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Beatrice man shot after ramming a Lincoln cop car last week now faces 3 new charges

Thomas Sailors

A Beatrice man shot trying to flee law enforcement a week ago in a stolen SUV now faces three new felony charges.

The Lancaster County Attorney's office charged Thomas D. Sailors, 25, with third-degree assault on an officer, theft by unlawful taking and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.

At a hearing Thursday, Lancaster County Court Judge John Freudenberg set Sailors' bond at $250,000 and appointed the Public Defender's office to represent him.

In an affidavit for Sailors' arrest, Lincoln police said two LPD officers in a marked cruiser and a deputy U.S. Marshal trying to arrest him in a parking lot at 16th and Prospect streets Jan. 5 on a felony drug warrant had tried to pin in the stolen GMC Yukon Denali he was driving. 

Police said Sailors backed into the cruiser, pushing an open door into an officer, who had to jump back in the cruiser to avoid being run over.

Sailors hit two other parked cars and an apartment building and was shot by a deputy U.S. Marshal before he got away, according to court records. He later showed up at a Lincoln hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds.

South Sioux City teacher receives national honor

SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- South Sioux City Middle School teacher Jon Pickinpaugh thought he was going to an assembly Thursday morning to hear school officials laud students' rising test scores.

Instead, in a surprise, Pickinpaugh received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in front of an enthusiastic crowd of students, administrators and fellow teachers.nd handshakes and a wave of applause and students standing and yelling.

Pickinpaugh, 34, is one of just 44 Milken Educator Award winners for the 2017-18 academic year and the only honoree from Nebraska. The annual awards are widely known as the "Oscars of Teaching."

"We don't accept nominations. You don't find us, we find you," Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Administrator Greg Gallagher said.

Pickinpaugh has taught for eight years at South Sioux City, where he is currently an eighth grade science teacher and coach.

"(Pickinpaugh) is just an outstanding leader in our building... He builds relationships with kids," Middle School Principal Tom McGuire said.

A native of Wayne, Pickinpaugh is nearing completion of his third degree from Wayne State College. He achieved the first, an undergraduate degree in business administration, in 2005.

After a few years, Pickinpaugh found he wanted to make more of an impact in the lives of young people, so he veered to a second career that matched that of his mother, who is a longtime teacher.

Pickinpaugh received a teaching degree from Wayne State in 2010 beford heading to South Sioux City.

The Milken Educator Awards, created by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987, recognizes teaching excellence publicly not only to inspire educators, but students and entire communities about the importance of joining the teaching profession.

44-year-old Lincoln man charged with child sex assault

A Lincoln man accused of repeatedly forcing himself on a 15-year-old girl he knew was charged Friday with first-degree sexual assault.

Victor Reyes, 44, was arrested Wednesday after the girl told investigators he had sexually assaulted her multiple times at her west Lincoln home. The girl said Reyes forced her to perform sexual acts on him and touched her inappropriately between November and December of last year.

Reyes remained at the Lancaster County jail Friday evening with his bond set at $250,000.

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Jeremey Koch