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Health Alert Issued at Swan Creek 5A


Toxic blue-green algae has forced the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a health alert for Swan Creek 5A in Saline County. The alert comes as a result of samples taken earlier this week that indicated Swan Creek Lake was above the state's health alert threshold. The alert will continue at the lake for at least two more weeks.

Stenberg Warns Of Fraudulent Postcards


Fraudulent postcards, posing as unclaimed property notifications from the Nebraska State Treasurer's office, have caused State Treasurer, Don Stenberg, to issue a warning to citizens today. The postcards instruct receivers to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. 

Lincoln Man Severely Injured by Steel Ball Attack


A 56-year-old man suffers a severe head injury at the hands of another man in a homeless camp on the outer fringes of downtown Lincoln early Thursday morning. Police tell KFOR News that the victim was hit in the head with a steel ball -- either a huge ball bearing or a shot put. The man was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for a skull fracture and brain bleed.

Waterloo Bar's Liquor License Suspended


The Waterloo bar which served an 18-year-old man who died in a December 2012 crash has had its liquor license suspended. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission imposed a 35-day suspension for Waterloo Fire Barn Sports Bar and Grill. One of the bar's owners has pleaded no contest to serving a minor and serving to an intoxicated person.

No Water Restrictions Planned


Water restrictions -- are they coming to Lincoln? In 2012, one of the worst droughts in Nebraska's history led to water restrictions, but Water Operations Manager at the Lincoln Water Systems, Jerry Obrist, says Lincoln is in very good shape right now. There was plenty of spring rain, while heavy river flow from the Colorado flooding last winter topped off Lincoln's wells.

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration


President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Nebraska, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding from June 14 to June 21. Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in a dozen counties including Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne.

District Judge Announces Retirement


Judge James Livingston has announced his intention to retire from the 9th Judicial District Court bench. Livingston intends to retire Oct. 1. He's been a district court judge since July 1992. The 9th District covers Hall and Buffalo counties. Livingston's office is in Grand Island.

State Treasurer Offers Reminder to Businesses


The Nebraska state treasurer is reminding Nebraska businesses and organizations of the Nov. 1 deadline for remitting unclaimed property to the state. Treasurer Don Stenberg says businesses and organizations must also submit unclaimed property reports by Nov. 1. A reporting form is available on the Treasurer's website at www.treasurer.org.

Man Sentenced in Pot Bust


A 49-year-old California man has been sentenced to a Nebraska prison for hauling hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the state. Online court records say Julio Sanchez, of La Palma, California, on Thursday was given two to four years and was credited for 261 days already served. He'd pleaded no contest to attempted possession of controlled substances for sale. 

New License Plates Causing Excitement


More and more people have been buying new license plates that proclaim that Nebraska is "The Beef State." The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles began printing the special slogan plates last month after 500 people applied for them, exceeding the threshold for production to begin.

Trail Scheduled for Man Accused in Child's Death


A trial has been scheduled to begin next month for a 27-year-old man accused in the death of a 2-year-old Gering girl in 2008. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 11 for the trial of Dustin Chauncey. He's pleaded not guilty to intentional child abuse resulting in the death of Juliette Geurts in July 2008. Chauncey was the boyfriend at the time of the girl's mother, Charyse Geurts.

Traffic Deals Expected on U.S. 159


Nebraska officials say roadwork scheduled next week on U.S. 159 near Falls City will likely cause traffic delays. The Nebraska roads department says crews will work on the surface of U.S. 159 in the southeastern part of the state. The roadwork is expected to last for about three days unless bad weather prevents crews from working. The department says one-lane traffic will occur on the roadway.

False Alarm at Nebraska Nuclear Plant


An erroneous evacuation warning about a hazardous material spill has sounded in a village of 150 people that sits a couple of miles from a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska. The vocal warning went out once or twice over a siren speaker in Nemaha while a technician from Cooper Nuclear Station worked on the siren Thursday.

