Ex-Wrestler ‘Superfly’ Charged in Girlfriend’s 1983 Death

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (Wikipedia)

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (Wikipedia)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former professional wrestling star has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend in eastern Pennsylvania more than three decades ago.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the results of a grand jury investigation of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in the death of 23-year-old Nancy Argentino of Brooklyn, New York.

Argentino was pronounced dead after authorities were called to a hotel room near Allentown in May 1983.

Seventy-two-year-old Snuka, now living in Waterford Township, New Jersey, wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he was innocent in her death, which he said ruined his life. He said he never hit or threatened her.

Court records indicate that Snuka was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Omaha Police Respond to Report of Man Severing Own Hand

omaha-policeOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say a man severed one of his own hands with a knife at his home, then fled in his car before crashing it into a bridge in east Omaha.

Police say the incident began around 9:20 p.m. Monday when a woman called to report her husband had stabbed himself several times with a knife, then left. Officers were unable to find the 32-year-old man.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday, police were called back to the home when someone reported that the man had returned and completely severed one of his hands with the knife and again fled in a car. A short time later, police responding to the crash found the man and took him to a hospital.

Police say his severed hand was found at his home.

New Club at Omaha College Offers Support for Mental Illness

unoOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Members of a new student organization at an Omaha college are encouraging other students to join in their fight to destigmatize mental illness.

Last year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter launched at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The four students on the chapter’s board have been working to grow its membership with publicity.

Two of the group’s student leaders and its advisor participated in a student activity fair last week in an effort to recruit students.

The chapter offers an outlet for students seeking support or counseling. It also holds events to increase awareness about mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness has chapters on 105 college campuses nationwide. The University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter is the first one in the state.

Nebraska Man Sentenced for Federal Tax Fraud Scheme

dept.-of-justiceOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been ordered to pay nearly $57,000 in restitution and spend a dozen consecutive weekends behind bars for filing fraudulent federal tax returns.

Federal prosecutors also say Joshua Miles last week was sentenced to five years of probation.

The prosecutors say that between February 2009 and August 2010, co-defendant Magalita Gelin and Miles filed bogus returns for several people who went to the couple’s home in Bellevue. The tax returns claimed refunds totaling more than $111,000.

Man Rescued from Grain Bin in Eastern Nebraska

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LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 76-year-old man has been rescued from a grain bin in eastern Nebraska after being trapped in corn up to his chest.

Relatives said Marvin Manske was unloading corn from a bin in rural Louisville (LOO’-iss-vihl) when he became trapped around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Family members tried for more than an hour to free him, but they finally called for help.

Louisville Fire Chief Jason McClun says rescue workers provided oxygen to help Manske remain conscious, and special equipment was taken to the site.

Manske was pulled from the bin just after 8:30 p.m. He was flown to an Omaha hospital as a precaution.

Duct-Taped Nebraska Boys Made to Watch ‘Mommie Dearest’

police-lights-redNEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A 29-year-old man is accused of using duct tape to bind boys 4 and 6 to chairs and making them watch the movie “Mommie Dearest.”

Glenn Oliver is charged with two counts of child abuse and false imprisonment. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press, seeking comment on the allegations against Oliver.

Oliver had been baby-sitting the boys while their mother was at work on Sunday. Court records say Oliver reported to officers that the boys’ mother told them to watch the movie. He says they weren’t minding him, so he used the duct tape to secure them to the chairs while the movie played.

Man Arrested for Choking Lincoln Officer in Bank

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested after police say he choked an officer at a bank in Lincoln.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m. Monday. According to Capt. Robert Farber, two officers responded to a report of a man having a heated argument with his mother, who is an employee at the bank.

Farber said when officers told the man to calm down, he began to shout at them. According to police, when an officer tried to arrest the man for refusing to comply, he broke free from the handcuffs and began to choke one of the officers.

Farber said the officer being choked used his Taser to subdue the man. The suspect was treated at a hospital before being taken to the Lancaster County jail.

He faces several charges including assault on a police officer and trespassing and disturbing the peace.

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.