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Nikko Jenkins Ordered Pre-Sentencing Mental Treatment


(7-29-14) A judge has ordered a man convicted of killing four Omaha people last summer to a state psychiatric hospital for treatment in an effort to restore his mental competency to undergo sentencing. The decision came Tuesday in a brief hearing before Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon held after the judge found earlier this month that Nikko Jenkins was not mentally fit enough for a sentencing hearing.

Group Files Lawsuit to Keep Historic Horse Races Off Ballot


(7-29-14) A Nebraska anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit to keep off the November ballot a measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots. Gambling with the Good Life said Tuesday that it filed the lawsuit on Monday.

New TD Ameritrade Headquarters Recognized for Energy Efficiency


(7-29-14) TD Ameritrade's new headquarters tower in Omaha has been recognized for its efficient design that includes numerous features to conserve energy. The $250 million, 12-story tower opened last year in west Omaha. TD Ameritrade said Tuesday the U.S. Green Building Council gave the building its highest platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Omaha Parents of Seven Killed in One-Car Crash


(7-29-14) An Omaha couple have been killed in a rollover crash off a state highway in eastern Nebraska. Cuming County Sheriff Bradley Boyum says the crash site and crumpled vehicle were found Monday morning about two miles south of West Point, just off U.S. Highway 275. The victims were identified as 40-year-old Yvonne Pivonka and her husband, 41-year-old Franklin Pivonka.

Union Pacific Train Catches Fire, Stablized


(7-29-14) Firemen have extinguished a Union Pacific train that caught fire and temporarily closed a highway. The eastbound train caught fire northeast of Grand Island. The city's fire chief says a cooling fan in the engine caused the fire. No injuries were reported. U.S. Highway 30 was closed for about 20 minutes so the fire crews could stabilize the train.

LES Launches Community Solar Program


(7-29-14) Not everyone can afford to put solar panels on their roof, but Lincoln Electric System is giving homeowners a way to support solar technology. LES is launching its community solar program called "SunShares." You'll be able to enroll for as little as $3 a month to help LES build a large solar farm, capable of generating 10 megawatts of electricity.

Nebraska Lawyers Rate Nebraska Judges High


(7-29-14) Nebraska lawyers think highly of Nebraska's judges. This year's Judicial Performance Evaluation performed by the Nebraska Bar Association on 137 judges shows about half were rated at 90% or higher. Only 10 judges were given a 70% to 79% approval rating.

Nebraska Lawyers Rate Nebraska Judges High


(7-29-14) Nebraska lawyers think highly of Nebraska's judges. This year's Judicial Performance Evaluation performed by the Nebraska Bar Association on 137 judges shows about half were rated at 90% or higher. Only 10 judges were given a 70% to 79% approval rating.

Study: Third of Americans Reported to Collections


(7-29-14) More than on third of Americans have debts and unpaid bills which have been reported to collection agencies. It's primarily because of credit cards and hospital bills. Mortgages, auto loans and student debt are also going unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects.

LPS Experiencing Growth


(7-29-14) When school starts, Lincoln's public schools and classrooms will be more crowded. 1,000 new students are coming in and  LPS has hired 360 new teachers. The district's boundaries are growing, too. Plans are being made for a new elementary school next year, and a new middle school in 2017.

Various New Construction in Lincoln


(7-29-14) It wouldn't be summer without construction. Here are some road construction sites in Lincoln to be aware of:

  • Paving work will continue through August on K Street from 11th to 12th. 
  • Sewer work will close Fletcher from 60th to 63rd Streets until August 26th. 
     

Lincoln Man Prisoned for Child Abuse


(7-29-14) A district judge on Friday gave a Lincoln man four to five years in prison on a child abuse charge. Twenty three-year-old Anthony Souza was accused of throwing his child against a wall. He plead no contest to the felony child abuse charges. Souza was arrested for child abuse after his 6-month-old boy suffered skull fractures in early December. 

Omaha North High School Plans for New Stadium


(7-28-14) Omaha North High School, Nebraska's current football champion, is thinking about getting a stadium of its own. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Omaha North is the only high school in the Omaha Public Schools system that doesn't have its own stadium for football, track and soccer.

Second Independent Candidate Qualifies for Senate Race


Another candidate has qualified to be added to the ballot for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Secretary of State John Gale says more than 4,000 signatures have been verified for Todd Watson. Watson reported submitting nearly five thousand 400 signatures, about 14 hundred more than required with at least 750 of those signatures collected in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.

