LES: No Rate Increase for 2015


No rate increase for power customers for next year. The Lincoln Electric System Administrative Board approved the 2015 budget on Friday. The $346 million dollar budget is actually about seven percent higher than this year's, but offsetting increases in wholesale power sales in the Southwest Power Pool market evened it out. The public will have a chance to speak about the budget at a City Council hearing on November 3rd, and the Council is scheduled to vote on the 2015 LES budget November 17th.

Program to Keep Families Together Launches


Nebraska officials have launched a pilot program to keep more neglected children with their families, as long as steps can be taken to keep them safe. The program gives parents a chance to avoid law enforcement and the courts if they are deemed a low risk to hurt their children. Many cases are rooted in poverty, so the alternative response program seeks to connect families with services that provide food, transportation, shelter and other needs.

Disaster Office Closes


The field office for disaster recovery set up following tornadoes and severe weather that ripped through northeast Nebraska in the spring has closed. The Sioux City Journal reports that the office closed Saturday. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency staff will continue working on the disaster recovery process from offices in Lincoln.

Gov. Urges Nebraskans to Buy E85 Fuel


Gov. Dave Heineman and state agricultural leaders are urging Nebraskans to buy E85 fuel the next time they pull up to a gas pump in a flex fuel vehicle. Heineman touted the blended fuel on Friday during a conference call. E85 is a fuel mix that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline. The governor's office says there are about 180,000 flex fuel vehicles registered in Nebraska.

National Award for Lincoln's Trails


Lincoln's trail system received a prestigious national award Friday. The American Planning Association named it one of the 10 great public spaces for 2014. The Association said Lincoln's 131 miles of trails are valuable for linking parks, schools, commercials areas, and colleges and universities together. The association presents the award to 10 public places each year. In addition to Lincoln, this year's awards went to a park in Council Bluffs Iowa, as well as 8 other cities from coast to coast.

Nebraska GOP Accused of Race-Baiting


Republicans are airing an ad trying to link a Nebraska Democrat to a convicted murderer. The ad criticizes congressional candidate Brad Ashford for supporting a law that cuts prison sentences for time served. The ad focuses on Nikko Jenkins, who committed four murders in 11 days. The commercial says Ashford's support for the good time law allows criminals like Jenkins to be released early.

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Still Lower than Average


Nebraska's unemployment rate for September was 3.6 percent, matching August and July. The Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was three-tenths of a point under the September 2013 rate of 3.9 percent. The new Nebraska figure remains well below the national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in September. In Lincoln, the jobless rate dropped from 3 to 2.8% in September.

Man Hurt in I-80 Accident North of Lincoln


A crash along Interstate 80 along the north edge of Lincoln earlier today is still under investigation. State Patrol spokesperson Deb Collins says 58-year-old David Hiser of Loup City was seriously hurt, when he lost control of his minivan and into the median near the 56th Street exit around 8:30 Friday morning. Hiser's van came back onto the Interstate and clipped the back of an eastbound pickup.

Wind Farm Halted by Concerns


Volkswind USA has halted its efforts to gain permission to build a wind farm near Hallam and Cortland in southeast Nebraska. The company asked the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department to put its permit applications on hold. Sara Hartzell of the department says the Oregan-based company wants to do more noise studies and reach out to residents who are concerned about the project.

Surprise Grad Ceremony for 88-Year-Old Woman


An 88-year-old woman has been awarded her 1945 high school diploma during a surprise graduation ceremony. Gladys Laune donned her North Platte High School blue cap and gown nearly 70 years after her father made her drop out of school. Laune thought she was going to a birthday party for a friend but the celebration was actually in her honor. Laune says she earned her diploma after dropping out of school but it was never rewarded.

NSP Finds 58 Pounds of Pot During Traffic Stop


A traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Seward County has led to the seizure of 58 pounds of marijuana and the arrests of two men. The State Patrol says a trooper stopped an eastbound pickup for speeding around 10:30 a.m. Thursday just east of the Beaver Crossing exit. The trooper was given consent to search the truck and found the pot contained in 52 packages wired to the frame and undercarriage.

Skate Park and Skate Shop Burglarized


Police are investigating a break in at the non-profit skate park. CEO and owner of "The Bay", Mike Smith, says crooks broke into the building early Wednesday morning using a hammer to break into the cash register. They also broke locks on soda machines and stole drinks. Next door, Precision Skateboards was also burglarized and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was taken.

Police Surround Neighborhood to Find Handcuffed Man


A Lincoln man is back behind bars after escaping from police. Officers wanted to talk with 32 year old, Marlo Jones, about a disturbance on October 9th and police chase on October 15th. They found Jones inside Prescott Elementary School on Thursday visiting his daughter. After Jones was handcuffed and as he was taken to a cruiser, he broke free and ran. Officers set up a perimeter around 16th and Prospect, brought in the State Patrol canine unit and found Jones hiding in a detached garage.

ACLU Promises Lawsuit Against Arena


The American Civil Liberty Union claims the policy governing speech at the Pinnacle Bank Arena fails to meet basic constitutional requirements. The ACLU says the City of Lincoln should prepare for a lawsuit. The ACLU made the promise after a policy was posted on the Pinnacle Bank Arena website on Wednesday.

Norfolk Woman Falls From Roof Of Home


Northeastern Nebraska authorities say a woman has been hospitalized after falling 25 feet off the roof of her home.  Norfolk's Fire Chief says the woman was injured while painting her house. She was taken to a nearby parking lot where a helicopter was able to land and flown to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The woman's identity hasn't been released.

Alliance Woman Found Guilty Of Stealing From Soccer Team


A western Nebraska woman has been found guilty of stealing nearly $12,000 from a youth soccer team in Alliance. 30-year-old Erinn Merrill pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted theft.  The County Attorney says Merrill used the soccer team's debit card to withdraw $8,180 cash in 39 transactions over a 12 month period....and to make nearly $3,500 in purchases.  