Neb. Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Man on Death Row


The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the denial of a death row inmate's efforts to have his conviction overturned. Jeffrey Hessler was convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, raping and killing 15-year-old newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero the year before. His conviction and death sentence were upheld on direct appeal in 2007.

Workers Fixing Damaged Headstones in Nebraska Cemetery


Workers are fixing up old headstones that were vandalized last year in a Nebraska cemetery. More than 40 headstones had been damaged in August in Farmers' Valley Cemetery. Some headstones were from the 1870s.

Budget Compromise Adds Police Officers


The Beutler Administration and the Lincoln City Council today announced they have reached a compromise on the City’s 2014-16 budget that will add two police officers over the biennium and maintain funding for new positions in the Parks and Recreation Department.  The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will add one officer in 2014-15 and a second one in 2015-16 using savings ..... 

New Report Focuses on Kids to Prevent Crime


(7-24-14) There's a push to get more kids involved early in education as a way to steer them away from committing crimes later in life.  Lincoln's Public Safety Director Tom Casady is among dozens of law enforcement officials in Nebraska that are part of the Fight Crime: Invest In Kids organization, that authored the new report.

Tax Policy Experts Advice Nebraska on Tax Incentives


(7-24-14) Two tax policy experts say Nebraska needs to look beyond jobs and wages when studying whether the state's tax incentives actually work. Experts from the Pew Charitable Trusts told lawmakers Thursday that tax incentives may help some industries add jobs, while doing little to benefit others. 

Omaha Day Care Owner Fined $500 for Failure to Report Child Abuse


(7-24-14) An Omaha day care owner accused of failing to report child abuse has been fined $500. Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Schmaderer, owner of Grow with Me Day Care, was sentenced on Thursday. She'd pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge. Authorities say Schmaderer didn't report the 2012 actions of Sarah Cullen, a former employee at the day care. 

Nebraska Economy Recovered from 2008 Recession


(7-24-14) Nebraska's economy has recovered from the 2008 recession. The rest of the country has not. UNL associate professor of economics, Eric Thompson, tells KFOR NEWS Nebraska's economy will slow down over the next three years, allowing the rest of the country to catch up.

Feds Say Insurers Owe Nebraskans $1.5 Million


(7-24-14) The federal government says insurers owe Nebraskans more than $1.5 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that nearly 16,600 Nebraska residents will be getting refunds, averaging $108 per family.

Horse Race Gambling Item to be Kept on Ballot


(7-24-14) Nebraska Secretary of State, John Gale, has rejected a request to remove a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing machine gambling on pre-ran horse races from the November general election ballot. 

Lincoln Sixth Best Place for Business, Careers


(7-24-14) Business experts at Forbes Magazine ranked Lincoln sixth best in their "Best Places for Business and Careers" article. Forbes named Raleigh, N.C. as the number one place for businesses and careers. Lincoln beat out Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Nashville.

Nebraska Student Stranded in Israel During School Trip


(7-24-14) A Nebraska student is trying to stay safe in Jerusalem as fighting rages on between Israel and Hamas.Tim Turnquist has spent the entire month of July in Israel, getting a first hand look at the violence and destruction of a conflict that has killed more than 650 Palestinians, and more than 30 Israelis.

Emerald Ash Borer Coming to Nebraska


(7-24-14) Enjoy your ash tree while you have it because the Emerald ash borer is coming. There are about 50 million ash trees across Nebraska and Lincoln has thousands of them. Nebraska Forest Program Director, Mark Harrell, says the borer is in Iowa, Colorado and Kansas, traveling across the country in chopped firewood. 

Workshop Teaches Landlords Fire Safety


(7-24-14) More than 80% of fire deaths occur in homes with no alarm or a non-functioning alarm. During a fire safety training workshop, fire inspectors emphasized the importance of making sure smoke alarms are installed and maintained because the lives of thousands of Nebraskans depend on it. At the end of the class, each of the landlords received a free smoke detector. 

