City Will Receive COPS Funding For Two Officers To Fight Gang Crimes


The city will receive a grant from the office of Community Oriented Policing Services to add two Lincoln police officers to fight gang-related crimes.  LPD will receive an estimated $250,000 in federal funds over the three-year grant period.  The grant requires a 25 percent local match. Chief Jim Peschong says the two new officers would be in the recruiting class that starts in January.

Former Husker Enunwa Due Back In Court For Domestic Violence Charges


New York Jets practice squad player and former Nebraska football star Quincy Enunwa is due in court in two weeks on domestic violence charges, possibly to have a trial date set.  A conference scheduled in Florham Park municipal court Wednesday for Enunwa was postponed because the woman he was accused of injuring did not attend.  

Nebraska Faces Worker Shortage In Manufacturing


A leading state business group says Nebraska needs more skilled workers to fill its manufacturing jobs.  The president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Wednesday that the shortage is the greatest challenge that its manufacturing members face.  

Judge Delays Simants Hearing


A judge has postponed an annual review hearing for a man who killed six members of a western Nebraska family in 1975. Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands rescheduled the hearing for Erwin Simants to Nov. 18. Simants has lived at the Lincoln Regional Center in 1979, the year he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting deaths of six in the Kellie family of Sutherland.

Big Gift To Hastings College


A 1946 Hastings College graduate has left her entire $1.7 million estate to the college. Sarah Leer's gift is among the largest the university has received. She died in April in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Leer majored in business administration at Hastings College. She spent her career as an administrative assistant with the Social Security Administration in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to

Industrial Accident Claims Worker


A man has died after being pinned by a forklift. Police in Valley, just west of Omaha, say George Young was using the forklift Monday night while working at Midwest Manufacturing. At some point, the machine backed into a shelving unit and pinned him. Co-workers freed Young and began performing CPR on him. He was sent by helicopter to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Local Wind Farm Planned


A company wants to build a wind farm with 54 turbines in southern Lancaster and northern Gage counties. Volkswind USA Inc. would like to build the farm on 7,000 acres of land in Lancaster County and 4,000 acres of land in Gage County. The company is a member of the Volkswind Group, which has built more than 60 wind farms in countires including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Poland.

Bike Collission Victim Dies


The man involved in a collision last Thursday evening on a bike trail in south Lincoln has died. 62 year old Ronald Joyce passed away last night at a hospital. The collision happened on the Southpointe Trail, near 29th Street and Pine Lake Road. Police say Joyce's bike was involved in a head on collision with another one, ridden by a 15-year-old boy.

Another Prison Probe Scheduled


A legislative committee will investigate Nebraska's newest prison sentencing problems, which took place while officials were rounding up inmates who were released too early. Sen. Steve Lathrop, the committee's chairman, said Tuesday that members will look into the issue during an Oct. 10 hearing. The committee is reviewing problems in the Department of Correctional Services.

Trooper Seizes Pot


The Nebraska State Patrol says a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska has led to the seizure of nearly 36 pounds of marijuana. In a news release issued Tuesday, the patrol said the stop occurred early Monday afternoon when a trooper stopped a car on suspicion of failing to signal as it exited near Hershey. The trooper reported smelling marijuana and searched the car.

Famous Car Dealer Dies


Ray Lambrecht, the former northeastern Nebraska Chevy dealer who collected a lifetime of cars that sold for $2.8 million last year, has died. Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt confirmed Lambrecht died at his home Sept. 22. He was 96. During one weekend last year, Lambrecht's sale of his car collection drew 30,000 people to Pierce. The History Channel gave the auction three hours of

Weather Slowing Harvest


Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. Late planting caused the crops to mature later than normal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent. Soybeans are two percentage points behind.

State Senator Nelson Named New Lt. Governor


Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has named state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha as his new lieutenant governor. Nelson, who was sworn in Monday afternoon, will replace Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who resigned earlier this month after a judge approved his sister's request for a protective order against him.  

State Bar Association Changes Lawsuit Settled


A dispute over mandatory dues the Nebraska state bar association charges has ended with the settlement of a federal lawsuit that questioned whether those dues were constitutional.  State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha had sued the association in 2012 because he believed the $335 annual dues were improper because some of the money was used for political activities such as lobbying.

Fire Destroys Barn At Rural Lincoln Home


The State Fire Marshal is investigating exactly how an abandoned barn on an acreage just on the eastern edge of Lincoln burn down Sunday afternoon. Southeast Rural Firefighters were called to the home in the 9500 block of Holdrege, when the owner saw his barn catch on fire. According to Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy John Osterhaus, the owner apparently was burning trash without a permit.

Police Looking for Burglar Who Went Through Roof


A Lincoln smoke shop that was robbed at gunpoint on Monday was burglarized around three Saturday morning. Lincoln Police say someone cut a hole in the roof of Island Smokes near 33rd and Y, climbed into the attic and dropped through the ceiling. The burglar took cigarettes and miscellaneous items before getting away.

Two 18-Year-Olds Okay After Rollover Accident


Two 18-year-olds were sent to the hospital with minor injuries after a rollover accident on Interstate 180. The Nebraska State Patrol says the car was traveling northbound just south of Fletcher in the left lane, when the driver overcorrected after drifting too far left, and the car rolled east and into the ditch. Both the driver and passenger are expected to be okay, and both were wearing their seatbelts.

Stabbing at Husker Tailgate Party


Police are investigating a stabbing at a post-game tailgate party near 9th & R. A source at the scene tells our media partner 10/11 News that the victim was cut by a man who was upset about a comment the victim made about his girlfriend. Witnesses say the fight happened at a tailgating party on the north side of the Lincoln Journal Star building.

Larry the Cable Guy Give $250,000 to Horse Therapy


Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has donated $250,000 to help build a barn to support horse therapy southeast of Lincoln. The donation will help The Still Waters Equestrian Academy expand its horseback riding therapy program. The barn near Hickman will house an indoor arena. Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Dan Whitney, says he and his wife both like horses and wanted to support the program.

School Districts Get Grants for School Safety


School districts in Fremont, Lincoln and Papillion have been awarded federal grants designed to increase school safety. The Fremont Public Schools received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will fund efforts to keep students safe and improve the learning environment. The agency gave Lincoln Public Schools $260,117 and Papillion received $325,411.

County Jails to House Prison Inmates


The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has found space and obtained permission to place some state inmates in county jails as a way to relieve overcrowding in the state prison system. Layne Gissler, a Corrections Department official, says the state doesn't plan to send inmates convicted of serious offenses, such as murder, to county jails. Gissler says six counties have agreed to take in the state inmates.

Group Gets Chance to Argue about Smoking Ban Exceptions to State Supreme Court


Several cigar bars and tobacco shops will get a shot at making the case to the Nebraska Supreme Court for why their businesses should be exempt from the state's public smoking ban. The move comes after the state's high court last month struck down the exceptions as unconstitutional, leading the Nebraska Attorney General's Office to file a motion earlier this month asking the high court to rehear the case.

Lincoln Man Gets 10 to 20 for Assaulting Jailers


A Lincoln man has been given 10 to 20 years in prison for assaulting jailers at the Buffalo County Jail in Kearney. 19-year-old Audon Green was sentencedin Buffalo County District Court. Green had pleaded no contest to two felony counts of assault by a confined person and one of attempted assault. Authorities say Green already was serving a sentence for assault when the jail incident occurred.

Lincoln Man in Critical Condition after Bicycle Crash


A 66-year-old Lincoln man is fighting for his life after a 15-year-old boy riding his bike along the SouthPointe bike trail crashed into him around 6:30 last night.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says Ronald Joyce stopped breathing and someone who heard the collision started to administer CPR. Police say the teen was looking down and didn't realize he was on the left side of the trail. That's when the two collided. Both were wearing helmets. The teen was treated and released from the hospital.

UNK Student Arrested for Social Media Bomb Threat


Campus police have arrested a 19-year-old student suspected of posting a threat to use explosives at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The university's library was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after the anonymous threat was posted on a social media app. The university says the social network Yik Yak cooperated with university police in tracking the post.