Ebola Patient Watches Congressional Hearing


The American video journalist being treated for Ebola in Nebraska spent part of Thursday watching a Congressional hearing on the deadly virus.  Ashoka Mukpo posted two tweets about the hearing Thursday after someone there asked a question about the potential for dogs to spread Ebola.  

Free Trees For Pilger Rebuild


A large corporation and a worldwide non-profit environmental group are stepping forward to help Pilger re-build.  Tornadoes destroyed more than 60 homes, two dozen commercial buildings and a church in Pilger this past summer, resulting in losses of nearly $15 million.  Today, Black Hills Energy and the Arbor Day Foundation announced they will distribute free trees in Pilger. 

Attorney General Asks Judge To Dismiss Wrongful-Death Suit


The Attorney General's office has asked a judge to dismiss a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the estate of an Omaha boy strangled by his mother in 2009.  On Wednesday, the office asked a judge to grant a motion for summary judgment, which would effectively throw out the lawsuit against the state's health and human services department.  

Grand Island Delegation Lobbies In D.C. For Vet's Home


Three members of a local delegation have returned from a lobbying trip to Washington, where they told federal officials the Grand Island Veterans Home should be remodeled instead of giving way to a new home in Kearney.  Mayor Jay Vavricek, Hall County Supervisor Pam Lancaster and veterans service officer Don Shuda traveled to Washington last week. 

LPS Receives Golden Carrot Award


This is National School Lunch Week.  Lincoln Public Schools has received the Golden Carrot award for their plant-based meals. LPS Director of Nutrition Services, Edith Zumwalt, says school cafeterias are using Nebraska farm fresh ingredients, that students enjoy.  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine presented the Golden Carrot Award for vegetarian options.  

Liquor Commission Wants Jurisdiction Over Party Buses


The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission chairman says his agency should have jurisdiction over party buses. Chairman Bob Batt's remarks come days after a Nebraska Wesleyan University football player was struck and killed while walking on Interstate 80 near Lincoln after riding a party bus.  Lancaster County officials say a Wesleyan student rented the bus 22-year-old Maury Lorence was on.  

Prisons Panel Votes To Subpoena Governor Heineman


A legislative committee investigating Nebraska's prison problems has voted unanimously to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify in a hearing later this month.  Panel members voted 7-0 on Thursday to summon the governor to their next hearing on Oct. 29.  

Grocery Store Robbed At Gunpoint


The search is on for robbers of a south Lincoln food market.  Police Capt. Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS around 7:30pm Wednesday, two men, one armed with a black handgun, ordered the employees of U.S. Food Market at 1307 South 11th onto the floor .  

Police Continue Investigating Robbery Attempt At Git-N-Split


A gas station clerk sent a robber running late Tuesday night.  Lincoln Police say the armed man walked inside the Git N Split near 28th and "O" Streets demanding money.  Instead giving up the money, the clerk thought the gun looked fake and tried to punch and grab the guy.  The suspect ran off.  

Elm Creek Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide


A 43-year-old Elm Creek man has been charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving in connection with the fatal plunge of his sport utility vehicle into a Grand Island detention pond. Police say Larry Gydesen was driving under the influence when he drove his SUV into the pond late Sunday night. The body of his passenger, 44-year-old John Zebert, was pulled from the water late Monday.

Exeter Gun Shop Owners Convicted For Tax Evasion


A couple who used to run a gun shop in Exeter have been convicted on tax charges.  Online court records say 46-year-old Robert Androyna and 42-year-old Hope Androyna pleaded no contest on Tuesday to failing to pay sales tax and evading income tax. Prosecutors dropped three other felony charges filed against both Androynas in exchange for their pleas.  

Special Pheasant Hunt For Kids This Weekend


The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled special pheasant hunts this weekend for youths 15 and younger.  Rooster pheasants will be released at nine wildlife management areas, including Branched Oak and Yankee Hill in Lancaster County; Twin Oaks and Hickory Ridge in Johnson County; and Peru Bottoms in Nemaha County. No registration or special permit is required.  

USDA: Corn, Soybean Harvest Lagging


The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nebraska's harvests of corn and soybeans are lagging the average harvests completed by the date.  In a report for last week's Nebraska activity, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says 19 percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with the average of 34 percent by the date. 

Felon Loses Court Fight, Remains Free


A Nebraska felon who had been released early has lost a court fight to avoid being returned to prison, but he will remain free because he's been granted parole.  Fifty-seven-year-old Bruce Caton is among dozens of prisoners released early because of miscalculations discovered during a month-long investigation by the Omaha World-Herald. 

Friday Is Deadline For Mail-In Registration


Another deadline leading up to the November 4th general election is approaching. Anyone who wants to register to vote by mail must have their application postmarked by this Friday, October 17th.  Anyone who's registering for the first time, who's moved, changed their name, or wants to change their political party affiliation has to fill out a registration in order to vote.

Robbery Attempt At Downtown Convenience Store


Lincoln Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a downtown area convenience store late Tuesday night.  A 50-year-old man working at the Git-N-Split at 28th and "O" says that a white man in his early 20s, about 6-2, with a thin build, walked into the store showed a handgun and told him to give him the money.  

LPS Board Hears Testimony Over Gender Identity Resources


Criticism mixed with compliments, Lincoln Public School board members heard both at Tuesday night's meeting.  Dozens of parents and citizens showed up to talk about recent gender identity resources given to some teachers.  Many feel the district is promoting an agenda, and want it stopped.  

Southeast Lincoln Home Damaged After Explosion, Fire.


