Nebraska News

Nebraska man arrested in wife's death
MAXWELL, Neb. (AP) — A Maxwell man has been arrested in connection with the April death of his wife. The North Platte Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1wbsHLc ) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office arrested 60-year-old Emerson Craig Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder. Court records do not indicate formal charges have been filed. Authorities responded to a farm near Maxwell in April on a report that a woman was trapped under a large, round hay bale. Authorities said they arrived and found Emerson Craig had removed the hay bale. The woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was identified as 52-year-old Heidi Craig. Emerson Craig remains at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Consultant recommends $262M in prison projects
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A consultant is recommending that Nebraska expand its three prison facilities and add beds to ease overcrowding, at a projected cost of nearly $262 million. The Department of Correctional Services announced the proposals Tuesday in a news release. Director Mike Kenney says prison officials have tried nearly every alternative to alleviate overcrowding, and adding beds is a last resort. The consultant recommends the expansion over five years, starting with 450 new beds at the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln. The second project would add 300 beds at the Community Corrections Center in Omaha. The third project would be a 358-bed Medical/Intake/Food Service expansion between the Lincoln Correctional Center and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln. The facilities would cost an estimated more than $31 million annually to operate.

Omaha woman injured at polling place to get $25K
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 92-year-old Omaha woman whose chair collapsed under her at a polling place in 2012 will receive $25,000 as part of a settlement. The Douglas County Board approved the settlement Tuesday. The City Council will not review the settlement because the amount is less than $35,000. Kathryn Johnson was at the pavilion of the Steve Hogan Golf Course to vote in the 2012 general election when she tried to sit down on a chair and it collapsed. She later sued the county, the city of Omaha and Hogan's Junior Golf Heroes Foundation. She claimed treatment for her injuries cost nearly $10,000. The Omaha World-Herald reports the county and the golf foundation each will pay $10,000. The city will pay $5,000.

Man in Nebraska slaying accused of punching lawyer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in Nebraska has been accused of attacking his attorney while in court. Omaha television station KETV reports the murder trial of Robert Grant was placed on hold Tuesday after he allegedly lunged and punched assistant public defender Doug Johnson in the head. A second public defender was knocked over in the scuffle. Several officers entered the courtroom to subdue Grant. The court is now in recess until Wednesday morning. Grant is also accused of punching a deputy in the head three times during a court appearance Monday. Prosecutors say Grant stabbed 43-year-old Trudy McKee more than 40 times at an apartment last year. He has pleaded not guilty.

Buffett's newspaper unit selling marketing firm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway's media unit is selling its marketing company to a Wisconsin group, so it can focus more on its newspapers. Warren Buffett's company announced the sale of World Marketing Inc. to businessman Robert M. Kraft on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Terry Kroeger, who leads BH Media, says the direct mail business that handles more 1 billion pieces of mail annually is no longer a core part of the business that now includes more than 30 newspapers. World Marketing's clients have included American Airlines, Kraft Foods and Blue Cross Blue Shield. World Marketing's headquarters will move to Wisconsin, but most of the 450 employees will stay where they are. The company has production facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Saint Louis.

South Lincoln seeing bigger, louder planes
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The closure of Lincoln Airport's main runway has forced larger planes that usually use it to use the airport's other, smaller runway. That's resulted in louder planes flying relatively low across south Lincoln and downtown. The smaller runway points in a different direction than the main runway, which closed in July for the construction work. The larger planes had stayed well west most of Lincoln to use the main runway. Airport Executive Director David Haring tells the Lincoln Journal Star that he's received several calls from people wondering about the noisier planes. Haring says the pavement work should finish in two or three weeks, which will result in planes being able to use the main runway.

Man in Omaha car chase released from hospital
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a woman and leading police on a car chase that ended in west Omaha has been released from a hospital. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Terence Dean, of Omaha, is in custody. Additional information was not released. Omaha television station KETV reports Dean is accused of leading authorities on a high speed chase on Oct. 20 that began in Scribner, northwest of Omaha. Officers used spikes and eventually boxed in the car. Dean was sent to a hospital for minor injuries. Dean faces several charges, including kidnapping, third-degree assault and flight to avoid arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 25. Online records do not list an attorney.

Threatening notes left on Nebraska churches' doors
ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are trying to find out who left threatening notes on the doors of seven churches in the Ashland area in eastern Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports the messages quote a Spanish anarchist and say, "The only church that illuminates is a burning church." Ashland Police Chief Joe Baudler says the notes were posted sometime between Oct. 11 and 12. He declined to say more about how authorities were responding to the threats, citing an active investigation. A pastor at Word of Hope Lutheran, one of the targeted churches, says church activity hasn't declined. The Rev. Wilson Metz says he doesn't know anyone who is overly concerned about the threat.

Federal attorney to keep eye on Nebraska elections
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for Nebraska has named an assistant U.S. attorney to serve as district election officer for the state. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg (gihlj) said in a news release Tuesday that Laurie Kelly will oversee the handling of any complaints about election fraud and voting rights abuses, in consultation with Justice Department headquarters in Washington. Gilg says Kelly will be on duty while the polls are open Nov. 4 and can be reached at 800-889-9124 or 402-661-3700. Complaints about violations of federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division's Voting Section in Washington by phone at 800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, by fax at 202-307-3961, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by complaint form at http://1.usa.gov/1wIVsQG .

Nebraska corn harvest still lagging
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal report says rain in some parts of Nebraska last week slowed progress on the state's harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report says the corn harvest still trailed the average by Sunday's date. The USDA says 40 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 52 percent last year and the average of 59 percent by the date. The soybean harvest was 87 percent finished, near the average of 89 percent by the date. Last year the figure was 92 percent. The USDA says 94 percent of the winter wheat had emerged, compared with 87 percent for the five-year average. Alfalfa hay fourth cutting was 95 percent complete, compared with the 96 percent average by the date.

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