Nebraska State Fair Needs Volunteers


(7-24-14) The Nebraska State Fair needs your help.  500 volunteers have signed up to help, but fair officials but need 800.  If you would like to be a volunteer at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair, go to the State Fair web site.

Nebraska General Fund Short $4.5 Million


(7-24-14) Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year. A legislative report says the state faces a projected shortfall of more than $4.5 million for the new budget year that began this month. Despite the estimate, state officials say Nebraska's overall finances are in good shape.

United Way of Midlands CEO Hospitalized


(7-24-14) The United Way of the Midlands says its CEO has been hospitalized with a serious heart condition. The Omaha-based organization says Karen Bricklemyer is undergoing treatment. Senior vice presidents are handling day-to-day operations, including work on the annual fundraising campaign that kicks off in August.

UPDATE: Suspected Robber, Sexual Assaulter in Jail


(7-24-14) Police have arrested a man in connection with a Tuesday night robbery and sexual assault. Emmanuel Williams was found in an apartment near 11th and Washington late Wednesday morning for an attack near 18th and F Streets Tuesday Night. 

Missing Teen Found In Northeast Lincoln


A 14-year-old boy with autism has been found in Lincoln. He was reported missing by his mother Tuesday afternoon.Lincoln Police were able to locate a missing Madison boy with Asperger's Syndrome on Wednesday afternoon.  Nathan Mahlin was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon, after he walked away from an appointment near 38th and Union in South Lincoln.  Police found the teen in an apartment unit near 71st Street and Adams.  

Deb Fischer Calls for U.S. Action in Ukraine


U.S. Senator for Nebraska, Deb Fischer, is calling for U.S. action in Russia and Ukraine after recent incidents. Reportedly, Russian separatists shot down the MH17 flight last week, killing 298, and then shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday morning. She said the U.S. should restrict Russia by prohibiting the use of the U.S. dollar in the country.

Columbus Man Facing Prison Time


A 58-year-old Columbus man has pleaded no contest to charges he stabbed his wife and initiated a two-hour standoff with police. Alfredo Santistevan pleaded to second-degree assault and terroristic threats charges. Court documents say Santistevan's wife had a knife wound on her hand and swelling of her eye and nose.

Chadron Airport to get Upgrades


The Federal Aviation Administration has given its final approval to a nearly $8 million grant for repairs at a Nebraska airport. The grant will help pay for repairs and repaving of runways and taxiways at Chadron airport. It will also go toward building a new taxiway at the airport. Chadron awarded a construction contract in April to Upper Plains Contracting of Aberdeen.

SUV Crashes Into House


Police are estimating the damage at $35,000 after an SUV driven by a 30-year-old Lincoln man hit a home Tuesday night at 3rd and Fairfield Streets. Captain Jim Davidsaver says Trevor Chief Bear didn't negotiate a turn and hit the house. A 23-year-old man riding with Chief Bear has been accounted for and no injuries reported.

Assault Reported Late Tuesday Night


There was a robbery and attempted sexual assault Tuesday night near 18th and "F." The assault is still under investigation. Lincoln Police Captain Jim Davidsaver says the suspect pulled out a gun, demanding money. As soon as the suspect got the money, he pointed the gun at the woman's head and told her to get undressed.

Nebraska Helping Smokers Quit


A new report shows Nebraska is doing what's needed to help smokers quit. The Affordable Care Act in Nebraska covers the cost of Nicotine replacement gum and patches, two types of medication and individual counseling. The American Lung Association's report shows Nebraska could save more than $800 million in Medicaid spending by making sure smokers have more access to smoking cessation resources.

School Bus Involved in Early-Morning Collision


There was a two-vehicle crash at 27th and Vine around 5:30 Wednesday morning, leaving everyone involved with non life-threatening injuries.  At least 40 people were on a school bus that was involved in the collision.