An explosion and fire in a garage in southeast Lincoln.  Just after 7:00pm Tuesday, fire crews were called to the 5101 Patmore Road, southwest of 84th St. and Pioneers Blvd after neighbors heard explosions and saw flames shooting from the garage.  Firefighters had the flames under control within 20 minutes.  

Committee Formed To Looking At Funding Mechanism For New Radio System/Fire Stati


TAKE CHARGE...it's a new online survey Mayor Chris Beutler wants you to take to help city leaders determine how best to pay for a new 9-1-1 emergency radio system and new fire stations in Lincoln.  Around $28 million is needed.  The most likely options are either a sales tax or property tax increase.  

Sheriff's Deputies Looking for Semi after College Student's Death


A 22 year old Nebraska Wesleyan Student is dead, and Sheriff's deputies are trying to piece together what happened. Maury Lorence, a Wesleyan Senior, died after he was struck by multiple vehicles along Interstate 80 near Northwest 48th street. It happened early Sunday morning, just after midnight. Sheriff Terry Wagner says the body was found in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

Councilman Jon Camp Says LPD Made Inappropriate Comments about Son


City Councilman Jon Camp says there is more to the story regarding criminal charges against his son. Jon Camp Junior was arrested last week and charged with sexual assault. Camp issued a statement today saying misleading and inappropriate statements have been made on social media, especially by staff of the Lincoln Police Department. Jonathan Camp Jr. was arrested and charged wtih first degree sexual assault for an incident at his south Lincoln home. He's currently free on bond.

Gas Below $3 in Lincoln


There are a few places around Lincoln where gas is selling below $3 a gallon. Nationally, Americans are paying 12 cents on average less than 3 weeks ago. Industry analyst, Trilby Lundberg says the average for regular grade gas is $3.26 per gallon. In the lower 48 states, San Francisco averages the highest price at $3.66 per gallon, while Tulsa, Oklahoma, has the lowest average at $2.93.

Police Arrest Councilman's Son For Sexual Assault


A 31-year-old Lincoln man is accused of first-degree sexual assault from an incident that happened last month.  Lincoln Police records say Jonathan Scott Camp was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of 1st Degree Sexual Assault which is a Class II felony.  

Man Still Critical After Being Hit By Van


Lincoln Police are taking on the task of trying to find out the name of a man who was critically hurt, after he was hit by a car Wednesday night at 1st and "O" Street, just on the west end of the Harris Overpass.  Officer Katie Flood says no citations have been issued yet.  She says the man stepped out in front of the westbound van on "O" Street.  

Fleetwood Mac To Perform At Pinnacle Bank Arena


Legendary rock act Fleetwood Mac is coming to Lincoln in January.  They will perform at Pinnacle Bank Arena on January 17, as part of their On With The Show Tour.  Tickets go on sale starting Oct. 20 through the Live Nation mobile app and at livenation.com.  A special pre-sale for some American Express card holders will start this coming Monday at 10am.  

Store Kraft Says It's Closing, Lays Off Workers


Store Kraft Manufacturing officials say the nearly 100-year-old company in Beatrice is closing and has laid off about 100 workers.  The company, which opened in 1920, started as a manufacturer of display cases but recently shifted its focus to electronic kiosks.  

Feds Probing Lincoln Student's Sex Assault Report


Federal investigators are looking into how officials at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln handled a student's report in May that she'd been raped by a faculty member.  The university was notified Monday about the U.S. Department of Education's Title IX investigation. 

Judge Dismisses Nebraska Lawsuit Against EPA


A federal judge has dismissed Nebraska's lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.  Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed the lawsuit in January, saying "the impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska."  

Citations Issued In Truck/Bicycle Crash North of Bennet


A 62-year-old Bennet man receives a citation, after he clipped a 52-year-old Lincoln man on his bike near Highway 43 and Saltillo Road last Wednesday.  Edward Vasa was cited on Sunday for careless driving, driving on the shoulder and unlawful overtaking or passing a bicyclist.  

GOP Criticizes Nebraska Prisons Committee Chairman


The Nebraska Republican Party is criticizing an Omaha senator who's leading an investigation into the state's prisons.  GOP Chairman J.L. Spray on Monday called for Sen. Steve Lathrop, a Democrat, to resign from the investigations committee.  

Parents of Journalist With Ebola Tried To Convince Him Not To Go To Liberia


The parents of an American video journalist who contracted Ebola in Liberia say they tried to talk him out of going there last month. But 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo couldn't be dissuaded. He was flown to Omaha on Monday to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. 

Delivery Drivers Robbed Blocks and Hours Apart From Each Other


Lincoln Police are busy investigating two armed robberies late Sunday night, where two delivery drivers are robbed of money, cellphones and food.  Officer Katie Flood says the first robbery happened around 9pm at 18th and "E", where a Topper's Pizza driver was robbed.  

Weekend Burglary At Central Lincoln Jewelry Store Under Investigation


Inventory is being done, after a costly burglary at a central Lincoln jewelry store early Saturday morning. The alarm at Michael Tish Jewelers at 53rd and "O" went off around 6:45am Saturday.  Police Officer Katie Flood says the owner showed up, he found a window of the eastside of the business smashed out.  

Deputies Arrest Man For Warrant, Stolen Gun.


Deputies are waiting to see if clues from a home burglary just outside of Lincoln may link a man to the crime, even though he's been arrested for an unrelated warrant and for having a stolen firearm.   Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister says a deputy saw 24-year-old Zachary Gray walking in the area of South Coddington and West Pheasant Hill Road just after noon on Friday.

Pot and Money Found In West Lincoln Traffic Stop


Less than an ounce of pot, paraphrenalia and $17,000 cash are out of the hands of two people from Minnesota, after a traffic stop on I-80 near NW 48th Street late Saturday morning.  Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister says a deputy could smell burnt marijuana in the vehicle.  

