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Self-driving Bus Crashed in its First Trial Hour

Las Vegas CrashLAS VEGAS, Nevada — Las Vegas’ self-driving shuttle service marked its return by getting into a minor collision, according to local NBC station.

French startup Navya’s autonomous electric vehicle shuffles at around 15 MPH on a 0.6-mile circuit in the downtown Fremont East district. But, just an hour into its year-long trial (which follows a successful stint in January) the shuttle was hit by a delivery truck that was backing up.

None of the 8 passengers aboard the driverless vehicle suffered injuries and neither did the truck driver. Instead, the front bumper of the shuttle took the pressure of the damage.

A representative of the Las Vegas City government also posted a note on its official Tumblr page detailing the accident. “The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown,” reads the post. It continued: “The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.”

The trial is set to continue, but the incident will do little to ease the concerns of those skeptical about self-driving cars. The free autonomous shuttle service was the first of its kind in the US.

White SUV Inside of the Crane Coffee in Omaha: 5 Injured

Omaha NewsOMAHA – White SUV Crashes into Crane Coffee near 132nd and West Maple. Two young women lying in the parking lot; one unconscious and bleeding from her head, the other a few feet away, screaming “it hurts.” In the wreckage of the building, bystanders pulling bricks off another woman. She appeared unconscious.

 

This was Tuesday morning in a west Omaha parking lot. A sports utility vehicle crashed into the small but popular Crane Coffee shop, injuring five, witnesses said.

 

“I was just in shock because I had never seen something like this,” said Olivia Smith, 19, who arrived in the immediate aftermath of the crash. “It did not feel real.”

 

The crash took place before 9:45 a.m. just east of 132nd Street and West Maple Road when a Jeep Grand Cherokee plowed into the coffee shop at Eagle Run Square shopping center.

 

Omaha Police Sgt. Doug Klein said, four of the five injured are Crane Coffee employees. The 5th is the driver of the Jeep.

 

The employees of Crane and their reported injuries: Rachel Ayala, 36, a possible injury to her esophagus; Danae Humbert, 25, a lacerated liver and a fractured pelvis; Chrisanna McClure, 22, cuts and scrapes; and Jesse Moore, 29, a broken left hand, cuts and scrapes.

 

One of the workers had been ejected from the building into the parking lot, police said. They did not specify which one.

 

Ayala was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Humbert was listed in serious condition, and McClure had been treated and released.

 

The driver of the SUV was identified as Jake Yestingsmeier, 33, of Omaha. He suffered minor injuries from the deployment of the airbag, police said.

 

Yestingsmeier, who was treated and released, told police that he blacked out and did not recall what happened.

 

Neither speed nor alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash, police said. An officer conducted a drug-recognition evaluation on Yestingsmeier, but it came back negative.

 

Truong said he asked the driver what had happened.

 

“He said he did not remember anything,” Truong said.

 

“I just hope the families are doing OK, the victims are doing OK,” she said. “I hope everything gets figured out with the driver.”

 

Klein said the SUV was eastbound on West Maple when it veered to the right, went off the road, crossed a grassy area and another road before entering the parking lot where it smashed into the Crane Coffee shop.

 

The 312-square-foot building is a total loss, police said.

 

No tire marks indicating braking were evident outside the building.

 

Gas Prices Fall Again in Omaha?

OMAHA – The price at the pump for a gallon of gas fell another 8 cents in the last week, averaging $2.32 on Monday.

 

The average per – gallon price in Omaha for regular unleaded was $2.40 on October 9, according to gasprices.aaa.com.

 

At some places around Omaha could be found lower prices of $2.12, $2.14 and $2.19 a gallon, on Monday, GasBuddy.com said.

 

Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com said the downward price trend should continue for another week thanks to supplies outpacing demand and gas inventories continuing a slow recovery.

 

“While prices nationally remain higher than a year ago, we will likely continue to see improvement at the pump,” he said.

 

The national average was down 2 cents to $2.47 per gallon on Monday. Nebraska’s average slipped 5 cents in the past week to $2.37, and Iowa was down 2 cents to $2.40, AAA reported.

 

Prices for a gallon of regular unleaded a month ago and a year ago, according to gasprices.aaa.com:

 

A Month ago A Year ago
Omaha $2.54 $2.20
Nebraska $2.53 $2.25
Iowa $2.51 $2.20
Nationally $2.63 $2.24

Not safe in Omaha Anymore? 9 Shootings in Just 48 Hours

Omaha NewsOMAHA, NEBRASKA — Nine shootings in 48 hours across north and south Omaha leave residents shaken.

