Fire Displaces Apartment Residents


A fire on Saturday displaces residents of a South Lincoln apartment complex. It happened at 3210 Carnelian Street. Our media partner 1011 News reports that the fire started from a balcony on the third floor. LFR said the damage is about $10,000. The cause is still under investigation.

Lincoln Man Dies in Farming Accident


Officials say a Lincoln man has died in an accident at a turkey farm in Waverly. The Lancaster County Sheriff's office says the accident happened Friday afternoon at Bevans Enterprises, Inc. Investigators say the man, 34-year-old Joaquin Danilo Mina Munoz, was killed after his clothing became caught in the auger of a grain truck.

Report: Navy Admiral Made Casino Chips


A criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press says the Navy admiral fired last year as the No. two commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have counterfeited $500 poker chips with paint and stickers, and used them at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina's punishment for using fake gambling chips was announced earlier this year, it has not been revealed until now that evidence points to Giardina's possible role in making the counterfeit chips.

Last Chance for Energy Incentives


It's getting close to being your last chance to be a part of Lincoln Electric System's 2014 Sustainable Energy Program. The program kicked of in January with $4 Million in incentive funds for customers who purchase energy-efficient products or services. There is now less than $500,000 left.

University President Candidate To Visit In Early December


The second of four final candidates for president of the University of Nebraska will visit the state December 7th-11th.  Dr. Hank Bounds, the Commissioner of Higher Education for Mississippi, will be in Lincoln Monday and Tuesday, in Kearney Tuesday afternoon, and at both campuses in Omaha Wednesday.  

NRD Director Resigns


The director of Nebraska's Department of Natural Resources has resigned.  Brian Dunnigan stepped down from the position on Thursday after more than 30 years with the department. He was appointed director by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2008. Heineman is leaving office in January. As director, Dunnigan oversaw a department that helps manage the state's waterways, dams and flood plains.

State Fair Hoping To Attract Bigger Musical Acts


Nebraska State Fair officials are working on a plan to book a bigger musical act for a large, outdoor concert for next year.   The State Executive Director Joseph McDermott says some county fairs are bringing in well-known performers that are as big or bigger than the ones at the State Fair.   

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers


Time to bundle up and ring bells for the Salvation Army.  As many as 1,500 volunteers are needed this year to ring bells at 33 locations around Lincoln.  Unfortunately, fewer than 600 volunteers have signed up...and with about half of the Salvation Army's annual budget coming from the Red Kettle Campaign, volunteers are critically important.  

State Public School Graduation Rate Just Short of 90 Percent


Nebraska's public high-school graduation rate increased slightly this year, but came up just shy of the 90 percent goal set by state officials.  The Department of Education announced Friday that 89.7 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2014. Last year, 88.5 percent of seniors graduated.  

Nebraska's Unemployment Rate Drops In October


A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for October dropped to 3.4 percent.  The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the rate was four-tenths of a point under the October 2013 rate of 3.8 percent.  The new Nebraska figure remains well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October. 

Fire Destroys Camper Outside West Lincoln Business


It's too early to say what may have started a 5th-wheel camper on fire around 4am Friday outside of Feller's AutoPlex at 930 West "P" Street.  Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Leo Benes tells KFOR News at the scene firefighters managed the cold to knock down flames, reducing heavy smoke pouring into the business. 

Bennet Man In Jail For Having Illegal Weapons


A 32-year-old man is behind bars after he carried and shot an illegal weapon at a party last weekend near Bennet.  Troy Carter was found at his Bennet home Thursday night with two sawed-off shotguns.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office say Carter had taken one of the guns to the party on Saturday and fired several shots in the air.  

Police Investigating Teen's Death As Possible Suicide


A senior at East High School has died, after either jumping or falling off a parking garage in downtown Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.   It happened at the Que Place Garage near 11th and "Q".   Lincoln Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tony Kirkpatrick, the son of City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick. 

Planning Director Marvin Krout Dies


A well-known top official at Lincoln's county-city building has died.  Planning Director Marvin Krout passed away this morning. Mayor Chris Beutler issued a statement saying "During his 12 years as City-County Planning Director, Lincoln crossed the threshold from a growing town into a vibrant city. 

Dining Hall, East Campus Residence Hall Approved


During their meeting on Thursday, the University of Nebraska Regents approved construction of a new $33 Million dining hall on North 17th street to replace the Cather-Pound Residence Hall dining room.  The new facility will serve an estimated 28-hundred meals a day to residents of several dormitories.  They also OK'd a $37 Million, 400 bed residence hall for East Campus.

Regents Hire Mgt. Firm For Breslow Ice Center


The University of Nebraska has hired a management firm to operate the soon-to-be-constructed Breslow Ice Center.  The $11 Million National Hockey League-sized rink will be built next door to the Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Today, the Board of Regents approved a nearly $60-thousand per year contract with Rink Management Services of Mechanicsburg, Virginia, to run the facility. 

Help Roads Dept. Find Icy Streets


Tired of driving on icy streets?  Tell the city's Public Works Action Center. The website at lincoln.ne.gov allows you to log on, pinpoint the exact location of the icy street and immediately send it to the Public Works staff.  Since Public Works isn't open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the website is the best way to let staff know where a street is icy.  

Long-time Beatrice Company Back In Business


A longtime manufacturing company in Beatrice is back in business after shuttering its operations three years ago. The Dempster Industries factory closed in late 2011, but is now under new management. Dempster president Ryan Mitchell said the factory has completed its first full line of spreaders. 

