Child drop-offs under Nebraska's safe haven law have until now been individual affairs involving individual children. But Wednesday evening at Creighton University Medical Center, a father dropped off nine children, all his. The children ranged in age from 1 to 17 years, said Officer Michael Pecha, an Omaha police spokesman.
Don Losole says he can't control the screaming. But Losole says he'll try to abide by a new noise restriction on his Scary Acres Halloween attraction imposed by the Sarpy County Board. The board on Tuesday approved a 50-decibel limit on noise after 10 p.m., a response to complaints from neighbors.
The goal of providing families easy access to many services in a single location was reached Wednesday with the dedication of the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus. The American Red Cross, Heartland Family Service, the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Micah House shelter are on the campus, which sits on about 15 acres from Avenue G to Avenue J and from 14th Street to 16th Street. Businessman Charles Lakin, an Emerson, Iowa, native, pledged the initial gift for the project, $12 million.
Thunder Collins was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and weapon use in the death of Timothy Thomas, 38, and the wounding of Marshall Turner, 26. Both Thomas and Turner live in Los Angeles suburbs. The shooting occurred about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in a garage at 3902 N. 70th Circle, in the Benson neighborhood.
The arrest warrant for Thunder Collins
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge will open about 1:15 p.m. Sunday on the Council Bluffs side at Playland Park. People will not be able to enter the bridge from the Omaha side until the number of people crossing from the Council Bluffs side has lessened, which could be around 3 p.m.
The trial of Kyle Bormann wrapped up Wednesday with closing arguments. Those arguments centered on one question: Was he too drunk to murder? Bormann is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brittany Williams. He shot her as she waited in a restaurant drive-through. Jurors received the case this afternoon and deliberated for six hours before breaking for the night. Deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The Christian Worship Center, a faith-based social service group, this week received a $1.89 million grant to build a new shelter for homeless veterans in Omaha. The money will go toward a 26-unit transitional living facility, called New Visions Center, near 16th and Nicholas Streets. The grant was a portion of $36.7 million awarded to community groups throughout the country by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The projects will create an estimated 1,526 new beds for homeless veterans nationwide.
If a crime is committed in your neighborhood, you can get information about it with the help of a new Web site designed to help Omaha residents track crime in the city. You also can submit tips through the site. Information is updated daily.
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Did you miss the fireworks and lighting of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge? Check out the video here, courtesy of the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau.