Restaurant Employee Locked In Freezer After Robbery
Intruder robs restaurant then bounds and locks employee in freezer
A frightening ordeal for an employee of a fast-food restaurant in Lincoln, who was locked in a freezer by an armed intruder who robbed the place.
Lincoln Police Captain Danny Reitan says the employee of the Subway shop at 505 N. 27th, was bound by her wrists with tape after she gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, and locked her in a freezer.
The employee spent about an hour in the deep freeze before a customer walked in and heard her cries for help.
A search is on for the robber.
Omaha Teacher Facing Sexual Assault Charges
An Omaha teacher is facing three felony charges in connection to alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old student
28 year old Ty Warner made his first appearance in Douglas County Tuesday morning. Warner is a teacher at Alpha School, an Omaha alternative school for students with emotional of behavioral issues.
Warner is accused inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl last month. Warner is facing two third-degree child sexual assault charges and a tampering with a witness charge.
Prosecutors say Warner asked another teacher to destroy evidence related to the relationship.
The judge set bond at $25,000 and ordered Warner to not have any contact with the alleged victim. His preliminary hearing is set for January 8.
Warner was put on paid administrative leave on November 25. He's been teaching at the school for five years.
Body Discovered, Now Questions
The body was discovered Monday near the Douglas-Washington County line.
A body has been discovered near the Douglas-Washington County line.
Authorities acting on a tip found the snow-covered human remains about 12:30 Monday afternoon in a wooded ravine near the intersection of County Roads P51 and P40.
The death has been ruled suspicious in nature and the investigation continues.
Few details are known at this point. There was no identification on the body and the sheriff says they can’t tell if it’s a male or female.
Gaps In Mental, Intellectual Services Investigated
Parents said heir children qualified for services because of intellectual problems, such as a learning disorder, but weren't able to access state-funded mental health services.
Nebraskans who suffer from a combination of intellectual, behavioral and mental-health problems aren't always receiving state services that could help them.
Lawmakers looked into the problem Monday during a hearing at the Capitol, as they prepare for the 2014 session.
Some parents told lawmakers that their children qualified for services because of intellectual problems, such as a learning disorder, but weren't able to access state-funded mental health services.
Scot Adams, director of the state's Behavioral Health Division, says some states have addressed the problem by combining behavioral and mental-health services in state government. In Nebraska, they're split into different divisions within the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Adams says community service groups offer more flexibility with treatment, but aren't always as accountable.
TD Ameritrade Investors Get All A-Twitter
Trading data shows that retail investors have been participating in every step of the stock market's rally. Twitter was very popular.
Investors who use TD Ameritrade continued buying stocks aggressively in November.
Nicole Sherrod with the Omaha-based online brokerage says the trading data shows that retail investors have been participating in every step of the stock market's rally.
TD Ameritrade says its Investor Movement index increased to 5.42 in November from October's 5.07. That was the highest monthly score since June 2011.
Twitter was a popular purchase as investors built positions after the initial public offering.
Sherrod says investors added to their stakes in stocks like Tesla, Salesforce and Cisco when there were price dips.
The six-point index is based on what TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.'s 6 million clients were buying and selling. Inactive accounts are excluded.
MUD Warns About "Meter Reader" Scam
Customers say somebody posing as an MUD worker tried to come into their home to "read the meter".
Scammers are still trying to bluff their way into your house.
This time, the warning is coming from Metropolitan Utilities Distric They're getting calls from customers who say somebody posing as an MUD worker tried to come into their home to "read the meter".
The phony didn't have an MUD identification. Most MUD workers wear blue uniforms, and all carry photo ID cards.
If the person does not have the I.D., call the police.
Also, MUD doesn't collect money from customers at their homes or businesses. If you have a question about an MUD employee at your door, call 402.554.6666.
Festersen Drops Out Of Race For Congress
Omaha City Councilman has decided to drop out of the U-S House race against Republican incumbent Lee Terry
Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen is dropping out of the race for Congress two months after launching his campaign, and he leaves Democrats without a candidate to challenge Republican Congressman Lee Terry.
