Lawmakers: More Tourism in Nebraska

Lawmakers are looking for new ways to draw national and international tourists to Nebraska. The Legislature's Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss funding options for state tourism sites. The hearing will explore what other states have done to attract more tourists and promote economic development.

Village Chairman Resigns After Arrest

The chairman of the Amherst Village Board has resigned following his arrest in Lancaster County on a charge of child enticement. 56-year-old Steven Klingelhoefer is accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl in Lincoln, where he was arrested on Nov. 20.

Extra Security at Husker Game

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is adjusting its security measures at Memorial Stadium for the football game against Iowa on Friday. Officials are asking fans to arrive early to expedite entry before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Gates open at 1 p.m. Some gates will not be available for entry. Gates 6 and 8 will be closed, while Gates 1, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22 will close at kickoff. Fans whose tickets display a gate that is closed should use the next available open gate. 

Crime Stoppers Asking For Public's Help

 The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft of cash,  coins, and the coin holder from a 7UP machine on the exterior of Toni’s  Corner at 5700 West Raymond Road.  The theft occurred on Saturday, November 21.

BREAKING NEWS: No Arrest, Charges In Alleged Sex Assault

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said Wednesday morning no arrest will be made in the case of an alleged sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman at a home of three Nebraska football players.  

Former Stars Hockey Players Plead Guilty In Sex Video Case

Two former Lincoln Stars hockey players will serve jail time after pleading guilty to making a sex video with a 15-year-old girl in Moorhead, Minnesota last year. Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith each pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.  A

News Conference Wednesday Regarding Rape Complaint

Image result for lincoln police departmentCounty Attorney Joe Kelley and Police Chief Jim Peschong have scheduled an announcement for tomorrow on a rape complaint involving the home of three Husker Football players.  

Errors In "Good Time" Credit Affect Nearly 1 In 4 Inmates

Image result for good time creditA review of Nebraska prison sentences has found that nearly one in four inmates received sentences that were too short or too long because of errors in how "good time" credit was applied.   

High-Dollar Burglary In Southeast Lincoln

Image result for burglaryTwo more burglaries just outside of the city limits Monday, one which resulted a high-dollar loss. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says nothing was taken from a home near 63rd and Yankee Hill Road, after someone got in through an egress window. 

Students Playing With Airsoft Guns Cause Alarm

Image result for police lightsThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus community was alerted to possible danger after security cameras showed what looked like two armed men in a campus parking garage.   But university police say the two turned out to be students playing with airsoft guns.

Woman's Body Found In Missouri River

Image result for nebraska state patrolAuthorities say a woman's body has been pulled from the Missouri River just south of Nebraska City. The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release Tuesday that the body was sighted and recovered Monday.

Candlelight Vigil Held For Syrian Refugees

Image result for candlelight vigilA candlelight vigil has been held for Syrian refugees in downtown Lincoln a week after Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other Republican governors expressing concern over federal screening of Syrian refugees who want to enter the United States. 

Cash Taken From Waverly Bank's ATM

Image result for lancaster county sheriff's officeThieves manage to break into an ATM and take off with money from the First State Bank branch in Waverly. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says someone got into the unlocked vestibule and got into it while it sat out on the lawn. 

October Traffic Fatalities

21 people were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska roads in October. 21 fatalities in 17 crashes...11 people died not wearing their seat belts.

Number of English Language Learners Growing in LPS

There are students in Lincoln Public Schools from 118 countries. They speak nearly 100 different languages. Since the 2010-2011 school year, the number of Arabic and Kurdish speaking English language learner students has grown more than 800%.

The Governor Clarifies Position on Syrian refugees

In a column on the governor's website, Governor Ricketts says his request wasn't about keeping Syrian refugees out of Nebraska, but rather ensuring that potential terrorists are kept out of the state and the country.

ADHD Medication Affects Sleep

The UN-L Department of Psychology took 30 years of research to identify main findings seen across all the studies...essentially a "study of studies." Researchers found medications like Ritalin and Adderall cause sleep problems.

Woman Recovers From Being Hit and Dragged

A woman is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after being hit at the intersection of 11th and K Streets and dragged for a few feet. Witnesses told police the woman was in the crosswalk when she was hit yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

Biggest Flying Annoyances

An expected 65,000 extra passengers per day will fly this Thanksgiving holiday. Insights company, Qualtrics wondered what annoyances would keep people from flying.

Syrian Refugee Vigil

Religious leaders from a variety of faiths gather people together tonight (Monday) for a candlelight vigil to show support for Syrian refugees.

Powerball Ticket Sold in Nebraska Worth $2 Million

There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing, but two lucky players did match the first five numbers for a $1,000,000 prize. One ticket was sold in California and the was other sold in Nebraska. The Nebraska ticket also had Power Play, meaning an extra $1 Million.

Nebraska May Face Budget Gap

Nebraska lawmakers are preparing for a tight budget in next year's session, with a projected $110 million revenue shortfall that could force them to cut services or tap the state's rainy-day fund. That gap could grow or shrink when the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board meets in February, but lawmakers still have to balance the budget in next year's session.