Mayor: No Need To Replace Parking Meters


No change will be immediately needed on the new parking meters that have been installed in downtown Lincoln.  It was thought the city would have to spend $1 million to replace some downtown parking meters that aren't even a year old because of new computer chip technology. On KFOR's Lincoln Live Tuesday, Mayor Beutler said the new computer chips will be used in new cards.

Highlands Business Fire Likely By Arson


(7-22-14) There's reason to believe that an overnight fire at a northwest Lincoln business may have been arson related.  Police Officer Katie Flood says firefighters who showed up to the Lazy Lane Drive Thru at 5501 NW 1st Street early Tuesday morning found jars full of accellerant outside.

New Stations to Prevent Nebraska Wildfires


(7-22-14) Nebraska has had no major wildfires so far this year but the state forest service now has bases set up to serve a firefighting plane. The stations in Chadron, Valentine and Alliance are storage facilities for water and flame retardant so the tanker plane can reload and get to a fire quickly.

Time Expansion to Nuclear Power Plant Evaluations


(7-22-14) Nebraska's two biggest utilities have until February to evaluate the flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants on the Missouri River. The report was to have been done in March but federal regulators are giving the utilities more time. The utilities are re-evaluating flood risks at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear power plants in response to a 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan.

New Report Ranks Nebraska 10th in Child Well-Being


(7-22-14) The National Kids Count Report was released Tuesday, ranking Nebraska #10 across the nation in terms of child well-being. That widely arching term covers four main sub-categories: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. Over the years, Nebraska improved in all of them except one--economic well-being. 

Man Gets Fourth DUI


(7-22-14) A man with an apparent history of DUI convictions was caught speeding northwest of Lincoln. Deputies caught up with the speeding SUV driven by 48-year-old John Lindsay of Norfolk along Highway 79 heading south from West Rock Creek Road. Sheriff's officials say speeds reached over 100 mph before he was later captured at Highway 79 and Highway 34.

Lincoln Gang Members Found Guilty in Double Murder


(7-22-14) Just over a year ago, Richard McLaughlin and Tyler Thornburg, members of the True Blue Soldiers gang in Lincoln, didn't have anything to do, so when David Mueller walked by, they decided to "find some work," which was gang lingo for committing a crime. Thornburg hit Mueller in the head with a blue baseball bat and took his wallet. 

Self-Defending Teen Fires Shots in Attempted Burglary


(7-22-14) A man shot at least seven times Sunday morning remains in critical condition at a Lincoln hospital. His name has not been released. The man tried stealing a car at 13th and Otoe home. An 18-year-old living in the house fired a warning shot into the air, but the car thief allegedly walked toward the teen, who fired at least seven shots at the victim.

Heat Shortens Cornhusker State Games


(7-22-14) This heat is causing increased safety at the Cornhusker State games. Monday's heat was brutal on over 700 baseball players. State Games official, David Minarik, says when the temperature is near 100, athletic directors work with coaches and umpires to shorten the games. 

Gas Prices Drop in Most States


(7-22-14) Average retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have fallen almost a nickle a gallon the past week, averaging $3.48 a gallon. GasBuddy.com shows gas prices in Lincoln Sunday were 20 cents a gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 7 cents a gallon lower than a month ago. GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum analyst, Patrick DeHaan, says with the exception of Great Lakes states, Wyoming, Ohio, and Indiana, prices are falling in every state.

$99,000 Vegetable Growing in Santee, Macy


(7-22-14) The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons is getting a $99,000 federal grant to provide training and business assistance to two small businesses that will specialize in growing vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is providing the money to support a Nebraska Native American community to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs. Businesses in Santee and Macy will recieve vegetable growing assistance.

International Nutrition Cited $120,000 in Safety, Health Penalities


(7-22-14) Federal investigators say nine overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused three floors to collapse in January, killing two people. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules and regulators are proposing $121,000 in penalties.

