Author Archives: Jane Monnich

An 80 Year Old Columbus Flood Victim Is Identified

An 80-year-old Columbus woman has died in her home after authorities couldn’t reach her. The Platte County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Betty Hamernik Monday. The sheriff’s report says rescuers from a Lincoln search team were unable to get to Hamernik because of the fast current, high waves and wind gusts of 60 mph.…Read more »

Nebraska Lawmakers OK Bill to Capture Online Sales Taxes

Nebraska Lawmakers OK Bill to Capture Online Sales Taxes

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to help the state collect online sales taxes in an effort to capture millions of dollars lost every year from consumers who haven’t been paying the tax. The measure won final approval in the Legislature Friday on a 43-0 vote. It would go into effect…Read more »

Sandbags Added To Levee That Protects Nebraska Nuclear Plant

Sandbags Added To Levee That Protects Nebraska Nuclear Plant

. BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska utility is adding sandbags to the levee that protects its nuclear power plant along the swollen Missouri River. Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that if the river hits the level of 45.5 feet (13.9 meters) projected by the National Weather…Read more »

Authorities Search For One Person Whose Vehicle Was Swept Away In Norfolk by Floodwaters

Flooding caused by a massive late-winter storm prompted evacuations in eastern Nebraska communities as authorities searched for one person whose vehicle was swept away by floodwaters. Norfolk Public Safety Director Shane Weidner says emergency crews responded early Thursday when a vehicle was swept off a local road. The missing individual had not been found by…Read more »

Mental Health Advocates Seek Additional State Funding

Mental Health Advocates Seek Additional State Funding

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Advocates for Nebraska groups that offer mental health and substance abuse services are seeking a boost in state reimbursement that they say would better reflect the actual cost of treating patients. The Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations pointed Thursday to a state-commissioned study showing that rates paid for behavioral health…Read more »

Westbound Interstate Closed West of Ogallala

Westbound Interstate Closed West of Ogallala

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) – Officials say westbound Interstate 80 will be closed later Wednesday morning because of predicted blizzard conditions. The Nebraska Transportation Department said in a news release that the interstate will be closed west of Ogallala as of 11 a.m. Central time. The department says travel on secondary roads isn’t advised. Snow and…Read more »

Governor Ricketts Declares Emergency for Looming Snowstorm and Flooding

Governor Ricketts Declares Emergency for Looming Snowstorm and Flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration in preparation for an impending winter storm in western Nebraska and anticipated flooding in other parts of the state. The declaration on Tuesday allows the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to coordinate response and recovery activities with local governments and other state agencies and…Read more »

Massage Therapist Takes Plea Deal In Sex Assault Case

Massage Therapist Takes Plea Deal In Sex Assault Case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A 63-year-old massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting at least 19 women has taken a plea deal in Omaha. Douglas County District Court records say Melvin Buffington Jr. pleaded no contest last week to two counts of felony attempted sexual assault. Prosecutors dropped 21 other charges – most of them misdemeanors.…Read more »

Bill To Increase Notice Of Unpaid Property Taxes Advances

Bill To Increase Notice Of Unpaid Property Taxes Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to increase notification requirements for home- and landowners whose property taxes are delinquent. The measure won first-round approval Tuesday on a 35-0 vote. It was introduced following a Nebraska Supreme Court case involving a 94-year-old widow who lost her family’s longtime farm because of unpaid…Read more »

AK-47 Bandit Pleads Guilty to Nebraska Bank Robbery

AK-47 Bandit Pleads Guilty to Nebraska Bank Robbery

‘ LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Montana man dubbed the AK-47 bandit and accused of holding up banks in several states has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Nebraska. Richard Gathercole could face up to 35 years in prison after admitting Monday in federal court that he used an AK-47 to rob a Nebraska…Read more »