Click it or Ticket Coming Soon

The Nebraska State Patrol has announced plans for stepped up enforcement to focus on seat belt usage over the Thanksgiving holiday. The patrol says troopers will work overtime for the special enforcement period, which runs from Nov. 23 through Nov. 29. Stats from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety show wearing a seat belt increases a person's odds of surviving a rollover crash by up to 70 percent.

Anti-Racism Rally Draws Hundreds to UNL

The student-led #NotAtUNL rally against racism drew hundreds of people to UNL's City Campus yesterday (Thursday), as a way to encourage the school in working toward better treatment of race.

Keystone XL Developer Withdraws Nebraska Route Application

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline has withdrawn its application for route approval through Nebraska, but a spokesman says the Canadian company reserves the right to reapply.    TransCanada made the announcement Wednesday, a day before it was supposed to appear before the Nebraska Public Service Commision for a planning conference.

NWS Confirms Tornado In South Central Nebraska

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado damaged a farmstead near Beaver City in southern Nebraska.    The service says Monday's EF-1 tornado touched down around 7:30 p.m. and lifted about six minutes later, after roaring through nearly 13 miles of rural Furnas County.

Perlman Acknowledges Racism Exists at UNL

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor has acknowledged racism exists on his campus and is encouraging the campus community to attend a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Thursday.    


Your help is needed in finding an armed robber, after the Pizza Hut at 56th and Highway 2 was held up at knifepoint just after 11am Tuesday.  Police tell KFOR News the suspect took off southbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.   

Lincoln-based Nelnet Acquires ALLO Communications

Nelnet (NYSE: NNI) on Tuesday announced it has agreed to acquire ALLO Communications, a Nebraska-based telecommunications company offering pure fiber optic service to homes and businesses for superior broadband, internet, television, local telephone, and long distance services.

Teen Identified In Fatal Crash Near Bennet

Lancaster County Sheriff's investigators have identified the driver killed in a fiery crash east of Bennet Thursday night.   Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister says 18-year-old Dakota Tyson died after her westbound Hummer rear-ended a grain truck and caught on fire just east of 176th and Highway 2.

Rain Or Shine, Veterans Make The Walk of Recognition On Veteran's Day

Walking through the cool, breezy and damp weather Wednesday morning were a group of Lincoln veterans making the three-mile journey from Memorial Stadium to Antelope Park.  It's the Walk of Recognition, which has been going on each Veterans Day for the past 17 years.

LPD Investigating Another Home Invasion Robbery

Lincoln Police are looking for two men who were involved in a home invasion robbery around 11:30 Tuesday night near 19th and "G."  Officer Katie Flood says a 45-year-old man heard a knock at the door, saw two white males, one of them asking for some ice after being in a fight.

Teen Arrested In Monday Home Invasion Robbery

Lincoln Police arrest an 18-year-old man suspected of being involved in another home invasion robbery earlier this week.  Alonga Chol was stopped for violating a stop sign just before midnight Tuesday at 41st and St. Paul. 

UN-L Goes Styrofoam Free

UN-L is going styrofoam free. Starting January 1, University of Nebraska-Lincoln funds will be used to buy styrofoam products for food foam cups, no foam plates, no foam food packaging.

No Delayed Review Of Keystone XL

No delayed review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The U.S. State Department has decided to continue its review of the project, despite TransCanada's request for a delay.

Tough Questions For Corrections Director

Nebraska Corrections Director, Scott Frackes, will face tough questions Thursday afternoon from a Special Investigative Committee, following a damaging department audit, which found millions of wasted tax payer dollars.

BREAKING NEWS: Fatal Traffic Crash In West Lincoln

Lincoln Police Captain Danny Reitan tells KFOR NEWS in an email that one person has died in the two-vehicle crash on Highway 77 between West "O" Street and Interstate 80.

Amber Alert Cancelled

An Amber Alert for a 2 year old Omaha boy thought to have been abducted and in danger has been cancelled. The child has been found safe.

Peschong To Retire As Lincoln's Police Chief

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong has announced he will retire next year. Peschong said Tuesday he will leave his top job at the end of February. A representative for the mayor's office says Peschong notified city officials Monday of his decision.

Man Suspected of Dumpster Fire On UNL's City Campus

A 54-year-old man is in jail, suspected of starting a dumpster on fire outside of the Life Sciences Building near 11th and "T" Streets early Tuesday morning. Charles McNeal was taken in for questioning and later arrested.

Fight On Facebook Leads To Assault, Arrest

A Lincoln woman is in jail after a Monday morning robbery. Lincoln Police were called to the Luxary Inn and Suites around 4 a.m. Monday morning after a woman said she was punched in the face, threatened with a crowbar and two of her purses were stolen.

Lincoln Man Suspected of Dealing Large Amounts of Meth

Police believe a 24-year-old Lincoln man who has been selling ounces of meth a day. Matthew Pavey was arrested Oct. 21 after a warrant was served at an apartment near 9th and "G", where his girlfriend, 22-year-old Elizabeth Reddish, lives.

