Police run out of leads in bowling ball case

| 4/15/2003

After months of investigating, Nebraska State Patrol investigators have no new leads in the case of a bowling ball dropped from an overpass into a truck on I-80.

The ball rocketed into the cab of OOIDA member Ernest Kearney's truck in the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, as he passed under the Phillips, NE, interchange, just outside Grand Island, NE. Kearney and his trainee, Faye Salazar, were not injured, but his truck sustained considerable damage. A woman in a van hit by a second ball did sustain some injuries.

Law-enforcement officials have had promising leads at several points in the investigation, but Investigator Vince Hernandez of the State Patrol told Land Line April 11, “We have no other leads, nothing at this point.”

Hernandez said the patrol is considering putting together something with the local Crimestoppers organization to “see if anyone would give any additional information,” but with so much time having passed, new leads were not likely.

The investigation will stay open for the foreseeable future, Hernandez said.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig may be reached at mreddig@landlinemag.com.