Algae warning

JEWELL COUNTY, Kan. — Lovewell Reservoir here has been placed in a warning status for harmful blue-green algae present in the water, the Lovewell State Park office announced Tuesday morning in a news release.

The warning status took effect on Monday. Direct contact with water affected by the bloom is discouraged, and people and pets should avoid areas of algae accumulation.

The swimming beach has been closed. Fishing is considered safe, but anglers are advised to clean the fish well and keep only the fillets.

In other Lovewell news, the public fireworks display originally scheduled for July 3 has been postponed to Sept. 5, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

Park officials wish to remind visitors that fireworks aren’t allowed at any time in Lovewell State Park, the private cabin or trailer areas, or on Lovewell Wildlife Area. This prohibition includes the Independence Day holiday weekend.

For more information contact the park office, 785-753-4971.

Body found in Curtis home

CURTIS — Frontier County authorities have arrested a man on drug charges after a college student was found dead at a home in Curtis.

Maxwell Allen, 23, of McCook was arrested June 16 on charges including distribution of a controlled substance after Frontier County deputies and other first-responders were called to a home and found the body of Jamie Spratlen, 22, of Lincoln. Allen was at the home.

Spratlen was in her second year of veterinary studies at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Deputy County Attorney Whitney Lindstedt said officials are awaiting autopsy results for Spratlen and then will decide if there are grounds for more charges.

Noose left on chair

LA VISTA — An employee at the Oriental Trading Co. who left a noose on the chair of a Black colleague has been fired and authorities are looking into whether hate crime charges should be brought in the case.

“We are saddened and angry that a member of our Oriental Trading family was recently targeted in a racial incident. We absolutely do not tolerate hate or racism in our company,” Oriental Trading President and CEO, Steve Mendlik said.

After learning about “this cowardly act” at its office in La Vista, Mendlik said in an emailed statement that the company launched an internal investigation and filed a report with local law enforcement, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, Lt. Dan Golda said, adding that its results will be sent to the county attorney who will decide whether to file charges.

Associated Press

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