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Local News from KFOR 1240

The latest news from the KFOR 1240 news room.

Police Investigate Burglary At Pharmacy
Image result for lincoln police departmentLincoln Police are investigating a break in at the Kohll's Pharmacy at 27th and Vine Thursday night. According to police, someone saw a white male leave out of a window on the east side of the building and run off eastbound then southbound. 
Governor Determined To Address Problems In Whiteclay
Image result for whiteclay nebraskaNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he's "determined" to address problems in the village of Whiteclay during his time in office, and is working with a Native American activist to seek solutions. 
Possible Hostage Situation Becomes Meth Arrest
Image result for police lightsTwo people from Idaho, who apparently said there was a hostage situation, are in jail for having-.8 grams of meth inside a motor home they were hauling.  Lincoln Police arrested 26-year-old Shaylee Grant and 24-year-old Nigel Grant.
Innovation Campus Opens To Public
Image result for innovation campus greenhouseNebraska Innovation Campus is open for business. UN-L Chancellor, Harvey Perlman, was among a room of dignitaries attending a ribbon cutting.  
Suh To Open A Niketown In Former Nebraska Bookstore
Image result for ndamukong suh huskerThe University of Nebraska Board of Regents have approved of a deal where former Husker football star and Miami Dolphins tackle Ndamukong Suh will open up Niketown inside the former Nebraska Bookstore space at 13th and "Q".  
Life-Saving App PulsePoint Running In Lincoln
City officials have launched the life-saving smartphone application called PulsePoint, which connects people trained in CPR with those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in public places.  It also notifies you of other incidents like traffic crashes and structure fires.
Committee Formed To Review Police/Fire Pension Fund
Lincoln's Police and Fire Pension fund hasn't fully recovered from the economic downtown seven years ago and a review committee will look for ways to fix it.  An actuary in 2007 reviewed the pension fund and said the city should contribute $4-million, but the stock market crash of 2008 caused a deficit in the plan's funding.
James Arthur Vineyards Co-Owner To Run For County Board Seat
Another candidate for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County Board.  Jim Ballard announced his candidacy Thursday, running for the spot held by longtime County Commissioner Larry Hudkins.  
Pro-Death Penalty Group Trying to Get Lawsuit Dismissed
The group that led a petition drive to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that could keep the issue off the 2016 ballot. Attorneys for Nebraskans for the Death Penalty filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Larceny Suspects Caught In Northeast Lincoln
Two 17-year-olds have now been referred to juvenile court, after police caught them going through vehicles in northeast Lincoln overnight. 
Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Car Into Trees
A 31-year-old Sterling man is facing several charges after Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies say he drunkenly crashed his car. A deputy arrested Brent Cook on Sunday, after he was clocked going 100 miles per hour in the 6000 block of West Van Dorn.
Two Fires In Omaha Keep Firefighters Busy
Been a busy 24 hours for Omaha firefighters.  Two people have been injured, one critically, in an apartment house fire in south Omaha early Wednesday.  
Disbarred Attorney Caught Practicing Law
An 81-year-old Lincoln man, who was disbarred as an attorney over 25 years ago for a money laundering scheme in California, is in trouble for practicing law without a license.  Burton Berman got paid $250 to help a man in a divorce case, after offering his services through CraigsList.
Credit Breach Affects T-Mobile Customers
Image result for t-mobile logoCredit reporting bureau Experian recently reported that an unauthorized party gained access to a database that contained personal information of an estimated 15 million T-Mobile customers and potential customers, including nearly 48-hundred Nebraskans.
Man Stabbed By Girlfriend During Argument At Apartment
It was an argument over keys that apparently led to a stabbing at a north Lincoln apartment early Tuesday morning.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says a 28-year-old man showed up at a hospital with a stab wound to his left shoulder and to his right arm.
Student Scuffle Leaves LHS Staff Member With Minor Injuries
A couple of Lincoln High students fighting in the cafeteria Tuesday morning, which ends up leaving one of them and a staff member hurt. Lincoln Police were called just after 7am as school staff were needing help breaking up a fight between an 18-year-old and 17-year-old.
Metro Fugitive Task Force Searching For Man Considered Dangerous
David Lane Erickson is wanted by the United States Marshal Service Metro Fugitive Task Force. Erickson is wanted based on a Federal Supervised Release Violation. Erickson is believed to be in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. 
