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Man Arrested for Double Murder

OMAHA, NE – Omaha Police arrested a man Tuesday night who they’ve linked to the shooting death of two people in a Northeast Omaha home. Omaha Police reported this earlier in the week.

Authorities booked Nylr Kuek, 20 years old, into the Douglas County Corrections on two counts of first degree murder. Additionally, officials charged the suspect with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of the use of a weapon to commit felony, and another charge of use of a gun by a prohibited person.

The victims, Michael Sykora, 57, and Tracy Atkins, 50, were discovered dead by detectives investigating a call that came in at 12:03 a.m. Tuesday. It was from a residence in the 6900 block of Northridge Drive.

According to people in the neighborhood, they witnessed police banging on doors at sometime around 1 a.m. Neighbors say they inquired whether anybody had seen or heard anything.

Neighbor Christopher Philip said, “Our neighborhood is a little more subdued and quiet. The worst that we’ll have is an occasional domestic dispute or we’ll have speeders coming through. That’s really the only reason you’ll see police in the neighborhood.

Other neighbors allege that police had stopped by the house multiple times and at all hours of the day and night.

Omaha Police is urging the public to offer any information or help a they move forward with their investigation. They encourage anybody who has some relevant info to contact OPD’s homicide unit at 402-444-5656. Any tips that help identify a suspect will be rewarded with $25,000.

Men Responsible for Recent Break-ins Spotted on Camera

Omaha, NE – Omaha police are on the hunt for two men who broke into a home and stole in excess of $2,000 worth of goods. Unfortunately for the burglars, the entire incident was captured perfectly on camera.

The men illegally entered the home located near 15th and Martha streets. In fact, the homeowner, Adam Hosler, returned to the home and immediately noticed the front door had been damaged.

Hosler said, “The front door knob had been broken off. We had one of the lock boxes on there. They apparently broke that open and got the key out of it and apparently used that on the back of the door to get in.”

In the incriminating video, the men rifle through items in the house then eventually carry Hosler’s belongings to the back. As it turns out, many of the items taken by the thieves happened to be tools, because the house is being remodeled.

The video shows one of the men serving as kind of like a cover guy. Moreover, he stood at the back door like a lookout. At least, this was Hosler’s interpretation of what one of the men was doing in the video.

However, the man must not have been the greatest lookout as he neglected the sign indicating that cameras were inside the home.

According to the police report, the men proceeded to try to break into several nearby homes. In fact, one of the houses door was kicked in, but the structure was empty of any items altogether. Still, another home had a gaping hole in the garage with a lock yanked of, nevertheless, the men took none of their belongings.

The Omaha Police Department urges anybody who knows the men to call them right away.

Man fatally shot during church Mass

Police fatally shot a man Sunday morning inside of a small Catholic church in Northwest Nebraska.

Sheridan County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man near the entrance of the Rushville, Nebraska church. The incident happened as the pastor was reading the long Gospel narrative of Christ’s suffering.

Police later identified the man as Clarence Leading Fighter, 32. He was a suspect in a separate assault that occurred less than an hour earlier, the Nebraska state patrol said.

Authorities report that the officer used deadly force to protect him and the parishioners from potential serious harm. There were anywhere from 100 to 150 people attending the Palm Sunday mass at Immaculate Conception Church.

Deputies cleared the church out immediately after the shooting. The mass was ended abruptly. Rev. Joseph K. Joseph said the incident was traumatic for all those in attendance.

The pastor said that as he was reading the gospel, he heard something that sounded as If someone had passes out. His mind then went to the thought of a terrorist attack. He saw commotion near the glass and people who he didn’t initially recognize as law enforcement officers.

Joseph ducked under the alter. Many of the parishioners took cover in the pews or ran outside through side doors.

State Patrol said the victim in the earlier assault involving Leading Fighter suffered a broken arm. That assault occurred at a Rushville home at about 10:20 a.m. The shooting occurred at roughly 11 a.m.

Joseph said confessions for Sunday were also canceled. He hopes the church will be available for Holy Thursday. Catholics are now entering the holiest days of the year.

Joseph said that the head of the Grand Island Diocese was looking into whether the church would have to be reconsecrated after the fatal shooting.

Semi-Trucks Haul Needed Food Through Flooded Highways into Fremont

FREMONT, NE – Finally, after dealing with flooded and blocked highways since Friday, semi-trucks delivered food to Fremont! At least two of the local grocery stores received the goods – much needed at this point. The pack of semi-trucks, nine of them in total, made the journey from Omaha to Fremont. They arrived in Fremont around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

In fact, the city expected another nine trucks to arrive with loads of food by Monday afternoon. According to a driver for FirstFleet (of Murfreesboro, TN), Brian Helmer, six trucks unloaded on Monday morning at Baker’s. Each truck had about 45,000 pounds of product inside.