Festersen said Monday that he couldn't balance the demands of the campaign with his family and work obligations. This is the second time Festersen changed his mind about running.
"One of the most important things in my life that I’ve always worked hard to achieve, however, is maintaining balance between my business, public service, and my young family. And it’s become clear to me that it’s not possible to properly balance the demands of a full-time Congressional campaign with my responsibilities as a father, business owner, and President of the Omaha City Council."
In August he said that he wouldn't run, but reconsidered in October after the budget stalemate in Washington increased voter dissatisfaction with Congress.
Terry is in his eighth term representing Omaha and the rest of Nebraska's 2nd District in Congress. Terry faces a challenge from conservative Republican businessman Dan Frei. And another Conservative Republican, former State Sen. Chip Maxwell, of Omaha, is considering running.
"I want to thank my family and supporters for all of their encouragement and apologize to all those who were energized by the prospect of our candidacy. I’m hopeful that by taking this action now it will allow other qualified candidates to consider the election that is still a year away."
UPDATE: Power Restored To West Omaha
A power outage in west Omaha put thousands of customers in the dark on Monday
A power outage in west Omaha that put thousands of customers in the dark was restored around noon on Monday.
OPPD officials say the outage affected 3,600 customers and was blamed on equipment failure at a substation.
One area affected area runs from 124th to 126th, from West Maple to Nicholas and 126th Plaza to 150th, from Meredith to Blondo.
Woman And 7 Kids Left Homeless After Fire
A woman and her 7 children weren't home when fire broke out near 167th and V Street Monday morning.
An Omaha family is looking for another place to stay after fire swept through their home just before 9:00 Monday morning near 167th and "V" just.
Battalion Chief John Kohlbek tells Newsradio 1110 KFAB there was smoke coming from the rear of the house when they rolled up. Fire completely destroyed the main level of the home.
Kohlbek says the woman and her seven children were not home when the fire started. The family lost a cat and two ferrets in the blaze.
The cause remains under investigation but Kohlbek says it appears to be accidental.
Driver Escapes Injury After Truck Crashes Into Pond
A pickup driver managed to escape after his truck plunged into a pond in Lincoln
A pickup driver managed to escape after his truck plunged into a pond in Lincoln.
Police say the pickup went out of control last night near 56th and Pine Lake Road, and slid off the roadway before running onto the pond and falling through the ice.
The driver escaped through a broken window.
Huskers Head to Gator Bowl New Years Day
Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the third straight season, as the Huskers were headed to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville to play Georgia
Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the third straight season, as the Huskers were selected on Sunday to participate in the taxslayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.
Nebraska will take on Georgia in the Jan. 1 game at Everbank field. The game will kick off is at 11 a.m. on ESPN 2.
The Huskers and Bulldogs head into the bowl game with an 8-4 records.
Nebraska’s appearance in the gator bowl will be the huskers’ 50th all-time bowl game. Nebraska will join Alabama and Texas the only schools with 50 or more bowl appearances.
We're Still In The Deep Freeze
The Omaha metro area is under a wind chill advisory until noon as temperatures are expected to struggle to reach the teens today.
The Omaha metro area is under a wind chill advisory until noon as temperatures are expected to struggle to reach the teens today. Cold temperatures coupled with winds between 10 and 20 miles per hour could push wind chills from negative 15 to 25 degrees below zero.
The state Department of Roads was urging drivers to use extreme caution Sunday all across the eastern third of Nebraska because of slippery roads.
The snow began falling in Nebraska on Saturday and light snow continued to fall in some places Sunday as the storm moved east. Most areas will receive 2 to 4 inches of snow.
Near northwest Lincoln, officials had to close a three-mile section of Interstate 80 Sunday morning because of multiple accidents, including two semitrailer trucks that leaked fuel. No serious injuries were reported.
The interstate reopened shortly before 1 p.m.
Nearly 6 inches of snow fell in the Lincoln area.
OPPD Officials Warn Of Another Scam
A warning from OPPD that scammers are posing as tree trimmers in the Metro area
A warning from OPPD that scammers are posing as tree trimmers in the Metro area.