Insurance Co. Doesn't Want To Pay Award In Peru State Lawsuit


Nebraska's insurance company is asking a judge to declare that it has no duty to pay any award made against the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees in a lawsuit over the 2010 disappearance of a Peru State College student whose mother believes she was killed by a fellow student. 

BCBS of Nebraska Denies CHI Health's Contract Offer


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is rejecting the latest contract offer from one of the state's biggest medical networks because the insurer says the offer still costs too much.  CHI Health officials offered a new agreement to Blue Cross earlier this week that would have cut rates by $10 million. 

Ross Has Interview For NU President's Job


Honest, caring, and open.  That's the way Dr. George Ross describes himself as a leader.  Ross was interviewed on Thursday by the Board of Regents for the presidency of the University of Nebraska.  He said a good leader also makes sure that all stakeholders share the vision for the school's future.  

Lincoln's Economy Surging Through Public-Private Business Partnerships


When it comes to Lincoln's economy, it's surging.   The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and employment growth outpacing the national rate, according to business indicators from a quarterly UNL study.  Mayor Chris Beutler on Thursday credited public-private partnerships for helping the City recover from the great recession.  

Break In At South Lincoln Jewelry Store


Lincoln Police are investigating a burglary early Thursday morning at Goldsmith Jewelers near 56th and Old Cheney.   Sgt. Jeri Roeder says officers found broken glass cases inside and the glass door was damaged.  

All-Female Panel Of Court Of Appeals Makes History


An all-female panel of the Nebraska Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments for the first time in state history. The three-judge panel met for oral arguments last week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Judges Frankie Moore, Francie Riedmann and Riko Bishop heard several cases and then took questions from students. 

Country Club Area Home Suffers Fire Damage


A home on the eastern edge of Lincoln's Country Club area suffers some damage from a lunchtime fire on Wednesday.   LFR Battalion Chief Tim Linke tells KFOR News at the scene they were called just before noon to 3260 Van Dorn about a fire in the kitchen.  

Carbon Monoxide Forces Evacuation At Northeast Lincoln Retirement Home


High carbon monoxide levels forced evacuation of an assisted living facility in Lincoln late Wednesday morning.   It was a carbon monoxide leak at Lincoln Manor, near 49th and Baldwin. Lincoln Fire officials say residents were taken to a nearby church while firefighters ventilated the building.  

Convicted Felon Arrested For Stealing Gun From Relative's Home


A Lincoln man is in jail after being talked out of his home by SWAT.  Police Officer Katie Flood says 37 year old Jacob Brehm was developed as a suspect in a Saturday evening robbery in the 900 block of Santa Monica Ave where several firearms, including an AK-47, were stolen from a relative's home. 

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,

NSP To Do Special Enforcement In Lincoln Friday


Reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes in the Lincoln area will be the focus of a special State Patrol enforcement planned for this Friday.  According to the Lincoln Police Department, since the first of the year there have been 13 fatalities related to motor vehicle crashes in the city of Lincoln. That compares with seven in 2013 and nine in 2012. 

State Officials, Local Family Encourage You To Not Drink And Drive


If you plan to celebrate the holidays by drinking, do it responsibly and have a plan in place for someone to take you home.   Mothers Against Drunk Driving is coordinating the Red Ribbon campaign again, by tying a ribbon on your vehicle and pledging not to drink and drive.  

Police Report: Former Coach Backhanded Girl


New details in the departure of Omaha Creighton Prep's football coach and school counselor.  In a story you heard us talk about Monday, Chris Nizzi resigned after a police incident at his Omaha home early Saturday morning, just hours after the Junior Jays earned their way to the Class A football championship game.   

Ebola Patient Being Treated at UNMC Dies


An Omaha hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.  Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease.  Salia contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. He arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

Students Play Role In Painting Snow Plows


Eleven more snow plows that will be helping with any snow removal this winter have been painted by students in Lincoln Public Schools.   It's part of this year's Artistic Snow Plow project that started two years ago. 

Woman Robbed By Two Men In Her North Lincoln Apartment


A 22 year old Lincoln woman was not ready for what happened to her Thursday night. She was home in her apartment at 40th and Superior when two men barged thru the front door.  One was armed....they demanded to know where she kept the money.  The woman wasn't harmed, but the two men got away with cash and her cell phone.  

No Materials Laid Out Before Snow, Equipment Being Upgraded


Drivers in Lincoln are used to seeing brine stripes on the streets ahead of snow or ice .  Brine is a mixture of salt and water, but you didn't see any Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Public Works Maintenance Manager Ty Barger tells KFOR NEWS no brine has been made yet.  The city started preparing for winter in late August by getting new brine distributing equipment installed.

Firefighters Battle Havelock House Fire In Frigid Temps


The cause of a 2-alarm fire inside a home at 6201 Kearney Avenue is still under investigation, but fire investigators say it originated on a stove pipe outside the house.  Lincoln Firefighters were called around 3:45am Tuesday, where flames were seen by first arriving crews.   Everyone got out safely.  The fire was on the second floor of the house. 

First N-U Finalist Visit Scheduled


The first of four finalists for the top job at the University of Nebraska will visit the campuses and hold public meetings next week. Dr. George Ross, who's currently President of Central Michigan University, will make stops in Omaha, Kearney, and Lincoln on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

October Tax Receipts Fall Below State Forecast


A new report says net tax receipts for Nebraska state government were below projections in October. The Department of Revenue reported Monday that the state collected $222 million last month, which is nearly 9 percent below the certified forecast.  The certified forecast of $244 million was set by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board in February.  