Evaluations Continue On Prison Protocol Following Deadly Riot

Nebraska prison officials say they're still working to comply with the recommendations of a report that evaluated what went wrong during a May riot that left two inmates dead. Corrections Director Scott Frakes announced Tuesday that prison officials have completed 13 of the 83 recommended actions, and are making progress on others.

IRS Scam Just Keeps Showing UP

The IRS impersonation scam is one of the most persistent cons the BBB has ever seen. It re-appears every few months, and this fall it's back with a vengeance. The potential victim gets a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, saying the victim

Lincoln Hospitals Receiving Settlement

2 Lincoln hospitals are included in a settlement with more than 450 hospitals over inappropriate use of a heart device. Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital and St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center are included in the $250 million settlement.

What Worries Nebraska Business Leaders Most

An annual survey of Nebraska business and community leaders shows workforce issues continue to rank as the group's biggest concern.

TransCanada Wants Delay

The group, Bold Nebraska, believes TransCanada is asking the Obama administration to put on hold any decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline in hopes a more favorable Republican presidential administration will take over the White House in 2016.

Motorcyclist killed in Omaha

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car on the east side of Omaha. Police say a speeding car went out of control Sunday night and struck the motorcycle.

Eichorst Releases Statement To Husker Football Fans

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst has released a letter to Cornhuskers football fans thanking them for their support and expressing confidence "the future is bright" under first-year coach Mike Riley.    

Lincoln Is Great Place To Retire

16% of Lincoln's population is age 60 or older. Lincoln offers retirees access to affordable and quality health care, a practical cost-of-living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.

Woman Bitten By Tiger

A 33 year old Omaha woman broke into Henry Doorly Zoo to pet a tiger...and was bitten. Jacqueline Eide allegedly broke into the zoo early Sunday morning, reached into the tiger cage and was bitten on the hand.

Good Life Halfsy A Success

6,000 runners from 38 states traveled to Lincoln for the Good Life Halfsy, sponsored by Bulu Box. In just the second year, the number of runners doubled from 2014.

Suspects Wore Halloween Masks

On social media Sunday, an alert from UN-L Police to aware of suspicious activity.  A UN-L student was robbed early Sunday by 2 masked men as he walked in the 1300 block of Idylwild Dr. near East Campus.

American Conspiracies With Jesse Ventura

Former Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura believes the George W. Bush administration knew terrorists were coming to America and allowed 9-11 to happen.

Call Wait Times Decline For Nebraska Public Benefits System

Nebraska residents who rely on public benefits are spending less time on the phone waiting for someone to help them. Governor Ricketts announced Thursday that average call-wait times for ACCESS Nebraska fell to less than five minutes in September.

Entryway From Lincoln Airport To Downtown Gets Facelift

City leaders Thursday morning celebrated the new welcoming entryway from the Lincoln Airport into downtown Lincoln.  A four-mile stretch between the airport and downtown saw improvements, which Mayor Chris Beutler says is another example of a public-private partnership.

Man Shot At Apartment Near Downtown Lincoln

A man shot twice in the torso has been taken to a Lincoln hospital.  Police say officers responding to a call about the shooting around 6:30 Monday morning found the man outside an apartment building near 12th and "F" Street. 

Robbery of Man's Car Keys May Have Stemmed From Road Rage

A 40-year-old Lincoln man likely had road rage, when he got upset at another man, who turned in front of him from westbound "A" Street onto southbound 27th Street on Saturday evening.  Bradley Christensen was driving eastbound, but then decided to follow the victim to 22nd and Park.

Man Dies After Falling While Putting Up Metal Roof

An accidental death over the weekend northwest of Lincoln, where a 39-year-old man fell 21 feet Saturday while working to put a new roof on a metal building.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jason Oenbring of Tecumseh fell through the roof of the building at 7390 West Middle Road.

Pursuit Leads To Fiery Crash In Southeast Lincoln

Authorities say a 19-year-old Missouri woman suffered injuries considered not serious after crashing her car into a light pole Wednesday morning at 84th and Highway 2 following a pursuit.  

Beloved Northeast High School Teacher Loses Fight With Cancer

Counselors and other crisis team members will be at Lincoln Northeast High School for students and staff members to help deal with the loss of beloved family consumer science teacher Sharon Holliday. She lost her battle with cancer on Monday. 

Heavy Damage To Garage, House From Suspected Arson

More than $50,000 damage from a fire early Tuesday morning that damaged a detached garage and a home in northeast Lincoln.  Fire officials say the garage at 3440 St. Paul was fully involved and spread to the home, only causing $30,000 damage to the exterior of the house.

Council Approved Sabalka For Air Pollution Advisory Board

The Lincoln City Council on Monday approved Dr. Lucas Sabalka as a member of the Air Pollution Advisory Board.  The normally obscure position generated a storm of controversy back in June when Mayor Chris Beutler first nominated, then withdrew the name of Mitch Paine.