OPPD spokesperson Jodi Baker tells 1110 KFAB, a couple of men in an unmarked blue van approached a home near 80th and Center on Tuesday.
They told the man they needed to come in and check the fuse box, and also told the man he had a 50 credit and wanted to break a 100 dollar bill.
The man didn't fall for it and called authorities.
OPPD says they always give advance notice regarding trimming trees and employees always carry ID.
Omaha Teen Facing Charges In Deadly Crash
16 year old Madeline Shely will be charged in Sarpy County Juvenille court
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov has charged Marian student Madeline Shely with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, running a stop sign and violating terms of her provisional drivers permit.
In October Shely was behind the wheel of a jeep that was struck by a pickup at 180th and Highway 370 as she and two friends were on their way to Vala's Pumpkin Patch.
The crash killed Shely's boyfriend, Nate Lafave, and left her and Carly Ann Kelly with critical injuries. The driver of the pickup, 50-year-old Alan Hynes, was not hurt.
Under the provisional drivers permit, Shely was prohibited from having more than one passenger under the age of 18 in the car.
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Trash Pickups Delayed By Extreme Cold
Deffenbaugh Industries says employees are encountering health and safety issues due to the cold weather
The City of Omaha says Deffenbaugh Industries is encountering health and safety issues for its employees due to the extremely cold conditions in the area.
Workers are required to take frequent breaks to get out of the cold and warm up. These health and safety precautions, coupled with the high volume of leaves and high volume of garbage following the Thanksgiving Holiday, will result in longer hours and delayed collections.
Deffenbaugh employees are working to finish Thursday’s collection area and will then begin collections in the Friday service area.
Deffenbaugh will work both Saturday and Sunday in order to complete all collections and be back on regular schedule Monday, December 9.
Residents should allow materials to remain curbside until collected. Residents can report any missed collections to the City’s Solid Waste Hotline, (402) 444-5238.
Fire Damages Bellevue Home
No one was injured when fire broke out Friday afternoon south of 26th and Chandler
Firefighters from Omaha and Bellevue responded to the call around 1:15 near 26th and Linda. Battalion Chief Kurt Strachota says when crews arrived they went through the front door and found fire burning in the living room.
Strachota says there were papers stacked all around the house and it's possible a wood burning stove sparked the fire. A neighbor says a man lived alone in the house.
He and a couple of cats were able to make it out safely.
UPDATE: Missing Bluffs Man Found
Council Bluffs police report that Phillip Kephart was found by a neighbor in his car early this morning.
After hours of searching, Council Bluffs police have located an elderly man who went missing from his home around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night.
70-year-old Phillip Kephart left his residence near 13th St. & 27th Ave. in Council Bluffs and his wife called police about two hours later when Kephart had not returned home. She told them he has Alzheimers disease and was wearing only a red hooded sweatshirt when he left his home.
The Omaha Police helicopter helped in the search for a time and officers on the ground exhausted any locations where he may be. A neighbor found Kephart inside a neighbor's car. He's now inside, warming up.
Eight Hunters Rescued From Missouri River
The eight hunters and a dog were rescued from two boats that were stranded in the rapidly freezing Missouri River in northern Nebraska.
The state Game and Parks Commission says a Nebraska State Patrol helicopter pulled all of the hunters from the boats just east of Santee Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries.
The boats had been blocked by ice in the river. The hunters told officials there was no ice in the water when they put their boats in around 6:00 Thursday morning.
The 18-foot flat-bottom boats were left in the water after the rescue.
Click Here To see the State Patrol rescue team.
Ex-Husker Dennard Sentenced To More Jail Time
A Nebraska judge has extended New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's probation after he admitted drinking alcohol and driving last summer.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy on Thursday extended Alfonzo Dennard's probation to three years after he admitted drinking alcohol and driving last summer.
Stacy also ordered Dennard to serve an additional 30 days in county jail starting March 1 and increased his community service hours.
The judge had placed the former Nebraska player on two years of probation and 30 days in jail for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar in 2012.
Dennard in September admitted he violated his probation when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Lincoln on July 11. A hearing in that case is scheduled Friday.
