UNL Gets More Research Money
The U.S. Army has provided $1.4 million for more University of Nebraska research into remote-controlled robotic surgery. University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have been working since 2008 with the U.S. Army's Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program to develop miniature robotic technology.
Omaha Company Deemed Responsible for Fatal Roof Collapse
Federal investigators say overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its findings Monday and cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules.
State Instituting Water Conservation Measures
Nebraska's Natural Resources Commission is laying the groundwork for projects intended to preserve the state's long-term water supply. The commission received $21 million this month as part of a new state water sustainability law, and is expected to collect $10 million to $11 million annually for water management and flood-control projects.
Woman and Daughter Killed in Accident
Authorities say a Missouri woman and her 11-year-old daughter have been fatally injured in a southeast Nebraska accident. The Seward County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Friday on Interstate 80. The office says a westbound car veered left across the median, across the eastbound lanes and down an embankment, where it struck the bottom.
Omaha Police Investigating Fatal Shooting
Omaha police are investigating a fatal shooting of a man. The department identified the man as 59-year-old Frank Sanders on Monday morning. Authorities found Sanders dead in an area apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest. It's unclear if he lived at the residence. Police haven't released information about the shooter.
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.
Mayor Proposes Joint Fire and Police Station
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he is adding $323,000 to his new two year City budget to fund a joint Police and Fire Station. The City has been working on a fire station re-location plan anyway, with an intention of locating two new station in the fast-growing southeastern area. The Mayor said the City Budget Office made a coding error in the final budget, making $48,000 available next year and $275,000 after that.
UNL and UNO's Engineering Departments to Merge
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has approved the long-discussed merger of two engineering departments. The merger will combine the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering at UNO and the Department of Electrical Engineering at UNL. Classes in the new program will continue to be taught on both campuses, with faculty members added to both.
Bret Michaels Keeps Promise to Pilger
Bret Michaels is a man of his word. When the rock singer and his band stopped in Pilger on June 23, a week after tornadoes caused devastating damage to that community and other parts of Northeast Nebraska. Michaels pledged he would be back and stage a concert to raise money for tornado relief. That’s exactly what he’s going to do. Michaels will be headlining a “Rock ’N Relief” concert on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Divits in Norfolk.
Woman's Bank Account Drained by Interpreter
In late May, a 64-year-old woman contacted LPD about money that was missing from her bank account. Officer Katie Flood said the victim suspected 19-year-old Martha Rik. Rik had gone to the bank several times with the victim to act as an interpreter, and knew her personal information. Investigators discovered that Rik allegedly took over 12-thousand six hundred dollars from the account.
Unemployment Drops Statewide, Rises in Metros
Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in June. That's a tenth of a point below the revised May rate of 3.6 percent. The new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June. The jobless rate in Lincoln and Omaha rose slightly. Lincoln's rate is 3.3%, Omaha's is 4/1%.
Restitution for Victims Stolen
Victims of crimes waiting to receive restitution, are victimized again. Officer Katie Flood says another corrections employee reported to LPD in February, that some money orders were missing. Flood says investigators discovered that 60-year-old Jennifer Taylor of Seward had allegedly deposited over nine-thousand dollars of money orders into her personal account over a three year period.
Restitution Problems in \"Beatrice Six\" Case
In its attempt to overturn damages awarded to two people wrongly convicted in a 1985 murder, Nebraska could end up paying more to one of them. JoAnn Taylor and James Dean were among six people wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of Helen Wilson. State prosecutors appealed the $500,000 awarded to Taylor, who spent nearly 20 years in prison, and the $300,000 awarded to Dean, behind bars for more than five years.
Omaha Mother and Son Die in Possible Murder-Suicide
Preliminary autopsy results show a 54-year-old Omaha woman died of blunt force trauma to her head and her son died of what appears to have been carbon monoxide poisoning. A news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Friday said investigators are still awaiting toxicology results to confirm the cause of Cooper Flanagan's death. His body and that of his mother, Maureen Flanagan, were found Wednesday morning in their northwest Omaha home.