Winds, Dry Conditions Even a Concern In Extinguishing Trash Can Fire

Even on a dry, windy day, a small fire can be a big deal.  Firefighters were called to a fire outside of the CVS Pharmacy at 48th and "O" late Monday morning. Acting Fire Captain Dustin Witherspoon tells KFOR News at the scene originally the call was about a dumpster fire.

Driver of Speeding Porsche In July Now In Jail

A 26-year-old Lincoln man behind the wheel of a speeding Porsche in a July 20th crash at 14th and Julesburg, which is north of Interstate 80, is now in jail on an arrest warrant. Jonathan Stewart was arrested Monday, on a warrant for DUI causing serious bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance.

With Dry Weather, Officials Warn You To Watch Ignition Sources

Not a good time to be burning stuff.  Dry and breezy conditions will continue over much of eastern Nebraska through the week.  Lincoln's Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody tells KFOR News what's concerning for him and firefighters are ignition sources during dry weather.

Celebration Turns Violent At North Lincoln Motel

A man is recovering from being stabbed on the right side of his collarbone, after a fight at the Sharon Motel near 17th and Cornhusker late Monday night.  Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost tells KFOR News the victim was drinking with 23-year-old Johnson King, who was celebrating a birthday, and a 19-year-old woman.


Lincoln Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at the Domino's off of 11th and Saunders just after midnight Monday. 

Catholic Bishop's Home Burglarized

Lincoln Bishop James Conley's home was burglarized over the weekend and police are looking for whoever is responsible. Police say an alarm tripped at Conley's home near the Piedmont Area Saturday afternoon.  

Omaha Man Arrested For Drug Possession Outside Memorial Stadium

A 34-year-old Omaha man is accused of having illegal drugs on him outside of Memorial Stadium on Saturday. UNL Police say Jacky Smith III was seen by security smoking what looked like marijuana in the Champions Club parking lot around 4pm, as the Nebraska-Wisconsin football game was happening.

Life-Saving App PulsePoint Running In Lincoln

City officials have launched the life-saving smartphone application called PulsePoint, which connects people trained in CPR with those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in public places.  It also notifies you of other incidents like traffic crashes and structure fires.

Committee Formed To Review Police/Fire Pension Fund

Lincoln's Police and Fire Pension fund hasn't fully recovered from the economic downtown seven years ago and a review committee will look for ways to fix it.  An actuary in 2007 reviewed the pension fund and said the city should contribute $4-million, but the stock market crash of 2008 caused a deficit in the plan's funding.

James Arthur Vineyards Co-Owner To Run For County Board Seat

Another candidate for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County Board.  Jim Ballard announced his candidacy Thursday, running for the spot held by longtime County Commissioner Larry Hudkins.  

Larceny Suspects Caught In Northeast Lincoln

Two 17-year-olds have now been referred to juvenile court, after police caught them going through vehicles in northeast Lincoln overnight. 

Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Car Into Trees

A 31-year-old Sterling man is facing several charges after Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies say he drunkenly crashed his car. A deputy arrested Brent Cook on Sunday, after he was clocked going 100 miles per hour in the 6000 block of West Van Dorn.

Two Fires In Omaha Keep Firefighters Busy

Been a busy 24 hours for Omaha firefighters.  Two people have been injured, one critically, in an apartment house fire in south Omaha early Wednesday.  

Disbarred Attorney Caught Practicing Law

An 81-year-old Lincoln man, who was disbarred as an attorney over 25 years ago for a money laundering scheme in California, is in trouble for practicing law without a license.  Burton Berman got paid $250 to help a man in a divorce case, after offering his services through CraigsList.

Man Stabbed By Girlfriend During Argument At Apartment

It was an argument over keys that apparently led to a stabbing at a north Lincoln apartment early Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says a 28-year-old man showed up at a hospital with a stab wound to his left shoulder and to his right arm.

Student Scuffle Leaves LHS Staff Member With Minor Injuries

A couple of Lincoln High students fighting in the cafeteria Tuesday morning, which ends up leaving one of them and a staff member hurt. Lincoln Police were called just after 7am as school staff were needing help breaking up a fight between an 18-year-old and 17-year-old.

Metro Fugitive Task Force Searching For Man Considered Dangerous

David Lane Erickson is wanted by the United States Marshal Service Metro Fugitive Task Force. Erickson is wanted based on a Federal Supervised Release Violation. Erickson is believed to be in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. 

Northeast Students/Faculty Give Warm Greeting To Teacher Battling Cancer

A popular teacher at Northeast High School is in the middle of a battle with breast cancer.  Sharon Holliday, who has taught family consumer science for over 20 years at the school after spending time as a full-time mom and raising her five sons, has been on leave since shortly after the start of first semester.

Chase Ends With Stopsticks Deployed By Deputies

A 24-year-old Lincoln man is in custody in Otoe County after a chase that started in Lancaster County late Friday night. According to the Lancaster County's Sheriff's Office, the chase with Leonard Barr started at Highway 2 and 120th Street and reached speeds of 70 mph.