 

“Almost like 14 shots, outside. It sounded so close to us. Almost sounded like it was inside my house,” one concerned neighbor said.

 

 

“We have got to clean up these streets, it is not safe anymore,” another neighbor said.

 

A woman heard gunshots Saturday outside her home near 38th and Ames streets. A block away, near 37th and Ames streets, another shooting just two hours before that sent a 20 – year – old to the hospital with gunshot wounds to her leg.

 

Omaha police said neighbors should not be worried.

 

“We have had examples in the past where there has maybe been a surge in violent crime, so we are ready to handle situations like this,” Officer Michael Pecha said.

 

OPD said while this rash of violence catches your attention, they said that it is not random and is irregular.

 

“We just want to reassure people that when you look at the bigger picture and you look long term, one weekend may not represent the totality of the crime in the city, and that the city is not safe,” Pecha said.

 

Regardless, those touched by this weekend’s violence are worried.

 

Howard McDavid said he had just stopped at a gas station near 30th Street and Martin Avenue to fill up when someone drove by and shot up his car Saturday night.

 

He was not hurt, but another man walking across the street was. He got caught in the crossfire, police said.

 

“Be safe because these bullets [are] flying and they do not have anybody’s name on them,” a neighbor said.

 

If you have any extra information on any of these shootings, call Crimestoppers at 402 – 444 – STOP.

Live Updates about Irma Hurricane

The hurricane which impacted almost whole state is nearly done with Florida. According to the National Hurricane center’s latest updates, the storm is approaching the Florida-Georgia border.

The National Hurricane center said, “Irma continues to weaken while moving over extreme northern Florida.”

72% of Miami does not have power

According to Tomas Regalado (Miami’s Mayor), almost 72% of the city does not have power. However, officials already have a recovery plan in place. The most concerning issue is related to road conditions. “Thousands of trees are down,” said Regalado.

Marco Island: formerly and afterward

Yesterday Marco Island became Irma’s second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, distressing the area. Ginny Reimann who lives on South Bahama said that no one is permitted on or off the island though the storm surge is down.

Record storm surge starting in Jacksonville

Since Irma moves out of Florida, perhaps historic flooding is happening in Jacksonville. A storm surge is flooding the city. Starting from last night the winds have been coming onshore and there is a flash flood emergency in the city.

New Roundabout In Omaha, Aksarben Created a “different” Problem for Drivers

A few weeks ago the new round about was opened on 63rd and Shirley streets in Omaha, Aksarben. Its main goal was to control speeding. However, the neighbors said that it really is not visible.

Hatfield who lives near the intersection said that “There are still improvements that need to be made”.

The roundabout was set up in this place for controlling the drivers thus making them drive slowly and avoid crushing.

Hatfield also said, “You can clearly see that cars are not going 50 miles per hour.”

According to Hatfield, the roundabout met its goal, however, it brought a new problem as well. The new problem is that drivers have some difficulties seeing the roundabout which clarifies the skid marks.

Hatfield said, “I think we definitely need to make the visual profile higher for safety reasons.”

However, Omaha city states there is no need to be worried about. The traffic engineer of Omaha city Todd Pfitzer said: “We do expect to see some skid marks and tire marks on those things, it’s kind of inevitable, it happens to every project”.

According to him “if the city puts a larger roundabout, crews would have had to take peoples’ front yards, so they put in a mini one”.

 

Pfizer said: “That middle has to be just concrete so a truck can roll over it and that’s by design,” The city says it’s now working to make sure drivers can see.

The city states with any new project, it’s an experimental run. If more developments need to be made in the future, they will be done.

New Route for Southwest. The only airline to fly nonstop from Omaha to Tampa International Airport

 

Next year seasonal nonstop flight between Omaha’s Eppley Airfield and Tampa International Airport in Florida will launch.
The service will launch on March 10. It will be offered every week on Saturdays.

This route is new for Southwest. Manager of airline affairs of Eppley Steve McCoy said that it will be the only airline which will fly nonstop from Omaha to Tamaha International Airport.

Also, Southwest flies seasonally to Orlando International Airport as well as to Los Angeles International Airport.