Two UNMC Employees Fired for Violating Ebola Patient's Privacy


The Omaha hospital that treated an American aid worker infected with Ebola has fired two workers accused of violating the man's privacy by looking at his medical file. The Omaha World-Herald first reported the firings Friday. In a written statement, the Nebraska Medical Center said an audit of the hospital's electronic medical records led to the discovery that two employees had inappropriately accessed Dr. Rick Sacra's file.

SCC Good to Vets


Southeast Community College has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School. The designation was given by Victory Media, an organization that works to connect the military and civilian worlds. Southeast was noted for its listing of veterans benefits on their website, and for having a student veterans organization. The agency said the goal of providing student veterans the opportunity to network with other veterans, provide support for their academic success, and allowing veterans to be actively engaged in service projects to other veterans all led to the award.

Old Creighton Hospital an Option for New VA


Turning the Creighton University Medical Center into a veterans hospital has surfaced as a new option for replacing Omaha's aging federal facility. Rep. Lee Terry, an Omaha Republican, says the option was one of three discussed Tuesday during a meeting between the Nebraska delegation and the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald. Local financing to build the replacement and lease it back to the federal government also was discussed.

Nebraska Ranks High in Campaign Cash


Nebraska ranks 4th in the amount of money spent per voter on political television ads during this election cycle. The Center for Public Integrity says spending in Nebraska's races for governor and attorney general has exceeded $4 million so far. That's about $3.12 for each eligible voter. Nebraska ranks 19th in overall estimated spending. 

Motorcyclist Dies, Third Fatal Accident in Three Days in Lancaster County


A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet died last night on a bridge in Waverly. Lancaster County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Peschong says the driver of the motorcycle, 21 year old Benjamin White, was going north on Canongate Road over Highway 6 when he lost control and hit the guardrail. It's the 3rd deadly crash in Lancaster County in three days.

Changes at Indian Center After Saturday's Chaos


Saturday's tailgating at the Indian Center before the Husker game will look a little different than last Saturday when rowdy fans damaged police and sheriff's cruisers, threw bottles at buses and tried tipping a bus load of people. 13 arrests were made, including one felony and 17 tickets. The biggest difference between this Saturday and last Saturday will be no more walk-in traffic. Only vehicles will be allowed in.

One Person Dead In Overnight Crash Southwest of Lincoln


Deputies are still investigating an overnight crash that killed one person and hurt another southwest of Lincoln.   Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says it happened around 2am Thursday near Southwest 100th and West Wittstruck Road, where a northbound Toyota Highlander was trying to pass a car in a no passing zone and collided head on with a southbound Toyota Corolla.  

Police Arrest Robbery Suspect, While Second Suspect Still Wanted


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a central Lincoln restaurant around closing time late Wednesday night.   Officer Katie Flood says two employees at the Noodles restaurant near 50th and "O" were out back smoking, when two men walked up and demanded their belongings.   Flood says one employee was forced back inside, while the manager was still outside and called 911.

Man Convicted Of Assaulting Sister Gets A Year In Jail


A 21-year-old Lincoln man who police say swung a crowbar at his sister has been sent to jail for a year.  Court records say Ahmed Tuma was sentenced on Wednesday. He'd pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts after prosecutors lowered the charges, including one alleging a hate crime.  On Nov. 7 Tuma and a friend confronted Tuma's sister about being engaged to another woman.

Psychiatrist Questions Early Release of Jenkins From Prison


A psychiatrist says he doesn't know why a mentally ill prisoner was released from custody, giving him the chance to kill four people in Omaha in August 2013.  Dr. Eugene Oliveto told a legislative committee Thursday that he had recommended Nikko Jenkins be placed in a state psychiatric hospital prior to the shooting deaths, but his suggestion wasn't followed.  

Heineman: Trade Centers In China, Japan Worthwhile


Gov. Dave Heineman says state-sponsored trade centers in China and Japan have proven their worth to Nebraska and ought to be continued to help local businesses expand into Asian markets.  Heineman said Wednesday that the centers play a long-term role in building business relationships in Asia. 

Man Shot During Robbery At Omaha Jewelry Store


Police say a man has been shot during a robbery at a jewelry store in central Omaha.  Officers were sent to JR's Jewelry & Gifts around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the shooting was reported. The victim was hit three times and was taken to Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. 

Two Men Robbed At Gunpoint In North Lincoln


Lincoln Police are investigating an armed robbery from late Tuesday night near 35th and Cornhusker.   Officer Katie Flood says two men were walking when a man with a handgun jumped out from some bushes and demanded all of their belongings, including a wallet, two cellphones and a pair of headphones. 

LSO Deputies Needing More Information in Sept. 1 Hit and Run


It's been two weeks since 52-year-old Jim Blue was involved in a hit and run, while biking along Saltillo Road between Highway 77 and SW 12th Street.  Blue is still recovering from his injuries he suffered on Sept. 1 and Lancaster County deputies are now in a spot where there aren't any new leads in tracking down the vehicle that was involved.  

Ricketts Names Foley As New Running Mate In Governor's Race


Republican candidate for governor Pete Ricketts has named Mike Foley as his new running mate.  Foley replaces Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who on Tuesday resigned from office and withdrew from his party's ticket.  Ricketts made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the Nebraska Republican Party headquarters in Lincoln.  Foley has served as state auditor since 2007.

UPDATE: HEIDEMANN RESIGNS FROM OFFICE


Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann has resigned from office and ended his candidacy one day after a judge granted a protection order to keep him away from his sister, who accused him of assault.  Heidemann made the announcement Tuesday at the Capitol alongside Gov. Dave Heineman.  The Elk Creek farmer had been the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts.

City Council Approves Comcast Buyout of Time Warner


Approval from the Lincoln City Council Monday of the cable franchise agreement between Comcast and the city of Lincoln, if the FCC approves of Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable. The change would not initially affect rates for cable, internet, or phone service; However, that does not mean rates couldn't increase in the future. 

Report Questions Nebraska Education Funding


A new report says Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than any other state in the nation. The report released Monday by the OpenSky Policy Institute notes that more than 55 percent of school funding came from local sources in the last school year, while nearly 37 percent came from the state. The rest came from federal sources. Renee Fry, the group's

Colorado Pot Intercept Near Seward


Two men from Colorado face charges after the discovery of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in a car in Nebraska. The State Patrol says the men were stopped Sunday morning on Interstate 80 in Seward County for following too close. The trooper searched the car, and 99 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase in the trunk. The 29 year old driver, and the 26-year-old passenger, both from Aurora,

Lincoln Man Dies Falling From Vehicle Roof


A Lincoln man has been identified as the victim who died in a single vehicle accident late Saturday night. It happened shortly after midnight on 52nd Street between Spruce and LaSalle. Lincoln Police say 27 year old James Rubio climbed out the sunroof of a sport-utility vehicle, fell to the street, and died. The driver of the vehicle was 34 year old Lindsey McAllister, also of Lincoln.

Panhandle Bond Issue Certified


Voters in the northwest Nebraska city of Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. The Dawes County Clerk's office told city officials Tuesday night that the measure had qualified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Hearing Set to Find Psychiatric Facility for Jenkins


(8-7-14) A judge has set a hearing to find a psychiatric facility that will treat an Omaha man found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people. The hearing will be held more than two weeks after Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Nikko Jenkins to the state's psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment.

Pershing Center Holds Last Concert August 6


(8-7-14) The Goo Goo Dolls will be known as the last live act at Pershing. It's not the last event at Pershing; the No Coast Derby Girls still have some matches this month, but the Goo Goo Dolls will be the last concert. Their last encore song on August 6 was a Supertramp cover, "Give A Little Bit."

Man Dies From Stab Wounds Suffered During Family Gathering


A 77-year-old Lincoln man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his 46-year-old son-in-law late Tuesday night at a family birthday party.  Police Officer Katie Flood says the victim, Sujay Nooka, was stabbed in the chest allegedly by his father-in-law, Bayapa Lingala.  Nooka was rushed to a hospital for surgery and died just before 3am Wednesday.  

City Clerk to Pay Restitution for Theft


A former city clerk in the south-central Nebraska town of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay back $55,000 to the city she's convicted of embezzling. Jennifer Bassett appeared at a restitution hearing in Clay County District Court at which prosecutors showed that she took $96,000.

