September 2, 2014

Man aims vehicle at Omaha officer

A 20 year old Omaha man is facing a long list of charges. Around 10:20 Sunday night officers tried to stop a white Ford pickup but the driver took off. Police tracked down the pickup a short time later but the driver took off again but this time aimed the vehicle at an officer.

Omaha’s police helicopter assisted officers on the ground locate the vehicle and they used stop sticks to bring an end to the chase. Police then took Jeffery Hotz into custody. He was booked for theft by receiving, flight to avoid arrest, attempt to assault an officer, robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, possession of a stolen firearm and bond review.

Authorities say the pickup Hotz was driving had been reported stolen in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Police are looking for a possible second suspect.

Options for farmers dealing with commodity price drop

Many Nebraska corn and soybean producers are a little discouraged going into the fall harvest. Agriculture Economist Michael Langemeier that is due to the drop in commodity prices. He says farmers need to look at every option to counter those lower prices and that includes looking at their crop insurance policy. He says the revenue policy can protect a farmer if there is a lower yield and if there is substantial price drop.

Langemeier says there are several new programs, including revenue and price loss coverage that are on the way as well to help protect a farmer’s bottom line as well as other supplemental coverage options.

Statistics show that farm income will be 13% lower in 2014 compared to 2013.

Omaha woman turns table on burglery suspect

A frightening ordeal for an Omaha woman Tuesday morning. Around 3 am Barb Haley woke up when she heard an intruder inside her home. With her dog by her side Hadley discovered a man had broken into her home and was inside a closet.   Hadley’s dog kept the man cornered while she grabbed a gun and called 911.

Police safely removed 24 year old Jody Kudlacz who will face a number of charges. Neither Hadley nor her dog was injured. Police are investigating to see if Kudlacz is responsible for several other recent burglaries.

Omaha police link earlier robbery with deadly “Cops” robbery

Omaha police have linked an earlier robbery with the deadly midtown robbery on Tuesday night in which a crewman from the reality TV show “Cops” was killed.

Police have arrested 24-year-old Jeneva Arias on suspicion of robbing the Little Caesars Pizza at 637 N. Saddle Creek Road. Police say Arias is an associate of 32-year-old Cortez Washington, the suspect in the Wendy’s robbery, killed by police Tuesday night.

The officer who first responded to the Little Caesars robbery, then responded to a robbery in progress at the nearby Wendy’s restaurant.

Two other officers responded to the detective’s call for backup along with the crew from “Cops”. Officers shot and killed Washington after he drew a gun on them. Later, it was learned Washington was armed with an Airsoft pistol, essentially a BB gun.

The sound engineer with the “Cops” crew, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, was caught in the middle of the shooting and died from a shot by a police officer.

Expect a wet Labor Day weekend

Remember the children’s rhyme, “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day”?

Much of the state is waterlogged after heavy rain this week.

National Weather Service – Valley meteorologist Dave Fobert says more is on the way. He says rain is in the forecast tonight and again on Sunday. There likely will be pockets of heavy rain in some areas.

Don’t put the umbrella away just yet. Fobert says there is also a chance of rain next week. He says the most likely days for rainfall will be Monday and Friday

The wet weather may impact plans for the Labor Day weekend. Several entry points along the Elkhorn River are closed and that will limit tubing and kayaking. Authorities in Saunders County also temporarily closed several roads due to flooding.