Judge Delays Trial of Man Accused of Killing 4 in Omaha

Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The September murder trial of a man accused of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school has been put on hold.

A judge on Tuesday ordered that the suspect, Anthony Garcia, undergo a mental-health evaluation following his allegations of being sexually abused by jail guards.

In documents obtained by The Omaha World-Herald, officials say jailhouse videos don’t support Garcia’s allegations.

Garcia is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of the 11-year-old son of Creighton University pathologist William Hunter and the family’s housekeeper, and the May 2013 deaths of Creighton pathologist Roger Brumback and his wife.

Authorities say Garcia was motivated by revenge for being fired from Creighton’s pathology department in 2001.

His trial was scheduled to start Sept. 14. A new date hasn’t been set.

Omaha Bank Heist Suspect Caught While Shopping Across the Street

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police have arrested a robbery suspect while she was shopping at a drugstore across an Omaha street from a bank branch that had just been robbed.

Police say a woman went into the U.S. Bank branch a little before 10 a.m. Tuesday and gave a teller a note. The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber left.

Police say the robber then went across a street to the drugstore to shop and was arrested there. She was taken back to the bank branch, where witnesses confirmed to police that she was the robber.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

Lincoln Attorney Hilgers to Run for Open Legislative Seat

ne-legislature-13LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney who ran for the Nebraska Legislature in 2012 and the attorney general’s office in 2014 is trying again.

Mike Hilgers announced Tuesday that he will seek an open seat in the Legislature in 2016. Hilgers is looking to replace state Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm, who narrowly defeated him in 2012 but is not eligible to run again because of term limits.

Hilgers, who sought the Republican nomination for attorney general last year, says he would focus on lower spending, cutting taxes and improving education if elected.

Hilgers is a founding partner of Gober Hilgers, a law firm with offices in Texas, Nebraska and Washington. He specializes in intellectual property rights.

Man Arrested in Southwest Omaha Slaying, Police Say

Carl Heng

Carl Heng

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 25-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Omaha.

Police said Tuesday in a news release that Carl Heng, of Omaha, has been booked into jail on a homicide charge. It’s unclear whether Heng has an attorney who could be contacted to comment on his behalf. The case isn’t listed yet in online court records.

The shooting was reported a little before 10 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex. Police say officers who responded found the wounded man outside a building at the complex, and he was taken to an Omaha hospital, where he died. The man has been identified as 25-year-old Robert Lane, of Omaha.

Woman Killed, 2 Men Injured in Northeast Nebraska Crash

dakota-county-sheriffDAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 36-year-old woman has been killed and two men have been injured in a rollover accident south of Dakota City in northeast Nebraska.

The accident occurred a little after 3 a.m. Monday. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office says the driver and two passengers in the vehicle were ejected when it rolled.

The woman killed was identified as Nature Wills. The two injured men were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, for treatment. They were identified as 25-year-old Casey Ellis and 22-year-old Travis Jones.

Information about their hometowns and who was driving hasn’t been released.

Omaha Man Who Shot 2 People Gets 25-35 Years

gavel-and-scaleOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man who police say fired one bullet that struck two people has been imprisoned.

Online court records say 21-year-old Dequan Jennings was sentenced on Monday in Douglas County District Court to 25 to 35 years in prison. He’d been convicted in July of two assault charges and one for using a weapon.

Police say Jennings got into a dispute at a party on Nov. 16 and fired after pulling a gun. The bullet passed through one man’s chest and hit another man in an arm.

Lewiston School Bus with 3 Kids Goes Off Road, Into Creek

bus-accidentLIBERTY, Neb. (AP) — Police are investigating after a Lewiston Consolidated Schools bus went off a gravel road and ended up in a creek, sending three children to the hospital.

The driver of the school bus had just started the morning route Monday when the bus went off the road and landed on its top in the creek 10 miles east of Liberty.

Superintendent Rick Kentfield said only the driver and her three grade-school age children were on the bus at the time. The children were taken to Pawnee County Hospital.

Kentfield said two of the three children were released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Rep. Fortenberry’s Invitations Delayed After Mail Complaints

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska has seen his own issues with mail delivery after forwarding along constituents’ complaints about slow service to the U.S. postmaster general.

Fortenberry said postcards inviting Bellevue constituents to a town hall meeting at noon on Aug. 3 were not delivered until the day of the event. The postcards had been delivered to the Omaha post office on July 28, but for unknown reasons, sat in the post office, unprocessed.

Rick Pivovar, manager of the Central Plains District for the U.S. Postal Service, apologized in a letter to Fortenberry for the delay, but did not give an explanation for the slow delivery. Fortenberry said he accepted the apology.

A regional U.S. Postal Service representative said the service would examine procedure to avoid such mistakes again.

Columbus Man Who Held Officers at Bay Imprisoned

standoffCOLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 24-year-old man arrested after a five-hour standoff with officers in Columbus has been sentenced for several crimes.

Online court records say Stephen Knott on Friday was given up to 19 years in prison for crimes that included strangulation, use of a weapon and false imprisonment. He’d pleaded guilty on July 20 after prosecutors lowered some charges and dropped others.

On March 6 Knott held officers at bay for around five hours. Police say he had threatened and assaulted his ex-girlfriend while armed with a handgun.

Lincoln Man Back Home After Finishing 2nd on TV Show ‘Alone’

aloneLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 22-year-old man is back home in Lincoln with his wife and friends after finishing second on a reality TV show contest called “Alone.”

The show had pitted 10 experienced survivalists against each other in a last-man-standing competition. Sam Larson finished second to Blairsville, Georgia, contestant Alan Kay, who was the last one to leave the wilderness.

Larson says he always tries to “tough things out,” but that it was difficult to stay motivated while remaining isolated for weeks in the Canadian wilderness when he wanted to go home and take care of his pregnant wife. She gave birth to their first child shortly after Larson returned.