Interpreter Accused of Theft From Client


A Lincoln woman who translated bank information into English for an elderly woman has been accused of stealing more than $13,000 from her. Lincoln police say 19-year-old Martha M. Rik was arrested Thursday on suspicion of theft by deception and identity theft. Court records do not list an attorney. The 64-year-old woman contacted authorities in May to report that money was missing.

Walking Pneumonia Outbreak At Nursing Home Turns Deadly


A quarantine has been lifted at a Columbus nursing home where a respiratory illness contributed to the deaths of five patients. The quarantine was imposed June 19 at Golden LivingCenter-Columbus. Health officials say that as of Wednesday, 34 patients and 15 staff members had caught the illness. The home has about 130 patients and 140 employees.

"P" Street Temporarily One Lane


(7-2-14) For several days each of the next three weeks, traffic on “P” Street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall will be reduced to one lane of traffic during daytime, off-peak hours. The lane restrictions are expected to take place Mondays through Wednesdays. The closures will be for asphalt patching and the installation of permanent pavement markings as part of the streetscape project.

Raybould To Be Hassebrook's Running Mate In Governor's Race


Democrat Chuck Hassebrook has chosen Lancaster County Commissioner and Lincoln business executive Jane Raybould to be his running mate in the race for Governor.  Raybould, who's a Democrat and Vice-President of her family's grocery store business B&R Stores, says she will serve out her current term as a member of the county board, but will withdraw as a candidate for re-election.

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


Nebraska authorities have identified the 34-year-old man found dead near Beaver Crossing last week. The Nebraska State Patrol says the combination of fingerprint records and tips from the public helped identify Hai Sinh Nguyen of Lincoln. His body was found on the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County Wednesday. An autopsy confirmed that Nguyen did not die of natural causes, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


A woman is in the hospital after falling from a sixth floor window at the Embassy Suites. Our media partner 1011 news reports that at around 12:30 this morning, Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the woman on a two-story roof. A ladder truck helped rescue workers get her off the roof. Lincoln Police told KFOR News she is still alive, but in a Lincoln hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


Sidewalk and lane closures begin tomorrow at the intersection of Centennial Mall and "O" Street. As part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall, the north half of the intersection will close on Monday. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half. When work on the north half is done, the south half will close. The project is expected to be complete in 35 to 40 days.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


(6-26-14) The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Lincoln Tuesday evening has been identified as 19-year-old, Mark Wenzl of Seward. Police say Wenzl was heading downtown on Rosa Parks Way when he crashed into a concrete barrier and was thrown over the guardrail and onto a parking lot below near 7th street.

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


A sex offender who moved into the home of a Columbus woman and later molested two of her children has been given five years in prison. The 25-year-old man had pleaded no contest and was convicted of sexual assault of a child. The man is not being identified in order to protect the privacy of the teenage boys the man was accused of molesting.

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


(6-23-14) An 83-year-old woman has died after a collision on U.S. Highway 81 near Strang. The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 2:45 p.m., Sunday. Joan Hendrickson was turning north off Nebraska Highway 74 onto U.S. 81 when her car was struck by a southbound sport utility vehicle. Hendrickson, of Shickley, was fatally injured.

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


(6-16-14) A burglar got away with an ATM from a convenience store.  Sometime between Midnight and 5 in the morning Sunday, a man broke into the C Station convenience store at 1120 South Coddington. Saturday night's storm knocked out power in the neighborhood, so lights were out and security camera's didn't work.

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


Charges against a Lincoln man for handling out religious pamphlets outside the Pinnacle Bank arena have been dropped. 77-year-old Larry Ball was arrested March 15 for handing out literature during the state basketball tournament. Ball was arrested after he refused a request from arena security to leave. He claimed he was on public property.

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


The family of a Raymond, Nebraska, man gunned down two years ago in Mississippi while picking his grandson up from college in Florida, could know very soon if the man accused of the murder will spend the rest of his life in prison.  James Willie is accused of killing Tom Schlender in his vehicle on Interstate 55 in May of 2012. 

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


The dedication of a replica Memorial Wall drew hundreds of Vietnam veterans to Freedom Park in South Sioux City.  The half-scale replica of the wall bears the names of more than 58,000 U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War.  The 250 foot black granite wall is the only replica that duplicates the original design in the nation's capital.

Patty Duke Taken to Omaha Hospital During Film Screening


An organizer of a screening of "The Miracle Worker" in Omaha says one of the movie's stars, Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, left the event because of stomach pain. The 67-year-old Duke was taken by a private vehicle Friday evening to the Nebraska Medical Center after complaining of stomach pain. Organizer Bruce Crawford says Duke's medical condition was not serious, but that but that an Omaha doctor who had been running tests on Duke asked her to come in for more tests Friday night after she reported the pain.

Ben Sasse Resigns From Midland


Midland University President Ben Sasse announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective at the end of the year.  Sasse, who is the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Mike Johanns, is running against Democrat Dave Domina in November. 

Nebraska Twister Damage Estimated at $300,000


Damage to Lancaster County property is estimated at 300,000 dollars after Sunday's round of tornadoes.  Three of the twisters have been verified in northern Lancaster County, damaging two dozen buildings, including one grain bin that was dropped on a county road.  Flooded roads were closed in 10 places during the storm, one bridge remains closed, and Count Engineer Pam Dingman says

UNMC Chancellor Receives Prestigious Health Care Leadership Award


University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold is in Chicago this week to receive a prestigious health care leadership award.  Gold is one of 25 recipients this year of the Becker's Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards by Becker's Hospital Review. 

Lincoln Water Levels Good, No Residential Watering Schedule in Demand


Mayor Beutler announced today that Lincoln's water supply is 95 percent full and he will not ask residents to follow a watering schedule at this time. The water level was below normal from December to March and slightly above normal in April. 

Two Indicted for Hacking UNL, U.S. Navy, More Computer Systems


Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma say two men have been indicted for hacking into computer systems of more than 30 computer systems of public and private organizations, including that of UNL and the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa says 27-year-old Nicholas Knight, of Virginia, and 20-year-old Daniel Krueger, of Illinois, are a part of a group called Team Digi7al that tries to

Storm Damages Four Major NPPD Lines


(5-12-14) Sunday night's storms will be costly for the Nebraska Public Power District.  The state's largest utility reports damage to four major transmission lines. About 100 poles were damaged on a large 345 kilovolt line running from Hallam to McCool Junction.  At one point in the storm, that line fell to the ground across U-S Highway 81.  Another 100 kilovolt line, from McCool

Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer Retires


Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer is retiring, after being the city's lawyer for the past five years. Mayor Beutler announced today that assistant city attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick will be the new city attorney starting June 1st. Kirkpatrick spent 12 years in private practice, after joining the city attorney's office in 2010, particularly with Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

18-Year-Old Hits, Runs, Accidentally Kills, Gets 4 to 5 Years


An 18-year-old woman will be sent to prison for four to five years for a hit-and-run which killed another driver. Eighteen-year-old Justice Wiggins of Omaha ran into some property and sped away from the scene.  She ran a stop sign, collided with an SUV and killed the 23-year-old driver.  Court records say she pleaded guilty to failing to stop and render aid and to misdemeanor vehicular

Midwest Community Leaders Advise Senate Panel on Improving Communities


(5-1-14) Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not, in order to thrive economically.  They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential.  A subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee focused Thursday on how to boost rural

Overnight Armed Robbery At South Lincoln U-Stop


An overnight armed robbery in South Lincoln nets an arrest shortly after it occurred.  Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost told our media partner 10/11 news around 1:30 Sunday, four men walked into a the U-Stop at 13th and South and demanded cash. 

Shots Fired At West Lincoln Trailer Park


Shots were fired into a Lincoln home overnight.  Our media partner 10/11 news reports that Lincoln Police received several reports of shots fired just after midnight at the Contempo Trailer Park at 600 West Farfield.  

9-Year-Old Killed by Bobcat Machine


A 9-year-old boy was killed when a Bobcat Loader backed over him near Ashland.  Cass County Sheriff William C. Brueggemann, told our media partner 10/11 news just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon a male was operating a bobcat loader

Midwest States to Jointly Combat Wildfires


Nebraska is preparing to joining forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas to help fight rural wildfires.  A bill sent to Governor Heineman would allow Nebraska to join the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact, an agreement which lets member states share firefighters and equipment in an emergency.  Kansas is considering a similar proposal.  