City Council Approves Land to New Middle School


(7-22-14) The City Council has approved the sale of 26 acres of Jensen Park to build a new middle school with a new YMCA attached to it. The land near 84th and Yankee Hill Road was sold to Lincoln Public Schools for just over $1 million. Jensen Park is a 200 acre undeveloped community park. The approval came on July 21, after the third reading of the issue.

Major Nebraska Crops in Good Shape


(7-22-14) 54% of the state's wheat crop is in the bin, just slightly behind the average of 61%.  Nebraska's two biggest crops, corn and soybeans, appear to be in good shape. The USDA says 76% of the corn crop is in good or excellent condition and 73% of Nebraska's soybeans are in good or excellent condition.

Increased Patrol at State Parks


(7-22-14) DUI checkpoints and high visibility patrols are coming to Lancaster County state parks for the next 3 weeks. The special enforcement will be focusing on reducing alcohol-related crashes around recreational areas including Branched Oak, Bluestem, Conestoga, Pawnee, Stagecoach and Wagon Train. The enforcement is partly being paid by a $3,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.

Robber Shot Early Sunday Morning


An overnight robbery attempt has sent a man to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Police Captain Michon Morrow tells KFOR News police were called to a disturbance near 13th and Van Dorn after two Suday morning. Someone offered a man a ride, but the man then attempted a carjacking. The victim fled. Later police were called to 13th and Otoe and found the suspect shot.

Centennial Mall and "O" Construction Switching Sides


The construction slowing traffic at Centennial Mall and "O" Streets is flipping sides Monday. The sidewalk and lane closures are switching from the south half of the intersection to the north. Foot and driving traffic will switch to the newly constructed north half. There will still be one lane open in each direction. The project is expected to be completed in early to mid August.

Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident


A Lincoln woman has died in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night at the intersection of Cotner and "O" Streets. Our Media partner 1011 News reports that a man was driving a Yamaha street bike with a woman passenger after eleven last night and struck a Jeep Liberty. The male driver was taken to a hospital, but the female passenger died on the scene. 

Sentencing for Nikko Jenkins Delayed


A judge's finding that a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha is not mentally fit enough for sentencing means that Nikko Jenkins' scheduled August sentencing will likely be delayed. Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Friday in the case of the 27-year-old Jenkins. Jenkins has been awaiting sentencing for the August 2013 shotgun deaths of four people.

Omaha Man Gets 10 Years for Sex Trafficking


An Omaha, Nebraska man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Iowa federal judge for sex trafficking. The U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Iowa says 25-year-old Adrien Jamaal Cole was sentenced Friday. There is no parole in the federal system. Cole pleaded guilty in March to the sex trafficking charge. Prosecutors say Cole had recruited teenage girls to serve as prostitutes.

Grand Island Building Fire Caused by Electrical Cord


Officials say a fire that destroyed a building in downtown Grand Island was caused by an electrical cord failure. The Grand Island Independent reports that the fire on Sunday started on the building's main floor. Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says it was caused by an extension cord from a fan that was plugged into a surge protector. The building was home to several businesses.

Man Gets 23 Years in Federal Prison for Child Porn


A southeast Nebraska man has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Deborah Gilg, the U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, announced that 47-year-old Bobby Gene Clark Jr., of York, was sentenced Friday in Lincoln's federal court. Prosecutors say Clark video-recorded his May 2013 sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl. 

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.

Man Dies From Golf Cart Throw


A man who was tossed from a moving golf car in a residential area near Omaha has died nearly a week after the accident. The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Patrick Jurgensen, of Gretna, died at an Omaha hospital on Wednesday night. Jurgensen was a passenger in the rear of the golf cart around 9:15 p.m., on July 10 as it traveled in a residential area of Gretna.

