SCANNER RECAP April 23, 2023

Stolen Church Van, Surprise Northern Lights, Police Auction, Monumental Cleanup, Free Diabetes Assistance, Narcan Explained, and more, every day on Scotts Bluff County Scanner.

UPDATE : Monday 10:06 am – Stolen Church Van Found on Mill Drive!

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.

Stolen Church Van

(SCOTTSBLUFF, Nebr.) — The congregation at Bethel Baptist Church was awakened Sunday by the news of an overnight break-in.

According to scanner traffic, a call came in early Sunday morning indicating a discovery that the utilities were off and a breach had occurred. A quick inventory was made, and it was clear the largest item stolen was their White 2000 Dodge 3500 church passenger van.

The police department put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the White Dodge Van with new Nebraska plates 21-82.

We learned from the pastor’s wife that the van was equipped with a locking gas cap and had little fuel on board. It’s possible this van is abandoned somewhere nearby.

If you locate this vehicle, please snap a photo and contact your local police department or call 911 (which rings into the same place). They’ll ask you if it’s an emergency, and if not, the call will be properly routed.

Free Diabetes Assistance from Life Change Connection

“Our mission is to support people and the families in the service area of Western Nebraska affected by Diabetes. This may include but not limited to a mentor program, support group of all ages, help with medical supplies, travel expenses, teaching, and training materials.”

Life Change Connection was founded in 2012.

The founders are Neal and Lora Blomenkamp. Neal was born in 1961 and was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic in 1967 at the age of 6. His diabetes has affected his vision, his feet, and kidneys. He had a kidney transplant in 1997. He received the kidney from his brother. 3 years later, he received a pancreas transplant from a cadaver donor.

Most of Neal’s adult life, he had thought he would like to start a foundation. However, it was just a thought until The Day.

He currently owns a restaurant franchise, which is what brings us to “The Day”, that was when he was working a lunch hour taking orders in the drive-thru. A lady gave her order at the menu board, and then she pulled forward to the window. Neal opened the drive-thru window and gave her the total.

The customers then ask, “Are you, Neal?”

He answered, “Yes”.

Closed the window and proceeded with counting the change due her. In his mind he thought, why did she want to know if I was Neal? It had to be 1 of 2 reasons. She had a cause and was looking for support, or as a restaurant, we had made a mistake on an earlier order. Either way, back to the window, I gave her change back.

She then asks, “Are you a diabetic?” I thought wow, who is this lady? Very few people know that about me. I said, “Yes, why do you ask?” She replied, “I wish my daughter would have gotten to know you.” I thought what an honor. Then she proceeded to tell me that her daughter had become a diabetic. 20 or so, I’m thinking by our conversation. Anyway she could not deal with it, and she took her own life.

Wow…. I told her I’m sorry. She told me, “Thank you.” Off she went. I have never seen this lady again.

However, that was “The Day,” I put it all in motion. With the help of Lora and my 3 children, Life Change Connection was created.

Founded to empower people affected by diabetes. If you read this, you in some way are affected by diabetes. Be one who “changed a life”.

“It was an honor to work with Neal and his foundation, helping them get their first website started in the beginning. We appreciate Neal for everything he does for the community.”

Brian Hale, Hale Multimedia LLC

Understanding Narcan

“Narcan 4mg (naloxone) is a life-saving nasal spray medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.”

Panhandle Public Health District

Looking at the comments from our post yesterday, it is apparent that many people do not understand the purpose of Narcan.

Narcan is a life saving drug administered by a third party to revive a heavily overdosed drug user.

It is not a typical medication made to make them feel better or to deal with their addiction. It is used in an EMERGENCY OVERDOSE situation where the person’s breathing slows down so much that they need to be revived to live.

By allowing the public to have narcan in their possession, it gives the non drug user the ability to save the life of anyone, including someone who might have accidentally or unintentionally come in contact with dangerous opioids, including the ever popular fentanyl.

On the flip side, we do believe that it may enable some drug user cultures to continue to abuse drugs… because they will have a free ticket back to life… IF someone has some narcan.

Much like any story, there is always another side. Please do your own research before criticizing our selection of topics to cover.

Free Christian Music Festival

More Northern Lights!

The following are just some of the top photos submitted from Sunday night.


Items Begin Closing on Monday, April 24th, 2023, at 05:30 PM MST.

Bidding is online only

Monumental Cleanup Effort

Make a difference at Scotts Bluff National Monument by volunteering in the Badlands Cleanup at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29th.

Participants will help remove litter from the badlands area of the monument and look for evidence of fossils as well. To participate, call the monument at 308-436-9700 to register.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and capable of lifting up to 20 lbs. and walking up to two miles on steep, uneven terrain. Tools and safety training will be provided.

A young girl walks amongst eroded badlands formations. NPS/Eric Grunwald

Other Scanner Traffic . . .

12:35 pm – noise complaint W. 25th St Scottsbluff.

12:50 pm – Carpet in the road, West Overland and Ave I

12:54 pm – W 25th St Scottsbluff. Requesting fire to clean up glass.

12:55 pm – officer said no music on W 25th

1:49 pm – male arrested, enroute

2:21 pm – Gering rescue needed County Rd 19 for a woman breathing but unresponsive

2:32 pm – attempted burglary Toluca Lane

2:41 pm – Sycamore, missing lawn mower and gas can

3:34 pm – Gering rescue, female, unknown pill consumption. Circle S Lodge

3:37 pm – rp states red-haired women very intoxicated walking. Police saw her. They said they know her, she’s just crying cause she got in a fight with her husband

3:40 pm – person in wheelchair drooping face at the village

3:41 pm – rp reporting accident at Walmart yesterday

3:41 pm – med command poss overdose

3:55 pm – noise complaint 11th Ave & E 20th

4:00 pm – driving complaint silver Honda civic small child sitting on drivers lap Southbound from Ave B and Hwy 26.

4:27 pm – Gering fire possible carbon monoxide alarm going off

4:41 pm – McGrew 20 yr old ingesting, bleach. Minatare rescue paged, going to be self admit to the hospital, refer suicide attempt/drinking bleach

6:25 pm – Gering fire grass fire Highway 92 and Crow rd. Train is stopped and fire is getting close to train.

6:31 pm – med command possible shoulder injury

7:40 pm – verbal disturbance between dad and daughter, 17th Ave

9:27 pm – Trespassing complaint, suspect known to police sleeping in someone’s vehicle

9:38 pm – Report of Female possibly smoking 10-40 in bathroom at Dairy Queen

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

9:40 pm – male experiencing asthma attack

10:50 pm – Rescue needed, K Street, 2 year old constant vomiting

10:58 pm – Fictitious plates out of Colorado

10:59 pm – Rescue needed, unknown medical alarm, no patient contact, 16th Street Mitchell


11:00 pm – ALERT for Endangered Adult – Wadus Davis, White male 5’7″ 171 lbs Possibly driving White 2010 Ford Ranger 21-2241D

12:05 am – Missing Endangered Adult ALERT canceled – Mr. Davis was located safe.

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

Reach out the us – not loosely regulated fake news bulletin board groups where anyone can pass around hoaxes. We verify everything with 2-3 sources whenever possible.

Small Business Spotlight

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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.

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