Man Critically Hurt During Robbery In Downtown Lincoln


A 22-year-old man is in critical condition with head trauma, after he was attacked while he and his friend were walking along 14th Street between "K" and "L" Streets just before 3am Friday.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says three men apparently robbed both men, taking a wallet and Smartphone.  

Armed Robbery Under Investigation


A north Lincoln store is robbed at gunpoint by 3 men.  Police Officer Katie Flood says they are looking for three men...two black and one white...who held up Hong Kong Market at 1228 North 27th Street around 9:30pm Thursday.  Two were armed...one ordered employees to open the cash register, one grabbed cash while the other robber kept an eye on employees.  

Heavy Rain Soaks Lincoln, Waverly Areas


Flooding problems along Highway 6 between Lincoln and Waverly continue to diminish, but it's still a problem on county roads in the area.   In particular, 98th to 112th Streets, from south of Highway 6 to near Holdrege Street.  

Eleven-Year-Old Hurt In Hit and Run In Central Lincoln


Lincoln Police have someone in custody, but haven't issued any citations in the hit and run at 48th and Vine during rush hour Wednesday morning.  Officer Katie Flood says an 11-year-old boy riding his bike, when a truck hit him.  The truck was later found at 44th and "F."  

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

CDC Recommends Vaccinations for Most


Flu is here. The first three confirmed cases of the season have been reported in Douglas County. The State's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Acierno, says Ebola and Enterovirus are getting a lot of public attention, but issued a reminder that flu is also a serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated for the flu each fall.

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..."

Huskers Rally in Second Half, Beat Northwestern


Ameer Abdullah had four 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Junior scored on a 16-yard reception, leading Number 19 Nebraska to a 38-17 victory at Northwestern Saturday night. Abdullah finished with 146 yards on 23 carries as the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) bounced back from a 27-22 loss at Michigan State. Abdullah had only 45 yards in the loss to the Spartans on October 4th.

Husker Men's Basketball Team 21st in Preseason Poll


The Nebraska men’s basketball team broke into the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll with a ranking of 21st. Nebraska, which is coming off a 19-13 season capped by an NCAA Tournament appearance, returns all five starters, including All-Big Ten selections Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields, heading into its season opener against Northern Kentucky on Nov. 16th.

Silver Hawks Still In State Softball Tourney After Day One


Lincoln Southwest is still alive in the NSAA State High School Softball Tournament, after falling in their first game in the Class A tournament 12-6 to Papillion-LaVista, but bouncing back to beat Lincoln North Star 4-0 in an elimination game Thursday at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   

13th-Ranked NU Volleyball Team Sweeps Northwestern


The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of Northwestern on "Pink Night," sweeping the Wildcats 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-13) on Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Husker head coach John Cook says he's really pleased with how his team responded, following last Sunday's loss at Michigan.  

Big Red Tip-Off Set For Oct. 29


The Nebraska Athletic Department invites fans to get their first look at the 2014-15 Husker men’s and women’s basketball programs, as the Huskers will host the Big Red Tip-Off at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Big Red Tip-Off marks the first opportunity to see both programs prior to their first exhibition games.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Beck Says NU Needs To Take Care of Football at Northwestern


The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for its Saturday night Big Ten West Division showdown with the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers completed a 90-minute practice inside of the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

State Softball Tournament Starts Wednesday


The NSAA State High School Softball tournament starts this morning at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   Raymond Central opens up the Class C tournament at 9am against Guardian Angels Central Catholic.  In Class A at 11:30, sixth-seed Lincoln North Star plays 3rd-seed Omaha Marian at Field 3.  

Elkhorn South Wins Class A Golf Title, LSW Finishes 4th


Elkhorn South is the Class A girls state golf champion, after shooting a two-round team total of 725 at the Norfolk Country Club.  Papillion-LaVista finished runner-up in the team standings, while Millard North came in third and Lincoln Southwest finished fourth.  Lincoln Southeast finished tied for fifth with Omaha Marian and Lincoln Pius X wound up finishing at No. 8. 

Nebraska's 2015 Baseball Schedule Is Out


The Nebraska baseball team's 2015 schedule is out, with the opening game of the year scheduled for Friday, February 13th in Las Vegas, taking on the UNLV Rebels.   The Huskers will play 27 home games at Haymarket Park and will open up the home part of the schedule March 10th, hosting Northern Colorado.   

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.

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.

Police in Missing UVA Student Case Search Rural Area Where Remains Found


iStock/Thinkstock(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.) -- Police investigating the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham searched a wooded and sparsely populated area a day after human remains were found there.On Sunday forensic teams searched along a road in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, that runs near the vacant home where the remains were discovered. Investigators also interviewed residents in the area.A team of searchers on Saturday found a skull, bones and a pair of tight, dark-colored pants in a dried-up creek bed behind the home. The pants are similar to a pair Graham, 18, was wearing the night she disappeared.According to Lt. Carver of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department, a vertebrate bone found among the remains matched the length of a tall person's body. Graham was 5 feet and 11 inches tall. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said that forensic testing would be done and the remains transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond.The remains have not yet been identified.Graham disappeared on September 13 and was last seen with Matthew at a bar near the University of Virginia campus, according to police. He was arrested in September and charged with abduction with the intent to defile, or sexually assault, Graham. He is being held without bond."It is my understanding that the remains found on the abandoned property in southern Albemarle County have been sent to the medical examiner for positive identification," Jim Camblos, Matthew's attorney, said in a statement Sunday.Police are asking anyone who may have seen Matthew or any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.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

