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  1. Omaha Police are issuing a reminder to not leave your vehicle running to warm it up this winter
  2. Today is the last day to apply! JoinOPD.com You have until midnight to submit your online application for the position of Police Officer. Don’t miss this opportunity!
  3. At about 1:40 p.m. in Council Bluffs a call came in for shots fired at 27th Ave D. The caller stated to 911 they heard about 10 shots. 911 Caller stated it was a dark colored car with dealer plates and there was 4 black males with rags over their faces Council Bluffs Police arrived and checked the area however the car wasn't around but a camera on 25th and Broadway was used to view the car passing through the intersection heading south. A report of a car matching the description to 911 was spotted by CBPD driving recklessly on 21st street then headed eastbound on 2nd Ave. T
  4. Thank you Lincoln Police Department Officer Mike Pratt for your service on this day of remembrance, Patriot Day. Today is the 17th Anniversary of the day his brother, our OPD Officer Jason "Tye" Pratt was shot in the line of duty. Today Mike stands guard over the memorial for fallen Lincoln PD Investigator Mario Herrera. Read more at OPD's Facebook page and article.
  5. Steven M. Fitch, 25, of Council Bluffs, is charged in the US District Court of Nebraska for being in unlawful possession of a destructive device, a molotov cocktail. Nebraska District Court Case #: 8:20-cr-00232 Public: Case filed under seal on 8/20/20 and unsealed on 8/24/20 pursuant to memorandum as to defendant Steven M. Fitch. (LKO) ORDER APPOINTING COUNSEL - The Federal Public Defender for the District of Nebraska is appointed to represent the defendant in this matter as to defendant Steven M. Fitch. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Michael D. Nelson. (SLP) Fitch was arr
  6. The Omaha Police Department has concluded its participation in the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign which took place from August 21, 2020 to September 7, 2020. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety awarded $20,000 to fund extra traffic enforcement officers on the streets to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers. During the granted funded time frame, grant officers made 14 DUI arrests along with regular patrol making 63 arrests for DUI. The results of those grant funded operations and regular patrol activity were: 77 Total arrests for Dri
  7. Today at 1pm Lincoln Officer Mario Herrera made his journey home from Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha community lined the streets and over passes with people on the route that would take Officer Herrera home. Today, the Omaha people shined. A community that felt the pain of this fallen officer showed their support and showed just how much we as a community really care about the ones who protect, serve and put their lives on the line for us. Metro News Now and many call these men and women in blue not only heroes, but angels. Metro News Now honors our Police Officers. Next time you see on
  8. OPD will be assisting the Lincoln Police Department with the escort of Investigator Herrera back to Lincoln. The route will be from 39th/Leavenworth to 42nd/Leavenworth, south on 42nd St to west bound I-80. I-80 west to Lincoln. Tentative start time is 12:30 pm today.
  9. Today marks 25 years since we lost Officer Jimmy Wilson when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. Some of our officers and civilian staff were on the job when Jimmy was killed and still feel the pain and loss of his passing today. Today we remember his honorable service and sacrifice for the City of Omaha. You can visit the Officer Down Memorial Page https://www.odmp.org/ to learn more about Jimmy and other Fallen Officers. https://www.odmp.org/officer/875-officer-james-b-wilson-jr Remembrance article was posted to OPD's Facebook page 8-20-2020
  10. At about 7:30 pm in Council Iowa, Council Bluffs Police attempted to pull over a car on Railroad Avenue. The suspect didn't stop for CBPD instead took off. Council Bluffs Police ensued a pursuit that eventually got onto Interstate 80 westbound then went over the I-80 Bridge into Omaha Nebraska. Council Bluffs Police ended pursuit at the state line over the I-80 bridge and then needed to turn around to head back to Council Bluffs. The Council Bluffs Police Officer who was in pursuit used the 13th street exit to turn around by the Henry Doorly Zoo however when he got off on the 13
  11. Around 12:30 am Saturday Council Bluffs Police went into pursuit of a car with 3 individuals that ended in Omaha. 2 Individuals were arrested by Omaha Police. The pursuit lead Council Bluffs Police into Omaha where Council Bluffs Police ended pursuit at the state line. Council Bluffs Police spiked the cars tires however before the car crossed the Nebraska / Iowa state line. Even though Council Bluffs Police ended the pursuit at the state line they found the car around 14th and Cass at the Cambria Hotel parking lot and notified OPD. While a Council Bluffs Police Officer waited by
  12. On Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6:34 p.m., a Uniformed Omaha Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at 49th and NW Radial Highway that did not have a license plate. Upon contacting the vehicle, the Officer learned that the female driver did not have a driver’s license or any other form of identification in her possession, nor did she have proof of ownership or proof of insurance for the vehicle. The male passenger, later identified as Marcel Turner, also did not have any form of identification. While talking with the driver, the Officer could smell an odor of suspected mariju
  13. Chief Todd Schmaderer has authorized the release of the timeline to the media. A review of the protest event from Saturday, July 25, 2020 is on-going. On Saturday, July 25th, at 7:30 pm, a protest event was held at Turner Park, 30th and Farnam. The event was organized by “Bear Alexander” (Alexander Matthews) and was purported to call for justice for James Scurlock and support for protesters in Portland, Oregon. The description of the event stated, “On July 25th, youth abolitionists are calling for a national and global march against the institution of policing…The time for discussing r
  14. OPD has released some crime statistics for June 2020. Northeast Omaha dominates the charts for most violent crime again. Note: Quarterly reports are not yet published for 2nd quarter of 2020. Special Note: FBI UCR Reports Non-Fatal Shootings and Homicides by Precinct Homicides by Precinct by Year 911 Calls for Police Service UCR Crime Comparison Graphs Crime Statistics By Year Quarterly Reports
  15. A shooting July 4, 2020 - At 3:38 am at 2311 N 24th St which is near 24th and Lake St occurred and there was over 300 people gathered preventing officers from helping the victims and gathering evidence. The scene turned for the worse while OPD was on scene and a "Help an officer" call was put out. Metro News Now over the past few weeks has been close to the scene in North Omaha observing the situation between OPD and the North Omaha community, what we've seen has been very troubling to say the least. It's obvious that OPD needs more Police Officers in the North sector not only for the saf
  16. The Omaha Police Department has made some changes to our policies and procedures in light of the discussion surrounding police reform. The department has made some changes to our Use of Force policy to include the following: Duty to intervene Knee to neck pin forbidden Prone position warning Carotid Restraint Control Holds (CRCH) will move up to the assaultive/high- risk subject category Next month officers will go through a department wide In-service training that will include the Use of Force policy changes, Taser re-certification, suicide by cop training,
  17. Vehicle Break-In's around Recreational Areas: Our Auto Theft Unit would like to warn citizens that there have been numerous reports of vehicle break in's, especially around lakes and recreational areas. Thieves are especially targeting vehicles with items of value left in plain sight, such as purses, wallets, laptops, etc. We would like to remind everyone that it is very important to lock your vehicle at all times and remove anything of value that may be enticing to a thief. If you have been the victim of a theft, please make a report over the phone by calling our Telephone Repo
  18. MetroNewsNow

