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Not guilty plea entered for Utica man in stabbing death

Apr. 7, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

SEWARD, Neb. (AP) — A Utica man charged in the New Year’s Day stabbing death of a Lincoln man will stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge. The plea was entered last week in Seward County District Court for Donnie Polcyn Jr., 27, by his attorney, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Polcyn...

Police: Woman left newborn boy in bag on Omaha doorstep

Apr. 7, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police are searching for a woman who abandoned a newborn boy on a south Omaha front porch and fled. The 7-pound baby boy was wrapped in baby blanket inside a plastic bag and left on the front porch of Vicente Cruz’s house around 11:40 a.m. Monday. Cruz said his wife saw a young...

Omaha hires Ohio St. aide Banks as women's basketball coach

Apr. 7, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ohio State assistant Carrie Banks has been hired as the new women's basketball coach at Omaha, athletic director Trev Alberts announced Tuesday. Banks was an assistant and recruiting coordinator for four seasons with the Buckeyes. She replaces Brittany Lange, who was fired last month...

2 remote Nebraska counties report first COVID-19 cases

Apr. 7, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two remote Nebraska counties have reported their first cases of a new coronavirus that has spread across the globe, state health officials reported. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release Monday night that Cheyenne County in the Nebraska Panhandle...

A shopper carries his groceries outside a Hy-Vee supermarket in Omaha, Neb., early Friday, April 3, 2020, during the hour of shopping reserved for those considered at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska patrol watching for crowds as coronavirus spreads

Apr. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Patrol troopers have ramped up their efforts to ensure that residents are following the state's new social distancing rules to fight the coronavirus but they haven't yet issued any citations, officials said Monday. A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman said the agency hasn't...

Omaha zoo facing nearly $7M loss in wake of virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium say the attraction is facing a nearly $7 million loss as its doors close to the public in the wake of a global pandemic. The zoo’s closure on March 16 through the end of April is projected to amount to a $6.7 million...

Editorial Roundup:

Apr. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Omaha World Herald. April 3, 2020 Douglas County Courthouse needs to end in-person proceedings due to virus We’re living in extreme times due to the coronavirus threat, and extreme measures are required to reduce the spread of the illness. One such action involves the Douglas County Courthouse: Authorities...

Officials: Man dies in motorcycle crash southwest of Omaha

Apr. 6, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has died in a motorcycle crash southwest of Omaha, according to Sarpy County officials. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Rick Leinbaugh, 56, was traveling west on Highway 31 around 4:20 p.m. Sunday when his motorcycle left the...

A shopper carries his groceries outside a Hy-Vee supermarket in Omaha, Neb., early Friday, April 3, 2020, during the hour of shopping reserved for those considered at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska doctors urge governor to impose tight restrictions

Apr. 5, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of doctors has urged Gov. Pete Ricketts to impose stricter measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, just as the state reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus. Ricketts has imposed restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in one place and has closed bars and...

38-year-old man fatally shot in northeast Omaha Saturday

Apr. 5, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 38-year-old man was killed in northeast Omaha Saturday morning. Omaha police say officers responded to a shooting shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday near 28th and Spencer streets in a neighborhood just west of U.S. Highway 75. Officers found Michael Wilson with a gunshot wound. Wilson was...