Gas Prices In Omaha Declined Slightly And Could Continue To Drop In May


In the Omaha area  the month of may began with a 4-cent drop in the average prices of a gallon of gasoline. In the past week the price of regular unleaded fell to an average of $2.28 a gallon Monday. At one Omaha location regular unleaded was selling for as low as $2.10 per gallon and $2.12 at another.  The other retailers offered regular unleaded for $2.19.

In Nebraska average prices also dropped 2 cents to $2.33 a gallon,  and 4 cents in Iowa to $2.30.

Dan McTeague, a GasBuddy.com petroleum analyst, attributed the drop to a nationwide oversupply of gasoline.

The oversupply, “as refiners ramp up production, will continue to exert downward pressure on prices at the pump,” he said, adding that prices could continue to fall.

The expected bump in fuel demand doesn’t seem to be coming, leaving refineries with a lot of inventory that has yet to find a market,” McTeague said. “Gas prices appear poised to drop yet again this week.”

A month ago, Omaha’s average price for regular unleaded gas was $2.23 a gallon. It was $2.06 per gallon a year ago. In Nebraska, the average a month ago was $2.28. A year ago, the average was $2.17. In Iowa, the average a month ago was $2.27 a gallon. A year ago, it was $2.13.

 

Couple Threatens to File A Complaint After Incident With Omaha Police

This couple was dragged from their car and put in handcuffs for no reason – that’s what an Omaha couple says Omaha police officers did to them.

Now, there is an internal investigation at the Omaha Police Department to find out what went on.

The whole situation was caught on camera by Trent Reis who says he was parked in his car with his fiancé, Willecia Jones.

They state they were about to go into a friend’s house when two officers pulled up behind them.

Jones said, “I, you know, was persistent about not giving my ID.” As she says, she didn’t think she and Reis had done anything wrong.

Reis said, “These guys jogged over to our car and immediately the officer who was on her side of the vehicle pulled out his baton.”

Jones said, “They never once told us why they pulled us over.”

In the video one of the officers said it was because Jones didn’t have her seat belt on when the car was moving.

Jones said, “We were parked on the correct side of the street. We abided by every law so they had no probable cause to do what they did.”

After Jones didn’t give the officer her ID she says she was yanked from the car and handcuffed.

Reis says he eventually handed over his ID, but the same thing happened to him. He says that’s when one of the officers took his phone and stopped the video.

Reis says he then heard one of the officers tell Jones that she was going to jail for not giving them her ID.

‘”I said, “but I’m sure going to talk to Lt. Pauly about this,”’ said Reis.

“They kind of got shook up about it,” said Jones.

She says after the officers heard Lt. Pauly’s name they took off the handcuffs and released Jones and Reis.

Jones said, “They did not check our car. They did not issue a ticket.”

The couple says after what happened they both plan to file a complaint.

Reis also shared that he’s in the process of applying to be an officer with the Omaha Police Department.

Executive Director Danielle Conrad released this statement:

“This situation should have a thorough review and response by the Omaha Police Department and an independent review if necessary…generally, law enforcement has the right to ask for the identification of someone in the driver seat at any time. A passenger, however, is not obligated to provide identification under most circumstances.”

Police Union representatives say if you don’t show your ID when asked it’s an offense.

The only things officers are saying right now is that it’s an internal investigation and a personnel matter.


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Omaha Shooting Victims Identified as Three Teenagers… Find Out More Here!

After a Monday morning shooting near 79th Street and Nebraska Avenue, three people were hospitalized with critical injuries .

Police received reports of a shooting around 12:30 a.m, which is when they found the victims.

Paramedics rushed all three victims to Nebraska Medicine for treatment. All three of the victims are expected to survive.

Metropolitan Utility District crews were also called in after reports of a stray bullet possibly hitting a gas line that went into the house.

The investigation is still at its beginning stages, a lot of information is not yet available. Many witnesses were interviewed, many of which were afraid to release their names because they are in fear that the shooter may return to the neighborhood.

Witnesses told the police that the shooter walked up to the house and started shooting. He fired 6-7 shots, then fled with a dark colored SUV. The shooter was well aware of what he was doing. He was last seen driving East on 79th St.

Omaha police have identified three teenagers who were injured in a shooting Monday morning.

Trey Johnson, 19, Emoni Phelps, 14, and Maniya Swiney, 14, are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Nebraska Medicine.

No other information was released.

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