Pipeline Opponents Protest with 80-Acres of Artwork


Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland(hash)NoKXL."

Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash


Omaha Police have identified the motorcycle rider who was killed in a weekend crash after failing to negotiate a corner in the road. Omaha police say 27-year-old David Plassmann of Bellevue died Saturday afternoon while out riding with others.

Syracuse Man Arrested for DUI after Crashing into Pole


A Syracuse man was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a power pole. Just before 1:00 Sunday morning, a Bennett firefighter drove up on a crash near 176th and Roca Road.

Driver Rolls Car Over, Gets DUI, Negligent Driving


(4-11-14) A one-car rollover crash shortly after bar close last night resulted in no injuries but two citations--a DUI and negligent driving. 21-year-old Nathaniel Wilkens was driving too fast on the curve of Capital Parkway between J street and Randolph and lost control of his Pontiac Grand Am. His car flipped over and hit a curb and tree. Wilkens was not seriously injured. 

Health and Human Services Official Vivianne Chaumont Dies at 60


A well-known state Health and Human services official has died.  Vivianne Chaumont, who oversaw Nebraska's Medicaid and long-term care services, has died of cancer. She was 60.  Chaumont was appointed to the agency in May 2007.  She previously was an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado. Chaumont is survived by three children.

Approved Bill to Help Elderly Nebraskans Maintain Home-Living


A bill that would provide millions of dollars in federal and state funding to help elderly Nebraskans stay in their homes has won approval from lawmakers, despite a veto.   Lawmakers overrode Gov. Dave Heineman's veto on Thursday with the minimum 30 votes required. The proposal would direct Nebraska to apply for a federal grant that would help pay for in-home services.

Unknown Thief or Thieves Break Into At Least 15 Cars at UNL


(4-10-14) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police are looking at surveillance video to see if they can find out who smashed windows in at least 15 vehicles early Wednesday morning.  Two UNL parking lots were targeted--one on South Street between Vine and 19th streets, the other near 22nd and U streets.  Cell phones, iPods, cash, and other valuables were taken.  Police encourage

Bill to Up Penalties on Assaulted Medical, Social Workers Faces Final Vote


(4-10-14) Assaulting a firefighter, paramedic, or social worker could carry a stiffer penalty under a bill headed to a final vote in the Legislature.  Lawmakers gave 2nd-round approval to the legislation by Omaha Senator, Steve Lathrop.  Yesterday's vote followed a filibuster led by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, who argues that the law shouldn't treat assault victims differently

Are You Sure You're Registered for the May 13th Primary?


The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will set up for voter registration at several extra sites on Saturday. Anyone who turns 18 on or before November 4, has moved, changed their name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, needs to register.

Ex-Convict Jobs Ammendment Heading to Final Vote as Part of Prison Reform Bill


A bill designed to help ex-convicts find jobs in Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. The measure, part of the state's prison reform bill, was amended Tuesday before receiving second-round approval by lawmakers.

Tom Osborne Endorses Mike Foley for Governor


Former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne today endorsed State Auditor Mike Foley's candidacy for Governor. In making the endorsement, Osborne said Foley is an honorable man who can't be bought.

Fines Possible for P Street Project Contractor


August 29th...mark it on your calendar. It's the date by which the P Street project must be done or the contractor faces stiff fines, If P Street and Centennial Mall isn't done in 30 days.

Fillibuster Kills Sexual Discrimination Bill


20 states and the District of Columbia have laws preventing employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender. Nebraska will not join that list of states this year. Lawmakers fell 7 votes short of getting the support needed.

City Council Repeals Curfew


In a unanimous vote, the City Council repeals the teenage curfew ordinance. It's been the law since 1949 that young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to be in businesses where alcohol is served past 9 at night.

Nebraska DMV Closes Driver's License Operations


If you need to renew your driver's license, you might have to skip the DMV this week and go online. All state licensing operations are shut down through Thursday. Staff members are going through planned training sessions.

Horse Race Betting Bill Passes Legislature


A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature. Lawmakers voted 30-17 in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

Heineman Vetoes Elderly Care Funding Bill


Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would require Nebraska to apply for federal funding for in-home care services for the elderly. The governor argues that while the bill's goal is laudable, it would shift millions of dollars in expenses onto state government.

Nebraskans Remember Mickey Rooney


Actor Mickey Rooney will always be remembered at Boys Town for his Oscar-winning role in the 1938 movie about the Nebraska home for troubled youth. Rooney, who died Sunday at the age of 93, was named Mayor for Life at Boys Town in 2003.

Many State Parks to Reopen Early


Officials say state parks and recreation areas closed temporarily last fall to deal with deferred maintenance amid budget woes will reopen nearly two weeks earlier than scheduled. 

Task Force Arrests Wanted Fugitive in Lincoln



The US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) announced it has arrested Jason Robert Jackson, 24 based on his federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jackson was arrested around midnight on Sunday at a residence in the 2500 block of N street in Lincoln.

Man Killed by Gunshot


A man is dead after a shooting yesterday evening at around seven-thirty at the Lion's Gate Apartments on the 5100 block of Vine Street. Our media partner 1011 says the shooting was accidental, but police aren't willing to confirm anything.

Anti-Icing System to be Installed on I-80 Bridges


An anti-icing system is scheduled to be installed on four Interstate 80 bridges about four miles west of Aurora next week. The project will include construction of a camera tower and a building that will house the anti-icing chemicals.

Two Young Students Injured in Bus Crash Near Norfolk


Authorities say two girls were injured following a school bus crash in Stanton County. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday morning near Norfolk. The girls, ages 8 and 9, were taken to a local hospital.

Palin Endorses Ricketts


Sarah Palin is jumping into Nebraska politics again. The former vice-presidential candidate is endorsing Pete Ricketts' bid for the Republican nomination for governor, calling him a "principled conservative." Ricketts is competing in a six-w

Former Crime Scene Investigator Ordered to Pay Restitution and Punitive Damages


Discredited former Douglas County crime scene investigator David Kofoed has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $6.6 million to two men he's accused of framing for a double murder. U.S. Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the orders.

Indepentent U.S. Senate Candidate not Invited to Business Forum


Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins today objected to a decision by the National Federation of Independent Business not to invite him to a small business forum featuring other Senate candidates.

Three-Year-Old Dies after Accident


A 3-year-old boy has died in an Omaha hospital after being accidentally run over by his uncle at a trailer park in Hastings. Taylor Wilson, of Nebraska Medical Center, on Tuesday confirmed the death of Aldo Ramirez-Lopez.

Lincoln Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Gun to Felon


A 36-year-old Lincoln man has been given 46 months in federal prison for selling a gun to a convicted felon. Ashley Gerbig was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. He pleaded guilty to one count in October.

Legislature Overrides Governor's Budget Veto


Nebraska lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of state budget items, including funding for courtyard fountains and a new heating system at the Capitol. The 37-11 vote on Tuesday comes days after Heineman announced the veto.

Hit and Run Crash Shoves Parked Car Against House


Lincoln Police are investigating a hit and run accident where a parked car was overturned and hit a house and the suspect was  arrested 10 blocks from crash scene, still in his destroyed car.  Our media partner 10/11 news is reporting just after 9:00 Saturday night emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of A Street for a reported rollover accident.

Lincoln Police Catch Stabbing Suspect


Lincoln Police have caught the man they say is responsible for a stabbing early Sunday morning.  Around 7:40 a.m., LPD Captain David Beggs said the suspect went into the CVS Pharmacy and asked the cashier about a TracFone prepaid cellphone. 

Lincoln Police Arrest Murder Suspect


Lincoln Police have made an arrest an arrest in the homicide of Nathaniel Morton Sr.  Captain Jason Stille tells KFOR News 21-year-old Kashius Haynes turned himself into authorities around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

Milford Woman Admits Lying about Man's Threats


A Milford woman has made a plea deal and was convicted in a perjury case. Betsy Smith pleaded no contest, and will be sentenced May 12. Prosecutors say Smith had sought a protection order against a York man.

