This week's local crime and court updates from The Lincoln Journal Star.
(50) updates to this series since Updated
Federal prosecutors are recommending against jail time for an Omaha-based “social media influencer” who filmed himself participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A trooper saw a Ford Explorer fail to signal a turn after exiting Interstate 80 at mile marker 360, near Waco. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity.
Deputy County Attorney Matt Mellor said Travis Warnsing had been only out of prison for a little more than a month for sexually assaulting a child when he got caught trying to meet an underage girl for sex.
"He’d always sit on the porch and holler racial slurs, all the time, towards me, towards the neighbors, even towards people walking down the street,” one of the vicitms testified at trial.
A person was taken to the hospital Friday morning following a four-vehicle crash at Nebraska 43 and Roca Road.
Witnesses told police the teen drove his red Ford Escort through the restaurant's drive-thru, shouting and yelling at his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, before entering the business where she worked.
A 33-year-old man was fatally struck by a Ford pickup Thursday evening after he stepped into traffic on Ames Avenue near 56th Street.
An Omaha man who fled to Nicaragua while awaiting trial on child enticement charges won’t be going to any remote locales anytime soon. His next destination: Tecumseh or Lincoln. In prison.
Bud Crawford, the world champion boxer from Omaha, has filed a lawsuit against his former promoter, Top Rank, alleging racial bias hindered his career.
Officer Erin Spilker's civil suit against the city includes more than 30 pages of detailed allegations, ranging from LPD's handling of alleged sex assaults by male officers to inappropriate discipline focused on women who have come forward.
The 22-year-old had been walking near the Nebraska Union, witnesses told UNL police, when he waived a knife and said, "I'm gonna kill somebody," according to the affidavit for his arrest.
The female passenger reported that she had been handcuffed by the suspect during the drive from Indiana to Nebraska.
Deputies found one of the 33-year-old men in Lincoln Wednesday afternoon and recovered the stolen Toyota, along with items reported stolen from at least two other vehicles in Waverly over the weekend.
There are plenty of questions still unanswered in the death of Gary Olsen, the man who Lancaster County deputies found dead at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday near Denton, an hour away from his home.
"Even though I was on drugs at the time, that is no excuse for what I did, and I take full responsibility for my decisions," Jesse Requejo said, offering an apology to the victims and their family.
The standoff, which lasted about eight hours, ended when a 41-year-old was safely taken into custody, according to a news release from the Otoe County Sheriff's Office.
A 25-year-old Council Bluffs man pleaded no contest to manslaughter and second-degree assault of an unborn child in the shooting death of a pregnant woman.
"You're 26 years old and you're certainly old enough to know better," Judge Darla Ideus said Wednesday, sentencing Dmarqueyon Whittington to 10 to 15 years in prison.
About two hours after the crash, the driver's preliminary breath test was .156 — nearly double the legal limit.
The crash happened at the new Holiday Inn Express shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The 45-year-old man was leaving the clinic near 48th Street and Old Cheney Road when an organizer with Sidewalk Advocates for Life approached him, according to the affidavit for his arrest.
Recent raises demonstrate the problem, Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said. “These people deserve to be well paid for what they do. $56 an hour to work overtime? That’s not sustainable if that’s your business model and you don’t get to fully staffed."
Sheriff Terry Wagner said the house hadn't been lived in for several years. It didn't have any power source, leading Wagner to speculate that squatters had occupied the dwelling.
The suspect was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit Tuesday near 10th and Park, where officers found him to be in possession of keys to several vehicles and a tool used to bypass vehicle locks.
Kiaris "Keyz" Avant was killed Saturday evening as he sat in a car near the South Omaha public housing complex where he'd grown up. He was shot in the head in what police say was a targeted shooting.
The 4-month-old baby was admitted to CHI St. Elizabeth for "immediate life-saving care" after investigators found the child to be severely malnourished, according to the affidavit.
Sarah Nelson Torsiello had worked for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for more than 18 years. The department announced her arrest and resignation late Tuesday night.
An Omaha man who was shot by police after allegedly charging at his mother and officers with a knife has been released from the hospital and booked into jail.
Ryan Sullivan had been set to pilot a tenants’ rights project with Nebraska Law students in the spring 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. But he still saw an immediate need with evictions still occurring.
A 12-year-old girl was killed in Red Oak, Iowa, on Monday night after being struck by a police car heading to an apartment fire.
A jury has acquitted a former Nebraska state trooper on a charge that he deprived a motorist’s rights when he slammed the butt of an AR-15 into the drunk man’s head.
A pedestrian struck by a vehicle late Monday near Miller Park died later at an Omaha hospital.
James Wel was nearing 15th Street in his Chevy Equinox at around 5:30 p.m. as Russell Boardman walked north across South Street, utilizing a painted crosswalk, according to the report.
Responding to what was initially reported as a grass fire, deputies found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames and a body nearby, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
The 44-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of a child, more than a month after the teen first accused him of sexual abuse to a school social worker.
The 21-year-old was on his way to work as he drove south near Rosa Parks Way at 6:50 a.m. Oct. 20 when police said he struck and killed Timothy Beem.
Everyone survived on March 17, 2020, when Tom Wenzl and an off-duty deputy Omaha police chief, Scott Gray, subdued a gunman firing shots at cars and inside a Hy-Vee.
Lincoln police arrested the 39-year-old upon his second trip to the apartment building, where someone told officers that the man who "stabbed (him) two days ago" was banging on his door.
Lincoln police said the raised arm of an excavator being pulled by a semitrailer truck caused major damage to seven traffic signals as it headed down K Street.
Sheriff Terry Wagner said the events — which he didn't definitively say were connected — started about 2:40 a.m., when a window to a county-owned truck was shattered.
A manager who showed up for work at Shotguns Bar at 9 a.m. Thursday saw the 43-year-old man leaving the bar. About 11 hours later, the man was seen in front of the business again, wearing the same clothes.
The State of Iowa said it is suing Sioux City over what it says was the city’s manipulation of wastewater testing results and dangerous pollution of the Missouri River.
A look at how past actions by lawmakers have played a role in Nebraska's nation-leading incarceration spike.
Hinwa Allieu, 24, was headed east on Interstate 80 south of Ashland when the Dodge Ram pickup he was driving left the road and entered the median. The pickup went airborne and landed about 90 feet away, according to officials.
At about 5:30 p.m., an eastbound vehicle hit the victim while they were crossing the crosswalk, police said.
The man told officers he was walking near South Sixth and D streets Friday when he was assaulted by three unknown men. He showed up at Bryan West Campus shortly after 2 p.m. with injuries to his elbows and ribs.
"If Wayne police wanted to help Jeff (Olsufka) they would have let him have a glass of water to treat his dehydration, rather than forcing him to submit to drug testing,” attorney Adam Sipple said.