These convoys of trucks are part of an effort to get supplies to Fremont, which is needed at this time. As a result of flood waters, major highways have been blocked since Friday.

The conditions of the Fremont flood only got worse as the days went by. In fact, the community needed the help of shelters. Five shelters now are helping those who had to evacuate. These shelters are located at First Lutheran, Salem and Trinity Lutheran churches. In addition, they are at Fremont Nazarene Church, as well as Fremont Middle School.

HyVee has been feeding people within the shelters, with some help from the Red Cross. As a result, HyVee’s supplies dwindled. This led to the need for the shipments of supplies from Omaha. The company worked along with the Nebraska State Patrol, the National Guard, and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

They worked together to get a route from Omaha into Fremont. The roads are not open for public use at this time, as they are still too dangerous. To get through the flood and mud, they had to plow a route there. But now, luckily, the supplies brought relief to the shelters during these difficult circumstances.

New Omaha Record Minus 7 Results in Fatality!

OMAHA, NE – On Monday morning, Omaha broke a new record! The city has reached a record-breaking negative seven degrees. The National Weather Service established that this breaks the old record of minus two in 1965.

The cold is supposed to continue through the week. The temperature will not rise above low 20s.  There is also potential for flurries throughout the next couple of days.

As a result of extreme weather, there is a safety hazard. The Nebraska State Patrol closed off the I-80 near Greenwood Monday morning because there was an accident. The one-vehicle incident resulted in a fatality. The highway closed at 8 AM and reopened at around 12 PM. Refreezing along the I-80 caused many problems between Omaha and Lincoln.

During the weekend, seven to ten inches of new snowfall in the Omaha metro area. This causes trouble for some people during their morning commute. In some residential neighborhoods, about 10 inches of snow was recorded.

Interestingly, Omaha reacted strongly to the record-breaking snowfall. Classes were canceled because of the snow. Also, trash pickup was canceled on Monday. Throughout the week, crews have been plowing snow to clear a driving lane.

The weekend storm was a severe one. The blizzard conditions are unlike any storm Omaha has seen before. Nebraska wasn’t the only state that had extreme weather, other states were hit with extreme weather as well.

Although conditions are steadily improving, the storm continues on. Flurries are on the radar for the upcoming week. Care is advised while commuting and travelling. Hopefully, there are no more record breaking storms in Omaha.

School is Back but Winter Isn’t Over in Omaha

OMAHA, NE – Well, Omaha residents… Omaha winter is not over yet, but school is back in session. Storms, icy roads, and overall bad weather conditions plagued the city the last few days. In fact, mixed precipitation and snow all Tuesday afternoon caused many school cancellations. Omaha Public Schools received a snow day Tuesday, on top of the already-long weekend due to the holiday and the snow day on Friday.

However, the storms don’t stop the city for too long. As of Wednesday morning, Omaha Public Schools announced that classes would resume again on January 23rd. But, the district advised all students to dress warmly and accordingly. The buses could still face delays because of the icy and snowy roads. And, if a bus is more than fifteen minutes late, students are encouraged to return to a sheltered, warm area.

In addition to Omaha, Council Bluffs Community Schools also announced that they are back in session for Wednesday. In a release, they stated that some snowy streets might cause issues. But, parents can always call the transportation line to get information about alternate bus stops.

The winter weather isn’t going anywhere any time soon, either. According to the US Climate Prediction Center, this colder than usual weather will likely continue into February. Despite the still-icy roads, weather forecasters predict that Wednesday is the nicest day this week. Cold winds and dropping temperatures return Thursday in this Omaha winter. It is unclear how much more snow and cold we’ll get in Omaha this year… but it is already more than usual.

Meth May Be in Your Neighborhood!

OMAHA, NE – The nation is facing an opioid epidemic. Jose Murillo, a man arrested last year as part of a drug organization, gained a sentence of seven years in federal prison. This criminal received charges on account of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The Federal Government labels “meth” as America’s most dangerous drug, and it remains a huge problem in Nebraska.

Federal authorities reported that Jose “Gordo” Luis Murillo used his house in Omaha as a distribution point for meth. Individuals in Mexico would send Murillo methamphetamine and he sold it. Murillo received the cash from drug sales and he would then wire the money to Mexico.