Armed Robbery At Apartment Under Investigation

Lincoln Police are investigating an early Monday morning armed robbery near 17th and Van Dorn Streets.  The crime happened at 3 a.m. when three black males approached a 22-year-old man who was sitting outside of his apartment. One of the suspects had a handgun, according to police.

Weapons Found After Fight Leads To Arrest

One man is facing charges after brandishing two knifes in front of a Lincoln Police officer. Investigators were called to a fight near 17th and F Street Wednesday evening. 

ConAgra Will Move Headquarters From Omaha To Chicago

ConAgra will cut about 1,500 jobs and move its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. The company says the job cuts exclude plant positions and do not include any impact from the planned sale of its private label operations. 

TransCanada Withdraws From Lawsuits

Image result for keystone xl pipelineTransCanada is pulling out of a lawsuit filed by over 100 Nebraska landowners challenging the company's right to use eminent domain for land to build the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.  

Perlman Reflects On Service As Chancellor, Looks Ahead

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman offered his gratitude to those who helped for him to serve as the leader of the university the past 14 years.  But he said during his final State of The University address Wednesday the most important goal this year is to attract a new chancellor.

Felony Kidnapping Charge Added Against Lincoln Man

Charges have been upgraded for the man accused of kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old Lincoln girl last month.  Court records 20-year-old Cody Riddle was originally charged with burglary, kidnapping with voluntary release, and first-degree sexual assault of a child.

Claim Filed Against City of Grand Island In Water Park Drowning

The mother of a 5-year-old Lincoln girl who drowned at a Grand Island water park has filed a claim for more than $1 million against the city.  The claim by Dumale Bariyiga, of Lincoln, says lifeguards on duty July 18 at Island Oasis Water Park were negligent.

Blow Dart Attacks Reported In Lincoln

Two men have been struck by blow darts in separate Lincoln attacks.  The first attack occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, where police say a motorcyclist at 84th and Leighton was struck in the chest by a 5-inch-long blow dart. 

Tularemia Cases Up In Nebraska

An uptick in tularemia cases in Nebraska.  Tularemia is a disease that affects animals and humans, caused by a bacteria found in animals, insects, soil and water.  So far, 18 cases have been reported in the state.  

No Plans To Increase Rates On Electric Bill

You likely won't see a systemwide increase on your electric bill next year.  Lincoln Electric System staff and budget and rates committee members Friday decided not to include a rate adjustment in its $381-million budget.  

Audit: Nebraska Agency Slow To Collect Overpayments

A state audit says the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services hasn't tried to collect potentially millions of dollars in overpayments made to recipients of food stamps and other public benefits.  

Nebraska Taxpayers To Get $94 Credit Per $100K of Real Property

People who pay taxes on Nebraska land and buildings will get a tax credit of roughly $94 per $100,000 of valuation this year under the new state budget. The Department of Revenue announced the rate Monday from the property tax credit fund. 

Speeds Reach Century Mark During Overnight Chase

 A 19-year-old Lincoln man is facing a couple of felony related charges after leading deputies on a chase, where speeds reached as high as 101 mph.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jarret Hornkohl was clocked by a deputy west of 84th and Saltillo and led to a chase that lasted about 11 miles early Monday morning.

Traffic Stop Nabs 88 Pounds Of Marijuana

Deputies recover 88 pounds of pot, plus 28 grams of packaged marijuana and vapor pens during a traffic stop Sunday on I-80 at the Highway 77 interchange in west Lincoln.  

Sunday Morning Crash Kills Pius X Student

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 16-year-old Lincoln teen who died several hours after her vehicle collided with a pickup truck.    Lincoln police said Justice Coleman died Sunday afternoon following the morning crash. 

Sword Found Hidden In Cane As Man Tries To Enter Hall of Justice

Authorities say a man was arrested after a nearly 2-foot-long sword was found hidden in his cane as he tried to enter the Hall of Justice in Lincoln.    A security guard found the sword Thursday, and the man was booked into jail on an unrelated warrant and cited on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.

LPD Arrest 16 People During Two-Month National Prostitution Sting

Lincoln Police joined 38 other agencies in 17 different states in a nationwide crackdown on sex soliciting and trafficking this summer. It was coordinated through the Cook County, Illinois Sheriff's Office.  

Assault Victim Files Lawsuit Against NU Coach Riley and Ex-Employer Oregon State

Nebraska football Head Coach Mike Riley responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by a former student at Oregon State University. The lawsuit alleges that Riley contributed to a rape culture on the campus.

Council Votes To Give Property Tax Relief

The Lincoln City Council has voted 5-to-2 to give you some property tax relief, $15 worth on a $150,000 piece of property.  City Council member Roy Christensen's proposal would cost the city almost $2 million.

Man Officially Charged In Kidnapping, Sex Assault On Girl

A 20-year-old man accused of kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old girl has officially been charged in Lancaster County Court.   Cody Riddle is charged with burglary, kidnapping, and 1st-degree sexual assault of a child.  

Gordon Plans To Seek Legislative Seat Representing East Lincoln

Lincoln attorney Jim Gordon has announced a bid for the Nebraska Legislature in a district that includes eastern parts of Lincoln and Lancaster County. He will seek the seat held by state Sen. Kathy Campbell, who is ineligible to run again in 2016 because of term limits.