Minnesota Man's $5,000 Wheelchair Stolen


The State Patrol is asking for help finding a wheelchair stolen from its owner as he traveled through Nebraska. A 29-year old Minnesota man called the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday to report that his wheelchair had been stolen.

Boy Scouts Hurt in Gunpowder Explosion


Boy Scouts experimenting with gunpowder for a ceremony have been injured in an explosion and fire at a Council Bluffs Home. The Fire investigator said that the accident occurred around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

Woman Sues Strip Club Over Wages


A Wisconsin woman is suing a Lincoln-area strip club where she dances, saying the owner of Shakers of Waverly has not paid her or other dancers an hourly wage or overtime in the three years she has worked there.

19-Year-Old Going Back to Prison


A 19-year-old on parole for robbery is going back to prison for nearly a year for trying to force his way into Lincoln North Star High School last year. William Holloway and two friends fought with two guards and a school administrator.

Lincoln Post Office may Close


The U.S. Postal Service is studying whether to continue operating the University Place Post Office. Postal Union President Tony Ridder says in his monthly newsletter that a decision has already been made to close the station at 48th and Leighton.

Grand Island Fights for Renovated State Veterans Home, Not New


Grand Island leaders haven't given up on retaining the state veterans home instead of seeing the state build a replacement in Kearney.   Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek is preparing a counterproposal to the plan approved by Gov. Dave Heineman. The state plan already has been sent to federal officials in Washington, where it awaits funding. 

Legislature Approves Budget


Nebraska lawmakers have approved changes to the state's two-year budget, including new money for property tax relief. The $7.8 billion package passed on Monday includes new funding for Nebraska's property tax credit program, water projects, and state park renovations. It also allocates money for job-training programs and pediatric cancer research. 

Mountain Lion Hunting Ban Waiting for Governor's Signature


Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season could come to a halt if a bill passed by state senators becomes law. The Legislature's 28-13 vote on Monday was enough to pass the measure, but supporters fell five votes short of the backing needed to put it into effect right away. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the bill to protect mountain lions.

Lincoln Police Investigate More Than 20 Car Vandalism Cases


Police are investigating more than 20 vandalism cases in south-central Lincoln.  Lincoln Police told 10/11 news  they started getting reports of graffiti on cars and homes and slashed tires just after 8 Saturday morning.

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Occurs In West Lincoln


A man is in serious condition after his car rolled west of 190th and Pioneers Blvd yesterday afternoon and he was ejected.  Lancaster County Sheriff Sergeant John Vik told our media parter 10/11 News the single vehicle crash happened just after 5:00 pm. 

Missing Teens Found in Florida


 Lincoln Police tell our media partner 1011 News, Rachael Bates and Samantha Zuerlein have been located in Titusville, Florida.  Lincoln Police Captain David Beggs said the girls were sleeping in the 1997 silver Lincoln Continental they were last seen in, when Titusville police found the girls in a Walmart parking lot.

Driver Hits Stalled Car and Owner


A woman putting gas in her stalled vehicle on 40th Street was hit by a car last night near C Street. The woman, Tracy Macke, was taken to intensive care but Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the woman's injuries are not considered life threatening. The driver, Sara Inhofe, was driving southbound on 40th Street when she saw the stalled car with its flashers on too late and swerved,

Man Hit in Head by Large Tree, Dies 4 Days Later


(4-3-14) A 57-year-old Roca man has died four days after being hit by a falling tree.   Wade Wunderlich used a chain saw to cut down the tree Saturday. He and his wife had been working for months to remove the tree from the 100-acre property they recently bought three miles west of Roca in southeast Nebraska. 

New Hydraulic Cot In LFR Ambulances


New hydraulic cot for LFR ambulances.

Federal Judge Catches Heat for Comments


A federal judge is catching some heat for referring to himself as "a dirty old man" and suggesting in his personal blog that young women attorneys need to dress more conservatively in court. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf weighed in on the topic Tuesday, relaying a story about a local female attorney in her late 20s who "wears very short skirts..."

Abdullah Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for 3rd Time this Year


Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is the offensive player of the week in the Big Ten for the third time in five weeks. Abdullah, who leads the nation in rushing yards and is second in yards per game, ran for 208 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-14 win over Illinois. He had 196 yards in the first half. Abdullah has three 200-yard rushing games this season and four in his career.

Huskers Beat Illinois 45-14


Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns as 21st ranked Nebraska beat Illinois 45-14 Saturday night. Imani Cross added a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown. The Huskers are off to their best start since 2010 heading into next week's game at Number 9 Michigan State.

High-Powered Miami Offense Will Challenge NU's Defense


The 24th-ranked Nebraska football team continues to focus on playing Miami this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, in what will be the 11th meeting between both teams and the first trip to Lincoln for the Hurricanes since 1976.   Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after practice Tuesday they're preparing for a high-powered offense.  

Nebraska Mens Hoops: Huskers To Play On BTN 13 Times In 2014-15


A minimum of 13 Nebraska men’s basketball games will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season.  Eleven games will air on BTN and available nationally...two games will air online on BTN Plus, which is a subscription-based service available on computers, smartphones and tablets as part of the BTN2Go app.  

Tuesday's High School Volleyball Results


Click the headline to see scores from Tuesday night's volleyball action involving Lincoln area teams.

Nebraska Men's Basketball: Schedule Released For Tourney In Hawaii


The Nebraska basketball team will face a tough challenge in the opening round of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, when the Huskers face homestanding Hawaii in its tournament opener. The Huskers and Rainbow Warriors will tip off at Midnight (central) on Dec. 23, in a game televised nationally on ESPNU.  

Two Saltdogs Receive Weekly Honors


The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the league's weekly awards for the week ending June 1, as 1B Ian Gac was named Pointstreak Player of the Week and RHP Marquis Fleming was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. Pointstreak is the official baseball statistician of the American Association.  

Nebraska Women's Basketball Notches NCAA Tourney Win


Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the B

Husker Men Fall to Baylor in NCAA Tournament


The Husker Basketball team is finished after one game in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected from the Cornhuskers'  West Region game against Baylor after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half. Miles drew his second technical for unsportsmanlike conduct with 11:17 left in the game and Nebraska losing 50-32.

Edwards Named Big Ten Players of the Week


Nebraska softball player Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The award is the first of Edwards’ career, although she is a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree.....

Huskers Hold First Florida Practice


The Nebraska football team practiced on the campus of the University of North Florida for the first time Friday morning, beginning preparation for the Gator Bowl against No. 23 Georgia. The Huskers and Bulldogs are set to battle Wednesday, New Year's Day, in an 11 a.m game that will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Huskers practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for just over two hours.  It was the first of four scheduled pre-game practices.

Huskers Prepare in Florida


The Nebraska football team arrived in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday (Thursday), six days away from their showdown with the 23rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cornhuskers will workout today (Friday) for the first time since before Christmas. Kickoff of the Gator Bowl is at 11am next Wednesday.

Holiday Tourney Play Begins


The holiday basketball tournament schedule will get underway around the area tomorrow and Saturday. Tournaments that start Friday include the Lincoln Lutheran holiday tournament which will feature the host school Lutheran, along with Fairbury, Raymond Central and Louisville.

Hooper Leads Huskers to Win Over Utah State


All-American, Jordan Hooper, erupted for game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead #15 Nebraska to a 95-75 win over Utah State yesterday (Sunday) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the victory, Nebraska improved 7-2 overall, while Utah State slipped to 5-3.

Bluejays Take Down Huskers


All-American Doug McDermott scored a game-high 33 points to lead three Creighton players in double figures, as the Bluejays thumped Nebraska, 82-67 last (Sunday) night. The Huskers return to action on Saturday, taking on Arkansas State.

Huskers to Play in Gator Bowl New Years' Day


Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the 3rd straight season. The Huskers have been selected to play in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville against Georgia. January 1st kick off will 11 o'clock - Lincoln time. Nebraska goes into the bowl game at 8-4.

Pelini Reprimanded By Big Ten Conference


The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Nebraska’s game against Iowa on Nov. 29, 2013. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.

Husker Volleyball Hosts Another NCAA Regional


The Nebraska volleyball team will spend opening weekend of the postseason at home for the 10th straight season as the Bob Devaney Sports Center has been chosen as one of 16 sites for the NCAA 1st and 2nd-round play next weekend. The Huskers will be making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance and they will go in as the #8 overall seed among the 64 teams.

