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Recall committee submits 37K signatures

Omaha appears headed for a recall election after the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee turned in more than 37,000 signatures Nov. 19 in an attempt to remove Mayor Jim Suttle from office. The Douglas County Election Commission has until Dec. 4 to validate the signatures. The group needs 26,643 signatures from registered Omaha voters to force a recall election. Suttle says he will not resign. If the...

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Police ask for help pursuing murder suspect

The Omaha Police are searching for Kevin Watt, 24, in connection with the Nov. 10 murder of 25-year-old Adrian Lessley. Investigators believe Watt was the gunman in the shooting at 3113 Lincoln Blvd. that also saw Jason Marion, 34, transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Jeromie Wade, 27, was charged with being an accessory to a felony in the incident. Anyone with...

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State inspector accused of false mad cow reports

Galen Niehues, 41, was indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Nov. 24 on charges that he faked mad cow disease reports. According to the indictment, Niehues submitted travel expenses and investigation reports on 92 cattle suspected of having mad cow disease but never actually performed the inspections. He was employed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as a cattle inspector from July...

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OPPD buys wind power

The Omaha Public Power District reached an agreement Nov. 18 to purchase 18 megawatts of energy from a new wind farm near Broken Bow in central Nebraska. The wind farm, built by California-based Edison Mission Group, is scheduled for completion in 2012 and will produce a total of 80 megawatts per year.

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American citizens file complaint against ICE in Omaha sting

Two U.S. citizens plan to sue the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency for searching and detaining them in an Omaha parking lot last April. Arquimides Bautista, 20, and Rosalba Artimas, 46, say they were detained while on a bus trip with 40 colleagues from Denver to Omaha for an Amway business convention. The incident began after ICE agents overheard the group speaking Spanish at a local...

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Suttle won’t resign

Mayor Jim Suttle said Nov. 18 he will not resign if a petition drive succeeds in forcing a recall election. The group looking to recall the mayor has until 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 to turn in nearly 27,000 valid signatures. If successful, Suttle would then have the option of resigning or facing a recall election early next year that could cost the city as much as $900,000.

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Public parks get private foundation

Mayor Jim Suttle announced on Nov. 18 the formation of a new non-profit organization devoted to helping the city maintain and improve its public parks. The Omaha Parks Foundation, staffed by citizens, will seek private donations to support the city's 250 parks. Similar private-public partnerships have been used in New York, Seattle and Vancouver.

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Sarpy daycare provider arrested

A local daycare owner is out of business and in the custody of the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department following a suspected case of child abuse last week. Diane Honaker, 50, is accused of shaking a 6-month-old girl after the Children's Hospital & Medical Center reported injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome to local authorities on Nov. 12. Honaker, who operated a daycare service out of...

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