Jurors in Polo Mogul John Goodman's Retrial Won't See Cars Involved in Fatal Cra


iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Neither of the cars at the center of Florida polo mogul John Goodman's DUI manslaughter case will be seen by jurors during his retrial.The Palm Beach Attorney's Office ordered the release of the $200,000 Bentley driven by Goodman and the Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson after Goodman was convicted in the first trial. The two cars were to be crushed.Goodman was speeding when he crashed into Wilson's car in Wellington, Florida, sending it into a canal, prosecutors allege. Wilson, 23, drowned.Palm Beach Homicide Detective Troy Snelgrove testified earlier this week that Goodman appeared inebriated in the hours after the crash. Goodman had watery eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol, he said.Goodman was not driving while drunk, his lawyers said, but had a drink after the crash to calm his nerves. Goodman has also said the brakes malfunctioned before the crash.Since the jurors are unaware that this is a retrial, they have been told the Bentley was released after thorough testing."His car was a crucial piece of evidence in the first case," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "This is a much better case for the defense this time around."Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out when a mistrial was declared because of juror misconduct.If convicted again, Goodman faces 16 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.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

Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Son Will Face New Capital Murder Trial


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas prosecutor has announced his intention to retry Hannah Overton, who has spent the last seven years in prison for the 2006 salt poisoning death of her adopted son.The devout Christian was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her family and attorneys have been fighting for her release ever since and just last month, the state appellate court overturned that conviction.Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said in a news release Saturday that he would retry Overton on the original charge of capital murder and that "no jury, no trial judge and no appellate court has ever found that defendant Hannah Overton is not responsible for the death of Andrew Burd."Overton's attorney, Cynthia Orr, said that when she read those words she was "outraged.""I think it is clearly unprofessional," Orr told ABC News. "The presumption of innocence is something prosecutors should hold dear because that is what the entire system of justice hinges on."When Orr delivered the news to her client in prison, she said that Overton's reaction was "calm but confident she will be vindicated and looks forward to the opportunity to clear her name."Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News on Sunday that after he learned of the DA's decision he was "disappointed.""I had hoped that Mark Skurka would look at the lack of evidence in the case and allow our family to heal from our son's death and my children to have their mother back without wasting time," he said. "This is the same unfortunate and misguided conduct that the DA in Nueces County seems incapable of correcting."Skurka also had the option to retry Overton on lesser charges, offer a plea deal or dismiss the case. It is unclear whether he will try the case himself or assign a new prosecutor.The original prosecutor, Sandra Eastwood, was terminated for reasons unrelated to this case years after the trial concluded. Overton has accused Eastwood of acting unethically in her case, something Eastwood has denied repeatedly.The appellate court did not rule specifically on Overton's claims of prosecutorial misconduct, saying that she deserved a new trial on claims of ineffective counsel.However, three of the judges issued a concurring opinion saying the proceedings in the case were "problematic from the beginning" and cited both issues involving Eastwood, as well as Overton's trial attorneys, who failed to call a salt poisoning expert to the stand.At Overton's original trial in 2007, the prosecution portrayed her as a mother who had lost control. Frustrated with a naughty child, prosecutors said, she tried to punish him with seasoning mixed in water.The defense presented the jury with a medical mystery. They speculated Burd might have had pica, an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive appetite, and that he accidentally poisoned himself by consuming a fatal amount of sodium.Witnesses outside the home said they had seen Burd's bizarre habits, too. The day he died, Overton said she found him in the kitchen pantry but could not determine what he had consumed, if anything.To find Overton guilty, jurors had to believe either of two scenarios: that she force-fed Burd salt knowing it would kill him or that she neglected to get medical help fast enough. They convicted her based on the latter argument, that she did not seek help quickly enough.Overton told 20/20 in 2008 that she did not regret trying to adopt Burd."I wouldn't take that away," she said at the time. "He had brothers and sisters and a mommy and daddy, what he called his forever family, because we had to go through a lot of pain since then. It's not fair to him. Or to us."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

Escaped Inmate Eludes Cops After Traffic Stop


iStock/Thinkstock(SHELBY, N.C.) -- Police were hunting Sunday for a North Carolina man who escaped from prison after five attempts and has so far evaded capture, despite being sought by as many as 45 officers.Police were conducting an air and ground search for Hoyle Mincey, an inmate at the Wateree Correctional Institution in Shelby, N.C.Mincey was on the run for a week when he was spotted Saturday morning driving an allegedly stolen van and pulled over by police. But Mincey evaded capture and ran into a wooded area, police told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C.Mincey is supposed to be serving a sentence for a burglary conviction.This is his fifth attempt at escaping prison, according to WSOC.Police said that although Mincey is not considered violent, anyone who thinks they see him should still be cautious."Nothing in his history is violent, but people do things in desperate times," Shelby Police Chief Jeffrey Ledford said. "Don't engage him. Smile, wave, go back inside (and) call us."Mincey has tattoos of a snake, dagger, Joker, Vicon, lion's heart, wizard and eagle. His left ring finger is amputated.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