Pelini Issues Statement


Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has issued a statement, following Saturday's announcement regarding his retention as coach.

“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus.   I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and

Falls City Sacred Heart Wins D2 Football Title


Charles Dunn passed for five touchdowns and ran for another, and top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart won its first state football championship since 1994 and its seventh overall with its 63-14 victory over No. 9 Stuart in the Class D2 final Monday. The Irish (13-0) scored 56 straight points after falling behind 8-0 early.

Omaha Skutt Wins Class B Football TItle


Quarterback Isaiah Ramsey ran for two touchdowns and Zachary Zeplin intercepted three passes as second-ranked Omaha Skutt posted its fourth shutout of the season in a 30-0 victory over No. 4 York in the Class B championship game Monday night. The Skyhawks claimed their first title since 2005, winning 12 straight games after losing their season opener to Gretna.

Oklahoma High School Star Signs With NU Mens Hoops


Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced that Jacob Hammond has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the Husker basketball program on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.  Hammond, a 6-foot-10, 230-pounder from Comanche, Okla., is considered one of the nation’s top big men in the class of 2014. 

HS FOOTBALL: Ashland-Greenwood Ends Christian's Season


The run through the post season is over for the Lincoln Christian football team.  The Crusaders could not overcome a second half comeback by Ashland-Greenwood and fell to the Bluejays 33-13 Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Ashland.  Christian struck first, though, in the first quarter, with this 76-yard touchdown run from quarterback Logan Power on the third play in their opening drive.

HS FOOTBALL: Ashland-Greenwood Ends Christian's Season


The run through the post season is over for the Lincoln Christian football team.  The Crusaders could not overcome a second half comeback by Ashland-Greenwood and fell to the Bluejays 33-13 Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Ashland.  Christian struck first, though, in the first quarter, with this 76-yard touchdown run from quarterback Logan Power on the third play in their opening drive.

Husker Soccer Headed to Championship Game


The top-seeded Nebraska soccer team faced an early deficit for second straight match but used three second-half goals to defeat No. 4 seed Indiana by a 3-1 margin on Friday in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. NU's season-best eighth consecutive win locked up a spot in Sunday's title match against the No. 7 seed Iowa.

Husker Soccer To Face Indiana


The top-seeded Nebraska soccer program continues its march toward the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title in Champaign on Friday, Nov. 8 with a semifinal match slated for 1:30pm against No. 4 seed Indiana. The Huskers will face the Hoosiers for the second time in a week as NU looks to capture its first Big Ten Tournament Championship and first tournament title since 2002.

Exhibition Play over for Women's Basketball


Exhibition play is over with for the 12th-ranked Nebraska womens basketball team, after their 75-34 victory against Nebraska-Kearney yesterday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady had double-doubles, as Hooper scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Cady had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. 

Nebraska, Michigan Game Time Set


Nebraska will play Michigan on ABC Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich. That's according to the Big Ten Conference. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central on Saturday between the 6-2 Huskers and the 8-1 Wolverines will help determine which Big Ten teams will play in the conference championship game.

Hail Mary Leads to Saturday Win


Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.

Huskers Over Purdue, 44-7


The Huskers did what they were supposed to do Saturday against the Big Ten's weakest team, winning 44-7 at Purdue. If nothing else, the game showed they really could use injured veteran quarterback, Taylor Martinez, for the challenging November stretch which will determine whether the Huskers return to the Big Ten championship game.

First Conference Loss for Nebraska Volleyball


#9 Nebraska fell to #7 Michigan State over the weekend at Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University. The loss marks the Huskers’ first conference defeat of the 2013 season. The Huskers return home next weekend to host Indiana on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., at the Devaney Center.

Huskers Down Minnesota in 3 sets, Wisconsin in 5


After a huge win against No. 8 Minnesota on Friday night, the Husker volleyball team took a while to find their rhythm against No. 23 Wisconsin. While the ladies did come away with a win, they definitely had to fight through it as the game went all five sets last night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

Blue Jays Fall in Third Place Game in California


Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night. The Colonials took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.

Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Has Dodged Authorities Before


Courtesy Roman Kamensky(NEW YORK) -- The accused cop killer who's been the subject of a manhunt in eastern Pennsylvania for weeks tried to dodge authorities once before to escape prosecution, ABC News learned Wednesday.Eric Frein, a war reenactor obsessed with Eastern European armies and weaponry, was arrested and charged with grand larceny in 2004 after stealing uniforms from a World War II reenactment in New York. He requested a jury trial but never appeared."On the day that his trial was supposed to start he didn't show up," Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary told ABC News.The judge issued a warrant for his arrest on bail jumping. Frein's father, a retired Army major, brought him to New York to handle the charges. Frein pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, spent about four months in jail and paid $3,000 in restitution."He made it much worse than what it could have been, for sure," Fazzary said.Frein, 31, swiped five wool replica uniforms, 10 smocks, seven camouflage socks and two wool caps in the heist at the World War II Reenactment Center in Odessa, New York. The owner of the items saw them for sale on eBay two months later.Fazarry said he knew at the time that Frein "was some sort of marksman and may have had a number of weapons."Now, a decade later, Frein is evading police once more. He's been on the run since Sept. 12, when, police said, he shot two Pennsylvania state troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks before fleeing into the woods. He's a trained survivalist and skilled shooter, and police believe he planned the ambush and was prepared to hide out in the woods for a long period of time.Police have found an AK-47, two functional pipe bombs, empty packs of Serbian cigarettes and soiled diapers in the search. They believe Frein has been hiding out near the border of Pike and Monroe counties, not far from his home in Canadensis, Pennsylvania.Shortly after the ambush, they also found his abandoned Jeep in a swamp. There was military gear, empty rifle cases, camouflage face paint and a black hooded sweatshirt inside, police said.Frein has been spotted several times but police were never close enough to apprehend the suspect, accused of killing one officer and shooting another in the attack nearly three weeks ago. Lt. Col. George Bivens, who is leading the manhunt, suspects Frein is getting tired."You are clearly stressed," Bivens said a press conference on Tuesday, calling for Frein to surrender. "You're making significant mistakes. We continue to take your supplies and your weapon stockpiles. While you are no doubt weakening, our troopers' resolve is very strong. We are not going anywhere."The FBI has added Frein to its 10 Most Wanted fugitive list.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Missing Texas Girl Found 12 Years Later in Mexico


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas girl who has been missing for 12 years is back in the United States Wednesday after authorities located her in Mexico, authorities said.The Austin Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Sabrina Allen had been located, however declined to release further information.A news conference, which includes local police and the FBI, is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to discuss "a significant arrest," authorities said.Philip Klein, a private investigator who has worked on the case, told ABC News that Allen, who was 4 years old when she went missing, was located in a small town southeast of Mexico City.The mission was carried out by Mexican federal authorities, the U.S. Marshals and FBI, according to Klein, who said that one of the Mexican agents sustained a minor injury in the operations.The missing girl, who is now a teenager, was taken into custody with her mother, Dara Llorens, and flown back to Houston late Tuesday, Klein said.He said Llorens was booked into Travis County Jail, while Allen is currently undergoing a medical evaluation at an undisclosed location.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Child Infected with Enterovirus 68 Dies in Rhode Island


iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- A child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Wednesday.The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.“We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” state Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine said in a statement. “Many of us will have EV-D68 [enterovirus 68]. Most of us will have very mild symptoms and all but very few will recover quickly and completely."Enterovirus 68, which is suspected of sickening children in 45 states, starts out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious and send children to the hospital with breathing problems. And on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was investigating whether the virus led to temporary limb paralysis in nine children in Colorado. It is related to the polio virus.The girl's illness began with cold-like symptoms and shortness of breath, Fine said during a press conference Wednesday. Her parents called 911 last week, but after she arrived at the hospital her condition "deteriorated very quickly.""Things became dire," Fine said.She died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which he said was "associated with" her enterovirus 68 infection.Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives in about 30 percent of people's noses and usually doesn't cause any problems, according to the CDC. It can be serious or fatal when it results in sepsis, which is body-wide inflammation that results from an infection, according to the CDC. Sepsis can cause blow flow problems, which leads to organ failure.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Enterovirus 68 Claims First Child Fatality with Death in Rhode Island


iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The first child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Wednesday.The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.“We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” state Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine said in a statement. “Many of us will have EV-D68 [enterovirus 68]. Most of us will have very mild symptoms and all but very few will recover quickly and completely."Enterovirus 68, which is suspected of sickening children in 45 states, starts out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious and send children to the hospital with breathing problems. And on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was investigating whether the virus led to temporary limb paralysis in nine children in Colorado. It is related to the polio virus.The girl's illness began with cold-like symptoms and shortness of breath, Fine said during a press conference Wednesday. Her parents called 911 last week, but after she arrived at the hospital her condition "deteriorated very quickly.""Things became dire," Fine said.She died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which he said was "associated with" her enterovirus 68 infection.Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives in about 30 percent of people's noses and usually doesn't cause any problems, according to the CDC. It can be serious or fatal when it results in sepsis, which is body-wide inflammation that results from an infection, according to the CDC. Sepsis can cause blow flow problems, which leads to organ failure.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

