Police say the two belonged to Five Points Bank and had been taken from break rooms at the local JBS Swift plant. Authorities say one of the home’s residents, who died later at a hospital, worked at the plant. He was identified as 38-year-old Joshua Swaim.
Another person at the home Tuesday afternoon and the seven first responders were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Firefighters say they spotted the ATMs as they responded to the medical call and then told officers about what they’d found.
Authorities blamed the carbon monoxide buildup on unvented space heaters.
The state Department of Revenue’s Division of Charitable Gaming wants to fine Zeilinger Keno $263,000 and revoke its lottery operator and worker licenses. Zeilinger Keno provides 30 southeast Nebraska communities with keno.
Todd Zeilinger denies any wrongdoing and says he leaves day-to-day operations to bar operators where the games are played. He told the newspaper he’s going to work with regulators and “make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Regulators say Zeilinger covered for people who placed illegal bets and say he made more than $179,000 in commissions off the wagers.
Court records say 61-year-old Michael Klein is charged with 15 felony counts of sexual assault and five misdemeanor counts. The records say assaults on the first girl occurred between November 2007 and November 2010 and between October 2015 and July 2016 for the second girl.
Klein didn’t immediately return a message left Friday on a phone listed for him in Mitchell. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Klein.
Klein was placed on paid administrative leave in September after district officials were notified of an investigation. Scottsbluff Schools Superintendent Rick Myles said Thursday that Klein was dismissed by the district in December.
The agency’s rule proposed Wednesday would require the Nebraska Public Power District to cut back emissions coming from its 1,365-megawatt Gerald Gentleman Station west of North Platte. Within a five-year window the plant would have to be outfitted with “scrubbers,” a system of chambers and sprays that spurt chemical mixtures into exhaust fumes. The mixture creates a chemical reaction with a byproduct of the fumes, reducing the amount of sulfur dioxide released into the environment.
NPPD utility spokesman Mark Becker says the plant has already been working to reduce gas emissions.
The installation of sulfur dioxide scrubbers could cost the NPPD tens of millions of dollars.
The Nebraska Department of Labor said in a news release Friday that the rate was fourth-tenths of a percentage point higher than the December 2015 rate of 3 percent but well below the preliminary December 2016 national rate of 4.7 percent. The national rate rose a tenth of a point from November’s 4.6 percent.
Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin says December was the 10th consecutive month in which the state’s nonfarm employment topped 1 million. The report says nonfarm employment grew by nearly 8,200 over the year.
Online court records say 45-year-old Rick Carter is charged with felony theft. Carter’s attorney, Matthew Aerni (AHR’-nee), declined to comment Friday.
Lincoln police say Carter is accused of forging checks on the account of the Human Services Federation from January through July last year, while he was executive director. Police say he deposited about $11,500 in his personal account.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Omaha real estate agent accused of angrily running down a store clerk with his truck confided his involvement in the killing to others.
A judge denied bond for 45-year-old Dirk Blume on Friday and set his preliminary hearing for Feb. 10 on charges of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon.
At the hearing, assistant Douglas County Attorney Ryan Lindberg told a judge that witnesses came forward to report that Blume “made admissions” to hitting Hansen with his pickup on Jan. 7. The incident resulted in Omaha’s first homicide of 2017.
Prosecutors say surveillance video that captured the fatal hit-and-run also showed Blume and Hansen arguing before the Hansen is run down in the parking lot of the store where he worked.
AURORA, Neb. (AP) — An Aurora has been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for trying twice to hire someone to kill his wife.
Robert Honken was sentenced Friday to 45 to 50 years in prison on each of two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
Authorities say Honken paid Derrick Shirley to kill Honken’s wife. They say Shirley did surveillance around the woman’s Hamilton County home, but never tried to kill her. Authorities say Honken also tried to hire another person, but that man turned out to be an undercover officer.
Shirley was sentenced in December to 16 to 20 years in prison for his role.
The railroad on Thursday identified the victims as 35-year-old gang foreman Richard Lessert and 58-year-old motor vehicle operator Douglas Schmitz. Lessert had 10 years of service with BNSF while Schmitz was employed by the railroad for 39 years.
BNSF says the two were headquartered at Edgemont, near where the accident happened Tuesday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Edgemont is about 60 miles southwest of Rapid City.