Nebraska News

Nebraska students charged in alcohol death
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say several University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in a fraternity face felony charges in the alcohol-related death of a freshman. University police say four FarmHouse Fraternity members were arrested Thursday on suspicion of procuring alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Three other students, including another fraternity member, face citations. Eighteen-year-old Clayton Real was found dead at the fraternity house near campus in September. Affidavits show Real's cause of death was acute alcohol intoxication. The affidavits also say fraternity members threw a party the night before and provided alcohol to underage attendees, including Real. Sergeant Jerry Plessel says the arrested students are in custody at the Lancaster County jail. A hearing is scheduled Friday. University spokesman Steve Smith says the school has suspended the fraternity chapter indefinitely.

Lincoln woman falls while trying to 'car surf'
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Lancaster County sheriff says a 23-year-old Lincoln woman has suffered several scrapes after falling off the hood of a moving sedan while trying to "car surf." Sheriff Terry Wagner says Jamie Peterson tumbled onto the gravel roadway of Rock Creek Road late Wednesday afternoon when her friend who was driving the sedan swerved to avoid an oncoming car. Wagner says Peterson was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her friend was cited for drunken driving. The sheriff told the Lincoln Journal Star that car surfing "is an interesting new phenomenon for us," adding that it "is really a dangerous activity."

Train crashes into car at Columbus crossing
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A train has crashed into a car that got stuck on tracks after it was maneuvered around a barricade at a crossing in Columbus. The Columbus Telegram says the accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Thursday on 17th Avenue. Police say the driver was later cited for trespassing and a railroad crossing violation. The driver and her passenger were not injured. Police say another driver got stuck at the same crossing around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, but the crew of an oncoming train was alerted in time to stop before hitting the car. The car was removed by a tow truck.

Medical papers scattered all over Omaha street
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a medical waste company says it was an improperly secured truck door that sent hundreds of confidential medical records onto an Omaha street. Cellphone video taken Wednesday by Omaha business owner Jason Bucsis shows thousands of pages blowing on and around a southwest Omaha street. Bucsis says a back door of a Medi-Waste Disposal truck was open as it traveled, sending boxes of records into the street. Omaha television station KETV reports that good Samaritans scrambled to try to help the driver recover the records, even reaching into sewers to grab papers. Medi-Waste Disposal owner Ryan Funk says he believes most of the records were recovered. He says new policies will be put in place to try to keep such an accident from happening again.

IMG's David Witty hired as Nebraska associate AD
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst has announced the hiring of David Witty as senior associate athletic director in charge of marketing and communications. Eichorst said Thursday that Witty was selected after a national search and will begin his duties November 17th. Witty for the last eight years has been vice president and general manager of Husker IMG Sports Marketing. He previously spent more than two decades with the Kansas City Royals in media relations and marketing. Witty earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State and his master's in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Florida.

Work on airport's terminal project to start soon
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The executive director of the Central Nebraska Regional Airport says demolition work should begin soon for its passenger terminal project. The Grand Island Independent reports the $14.1 million passenger terminal is the largest project the airport has ever undertaken. The new terminal is expected to open in spring 2016. The airport has to tear down three buildings in order to make room for the new passenger terminal that will be almost 34,000 square feet. Officials with the airport say the new terminal is needed because of an increase in passengers. Ten years ago, the annual passenger total was 6,200. It's now at 57,000. Executive director Mike Olson construction crews may start taking down covered parking as early as next week. Steel beams for the terminal are expected to be installed this winter.

Lawyers say woman to seek pardon in 1958 deaths
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two lawyers say a woman who was convicted as an accomplice in her boyfriend's 1958 killing spree will apply for a pardon. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Caril Clair, formerly Caril Fugate, was 14 when she accompanied Charlie Starkweather, who killed 10 people over eight days in Nebraska. Clair was convicted of first-degree murder for her role in the slayings. Lawyers John Stevens Berry Senior and Linda Battisti together wrote "The Twelfth Victim, the Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage." They contend Clair is innocent. They say on the day that the killings began, Clair arrived home from school and was greeted by Starkweather who was holding a gun. They say Clair was forced to go with Starkweather in the slayings. Berry says his office will file the application for Clair's pardon.

Lincoln man gets prison for shooting ex-girlfriend
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has been given 10 to 15 years in prison for shooting his ex-girlfriend in February. Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns sentenced 32-year-old Paul Boye on Thursday on a second-degree assault charge. He will be eligible for parole in five years. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Boye shot 25-year-old Andrea Eberspacher on February 1st. She survived but the bullet went through her kidney. The couple initially told authorities they were partying at their house when the shooting occurred and she didn't know who did it. An affidavit says a witness later told investigators that Boye told others he shot Eberspacher. Eberspacher later said Boye shot her after he began yelling at her.

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