A Nebraska man will spend a year in federal prison for using his brother’s Social Security number while collecting $189,401 in disability and welfare benefits. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 53-year-old Mickey Lee Tucker was sentenced Friday for identity theft. Prosecutors say the Valley man was also ordered to repay the benefits he collected improperly on his own Social Security number while using his brother’s identity.
A former Scottsbluff police officer has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for having videos and
pictures of child pornography. Tyler Reinpold, of Scottsbluff, was sentenced Friday after being found guilty in January of 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Reinpold had faced up to 20 years in prison.
Reinpold had claimed the images were part of a police investigation he was conducting, but prosecutors said there was no evidence that the images were part of any investigation.
An Omaha man has been wounded while rescuing
his cousin from a would-be robber.
Police say 26-year-old Jeremy Vieyra was leaving a bar south of
downtown Omaha early morning when he saw his cousin, 25-year-old
David Newton, of Omaha, struggling with a robber.
Vieyra told officers he thwarted the robbery but was shot in a
hand as he and his cousin ran away.
His cousin wasn’t hurt. Vieyra was treated at the scene.
No arrest has been reported.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska voters could get the chance this year to increase lawmaker salaries and expand legislative term limits, but both proposals could face long odds in a presidential election that will draw a big turnout. Supporters say the proposals are needed to ensure legislators are paid enough so that more Nebraskans can afford to serve, and to ensure the Legislature has experienced lawmakers. If approved by lawmakers, both proposals would appear on the November ballot.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Reducing America’s dependency on foreign oil and expanding nuclear and coal power are among GOP U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer’s goals in an energy plan she unveiled this week. Fischer, a state lawmaker from Valentine, says she would also encourage domestic oil production and further develop alternative energy, like wind and solar power. Fischer says “career politicians in Washington … have failed to put together a serious plan to lower energy costs.” The result, she says, is soaring energy costs that are hurting families and small businesses. Fischer is among five Republicans seeking the Senate seat now held by Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat. The others are state Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg, investment adviser Pat Flynn and truck driver Spencer Zimmerman.
A 47-year-old Lincoln woman has been convicted for her role in a methamphetamine ring. A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Regina Leonard was found guilty on Thursday of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth. Prosecutors say Leonard was one of a group of people who were buying and selling meth in the Lincoln area from June 2005 to May
She faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison
when she’s sentenced on June 1.
A woman who was injured in a 2009 snowplow
crash in Platte County will receive $227,500 from the state of
Nebraska, under a settlement agreement that requires legislative
The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by Jenny Ternus, who
was struck by a state snowplow in January 2009 while driving north
on U.S. Highway 81 near Humphrey.
The lawsuit in Platte County District Court alleged that the
snowplow struck Ternus’ vehicle at the intersection of Highway 81
and Highway 91. The lawsuit says the snowplow driver failed to
maintain a proper lookout and keep control of the state vehicle.
The lawsuit says Ternus suffered from back and arm injuries,
lost wages, and accumulated more than $62,000 in medical bills. Her
car was totaled.
Ternus’ attorney declined to comment.
Joshua Hoover, of York, was sentenced in East St. Louis, Ill., for persuading, inducing and enticing a minor to produce child pornography.
The FBI says Hoover communicated by telephone and the Internet with a 14-year-old girl in Illinois between April 7 and 16, 2011. Agents discovered Hoover had sent the girl nude photos of him and encouraged her to send him nude photos of herself.
In 2009, Hoover was convicted of child enticement by computer in Lancaster County District Court. He served prison time and was required to register as a sex offender.
A 17-year-old who was driving a vehicle that
Omaha police officers shot at more than two dozen times has been
given probation and ordered to undergo substance-abuse treatment.
The girl was sentenced earlier this week in Douglas County Juvenile Court.
The girl admitted to the judge that she possessed drugs on Dec.
20 when she was driving with two other girls.
Police say officers were approaching the vehicle at Standing
Bear Lake when the driver accelerated and aimed the vehicle at the
officers. They fired 25 times but didn’t injure anyone in the
Prosecutors dismissed three other charges against the girl,
including assault on an officer.
Authorities say an explosion that rocked a southeast Omaha neighborhood has blown a house off its foundation.
Firefighters were called just before 6 a.m. Friday about the blast near 37th and G streets. No injuries have been reported.
Firefighters say the sides of the house were blown out and there was a small fire near the front of the building.
The house apparently was vacant.