October 7, 2015

Hope Center gala raises $600K; honors founders

Ty and Terri Schenzel

Ty and Terri Schenzel

A gala to support the Hope Center for Kids surpassed its goal, raising more than $600,000 to support services in north Omaha and Fremont.

More than 1,200 attended the gala held Saturday night at the Century Link Center in Omaha. The annual event honored the legacy of founders Ty and Terri Schenzel, both of whom died in a car accident in August.

Video presentations during the gala featured youth who testified that the center had changed their lives as well as testimonials from youth on the impact Ty and Terri had on their lives.

According to Brenda Christensen, board president, “The legacy of Ty and Terri Schenzel belongs to the children and families served by staff and volunteers of The Hope Center,” Hope Center Board President Brenda Christensen said in a written statement released by the Center, who added The Hope Center for Kids intends to stay and work in the community “until we are no longer needed.”

Ty and Terri Schenzel founded the Hope Center for Kids in Omaha in 1998. It expanded to Fremont last year. Schenzel had actually stepped down from the center, retiring in May.

The Hope Center for Kids serves 1,650 youth ages 5 to 18 in north Omaha and Fremont through after-school and summer programs. Programs focus on education, employability, collaboration, and faith.


U.S. Marshals: dangerous fugitive might be at large in Nebraska

David L. Erickson/Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshal Service

David L. Erickson/Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshal Service

A dangerous fugitive might be loose in Nebraska.

The U.S. Marshal Service is asking for help in locating 29-year-old David Erickson, wanted for violating federal supervised release.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Will Iverson says Erickson could be in the Lincoln area.

“We have information that he is armed and dangerous and still in the Lincoln area and we have been authorized to offer up to $1,000 for assistance in locating him and arresting him,” Iverson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

Iverson advises anyone who believes they have seen Erickson not to approach him, but to call 911.

Erickson is described as a while or white Hispanic male; 5-foot, 9, 150 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.

Former Husker Fryar sentenced for mortgage fraud

Former Nebraska Husker wide receiver Irving Fryar has been sentenced to five years in prison for a mortgage scheme in which he and his mother provided false information to obtain loans.

Fryar’s mother, 74-year-old Allene McGhaee, has been sentenced to three years’ probation.

Both were convicted in August of using the same property as collateral on a number of mortgage loan applications.

According to prosecutors, Fryar and McGhee falsified their wages on the applications, at one point making the claim that McGhee earned thousands of dollars a month as the event coordinator for the church Fryar pastors. Prosecutors says the two made only token payments on four of the loans. The banks wrote off the loans as losses.

Fryar had claimed he was a victim of a con artist who devised the scheme. Williams Barkdale pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. He became the key witness in Fryar’s trial.

Fryar, who is 53, was the first pick in the 1984 NFL draft, selected by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

Fryar is the pastor of a church he founded.

Sen. Fischer: shutting down the government doesn’t accomplish anything (AUDIO)

Sen. Deb Fischer

Sen. Deb Fischer

United States Senator Deb Fischer says she voted for a short-term budget bill, because shutting down the federal government doesn’t accomplish anything.

Fischer voted to keep the government funded after the Senate defeated a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.

“I’ve learned in 2013, my first year, that shutting down the government doesn’t accomplish anything,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.

Fischer, a Republican, says that even in the face of a budget crisis, Democratic leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama refused to negotiate with Republicans on the budget.

The Senate first voted on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in wake of controversial videos which appear to catch Planned Parenthood officials discussing the trafficking of fetal tissues and organs. Planned Parenthood has vehemently denied breaking any federal laws.

The effort to take money from Planned Parenthood couldn’t even muster 50 votes.

After that effort failed, the Senate approved a short-term spending bill that didn’t touch Planned Parenthood funding and averted a federal government shutdown when its fiscal year began October first.

Fischer acknowledges disappointment efforts to take money from Planned Parenthood have failed. She says the only way Congress will succeed is through legislation sponsored by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst which would shift the funding from Planned Parenthood to federal-approved medical clinics.

Fischer says that though initial efforts have failed, she isn’t ready to give up.

“But even with the frustrations that we feel on this and many other issues, that doesn’t mean you give up the fight.”

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:45]

Harvest beginning in Nebraska as farmers worry about crop prices

Photo by Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News

Photo by Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News

Combines are beginning to roll across Nebraska, with the harvest starting in the southeastern corner of the state.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Paul Hay in Gage County says the corn harvest is underway. Hay says farmers hope the weather cooperates for soybeans planted late due to the wet spring.

“We need to kind of keep the sunny days coming and not that frost, yet. Probably another couple of weeks to get kind of through that,” Hay tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “Corn is starting to ripen; a lot of dryland fields, we’re in to those. We’re in to some irrigated corn now.”

Hay says a number of corn fields suffered damage from storms that moved through the southeastern portion of Nebraska over the Labor Day weekend. Many farmers are letting cattle into fields that simply won’t be very easy to harvest. Hay cautions to make sure there isn’t too much corn left in the fields for cattle to safely consume.

While it was wet early in southeastern Nebraska, it has been wet late in northeastern Nebraska.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Keith Jarvi of Dixon County says farmers need some sunny, dry days to get harvest in full swing in the northeastern region of Nebraska.

Jarvi says farmers, in general, are optimistic about their crop yields, just wary of the prices they’ll get.

“They’re feeling pretty good about what’s out there, it’s just what they’re going to get for it, that’s the big issue right now,” Jarvi says.

The latest reports show 10% of the corn crop has been harvested in Nebraska and about 13% of the soybeans have been harvested across the state.

Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, contributed to this report.