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Omaha shooting victim was 14-year-old boy

OMAHA — Omaha police say the person shot Thursday evening was a 14-year-old boy.

The shooting happened at about 8:45 p.m. near 36th and Spaulding streets. The shooting victim is hospitalized in serious condition.

An investigation into the shooting continues.

Omaha downtown may get tiny home village

OMAHA — A village of 50 tiny houses may soon be coming to downtown Omaha.

Arch Icon Development and Siena Francis House are working together on a project that would be on two acres of mostly industrial property in north downtown. Each standalone dwelling would be about the size of a small hotel room.

The project will be known as The Cottages, and it seeks to provide independence for people who have been in homeless shelter programs.

Each tiny house would be rented, and will include a kitchen, bedroom, living area and covered porch. The gated neighborhood will include a community center with common laundry and bike storage rooms, a business hub and offices for those managing the complex.

The estimated cost of the project is $6.5 million.

Kearney man found guilty of beating, killing his dog

KEARNEY — A Nebraska man has been convicted of animal cruelty for attacking his dog with a baseball bat, killing it and burying it in his backyard.

Khaleem Baringer, 21, of Kearney pleaded no contest Tuesday to the felony charge as part of a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop another charge in the case.

A witness told police Baringer hit the dog several times in the head with the bat after it defecated on the floor and nipped at a woman as she tried to place the dog into a kennel.

Prosecutors said Baringer also stabbed the dog at least once before wrapping it in several towels and burying it behind a shed in the yard.

Police found blood spatter on the wall and window of the master bedroom, in the bathroom, and inside and outside of a trash can. Authorities say the dog’s skull and jaw were broken.

Baringer will face up to three years in prison when he’s sentenced.

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