Red Willow County Sheriff's Office

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Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Light to occasionally moderate snow will develop across the area tonight, becoming widespread after midnight and Thursday morning. Snow will end west to east Thursday afternoon. Heaviest snowfall amounts will be along the Kansas-Nebraska border area, where up to 6 inches will be possible.  

 Snow amounts have increased by a few inches. Timing has slowed and snow will linger into Thursday afternoon.


light to occasionally moderate snow. Areas of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle possible this evening south of Interstate 70 before changing to snow.

Areas Impacted:

entire Tri State area.

Timing & Duration:

light snow possible today in the Tri border area of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, but most of the snow will fall tonight through Thursday afternoon.


Hazardous travel due to snow on roadways.

Certainty & Considerations:

confidence has increased on snow amounts and locations. Some locally higher amounts possible near the Kansas and Nebraska border area.





Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Winter Weather Quick Facts and Preparedness:

Quick facts you should know about winter weather:

Snow can occur at temperatures as high as 46 degrees if conditions are right.

The record for most snowfall in the Lower 48 in a 24 hour period is 75.8" at Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921.

Blizzard conditions are met when visibility in falling and blowing snow reaches ¼ mile or less and sustained wind speeds of 35 mph or greater occur for 3 hours or more.

As little as 1/16" of ice can begin to impact roadways and sidewalks.

As the wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate. The "wind chill" is a way for meteorologists to communicate what the combination of wind and temperature "feels like" to exposed skin.


Winter Storm Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for significant winter weather and/or blizzard conditions. Time to prepare!

Winter Storm Warning is issued when a combination of heavy snow, blowing snow, and possibly ice mixed with snow is expected to impact the area. Time to act!

Blizzard Warning is issued when the combination of strong wind, low visibility, and heavy snow will significantly impact daily life.


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Monday, November 05, 2018


...NWS Winter Spotter Talk Scheduled for Residents of Red Willow County Nebraska...


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Goodland and Red Willow County Emergency Management invites members of the community to attend the second annual Winter Spotter Class in McCook. This year's training is on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm Central Time at the Heritage Senior Center.


The class is free and open to people of all ages interested in weather across the High Plains.  This program is only conducted once a year by NWS meteorologists; so consider attending this fun and educational course in McCook. The course covers measuring and reporting snowfall and ice accumulation (including live practice simulations), winter weather safety, and reporting on social media and other platforms. For more information, contact NWS Goodland at (785) 899-7119. A complete listing of the 2018 Winter Spotter Training Schedule across the Tri-State Area is available on the Goodland NWS web page:

     REMEMBER Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm Central Time at the Heritage Senior Center.



Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Monday, November 05, 2018

     The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management has implemented the Alert Sense emergency notification system.  You can now sign up to receive emergency notifications using your smart phone (under apps) go to Alert Sense then look for the app: Alert Sense - My Alerts then follow the prompts to get the alerts that you want to receive.  You can add or subtract at any time.  Using your computer log onto the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office web page, go to services, then Emergency Management.  At the bottom of the page prior to Disaster preparedness click on the words "Alert Sense" and it will take you to the sign-up page for Alert Sense.  Follow the prompts to complete the sign up.  If you have any questions, please call the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office at 308-345-1850.

New Social Security "Locked" Scam

Posted by Steve Kotschwar on Friday, October 19, 2018

Ok, there is another scam going around in our area. Today we received a call from a local resident that got a call advising her that her social security number has been shut off and her name was used in some sort of money laundering scheme. She was informed that she needed to call the following phone number: 432-558-6129 in order to resolve the matter. That's where we were notified.

We called that number and spoke with a male who identified himself as Brandon Vemson and associated himself as being with the Social Security Administration. He gave an id number of  507268. He had broken English so it was hard to understand him. The subject informed us that our social security number was used in a crime associated with Money Laundering crime in the state of Texas. Further, there was currently a couple in custody for that crime. The subject told us that being with the social security administration, he needed to help with the process of stopping this fraudulent activity and to help us resolve this issue with our  locked social security account. After verifying a name we gave him (which was fictitious) along with an address that we provided (Sheriff's Office) and phone number (you guessed it the Sheriff's Office number) he told us that he would transfer us to the U.S. Marshall's Office to assist me further.

After being on hold briefly, we spoke with another male subject, who like the first, had pretty broken English. The name he gave us was James Backer and an ID number of CI05462. This male went so far as to advise us that we were talking on a recorded and secure phone line. He asked us to verify the last four digits of a social security number. We provided  with the last four digits of our phone number. After confirming our address, he put us on hold.

When he came back on the line, he confirmed the story the first operator gave for the reason for this investigation. me. He confirmed there was a couple in jail and he needed to help us by securing our assets. He inquired what and how many bank accounts, credit cards, and retirement accounts and other investments we had. Answer were  provided to his questions. After a brief place on hold, we were connected to his "Supervisor". This male also had very broken English. This subject wanted to assure us that everything was going to be ok and they were there to help. The subject informed us that in order to keep our assets safe,

The male said in order to be safe, we would need to open a special account with the department of treasury and transfer a large portion of the money we said we had into this treasury account, for a period of 24 hours at which time their investigation with the U.S. Marshall's office would be complete and the money would be transferred back to our account. He kept us on the line and gave us a phone number of 432-558-6129 (ironically the same number I called on already). We were to connect with him from a cell phone and stay on the line with him while travelling to our bank to make the wire transfer at which time he will provide all instructions to.

The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office urges citizens not to give out their personal information over the phone. These folks who scam money for a living can be very sly in their practices.They may play on your emotions such as fear, fear of seeing a loved one incarcerated, or fear the local police or in this case U.S. Marshall's Office is coming to arrest you. In short, they know what their doing and can be very convincing.  Please use vigilance when it comes to dealing with these individuals.