Police Make Arrest In Capitol Beach Burglary


Lincoln Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a burglary that happened between Thursday morning and Friday in an apartment complex on the 500 block of Surfside Drive, which is in Lincoln's Capitol Beach area.  Police believe 45-year-old Anthony Richardson and maybe another suspect took a handgun, electronic devices, and a safe filled with three rifles. 

Man Rolls SUV, Then Drives To Bar To Pickup Girlfriend


A 25-year-old man apparently had been drinking and rolled his vehicle, before he went to pick up his girlfriend at the Roca Tavern.  It happened early Sunday morning according to Lancaster County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bliemeister. 

UNL Frat Member Cited After Underage Woman Was Found Intoxicated


Authorities have cited a 21-year-old UNL fraternity member for procuring alcohol to a minor, after a 19-year-old woman got heavily intoxicated on a party bus Friday night.  Lincoln Police say the bus was stopped at 8th and "R" Street, when paramedics were called and took the woman to an area hospital for treatment.   

Ricketts, Heineman Meet To Discuss Transition


With the election over, Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts is preparing to make the transition to office.  Ricketts met with outgoing Gov. Dave Heineman on Thursday to talk about the state budget process, personnel issues and other matters related to the office's day-to-day operations. 

Lautenbaugh Leaving Office Early Before Term Ends


Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, whose term expires in January, says he plans to leave office early. He made the announcement Thursday. Lautenbaugh says he plans to focus on his law practice. He may also pursue work as a lobbyist.  

Arrests in October 22nd Robbery/Shooting Near Downtown


An arrest in connection to an October 22nd shooting and robbery near 27th and Capitol Parkway, where a 23-year-old man was wounded in his left arm.  19-year-old Jamal Haynes was tracked down at a home in Omaha by the Metro Fugitive Task Force.  

2nd District Rep. Terry Concedes Race To Democrat Ashford


Sixteen-year Republican incumbent Lee Terry has conceded to challenger Brad Ashford, making Ashford the first Democrat elected to the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District in 22 years.  With all precincts counted, Ashford was ahead by more than 4,000 votes, with about 13,600 early ballots yet to be counted. But Terry conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon.  

Ricketts Voted As Nebraska's Next Governor


Republican Pete Ricketts, a multimillionaire former executive at TD Ameritrade, has been elected governor of Nebraska.  Voters on Tuesday chose Ricketts, of Omaha, over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who for decades headed a center in Lyons that advocated for family farms and rural communities.  

Republican Sasse Wins Senate Seat


Based on projections by the Associated Press, Nebraska voters have overwhelmingly elected Republican Ben Sasse to the U.S. Senate over Democrat David Domina.  Sasse easily won election Tuesday, replacing Republican Mike Johanns, who didn't seek re-election.  

Voters Approve Wage Rise To $9 An Hour


Voters have approved a measure raising Nebraska's minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2016.  The measure won Tuesday despite opposition from most Republican officials and business leaders, who argued it would hurt companies and force them to cut jobs. 

Fortenberry Wins Sixth Term In Senate


Republican Jeff Fortenberry has easily won election to a sixth term representing Nebraska's 1st US House district.  Based on Associated Press projections, voters Tuesday chose Fortenberry over Democrat Dennis Crawford, a lawyer from Lincoln.  In his campaign for re-election, Fortenberry called for balancing the federal budget and reducing spending. 

Lincoln Woman Accused Of Hitting Another Woman Over Parking Spot


It can be frustrating to be waiting for a parking spot and someone else takes it, but a Lincoln woman appears to have taken it too far.   Police Officer Katie Flood says 36-year-old Kimberly Pankratius apparently was mad that another woman and her husband took a parking spot she was waiting for in the Wal-Mart lot near 27th and Grainger Parkway on Saturday.  

Search Committee Names Four Finalists For NU President


The University of Nebraska's presidential search committee has named four finalists to replace former President J.B. Milliken.  The finalists announced on Monday are Hank Bounds, Mississippi's commissioner for higher education; Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System; Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of (Click headline for more on this story).

Three Men Arrested For August Murder At North Lincoln Apartment


Three men have been arrested in the August 30th murder of 21 year old Maurice Williams during a home invasion robbery in an apartment at 50th and Vine Streets.  Lincoln Police spokesperson Katie Flood says 23 year old Derick Lewis, 19 year old Joshua Nootenboom-Carr and 23 year old Jason Holmes are in jail.  

Sidewalk Repair In Lincoln On Track To Be Fixed Within Two Years


City officials say crews are on track to fix the back log of sidewalk improvements throughout Lincoln over the next 14 months.  Along with that, there have been 250 sidewalk curb ramps fixed or installed to ensure better access for you.  Mayor Chris Beutler says about a year ago, he and City Council members along with public works officials talked about how to fund this repair project.

Arena Year-End Budget In Black


Mayor Chris Beutler is calling Pinnacle Bank Arena a success story, saying Thursday the year-end operating budget for the one-year-old facility ended in the black, by nearly $33,000.  Beutler chairs the Joint Public Agency that over sees the Arena.   NU Regent Tim Clare is a fellow JPA member and says this whole project has been a success since the beginning. 

