Lincoln Trailer Park to Be Raised for Parking Lot

parking-lotLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A trailer park that’s been home to several down-on-their-luck Lincoln residents has been sold and will be razed to make way for a parking lot for college students.

The Arrow Mobile Home Court was sold earlier this month to a limited liability company run by an Indiana-based business that specializes in building and managing student housing complexes. Trinitas Ventures plans to turn the trailer park into an offsite parking lot for residents of the seven-story student housing complex that it’s building at a different site.

The property and two adjacent lots were purchased June 17 for nearly $800,000 from trailer park owner Gary Nicholsen.

The trailers and other buildings will be cleared beginning Aug. 1.

Nebraska Medical Center to Get Funding for Ebola Training

UNMCOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An academic medical center in Nebraska has been designated as a national facility for Ebola training.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, will receive a little over $5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the designation.

The award is part of $12 million in federal dollars being shared with Emory University in Atlanta and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. The three academic institutions will work with federal officials to train health care providers and facilities on strategies to manage Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases.

The Nebraska center has played a key role in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak. It’s offered treatment to infected patients and provided training to health care workers.

Semitrailer Driver Dies in Northeast Nebraska Crash

state-patrol-logoPIERCE, Neb. (AP) — The driver of a semitrailer has been killed in northeast Nebraska after his vehicle crashed into a fertilizer truck.

The Nebraska State Patrol says 39-year-old Charles L. Smith, of Columbus, was driving a tank car Tuesday afternoon on Highway 81 in Pierce County when he struck a fertilizer truck that was making a left turn in front of his vehicle.

The semitrailer burst into flames, and crews worked for nearly an hour to extinguish the fire.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the fertilizer truck, 22-year-old Brycen Hockemeier, of Tilden, was taken to a hospital.

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

Hospital: 7 Injured Following Incident at Nebraska Petroleum Center

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WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — A hospital in northeast Nebraska says seven people have been injured following an incident at a nearby petroleum distributor center.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point says in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility Wednesday afternoon following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point, about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.

Two people were in critical condition and taken to a hospital in Omaha. Five others had minor injuries and were treated either in the emergency room or a nearby medical clinic.

Craig Schmaderer told The Associated Press he was several blocks away from Sapp Bros. when he felt a small vibration. He says he saw large flames and black smoke fill the air.

Authorities have not released any information about the incident.

Applicants Sought for Nebraska Legislative Seat

ne-legislature-13LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is seeking qualified applicants for an open seat representing an Omaha district in the Legislature.

Ricketts issued the call Wednesday to fill the spot held by former state Sen. Jeremy Nordquist. Nordquist resigned Tuesday so he could begin a new job as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford in Washington.

The governor’s office is accepting applications for the Legislative District 7 vacancy until 5 p.m. on July 24. The district is located in southeastern Omaha.

Applicants must have lived in the district for at least a year, must be registered to vote, and must be at least 21 years old. They can apply online at the governor’s office’s website, www.Governor.Nebraska.gov .

A map of the district can be found at www.NebraskaLegislature.gov .

Sheriff: Nebraskan, Iowan Killed in Interstate 29 Collision

fatal-accidentONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man and an Iowan have been killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred three miles north of Onawa on Monday afternoon. The patrol says a southbound car veered across the median and rammed into a northbound pickup, fatally injuring both drivers.

The patrol identified the car driver as 49-year-old Leon Weifenbach, of Onawa, and the pickup driver as 52-year-old Joseph Metz, of South Sioux City, Nebraska. They were traveling alone.

Groups Want Jailhouse Records for Nebraska Man Convicted of Murder

ACLUOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two groups are suing to obtain jailhouse records on behalf of an Omaha man convicted of murder in 2009.

Antoine Young is serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Ray Webb in a restaurant’s drive-thru, plus 40 years on a related weapons charge.

In a complaint filed last week in court, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the Nebraska Innocence Project says the Douglas County Corrections Director Mark Foxall improperly withheld records related to Young.

The Nebraska Innocence Project filed two open-records requests last year seeking documents from Young’s pretrial stay in the Douglas County jail, but its requests were denied.

Foxall has declined to comment.

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld Young’s conviction in 2010.

Man’s Body Found in Grain Bin in Thurston County

thurston-county-sheriffEMERSON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found in a northeast Nebraska grain bin

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 53-year-old Todd Martin, of rural Emerson.

Martin’s body was found around 1 p.m. Monday in the bin, just east of Emerson. Other details have not been released.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

Jetliner Makes Expedited Landing in Omaha After Warning Light Flashes

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A jetliner carrying 83 people made an expedited landing without incident in Omaha after an engine warning light flashed in the cockpit.

An American Airline spokeswoman says American Eagle Flight 5730 from Dallas was headed to Omaha Tuesday evening when the pilot noticed the warning light and then asked an Eppley Airfield controller to speed up the plane’s landing process. American Eagle is one of American’s regional air carriers.

The plane landed around 7:30 p.m.

Airline spokeswoman Jenna Arnold said Wednesday that she couldn’t confirm whether the pilot turned off the engine before landing. The Bombardier CRJ-900 has two engines.

Judge Dismisses Theft, Other Charges Against Beatrice Woman

judgeshipBEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges that had been filed against a southeast Nebraska woman accused of stealing nearly $45,000 from her boyfriend’s mother.

Fifty-six-year-old Rosemary Sanders, of Beatrice, had been charged with theft and abuse of a vulnerable adult. The charges were dismissed on Monday by Judge Daniel Bryan Jr., who was acting on a motion by Sanders’ attorney. The judge says prosecutors didn’t provide enough evidence to continue their action against Sanders.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Sanders was the woman’s caregiver and was given access to her bank account to help her pay bills. The affidavit says Sanders wrote checks to herself and used other checks for personal use.

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris says he expects to refile charges.