Former Omaha TV Sports Anchor Named New Memorial Stadium Voice

Former Omaha sportscaster Jon Schuetz is the new public address announcer for Nebraska football games at Memorial Stadium.    The university athletic department announced Schuetz's hiring Monday.  

Lincoln Girl Okay, Suspected Kidnapper In Jail

A 33-year-old man went to jail over the weekend for an attempted kidnapping.  Lincoln Police say it happened at the Russ's Market near 17th and Washington Street Saturday night.

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper, Who Held Victim at Gunpoint

Lincoln Police arrest a 25-year-old man, who forced a 19-year-old UNL student into driving him around for about an hour at gunpoint on Saturday morning.  Kyle Dinius at one point apparently threatened the victim and had him stop so he could return with pipes and machetes and other items from the backyards of homes.

Escapee From Deputies Captured In BNSF Railyard

A brief manhunt Saturday involved Lincoln Police, Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies and the Nebraska State Patrol helicopter.  They found Adam Cervenka hiding on a railcar in the Burlington Northern yard near Hwy. 77 and West O Street.  Th

LPD: Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

An 8-year-old Lincoln girl is recovering after she was kidnapped from her home and later abused.   According to Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood, the girl was bounded when she woke up early Thursday morning in the garage of a house in the 3200 block of Richard Court, the home of 20-year-old Cody Riddle.

Suspected Jewelry Thief Caught

Police say they've arrested a man who stole an estimated $18,000 worth of diamonds and jewelry from some Lincoln jewelers recently.  That includes a one-and-a-half karat loose diamond worth over $13,000 on Wednesday at Darold's Jewelers near 69th and "O."

Millard Public Schools Eliminate Class Rank

Image result for diplomaA Nebraska school board has voted to eliminate class rank, beginning with next year's freshman class. The Monday vote aligns the Millard Public Schools district's high schools with others across the country that are ditching class rank.

Ricketts Names Omaha Dietitian To Open Legislative Seat

An Omaha dietitian who teaches at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will fill an open seat in the Legislature.  Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday named Nicole Fox of Omaha to replace former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, who resigned to take a job in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue Busy With Weekend Fires

It was certainly a busy weekend for LFR.  There was an apartment fire at 500 West Cornhusker on Saturday afternoon that did significant damage.  

Costly Trash Dumping at Recycling Sites

Trash is being dumped illegal all around Lincoln. City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon says recycling sites at East High, 71st and 'A' and Havelock at 63rd and Platte Ave are the most abused. Hanlon says it's costing the city $50,000 a year to monitor and maintain recycling bins. $9,000 could be saved.

Officials Cut Ribbon For New Career Academy

Lincoln's new career academy is about to open its doors.  Over 300 students from area high schools will begin taking classes Wednesday.  They'll take 2-3 classes per day at the career academy, gaining college credit in one of 16 career areas while they complete high school.

Arrests Made In West Lincoln Shooting

Two people are accused of trying to rob a woman, who was shot last Friday morning at her mobile home near NW 18th and West "Q" Street.  Lincoln Police say 24-year-old Termaine Williams apparently had suffered minor injuries when a gun went off, as he was leaving the scene.

Street Infrastructure, LFR Fleet Part of Mayor's Goals

As part of outlining goals over the next year, Mayor Chris Beutler said on Thursday one of the most critical pieces in the future of Lincoln's roads network is the South Beltway and a new north Lincoln interchange at 33rd Street where Cornhusker and Adams Street come together.

Daytime Burglaries in NW Lincoln Under Investigation

Two burglaries, just hours apart in the Belmont neighborhood of northwest Lincoln.  A family outside having lunch during the noon hour on Tuesday in the 1700 block of Groveland Circle saw a man they didn't recognize walk by. 

City Council Approves Retirement Home On The Knolls

Image result for the knolls country clubThe City Council has approved a permit for a 258-resident retirement home on what's now a golf course.  The development will be built on the west half of the Knolls Country Club along Old Cheney Road just west of 27th.  

Girlfriend of Suspected Armed Robber Facing Accessory Charges

The girlfriend of a man suspected of robbing two northeast Lincoln convenience stores late last week has been arrested for being an accessory to a felony.  Lincoln Police say 20-year-old Brianna Pickett is accused of hiding the gun suspected to have been used in two robberies by 21-year-old William Holloway.

No Charges Filed In Fatal Hit and Run

Insufficient evidence will not lead to charges toward a driver of a car that apparently dragged a Lincoln motorcyclist last January.  Investigators say 38-year-old Gabe Wilken lost control of his motorcycle through an unlit work zone on NW 48th Street, just north of I-80. (NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO INCLUDED)

Liquor Store Robbed For A Second Time

Police are investigating a second armed robbery at a northeast Lincoln liquor store in the last few months.  Kong Liquor at 56th and Holdrege was robbed at gunpoint shortly after midnight Friday morning.  (CLICK HEADLINE TO SEE POLICE MEDIA BRIEFING VIDEO)

Man Suspected Of Impersonating Police Facing Charges

A man is accused of impersonating a police officer and trying to pull over drivers in north Lincoln last month.  Police say 20-year-old Al Lucky Williams Jr. was arrested July 17 and cited on suspicion of three counts of misdemeanor impersonating a peace officer.

