North Texas Man Accused of Stealing More Than 500 Cattle from Brule Rancher

jailJACKSBORO, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with stealing more than 500 cattle he was watching for a Nebraska rancher.

Jack County jail records show Tony Eugene Lyon of Perrin was being held Wednesday on a theft of livestock charge, with bond at $1 million.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association says a marketing agency received an order from a rancher to buy steers. Lyon was to supply the cattle. The victim paid the agency $798,000, with Lyon getting most of the money.

The rancher from Brule, Nebraska, traveled to Texas to see the steers, then decided they should be turned out on a wheat pasture until shipment.

Lyon later allegedly said he got rid of the herd to settle prior obligations.

No attorney was listed to speak for Lyon.

Lincoln Man Accused of Molesting 5 Girls Over Several Years

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 67-year-old Lincoln man has been accused of molesting five girls over several years.

Lincoln Police Sgt. Brian Agnew said in court documents that Michael J. Martin molested the girls between 1997 and 2015. Martin faces one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child and five counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child.

Court records show Martin is being represented by an attorney from the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office. A message left with the office was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Police say Martin knew the girls and in some cases the alleged abuse happened over several years. Agnew said the youngest girl was 3 years old when the abuse began.

FBI Says Iowa Credit Union Robbery Linked to ‘AK-47 Bandit’

ak47-banditMASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities believe a man suspected of robbing a credit union in Iowa with an assault rifle is the same man suspected of robbing banks in several states.

The FBI says the “AK-47 Bandit” robbed banks in California, Idaho and Washington in 2012 and a bank in Nebraska in 2014. The suspect carries an assault rifle similar to an AK-47 into the banks.

Authorities say a man entered the Iowa Heartland Credit Union in Mason City on Tuesday wearing a black ski mask. He was armed with an AK-47 and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with the shooting of a police officer during one of the robberies in California.

Lester strikes out 14 to lead Cubs over Rockies 3-2

colorado-rockiesCHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday.

A day after he was acquired from Toronto, Jose Reyes was 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base in his Rockies’ debut. The four-time All-Star, obtained in a trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, batted second and singled in his first at-bat for Colorado, then was caught stealing.

Lester (6-8) struck out seven of his first eight hitters and nine of the first 14. He allowed two runs, five hits and one walk in eight innings.

His strikeout high was set for Boston on May 3 last year against Oakland. He became the first Cubs pitcher to strike out 14 since Mark Prior had 16 on Sept. 30, 2004.

Indians avoid winless homestand, beat Royals 12-1

kc-royalsCLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and rookie Giovanny Urshela hit solo homers for Cleveland, which had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games of the homestand. Michael Bourn was 4 for 5 as Cleveland had a season-high 18 hits.

Kluber (6-11) held Kansas City to five hits. The reigning Cy Young Award winner retired the first 12 batters before Eric Hosmer’s leadoff double in the fifth. Alex Rios’ RBI groundout in the ninth scored the Royals’ only run.

Omaha Deejay Charged with Hate Crime in Assault of Transgender Woman

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A deejay has been charged with a hate crime after police say he assaulted a transgender woman at an Omaha bar.

45-year-old Stephen E. Thompson was charged Monday with one count of third-degree assault that is being prosecuted as a hate crime. A police report says 27-year-old Kara Jeslyn Barone was at a bar for a party Friday when she was assaulted.

Barone told authorities she went into the women’s restroom when Thompson tried to force his way in. Barone said she pushed him outside the door and locked him out. She said when Thompson’s girlfriend, who was in the restroom, opened the door, Thompson punched her and shouted anti-gay slurs.

Thompson was arrested that night and is being held on a $50,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.


Crews Contained Gas Spill in Omaha Suburb, Official Says

police-lights-redBENNINGTON, Neb. (AP) — Crews have contained a gasoline spill estimated at 1,000 gallons from a truck filling up a tank at a convenience store in the northwest Omaha suburb of Bennington.

The spill occurred about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Omaha, Irvington and Bennington firefighters worked for hours to contain the spill. The store was closed at the time.

The gas drained into a storm sewer. No injuries or evacuations have been reported.

Bennington Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Carlsen says a strong odor of gasoline will remain in the area Wednesday. Bennington Fire Chief Bob Raymond says remediation efforts will include surface cleanup and a flushing of the storm sewer.

Patrol Says Pickup Driver Died After Keith County Collision

fatal-accidentROSCOE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 53-year-old man has died after the pickup he was driving collided with a car in western Nebraska’s Keith County.

The accident occurred around 8:20 p.m. Monday, about five miles south of Roscoe. The Nebraska State Patrol says John Lenhart was driving north when his truck rammed into an eastbound car at an intersection. The patrol says his truck ran off the roadway and rolled.

The patrol had no information on any injuries to the car driver and whether there were any passengers in either vehicle.


Killer’s Lawsuit Against Nebraska Prison System Dismissed

Nikko Jenkins

Nikko Jenkins

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the Nebraska prison system by a man convicted of first-degree murder in four Omaha shooting deaths in 2013 has been dismissed.

In an order issued Friday, a Lancaster County District judge said Nikko Jenkins failed to serve the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services with notice of the lawsuit, as required by law.

Jenkins, who was acting as his own attorney, had sought $1.7 million in damages, saying the state failed to adequately treat his mental illness while he was incarcerated for years before his 2013 release.

Following his release, Jenkins shot and killed four people over a 10-day period. He was convicted last year, but his sentencing is on hold to see if a law passed repealing Nebraska’s death penalty goes into effect later this month.

Whirlpool Recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air Ovens Due to Burn Risk

jenn-airNEW YORK (AP) — Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the extendable rack inside the oven can fall out. Whirlpool received eight incident reports from customers, including one who reported second degree burns to the back and arm.

The recall is for Jenn-Air’s single and double wall ovens. They were sold at Sears, Pacific Sales and other stores for between $2,500 and $5,000. About 33,000 were purchased in the U.S. and 8,000 in Canada.

Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, says customers should stop using the extendable rack and contact the company for a free inspection and repair.