Man Arrested for Choking Lincoln Officer in Bank

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested after police say he choked an officer at a bank in Lincoln.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m. Monday. According to Capt. Robert Farber, two officers responded to a report of a man having a heated argument with his mother, who is an employee at the bank.

Farber said when officers told the man to calm down, he began to shout at them. According to police, when an officer tried to arrest the man for refusing to comply, he broke free from the handcuffs and began to choke one of the officers.

Farber said the officer being choked used his Taser to subdue the man. The suspect was treated at a hospital before being taken to the Lancaster County jail.

He faces several charges including assault on a police officer and trespassing and disturbing the peace.

Nebraska AP high school football rankings: Sept. 1

ap prep rankingsHere are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week’s result and this week’s opponent. The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller, Grand Island Independent. Class B: Jeff Fielder, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Class C1: Tom Behmer, Norfolk Daily News. Class C2: Brent Wasinius, Fremont Tribune. Class D1: Andrew Bottrell, North Platte Telegraph. Class D2: Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune. [Read more…]

Paulsen’s 2-run single lifts Rockies over Diamondbacks, 5-4

colorado-rockiesDENVER (AP) — Ben Paulsen hit a two-out, two-run single and the Colorado Rockies rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Monday night.

Charlie Blackmon had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game home losing streak. [Read more…]

AL Central-leading Royals make deal to get Gomes from Braves

kc-royalsATLANTA (AP) — The AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals have reached a deal to get outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves.

Terms of the deal weren’t immediately disclosed.

Gomes left Monday night’s game in Atlanta against Miami after the fifth inning, hugged his teammates in the dugout and began packing up his belongings in the clubhouse. [Read more…]

Nebraskan Found Competent in Slaying Case, Sentencing Set

gavel-and-scaleSIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 56-year-old Sidney man has been ruled competent for his sentencing on a murder conviction.

A jury found Larry Martinez guilty in May 2014 of shooting to death Mandy Kershman on July 18, 2012, in Sidney. Martinez had told officers he was angry about a text message she’d sent him. Police say he shot Kershman as he confronted her about it.

After the trial, Martinez’s attorney sought a ruling on Martinez’s competency. He was evaluated by three psychiatric experts. Two said he was incompetent; the third said he was competent.

Last week Judge Derek Weimer of Cheyenne County District Court ruled that Martinez was competent and set a sentencing date of Sept. 9. Martinez’s first-degree murder conviction calls for a life sentence with possibility of parole.


Bellevue Woman Accused of Sexually Assaulting Foster Son

bellevue-police-patchBELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Bellevue woman has been accused of sexually assaulting her teenage foster son.

The Bellevue Police Department says officers found the 46-year-old woman and the 17-year-old in a parked vehicle Thursday behind a department store. Officers say they suspected inappropriate contact between the two.

The woman was arrested Friday. She faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a protected person.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify victims of sexual crimes and is not reporting the woman’s name to protect the identity of the 17-year-old.

Police say the teen was placed in the woman’s care through an organization that provides foster services. He has since been placed into protective custody with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Texas Teen Dies After Amoeba Enters Brain

Medical-ChartHOUSTON (AP) — A relative says a 14-year-old boy has died after encountering a rare amoeba while swimming in a lake north of Houston.

Michael Riley Jr.’s family says he developed a headache and became disoriented after swimming with his cross country team Aug. 13.

The incoming high school freshman was diagnosed with Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (men-ingo-in-SEPHALITE-us). The amoeba entered his nasal passages and made its way into his brain.

Riley’s cousin Jennifer Hohman said in a statement Sunday he was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma until tests proved he had lost all brain function and couldn’t breathe without support.

The hospital disconnected the ventilator Sunday. Hohman confirmed that he died.

Health officials say the amoeba infected 35 people in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014.

Wrongly Convicted ‘Beatrice 6′ Will Get New Trial in Lawsuit

federal-court-of-appealsOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court says six people wrongly convicted in a 1985 slaying in southeast Nebraska should get a new trial in their lawsuit against the officials who prosecuted them.

The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Monday that a jury should decide whether Gage County officials conspired to build the case against the six in the 1985 killing of Helen Wilson in Beatrice.

An initial trial in the lawsuit ended in mistrial in January.

The wrongly convicted individuals — known as the Beatrice Six — served a combined 77 years in prison before DNA testing cleared them in 2008.

The individuals had argued that Gage County investigators recklessly strove to close the case, rather than seek justice. The six also argued Gage County failed to properly train investigators.

Deputy Shoots Man Suspected of Stalking Outside WWE Facility

WWEORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A deputy shot a man who authorities say was stalking a female wrestler outside a World Wrestling Entertainment training facility in central Florida.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the man had life-threatening injuries after he was shot Monday, and he was undergoing surgery. The sheriff didn’t immediately identify the man.

Demings says the deputy had no choice but to shoot the man who he believed had a knife outside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Demings says the man charged the deputy, who tried to retreat before firing his gun.

The sheriff says there was a court order prohibiting the man from being on WWE property since he had been stalking a female wrestler. The sheriff wouldn’t identify the wrestler.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.