Woman Hurt "Car Surfing" On County Road North of Lincoln


Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving care while trying to "car surf" on a county road near Davey.  

North Lincoln Convenience Store Robbed At Gunpoint


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who held up Mills Squeegee near 27th and Superior.  It happened around 4am Thursday. Captain Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS the man had a gun, pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't go off.  He stole the clerk's purse and money from the register.  

Woman Assaulted During Armed Robbery


A woman went to the hospital late Wednesday night after being assaulted by an armed robber.  Lincoln Police Capt. Bob Farber tells KFOR NEWS just after 11pm outside an apartment building at 6107 NW 2nd Circle, the woman was approached by a man who pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.

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.  

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.

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


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

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


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

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


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

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


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

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


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

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


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

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


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

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


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

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


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

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


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

Patty Duke Taken to Omaha Hospital During Film Screening


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

Ben Sasse Resigns From Midland


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

Nebraska Twister Damage Estimated at $300,000


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

UNMC Chancellor Receives Prestigious Health Care Leadership Award


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

Lincoln Water Levels Good, No Residential Watering Schedule in Demand


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

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


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

Storm Damages Four Major NPPD Lines


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

Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer Retires


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

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


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

Midwest Community Leaders Advise Senate Panel on Improving Communities


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

Overnight Armed Robbery At South Lincoln U-Stop


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

Shots Fired At West Lincoln Trailer Park


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

9-Year-Old Killed by Bobcat Machine


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

Midwest States to Jointly Combat Wildfires


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

Pipeline Opponents Protest with 80-Acres of Artwork


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

Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash


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

Syracuse Man Arrested for DUI after Crashing into Pole


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

Driver Rolls Car Over, Gets DUI, Negligent Driving


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

Health and Human Services Official Vivianne Chaumont Dies at 60


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

Approved Bill to Help Elderly Nebraskans Maintain Home-Living


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Tom Osborne Endorses Mike Foley for Governor


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

Fines Possible for P Street Project Contractor


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

Fillibuster Kills Sexual Discrimination Bill


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

City Council Repeals Curfew


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

Nebraska DMV Closes Driver's License Operations


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

Horse Race Betting Bill Passes Legislature


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

Heineman Vetoes Elderly Care Funding Bill


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

Nebraskans Remember Mickey Rooney


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

Many State Parks to Reopen Early


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

Task Force Arrests Wanted Fugitive in Lincoln



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

Man Killed by Gunshot


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

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


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

Two Young Students Injured in Bus Crash Near Norfolk


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

Palin Endorses Ricketts


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

Former Crime Scene Investigator Ordered to Pay Restitution and Punitive Damages


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

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


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

Three-Year-Old Dies after Accident


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

Lincoln Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Gun to Felon


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

Legislature Overrides Governor's Budget Veto


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

Hit and Run Crash Shoves Parked Car Against House


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

Lincoln Police Catch Stabbing Suspect


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

Lincoln Police Arrest Murder Suspect


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

Milford Woman Admits Lying about Man's Threats


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

Minnesota Man's $5,000 Wheelchair Stolen


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

Boy Scouts Hurt in Gunpowder Explosion


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

Woman Sues Strip Club Over Wages


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

19-Year-Old Going Back to Prison


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

Lincoln Post Office may Close


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

Grand Island Fights for Renovated State Veterans Home, Not New


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

Legislature Approves Budget


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

Mountain Lion Hunting Ban Waiting for Governor's Signature


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

Lincoln Police Investigate More Than 20 Car Vandalism Cases


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

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Occurs In West Lincoln


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

Missing Teens Found in Florida


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

Driver Hits Stalled Car and Owner


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

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


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

New Hydraulic Cot In LFR Ambulances


New hydraulic cot for LFR ambulances.

Federal Judge Catches Heat for Comments


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

Husker Football and Basketball Teams Lose, Win in Volleyball


The Husker football team lost to Minnesota 28-24 at Memorial Stadium on Senior Day. Later on Saturday night the Husker basketball team was upset by Rhode Island 66-62. But the Husker volleyball team shut out Michigan 3-0 on the same night.

Abdullah A Finalist Again For Two More Football Awards


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was named a finalist for two national college football awards on Thursday morning. The record-setting running back was named as one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award and is one of four finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award.  

2015 Inductees Announced For Lincoln Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame


Lincoln Southeast has announced their 2015 class into the school's athletic hall of fame.   Among the nine athletes going in are former football standouts Ty Goode and Ty Gifford.  The 1969 State Championship boys gymnastics team and the 1976 state champion girls golf team are also being inducted along with former coach Dan Wolf. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Laudermill Leads NU Over WSU


Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 16 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61.  A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left.  

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bluejays Upset No. 18 Sooners


Zach Hanson caught Devin Brooks' air ball along the baseline and put it in the basket for the go-ahead points in the last minute, and Creighton came back from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 18 Oklahoma 65-63 on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha.  The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run to get back in the game after a dismal first-half shooting performance.  

HUSKER FOOTBALL: Abdullah One of Ten Up For Walker Award


Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award. The award is given annually to the nation’s top running back.  This marks the second straight season Abdullah has been a semifinalist for the award. The 5-9, 200-pound Abdullah has produced a standout senior campaign in 2014. 

