Nebraska Baby Run Over by Mom’s Pickup

ambulance-lightsUEHLING, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 1-year-old eastern Nebraska girl is expected to recover after being run over by a pickup driven by her mother.

The accident occurred Wednesday morning in the Dodge County community of Uehling.

Matt Schott, who is police chief for Hooper and Uehling, says the infant’s mom was backing out of a driveway and didn’t see her.

The baby was taken to a Fremont hospital and then transferred to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Schott told the Omaha World-Herald that he’d talked to the girl’s father, who said she didn’t have any broken bones and that it looked like she was going to be OK.

Lincoln Airport Considers Adding $4.50 Ticket Fee

lincoln-airportLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A $4.50 fee that the Lincoln Airport is considering adding to the ticket of every departing passenger could bring an estimated $675,000 a year.

The airport’s executive director, David Haring, said it’s important to look at all potential funding streams even though the airport is financially in good shape.

The fee is levied at around 400 airports nationwide and is called a Passenger Facility Charge. In Nebraska, airports in Grand Island, Kearney and Scottsbluff have the fee. Omaha’s Eppley Airfield doesn’t.

Money from the fee can be used to pay for local projects that are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and directly related to air travel.

Lincoln Construction Worker Killed by Piece of Falling Metal

ambulance-lightsLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a worker has been killed by a piece of metal that fell from a crane at a construction site in Lincoln.

Police say the accident occurred late Wednesday morning on the southeast edge of the downtown campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lincoln police Sgt. Ed Sheridan says a piece of rebar fell about 130 feet from the crane and hit the man in the head, shattering his hard hat.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

Denver Drops Marijuana Exhibits from County Fair

Colorado-MarijuanaDENVER (AP) — The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the “Pot Pavilion.”

The organizer of the county fair insists that the fair made the move because marijuana-related vendor sales were slow, not due to the incident at the pavilion.

Organizer Dana Cain says Denver has so many marijuana-related festivals that the drug has become kind of old hat.

The fair last year did not display actual marijuana, Instead, growers entered pictures of plants for competition.

Vendors were forbidden from giving away or selling pot, but more than a dozen attendees filed suit, saying they were given weed-infused chocolates.

The lawsuit has since been settled out of court.

Judge to Consider Blocking Kansas Ban on Abortion Method

judgeshipTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An abortion rights group is asking a Kansas judge to block the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on what it says is the most common method for terminating second-trimester pregnancies.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks has scheduled a hearing Thursday in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The law takes effect next week. The center contends it will force women to accept higher medical risks or forgo abortions.

Lawyers for the state argue that abortion providers have safe alternatives to what anti-abortion activists describe as dismembering a fetus.

The National Right to Life Committee drafted the ban as model legislation for states. Kansas was the first to enact it.

The center represents father-daughter abortion providers and Drs. Herbert Hodes and Traci Nauser of Overland Park.

Lincoln Police: Bullet Struck Leg of Girl Riding Her Bike

lincoln-policeLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old girl has been treated for a minor wound after being struck by a bullet while riding her bicycle in Lincoln.

Police say the girl was riding in a west Lincoln neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when she heard a loud bang and felt something hit the inside of her right knee. Officer Katie Flood says the girl fell off her bike and then ran home. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and later released.

Investigators say the small-caliber bullet likely was shot from an open field, which they intended to search for clues.


Nebraska Woman Takes Plea Deal in Brother’s Alcohol Death

gavel-and-scaleFREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A Fremont woman who authorities say helped supply booze that contributed to the death of her teenage brother has taken a plea deal.

19-year-old Yesenia “Izzy” Valdez pleaded no contest on Tuesday and was convicted of a misdemeanor: procuring alcohol for a minor. The charge was reduced from a felony and an unrelated shoplifting case was dismissed in exchange for Valdez’s plea. She faces up to a year in jail when she’s sentenced on Aug. 4.

Police say Valdez helped 21-year-old Dakota McDonald provide alcohol to Valdez’s 16-year-old brother, Jaime (HEYE’-may) Valdez. Jaime Valdez was found outside the morning of Nov. 16, when, according to the National Weather Service, Fremont’s temperature was 2 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 16.

Ex-Doctor Will Get 1 Trial in 2008, 2013 Omaha Slayings

Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ordered a single trial for a former doctor in two sets of double slayings in Omaha.

Anthony Garcia had sought separate trials in the slayings of four people with ties to an Omaha medical school. The attacks occurred in 2008 and 2013.

But on Tuesday Judge Duane Dougherty of Douglas County District Court declined the defense request and ordered one trial. It is scheduled to begin on Sept. 14.

Defense attorneys Bob and Alison Motta of Chicago had said that trying the cases together could unfairly sway jurors.

But a major piece of prosecutors’ case is Garcia’s and the victims’ links to the Creighton University pathology department. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has said the cases are inextricably intertwined.

Man Shot During Attempted Carjacking in Northwest Omaha

omaha-policeOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a 65-year-old man has been shot during an attempted carjacking outside a northwest Omaha apartment complex.

Omaha police Lt. Jerry Swanson said the man was shot once in the stomach while in the parking lot of the Fox Valley Apartments building around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center.

Swanson said he is in critical condition.

According to Swanson, the suspect is not in custody.

Douglas County Sheriff: Man Shot by Deputy Had Threatened Police

douglas-county-sheriffOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot Tuesday morning by a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy had fired a gun at another deputy and had earlier threatened to shoot police if confronted.

Sheriff Tim Dunning said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that a deputy stopped 32-year-old Taylor Culbertson in a west Omaha convenience store parking lot, suspecting Culbertson was drunk. Dunning says Culbertson got out of a sport utility vehicle and fired a handgun at the deputy. A struggle ensued, and another deputy who arrived on the scene shot Culbertson, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

An officer safety bulletin sent out June 8 by the sheriff’s department warned that Culbertson was likely armed and had threatened to shoot police if confronted.

The deputies were not injured.