Gage County Authorities Dispatched For Bomb Threat To Industrial Facility

At 7:27 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a business on Southwest 89th Road near West Hickory Road for a bomb threat at that business.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies interviewed witnesses and learned that a person had called the business and reported a contract employee was possibly coming to the site with a firearm. Within a few minutes, the deputy and investigator at the plant determined the contract employee was actually working at another plant a half mile away.

Deputies made contact with the management at the second site and confirmed the employee was working at their site today, however the employee was behaving normally and there was no known concerns involving the contract employee.

Gage County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by two troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol, were able to make contact with the employee outside his workshop and during the investigation, determined he did not bring a firearm with him and he did not have any ill intent toward the facility or his fellow employees.

Deputies notified both businesses that no criminal violations had been concerned and the employee was released back to his employer.

Deputies and investigators are investigating further the nature of the original call reporting the incident.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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