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.

Federal Officials Open Investigation into Nebraska Explosion

OSHAWEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials are opening an investigation into an explosion and fire at a northeast Nebraska petroleum distribution center that left seven people injured.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says officials at its Omaha office will look into the Wednesday afternoon explosion at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point. The agency says it will investigate whether there were safety violations at the facility and if it contributed to the incident.

OSHA says it hasn’t inspected the Sapp Bros. facility in West Point in the past five years, though it has issued citations for other company locations.

Two of the injured people were taken to the burn unit at an Omaha hospital.

2 Charged in Death of Baby Who Ingested Heroin, Cocaine

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumKINGSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Two people have been charged in the overdose death of a 13-month-old New York girl who ingested heroin and cocaine.

The baby’s mother, 27-year-old Rachel Ball, and 34-year-old Joshua Bennett were charged Thursday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault.

Authorities say Kayleigh Cassell died Feb. 22 in a home in the Warren County town of Kingsbury where Bennett was staying.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica says Kayleigh died of pneumonia and respiratory failure stemming from acute heroin and cocaine intoxication. He says the pneumonia is believed to have resulted from months of drug exposure.

Bennett pleaded not guilty at his morning arraignment. Ball is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Omaha Fines Company $100,000 for Improper Waste Disposal

CASH_MONEYOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The city of Omaha has fined a Kansas-based company $100,000 after complaints about delayed yard waste pickup.

City officials met with representatives from Deffenbaugh Industries Wednesday to address the complaints filed in May and June. The company and the city say the pickup problems stem from a shortage of workers with commercial driver’s licenses.

The waste and recycling firm has brought in 10 drivers from other cities, and plans to hire an additional 23 drivers.

Mayor Jean Stothert’s office says Deffenbaugh also has agreed to work with schools and job training programs to recruit new workers.

Deffenbaugh began picking up yard waste along with trash this week. It plans to keep taking yard waste to the county landfill through October.

Court Gives Nebraska Woman Another Shot at Discrimination Lawsuit

lawsuit-settlementOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has given a former eye clinic worker a new shot at convincing a jury that she was discriminated against based on a perceived disability.

Cindy Marshall’s lawsuit says EyeCare Specialties of Lincoln fired her in 2012 because it perceived her as disabled after learning she once completed substance abuse treatment and because of medical conditions that make her hands tremble and causes red marks on her skin.

A Lancaster County judge entered a judgment for the clinic, saying that Marshall failed to prove the clinic discriminated against her.

But the high court Thursday said Marshall presented evidence that the clinic reprimanded her for failing to bandage the marks on her arms and that a jury should be allowed to decide whether the clinic discriminated against her.


Google Apologizes After App Tags Black People ‘Gorillas’

googleNEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some black people as “gorillas.”

A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both of them as “gorillas,” which is sometimes used as a racial slur.

Google says it’s “appalled and genuinely sorry” for what happened with the image-recognition feature. It says it’s taking immediate action to stop those kinds of results from appearing again.

Nebraska Teacher Gets 4 to 5 Years in Student Sex Case

Carrie Miller

Carrie Miller

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A southeast Nebraska woman accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to four to five years in prison.

Carrie Miller of Tecumseh pleaded guilty to charges as part of plea deals in Johnson and Nemaha counties. She was sentenced Wednesday in Nemaha County. The 25-year-old was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

According to court documents, Miller taught at Johnson County Central High School and had a relationship with the teenager for about year. Under Nebraska law, people 19 and older cannot have sexual contact with people younger than 16.

Hall County Loses Bid to Raise Fee for Housing State Inmates

Hall-County-SheriffGRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — State officials have rejected Hall County’s effort to raise its daily fee for housing state prisoners.

County corrections director Fred Ruiz told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that he’d sought $93 a day, an increase of $5 from the current $88 a day. And he sought a guarantee of 90 state inmates a day.

The state rejected his bid and countered with an offer of $88 a day for 82 state inmates.

The county board voted Tuesday to offer the state a rate of $88 per day for 82 beds and offer to provide space for 14 more inmates for $75 a day each.

September Trial Set for Nebraskan Accused of Injuring Infant

gavel-and-scaleCOLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A September trial has been scheduled for a 22-year-old Columbus man accused of seriously injuring the 4-month-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend.

Francisco Villatoro has pleaded not guilty. He’s charged with intentional child abuse resulting in injury. His trial is set to begin Sept. 28 in Platte County District Court.

Villatoro was arrested after calling 911 on May 23 to report that the baby was choking. The infant was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then transferred to Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.

Doctors say the infant suffered a head injury. Police say it happened as Villatoro was caring for the child while his girlfriend was at work.

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.