Redevelopment Plan Announced For 21st and "N" Street Area

City officials unveiled a major redevelopment project on the eastern side of downtown Lincoln, which will be a mixed-use of residential, office and retail space.  Mayor Chris Beutler on Thursday called the redevelopment plan for the 21st and "N" Street area "a game changer."

Another Fire At Same North Lincoln Mobile Home

Police and fire officials are investigating three fires at the same north Lincoln mobile home in less than a month.    Firefighters were called to the third blaze at 2545 Theresa Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday. 

Lincoln Airport Traffic On Pace To Increase For 3rd Year

Officials at the Lincoln Airport say passenger traffic is on pace to increase for the third consecutive year.    Airport officials announced Monday that passenger numbers on commercial airlines were up 15 percent through the first six months of 2015.

Plea Deal Taken By Fourth Man Involved in August 2014 Killing

A man has taken a plea deal for reduced charges in the August 2014 slaying of a Lincoln man during a botched home invasion robbery.    Online court records say 20-year-old Joshua Carr pleaded no contest and was convicted Thursday of manslaughter, attempted robbery and use of a firearm.

Pygmy Goat May Have Been Taken From Rural Bennet Home

Lancaster County deputies are asking for your help in finding a vehicle seen leaving a home near 120th and Wittstruck Road late Tuesday afternoon and evening, where a pygmy goat was taken. 

Governor, First Lady Help Unveil Logo For Nebraska's 150th Anniversary

Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore on Wednesday unveiled the logo and brand that will be used by a coalition of individuals planning events for Nebraska’s sesquicentennial anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2017.  

Celebration Rally at State Capitol after SCOTUS Decision

A crowd at the State Capital yesterday celebrated the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to lift all bans on same-sex marriages. Communications Director of the ACLU of Nebraska Tyler Richard says they have many clients who are excited their families have the same protection other couples have, and added that it was a momentous day for equality.

City Will Pay Storm Damage Claims

Image result for city council lincoln neThe Lincoln City Council has approved a plan to handle claims from property owners for damage from sewer backup.  On Monday, the council decided to pay homeowners and businesses up to $5,000 for cleanup and repair from sewage backup,  

Gov. Ricketts Wrapping Up European Trade Mission

Image result for governor pete rickettsGov. Pete Ricketts is wrapping up a European trade mission that focused on building relationships with companies and promoting Nebraska's workforce. Ricketts was scheduled to return to Nebraska on Tuesday after an eight-day trip.

City Enters Lease To Extend Fiber Optics Infrastructure

Image result for fiber optic cableMayor Chris Beutler Thursday announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City.

Nebraska lawmakers scrap medical marijuana bill for the year

Nebraska will not legalize medical marijuana this year in light of other controversial measures dominating the final days of the legislative session.    Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.

Children's Zoo Schedules Community "Thank You"

The Lincoln Children's Zoo invites the public to "Zoobilee".  It'll be at the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 8th.  Executive Director John Chapo describes it as "the largest free family event the community has ever seen."

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Repeal Death Penalty

Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.  The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons. 

Senators Back Study of Medical Cannabis Benefits

Less than a week after pushing a broad medical marijuana bill through a first-round vote, Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a second measure to provide faster, federally approved relief.    

Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Car

Image result for lincoln police departmentA Lincoln bicyclist is being watched very closely Tuesday at a Lincoln hospital after being hit by a car on Lincoln's far east side.  The 53 year old was last reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening head injuries.

Roads Blocked Off Due To Flood Waters

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office tells KFOR NEWS the State Patrol has closed Highway 77 this morning from Rosa Parks Way in Lincoln all the way South to the Lancaster County Line.  Saltillo Road is closed from 14th Street to 27th.  Just before 4:30am Thursday, there was a call to 27th and Saltillo where a car with a woman inside was floating away.  

Officer Knocked Out During Arrest

Two officers were injured-one was knocked unconscious while arresting a Lincoln man yesterday afternoon. Officers were called to 13th and 'E' around 4:30 to a disturbance call. Police Captain Jeri Roeder tells KFOR News officers were about to arrest 27-year-old Josiah Samson.

UPDATE: Fire At La Mexicana Accidental

Fire inspectors believe the 3-alarm fire that destroyed a downtown Lincoln strip mall Monday afternoon was started accidentally by construction workers on the roof.  Lincoln Fire Inspector Rick Campos tells KFOR News he believes a construction company was welding metal when some sparks ignited some wood.

New Study Says State Would Benefit From Medicaid Expansion

Image result for medicaid expansion nebraskaA study by two University of Nebraska at Kearney professors says the state would see economic benefits if Medicaid coverage was expanded to cover more low-income residents. 