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Petteway Leads Big Red In Win


Terran Petteway’s 23 points led three Huskers in double figures, while the #21 Nebraska Men's Basketball team clamped down defensively in the second half to post an 82-56 win over Central Arkansas Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  

NWU Men Suffer Loss In Home Basketball Opener


Two games into the Nebraska Wesleyan Men's basketball season, the Prairie Wolves are off to an 0-2 start as they fell to Grace University of Omaha by the final of 93-83 last night at Snyder Arena.  Wesleyan took a 74-72 lead with six minutes left on a Trevor Leiting three-pointer.  

Petteway Among Top 50 For Wooden Award


Nebraska basketball standout Terran Petteway was tabbed for the Wooden Award Men's Preseason Top 50 Monday afternoon. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.  

Omaha To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Tourney


The NCAA announced Monday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional in 2018. The 2018 Regional will mark the fourth time that CenturyLinkCenter Omaha has hosted NCAA Tournament Basketball action, joining Second/Third Round games it has hosted in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2015 games the facility will host in March.  

Abdullah Finalist for Two National Awards


University of Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was selected as a finalist for a pair of awards Tuesday afternoon. The Homewood, Ala., native was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award and one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Award.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Huskers Start Prep Work For Badgers


The 11th-ranked Nebraska football team will start preparing for Saturday's game at No. 22 Wisconsin.  Head Coach Bo Pelini says not much has changed in the style of play the Badgers will bring into the game, under second year head coach Gary Andersen.  Wisconsin boasts one of the nation’s top rushing attacks and one of the country’s best defenses.

Freedom Trophy Will Debut During Nebraska-Wisconsin Football Game


Another thing Nebraska and Wisconsin will be playing for in football on Saturday is the Freedom Trophy, which was designed and sculpted by Harry Weber of Wright City, Mo.  It features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center, something that Husker lineman Jake Cotton thinks is neat. 

NWU Top Seed In NCAA Division III Volleyball Regional


Announcement was made Monday that Nebraska Wesleyan is one of 64 schools selected to play in the upcoming NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament. The Prairie Wolves will meet Northwestern College of St. Paul, Minnesota this Thursday (Nov. 13) in the first round of a regional being hosted by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. 

District Volleyball Pairings Are Set


Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln North Star will host district volleyball tournaments next week.  Southeast will host the A-2 District tournament next Wednesday, while North Star hosts the A-7 tourney.   Click on headline for full brackets.

 

 
 

East, Southwest, Pius X , Waverly and Malcolm Make Playoffs


Lincoln East, Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln Pius X, Waverly and Malcolm have qualified for the NSAA State High School Football playoffs, which begin on Oct. 31.  Pairings were released Saturday morning, after the regular season wrapped up Friday night.   (CLICK HEADLINE FOR FULL STORY)

Millard West Surge In Second Half Stops Southeast


Lincoln Southeast used some old school plays to compete with Millard West Thursday night, but the Knights couldn't overcome a second half surge, as the Class A 10th-ranked Wildcats hung on for a 35-28 victory in high school football at Seacrest Field.

 

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.  

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.   

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.  

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.

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.

Ferguson Grand Jury 'Unfair,' Michael Brown Family Lawyer Says


Credit: Frances Twitty/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A lawyer for the family of the black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer said Sunday the grand jury process playing out in Missouri is unlike anything he's seen before and is unfair.The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, has said that, unlike with a typical grand jury, he would present to this grand jury all the evidence gathered in the police investigation and offer the jurors the opportunity to hear from any witness with relevant information.The target of the investigation, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, was among those who testified.A spokesman for McCulloch has indicated that the prosecutor's office will not likely make a specific recommendation about charges, but would give the grand jurors a range of charges to consider, from involuntary manslaughter up to first-degree murder.The grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown by Wilson is not meeting this weekend and will reconvene Monday, sources told ABC News."When you think about it, if this prosecutor is saying we're just going to be fair, we're not going to recommend any charges, that's different from anything he's done in his past 28 years with grand juries," attorney Benjamin Crump said Sunday on This Week."So, now are we going to say he was unfair to all those people and he's going to be extra fair, get a police extra rights?" said Crump, who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin. " Why can't it be equal justice?"ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said there is precedent for prosecutors presenting cases to grand juries without recommending charges, particularly high profile, controversial cases."I'm not going to dispute with you on the facts, but let's talk about the process and the law, which is that there are a lot of high profile cases, and I've seen them, where prosecutors say, 'You know what, I'm going to hand this one to the grand jury. I want the political cover on this one. I want to let them decide so I'm not the one who takes the heat on this decision,'" he said."So it is not sort of out of left field that in a high profile case a prosecutor hands it off to a grand jury to make that decision," he said.Speculation that a decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting was coming soon has increased tensions in a town that already was on edge.Federal, state and county officials have been ramping up their readiness in case there is a fresh wave of angry and, at times, violent protests over the jury's decision. Protesters have been demanding that Wilson be charged with murder for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.The Saint Louis County Police Department switched their officers to 12-hour shifts on Saturday.Metal and concrete barricades have been erected in areas around the St Louis County government buildings in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting. The justice center there also houses the prosecutor's office, the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters and the circuit courts.Preparations are being made there for specific areas for anticipated protests.There also appeared to be some minor increase in activity behind the strip mall in Jennings, the town next to Ferguson, where the Unified Command will be operating once they are notified a decision has been reached.Many stores have boarded up their windows for fear of destructive protesters. The manager of Beauty Town Plus, a salon on West Florissant Avenue where much of the protests centered during the summer, told ABC News that they decided to board up because their windows were broken three times following Brown's death.Law enforcement have taken the threat of violence seriously as well as two federal officials confirmed to ABC News that more than 100 FBI personnel are being sent to the St. Louis area to join those already in the area and opened an intelligence center to head up operations.On Friday, federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin faced only those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.The two men are suspected of being associated with the New Black Panther party, said sources briefed on the arrests. The charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," according to one source.Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Michael Brown Sr., the slain teenager's father, have released videos urging protesters to remain peaceful when the grand jury's decision is handed up.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

