Nebraska News

Inspector dies after recently evicted home explodes in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a woman killed when a house in Omaha exploded was a property inspector sent to check its condition after a tenant was evicted. Police say 30-year-old Clara Bender died after being taken to Nebraska Medical Center. The explosion occurred around 12:15 p.m. Monday in Omaha's Benson neighborhood. A 46-year-old woman who lives next door and a 14-year-old boy also were hospitalized. Police and fire officials are investigating. The explosion leveled the house and heavily damaged four adjacent homes. Authorities say Bender worked for Certified Property Management. Company President Jeremy Aspen says Bender was married to another of his employees.

Authorities ID motorcyclist killed in Omaha highway crash
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a motorcyclist killed in an Omaha highway crash. The crash occurred around 2:20 a.m. Monday. Police say the motorcyclist was on a ramp from westbound Interstate 80 headed to U.S. Highway 75 south when he lost control of his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Omaha police have identified him as 33-year-old Jason McIntosh, who lived in Omaha.

Trial delayed in western Nebraska barrel body case
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) — A homicide trial has been delayed for a Nebraskan accused of killing a Colorado man and stuffing his body into a barrel. Court records say a new trial starting date of Nov. 14 has been set for 24-year-old Zachary Mueller. He's pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related weapons charges. He's accused of killing 33-year-old Pedro Dominguez, of Greeley, Colorado. A farmer found the barrel near Bayard, Nebraska, on Dec. 4. Authorities say Dominguez had been shot in the back of the head. Mueller's trial was to begin Sept. 6, but a judge delayed it on a motion by Mueller's lawyer. Mueller is from Bridgeport.

Florida bicyclist hurt in Iowa; Louisiana man arrested
SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — Police have charged a pickup truck driver with hitting and seriously injuring a Florida bicyclist who was camping after riding in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports 55-year-old Danny Cardin, of Homer, Louisiana, was charged with serious injury by vehicle and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident after police were called to a campground in Shenandoah late Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says Cardin's pickup struck a tent, dragging 67-year-old James Foley, who was inside. Foley, of Jacksonville, Florida, was flown to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. The injury followed the death of another rider Sunday morning on the first day of statewide biking event, known as RAGBRAI. Cardin was in the Fremont County jail Monday. Court records don't indicate if he has a lawyer.

Embattled board member says he won't seek re-election
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The embattled board chairman of an Omaha community college says he won't resign but will not run for re-election in November. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Fred Conley repeated at a news conference Monday that he's done nothing wrong. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development banned Conley from participating in federal contracts for three years because he failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest while serving on the Omaha Housing Authority board. He's been under pressure to leave his Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors position, lest his continued presence jeopardize Metro's federal funding. The college received $32.7 million in federal student aid in the 2014-15 school year. Conley has filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the Housing Department's action.

Wyoming inmate dies at Nebraska hospital after illness
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old inmate who was housed at a medium correctional prison in Torrington has died after a lengthy illness. Marcos Vincent Martinez died at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on Saturday. He served a number of consecutive prison sentences in Wyoming beginning in 1999 and most recently was serving an eight- to 10-year sentence for aggravated assault and battery in Fremont County. An autopsy has been ordered on Martinez, who was born in Scottsbluff.

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