High Winds Spawn Several Brush Fires
North of Lincoln, flames from a grass fire Saturday afternoon near 98th and Raymond Road threatened nearby acreages due to high winds. Adam Stephenson lives in the area near 84th and Waverly Road and tells KFOR News they noticed the smoke starting to blow toward their direction about 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
Teen Killed In Traffic Accident
The Seward County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a 14 year old boy killed in a traffic accident Thursday night west of Lincoln. Trevyn Roth was a passenger in an S-U-V, driven by a teen-age girl, that went out of control and rolled at 175th and Denton Road. Roth was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl driving, and another teen-age boy, were taken to a Lincoln hospital.
Lincoln Prosecutor Named To District Court Judgeship
A Lancaster County prosecutor has been selected to fill a district court judgeship opening in Lincoln. Gov. Dave Heineman's office announced Friday that Lori Maret was chosen. The opening was created by the retirement of Judge Karen Flowers on Dec. 31. The 45-year-old Maret has been deputy Lancaster County attorney since 2002.
Accused Murderer To Represent Himself
A judge says a man accused of killing four people in Omaha last summer can defend himself at trial. Douglas County District Judge Peter Batallion granted Nikko Jenkins' request to act as his own attorney Friday. Batallion warned Jenkins that defending himself "would be very difficult for any lawyer" and that he could be represented by the Douglas County Public Defender. Jenkins says he is competent to represent himself.
Drunk Driver Hits Many Objects, Jailed for Many Offenses
A 22-year-old has been jailed for multiple offenses after driving drunk and hitting several objects near 60th & Holdredge. Lincoln woman Andrea Hoffman did not hit any cars or people while she was behind the wheel of a 2004 Chevy Colorado pick-up, but she did hit 2 light poles and 2 mailboxes. A neighbor heard a loud crash and called police. Police followed gouge marks in the road and found the
Lincoln Man Opens Apartment Door, Is Robbed
Police are looking for two men who robbed the apartment of a young man while he was home. The two men are described as black, in their 20s, and with heights of 5'10'' and 6'3''. They knocked on the door, and when the resident answered, the men pushed through, each holding a handgun.
Waverly Dog Accidentally Shot, Needs Surgery to Live
A dog accidentally shot in Waverly is going to need surgery in order to live. Thursday afternoon, the Lancaster County Sheriff's department got a call from a Waverly person whose dog, a morkie named Rolo, had a BB lodged in its chest. The injury was caused by the neighbor on accident.
New Program Helps Disabled Find Jobs
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation has launched a website to help businesses find skilled, qualified job applicants and to provide new job opportunities for people with disabilities. The website is available at NEBRASKA.GOV/BUSINESS.
Abbott Tennis Bubble Collapses
An enclosed tennis center at a sports complex in Lincoln has collapsed, though authorities say there are no injuries. The 80,000 square-foot structure at the Abbott Sports Complex in northeast Lincoln houses six tennis courts. The Abbott Sports website says that the "tennis center balloon is down due to a large tear." The bubble tore; the structure did not collapse. At this time, there is no information as to what may have caused the tear, but two Abbott employees wondered if the recent winds played a factor.
Judge Rules Against Jayson Garett
A man who was found not guilty of a Hastings murder by reason of insanity must remain in the state psychiatric hospital. The judge made the ruling at the annual review for 36-year-old Jayson Garett.
Woman Killed In Car Accident
A car passenger has died after a collision at a rural intersection in southeast Nebraska's Jefferson County. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, about a mile north of Plymouth.
Deaf Student Has To Finish Degree At Creighton's Omaha Campus
A deaf medical school student who won a discrimination lawsuit against Creighton University must finish out his last two years of medical school on the Omaha campus after being denied a transfer to Creighton's Phoenix campus.
Property Tax Relief Moving Through Legislature
Some Nebraska veterans could receive more property tax relief under a bill moving through the Legislature. The Legislature voted 28-0 to give the most severely injured veterans, such as those who are paralyzed or have missing limbs, a full homestead exemption.
JPA Approves Ice Center Donation
The proposed Breslow Ice Center, long discussed as one of the major features of the Haymarket area, picked up a big boost Wednesday. The Joint Public Agency of the Haymarket voted to contribute $2 Million to the project. The center is expected to be located just to the north of the Pinnacle Bank Arena, with $7 Million in seed money from former Lincoln Businessman John Breslow.
Man Found Not Guilty in Case Related to High-Profile Murder
A judge has ruled that a man alleged to have given a gun to another man accused of killing four Omaha people is not guilty. In a bench trial, Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Wednesday that 31-year-old Anthony Wells was not guilty of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Nebraska Tax Revenue is Up
The state's better than expected prosperity continues. A new report says Nebraska's net tax receipts were 7.1 percent higher than expected in February. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that the state had $258 million in receipts. The forecast for the month, on which the state budget was built, was $241 million.
Nebraska Senate Candidate Supports Raising Minimum Wage
U.S. Senate Candidate David Domina has come out in favor of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Domina is a democrat from Omaha. He says raising the federal minimum wage would lift millions of people out of poverty, help working women, create new jobs, and help strengthen social security because of increased payroll deductions. He predicts it would add $15 billion to the
Legislature Advances Bill to Ban "Upskirting"
Nebraska lawmakers have taken a first step toward making it a criminal offense to take pictures up a woman's skirt. The Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on Wednesday for debate in the full Legislature. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to shoot photographs or film of body parts that are not generally visible to the public without a person's knowledge and consent. Subsequent
Military Retirement Pay Tax Exemption Bill Moves Forward
Military retirees who choose to live in Nebraska could receive a partial tax break, under a bill set for debate in the Legislature. The Revenue Committee voted 6-0 Wednesday on a bill that would allow retirees to claim an income tax exemption on their retirement pay. The vote moves the bill out of committee and places it before the full legislature for debate.
Fremont Man Sentenced for Child Assault and Pornography
A Fremont man has been given 40 to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child and producing child pornography. The man was sentenced on Monday in Dodge County District Court after pleading no contest. The man's name is not being released, in order to protect the child. Prosecutors say that on Nov. 17, 2011, the man used hidden cameras to make child pornography. Prosecutors also