Nebraska News

Icy weather expected in Nebraska, Iowa on Thanksgiving Day
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say freezing rain moving through parts of Nebraska and Iowa could produce ice accumulations and snow late on Thanksgiving Day. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect Thursday for portions of east central Nebraska, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say they expect significant icing and wind to result in power outages and dangerous traveling conditions overnight. The snow is expected to end by early Friday.

Minden celebrating 100th anniversary of Christmas lights
MINDEN, Neb. (AP) — Minden will begin its monthlong celebration of its Christmas lights when switches are flipped at dusk on Friday. The Kearney Hub reports that Minden city and tourism officials have been planning the 100th anniversary celebration for more than a year. Minden Mayor Ted Griess says the 100-year tradition is "something the community can boast about." The tradition began in 1915, when the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans organization, planned its annual encampment in Minden. Residents wanted lights strung around the town square and north for two blocks to the city auditorium to welcome the organization members. Minden was declared Nebraska's Christmas City in 1996 by then Governor Ben Nelson.

Authorities: Ex-lawmaker Howard Lamb died after collision
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a former state senator has died after his pickup collided with a semitrailer near Broken Bow in central Nebraska. Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow says Howard Lamb, of Anselmo, died at a Kearney hospital on Tuesday. He was 91. The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. Monday, about a mile south of Broken Bow on Nebraska Highway 21. Custer County Sheriff Dan Osmond says Lamb was driving on the highway when he tried to turn into a private driveway but collided with the oncoming big rig. Lamb was taken to Broken Bow for treatment and then flown to CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. The semitrailer driver wasn't injured. Lamb served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1977 to 1993.

Man suspected of firing shots during chase still sought
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a man who may have fired his weapon at a pursuing officer in Grand Island. The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Monday at a McDonald's restaurant on West Second Street. Police say the officer had been dispatched to the restaurant to remove a sleeping man. But when the officer arrived he came upon the man holding the gun on another man. Police Capt. Dean Elliott says the officer and witnesses reported hearing shots as the man ran off upon seeing the officer. Elliott says it's not known whether the man had aimed at the officer. Elliott also says police have had previous contacts with the man. Sergeant Bud Edwards said Thursday that the man had not been found. His name hasn't been released.

Omaha man gets 80-130 years for kidnapping, brutal assault
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been given 80 to 130 years in prison for raping, kidnapping and savagely attacking a woman over her boyfriend's debt. Thirty-three-year-old Ronald Ford Junior was sentenced on Wednesday. He and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Shavontae Green, were convicted for the attack on the 38-year-old woman. Green was sentenced Tuesday. Authorities say Ford was upset because the woman's boyfriend owed Ford money for a laptop computer. Ford and Green went to the boyfriend's house in January but found only the woman there. She was beaten, and then they kidnapped her and took her to their home. Prosecutors say the woman was beaten again, sexually assaulted, burned with a cigarette, whipped with a chain, doused with boiling water and splashed with bleach.

Lincoln man's magazine gives inmates an outlet
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Redd has never served a prison sentence, but he has seen the effect of prison sentences on inmates through their art and writings. He told the Lincoln Journal Star that the inmates "are starving for a way to voice their opinions." He's giving them that chance. He's CEO of Unboxed, a magazine of collected life stories expressed through art, letters, poems and writings sent from prisons. Redd works at the Food Bank of Lincoln as a distribution center assistant, and he puts out the magazine on his own time. The first issue of 1,500 copies came out in June 2014 and was sent to more than 1,100 penal institutions.

Scottsbluff man accused of abusing infant son
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A Scottsbluff man whose infant son has been hospitalized is charged with intentional child abuse The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that Jahad Clarke was arrested Monday. His attorney didn't immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press, seeking comment on Clarke's behalf. Court records show Clarke will turn 23 on Friday. Police and medics were sent to Clarke's home on Monday because his 4-month-old boy was not breathing. The boy was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Clarke initially reported that the boy had fallen off a couch while the boy's mother was at work. But Clarke later said that while he was holding the baby over his head, he accidentally dropped him to a floor.

Ruled competent for trial, man takes deal in stabbing case
SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) — A Schuyler man ruled competent for trial has taken a plea deal and been convicted of attempted murder for stabbing a woman. The Columbus Telegram reports that 43-year-old Amauri Herrera-Alvarez pleaded no contest on Wednesday in Colfax County District Court. Prosecutors dropped a weapons charge in exchange for his plea. His sentencing is set for February 3rd. Prosecutors say the incident was discovered on November 2nd, 2014, outside a Schuyler apartment building. An officer cut a rope Herrera-Alvarez was using to hang himself from a tree. Inside the building they found the injured woman, who was in a relationship with Herrera-Alvarez. Herrera-Alvarez intended to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but eventually was found competent to stand trial.

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