Risky’s Bar in Beatrice closes

A bar and grill in north Beatrice closed this week after a few months under new ownership.

Risky’s Sports Bar and Grill announced on its Facebook page Friday that the restaurant would no longer be open.

The post, from owners Meghann and Brian Lawrence, commended the staff and landlords at the Indian Creek Mall, where the restaurant was located. Calls to Risky’s for comments were unanswered.

The couple spoke to the Daily Sun in June about their purchase of the business at 2317 N. Sixth St. earlier this year and plans to revamp the restaurant with new equipment and menu items.

Risky’s is the second restaurant in north Beatrice to close in the last two weeks, after El Canelo ended operations in Northridge Village last week.

Man takes plea deal in deadly crash NEBRASKA CITY — An Omaha man has taken a plea deal on the charges filed after a collision that killed a woman and her 15-year-old stepdaughter.

Otoe County District Court records say 54-year-old Ricky Anthony pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of felony vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped three related charges in exchange for Anthony’s pleas. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21, a year after the fatal crash.

Rachel Curry, 32, and 15-year-old Chloe Curry died after their pickup collided with a sport-utility vehicle on U.S. 75 near Nebraska City. Authorities say it occurred after Anthony’s SUV swerved into oncoming traffic.

Rachel Curry’s husband, Michael Curry, was driving the pickup. He was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City.

Authorities say Anthony received a ride from the crash scene and was later found in Falls City, where he’d been staying temporarily.

Omaha man dies in motorcycle crash OMAHA — Authorities say a man has died in a motorcycle crash just north of Omaha.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Wednesday night near U.S. 75 in the Ponca Hills subdivision. Investigators say an area resident saw the glow of a motorcycle headlight in a ditch off Calhoun Road and found 53-year-old Richard Zadina of Omaha unresponsive. Officials say the resident called 911 and began CPR. Zadina was taken to an Omaha hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy has been ordered.

New trial date for accused priest

ORD — A new trial date has again been set for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

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Television station KSNB reports that trial for the Rev. John Kakkuzhiyil is now schedule for Jan. 6. The trial had been set to begin next month. Court documents did not indicate the reason for the delay.

Kakkuzhiyil was arrested earlier this year following a monthlong investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in November in his Ord home. The woman told investigators she blacked out after having a couple of drinks with the priest.

Kakkuzhiyil was the parish priest in Ord and Burwell at the time of the accusation. He was placed on leave Dec. 15.

Man’s body found outside lounge

OMAHA — Authorities say a man’s body was found outside a lounge in north-central Omaha.

Officers sent to check reports of a shooting found the victim late Thursday night just outside of The Waiting Room in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood.

No arrests have been reported. The man’s name hasn’t been released.


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