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  • Holdrege police looking for man wanted in Thursday night shooting

    (NRG)-Holdrege police are looking for a man suspected of shooting a 34-year-old Lexington man just after 11:00 Thursday night in the 4 block of West 8th Avenue. The victim, Donald F. Handy III, was flown to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where he underwent surgery and was in serious condition as of Friday morning. The suspect, who fled the scene, is a Hispanic male with a neck tattoo who's believed to be wearing dark pants and a navy, or black shirt. Area law enforcement officials don't think the suspect is still in Holdrege, or from Holdrege, but are asking citizens to use caution by locking their vehicles and residences. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Read More
  • Hastings teacher arrested in student sex case

    (AP) - A Hastings High School teacher has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a student. The Hastings Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1I4WWt4 ) that 38-year-old Johnathan Shafer was arrested on a warrant Thursday evening. Online jail records say he remained in custody on Friday. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Shafer's behalf about the allegations. Hastings police Sgt. Steve Murphy told the newspaper that investigators think the student was 15 when the sexual contact occurred but is 18 now. Under Nebraska law, people 19 and over cannot have sexual contact with people under 16. Hastings district officials say Shafer has been removed from his duty as a science teacher. Read More
  • Smith welcomes Korean War Hero Flight to Washington

    (NRG)-Nebraska Third District Congressman Adrian Smith welcomed 25 Korean War veterans and their escorts to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friday as part of the Nebraska Korean War Hero Flight. Read More
  • Woman accused of starting a fire at Norfolk apartment complex

    (AP) - A 24-year-old woman has been accused of starting a small fire in a hallway at a Norfolk apartment complex. The Norfolk Police Department says Johna Richards was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail on suspicion of arson and terroristic threats. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Richards' behalf. Police say the charges stem from a Dec. 29 fire at a complex on South Hickory Street. A resident used a rug to put out the flames, and another resident told officers about threatening messages he'd been getting on Facebook. Police say investigators eventually were able to obtain information from Facebook about the person believed to have posted the messages, and Richards was arrested. Read More
  • Legislature votes to cut ties with rail compact

    (AP) - Nebraska would cut its membership in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact under a bill that cleared first-round debate in the Legislature. Senators voted 37-0 Thursday to leave the compact in three years, an action senators have been debating for the past eight years. The sponsor, Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion, says Nebraska has been wasting time and $15,000 a year in dues for a membership that does little to benefit the state. But Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says Nebraska has not invested time and effort in the opportunities the compact provides to link Midwestern states with alternate forms of transportation. Read More