Neb. lawmakers to investigate Nikko Jenkins case
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have approved a committee to investigate the state's handling of Nikko Jenkins, who is accused of killing four people in the Omaha area after his release from prison.
Senators adopted a resolution Friday that would create a special committee to look at the circumstances of the case, and review the Department of Correctional Services' rehabilitative and mental health programs. Jenkins was allowed to leave without supervision, despite making threats of violence and begging officials to commit him to a mental health institution.
Lawmakers also adopted a resolution that would create a special committee to study ACCESSNebraska, the state's public benefits hotline. Supporters of the resolution say the system has had problems with long wait times and lost paperwork.
The resolutions are LR424 and LR400.
FATAL OMAHA SHOOTING
Omaha man found guilty in triple slaying case
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2012 shooting deaths of a man and his two teenage sons.
A jury reached the verdict Friday in the case of 35-year-old Anthony Davis after several hours of deliberations. Davis was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Davis was charged in connection to the deaths of 44-year-old Miguel Avalos, 18-year-old Miguel Avalos Junior and 16-year-old Jose Avalos. An alleged accomplice, Timothy Britt, faces similar charges in the case and is awaiting trial. Court records do not list an attorney for him.
Witnesses testified during a two-week trial that the men went to the Avalos home to steal drugs and money.
Man fatally wounded in northeast Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been fatally wounded at a home in northeast Omaha.
Police says officers were dispatched to the house around 2:50 a.m. Friday. The officers found a wounded man, who was taken to Creighton University Medical Center. Police say he died there.
The man has been identified as 21-year-old Brandon Samuels, of Omaha.
Police say several witnesses are being questioned. No arrests have been reported.
Neb. officials look into fire that killed 2 horses
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a barn fire near Beatrice that killed two horses inside.
Beatrice Rural Fire Chief Jim Engel says firefighters were sent to the scene at about 3 p.m. Thursday. They left several hours later.
Beatrice radio station KWBE reports the large barn east of the Beatrice Country Club was a horse arena with stables and storage space. There is no estimate yet on the cost of damages.
A Nebraska Fire Marshal deputy is investigating the cause of the fire.
POUNDS OF POT SEIZED
Nebraska patrol says pot found in 2 vehicles
ROSCOE, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized more than 47 pounds of marijuana from two vehicles along Interstate 80 in western Nebraska.
The patrol said in a news release Friday that a trooper stopped an eastbound pickup near the Roscoe exit just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday. A drug dog taken to the scene alerted troopers to the smell of drugs. Troopers say more than 32 pounds of marijuana was found inside two duffel bags inside a tool box in the pickup bed.
The driver was arrested.
The second seizure occurred Thursday afternoon after a search of a car sitting at a rest area two miles west of the Roscoe exit. Troopers say nearly 15 pounds of pot was found inside the trunk.
A passenger in the car was arrested.
COLD CASE-CHILD ASSAULT
Nebraskan to serve 5 years for abusing Maine girl
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Nebraska man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old relative in Maine nearly a quarter century ago has been ordered to serve five years in prison.
WZON-AM says a Maine superior court judge in Bangor on Friday imposed the sentence on Clarence Cote (KOH'-dee) of Nemaha. The 65-year-old man was convicted in January of abusing the girl.
Cote's attorney, who vowed to appeal, had questioned why the state took so long to prosecute when it knew of the allegations in 1994. He said the state had lost key evidence.
Prosecutors say they had trouble finding Cote after he moved to Nebraska.
Huskers' Pelini receives 1-year contract extension
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.
Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.
Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers' streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years.
Minutes after Nebraska lost its last regular-season game, to Iowa, Pelini defended his record and said, "If they want to fire me, go ahead." Athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement of support for Pelini the next day, but as recently as Tuesday had refused to answer questions about a contract extension.
No. 16 Nebraska defeats Minnesota 80-67
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jordan Hooper scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska beat Minnesota 80-67 in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday night.
The third-seeded Cornhuskers will play Number 19 and second-seeded Michigan State on Saturday for a spot in the championship game. During the regular season Nebraska and Michigan State split two contests.
Emily Cady scored 15 points and Rachel Theriot added 14 points and a career-high 18 assists for the Cornhuskers (23-6).
Minnesota (20-12) trailed by just five points after Mikayla Bailey hit a 3 with 6:54 left to play. Cady responded by opening up an 11-0 run - which saw five Cornhuskers score - to give Nebraska a decisive lead that carried through the rest of the game.
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