How Six-Year-Old Boy's Wish to Attend the World Series Came True


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Kansas man has been raising money to send his 6-year-old neighbor, a huge Royals fan who suffers from a cancerous tumor in his spine, to see his favorite team play at the World Series -- and all the hard work and effort has worked.In just one day, Ryan Zimmerman, of Olathe, raised more than $8,000 and counting through online crowdfunding -- plenty of cash to send young Noah Wilson and his family to the game.At the same time, Zimmerman said this afternoon that StubHub has decided to donate six tickets so that the entire family can go to a game. The money raised, Zimmerman said, will go towards Noah's hospital bills.The offers didn't end there.Moments after the StubHub offer was made, former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, who now works for Major League Baseball, invited Noah to the World Series.Torre tweeted, "On behalf of @MLB we would like #NoahWilson to be our guest @ the 2014 #WorldSeries. Save the money for school! @RyanZOnline DM @DanScavino"Noah will be at the hospital when the World Series starts Tuesday, so Zimmerman had been trying to get tickets for Wednesday's game."When you look online, the cheapest tickets are $750, and that's standing room only," Zimmerman said before StubHub made its generous offer.Noah is about halfway through cancer treatment at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, with 14 more weeks of chemotherapy left."So far he's been responding well to it," Wilson said. "The tumor hasn't spread. It's gotten smaller so we're moving forward with high hopes."Noah made headlines last month when he developed a program for the hospital to replace the boring brown bandages with bright colors and superhero patterns."It's a lot of fun. We just got a letter in the mail from a family that received some of the Band-Aids," Wilson said. "And he just smiles real big. It melts our hearts."Zimmerman, who coaches soccer for one of Noah's sisters, said he's impressed by the boy's selflessness even while battling cancer."That's just another part of what makes this kid so special -- that he's dealing with things that I couldn't even fathom and he's still thinking about other kids in the hospital with him," Zimmerman said.Noah couldn't be happier, his dad told ABC News."We're overwhelmed with appreciation," Scott Wilson said today from the hospital, where Noah was getting his last radiation treatment. "I keep telling people I don't have enough words to say thank you."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

Coaches Suspended in NJ High School Football Hazing Scandal


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Football coaches who also teach at the New Jersey high school embroiled in a hazing scandal have been suspended with pay from both positions, according to an official briefed on the situation.Among the teachers suspended at Sayreville War Memorial High School were five with tenure, reportedly including head football coach George Najjar.The suspensions were expected to be discussed Tuesday evening at the district's next school board meeting.Several of the seven football players at the school accused in the hazing scandal appeared in court Tuesday, the beginning of legal proceedings as investigators try to determine the depths of the alleged abuse.Seven players -- ranging in age from 15 to 17 -- face charges stemming from the alleged hazing. Three students face sex-crime various charges, and others face charges including aggravated sexual assault to conspiracy and criminal restraint.They were charged after four victims were allegedly held against their will in four separate incidents, while the defendants improperly touched them in a sexual manner.The seven suspects have all been suspended from school, with the football season canceled indefinitely amid the hazing investigation.It is unclear if the teens are being held, or if they are back with their parents. Authorities with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office have not announced whether they intend to charge any of them as adults.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

Video Catches Thief Stealing Giant, Inflatable Halloween Cat from Texas Home


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A thief was caught on camera stealing a giant, inflatable Halloween cat from the front lawn of a Texas home last week.The homeowner's surveillance footage shows the man walk up to a home in the San Antonio suburb of Laredo in the middle of the night, according to police. Video shows him turn off the fan that fills the cat with air and then crawl over the ornament until it is deflated.The video ends with the man gathering the cat's floppy arms and legs, which are twice his size, and walking away with it.Anyone with information on this cat-napper is asked to call police at 956-795-2800.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

New Mexico Zoo Searching for Tasmanian Devil Killer


iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A murder at a New Mexico zoo has taken the life of a Tasmanian devil, an endangered species threatened with extinction.Police are searching for an unidentified assailant they believe killed Jasper the Tasmanian devil, who was found dead in his cage at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo earlier this week.Jasper was found lying in his cage in a pool of blood, his skull cracked, zoo officials told ABC News' Albuquerque affiliate KOAT-TV.Police say they believe Jasper died of blunt force trauma to the head. A piece of asphalt that did not belong there was found inside his cage.It is unclear when Jasper was killed, officials said.No suspects have been identified, but police do think Jasper was killed intentionally, according to a police report obtained by KOAT-TV.Jasper and three other Tasmanian devils arrived in Albuquerque this past December on loan from Australia, the TV station reported.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

Remains Found in Search for Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham


Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Remains have been found in the search for Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who went missing on Sept. 13, Virginia police said on Saturday.The identity has not yet been confirmed. The 18-year-old sophomore disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13 and was last seen with a man who police said was Jesse Matthew.Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 24 and was charged with abduction with intent to defile.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

Search for Missing UVA Student Will Continue Sunday With 200 Volunteers


Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Volunteers plan to conduct a new search for Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who went missing more than a month ago.The Charlottesville Police Department announced Saturday it had registered 200 members of the surrounding community to comb the woods at Walnut Creek Park, continuing a search for Graham that has covered much of the wooded area around the UVA campus.The search is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a website, Hike for Hannah, set up by the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group.The 18-year-old sophomore disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13 and was last seen with a man who police said was Jesse Matthew.Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 24 and was charged with abduction with intent to defile.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

New Cop Killing Suspect Sighting Has 'High Credibility'


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(POCONO SUMMIT, Pa.) -- A new possible sighting of suspected cop-killer Eric Frein has Pennsylvania police re-focusing their search, more than a month after the manhunt began.Frein, 31, is accused of ambushing state police in early September, killing one and wounding another. Since then, police say he has been hiding in the woods of the Pocono Mountains."Overnight we had a sighting for which we are assigning a high level of credibility," Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police said on Saturday. "It was reported in the area of the Pocono Mountain East High School. The individual's description was consistent with Frein and he was observed carrying a rifle."The woman who saw the man said that his face was "covered with mud," so a positive identification could not be made, but she was about 15 to 20 feet from him.After learning of the new possible sighting, police shifted the search area, he said."I think we've kept a tremendous amount of pressure on him and I think that likely had some bearing on where he's at now, assuming that it is him," Bivens said.Frein attended Pocono East High School and worked at Camp Minsi, which is also in the vicinity, Bevins said.Investigators are also analyzing blood found on the back porch of a home near Cresco. They are not sure if the blood is related to the investigation and expect the test results to come back late this evening.State police say the weather is working in their favor, because as leaves continue to fall, there is a better aerial view from choppers and planes.Police have been searching the woods, focusing on the border of Pike and Monroe counties, since after the shooting at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12.Frein, from nearby Canadensis, has been spotted several times, but always evaded police capture because of the thick terrain. He's a self-trained survivalist and war reenactor who focused on Eastern European militaries and weapons.Police found Frein's Jeep in a swamp shortly after the shooting. They have also found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies 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

