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.

Kansas Man Faces Likely 20-Year Sentence for Bomb Plot

Terry Loewen

Terry Loewen

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who plotted a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport is expected to get 20 years in prison under the terms of a plea deal.

Terry L. Loewen pleaded guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The 60-year-old Wichita man will return to federal court Monday for sentencing. If the judge rejects the proposed sentence, Loewen will be allowed to withdraw his plea.

The avionics technician was arrested during an undercover FBI operation in December 2013 when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport.

The FBI said he was Facebook friend of an individual who regularly posted information supporting violent jihad, or holy war.

Lincoln Attorney Announces Bid for Nebraska Legislature

NE-State-CapitolLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney has announced a bid for the Nebraska Legislature in a district that includes eastern parts of the city and Lancaster County.

Jim Gordon said Sunday he will seek the seat held by state Sen. Kathy Campbell, who is ineligible to run again in 2016 because of term limits.

Gordon is a U.S. Army veteran and mediator who has taken leadership roles in more than two dozen civic organizations.

He is the son of the late Sally Gordon, who worked for two Nebraska governors and then as a sergeant-at-arms in the Legislature for 27 years before retiring at the age of 102.

Gordon worked for the Burlington Railroad before serving in the U.S. Army. He was wounded in Vietnam in 1967 and received the Purple Heart.

Nebraska Worker Accused of Abusing Developmentally Disabled Patient

Beatrice Developmental Center

Beatrice Developmental Center

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A 36-year-old employee at the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been accused of abusing one of the patients.

Shawn Ebeling, of Diller, is charged with two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult stemming from reports of incidents on Aug. 9 and Aug. 21.

Ebeling’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press, seeking comment about the allegations against Ebeling.

On Aug. 3 a federal court ended special federal oversight of the state center for developmentally disabled people. It had been under federal scrutiny since 2006 because of a track record of failing to meet care standards and a U.S. Justice Department finding of patient neglect and abuse.

 

Man Arrested in Attempted Kidnapping of Girl, 3, in Lincoln

lincoln-policeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the attempted kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl in Lincoln.

The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. According to Lincoln police, a woman and her 3-year-old daughter were shopping at a grocery store when a man suddenly grabbed the child and ran toward the exit.

Police say the mother hit the man, who dropped the child and left the store before being apprehended outside by officers.

The man faces attempted kidnapping charges.

Lincoln School Board Member Under Fire for Home-Schooling Children

lincoln-public-schoolsLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly elected Lincoln Board of Education member is coming under fire for home-schooling his children, despite his campaign promise to enroll them in public school.

Matt Schulte, who was elected in May, had said on a candidate questionnaire and in interviews with the newspaper that his children would attend Maxey Elementary this fall.

But Schulte said that “after much thought and prayer,” he and his wife decided not to send their second-grade son and kindergarten-aged daughter to public school. Schulte did not expand on his explanation.

Rita Bennett, president of the Lincoln Education Association, says she’s disappointed that Schulte broke his campaign pledge and says his decision to home-school his children “feels like a lack of confidence” in Lincoln’s public schools.

Investor Warren Buffett is Turning 85 But Isn’t Slowing Down

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett will turn 85 on Sunday, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down or retiring from the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he built over five decades.

Buffett has long said he enjoys running Berkshire far too much to consider retiring.

This year, Buffett’s friends and family may have an especially hard time shopping for the billionaire because earlier this month he just announced the biggest deal of his career.

Berkshire agreed to buy Precision Castparts for $32 billion, so if regulators and shareholders approve, the aerospace and industrial company will soon join Buffett’s firm.

Of course, Buffett is known for his relatively simple tastes for cheeseburgers, steaks and Cherry Coke. And he continues living in the Omaha home he bought in 1958.