Boy Shot by Cleveland Police Dies


Credit: Adam Kazmierski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A 12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police officers while carrying a replica gun in a park playground has died, hospital officials said Sunday.The boy, who hasn't been identified, died at MetroHealth Medical Center after he was taken there for surgery Saturday afternoon.Officers were called to the Cudell Recreation Center after receiving reports of the boy waving a gun and pointing it at people, the Cleveland Division of Police said in a statement.Two officers found the boy in the playground and ordered him to raise his hands, but he instead reached for what the officers thought was a gun in his waistband, police said.The officers fired twice, hitting the boy in the torso.Officers learned the gun was fake after the shooting, police said. Made to resemble a semi-automatic pistol, the orange safety indicator had been removed from the "airsoft" replica gun the boy was holding.“We are not rushing to judgment," said Timothy Kurcharski, an attorney for the boy's mother. "The police are investigating the matter and we are waiting for the result of that investigation."The two officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.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

Ferguson Grand Jury to Reconvene Monday


Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is not meeting this weekend and will reconvene Monday, sources told ABC News.Speculation that a decision on whether to indict Wilson in the shooting was coming soon has increased tensions in a town that already was on edge.Federal, state and county officials have been ramping up their readiness in case there is a fresh wave of angry and, at times, violent protests over the jury's decision. Protesters have been demanding that Wilson be charged with murder for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.The Saint Louis County Police Department switched their officers to 12-hour shifts on Saturday.Metal and concrete barricades have been erected in areas around the St Louis County government buildings in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting. The justice center there also houses the prosecutor's office, the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters and the circuit courts.Preparations are being made there for specific areas for anticipated protests.There also appeared to be some minor increase in activity behind the strip mall in Jennings, the town next to Ferguson, where the Unified Command will be operating once they are notified a decision has been reached.A lawyer for the Brown family described the city Friday as "nervous, on edge, scared" as people awaited the grand jury's decision."The city is really in a panic at this moment," attorney Anthony Gray said.Many stores have boarded up their windows for fear of destructive protesters. The manager of Beauty Town Plus, a salon on West Florissant Avenue where much of the protests centered during the summer, told ABC News that they decided to board up because their windows were broken three times following Brown's death.Law enforcement have taken the threat of violence seriously as well as two federal officials confirmed to ABC News that more than 100 FBI personnel are being sent to the St. Louis area to join those already in the area and opened an intelligence center to head up operations.On Friday, federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin faced only those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.The two men are suspected of being associated with the New Black Panther party, said sources briefed on the arrests. The charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," according to one source.Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Michael Brown Sr., the slain teenager's father, have released videos urging protesters to remain peaceful when the grand jury's decision is handed down.The DA is trying to present a case that if there is no indictment, they can say, 'Look, it was them,'" said ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams.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

University of Virginia Suspends Fraternity Activities Following "Rolling Stone"


Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced on Saturday that all fraternities and related activities would be suspended through at least Jan. 9.The action comes after a week in which a Rolling Stone magazine report detailed a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on the university's campus in 2012 that it says was handled improperly. Sullivan said in a letter to members of the university community that she has asked the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the incident. "We can demand that incidents like those described in Rolling Stone never happen and that if they do, the responsible are held accountable to the law," Sullivan added. "this will require institutional change, cultural change and legislative change, and it will not be easy," the admitted, adding "we are making those changes."The university's Inter-Fraternity council said Saturday that all fraternities would voluntarily suspend social activities for the weekend, but Sullivan decided that was only a first step, deciding instead to suspend the organizations through the beginning of the Spring semester.In a letter sent to parents on Friday night, Sullivan said that sexual assault "has no place in our society, much less in an academic community characterized by freedom and civility."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

Boy Wakes Up From Coma After Surviving 225-Foot Fall From Cliff


Credit: CZQS2000 / STS/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A 4-year-old California boy has awakened from an induced coma after he was injured in a 225-foot fall onto rocks from an ocean-side cliff, according to ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco.Jamie Guglielmino told ABC News that her son, Sebastion Johnson, woke up from the induced coma Wednesday, more than a week after he fell. The fall reportedly occurred on the evening of Nov. 10."All he knows is that he’s in pain and mommy’s there," said Guglielmino. "He looks at me. ... I can tell in his eyes, like, 'Where am I mommy?'"Guglielmino said her son had multiple broken bones, including two broken hips, and a broken leg, arm and jaw."He’s definitely in the arms of angels right now," Guglielmino told ABC News. "It’s been real touch and go, but he’s on the road to recovery."Sebastion was with Guglielmino, throwing rocks over a cliff in Bodega Bay, California, when he slipped and fell last week, according to KGO-TV. Sebastion's father and sister were also in the area and ran over after seeing him fall.“He just misstepped and the ground gave and he just flew right down,” Sebastian's father, Daryl Johnson, told KGO-TV. “The incident that happened was my worst nightmare.”Johnson said he could not see his son on the rocks, but a firefighter who rappelled down was able to spot Sebastian near the water, according to KGO-TV."He wasn't really talking, but I said, you know, 'If you like Spider-man or superheroes, you know, just try and think of them,' and just tried to keep him awake and moaning," firefighter Marcos Barros told KGO-TV.The boy was put into an induced coma after arriving at Children’s Hospital Oakland. After coming out of the coma, he was listed in fair condition by the hospital.Sebastion's family has created an online fundraiser to help deal with medical expenses from the accident."He’s very stubborn and a little fighter," said Johnson in an earlier interview with KGO-TV. "That’s why I’m a proud of him."An official with the California Department of Parks and Recreation said the area where Sebastion was injured can be dangerous and difficult for people who are unfamiliar with it.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

