Nebraska News

Teen boy who recorded girls in locker room gets probation
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A teenager accused of secretly recording activity in the girls locker room at Gering High School has been sentenced to probation until he's an adult. The judge told the 16-year-old boy at his sentencing Tuesday that he also must terminate his social media accounts, undergo family and individual therapy, drug testing and GPS tracking and must write a letter of apology to students and their parents. The boy had entered the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of unlawful intrusion and three counts of felony unlawful intrusion by photograph. Prosecutors dropped the remaining 36 counts in return for the boy's pleas. A court document says the recordings showed the girls "in a state of undress." The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes.

Omaha council won't let several friends live in home
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The City Council won't let several unrelated people live together in a seven-bedroom house in western Omaha. The friends have been living in the home bought by Brandt Weatherly and John Liebgott around two years ago. But they ran afoul of a city zoning ordinance barring four or more unrelated people from living together in a neighborhood zoned light residential. The two applied for a special use permit that would have allowed up to eight unrelated residents to live there. Weatherly told the council Tuesday that he and Liebgott only wanted to be surrounded by friends who "are there for them." The application was opposed by several neighbors who complained about parking and other problems. The council voted 7-0 to deny the application.

New veterans cemetery in Omaha opens with memorial service
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new national cemetery for veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa has opened with a service for four men who had served the U.S. in the military. The ashes of the four veterans were buried with full military honors at the new Omaha National Cemetery. One deceased military member was chosen from each service branch. Those veterans included Marine Cpl. John "Frank" Ernst of Omaha, Army Spc. Michael Brabec of Fremont, Air Force Sgt. James Edgell of Council Bluffs and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Rosberg of Omaha. Cemetery director Cindy Van Bibber said at the ceremony that the headstones will represent the veterans' sacrifices. Van Bibber said families have sent requests for more than 220 deceased veterans to be buried in the cemetery.

Whiteclay activists decry Nebraska beer industry donations
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Activists who want to end beer sales in a Nebraska village on the border of the alcohol-ravaged Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are criticizing state officials for accepting political contributions from the alcohol industry. The activists on Tuesday assailed lawmakers and State Auditor Charlie Janssen, whose office recently audited a nonprofit that has helped raise awareness about Whiteclay's beer sales. The town's four beer stores sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer last year on the border of the South Dakota reservation, where alcohol is banned. Janssen says the audit of Project Extra Mile was based on several anonymous tips that questioned the group's spending and wasn't politically motivated. Beer industry groups contributed $1,000 to Janssen's campaign for auditor and $7,950 during his six years in the Legislature.

Police seeking to craft officer body camera policy
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Lincoln Police Department is trying to determine before a new year rolls around whether its police officers will be required to wear body cameras. Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister tells Lincoln television station KOLN that he's a firm advocate of the technology. But he says it's expensive to implement and maintain. He says it would cost his department about $500,000 to outfit ever officer with a body camera. He says maintenance costs would add another $250,000 a year. The city is seeking public comment in crafting a policy that would dictate how the cameras are worn, when they are activated, and whether officers are free to use and purchase their own cameras.

Nebraska may owe feds up to $32M over Medicaid payments
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials have revealed a billing problem that could cost the state up to $32 million. The issue stems from changes made two years ago in how providers are paid for serving residents with developmental disabilities. The changes put Nebraska at odds with federal Medicaid regulations, which means the state could have to repay millions of dollars. The exact total isn't known yet. Department spokeswoman Leah Bucco-White says it's working closely with developmental disabilities service providers and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to begin a claims review of services provided within the Home and Community-Based Services waiver program, which is paid with both federal and state funds. Bucco-White says the review is expected to take a couple of months.

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