Man to Get Life for Father's Death, More Charges


(7-17-14) A 41-year-old man has been convicted of shooting to death his father at the family home in Gretna, on the southwest side of Omaha. Steven Braesch was found guilty Thursday in Sarpy County District Court of first-degree murder, a weapons charge and three counts of negligent child abuse. 

Man Pleads Guilty in Injuring Children with Car, DUI


(7-17-14) A man whose vehicle injured four children when it ran through their backyard campsite in northeast Nebraska has made a plea deal. 43-year-old Stephen Barrington, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of driving under the influence. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3 in Antelope County Court in Neligh. 

Federal Agency Cites Nebraska Cooperative in Wake of Employee Death


(7-16-14) Federal labor officials have cited a Nebraska cooperative on several safety violations following the March death of an employee exposed to anhydrous ammonia. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health said in a news release Wednesday that Midwest Farmers Cooperative violated standards on handling and storing anhydrous ammonia, among other things.

Two Bodies Found in West Omaha Home


(7-16-14) Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at a home in Omaha. Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Wheeler says they discovered the bodies of a woman and teenage boy Wednesday morning at a townhouse in the west side of the city. Authorities say officers were sent to the house following a request for a wellness check.

UNL Student Dies in Prauge on Summer Program


(7-16-14) Family and friends are remembering Keaton Klein of Lincoln, a UNL student who died Sunday in the Czech Republic city of Prague. Klein left Lincoln July 5th for a summer program at Oxford. UNL News Director, Steve Smith, says Keaton died after falling from a building early Sunday morning. Klein's parents are still trying to find out exactly what happened.

First Two Husker Football Games Announced


​(7-16-14) The Big Ten Conference announced kickoff times for this fall's’ first two Husker home football games. The Saturday, Aug. 30, game against Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium has been set for 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage provided by BTN. The Huskers stay at home in week two and will take on McNeese State in a game scheduled for an 11 a.m. CDT.

First Veteran-Marked State Licenses Issued


(7-16-14) Four veterans have received Nebraska's new state licenses with a "veteran" designation from Gov. Dave Heineman. The licenses are among the first issued under a new law approved last year. Those who were given new licenses on Wednesday included veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

North Platte Man Shoots Himself as Officers Close In


(7-16-14) A man suspected of beating his wife shot himself inside a North Platte home as officers closed in. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the shooting occurred late Tuesday night at a Mobile Home Park. Officers who were sent there to check on a disturbance discovered a woman who was bleeding from her head. She said her husband had kicked her and beaten her with a lamp. 

Woman Fakes Kidnapping to Get Money From Boyfriend


Police say an Omaha man and woman faked her kidnapping so they could get money from her boyfriend. The two were booked into jail on suspicion of attempted theft by extortion. Police say the 19-year-old woman text-messaged her 21-year-old boyfriend on Monday night, telling him she'd been abducted. Then the boyfriend began getting messages demanding money for his girlfriend's return.

Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska Raises $1.3 Million


(7-16-14) Organizers say the 2014 Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska raised more than $1.3 million last month. The event was held June 6-7 at the Hoot Owl Ranch near the Panhandle community of Harrisburg in Banner County. The ball has been held yearly since 1998 at a different ranch. Ninety percent of the proceeds go toward cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

No Foul Play in Gage County Inmate Death


(7-16-14) A grand jury has found no criminal conduct caused or contributed to the death of a Gage County jail inmate in February. 26-year-old Adam Wolken was found unresponsive in his Gage County Jail cell just before 4 a.m., on Feb. 15 and could not be revived. He'd been arrested on Feb. 13 following a standoff with police at a Beatrice motel. 

Sentence Set for York Driver in Fatal Crash


An August sentencing has been scheduled for a 38-year-old York man convicted in the crash death of a teacher from Aurora. Otis Newcomb pleaded no contest to felony manslaughter in York County District Court. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from vehicular homicide and dropped another charge in exchange for Newcomb's plea.