Murillo wasn’t the only one involved in the drug trafficking ring. Not only was the convict charged last year, but so were 13 others.  The group received pounds of meth at a time and sent many wire transfers to groups in Mexico. The discovered transfers reached over $100,000. During the initial arrest, police found over $170,000 in cash in Murillo’s home.

Murillo was not the leader of this organization. The police have yet to establish the leader. Although Murillo himself assisted in 59 wire transfers totaling well over $65,000 from Nebraska to Mexico.  He pleaded guilty to two accounts. These charges were a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and a conspiracy to launder money. His sentence, decided on December 21, is 87 months in federal prison.

Consequently, the court sentenced four members of the trafficking organization to jail time. Meanwhile, the other nine cases in the trial are pending.

Omaha Archdiocese Releases List of 38 Clergy Accused of Sex Abuse

On Friday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese released a list of 38 priests and other clergy members accused of sex abuse. The state’s top prosecutor made a request that prompted the move.
24 of the priests were under the control of the archdiocese when the allegations of sexual misconduct arose. Since then, all of the men have either died, or the archdiocese has removed them from serving. At least two men served sentences for molesting children.

Archbishop Apologizes to Families

The archdiocese also submitted reports on 10 other visiting priests and four deacons. Omaha Archbishop George Lucas said that he was “deeply saddened” over the news that priests had committed sex abuse and apologized to the victims and their families. He asserted that no one has accused currently serving members in the archdiocese’s ministry of sexual abuse allegations. 132 priests and 215 deacons presently serve in the archdiocese. Lucas acknowledged a “pattern of failure” by church leaders and promised future transparency.

The allegations date back to 1956. However, no cases were reported prior to 1978. The archdiocese said that 34 of the 38 names submitted had offended before 2002. In that year, the U.S. Conference of Bishops initiated a charter that requires U.S. dioceses to protect children from abuse.

The public can view the list of accused clergy at report.archomoha.org. The list includes John Fiala, who in 1996 left the Archdiocese. The church ordained Fiala in 1984. Fiala molested a teenage boy and then attempted to hire a hit man to kill the victim. In 2011, the archdiocese paid a settlement to the victim. The archdiocese did not disclose the amount of the settlement.

The archdiocese said it will update the list if it receives additional substantiated allegations. In addition, it will conduct a forensic audit of its historic clergy files.

3D Printed Reefs Fabricated by an Omaha Company are Environmentally Friendly

Omaha, Nebraska – An Omaha Company is restructuring the 3D printing industry and aims to save the environment while doing so.

The company has access worldwide and beyond, from the ocean floor to outer space.

The business is located in a building off 72nd and Pacific streets, Omaha.  The working lot features a white room that’s mostly quiet, except for the subtle noise of printers.  Karen Linder and Jim Linder initiated Tethon 3 D four years ago. They had one of their first projects underwater.

According to president and CEO of Tethon, Karen Linder the reef system has been destroyed year after year. That’s where the oysters live in.

Marine biologists claim that 85 percent of the world’s reefs are functionally extinct.  That’s one of the reasons Tethon was asked for a reef prototype from Blue W labs in New England.

The printed reefs were shipped and they were placed in the ocean off the East Coast.

The system Tethon has is the only one of its kind in the whole nation.  Using the ceramic powder makes it environmentally friendly.

As Karen Linder 3-D printed object can go back in the ocean or back in the dirt with no negative damage on the environment.

Tethon has more than 600 clients in 40 countries around the world. Karen Linder said the 3 D printing industry is constantly evolving and the possibilities are limitless.

2 Kids Left in a Minivan Overnight by Omaha Dad: Charges For Child Abuse

Omaha, Nebraska – An Omaha dad got sentenced to probation on Tuesday. He is guilty of leaving his two children in a minivan overnight. An Omaha dad left his children in his minivan and went drinking. Later on, he went home with a woman.

An Omaha man, a dad of two children, is identified as 29-year-old Charles Bibbs, is sentenced to three years of probation for intentional child abuse.

29-year-old Charles Bibbs will face a maximum of three years of imprisonment. According to officials, he left his kids aged 4 and 5, in an unlocked minivan to go to the bar for drinks. After drinking at the bar, he went to a woman’s apartment.

The incident happened at night. The kids at an unlocked van were running it at a stormy night. The woman who spotted boys alone in the van, gave them Honey Nut Cheerios to eat. She let the police know the next morning.

The boys were served juice and doughnuts from Omaha police officers.

29-year old Omaha man got released from the prison just hours before that night. He had been charged for fourth-offense drunken driving.

The case of children’s care is still pending.

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