California Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other’s Arms

wedding-ringsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.

They told their children they wished to die in each other’s arms. And last month at their home in San Diego, just days before their 75th wedding anniversary, that wish was fulfilled.

95-year-old Alexander’s health was failing rapidly after he broke his hip. His children put Jeanette in bed next to him.

According to their daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, after Alexander died, Jeanette said, “Wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”

The family left her alone and just hours later, Jeanette died too.

The couple was buried Monday at Miramar National Cemetery.

Columbus Woman Charges with Child Benefits Fraud

gavel-and-scaleCOLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 35-year-old Columbus woman is accused of filing false information in order to obtain government aid for her two children.

Court records say Jennifer Maurer is charged with felony fraud to obtain assistance. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

The records say Maurer fraudulently received more than $1,800 total in benefits from two programs after falsely reporting that the two children lived with her from October 2013 through March 2014. Authorities say the children were living with their father in Gresham at the time and were enrolled in York schools.

13-Year-Old Charged with Raping Girl on School Bus

school-busPORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a 13-year-old boy attacked a 7-year-old girl on a Chimacum school bus and has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

The Chimacum Middle School student is scheduled for his first juvenile court appearance on July 15.

Court records say the boy and girl rode the bus together from September 2014 until the end of February. The alleged assault was reported after the girl told her aunt about it and the aunt took the girl to a doctor.

No attorney had been appointed or hired for the boy as of Thursday.

Court records say the boy was expelled from school and released to his family until the legal case is resolved.

Inspector Orders Closure of 2 Wading Pools in Hastings

swimming-poolHASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Concerns over a missing safety feature have prompted the closure of two wading pools in Hastings.

A state inspector closed the pools at Heartwell and Lincoln parks Monday after finding their safety vacuum release systems were removed five years ago. The systems stop water circulation if something blocks a drain.

City Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hassenstab says the systems were removed because they were deemed unnecessary after anti-entrapment covers were installed at the pools. A previous inspector agreed to that move but a new inspector visited this summer and decided the extra safety measure was needed.

Hassenstab called it “kind of frustrating,” but says the new equipment should arrive Monday.

The pools will reopen after being cleared by the inspector.

Denver Campaign Would Allow Marijuana Use in Bars

marijuana-jointDENVER (AP) — Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.

Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call “limited social marijuana consumption” at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would allow bars or clubs to allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now.

Sponsors say the measure is needed because tourists have no legal place to consume pot.

Nebraska Man Gets Probation for Crash Death of Off-Duty Firefighter

gavel-moreOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 31-year-old Fremont man has been given two years of probation for the traffic death of an off-duty Omaha firefighter.

Jonathan Mumm had pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular homicide. He was sentenced Thursday in a Douglas County courtroom in Omaha.

Investigators say Mumm’s pickup struck a motorcycle driven by 37-year-old Scott Petersen around 12:20 a.m. on May 30, 2014, in western Douglas County.

Mumm must serve one day in jail in 2016 and 2017, on the anniversary of the accident, perform 120 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

Repeat Nebraska Sex Offender Gets 5 Years for Child Sex Assault

Duane Sanders

Duane Sanders

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A 66-year-old Beatrice man who served prison time for sexually assaulting a child more than 10 years ago has been given five years in a new case.

Duane Sanders was sentenced Thursday in Gage County District Court in Beatrice. He’d been convicted of two counts of sexual assault of a child. A 9-year-old girl had reported that Sanders had touched her inappropriately on three occasions last year.

Prosecutors initially charged Sanders with three counts but dropped one in exchange for his guilty pleas.

Sanders was convicted in Gage County in 1993 of three felony counts of sexual assault of a child.

Students on Omaha Zoo Duty Learn What It’s Like to Work

Henry Doorly ZooOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Eight special education students have learned something about the workday world, thanks to their month on duty at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The students were part of an Omaha Public Schools program aimed at exposing students to job expectations and preparing them for future jobs.

Among the lessons: customer service, how to accept compliments from co-workers and what positive body language looks like.

The students weren’t paid, but they earned school credit while acquiring employment skills.

Lawsuits Challenge Railroad’s Authority to OK Oil Pipeline

Union-PacificOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. government began handing out land to railroads to encourage development more than 150 years ago, but questions remain about how much control those companies have over the land.

Union Pacific faces several lawsuits related to whether it had the authority to allow an oil pipeline to be built along its tracks in six states and who is entitled to the royalties that are worth more than $14 million a year.

University of Florida law professor Danaya Wright says sorting out whether Union Pacific controls the land might require a detailed review to determine whether the railroad bought the land or received it as part of a federal grant.

Union Pacific plans to defend itself against the lawsuits.

The states are Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.

Yellowstone Bison Gore Woman, Injure Teen in Latest Run-Ins



YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Bison gored a woman and tossed a teenager into the air in Yellowstone National Park, the latest run-ins with the massive animals during tourist season in the popular landmark.

The National Park Service says a bison gored a 68-year-old woman Wednesday on a trail near Yellowstone Lake. She was taken to a hospital, but her condition wasn’t immediately known.

On June 23, a bison tossed a 19-year-old off-duty park concession employee who was off trail. She was treated and released from a hospital for minor injuries.

In other encounters, the animals have gored a 16-year-old girl and tossed an Australian tourist in the air. Both suffered serious injuries.

Yellowstone prohibits people from getting within 25 yards of bison or other large animals and within 100 yards of bears and wolves.