Two Benson Students Arrested For Having Gun At School
The two students were arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school.
Omaha Public Schools says the students were found in possession of the weapon at Benson High School on Thursday.
Principal Anita Harkins-Baldwin said in a letter to parents that a school resource officer confiscated the weapon and police were called. She said there were no threats, shots fired or injuries.
In October, a student gave a loaded gun to another student while at Benson. No shots were fired in that case and both students were arrested.
Former State Senator Sentenced
Former State Senator Brenda Council was sentenced Thursday morning in Federal Court
Former State Sen. Brenda Council was sentenced to three years probation and a $500 dollar fine Thursday morning for one federal count of wire fraud.
She pled guilty in September to spending money from campaign donations to gamble at casinos.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers, who beat Council to regain the legislative seat he held for 38 years, filed a complaint in 2012 that prompted the U.S. attorney's investigation.
Husker Bowl Game Tickets Go On Sale Monday
The 8-4 Huskers are awaiting word on where they will play their bowl game
Husker fans wishing to purchase tickets for Nebraska’s bowl game can do so beginning Monday morning at 8 a.m. Nebraska will learn its bowl destination and opponent on Sunday evening.
Bowl tickets can be purchased on-line at Huskers.com, or through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Tickets can be purchased using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
Nebraska will be making its 50th all-time bowl appearance this season, joining Alabama and Texas the only schools with 50 or more bowl appearances. The 2013 season marks Nebraska’s sixth straight season with a bowl trip.
Police Chase Ends In Deadly Crash Near Avoca
Two Iowa Department of Transportation workers were injured in the fiery crash Wednesday afternoon
The Iowa State Patrol says Harlan Police began pursuing a suspected drunk driver south on Highway 59 Wednesday afternoon. Sergeant Jim Wissler tells NewsRadio 1110 KFAB Harlan Police then asked for assistance.
Wissler says the two motor vehicle enforcement officers from the Iowa Department of Transportation responded. He says as their Chevy Tahoe was northbound on Highway 59 the chase was coming at them from the north.
Wissler says the DOT vehicle did a U-turn to try and get in front of the fleeing car and conduct a rolling road block. The suspect's car slammed into the back of the Tahoe and caught fire. The driver died at the scene.
The DOT officers were taken to the hospital in Harlan, but their injuries are not believed to be serious. The names of the victim and officers have not yet been released.
OPPD Says Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant Ready To Restart
The plant has been in shut down mode since 2011
Omaha Public Power District Officials say the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, that has been idle since April 2011, says the troubled plant is now ready to restart, but federal regulators will make the final decision.
OPPD officials submitted a 139-page report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week making the case that the Fort Calhoun plant is ready.
An NRC spokeswoman says regulators are still reviewing the latest repairs. Lou Cortopassi manages the plant and says they addressed Fort Calhoun's problems, and it is ready to operate safely.
Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a series of safety violations forced it to remain closed.
M.U.D. Board Approves 2014 Rate Increase
The Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) board approved a rate increase for 2014
M.U.D. Residents will pay a little bit more for gas and water in 2014.
The Metropolitan Utilities District board voted on Wednesday to raise water and gas rates to cover the increasing costs of doing business, including personnel.
Chief financial officer Debra Schneider tells Newsradio 1110 KFAB the water rate increase amounts to about an extra $1.25 a month, and $1.24 a month for gas.
Six of the seven member board agreed to the rate hikes.
No Bond For Woman Accused Of Shooting Another Woman
A woman is held without bond in the shooting death of another woman
A woman accused of shooting another woman to death over the weekend was ordered held without bond Wednesday morning.
Latoya Ross is charged with first degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Dawn Truman Saturday near 36th and Patrick.
According to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, Ross and Truman got into an argument. Ross called Truman a snitch and allegedly shot her once in the chest.
Heavy Snow In Parts Of Nebraska, Iowa
A winter storm that heaped snow on the Rockies has pushed east into northern Nebraska and northwest Iowa.
