Nebraska News

Ruling favors Nebraska utility in power line survey case
THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ordered a family ranch to let Nebraska Public Power District access its land for survey work. Court records say the ruling came Monday in the Brush Creek Ranch lawsuit against the district. The lawsuit sought unspecified compensation for damage to land north of Thedford that was done by a survey team checking land boundaries for a power line project. The district said Nebraska law gave it the authority as a publicly owned utility to survey the ranch and other land. The lawsuit said the utility first should have begun condemnation proceedings and obtained court authority for the survey. The judge ruled for the district, saying the law indeed gave it authority to enter the land and also required it to pay for any damage caused the incursion.

Nebraska prison on lockdown after 9 staff members assaulted
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Prison officials in Nebraska say nine staff members at the Lincoln Correctional Center have been assaulted by inmates who were refusing to return to their cells. Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday night that all nine were taken to hospitals after the attack and have been treated and released. The prison has been placed on lockdown. It's not clear how many inmates were involved in the Wednesday evening attack or whether any were hurt. The Lincoln Correctional Center is a medium-maximum security prison for adult males.

Rain pours onto school's gym floor after storm damages roof
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha school has been drying its gym floor after rain poured through a damaged roof. Roncalli Catholic High School President Ann O'Connor says that between 600 and 800 gallons of water accumulated on the floor after the damage occurred Tuesday night to the roof, chimney and two skylights. Two ceiling lights also were broken. It's unclear whether the hardwood floor can be saved. O'Connor says insurance should cover much of the damage. The storms killed power to thousands of people and knocked down trees and limbs. A 95 mph wind gust was recorded at Eppley Airfield. The airport was closed to aircraft traffic for about 90 minutes after a cargo container was blown onto a runway.

Auburn airport finally gets its paved runway
AUBURN, Neb. (AP) — The city of Auburn has realized its civic dream of a paved runway at its airport. Nebraska City radio station KNCY reports that the paving has been completed, so construction crews are working on surface ramps and skirting. The nearly $3 million project is expected to be finished by Oct. 1. Auburn Mayor Scott Kudrna says the city has desperately needed to pave a runway, saying Auburn has been the only Nebraska community with more than 3,000 residents that didn't have one. Auburn has been serving pilots and planes with a grass runway. But that's been a problem for some airplane owners, because their insurance companies wouldn't allow the planes to be landed on grass.

Police: Woman attacked in her Lincoln apartment by intruder
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police are searching for a suspect after a 21-year-old Lincoln woman reported being beaten and sexually assaulted by an intruder into her home. Television station KOLN reports that the attack occurred in northeast Lincoln just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. The woman told police she was asleep in the living room of her apartment when she awoke to a man armed with a knife. She says he initially demanded her belongings before attacking her. She was taken to a hospital with visible bruising and swelling to her face. Police say the only description they have of the suspect is that he was wearing dark clothing. Investigators believe the man may have entered the apartment through an unlocked window.

3 arrested when 22 lbs. of pot, 1 lb. of meth found
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three people are facing charges after Douglas County Sheriff's deputies found 22 pounds of marijuana and 1 pound of methamphetamine in two different traffic stops this week. The sheriff's office says both stops occurred within several hours of each other on Interstate 80. In the first incident Tuesday night, a driver was stopped on I-80 near 96th Street for a traffic violation. A sheriff's deputy smelled marijuana and found the drug bundled in three bags in the trunk. A 51-year-old California man was arrested in that stop. Then early Wednesday, a police dog detected the odor of drugs coming from a vehicle another deputy had stopped on I-80. A search found the methamphetamine in the vehicle. A 54-year-old woman and her 33-year-old passenger were arrested. Both are from New Hampshire.

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