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Stranger to Elliott Student: \"Do you want to get in the car?\"
(4-23-14) An 8-year-old student was picking up trash outside of Elliott Elementary School with his class for Earth Day yesterday when he was approached by a man in a car at 3:30 p.m. The man asked in Spanish if the 8-year-old boy wanted to get into the car. The bilingual boy refused and, instead, ran away and told an adult. The suspect is described as Hispanic male...
04/23/2014 12:29:00pm
Mankato, Minn. Police Release Name of Killed Nebraskan
Mankato, Minnesota police have released the name of a Nebraska man shot to death outside an entertainment center over the weekend.  22-year-old, Poth Accouth of Bellevue died from a gunshot wound to the neck.  Accouth was in Mankato for a weekend basketball tournament at Minnesota State University.  He was shot early Sunday following an event for a Sudanese student group. 
04/23/2014 12:14:00pm
Omaha Man Jailed for Eighth DUI
(4-23-14) An Omaha man is accused of driving drunk from his home in Omaha to his sister's house in Waverly.  When Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies arrested 51-year-old, Steven Fuehrer on Friday, it was for his eighth DUI since 1982.  Fuehrer remains in jail this morning.
04/23/2014 12:07:00pm
Neb. Inmate Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter in 2012 Crash Killing Lincoln Woma
A Nebraska inmate has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of a Lincoln woman who was killed by a state prison van he was driving.  36-year-old, Jeremy Dobbe, is accused of killing 47-year-old, Joyce Meeks, in a June 25th crash near 18th and Van Dorn. 
04/23/2014 12:00:00pm
Governor Heinemann Vetoes Bill, Adjourned Legislature Can't Override
Governor Dave Heinemann is still working his way through bills passed by the legislature. Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations.
04/22/2014 05:09:00pm
Lincoln Man Arrested for Child Abuse for Life-Threatening Burns
(4-23-14) A Lincoln man is under arrest for child abuse. Last Wednesday, 20-year-old Reid Alden called 911 seeking medical assistance for his 6-week-old daughter. Following a bath, he said that her skin was burned and peeling off her body.
04/22/2014 05:03:00pm
Legislative Candidate Working to Eliminate Tax Lien
A Scottsbluff legislative candidate says he's been working with the IRS to eliminate a $30,500 tax lien. Lawyer and former Democratic Candidate for Governor Mike Meister said he'd gotten into a "cash flow crunch" and couldn't pay the federal withholding for his employees.
04/22/2014 05:00:00pm
Server Sentenced for Procuring to Minor Resulting in Death
A former waitress has been sentenced to two years of probation and possibly a month in jail for serving alcohol to a teenager who later died in a car wreck. Twenty-one-year-old Amanda Heiman, of Fremont, was sentenced Tuesday for a felony charge of procuring to a minor resulting in death.
04/22/2014 04:56:00pm
Husband Accused Of Killing Wife
A 41-year-old Lincoln man is in jail accused of killing his wife at their home near 81st and Meredith.   Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says Kent Burkland faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Bettina Burkland.  
04/22/2014 12:53:00pm
Lincoln Police Investigating Possible Homicide in South Lincoln
Lincoln Police are investigating an apparent homicide.  It happened at 8101 Meredith, one block north of Pioneers Blvd.  Shortly after noon today, police went to check on a woman who didn't show up for work.  Police Captain David Beggs
04/21/2014 06:20:00pm
LFD Responds To Large House Fire
Firefighters rushed to a south Lincoln home Monday afternoon. Crews were called to the 59 hundred block of Rolling Hills Boulevard a little after 1 PM, after a report of a fire inside the house. The fire was discovered by a man home for lunch who saw his neighbor's house on fire.
04/21/2014 05:06:00pm
Man Pleads No Contest In Ex-Wife's Death
A central Nebraska man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and former divorce attorney has pleaded no contest in the death of his ex-wife. Michael Petersen entered the plea today in Buffalo County District Court. Petersen, of rural Glenvil, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the Nov. 13 slayings of 52-year-old Todd Elsbernd and 58-year-old Nancy Peterson.
04/21/2014 05:00:00pm
Tattoo Shop Employees Help Catch Burglars
Two men are under arrest for a burglary this morning at a tattoo shop. Just after 11 am, officers were sent to Iron Brush Tattoo, at 226 S 16th Street. Just as an employee pulled up to the business, he saw two unknown men leaving.
04/21/2014 04:28:00pm
State Patrol Consolidates Dispatch Centers
Officials say better technology is allowing the State Patrol to save money as it consolidates its dispatch centers down to 3 from 6. For example, new technology will let a dispatcher in Omaha send a trooper in Scottsbluff to a call in Alliance.
04/21/2014 04:25:00pm
Judge Reappoints Lawyers in Death Penalty Case
An Omaha man convicted of killing four people shortly after he was released from prison last summer will have lawyers representing him when it's decided whether he should be executed.
04/21/2014 04:23:00pm
Paul McCartney to Play Pinnacle Bank Arena July 14
Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that Sir Paul McCartney will be gracing the stage of the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln this summer. The show will be Monday, July 14 and tickets will go on sale on Monday, Apr. 28 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena ticket office as well as ticketmaster.com.
04/21/2014 12:23:00pm
Bellevue Forest Fire Forces Educational Farm Evacuation
(4-21-14) Fire crews from Omaha and Bellevue spent hours on Saturday fighting a large brush fire which forced the evacuation of a farm and educational complex that houses dozens of animals.  Crews managed to bring 20 foot flames under control, but still were putting out hot spots Sunday morning. 
04/21/2014 11:46:00am
Omaha Drive-by Shooting Injures Teen
(4-21-14) Omaha police are investigating an early-morning drive-by shooting that injured a 16-year-old girl.  Police said the victim was a passenger in a car targeted by people in another car that pulled up along side it early Sunday morning.
04/21/2014 11:36:00am
Neb. Legislature Session, 17 Senators' Terms End
Nebraska lawmakers will face many of the same issues next year that they failed to pass this year, but more than one third of the senators will be new.  The session that ended Thursday was the last for 17 of the Legislature's 49 members, who can't run again because of term limits.  
04/21/2014 11:31:00am
Study: Ethanol May Be Environmentally Worse Than Gasoline
A UNL study casts doubt on the climate cleansing capability of ethanol.  A study finds biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.  Research published in the journal Nature Climate Change challenges the Obama administration's conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight
04/21/2014 11:27:00am