Suspected Cop Killer Eric Frein May Have Been Spotted with Gun in the Poconos


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(POCONO SUMMIT, Pa.) -- Police in Pennsylvania believe suspected cop killer Eric Frein is still in the Pocono Mountains, possibly near his former high school.Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens with the Pennsylvania State Police says there have been multiple sightings in the area, including one on Friday near Pocono Mountain East High School."Overnight we had a sighting for which we are assigning a high level of credibility," Bivens said on Saturday. "The individual's description was consistent with Frein and he was observed carrying a rifle. The individual's face was covered with mud and so a positive identification could not be made. A search of that area is ongoing."Frein is accused of ambushing state police in September, killing one and wounding another. Since then he has been hiding in the woods of the Pocono Mountains.Bivens added, "I think we've kept a tremendous amount of pressure on him and I think that likely had some bearing on where he's at now, assuming that it is him."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

Manslaughter Trial for Polo Mogul John Goodman Could Hinge on Bartender's Testim


iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Florida polo mogul John Goodman ordered over a dozen drinks in the hours before a fatal car crash in 2010, a bartender testified during his retrial.Goodman was convicted in 2012 and ordered to serve a 16-year sentence, which was later thrown out due to juror misconduct. He's accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.The bartender who said she served Goodman, Catherine Lewter, testified that he ordered over a dozen shots and drinks in the hours before the crash. She told the court that Goodman spent $272 on 18 drinks at the bar.When asked what Goodman first did when he walked into the bar, Lewis said he ordered "ten shots of our best tequila."Goodman's attorney argued most of the drinks were for Goodman's friends and not his client. Lewter testified she saw him drink only the three drinks she served himGoodman crashed his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, sending the car into a canal in Wellington, Florida. Wilson, a recent college grad, drowned in the canal.According to prosecutors, Goodman's blood alcohol level was 0.177 - more than twice the legal limit - three hours after the crash.Criminal investigator Troy Snelgrove testified that Goodman appeared inebriated hours after the crash, saying he had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.Goodman’s defense team has argued that the polo mogul only drank after the crash to calm his nerves. He has pleaded not guilty.If convicted, Goodman could face the same 16-year prison sentence he was ordered to serve at the end of the first trial.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

Convicted Killer Allegedly Tried to Pin Husband's Murder on Own Son


iStock/Thinkstock(KELLER, Texas) -- A man who testified against his mother at her trial for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams says she suggested his brother might have been the trigger-man."She said, ‘Do you think your brother could have done it?' She asked me if her own son could have killed Gregg," Andrew O’Brien, 26, told ABC News' 20/20."She had to plant a reasonable doubt that someone else could have been there that night, someone else could have squeezed that trigger, [by pinning it on me]," O'Brien's older brother, Lee O'Brien, 28, told 20/20.Andrew and Lee O'Brien's mother, Michele Williams, 42, from Keller, Texas, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams. The brothers are Michele Williams' sons from previous relationships.Gregg Williams was found dead from a single gunshot wound to his head at his home on Oct. 13, 2011. In an interview with police, his wife initially said an intruder in black clothing hit her and shot her husband.During the interview, Michele Williams mentioned others that police might want to talk to, including Gregg Williams' ex-wife Kathy Williams, but didn't tell them that her sons disliked her husband."I hated him. I don't throw that word around lightly, but I literally hated him," Lee O'Brien said."Even though he's not here, I never liked him as a person. He was a horrible human being," Andrew O'Brien said.After arriving at the scene, police became suspicious of Michele Williams' intruder story. Confronted by police, Michele Williams changed her story and said her husband committed suicide.She told police she covered up his suicide to protect the couple’s daughter. After five hours, police released Michele Williams.When they found out Gregg Williams died, the brothers said they went straight to their mother to be there for her. Andrew O'Brien said that after helping Michele Williams clean up the home where Gregg Williams was killed, she took him outside and asked him to do something for her."She said, 'I want you to call a friend, and I want you to do this. I want you to have them go and buy an extra-large sweater … Wear garbage bags so that the DNA doesn't get on it. Go out somewhere and shoot a pistol with that sweater on,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled.He said his mother then told him to plant the sweater in Kathy Williams' car and make an anonymous tip to police that Kathy Williams killed Gregg Williams, so they would search her car and find the sweater with gun residue."I was like, 'Okay, I'll do it,' and I wasn't going to do it but … to me it was, '‘She's having a mental breakdown,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled. "I just need to just say, 'Okay,' and walk away."Andrew O'Brien said that when his mother started to change her story about what happened, he became suspicious of her."She told me that someone broke into the house and killed Gregg, that the cops made her say it was a suicide," Andrew O'Brien recalled. "I don't even know how many weeks or how much time goes by but then another story comes out, and this new story is, 'Okay, Greg did kill himself.' And … I was like, 'Why are you lying to me?'"When his mother asked him if his brother Lee O'Brien could have killed Gregg Williams, he said that was the moment he stopped talking to her."My brother, he's got military training. He would not break into someone's house and use their gun," Andrew O’Brien said. "Why would you break into someone's house and take their gun, you know?"Police said both Lee and Andrew O'Brien had strong alibis. The brothers said they began to realize their mother might be a monster."She doesn't even know what reality is any more. She's been lying so long," Lee O’Brien said."You know, you got your mother who was a horrible person, but still she gave birth to you and all that. And you just … don't want to believe that she's capable of murder," said Andrew O’Brien.Prosecutors offered Michele Williams a plea deal which required her to plead guilty to tampering with evidence and deadly conduct with a recommended prison sentence of 18 years.But while awaiting sentencing, Michele Williams told the national crime television show 48 Hours that she was innocent and that the intruder she originally told police about killed her husband.A judge then revoked the plea deal and ordered her to stand trial for Gregg Williams' murder.Andrew O'Brien took the stand for the prosecution and testified in court about how his mother asked him to set up Kathy Williams as the killer."It took me a very long time to decide to do it because after I told them, I said, 'I really don't want to go and testify,'" Andrew O’Brien said. "But I had to do the right thin"After deliberating for seven hours, the jurors found her guilty of murder and one count of tampering with evidence. But the 60-year sentence is little solace for Andrew O'Brien, who considers his mother dead to him."Today I can believe it, and it's because I finally let go of trying to believe that I still have a mother," Andrew O'Brien said."I'll never speak to her again, and it's because in order to move on with my life, I need to just cut ties completely."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