If you have any questions or to report a scam, contact:
McCook Police Department at 345-3450
Red Willow County Sheriff'S Office at 345-1850


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Friday, October 05, 2018

Please be aware of scams like the following.  Thieves are out to get your personal information so they can steal from you.  If you are receiving calls that you feel may be a scam, call your local law enforcement immediately prior to giving out any personal information.


Scams Involving the Impersonation of an SSA Employee

We sometimes receive reports where individuals have been contacted by someone pretending to be an SSA employee. The intent of this type of call may be to steal your identity and/or money from your bank accounts. The caller generally asks you for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your mother's maiden name, or your bank or financial account information.

The impersonator may state that "the SSA computers are down" or may refer to enrollment in the Medicare prescription drug program. The intent of this type of call may be to steal your identity and/or money from your bank accounts. You should not provide any of this information to these individuals.

It is possible that an SSA employee may contact you to follow-up on a previous application for SSA/Medicare Part D benefits or to follow-up on other business you initiated with SSA. If you are unsure as to the authenticity of someone who claims to be an SSA employee, please call SSA's toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to verify the reason for the contact and the person's identity prior to providing any information to the caller.

If you wish to report a call from someone you suspect is impersonating an SSA employee, please provide us with the following details:

  • Caller's alleged name
  • Caller's telephone number
  • Time and date the call was made
  • Information requested by the caller
  • Other identifying information or details about the content of the call

June 19, 2018 rain storm

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We are looking for photos, videos of the storm that just passed through the area last night.  We are also looking for storm damages such as, roads, trees, flooding, structures, etc.  If you have any of these please let us know or share them with us.  Thank you


Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Friday, March 09, 2018

A reminder that the National Weather Service from Goodland will be in McCook on March 14th at 6:30 p.m. for SPOTTER TRAINING at the McCook Senior Center, West 5th and M Street.  Whether you are wanting the training to be a storm spotter or just want more knowledge on spring storms, this training is for you.  It is open to the public as well as area Fire and Ambulance teams and Law Enforcement.  This is a very good program.  Door will open at 6:00 p.m. for registration.

Kugler fire

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Thursday, March 08, 2018

The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and Red Willow County Emergency Management would like to extend our prayers to the Kugler family for the loss of their home and personal belongings.  What a tragedy to lose all of your non-replacable personal belongings.  Thankfully no family member was injured in the fire.  Our prayers also go out to the gentleman that was injured in the fire, wishing you a speedy recovery.

We are so thankful for the community/area in which we live where there is no lack of care, concern or help when something of this nature strikes.  We live in an area where people care for people and the support for those in need or those protecting our communities is shown through the responses like what we saw on March 6th.  So we, the members of the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and Red Willow County Emergency Managers Office would like to extend our appreciation to the following individuals and businesses that supported all emergency personnel that responded to the fire.  Below is a list of responding agencies and then those that assisted us by their generosity.

Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department            Hayes Center Fire Department

McCook Fire and Rescue                                          Bartley Fire Department

Indianola Fire Department                                        Grant Fire Department

Cambridge Fire Department                                      Madrid Fire Department

Beaver Valley Fire Department                                Ogallala Fire Department

Decatur County Fire Department                              Imperial Fire Department

Trenton Fire Department                                           Keystone Fire Department

Culbertson Fire Department                                      Wallace Fire Department

Maywood Fire Department                                        Palisade Fire Department

Oxford Fire Department                                            Edison Fire Department

Red Willow County Sheriff Office                            McCook Police Department

Nebraska State Patrol                                                 Nebraska Game and Parks

City of McCook Utilities

Those Helping to supply water to fire trucks or disc fields

Schifflet's                                                                    Ruggles Farms

Randel Farms                                                              Kleins Motor and Electric

Gerhold Concrete                                                        Ag Valley Coop

Frenchman Valley Coop                                                                              Matt Cappel


Those that supported responders with food and drinks

Cindy Dueter - Team Staffing Network                           Sherri Sughroue

Wal Mart                                       Pizza Hut                    Wendy's

Schmick's Market                         Subway                        McDonalds

McCook Christain Church           Trenton Rescue            Diane Pollman

McCook National Bank                Parker Hannifin           Bartley Rescue

Casey's General Store                   Culligan Water            McCook Legion Baseball

Numerous Anonymous Donors    American Red Cross    Numerous Volunteers 



NWS Spotter Talk

Posted by Alan Kotschwar on Wednesday, February 07, 2018

...NWS Spotter Talk Scheduled for Residents of Red Willow County Nebraska…


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Goodland and Red Willow County Emergency Management invite you to attend a Storm Spotter Class in McCook. This year’s training will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm CDT at the Heritage Senior Center (1312 W 5th Street).


The class is free of charge and open to anyone with an interest in High Plains weather. This severe weather program is conducted only once a year in Red Willow County so consider attending this fun and educational training in McCook.


For this spotter season, we worked to revitalize portions of the presentation, including the addition of new pictures and videos, interactive activities to practice reporting, and live audience polling to test your knowledge on key storm spotting elements. Don’t forget to bring your cell phones because the polling software allows you to send in your responses anonymously via text messaging. The intention of the poll questions is to facilitate discussion, support a group learning environment, and help us clarify problematic weather topics.


Come and see our fresh presentation focused on keeping you safe and working together to protect our community! By sharing vital information with each other, the warnings we issue will provide the best possible information, keeping you, your family, and your neighbors safe. NWS Goodland is working to build a Weather-Ready Nation where all are prepared for the day disaster strikes. Please help our community achieve this goal!


For more information, contact NWS Goodland at (785) 899-7119. A complete listing of the 2018 Spotter Training Schedule across the Tri-State Area is available on the Goodland NWS web page: