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Nebraska trial delayed over crash deaths of 4 from Iowa

Sep. 17, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska trial of a Kansas man charged with the collision deaths of four Iowa motorcyclists has been delayed again. The new trial starting date for 24-year-old Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, of Liberal, Kansas, is Dec. 3. Keith County District Court records say he pleaded not guilty in...

Patrol says sleeping man in car woke up, attacked trooper

Sep. 12, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man sleeping in a pickup truck attacked a Nebraska state trooper who awakened him. The Nebraska State Patrol says the 44-year-old man from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of assault and other crimes. Court records don't yet show that...

Iowa expanding Highway Helper program to Davenport area

Sep. 12, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say help for Iowa motorists will be available for more hours and at more places along the state's highways. The Iowa Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it is expanding Highway Helper to the Davenport area and is increasing hours of the free service in Cedar...

Iowa man accused of kidnapping, taking nude photos of girl

Sep. 5, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have charged a man with kidnapping and abusing a 4-year-old girl. Council Bluffs police say officers were investigating a report of a missing child when 28-year-old Michael Brandstrom brought the girl to officers, saying he had found her outside and...

Blue troll sculpture unveiled under Omaha pedestrian bridge

Sep. 4, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials have unveiled a blue 300-pound (136.08-kilogram) bronze statue of a troll that now sits below the popular Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge spanning the Missouri River from Omaha to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Omar the Troll — short for Omaha Metro Area River — was...

Nebraska man sentenced in Iowa for sex trafficking

Aug. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha, Nebraska, man has been sentenced in federal court in Iowa to seven years in prison for sex trafficking. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 40-year-old Terrance Terrell Jackson was sentenced Tuesday in a Council Bluffs courtroom. Investigators say that on May 11, 2018, an...

Nebraska boy sentenced to prison for Iowa man's slaying

Aug. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has been sentenced to 10 to 50 years in prison for the slaying of a man in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday. He'd entered a written plea of guilty Wednesday to a...

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering. Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola and Waterloo offered betting on-site and through a mobile app, while casinos in...

Nebraska teen takes plea deal in Council Bluffs slaying

Aug. 15, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a 38-year-old Council Bluffs man. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, entered a written plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the...

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska win another legal battle over casino

Aug. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has scored another legal win in its fight to keep its casino in western Iowa open. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose on Monday rejected motions in a lawsuit by the states of Iowa and Nebraska and the Iowa city of Council Bluffs seeking to derail the casino....