Northeast Students/Faculty Give Warm Greeting To Teacher Battling Cancer
A popular teacher at Northeast High School is in the middle of a battle with breast cancer.  Sharon Holliday, who has taught family consumer science for over 20 years at the school after spending time as a full-time mom and raising her five sons, has been on leave since shortly after the start of first semester.
Chase Ends With Stopsticks Deployed By Deputies
A 24-year-old Lincoln man is in custody in Otoe County after a chase that started in Lancaster County late Friday night. According to the Lancaster County's Sheriff's Office, the chase with Leonard Barr started at Highway 2 and 120th Street and reached speeds of 70 mph.
Armed Robbery At Apartment Under Investigation
Lincoln Police are investigating an early Monday morning armed robbery near 17th and Van Dorn Streets.  The crime happened at 3 a.m. when three black males approached a 22-year-old man who was sitting outside of his apartment. One of the suspects had a handgun, according to police.
Rabies Cases Increasing in Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says cases of animals found to have rabies is increasing from last year. is reminding us that bats are a common carrier of rabies, and they are very active this time of year, increasing the chances of becoming infected.
Teen Drivers Program Gets Grant
The Nebraska Safety Council got a $10,000 grant from State Farm to help pay for the teen driving program "Alive at 25" for LPS. 21 teens died in crashes in Nebraska last year. The program teaches teens about the effects of inexperience, peer pressure and distracted driving.
Nebraska Ed Board Distances Itself from Planned Parenthood
The Nebraska Board of Education has approved seeking state funds for a schools health program that includes sex education to replace a private grant from a foundation that has been criticized for supporting Planned Parenthood.
Weapons Found After Fight Leads To Arrest
One man is facing charges after brandishing two knifes in front of a Lincoln Police officer. Investigators were called to a fight near 17th and F Street Wednesday evening. 
ConAgra Will Move Headquarters From Omaha To Chicago
ConAgra will cut about 1,500 jobs and move its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. The company says the job cuts exclude plant positions and do not include any impact from the planned sale of its private label operations. 
TransCanada Withdraws From Lawsuits
Image result for keystone xl pipelineTransCanada is pulling out of a lawsuit filed by over 100 Nebraska landowners challenging the company's right to use eminent domain for land to build the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.  
Perlman Reflects On Service As Chancellor, Looks Ahead
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman offered his gratitude to those who helped for him to serve as the leader of the university the past 14 years.  But he said during his final State of The University address Wednesday the most important goal this year is to attract a new chancellor.
Police Arrest Man Inside West Lincoln Sports Training Center
Lincoln Police have arrested a man on burglary charges after a cleaning person caught him in the act.  Officers were called to Nebraska Sports Performance after a janitor found 39-year-old Trent Williams standing behind a counter. 
ATM Theft Under Investigation
Lincoln Police are now handling their seventh attempt or theft of an ATM in the city this year, after a cash machine was stolen from the Walgreen's at 70th and Pioneers just before 2am Tuesday.   
Felony Kidnapping Charge Added Against Lincoln Man
Charges have been upgraded for the man accused of kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old Lincoln girl last month.  Court records 20-year-old Cody Riddle was originally charged with burglary, kidnapping with voluntary release, and first-degree sexual assault of a child.
Claim Filed Against City of Grand Island In Water Park Drowning
The mother of a 5-year-old Lincoln girl who drowned at a Grand Island water park has filed a claim for more than $1 million against the city.  The claim by Dumale Bariyiga, of Lincoln, says lifeguards on duty July 18 at Island Oasis Water Park were negligent.
One Arrest In Late Night Robbery, Search On For Second Suspect
An armed robbery at the Fast Mart near 33rd and "A" late Sunday night, where Lincoln Police have one suspect in custody, while they are looking for another person involved.  That suspect in custody has been identified as 25-year-old Lekeyata Wood.
Blow Dart Attacks Reported In Lincoln
Two men have been struck by blow darts in separate Lincoln attacks.  The first attack occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, where police say a motorcyclist at 84th and Leighton was struck in the chest by a 5-inch-long blow dart. 
Belated Robbery Under Investigation
Lincoln Police are following up on an armed robbery that took place around 1:30 Friday morning. The robbery was brought to the attention of LPD around 6pm on Saturday evening.  
