Nebraska News

Body found in Missouri River identified as Iowa woman
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A woman who was found dead in the Missouri River near Nebraska City has been identified as a missing Iowa resident. The Nebraska State Patrol said Monday that 40-year-old Jennifer Giles of Council Bluffs was identified through dental records. A trapper found her body on Nov. 23 in an area north of an Omaha Public Power District power plant in southeast Nebraska. Family members reported Giles' disappearance to Council Bluffs police on Oct. 28. Authorities say autopsy results are pending. The Nebraska State Patrol is assisting Council Bluffs police with its investigation.

Police identify Nebraska man killed by officers Sunday
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln Police have identified a 29-year-old Nebraska man who was fatally shot during a confrontation with officers on Sunday. Police said Zachary Grigsby of Central City was the man who died in the confrontation. He was wounded after one officer was shot in the arm and another was punched. Tim Sheehan says he's known Grigsby for 11 years and served as his sponsor in Narcotics Anonymous. Sheehan told the Lincoln Journal Star that Grigsby struggled with addiction, especially after his father died in 2013 and his fiance died in a 2014 car accident. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says Grigsby told officers he wouldn't go to jail.

Property tax and school aid panel adjourns without consensus
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A joint legislative committee has failed to reach a consensus on ways to reduce Nebraska's reliance on property taxes to pay for schools. But some senators said Monday that hearings and testimony over the last few months gave them ideas to address the problem in next year's session. The committee discussed several ideas during its final work session at the Capitol. Several lawmakers focused on changes to the school-aid formula that would give districts more incentives to lower their property tax levies without losing state aid. Senators also expressed interest in proposals that would limit the growth in the taxable value for agricultural, residential and commercial property. Agricultural property taxes have soared in recent years because of skyrocketing prices for farm and ranchland.

Police: Nebraska man killed by officers trying to avoid jail
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 29-year-old Nebraska man who was fatally shot during a confrontation with police in Lincoln told officers he wouldn't go to jail. Lincoln Police released more details Monday about the incident Sunday that left two officers injured. Police Chief Jim Peschong says one officer was shot in the arm and another was punched while being held in a headlock during the incident. The officers were investigating suspicious activity in the northeast Lincoln neighborhood when they found the man who had a felony arrest warrant. Peschong has not released the identity of the man from Central City because his family has not been notified. Both officers will be on leave while the incident is investigated.

Some Nebraska residents relieved after hunting incidents
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some landowners in northwest Lancaster County say they're relieved to see the end of deer firearm season and once again can feel safe being outside. The eight-day season ended Nov. 22. Residents Ken White and Kim Minge, who both have 20-acre plots north of Branched Oak Lake, say the surrounding areas are prime hunting ground and they try to stay inside to avoid any close calls. White says he has had an incident nearly every year since he moved to the area in 1981. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said his deputies respond to complaints of gunshots during hunting season nearly every year. The sheriff says there have been no hunting accidents in the county this year. According to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, there have been seven nonfatal hunting accidents statewide this year.

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