John Sheridan's, Wife's Deaths Lead to Investigation by NJ Attorney General


Credit: Tetra Image/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- The New Jersey attorney general's office is launching an investigation into the mysterious deaths of a couple who were close friends with Gov. Chris Christie.Police found the bodies of John Sheridan and his wife Joyce Sherwood inside their home last September when a neighbor called police to report a suspicious fire."I believe my neighbor's house may be the beginnings of a fire," the neighbor told a 911 dispatcher.The deaths were initially deemed a murder-suicide, but a source close to the investigation told ABC News that the Sherdians were stabbed several times with at least three different weapons.Police have only retrieved two of those weapons, according to the source.The investigation by the attorney general's office will be parallel to the police's investigation. The office has sent investigators to provide "additional manpower and expertise" to local police amid concerns over the progress detectives have made, officials said."They sense and know and understand there's a lot of frustration and people feel like we should just know," said family spokesman Tom Wilson. "They understand that this isn't for lack of trying on the part of law enforcement."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

At Least Three Protesters Arrested in Ferguson Friday Night, Activist Groups and


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- At least three protesters were arrested in Ferguson on Friday night during demonstrations in advance of a possible grand jury decision related to the August shooting of Michael Brown by local police officer Darren Wilson.According to the Saint Louis County Police Department, the three individuals were identified as Kenny Thomas, 55, David Rodriguez, 26, and William Morales, 23. Each of the three faces charges of unlawful assembly after they refused to leave the roadway when officers urged them to do so. The demonstrators, police say, were wearing "Anonymous" masks, and one of the demonstrators was using a bullhorn with a siren on it to shout profanities. On Friday, state and local officials had announced an agreement with activist groups on how police should respond to protesters once they grand jury decision is made on whether or not to indict Wilson. The so-called "rules of engagement" aim to prevent the tensions and violence that boiled over during protests over the shooting earlier this year.A U.S. delegation that reported to the United Nations Committee against Torture last week sent a letter to the U.N. on Friday calling for special rapporteurs to be sent to document possible human rights violations, should protests grow violent again.Also on Friday evening, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it had signed an agreement with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the County of Saint Louis and the City of Ferguson to affirm the rights of protesters to record law enforcement officers, an agreement that the ACLU of Missouri's legal director Tony Rothers called protection of the First Amendment rights of journalists.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

Three Protesters Arrested in Ferguson Friday Night, Activist Groups and Local Au


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Three protesters were arrested in Ferguson on Friday night during demonstrations in advance of a possible grand jury decision related to the August shooting of Michael Brown by local police officer Darren Wilson.According to the Saint Louis County Police Department, the three individuals were identified as Kenny Thomas, 55, David Rodriguez, 26, and William Morales, 23. Each of the three faces charges of unlawful assembly after they refused to leave the roadway when officers urged them to do so. The demonstrators, police say, were wearing "Anonymous" masks, and one of the demonstrators was using a bullhorn with a siren on it to shout profanities. On Friday, state and local officials had announced an agreement with activist groups on how police should respond to protesters once they grand jury decision is made on whether or not to indict Wilson. The so-called "rules of engagement" aim to prevent the tensions and violence that boiled over during protests over the shooting earlier this year.A U.S. delegation that reported to the United Nations Committee against Torture last week sent a letter to the U.N. on Friday calling for special rapporteurs to be sent to document possible human rights violations, should protests grow violent again.Also on Friday evening, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it had signed an agreement with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the County of Saint Louis and the City of Ferguson to affirm the rights of protesters to record law enforcement officers, an agreement that the ACLU of Missouri's legal director Tony Rothers called protection of the First Amendment rights of journalists.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

Two in Ferguson Charged With Lying on Forms to Buy Guns Ahead of Grand Jury Deci


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin only faced those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is expected soon.Neither man had a lawyer listed on court documents.The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives played a part in the arrest.The two men are believed to be associated with radical groups and the charges that were filed were intended to "take them out of the rotation," said one source.The FBI has sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision.St. Louis authorities said earlier Friday that the grand jury was still meeting. The panel will decide whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Brown, who was unarmed, on Aug. 9.The FBI declined to comment on its operation in Ferguson.Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency earlier this week and activated the Missouri National Guard to help keep order if necessary.Michael Brown Sr., the father of the slain teen, issued a videotaped appeal this week for protester to remain peaceful whatever the verdict.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

