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(Update) New Omaha superintendent resigns over emails

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha school board has accepted the resignation of the incoming superintendent. The board voted 9-1 at a special meeting convened Saturday afternoon to accept Nancy Sebring’s letter of resignation. The vote came amid media reports that the discovery of sexual emails Sebring exchanged with her lover hastened her departure from a similar job in Iowa. Sebring was to assume the superintendent’s position on July 1. She abruptly resigned as superintendent of the Des Moines school system last month, saying she needed to attend to family matters ahead of her move. Sebring now acknowledges she stepped down earlier than expected after emails she exchanged with her lover using her district account were discovered.

New Omaha superintendent to resign over emails

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The incoming superintendent of Omaha Public Schools has offered to resign her position amid media reports that the discovery of sexy emails hastened her departure from her Iowa post. The Omaha school district has scheduled a special meeting for Saturday afternoon to consider Nancy Sebring’s offer to resign. Sebring was to assume the superintendent’s position on July 1. She abruptly resigned as superintendent of the Des Moines school system last month, saying she needed to attend to family matters ahead of her move. Sebring now acknowledges she stepped down earlier than expected after emails she exchanged with her lover using her district account were discovered.

Red Oak woman injured while trying to pass a tractor

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say a Red Oak woman suffered burns and scrapes associated with an air bag deployment, after her vehicle made contact with a tractor Friday evening, while attempting to pass the implement. The accident happened about 2 and one-half miles east of Essex.

Authorities says 35-year old Jaymie June McAdams, of Red Oak, was traveling east on Highway 48 between G-and H-Avenues at around 5-p.m. Friday, when she attempted to pass a John Deere tractor which was pulling a grain wagon.

The right front side of McAdams’ 1995 Ford Taurus hit the grain wagon, and continued to make contact with the wagon as she continued east. After her vehicles’ airbags deployed, both the car and tractor/wagon came to a stop. McAdams was treated for her injuries at the scene, and cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Damage to her car was estimated at about $3,000, while there was no damage to the grain wagon or tractor. The driver of the tractor, David Rydberg, of Essex, was not injured during the accident.

Corning men arrested on theft charges

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report two people were arrested Friday afternoon on theft charges. 67-year old Victor Wendell Gray, and 41-year old Eric Matthew Gray, both of Corning, were taken into custody at around 1:40-p.m. Both men were charged with theft in the 2nd degree, after allegedly stealing an air conditioning unit at 1200 Davis Avenue, in Corning. Victor and Wendell Gray were being held in the Adams County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, each.

1 Suspect in Thursday’s beating of a Bluffs woman is arrested

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of the suspects wanted in connection with Thursday’s brutal beating of a Council Bluffs woman who was found handcuffed in a pickup truck, has been taken into custody. According to Omaha Television station KETV, members of the Metro area Fugitive Task Force took 38-year old Brian Bey, of Crescent, into custody after shooting him with a Taser. Bey and 32-year old Travis Labno, of Omaha, are accused of kidnapping and beating 29-year Tabitha Proplesch.

Proplesch remained in the Creighton University Medical Center’s intensive care unit Friday, after being brought to the facility Thursday afternoon. A motorist called the police after spotting the woman slumped over the wheel of a broken-down pickup truck just after 2 p.m. Thursday. The truck was found alongside Mormon Bridge Road by Interstate 29. Investigators say Proplesch was handcuffed, duct taped and severely beaten.

The woman managed to tell investigators her attackers planned to dispose of her body, but the truck ran out of gas. Authorities say one of the men stopped at a nearby home and asked some roofers for help. One of the roofers, whose identity was not released, was able to identify the man on surveillance video for the investigators.

KETV says Bey was taken down by authorities in the parking lot of an Omaha bar and grill, Friday night. His alleged accomplice remains at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the location of Travis Labno, is urged to call the Pottawattamie County Communications Center at 712-328-5737, or 9-1-1.

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Bluffs Police investigate copper and tool thefts

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating thefts over the past week, of more than $40,000 worth of copper and tools from construction sites. The incidents were reported Thursday. Officials say a representative with Cox Contracting reported 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of copper, valued at $30,000, was stolen from a shipping container that was broken into at 202 9th Avenue in Council Bluffs. The incident occurred sometime between 5-p.m. May 25th and 7-a.m. May 29th.

The second incident happened sometime between 5-p.m. Wednesday and 7-a.m. Thursday. Officials say E-and-I Specialist, Incorporated reported copper wire and tools valued at $11,000, were taken from a work site at 6401 Gifford Road.

Nebraska’s highest court reprimands Bluffs attorney

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Supreme Court has reprimanded a western Iowa attorney for failing to disclose he was disciplined in 2008 by Iowa’s highest court.  Michael James Murphy, an attorney in Council Bluffs, who is licensed to practice in both states, was given a public reprimand in Iowa for his work on a divorce case in 2005. Iowa court records show Murphy represented both a husband and a wife during divorce proceedings, which constituted a conflict of interest.  The Nebraska Supreme Court says in Friday’s decision that Murphy failed to notify the Nebraska court that he was reprimanded. The Nebraska court reviewed Murphy’s Iowa record and decided to issue its own public reprimand. The court’s decision indicates Murphy plans to resign from the Nebraska bar.

Clarinda man arrested on OWI charge early Sat. morning

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a Clarinda man and cited three teens early this (Saturday) morning on alcohol-related charges. Officials say 18-year old Logan William Sump was taken into custody at around 4-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Sump was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond. Cited for Possession of Alcohol under the legal age, in connection with the same incident, were 18-year old’s Samantha Jo Thornton, of Coin, and Mariah Joy Holman, of Braddyville. Their citation bond amount was set at $465 each.

In addition, 16-year old Andrew Jarick Whitehill, of Coin, was given a Juvenile Referral citation for Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age. Whitehill was released to the custody of his parent.