The National Weather Service said Wednesday that 10.5 inches of snow fell over 18 hours in Valentine, in northwest Nebraska. To the east in Boyd County, 5.4 inches was recorded in Butte.
The National Weather Service says the snow is moving slowly out of the area, but the cold remains. Wind chills of minus 20 were reported near Rushville and Gordon in the Panhandle.
NWS meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says 4 to 6 inches of snow has fallen in northwest Iowa. Further south in Iowa, freezing drizzle forced delayed starts for schools in Treynor, Woodbine and Underwood.
Nebraska State Penitentiary Still On Lockdown
The Nebraska State Penitentiary is still on lockdown after 33 inmates refused to return to their cells Monday night.
A Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the 33 inmates were protesting a year-old policy that limits the number of inmates who can be in the prison yard at one time. The policy was enacted to reduce conflicts among inmates.
Spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith says there were no injuries or major damage in the protest, aside from some fires in trash cans that were extinguished. Some inmates were moved to other locations because of the smoke.
Smith says prison staff members are investigating the fires. The inmates who protested were not violent and were all secured Monday night.
Cattle Semi Overturns on I-680 Exit
Cattle semi overturns on eastbound West Dodge Road on the I-680 northbound ramp late Tuesday morning
Omaha Police say a semi carrying 107 calves overturned on eastbound West Dodge as it goes northbound to I-680 around 11:30 Tuesday morning.
The driver and his dog escaped without injury. Omaha Police say it appears that the semi was going too fast around the curve when it tipped over.
The trailer remained closed and no cattle escaped. The cattle were moved into another truck. Police say it appears that some cattle sustained injuries and some may have died.
The investigation is ongoing. The ramp is still closed at this time.
Shoplifters Arrested While 20 Officers Roamed Store
Shoplifters arrested during "Shop With A Cop" event in Bellevue
Bellevue police didn't need to go far to arrest a pair of shoplifting suspects on Monday.
Investigator Laurie Synowiecki says a man and a woman tried stealing $700 in merchandise from a Shopko on Galvin Road while 20 uniformed officers were inside for a Holiday Heros event.
Synowiecki says Joshua Watson and Shantel Nigh should have also noticed the numerous police cruisers parked outside the store.
Police said a large amount of other items was found in the couple's vehicle, which police believe may be stolen as well.
I-80 Eastbound Becomes Parking Lot
Eastbound traffic on I-80 came to a stop Tuesday morning when a semi lost its load of pipes
Eastbound traffic on I-80 came to a stop Tuesday morning when a semi lost its load of pipes.
The accident happened just east of the 84th street exit.
Motorists were encouraged to take either the “L” street or West Center Road exits.
The pipes were crescent shaped so they couldn’t be rolled off the roadway easily.
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Rare Chinese Coin Found In Red Kettle
The coin was found in a Salvation Army Kettle in southwest Omaha over the weekend.
A 10 Franc Gold Rooster 1911 gold coin was found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle over the weekend at Mangelsen’s on south 84th Street. The .0933 oz gold coin is worth an estimated $135.00 at this time.
"The generosity of the citizens of Omaha never cease to amaze me. I would like to think that all of our donors have hearts of gold, but this donation proves it," said Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Officer with The Salvation Army Kroc Center.
The Tree of Lights $3 million campaign began November 8th. As of November 27th more than $934,000 has been donated to the campaign. The Red Kettle drive runs through December 24th.
Two Brothers Drown In Southwest Iowa Pond
Adams County authorities investigating a double drowning at a rural southwest Iowa pond say the victims were young brothers.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office says the two children, ages 8 and 9, wandered onto a pond Saturday afternoon on their family's property in Prescott and fell through thin ice.
The children's parents contacted authorities after the boys failed to return home from being outside.
Divers found one child immediately about one foot underwater. The other child was found about 20 minutes later. Both were airlifted to a Des Moines hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The children's identities have not been released.
Job Fair Is Scheduled For December 4th
The final Job Fair for 2013 is scheduled for Wednesday
The final Job Fair for 2013 is Wednesday.
Clay Seaman from Omahajobs.com said the Job Fair will be held on from 1 pm-5 pm at the Comfort Inn at 7007 Grover Street.