Attempted Burglary Foiled Monday Morning


An alarm Monday morning at an adult novelty store in Lincoln leads to the arrest of two Lincoln teenage men. Officer Jeri Roeder says that police responded to the alarm at Priscillas at 20th & O street around 4:35 Monday morning. When police arrived, they discovered three people running from the location. 

Pilger Gets Help from Sioux City School District


The Sioux City school district is donating excess desks, tables and shelving units to help out some northeast Nebraska students whose middle school in Pilger was heavily damaged by a tornado. Items will be delivered on Monday to a makeshift middle school of three modular buildings on the grounds of an elementary school in Wisner. The school was too damaged to save and was razed earlier this month.

Railroad Company will Tear Down Columbus Depot


Union Pacific intends to tear down its old depot in Columbus early next year, ending its more than 100 years of service to the public and the Omaha-based railroad. The railroad had talked to the city about acquiring and moving the building, which U.P. spokesman Mark Davis says is only 12 feet from the rails-too close for public safety. It had to be moved at least 35 feet from the tracks.

Winnebago Tribe Company's Leader Receives Award


The leader the Winnebago Tribe's economic development company in Nebraska is receiving a national award for leading a successful minority-owned business. Ho-Chunk President and CEO, Lance Morgan, will be honored in Washington, D.C., during events promoting minority business development. Ho-Chunk began in 1995 and has grown to include 35 subsidiaries, generating roughly $260 million.

Two Shot, One Beaten in South Omaha


Omaha Police have taken three men into custody Monday morning in connection with an early morning shooting in south Omaha. Officers found a man beaten with a blunt object. Two people were arrested. Moments later three blocks away, police found 2 people shot. They're recovering at an Omaha hospital. One more person was arrested. 

2014 Cornhusker State Games Come to an End, State Games of America in Lincoln 20


The torch is extinguished. The 2014 Cornhusker State Games are over. The 30th annual games welcomed more than 13,000 athletes, the most since 2001. Baseball was the most popular sport with more than 2,000 participating athletes. Now Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Council, Dave Mlnarik, prepares for next year's State Games of America. More than 30 states will be coming.

State Senator Says Prison Mistake May Cost $20 Million


Mistakenly releasing more than 560 Nebraska inmates from prison will cost the state more than $4 million over the next 10 years, according to the Department of Corrections, but that number is a-fifth the actual cost, says Omaha Senator, Health Mello. The chair of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee says it will cost more like $20 million, based on the average inmate cost published last month.

Pinnacle Bank Arena gets Award


Pinnacle Bank Arena has been named a 2014 Facilities and Event Management Prime Site Award Winner by Facitities and Event Management, a publication for booking agents and promoters. The criteria for the award includes: Loading docks, staging, audience amenities and security. 

Nineteen State Patrol Recruits Graduate


Nineteen State Patrol recruits get their badges. The 55th Basic Recruit Class graduated on Friday at the Rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. The new officers, including two from Lincoln, will now undergo six months of on-the-job training with veteran troopers in the field.

Helicopter Crash Landing in Lincoln


A helecopter crash landed in South Lincoln on Saturday. Our media partner 1011 News reports that Al Curnan of Florida was spraying crops when the helicopter's engine started to fail and he landed in a bean field in Lincoln on Yankee Hill Road near Hwy 2. The Helicopter is heavily damaged, but Curnan was uninjured.

Heineman Gets a Lot of Gifts


Governor Heineman reports he received 255 gifts last year. Data released by the Associated Press from the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission shows that's an average of nearly five gifts a week. Gifts disclosed included food, books, T-shirts and 25 free golf outings with friends, business executives and lobbyists. Most of the gifts fell below the state's $100 reporting requirement.

Zebra Mussels Found in Offut Air Force Base Lake


The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at an Offutt Air Force Base lake south of Omaha. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a federal wildlife specialist discovered live adult zebra mussels in Offutt Base Lake on May 1, while checking rocks in the shallow water. The commission has now forbidden any water to be removed from the lake, including by bait buckets and coolers for caught fish.

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.

Hall County Stopping Immigration Detentions


Fear of being sued has led Hall County's jail to become Nebraska's first law enforcement agency to stop honoring federal "immigration detentions." Other Nebraska counties may follow suit, thanks in part to efforts by civil rights organizations. The 48-hour immigration detainers are issued to local law enforcement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Hickman Soldier Dies in Afghanistan


A local soldier dies in Afghanistan. Two soldiers based at Fort Carson were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, of Hickman, Nebraska; and 19-year-old Pfc. Keith M. Williams, of Visalia, California, were killed in Kandahar Province on Thursday.

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. 

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.

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.