LPD Arrest Omaha Man For Arson Case


Lincoln Police arrest a 21-year-old Omaha man for starting a fire inside an apartment at 23rd and "U" Street on Sunday morning.   Officer Katie Flood says friends and acquaintances of Alec Smith let him stay overnight. When the owner woke up, he found hot sauce had been thrown over the walls, ceiling and furniture. 

State IDs Can Display Veterans' Status


(7-14-14) Nebraska veterans now have the option to display their status on driver's licenses and state identification cards. The state began allowing the veteran designation on July 1. The new cards could make it easier for veterans to show that they qualify for special offers and discounts at Nebraska businesses. 

Nebraska Man Pleads No Contest to First-Degree Murder


(7-14-14) A Nebraska man who's already serving a life sentence for shooting his ex-wife to death has pleaded no contest to killing the attorney who represented him in his divorce. Hall County officials say 58-year-old Michael Petersen of rural Glenvil pleaded no contest to first-degree murder on Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors. 

Body in Missouri River Identified


(7-14-14) A body found earlier this month in the Missouri River in southwest Iowa has been identified as that of a Council Bluffs man. Authorities identified him as 49-year-old Robert Jensen. His body was found around 4:45 p.m. on July 1 in the river at Lincoln's Landing campground, near the U.S. Highway 34 bridge that connects Mills County to Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

Grant to Attract Law Students to Rural Communities


(7-14-14) The American Bar Association is helping Nebraska steer law students to rural communities. The national group has awarded the Nebraska State Bar Association a $15,000 grant to pay some of the costs of placing 10 law students as law clerks in rural towns for five weeks in 2015.

Buffalo Chip Toss World Champion Named


(7-14-14) A Texas man has won the men's championship at the annual World Championship Buffalo Chip Toss at the Fur Trade Days event in Chadron. 41-year-old Derek Noe, of Harlingen, Texas, threw a piece of dried bison dung 125 feet and 1 inch to win the male 18-and-older competition.

Disturbance At Gentleman's Club Leads To Stabbing


A 26-year-old Lincoln man is facing assault and weapons charges after he cut a bouncer at a gentleman's club early Saturday morning.   Police Officer Katie Flood says Benjamin Reddish got into an argument with another man over too much attention given to a dancer, who happened to be Reddish's girlfriend.  

Pursuit Ends After Man Walks Through Newly Poured Concrete


Authorities arrest a 29-year-old Omaha man after running out of gas during a pursuit.  The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said Joshua Beebee was speeding along Northwest 112 and West 'O' streets when he noticed a deputy and reduced his speed. LSO says the deputy attempted to stop Beebee, but then terminated the pursuit.  

Wisner-Pilger Middle School to be Demolished


(7-10-14) The middle school in Pilger that was damaged by a deadly tornado last month will be torn down Friday. The historic building was destroyed when 200 mile an hour winds tore through the town on June 16th. The Wisner-Pilger school board decided that the middle school building could not be salvaged. 

Six Hurt In Apartment Fire Near Downtown Lincoln


Still not sure yet what started a two-alarm fire early Wednesday at a 9-plex apartment building about a block west of Lincoln High School.  A police officer happened to be in neighborhood around 20th and "J" about 3:30am and saw a resident outside of one of the apartments in distress.  The officer saw a red glow and quickly saw flames shoot out of a window.  

Nebraska's Voting Machines Proven Well-Working


(7-8-14) A manual recount has verified that Nebraska's voting machines are working properly. The Secretary of State's office randomly picked ballots from 26 precincts in 17 counties for a hand-count. The ballots represented two percent of those cast in the May Primary election. 

Omaha Man's Ricocheted Bullets Injure Teens


(7-8-14) An Omaha man found out that shooting at stop signs can get him in big trouble. 21-year-old Davonte Hill says he was shooting at a stop sign when the bullets accidentally wounded two teenagers. One 16-year old is recovering from a foot injury and another is recovering from a thigh wound. 