A variety of jobs will be available with full time, part time and seasonal openings, including internship jobs in the Omaha Metro Area.
Organizer say to bring resumes and dress appropriately, as there will be some onsite interviews.
The Job Fair is free and open to the public.
Get more details HERE
Pelini Issues Statement On Administration Support
Husker coach Bo Pelini issued a statement of thanks to the University and offered an apology
Husker coach Bo Pelini issued a statement shortly after Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst issued his support for Pelini, offering his thanks and an apology:
The statement reads:
“I want to thank our administration and Shawn Eichorst in particular, for his continued and full support that he has given me and our football program since his arrival on campus. I am honored to represent this university and its great fans and I’m proud to lead this program into the future.
I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media. I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard.
Our football staff is hitting recruiting full throttle and looking forward to the upcoming bowl game. We are committed to working with Shawn and our entire department staff to continue to build this program and bring championships back to Nebraska.”
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UN-L Releases Statement About Coach Bo Pelini
University of Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst released a statement on Coach Bo Pelini
University of Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst released a statement on Coach Bo Pelini on Saturday:
"My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. However, given the volume of unfounded speculation and conjecture about our head football coach, I want to reaffirm what I have said many times since I have arrived at the University of Nebraska -- that I positively respect, appreciate and support our football student-athletes, coaches and staff, as we do everyone in the Husker family. We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and Coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future."
Series Of Events Begin With Gunshots
The driver of one car may have been trying to flee the area when he missed the turn and ended up taking out the light pole at 23rd and Manderson.
Omaha Police believe shots fired outside a party in north Omaha are responsible for a string of events that unfolded around 3:30 Saturday morning.
The driver of one car may have been trying to flee the area when he missed the turn and ended up taking out the light pole at 23rd and Manderson.
The accident also cut the power to an area several square blocks around that intersection.
When officers arrived on scene the driver and any occupants were gone.
Officers told WOWT 6 News they cannot find any damage resulting from the gunshots and that those at the party are not cooperating with the investigation.
Man Hospitalized After Overnight Bar Fight
It wasn't the way folks at an Omaha bar wanted Thanksgiving to end.
A early-morning fight ends the festive holiday mood at one Omaha nightclub.
Alphone Trippett was taken in critical condition to the Creighton University Medical Center at 12:30 this morning. Officers at the scene were interviewing people who were in the Stage II Lounge.
They say the victim and another man were just talking but when the victim turned his back the other man hit him over the head with a bottle.
At last check Trippett was in stable condition after surgery.
Let the shopping frenzy begin!
Area stores and malls say they’re ready for "Black Friday" and many of them opened yesterday.
Some Kmart stores opened at 6:00 a.m yesterday and will be open for 40 straight hours.
Oakview mall and Nebraska Crossing opened in the evening last night, with Shadow Lake Towne Center and Westroads mall opening early this morning.
Omaha Toddler Bitten By Family Dog
The 1-year-old boy was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition.
An Omaha A toddler is hospitalized in critical condition after being bitten in the face by a family dog.
The incident happened at a home in southwest Omaha around 9 a.m. Thursday.
The 1-year-old boy was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition.
The Nebraska Humane Society's Mark Langan says no citations were issued immediately.
Toledo Chancellor Named As New UNMC Head
Dr. Jeffrey Gold's selection faces a vote Friday by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
The chancellor of the medical college at the University of Toledo has been named to lead the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The selection of Doctor Jeffrey Gold was announced Wednesday by the president of the University of Nebraska system, James Milliken.
Gold's selection faces a vote Friday by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Gold would be replacing Doctor Harold Mauer, who announced in September that he would be leaving the chancellor's post to raise money for UNMC's cancer center.
Gold's starting salary would be $775,000, plus standard university employee benefits.
Rough Landing At Millard Airport
No one was injured when a small plane lost a wheel after landing Friday afternoon
The pilot and passenger on a small airplane escaped injury after their plane made a rough landing just before 3:00 Friday afternoon at the Millard Airport.