Collision Kills Two Men Formerly of Lincoln
Officials are reporting a double fatality accident in Nebraska City involving two men who recently moved to town.  Emergency crews extricated the driver, 24-year-olds Andrew Murnan, and his passenger, Schyler Pierce, both of Lincoln, from the pickup.
Tularemia Cases Up In Nebraska
An uptick in tularemia cases in Nebraska.  Tularemia is a disease that affects animals and humans, caused by a bacteria found in animals, insects, soil and water.  So far, 18 cases have been reported in the state.  
State Unemployment Rate Up Slightly, But Still The Lowest
Nebraska's unemployment rate has risen again, only by one-tenth of a point to 2.8 percent in August. The Nebraska Labor Department said in the report released Friday that the preliminary August rate is up a tenth of a point from July's 2.7 percent.
No Plans To Increase Rates On Electric Bill
You likely won't see a systemwide increase on your electric bill next year.  Lincoln Electric System staff and budget and rates committee members Friday decided not to include a rate adjustment in its $381-million budget.  
Hail, Heavy Rain Pepper Areas In and Around Lincoln
Late summer storms produced pea or 1/4 inch hail and nearly a 1/2 inch of rain in southeastern Lancaster County.  In Lincoln, between 48th and 56th Streets from Adams to Greenwood, there were reports of quarter to half-dollar sized hail.   
LPD Investigating Home Invasion Robbery At Havelock Home
Lincoln Police say three armed men broke into a home east of 70th and Havelock just after midnight Thursday and demanded money.  A 22-year-old woman who lives there was with two friends and her 4-year-old son at the time. 
Nebraska Death Penalty Foes Challenge Ballot Measure
Nebraska death penalty opponents allege in a lawsuit that a ballot measure to reinstate the punishment is invalid because Gov. Pete Ricketts wasn't listed as a sponsor.  The lawsuit filed Thursday in Lancaster County District Court argues that Ricketts should have been named because of his efforts to organize the Nebraskans for the Death Penalty campaign.
Lincoln Man Accused Of Rape
Lincoln Police say a 36-year-old man is accused of 1st-degree sexual assault, after he allegedly raped his 41-year-old neighbor back on April 15, while she was out walking her dog.  Antonio Johnson and the woman were talking, when they went their separate ways.
Greenwood Man Suspected Of Indecent Exposure At Two Lincoln Businesses
A 40-year-old Greenwood man went to jail for exposing himself three times in two Lincoln businesses.  Police Capt. Jeff Bucher tells KFOR NEWS Tuesday afternoon an employee at The Fort at 56th and Highway 2 recognized Michael Benker as the man.
Paroled Killer Gets 5 Years For Child Sex Assault
A man paroled after serving 41 years for murder has been sentenced to five years for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in southeast Nebraska.  Seventy-year-old Laddie Dittrich was sentenced Tuesday in Otoe County District Court.  
Trade Mission Led By Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Turns To China
Gov. Pete Ricketts is headed to China for the next leg of his trade mission to meet with business and government leaders.  Ricketts began the trip in Japan, where he met with company officials who have opened production facilities in Nebraska.  
Audit: Nebraska Agency Slow To Collect Overpayments
A state audit says the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services hasn't tried to collect potentially millions of dollars in overpayments made to recipients of food stamps and other public benefits.  
Ohio Woman Accused of Trying To Smuggle baby To Nebraska
An Ohio teenager in a taxi has been accused of trying to smuggle a baby from Mexico through Texas and to Nebraska.  Anna Crystal Paloma, of Cincinnati, remains in custody after arraignment last Thursday on human smuggling charges.  
Burglaries At Five Lincoln Apartment Complexes Being Investigated
Five burglaries from early Monday that caused over $1,500 in damage are under investigation.  Police say four of the break ins happened in four different apartment complexes in southeast Lincoln, while another happened in Northeast Lincoln.  
Nebraska Taxpayers To Get $94 Credit Per $100K of Real Property
People who pay taxes on Nebraska land and buildings will get a tax credit of roughly $94 per $100,000 of valuation this year under the new state budget. The Department of Revenue announced the rate Monday from the property tax credit fund. 
Speeds Reach Century Mark During Overnight Chase
 A 19-year-old Lincoln man is facing a couple of felony related charges after leading deputies on a chase, where speeds reached as high as 101 mph.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jarret Hornkohl was clocked by a deputy west of 84th and Saltillo and led to a chase that lasted about 11 miles early Monday morning.