Feb 18, 2020 1:27 AM

Troopers find 100 LBs of marijuana, meth during motorist assist

Posted Feb 18, 2020 1:27 AM

LINCOLN  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested two men after finding 100 pounds of marijuana and one half pound of methamphetamine while attempting a motorist assist on Friday in Lincoln.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. Friday, a trooper observed a recreational vehicle having difficulty maintaining its lane while traveling eastbound in Interstate 80 near Lincoln. The vehicle exited I-80 at mile marker 399 in Lincoln. The trooper contacted the driver of the RV at a gas station to offer assistance. The trooper then discovered that the driver was driving with a suspended license.

During the stop, an NSP K9 detected the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. Troopers searched the vehicle and found 100 pounds of marijuana and one half pound of methamphetamine.

The driver, Jason Wolff, 43, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Michael Wernecke, 48, of Madison, Wisconsin, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to deliver. Both were lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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Feb 18, 2020 1:27 AM
Motorcyclist dies after highway collision with pickup

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A motorcyclist had died after colliding with a pickup truck along a highway in south-central Nebraska.

The collision occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 6, about 6 miles west of Hastings.

Authorities say the eastbound motorcyclist collided with the westbound pickup as the truck was turning south.

The motorcyclist has been identified as 54-year-old Jeffery Hoffart, who lived in Hastings.

The pickup driver has been identified as 81-year-old Gerald Mousel, of Roseland.

Authorities say he and one of his two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.