The plane lost a wheel as it landed and went nose down in the grass near the runway. Airport officials were able to move it away from the runway.
Omaha Fire crews were called in to handle a small fuel spill.
Bond Set For Child Abuse Suspect
A man has been arrested in connection with the October death of his girlfriend's infant son.
A judge on Wednesday set bond at $500-thousand for 27-year-old Ryan Mullen. He has been charged with felony homicide-child abuse.
Prosecutors say Mullen is responsible for the death of 8-month-old Payton Birtwell. The boy was brought to a hospital on October 18 after his mother told officers her son fell out of his stroller.
Payton had a brain bleed and was taken off life support several days later.
City Reaches Deal With Police Management
The City of Omaha and the Police Management Bargaining Unit have reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract.
This bargaining unit includes the Chief of Police and the four deputy chiefs.
“The annual cost of the salary increases for the entire police management team is approximately $22,000,” says Mayor Jean Stothert.
The tentative agreement must be approved by the Omaha City Council. First reading is scheduled on December 10 and a public hearing will be held December 17. The final reading and approval is expected on January 7.
Jenkins Suspected In Additional Shooting
Nikko Jenkins is already charged in the murders of four people last summer
Omaha Police say 27 year old Nikko Jenkins, who is already charged with four murders, is suspected in another shooting.
Police aren't providing details of the additional shooting. They have made the Douglas County Attorney's Office aware of the investigation.
Jenkins has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Andrea Kruger, Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Curtis Bradford last August.
They were killed within weeks of Jenkins' release from prison on July 30th.
Copper Caper Suspect Might Lose A Hand
Investigators think the man and an accomplice cut down the pole to gain access to copper in a transformer.
A man suspected of trying to steal copper in Council Bluffs is being treated in Omaha for a badly burned hand.
A power pole was cut down northeast of Council Bluffs on Saturday. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says deputies soon learned that a man in his 40s had been admitted to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of a burned hand.
Danker says investigators think the man and an accomplice cut down the pole to gain access to copper in a transformer. Danker says the burned man was driven to the hospital and dropped off by his accomplice.
The injured man was taken to a burn unit in Omaha for further treatment, which could include amputation of parts of the hand.
Plea Deal For Iowa Man In Toddler Death
Colby Puckett pleaded guilty Monday in Mills County Court to second-degree murder charges.
A Pacific Junction, Iowa man has reached a plea deal in connection with the death of a 13-month-old girl he was babysitting.
Colby Puckett pleaded guilty Monday in Mills County Court to second-degree murder in the February 2012 death of Aliyanna May.
The plea deal drops charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.
Puckett was dating the infant's mother when he was watching the girl and two of her siblings. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the infant sustained extensive injuries to her head and eyes while in Puckett's care.
Aliyanna was treated at a hospital and died. Officials later ruled her death a homicide.
Puckett is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13.
Omaha Man Arrested In Infant Death
Ryan Mullen was in custody Tuesday at the Douglas County jail. He has been charged with felony homicide-child abuse.
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Omaha police say a man has been arrested in connection with the October death of his girlfriend's infant son.
Police spokesman James Shade says 27-year-old Ryan Mullen was in custody Tuesday at the Douglas County jail. He has been charged with felony homicide-child abuse.
Prosecutors say Mullen is responsible for the death of 8-month-old Payton Birtwell. The boy was brought to a local hospital on Oct. 18 after his mother told officers her son fell out of his stroller. Payton had a brain bleed and was taken off life support several days later.
Stothert's Veto On Voting Change Stands
People who live just outside Omaha city limits won't be voting in municipal elections.
People who live just outside Omaha city limits won't be voting in municipal elections.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to uphold Mayor Jean Stothert's veto of a measure seeking to give people living just outside Omaha city limits the right to vote in municipal elections.
The resolution has sparked debate between those who said giving people who don't pay city taxes a vote is unconstitutional, and those who said residents living in a 3-mile zone outside city limits are often subjected to city laws and regulations and should therefore get a vote.
Last week the council voted 4-3 for a resolution to lobby the Nebraska Legislature next year to pass a bill that would allow the change.