September 3, 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.

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.

Investigation into Lincoln home invasion homicide continues

Lincoln police continue to investigate a homicide over the weekend that they believe stemmed from an attempted home invasion robbery.

Police were called to the LionsGate Apartment complex very early Saturday morning. 21-year-old Maurice Lamont Williams had been shot once in the chest.

Witnesses reported that several suspects attempted to enter Williams’ apartment, with a struggle escalating, and ending with the fatal shot that struck Williams. Williams was transported to Bryan West Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

Western Nebraska man sentenced on child porn charges

A western Nebraska man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Ralph Moreno of Gering will have to serve five years of supervised released after getting out of prison. Moreno will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators downloaded videos of child pornography from a computer owned by Moreno in October. In November, investigators found child pornography in Moreno’s home.

According to the United States Attorney’s office, a forensic review of the computer discovered more than 200 child pornography videos downloaded during a five year period. Prosecutors say the videos were graphic

Nebraskans warned to be vigilant against new crop of scams

More new scams and variations of old scams are victimizing people across Nebraska.

Consumer advocate Sandy Chalmers says some cons are more common than others, but all involve bad people trying to take advantage of residents by phone or online.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t end,” Chalmers says. “We do everything we can to keep the public informed so they know how to best protect themselves.”

One common scam this year involves phone calls or emails telling victims they have a court date that was missed and they need to send money to pay the fine.

Chamlers says another prevalent scam involves someone calling who claims to work for the Internal Revenue Service.

“Usually saying that you owe us money and they explain how to make a payment,” she says. “Now, there’s a new twist where they say, ‘We need to give you a refund and all we need is your bank account number so we can make a deposit.’”

Chalmers says if it sounds like a scam, it probably is, and she adds, any call you receive out of the blue asking for money or personal information is suspect.

“You really have to be vigilant and anytime you’re asked for financial information, personal information or asked to wire money, it’s a scam,” she says.

Chalmers says anyone who receives suspicious phone calls or emails should hang up the phone, not open email attachments, and contact the authorities.