Nov 27, 2019 3:43 PM

Two charged with killing woman in southwest Nebraska

Posted Nov 27, 2019 3:43 PM

-Kevin German

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.

Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday.

The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

-Keonna Carter

Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s lightly clad body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.

German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.

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Nov 27, 2019 3:43 PM
NSP launches Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol will be collaborating with dozens of other law enforcement agencies throughout Nebraska to keep roads safe over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“Yesterday we had our first major snowfall of the season for much of Nebraska and today marks one of the busiest travel days of the year,” said Colonel Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “In the aftermath of yesterday’s storm, drivers should plan ahead for extra travel time and take it slow on any roadway affected by snow or ice. Troopers are on the road and ready to help in the event you need assistance.”

Troopers will be working overtime from Wednesday, November 27, through Sunday, December 1, as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The campaign runs in conjunction with efforts of law enforcement agencies across the country, including more than 30 in Nebraska.

“As people travel today and throughout the entire holiday season, our troopers will be working diligently in all parts of the state,” said Bolduc. “We want Nebraskans and our visitors to remain safe on the roads. A major component of that goal is seat belt use.”

Travelers are encouraged to voluntarily follow traffic safety laws, avoid distracted driving, have a sober driver, and always wear a seat belt. Drivers should also check road conditions before traveling by using Nebraska’s 511 system. 

In 2018, 66 percent of the people who lost their lives in passenger vehicle crashes in Nebraska were not wearing a seat belt. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign encompasses both enforcement efforts through high-visibility patrols and educational efforts designed to encourage seat belt use.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,800 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.