City Councilman Brings Attention to City Sales Tax Increase


(7-8-14) It is the opinion of City Council member, Roy Christensen, that Mayor Beutler wants you to decide in November whether to increase the city sales tax by a 1/4-cent. On KFOR's Lincoln Live, Christensen said he would prefer waiting until after the city's two year budget is passed on August 25th to talk about increasing the city sales tax.

Southern Nebraska Wheat Harvest Well Underway


(7-8-14) The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the wheat harvest is well underway in southern Nebraska. The USDA says that as of Sunday,13 percent of the state's crop had been harvested, half the average of 26 percent by the date. The crop was rated 49 percent good or excellent.

LPS High Schools to get Video Survelliance


(7-8-14) The Lincoln school board has authorized video surveillance at the district's high schools. The board approved the new policy on Monday. The policy authorizes use of video cameras in the schools and on buses. The cameras can't be located in places where people have expectations of privacy, including bathrooms and locker rooms.

All Milford Natural Gas Service Shut Down


(7-8-14) Black Hills Energy has shut down natural gas service to the entire town of Milford. A vehicle damaged a district regulator station located near the intersection of 1st Street and Elm Avenue. To safely make repairs, technicians are going door to door, and turning off and locking the 800 gas meters in the town.

Nebraska Federal Judge Stirs Controversy on Blog on Hobby Lobby Ruling


(7-8-14) A Nebraska federal judge is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

David City Man Pleads No Contest to July 4 Explosion Charges


(7-8-14) A 63-year-old David City man has made a deal with prosecutors and been convicted of seven counts stemming from a pipe bomb explosion that seriously injured a teenage relative on Independence Day last year. Russell Hilger pleaded no contest in Polk County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Director Payne to Host Hassebrook Fundraiser


(7-8-14) Academy Award winning director, Alexander Payne of Omaha, is involving himself in Nebraska's race for governor. The maker of "Nebraska", "Sideways" and "About Schmidt" is hosting a fund raiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Chuck Hassebrook, on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Woman Pleads Guilty in Buggy Crash Death


A 57-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to a fatal collision with a horse-drawn buggy in southeast Nebraska. Vivian Cockrell of Pawnee City was driving a Cadillac on July 21st last year that struck the buggy. 

Group Fights State Minimum Wage Increase


(7-8-14) A group has been formed to fight a proposed minimum wage increase. A petition drive, if approved for the ballot, will ask voters to hike the minimum wage from the current $7.25 up to $9 an hour. Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom is organizing to oppose the measure. 

Middle School to be Built at 84th and Yankee Hill


(7-8-14) Lincoln's next middle school will be built at 84th and Yankee Hill Road, opening in the fall of 2017. The school will serve students in the Lux, Pound and Scott middle school areas. Money to buy the land from the city is coming from the $153 million LPS bond issue passed in February.

$11.5 Million Given to UNL, 8 Universities for Matter Research


(7-7-14) A major grant has been given to physics researchers at nine schools including the University of Nebraska. The $11.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation will be used by the schools over the next five years to improve the world's largest atom smasher.

Necessary Signatures Gathered for Higher Nebraskan Minimum Wage


(7-3-14) The number of signatures needed on the petition to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska to $9 over the next three years has been reached and exceeded. On Thursday, Senators Jeremy Nordquist and Danielle Conrad, along with members from Nebraskans for Better Wages, held a press conference to announce that 134,899 citizen signatures have been gathered over the past seven weeks in support of this movement.

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.

Two Men Caught For Alleged Mailbox Vandalism


At least four mailboxes and items inside were damaged or destroyed by two men early Thursday morning.  Most of the reports came from the 37th and High neighborhood.  One neighbor saw two men, later identified as 24-year-old Trevor Thayer and 18-year-old Hunter Pritchard, throwing mail and books into the air.