    Omaha curfew order for Friday & Saturday

    Mayor Stothert's Official press Release (June 4, 2020) Mayor Jean Stothert has signed an Emergency Order reinstating a citywide curfew Friday and Saturday nights, June 5 and 6. The curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00.a.m. The Mayor’s action is based on a recommendation from Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. At a news conference Wednesday, Chief Schmaderer said he would recommend reinstatement if information about planned weekend events warranted additional safety precautions. OPD is currently aware of 5 events planned for Friday and a large gathering on Satur
  19. MetroNewsNow

    Sexual Assault of a Child Arrest

    Omaha Police Department's Child Victims Unit is investigating Robert Martinez Jr. (12-16-63) due to his involvement in the sexual assault of two juveniles. Martinez was familiar with both identified victims and was babysitting both at the time of their assaults. Martinez has been booked for two counts of 3rd degree sexual assault of a juvenile but detectives are concerned that there may be other unidentified victims. Anyone who is concerned that their child has been the victim of sexual assault can contact the Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center at 402-595-1326 for advice regarding ho
  20. MetroNewsNow

    Assistance Needed Locating Dangerous Fugitive

    The Omaha Police Department is requesting assistance from the public locating a dangerous felon. Clinton Barfield, 12/03/1982, was convicted of 2nd-Degree Murder and sentenced to prison in 2005. Barfield was released from prison and placed on parole. He recently cut off his electronic monitor and his whereabouts are unknown. Barfield has a history of gun use and should be considered armed and dangerous. Barfield is a 37-year-old black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 280 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 4
  21. Around 12am in Council Bluffs Police chased a red truck with no plates from Kanesville blvd to Omaha. During the high speed pursuit, the truck turned north on 25th and Broadway and headed down 25th street to the I-29 entrance. The suspects threw a baggie out of the window near 25th and Ave B on their way to the I-29 entrance which the Council Bluffs Police recovered. After the suspects entered I-29 Council Bluffs Police was waiting for the suspects on the 480 interchange where they spiked the left front tire of the truck. The suspects then proceeded to Omaha where they
  22. MetroNewsNow

    Robert Brokman intensive manhunt underway

    Robert Brokman of Council Bluffs has become the Omaha police, Council Bluffs police and other agencies most wanted man in the metro area. As Metro News Now reported earlier, Robert Brokman shot Taiela Garcia, 37, of Council Bluffs, Iowa in the early morning hours of 4-13-2020. Multiple shotgun blasts rang out in the residential neighborhood of 700 south 32nd street. Since then, he's been a fugitive of justice on the lamb. Original Metro News Now story Metro News Now has been following this story very close since we broke the original story and we can share some of our latest info
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