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$2M bond set in fatal car crash

A Douglas County judge set bond at $2 million for an Omaha man charged with killing two people in a car accident on Dec. 12. Victor Rodriguez, 27, lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder and slammed head-on into an oncoming SUV late on Dec. 12. Manuel Santos-Gomez, 24, and Danny Alcantara, 22, both died from injuries sustained in the accident. Rodriguez fled the scene before being apprehended...

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Omaha man found dead in Alabama

Roger Bailey, 57, of Omaha was found dead in his vehicle from a gunshot wound outside of Roanoke, Ala. on Dec. 13. Police booked another Omaha man, Alan Higgins, 49, on unrelated DUI charges, and was questioning him in the shooting. Police are still searching for Herman Green Jr., 38, of Woodland, Ala. for questioning.

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OPS teacher posts bail

An Omaha Public Schools teacher was released from jail after posting $4,000 — 10 percent of the $40,000 bail set at his Dec. 14 hearing. Nicholas McKeone, 26, turned himself in to policeDec. 10 after allegations emerged that he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old student on numerous occasions since May 1. The Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary teacher has been on paid leave since Nov. 19. The...

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Bellevue explores sex offender limits

The Bellevue City Council will hold a first reading on an ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live at its weekly meeting Dec. 13. The ordinance, proposed by Council president Carol Blood, would prohibit sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools or child care facilities. State law limits the restriction to 500 feet and contains a grandfather clause for people...

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Two killed, one arrested in South Omaha crash

Victor Rodriguez, 27, was apprehended after fleeing the scene of a two-car accident that killed two passengers and wounded five others near 42nd and H St. on Dec. 12. Rodriguez lost control of his Nissan Pathfinder Sunday night and collided head-on with a GMC Yukon carrying five people. Manuel Santos-Gomez, 24, a passenger in Rodriguez' vehicle, and Danny Alcantara, 22, a passenger in the Yukon,...

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Omaha officer reinstated in planted evidence case

Omaha police officer Steve Kult is back on the job nearly seven months after reporting two fellow officers for a suspected plan to plant evidence. In May, Kult alleged he overheard a telephone conversation between his partner, Frank Platt, and Kara Hindman — fellow gang unit officer and Platt's girlfriend — describing a plan to plant marijuana in the trash of a suspect. Platt has since...

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Report: Nebraska has third-highest drunk driving rate

A new study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Dec. 9 shows that one in five Nebraskans has driven while under the influence of alcohol in the past year — the third highest rate in the country. At 21.5 percent, Nebraska trails only Wisconsin (23.7 percent) and North Dakota (22.4 percent) nationally. The national average is 13 percent.

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Arson suspected in pair of Omaha fires

Omaha Fire Department officials suspect arson in two of the city's three fires this week. Investigators determined a Dec. 8 fire at 17th and Fowler was intentional after finding an empty can of gas near the home. No one was injured in the fire. And officials say they have identified suspects in a Dec. 6 fire that burned an empty house at 28th and Manderson. An investigation is ongoing on a...

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