New Apple and Google Products Could Be Public Safety Hazard, FBI Chief Warns


Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The latest Apple technology on your iPhone could mean that murders could go unsolved and kidnapped children might not be rescued, the head of the FBI warned Thursday."We're seeing more and more cases where we believe significant evidence resides on a phone or a laptop, but we can't crack the password," FBI Director Jim Comey said during a speech in Washington. "If this becomes the norm...justice may be denied."Specifically, Comey said he is "deeply concerned" about what's known as "going dark" -- operating systems being developed by companies such as Apple and Google that automatically encrypt information on their devices. And that means even the companies themselves won't be able to unlock phones, laptops and other devices so law enforcement can access emails, photos or other evidence that could be crucial to a case, according to Comey.It "has created a significant public safety problem," particularly when it comes to investigating crime and stopping terrorist attacks, he said."Criminals and terrorists would like nothing more than for us to miss out," Comey said. "And the more we as a society rely on these devices, the more important they are to law enforcement and public safety officials."Comey, however, didn’t place full blame with companies like Apple and Google for creating devices with such encryption. They were "responding to what they perceive is a market demand" from the general public, which has grown "mistrustful of government" in the wake of Edward Snowden's disclosures of secret government surveillance.Encryption "is a marketing pitch," Comey said. "But it will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at all levels. Sophisticated criminals will come to count on these means of evading detection. It's the equivalent of a closet that can't be opened. A safe that can't be cracked. And my question is, at what cost?"Comey said the public has come to believe "a fair number of misconceptions" about what information the government collects and how it's collected."Some believe that the FBI has these phenomenal capabilities to access any information at any time," he said. "It may be true in the movies or on TV. It is simply not the case in real life."In real life, he said, the government's collection activities are executed "with clear guidance and strict oversight," and with a federal judge's approval.Asked about Comey’s remarks, Google said its emerging products will provide "added security" to users "while giving law enforcement appropriate access when presented with a warrant.""Encryption is simply the 21st century method of protecting personal documents," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "[And] while we won't be able to provide encryption keys to unlock phone data directly, there are still a number of avenues to obtain data through legal channels."One possible way to still obtain a user's data is through “the cloud” -- but a user has to be uploading information to it for that to be effective. Data on the phone itself, however, cannot be unencrypted by even Google or other companies, one business insider said.Accordingly, Comey insisted that even if a judge gives the government a green light to access certain information or communications, "we often lack the technical ability to do so."Privacy advocates in Washington objected to Comey’s remarks, with the American Civil Liberties Union calling them “wrong” and the Electronic Privacy Information Center calling them “surprising” and “disturbing.”The American Civil Liberties Union said law enforcement can do its job while also respecting Americans’ privacy rights, noting that U.S. law “explicitly” gives companies the right to add completely secure encryption into their devices.“[A]ny effort by the FBI to weaken encryption leaves our highly personal information and our business information vulnerable to hacking by foreign governments and criminals,” Laura Murphy with the ACLU in Washington said in a statement. “We applaud tech leaders like Apple and Google that are unwilling to weaken security for everyone to allow the government yet another tool in its already vast surveillance arsenal.”Similarly, in a message to fellow privacy advocates after Comey’s remarks, the head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center emphasized that law enforcement now “has many more tools than it did 20 years ago,” particularly with help from the National Security Agency, Snowden’s former employer.Nevertheless, the FBI director said he hopes to start a national conversation about the matter so that the FBI and other law enforcement have the tools "we need to do the job you have entrusted us to do," namely "keep every American safe from crime and terrorism."He urged the public to debate whether U.S. law should require technology companies to build lawful intercept capabilities into their devices."We aren't seeking to expand our authority to intercept communications. We are struggling to keep up with changing technology," Comey said."If a suspected criminal is in his car, and he switches from cellular coverage to Wi-Fi, we may be out of luck," Comey added. "If he switches from one app to another, or from cellular voice service to a voice or messaging app, we may lose him. What if he has a kidnapped child in his car? We may not have the capability to quickly switch lawful surveillance between devices, methods and networks. The bad guys know this. They're taking advantage of it every day."Comey cited several real-world examples to illustrate what's at stake, including a case fully adjudicated this year involving a known sex offender in Louisiana who enticed a 12-year-old boy to meet him and then killed the boy. The suspect tried to alter and delete evidence on his phone, but authorities were able to access the content and prosecute him. He was sentenced to death in April.Asked by ABC News whether he knew of any real-world cases where someone was rescued from danger but might not have been had Apple or Google devices blocked law enforcement access, Comey said he did not know of any but added, "Logic tells me there are going to be cases just like that."Comey’s remarks came hours before Apple announced a slate of new products and software at an event at its corporate campus in Cupertino, California.Apple did not immediately respond to emails from ABC News seeking comment for this article.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsFollow @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