CDC: It's 'Not Necessary' to Release Ebola Patient's Flight Information


James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(ATLANTA) -- The flight information for the Ebola patient diagnosed in Texas will not be released by health officials because "it's just not necessary," a spokesperson at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told ABC News.The CDC announced that the man has tested positive for the disease, making him the first person to have discovered he had the virus while on U.S. soil, and they made it clear that he traveled from Liberia to America to visit family in Dallas."If we need to contact passengers we have a way. We'd call ourselves," the CDC spokesperson said.Even though the CDC will not release his flight plan from Liberia to the United States, it is clear that he would have had to make at least two transfers -- including one in at least one other country.Flights from the airport in the Liberian capital of Monrovia fly to only six destinations -- four in West and Central Africa, one flight to Morocco and one flight to Brussels, Belgium. There are no direct flights into the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from any of those six destinations, meaning that the man had to make at least one more change.The CDC said Tuesday that the passengers who unknowingly traveled with the man need not be concerned because he was not contagious while he was on the plane."The ill person did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa and CDC does not recommend that people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring, as Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms," the agency said in a statement Tuesday.The man left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Texas on Sept. 20, CDC Director Tom Frieden said."Ebola doesn't spread before someone gets sick and he didn't get sick until four days after he got off the airplane," Frieden noted during a news conference Tuesday.On his first visit to the hospital, doctors did not immediately conclude that he had Ebola and they sent him home but he returned with much more drastic symptoms on Sept. 27, according to the CDC. He was put in a special isolation unit the following day.Part of the problem in diagnosing Ebola comes from the fact that patients, like this man, can take up to 21 days to exhibit symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

National Nursing Shortage Fueled by Lack of Teachers


Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any emergency room -- but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast.The nursing shortage may not be caused just by lack of interest. In many ways, it’s caused by lack of capacity. Each year, 80,000 applicants are turned away from nursing schools, often because there aren’t enough teachers or resources to accommodate growing student interest.“Suddenly, we turned around and realized we’re not attracting enough nurses to go into teaching,” said Dr. Kimberly S. Glassman, with patient care services and the chief nursing officer at NYU Langone Medical Center.“The fear is we will have to shrink the number of nurses we can prepare for the future at a time when we need to prepare more,” she said.Many of America’s nurses are about to reach retirement age just as the baby boomer population is growing in its health care consumption -- compounding the urgency of the situation.“In addition to not having many student placements, and the retirement issue on the part of the faculty, the slowness at which we can prepare these nurses to serve as teachers has really come together at a time when we really want to increase the numbers, but we find that we are restrained,” said American Nurses Association President Pam Cipriano.But Glassman is quick to eschew a doomsday scenario, saying, “This is not something you’re going to feel day to day. ...This is something that we and other universities are paying attention to.”The ANA is taking note, as well, working to help fund scholarships and encouraging nursing students, as well as current registered nurses, to take advantage of doctoral and masters programs, providing them with a window to one day move into a faculty position.“On the one hand, we think that the position is getting better,” said Cipriano. “But on the other hand, we know it can take years before we can change the equation, before we have sufficient numbers of slots for those 80,000 candidates that are being turned away.”Glassman noted that larger institutions such as NYU Hospital and similar facilities in major cities are not the ones that are suffering the most. It’s the institutions in smaller, more rural areas that will see a more rapid change in a shorter amount of time.To that end, the ANA will be canvassing the halls of Congress this January in an effort to double down on funding efforts for schools and scholarship programs.In the meantime, Cipriano said, she’s focused on one basic question: “How can we redesign care? What are the care methods that will allow us to use the nurses we have in the most effective manner?”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Foster Farms Offers Award for Chickens Killed at California Plant


Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(CARUTHERS, Calif.) -- Foster Farms is offering $5,000 for information about the killing of nearly 1,000 chickens in Caruthers, California. The Fresno Sheriff's office said in a news release Tuesday that on Sept. 20, suspects used a golf club and "possibly another similar type instrument" to slaughter 920 chickens.Deputy Chris Curtice told the Los Angeles Times “whoever did something like this is pretty sick." Detectives are looking into a motive.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul Curry Convicted in 1994 Nicotine-Poisoning Death of His Wife


iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- Paul Curry was convicted of murder Tuesday in the 1994 nicotine-poisoning death of his wife.Closure into the death of Linda Curry, who was 50 when she died, eluded investigators for years.Jurors in Orange County, Calif. Superior Court reached the verdict after a day of deliberations -- guilty of first-degree murder, with special circumstances for poisoning and murder for financial gain. He was also convicted of insurance fraud.Curry stared forward as the verdict was read.Prosecutors argued that Curry, 57, poisoned his wife in order to collect more than $500,000 in insurance money and other benefits. He injected his wife with nicotine after sedating her with the sleep drug Ambien, a prosecutor said during the trial.Paul and Linda Curry met in 1989 while working at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County. The couple was married for 21 months when Linda died mysteriously in their Orange County home.She was a non-smoker, but tests revealed fatal levels of nicotine in her system.Curry’s defense attorney argued that Linda Curry had battled health issues for years -- even before the couple married -- and that Curry was a loving husband.Linda Curry’s relatives and friends were in court Tuesday, hopeful for justice.“This is really about Linda and what a beautiful person she was,” her friend Bruce Brandt told KABC-TV. “We can’t bring her back, but at least some justice is here now that he has to pay and think about her for the rest of his life.”A key witness during the trial was another of Curry’s ex-wives, Leslie Curry, who testified in court that she was frequently sick during their marriage and that Curry suggested they sign up for life insurance policies.After the life insurance policy for Leslie Curry was denied, the couple separated. Soon after, her health problems stopped, she said.It took 16 years for prosecutors to build their case against Curry. Curry moved to Nevada and later, Kansas, where he was remarried and working a government job when he was arrested in 2010.Prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh was thankful with the outcome of the trial.“I think we had a very smart jury that went through all the evidence and kept thinking that for 16 years, he was enjoying the fact that, in his mind, he thought he got away with murder,” Baytieh said.Curry will be sentenced Oct. 31, and could spend the rest of his life in state prison.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

