October 2, 2014

Lincoln man charged in wreck that seriously injured 11-year-old

A young Lincoln man has been charged with driving under the influence as well as leaving the scene of an accident in wake of a wreck that left an 11-year-old with serious injuries.

Lincoln police report 24-year-old Jared St. Louis of Lincoln has been charged with DUI-serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an injury accident, both felonies.

According to police, a young Lincoln boy was critically injured after his bike was struck by a pick-up as he went to school this morning.

Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman Katie Flood says the 11-year-old boy was riding his bicycle to school when a pick-up driven by St. Louis ran over him.

“The driver left the scene of the accident,” Flood tells reporters, but witnesses told police officers where the truck went. Officers pulled St. Louis over not far from the scene of the accident.

Flood says the bike was still wedged underneath the truck when officers pulled it over.

The boy has been hospitalized with serious injuries.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.

Gov. Heineman defends work to correct sentencing miscalculations

Gov. Dave Heineman

Gov. Dave Heineman

Gov. Dave Heineman said today his administration continues to work to correct miscalculations on prison sentencing that led to the premature release of hundreds of inmates.

A new report by the Omaha World-Herald discloses that 51 inmates released early committed 33 felonies and 102 misdemeanors during the time they should have been behind bars.

“Again, we gave a comment to the World-Herald,” Heineman told reporters during a news conference at the Capitol. “Again, as we look into these situations, some of them have gone before a judge since then. There’s a pre-sentence calculation. The judges gave them a sentence and those are being carried out. Now, some of this is going to be involved in litigation.”

The World-Herald also reports a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling requires prisoners to serve the skipped portions of their sentences if they committed crimes during their premature release.

Heineman says he believes most of the errors that led to the premature release of prison inmates have been corrected.

But, the governor acknowledges there might still be problems.

“Now, as I’ve said before are there going to be one or two, particularly where you have a situation where the crime was committed, then the law was changed and the sentencing was done after that law changed? But, I think even most of those have been corrected,” according to Heineman. “And I think going forward they’ve instituted new procedures to prevent that from occurring in the future, because they are going to get the judge’s sentencing order.”

Heineman insists there is more accountability at Corrections.

“Well, you know, look there were a lot of mistakes made. We’ve accepted the responsibility. We’re moving forward,” Heineman stated. “We’ve corrected those mistakes, but I’ve said over and over again, the legislature has accountability here to and so does the judiciary.”

Trooper seized 36 lbs. of marijuana during I-80 stop

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper seized nearly 36 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

The NSP reports the trooper stopped an eastbound car driving left of center and failing to signal on I-80 near the Hershey exit in Lincoln County.

The trooper seized 35.7 pounds of marijuana stuffed in two large bags in the trunk.

The driver, 28-year-old Eric Johnson of Kenosha, WI, and a passenger in the vehicle, 40-year-old Melissa Williams of Sturtevant, WI, have both been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell it.

Lincoln man charged with manslaughter in fatal crash last week

A 54-year-old Lincoln man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash last week.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says deputies formally notified Diep Dong of the charge at his house Thursday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dong attempted to pass another vehicle driving north on a two-lane road September 18th when he hit a car driven by 28-year-old Abraham Raymundo of Crete head-on. Raymundo died from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Wagner says Dong has not been forced to go to jail, because he is being treated for a hairline fracture suffered in the crash.

Omaha teen dies in shooting – Police investigating others

Omaha police are searching for those responsible in the shooting death of a 16 year old high school student Wednesday afternoon. Police were sent to 34th and North Ridge Drive at 3:30 pm and found a teenager lying in a grassy area near an intersection. Johntavious Swift was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. Later that evening Swift died from his injuries.

Those nearby heard the gunfire and rushed to help Swift. Authorities say he was hit in the buttocks and one witness provided first aid at the scene.

Omaha police are investigating another shooting Wednesday near 39th and Pratt Streets. The victim, Davonte Ross was hit several times in the leg. He was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

Overnight officers also responded to Immanuel Hospital after a shooting vicitm walked in to the E-R with a gunshot wound. Police then secured the shooting site at 60th and Northwest Radial Highway. The victim, Jamel Payne is in critical but stable condition.