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  1. On Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 10:09 pm, Officers responded to 1009 S 28th St #1 for a CPR in progress. The victim, 22-year-old female Shaleigh SOVEY was suffering from a head injury and was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center with serious, life-threatening injuries. Suspect Devon ENGEL (06/10/98) was arrested and booked into Douglas County Corrections for 1st Degree Domestic Violence Assault and two counts of Felony Child Abuse/Neglect. On Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, SOVEY succumbed to her injuries and died. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the OPD Homicide Unit.
  2. Last week, the Legislature wrapped up one of its most productive sessions in history. With almost 700 bills under consideration, Senators and I successfully worked together to control spending growth, deliver tax relief, invest in broadband infrastructure, and expand educational opportunities among several other key priorities. Here are a few of the highlights from an historic legislative session that helped move our state forward the Nebraska way. Controlling Spending: The next two-year budget that Senators and I agreed to limits spending growth to 2.4%. The four biennial budgets I have
  3. LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation designating May 2021 as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a ceremony at U-Stop convenience store. Following the proclamation signing, the Governor took part in a pump promotion to encourage Nebraskans to fill up their vehicles with ethanol fuel blends. “Renewable fuels save drivers money at the pump, clean up the environment, and create great opportunities for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Nebraska is the second-leading producer of ethanol in the United States. Our ethanol industry provides
  4. Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that James Joiner, 48, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found guilty on March 18, 2021, following a two-day jury trial in federal court for Attempted Enticement of a Minor. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher scheduled Joiner’s sentencing for June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Joiner faces up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of ten years. Joiner remains detained pending sentencing. In March 2020, Joiner responded to an online prostitution advertisement by texting the phone number listed in the ad. An undercover law enforcement offic
  5. LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference to discuss the State’s coronavirus vaccination plan. Currently, the State is in Phase 1B of the plan, with at least 90% of vaccinations going to Nebraskans age 65 and older. In Phase 2A of the plan, Nebraskans age 50-64 will be eligible for vaccination. Additionally, Gov. Ricketts announced that in Phase 2A, local health departments will partner with area healthcare providers to prioritize Nebraskans with certain underlying health conditions. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Incident Command
  6. United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 17 unsealed Indictments charging 19 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Clifford R. Badberg, age 64, is charged with bank theft for stealing an ATM from Giltner State Bank on or about February 15, 2021. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised releas
  7. Lincoln, Ne -- Saturday afternoon Nebraska Law Enforcement briefed the press on a deadly pursuit and shooting that occurred near 56th Street and Arbor Road. Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John A. Bolduc started the briefing. Bolduc started out by saying the Lancaster Sheriffs Office was requested by the Nebraska State Patrol and Lincoln Police Department to investigate this incident. Sheriff Wagner provided preliminary details on Saturdays events while Chief Jackson and Bolduc would provide information as it pertained to the Lincoln Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol.
  8. Over the last couple days (two of the coldest any of us has ever experienced), troopers helped nearly 400 people stranded on the roads throughout Nebraska. Even as temperatures increase, please continue to be prepared for the cold. Follow the tips in this story and if you do get stranded, stay in your vehicle and call for help. Be safe, Nebraska!
  9. LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press briefing at the State Capitol to highlight a new property tax credit that eligible Nebraskans can claim when filing their state income taxes. In August 2020, the Governor signed LB 1107 into law to create the refundable property tax credit. The credit is based on the amount of a taxpayer’s property taxes paid to schools. The credit will provide up to $125 million in property tax relief to Nebraskans in the 2020 tax year and will deliver $375 million of annual relief when fully phased in. Nebraska Department of Revenue
  10. Colorado Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Enticing a Minor: On January 27, Nathan L. Kempter, 33, of Littleton, CO, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for enticement of a minor & travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He was previously found guilty by a jury. After his release from prison, he will begin a 12-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Kempter will also be required to register as a sex offender. This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI in Omaha.
  11. Effective today, the State of Nebraska has moved from the “blue” to “green” phase of the coronavirus pandemic response plan. As a result, the State of Nebraska is issuing new Directed Health Measures (DHMs). The new DHMs change restrictions in place to help manage the coronavirus pandemic. Nebraska’s pandemic response plan links DHM restrictions to the percentage of staffed hospital beds in Nebraska filled by coronavirus patients. The percentage is below 10% (7-day rolling average), which is the threshold for the State moving to the “green” phase of its pandemic plan. The "green" phas
  12. Protester Sentenced for Being in Possession of Molotov Cocktail: On January 20, Steven M. Fitch, 25, of Council Bluffs, IA, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for being in unlawful possession of a destructive device. There is no parole in the federal system. Once released from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release. An investigation conducted by the Omaha Police, the Douglas County Sheriff NE, the FBI Omaha, & the ATF Kansas City determined that on 5/31/20, Fitch was participating in protests in & around downtown Omaha. During the protests, Fitch wa
  13. On February 27, 2020, OmahaPolice used a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Bean. During a search warrant of Bean's home, law enforcement located 80 grams of meth (actual) and a digital scale. Bean admitted to distributing meth.
  14. MetroNewsNow

    New Nebraska State record Flathead Catfish

    Richard Hagen now officially holds the Nebraska Flathead Catfish record for rod and reel. Richard caught this elusive 89lb monster on the Missouri River using a bluegill for bait. The previous record was 80lbs. To be noted, Richard also threw this monster back into the river practicing catch and release helping preserve the species and giving another cat-fisherman a chance to someday possibly be the next record holder. Kudos to Richard for that and well done Sir! Richard Hagen
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