Feb 08, 2020 1:24 AM

Ice-jam, flooding on Elkhorn River close stretch of highway

Posted Feb 08, 2020 1:24 AM

SCRIBNER, Neb. (AP) - Officials shut down a stretch of rural highway in eastern Nebraska on Friday after ice jams on the Elkhorn River sent floodwaters over it.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation announced on Twitter that it had closed a nine-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 275 between Scribner and West Point. The department said in a tweet that water was covering part of the highway. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Dodge County until 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dodge County Emergency Manager Thomas Smith told the Omaha World-Herald that the area flooded is open farmland.

Ice jams are typical along that stretch of the river because of several bends in it there, Smith said. No county roads have closed due to the flooding, he said.

"Everybody's working together to watch it and make sure that everything comes out and we do the best we can," Smith said.

Last March, historic flooding in eastern Nebraska closed 3,300 highway miles and 27 highway bridges.

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Feb 08, 2020 1:24 AM
Jury hears recordings of Keadle leading police to boat ramp
Joshua Keadle

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A man on trial for the death of a Peru State College student whose body has never been found led investigators to a Missouri River boat ramp where he said he left her alive in 2010, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors played recordings Thursday made of Joshua Keadle showing investigators the boat ramp, after denying for days to police that he had been with Tyler "Ty" Thomas, 19, of Omaha, the night she disappeared, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Keadle is charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing Thomas, of Omaha. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. Although her body was never found, the state issued a death certificate in 2013.

The recordings of Keadle were made four days after her disappearance, and in them, Keadle is heard telling investigators that he encountered Thomas at the boat dock and agreed to drive her to Omaha in exchange for a sex act. He said she later threatened to report he had raped her and got out of his vehicle, and he left.

The recordings were played a day after a jailhouse informant testified that Keadle had told him he killed Thomas but "they'll never find the body."

The trial is expected to continue through next week.