure you will be just fine Chad ignore all the chatter. They really literally have nothing better to do with their lives. 😉

Chad has done a lot of great things for this valley and personal fund raisers for things a business owner shouldn’t take on but he does …we had a tragedy in our family a year ago due to fire ….numerous friends have had worse but Chad will close the business for private fundraising to support people in need..he and friends put on concerts for us all to enjoy but I am sure some ain’t as profitable as expected, bottom line he’s done a lot more community support not just on a business aspect but more personal for good causes and tragedy’s to local families…..way more than other local business….so for that personally thank you Chad …and the effort and work to bring in concerts for us all to enjoy..don’t go down without a fight…and at the end of the day were the news of other restaurants closing or others business in trouble but hanging on by a thread but it’s not posted….unfair shake ….but just my thoughts

As a journalist, you need to be fair and that was very one sided. If one media company does a story about one restaurant closing, then they should do all restaurant closures not just one. Article seemed very one sided did not have you comment on anything.

We feel there’s just alot more to this story than the initial hit piece revealed. We have reached out to Chad and will pursue this story further should he respond.

In Other Scanner Traffic

We are thankful for alert, helpful local citizens that constantly share news with us around the community in real time. YOU make Scotts Bluff County Scanner a great resource for honest information as it happens. Thank you, community!

8:58 am – Gering female in white shirt threw a brick at a car. 7th Street, Gering

10:07 am – door ding accident at Walmart

10:23 am – med command for a fall.

2:13 pm – Trauma team activation. Patient transported by ambulance from Torrington area.

2:32 pm – We have a missing child out of North Platte … possibly headed in this direction. 14 year old Gertie Werkmeister.

Gertie was rescued from a Kansas man. See story above.

4:12 pm – KFC 2 dogs running in the parking lot

5:15 pm – Possible injury accident, 18th and Avenue B

Multiple first responders on scene.

5:19 pm – Disturbance in Melbeta. 15 year old had a knife, cut himself, and threatened family. Got knife away from him, and they are refusing medical. Deputies on the way.

5:22 pm – Snow in Harrisburg… and another Dirt Storm!

5:23 pm – East Overland Watering Hole, male ate food then took off without paying

6:00 pm – CR 12 89 yr old male fell hit head, cut on arm

6:54 pm – Medical out on 9th Ave unconscious male but is breathing. 19 y/o male was found unresponsive, but breathing, and was taken to RWMC.

9:24 pm – East 12th verbal disturbance Between mom and son Has broken stuff in the house but not physical.

9:26 pm – Valley 3 enroute male chest pain

10:13 pm – Ridge Drive male having chest pains

9:54 pm – Checking parks for native American girl, She’s 5ft 8. 125lbs she is having some emotional problems. Told rp she is at a park. Legion park is clear. Going to gardener park now.Pd is the ones looking.Checking oregan trail park with the drone.Also checking pathwayChecking northfieldNorthfield is clearEverything e of 10th st is clear.Using handheld to check Northfield.Headed to check railroad tracks.Gering

10:28 pm – Sounds like scottsbluff is getting close to her. They have spotted her but she ran. She ran east of a cop and hid under a car. Still looking for her.

10:37 pm – Pardon the interruption, but in the middle of this intensive search for this girl, a Native American male just stole alcohol from Loaf n Jug.

10:58 pm – Northbound 22nd Ave B. They think they have her. Well, they have spotted her again.

11:07 am – Scottsbluff has her. Still trying to get her in the car.

Call 911 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Quotes from the Insiders

In reference to the Public Record…

“Can you make sure you omit my name if it comes out? 🤣”


Statewide Burn Ban Expires

Statewide Burn Ban Expires at midnight.


UPDATE – FOUND! Gertie has been located and is safe. A 26 year old Kansas man, Cameron Quintin was taken into custody!

Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word, and provided information.

Missing Juvenile alert from the North Platte Police Department. They are asking for the public’s help in locating 14 year old Gertie Werkmeister. Please Share. Our scanner community reaches all across Nebraska.

Immediate action by multiple agencies resulted in the arrest of 26 year old Cameron Quintin within hours of this being posted.

If YOU are MISSING a loved one, reach out to us and we will put them on our Missing Persons pages and broadcasts.

Message from the Scottsbluff Community Emergency Response Team

“As the coordinator for the Scotts Bluff County CERT/SAR Team, I would like to thank each and every CERT member that volunteers their time to do the job when called out. Thank you for making your CERT/SAR Team, one of the best in Nebraska, I’m proud of all you members.

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