Pavement Repairs Start April 8 Along Superior Street

Expect some road work to slow down your commute along Superior Street in northwest Lincoln next week.  Starting Wednesday, April 8, pavement repair work will force lane closures along Superior from Technology Drive to I-180.  

Report Suggests Economic Growth

Image result for economic growthA new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.   The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. 

New Website Focuses on Rural Development

The federal Agriculture Department has launched a new website focused on its rural development programs in Nebraska. The USDA says the new website should be easier to navigate for people looking for loan and grand applications or more details about other programs.

Roll-Over Crash In Northeast Lincoln

Emergency crews say two people and two children were transported to a Lincoln hospital after an accident Friday morning. Two adults and 2 children were taken to a Lincoln hospital after a roll-over crash accident Friday morning.   Lincoln Fire & Rescue Crews and police went to the intersection of 51st. and Adams just after 8:30 this morning.  

Suspect Burglar Caught In The Act Outside Lincoln Home

A man who came home early Wednesday morning near 27th and South saw a man he didn't know rummaging through his car parked in the driveway. 

Millard West Player Statuses In Question After MIP Citations

Millard West could be without one or more of its varsity basketball players when it plays in the state basketball tournament in Lincoln this week.    One 18-year-old member of the team was among some 70 people cited by police for minor in possession at a party in west Omaha on Saturday night.

Shots Fired at North Lincoln Motel

Lincoln Police, and Fire and Rescue, have been called to a Motel 6 near Interstate 80 in North Lincoln after a shooting.  It's isn't known yet whether anyone has been wounded.  The shooting was reported just before11:00 this morning.&nbs

Jenkins Is Competent, Trial Delayed

Image result for nikko jenkins omahaA judge has delayed a ruling on whether a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha within weeks of leaving prison remains incompetent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday accepted a report from state experts that said Nikko Jenkins was competent and could understand the sentencing proceedings. 

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Nikko Jenkin's Prison Release

Image result for nikko jenkinsA judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the state of Nebraska caused a woman's death by freeing Nikko Jenkins from prison. Andrea Kruger was one of four people Jenkins killed within weeks of his release from prison in 2013. The judge ruled the state is immune from liability because Jenkins' release was discretionary and protected by law. 

Kansas Woman Delivers Twins While Heading To Lincoln Hospital

A Kansas mother and her twin babies are doing fine in a Lincoln hospital, after she delivered them in a car near Highway 77 and Saltillo Road early Thursday morning.  Lancaster County Sheriff's Captain Ben Houchin says 36-year-old Laurie Clark and her husband, 39-year-old Kevin Clark, were coming to Lincoln from Barnes, Kansas because of some pregnancy issues. 

BREAKING NEWS: SW Lincoln Sandwich Shop Robbed

Lincoln Police are investigating another armed robbery, this one happening around 7:30am Wednesday at the Subway near 14th and Pine Lake Road. Police tell KFOR News they are looking for a white man, about 6-feet tall with a thin build, wearing a dark hat, gray jacket and blue bandana over his face. 

Ice Jam Causes Flooding On Platte River West of Omaha

At least three people have been rescued from flooding caused by an ice jam on the Platte River in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.  Authorities say floodwaters began creeping up on the Two Rivers State Recreation Area about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The three people rescued had called for help when they became stranded in a pickup. No injuries have been reported. 

Three Measures In Legislature Address Gun Control

Nebraska gun control advocates and opponents are squaring off on a series of new measures in the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday on three pieces of legislation that would expand gun owner rights and one bill that would limit reckless firing. The bills would allow for security teams at private schools to carry guns.

Fire Damages Home Near Murdock

The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a basement fire 30 miles from Lincoln near the community of Murdock.  Volunteer Fire Chief Alan Brockhoff says it took crews from 6 departments an hour-and-a-half to bringTuesday night's fire under control at 10209 North 298th Street because of several construction additions previously done on the home.  

Keystone To Top Senate Agenda In January 2015

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. The issue could set up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. 

Bomb Threat At Papillion High School

Authorities say they're investigating an anonymous bomb threat against a Papillion high school that was posted online. The Papillion-La Vista School District says it discovered the threat against Papillion-La Vista South High School on Twitter Sunday afternoon. Papillion police searched the school Sunday night and Monday morning and found nothing. 

Sen. Fischer Confident That Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Happen Again

Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the discussion about the Keystone X-L Pipeline is far from over.  Fischer is one of 59 senators who voted yes on a bill to approve the pipeline Tuesday, but fell one vote short .  She predicts Congress will take up the bill again, and pass it, shortly after the first of the year.  The controversial pipeline is slated to run thru Nebraska,

Nebraska Fairgoer Hurt After Leaping Onto Inflated Bag

Officials say a woman has been injured after leaping onto an inflated bag at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.  The fair said in a news release that the woman was hurt around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stunt Jump attraction. The huge bag used

Prisons To Study Reform Of Solitary Confinement

Nebraska's beleaguered prison system is going to get some help from a national agency. The Vera Institute of Justice has selected Nebraska as one of five states to participate in a study on alternatives to solitary confinement.