Two Men Walk Free After 40 Years in Prison for Crime They Didn't Commit


iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- On May 25, 1975, Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman went to jail for a murder they didn’t commit. Sentenced to death on the testimony of a single juvenile witness, the men continued to protest their innocence through years of incarceration.On Friday, nearly 40 years later, they walked out of prison as free men after the state’s witness in the case admitted that he concocted his testimony under police intimidation.A case suffused with emotion culminated in exoneration Friday morning, when Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle formally dismissed all charges against Jackson after a brief hearing. Bridgeman, whose case was heard separately, was exonerated two hours later by Judge David Matia.The two joined Bridgeman’s younger brother Ronnie, now known as Kwame Ajamu, who was found guilty of the same crime and eventually paroled in 2003.The three were originally jailed for the 1975 murder of Harry Franks, a Cleveland businessman, after a 12-year-old witness named Edward Vernon told police that he had seen them attack the victim. No physical evidence linked them to the crime scene. Jackson was just 19 years old when he was sentenced to die, Wiley Bridgeman was 20, and Ronnie Bridgeman was 17.“The English language doesn’t have words to express how I’m feeling right now,” Jackson, now 58, told reporters.Wiley Bridgeman, now 60, quietly thanked the judge and attorneys in the courthouse as his case was dismissed. He had once been less than three weeks away from execution, rescued when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Ohio’s previous capital punishment law in 1978.The case was a major victory for the Ohio Innocence Project, which coordinated much of the investigation into the exonerating evidence and whose staff attorney, Brian Howe, represented Jackson. Terry Gilbert and David Mills, who together represent the brothers Bridgeman and Ajamu, worked with the Innocence Project during the case.“It’s been years in the making,” Howe told ABC News. “Literally years of work, witness interviews, tracking people down -- all that culminated on Tuesday when the state withdrew its case.”The first domino on the path to exoneration fell in 2011, when an investigation by reporter Kyle Swenson in The Cleveland Scene, an alternative weekly magazine, cast doubt on the 1975 convictions. Later, the Ohio Innocence Project took Jackson’s case and began investigating.“Kyle Swenson did some great investigative journalism into the case before anyone had really heard about it, way before Ed Vernon had recanted his testimony,” Howe said. “Kyle’s article was the first thing I read when I took on this case, and that really compelled me to spend those extra nights and weekends digging into it.”Vernon was sick and in the hospital, wracked with anxiety, when his minister convinced him to come clean. Later, the Innocence Project obtained a signed affidavit in which Vernon forswore the statements he made as a boy.Last week, Vernon, now a 52-year-old man, took to the stand to give stunning, emotional testimony recanting his childhood statements.“He was a wreck,” McMonagle, the judge who presided over Jackson’s trial, told ABC News.“Eddie Vernon broke down on the stand frequently during testimony,” said Gilbert. “He talked about how his life was affected by the stress, the anguish, because for all these years he was afraid that if he came forward with the truth, then he would go to prison.”Vernon testified that he had been on a school bus when he heard the gunshot that killed Franks. As a 12-year-old, he passed on rumors he had heard to the police incriminating Jackson and the Bridgeman brothers. When he tried to back out of his account at a police lineup, he testified that officers intimidated him into giving false testimony, yelling at him and banging on a table.“He was a kid,” Gilbert told ABC News. “He hadn’t seen them do it. The police told him that he’d go to jail, that they’d send his mother to jail if he backed out, and he was a scared kid.”Vernon’s testimony made a powerful impression on the hearing.Judge McMonagle said, “One of the prosecutors said later that hearing all the evidence and the recanted testimony made her physically sick, that she felt terrible.”After the hearing, the prosecutors totally conceded, Gilbert told ABC News.“Everybody’s human," Gilbert said, "and when you hear this story and hear this man testify, it’s like something you can’t believe.”On Tuesday, the prosecution withdrew its case after Jackson testified before the hearing.“We’ve had a lot of emotion in this case this week,” Howe told ABC News. “Ricky spoke on Tuesday, talking about being sentenced to death as a teenager, and we could barely get through the testimony.”By Friday, the case’s dismissal was a formality. By noon, both Jackson and Bridgeman walked away as free men.In 1975, Judge McMonagle’s father, George, was the judge who presided over the case when it was first tried. At 9 a.m., he dismissed the case first heard by his father almost 40 years ago.“It means something when I think about it, since he’s been gone for a while,” the younger McMonagle told ABC News of his father, who passed away in 2002. “I’m retiring at the end of the year myself, and this is certainly something I’ll remember.”Ajamu, previously Ronnie Bridgeman, was released on parole in 2003, but his case will soon be heard for dismissal, as well. Gilbert told ABC News that, although Ajamu's team could apply for the case to be dismissed remotely, Ajamu wanted his day in court.“Kwame wants to hear it from a judge,” he said. “He wants to hear it from a judge that he’s a free man.”Ajamu, who has a wife now, will temporarily host his brother Bridgeman and Jackson while they sort out their new lives as free men.“After all this time, they don’t have a penny to their name except for the money they had in their pockets when they were jailed,” Howe said. “We’re going to help Ricky get a wardrobe, and we’re going to tackle some paperwork to get him a birth certificate, some documentation to get him ready to get a driver’s license.”Howe added that the Ohio Innocence Project had put together a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to help Jackson get started on his new life out of prison.“He’s not bitter or angry,” Howe said. “He’s just really looking forward to getting on with his life. He’s excited about getting a job, driving a car. He’s just processing the facts of being a free man.”After the hearing, Jackson told reporters that he did not bear any resentment toward Vernon after those years of imprisonment.“He’s a grown man today,” Jackson said. “He was just a boy back then."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