One Injured in Louisville School Shooting, Suspect in Custody


John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A suspect is in custody in connection with a Louisville school shooting that left one person hospitalized on Tuesday.The MetroSafe Louisville Police Department believes that the shooter at Fern Creek High School acted alone and initially fled the scene after the shooting. He was identified only as a juvenile male.The school initially went to a level-five lockdown with students sheltering in place. They were later evacuated to Fern Creek Park, where they were reunited with their parents.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Where a Volcanic Eruption Like Japan's Mount Ontake Is Mostly Likely in the US


cpaulfell/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Could a deadly volcanic eruption like Mount Ontake's in Japan happen here in the United States?It's possible, U.S. Geological Survey scientist John Ewert told ABC News Tuesday. Luckily, most of the active volcanoes in America aren't near homes, businesses or schools, he said."When you look at the Cascade Volcanoes, which are most like Ontake, you find that these are all on federally managed lands, national parks or national forests and wilderness areas. We don't have much in the way of built environment nearby. An exception to that might be a place like Mt. Hood, which has ski lodges on the side, but these are not up by the crater."Ewert added that while eruptions are dangerous, "they don't tend to affect large areas.""The area of lethal effect for a phreatic explosion is as little as a radius of half a mile or less," he said, noting that the damage area varies.Americans are allowed to climb some active volcanoes, but many require a climbing permit, like Mount St. Helens in Washington, and it doesn't allow climbers to enter the crater."Mount St. Helens is a very risky place. It's not open to the general public just to take a hike and walk into," Ewert said, adding that officials also have the authority to shut down access altogether if volcanoes are at a higher level of alert.The USGS tracks volcanoes to warn people of when they're exhibiting unusual activity. Right now, there's a warning for Kilauea in Hawaii and a watch for Shishaldin in Alaska."In Kilauea, lava flows are moving toward an inhabited area," Ewert said. "Shishaldin is producing some low-level eruptive activity."But he suspects the most dangerous volcano in the country is Mount Rainier in Washington, based on the number of people in the surrounding area, "areas we know could be hazardous when that volcano is coming active," Ewert said.While scientists can tell when a volcano is more active than usual, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when an explosion will occur. And sometimes, there's no warning at all -- like at Mount Ontake."The alert level on that volcano had not been raised ahead of time so there was no reason to think there was an increase of explosive potential," Ewert said. "These things are very difficult to foresee."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bell Gardens, California, Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot, Killed at Home


Alex_Schmidt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BELL GARDENS, Calif.) -- Bell Gardens, Calif., Mayor Daniel Crespo was fatally shot at his home Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a domestic dispute with his wife, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.The mayor, 45, was shot at a gated complex in the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue shortly after 2:30 p.m. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department."Daniel Crespo Sr. became involved in an argument with his wife, Levette Crespo. Their 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr., tried to intervene and ultimately became involved in a physical altercation with Daniel Crespo Sr. During that time, Levette Crespo produced a firearm and shot her husband multiple times in the torso," according to the statement.Levette Crespo, 43, has been detained by the Bell Gardens Police Department, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement.Crespo, who had been a county deputy probation officer for the past 15 years, was first elected to the City Council in 2001, according to the bio posted on the City of Bell Gardens website.According to the bio, Crespo married "his high school sweetheart" in 1986 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up. They moved to Bell Gardens after they married, and had two children.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Charged with First-Degree Murder


AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) -- Alton Nolen, the man accused of stabbing two women and beheading one of them during a rampage at a Moore food processing plant, was charged with murder on Tuesday.According to court documents, Nolen left the human resources office after being suspended on the day of the attack. He drove to his residence to retrieve a knife, which he hid in his shoe prior to returning to the Vaughan Foods facility. The Moore Police Department said that Nolen "became angry" after being let go from his job.Police said Nolen severed the head of the first woman he attacked with a knife that is commonly used by employees at the plant. He then stabbed the second victim multiple times.Nolen was then shot by an off-duty Oklahoma County Reserve officer who also works at Vaughan Foods. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said on Tuesday that Nolen was charged with first-degree murder, and that he intends to file two charges of assault with a deadly weapon against the 30-year-old as well.Nolen was convicted of assault and battery on a police officer in 2011 and was imprisoned until his release in 2013. He is still on parole.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Frein Manhunt Finds Two 'Fully Functional' Pipe Bombs


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(NEW YORK) -- Police searching for accused cop killer Eric Frein in the dense woods of the Poconos Mountains have found two pipe bombs that could have been rigged to explode with a trip wire, police said Tuesday.The bombs were described as "substantial explosive devices" by Lt. Col. George Bivens. He said the metal nuts attached to them are “used to create shrapnel,” and were designed to be detonated with either a fuse or a trip wire."These devices are consistent with Frein's non-confrontational and gutless efforts to kill and injure law enforcement from a distance," Bivens said."We found them along with a number of other supplies available to be deployed," Bivens said. "It was in a site that he was using and had used for some overnight accommodations."The officer said the two pipe bombs were located "in close proximity" to where police spotted a man they believe was Frein within the last 24 hours. Bivens said the suspect was 75 to 100 yards away from officers when spotted, but was able to escape yet again in the thick woods.The manhunt for Frein has entered its third week. Police have previously said they were being cautious searching cabins and caves near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania for fear that Frein may have set booby-traps.Frein, 31, is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods. The hunt is focused on a few square miles and recently moved slightly south, Bivens said.Police have also found the suspect's abandoned Jeep, soiled diapers, Serbian cigarettes and an AK-47 in the search. He's been spotted several times but has evaded police capture.Bivens said he doesn't believe Frein left his weapons behind on accident."I believe that was done because he was under pressure and he abandoned them," he said.Bivens called on Frein to surrender.“You are clearly stressed,” he said. “You’re making significant mistakes. We continue to take your supplies and your weapon stockpiles. While you are no doubt weakening, our troopers’ resolve is very strong. We are not going anywhere.”Searchers found other supplies that police won't reveal, although Bivens did say that searchers have found ammunition "for a .308 rifle that we believe he has in his possession."Bivens said he released information about the bombs because the public deserves to know.Police got an initial lead when Frein turned on his cellphone in an attempt to call his parents, sources close to the investigation told ABC News. The phone was only on for a few seconds, but it was long enough for searchers to track the location, the source said. Bivens, who said he believes the suspect has a radio and access to the media, declined to discuss the phone call.Dogs flushed Frein from a hiding place one evening, Bivens said, but he was able to escape deeper into the woods as darkness fell.Frein, from Canadensis, is a skilled survivalist and war reenactor with a specific interest in Eastern European armies. He is also an expert on weapons who learned to shoot from his father, a retired Army major.He belonged to a military simulation group called the Eastern Wolves.Frein allegedly killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson when police say he opened fire at the barracks. Another trooper, Alex Douglass, was shot but is recovering.State police and the FBI have been scouring the woods ever since, focusing on a few square miles where they believe Frein is hiding. The search recently moved slightly south, Bivens said.Investigators will soon have to consider deer hunters in their search. Bow-hunting season will start on Saturday as scheduled, the Pennsylvania Game Commission told ABC News. Certain areas will be restricted, based on the search.The FBI has added Frein to its 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List and last week announced a new reward for $100,000 for information leading to his capture. That's in addition to a $75,000 reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Frein Manhunt Slowed by Explosives


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(NEW YORK) -- Police searching for an accused cop killer in the dense woods of the Poconos Mountains have found explosives believed to belong to the suspect, Eric Frein, a law enforcement source told ABC News.The manhunt for Frein has entered its third week. Police have previously said they were being cautious searching cabins and caves near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania for fear that Frein may have set booby-traps.Frein is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods.Police have also found the suspect's abandoned Jeep, soiled diapers, Serbian cigarettes and an AK-47 in the search.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Arsonist Suspected of Setting 23 Fires in Washington State


iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- Fire officials in Washington state suspect an arsonist is responsible for igniting 23 fires in the past few weeks, including one that burned through eight acres and put Spokane County residents on edge.Nearly all of the fires happened in the Greenacres area. Most were small brush fires, but several homes have been threatened, ABC News affiliate KXLY reported."We're blessed that nobody has been injured yet, but that's just a matter of time," Greenacres resident Carolyn Staples told KXLY.Two of the fires were set in vacant model homes. The first blaze was the Saltese Lake Fire on Sept. 18.Officials have asked the public to be vigilant, report any suspicious persons and keep an eye on their security cameras.The hunt for an arsonist was a personal mission for one Spokane firefighter.Greg Godfrey, an assistant chief of Spokane County Fire District #8, worked in California when a fellow firefighter was convicted of setting about 2,000 fires in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s and 1990s. John Orr, who was a captain and arson investigator at the Glendale Fire Department, is now serving life in prison."The fire department is a family," Godfrey told KXLY. "We're a very tight-knit group of individuals. We have to trust each other."He betrayed that," Godfrey added. "He put our people in jeopardy."One of the California fires killed four people, but Godfrey hopes officials catch the Washington arsonist before anyone gets hurt."We've been lucky," he told the station. "We've had small fires and one that started to get big, but we've been extremely lucky."Spokane County Fire District officials did not immediately return a call from ABC News.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio