December 18, 2014

Omaha officer rushed to hospital after fall during traffic stop

An Omaha police officer was rushed to a hospital in serious condition after conducting a traffic stop around 10:45 Wednesday morning on westbound I-80 at 36th Street.

Omaha Public Information Officer Michael Pecha says the officer was conduction a traffic stop after falling and striking his head.  The officer was responsive at the scene.

Members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force and other Omaha police officers rushed to the scene to assist.  The vehicle the officer pulled over remained at the scene and two individuals inside were questioned.  No further details are available.

Body of airman recovered from Lake Manawa in Iowa

A United States airman who worked for Offutt Air Force Base has drowned in Lake Manawa across the state line in Iowa.

A search for the man began shortly after his companion, 36-year-old Master Sgt. Benjamin Ferguson, swam to shore Sunday after their boat capsized. The other man, whose name has not been released, also began to swim, but didn’t make it.

Emergency crews searched for his body Sunday until darkness ended the search. It resumed Monday when the body was recovered.

The Council Bluffs, Iowa Police Department reports the men had been attempting to navigate frozen patches on the lake when it flipped over.

Ferguson suffered extreme hypothermia. The water temperature at the time of the accident registered around 35 degrees, according to authorities.

Officials say they will wait until they have results from an autopsy before releasing the name of the drowning victim.

Both men worked at the weather agency for Offutt, which is located in Bellevue.

Medical incident might have led to fatal crash

Police suspect a medical incident might have led to a car crash that took the life of a Lincoln man.

Lincoln police report 43-year-old Michael Clancy died in the wreck downtown Sunday evening after his car ran off the street and hit a light pole.

Emergency workers rushed Clancy to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead.

One man swims to safety, another presumed drowned in boating accident

Blue-lightsA search will pick up this morning after one Nebraska man swam to safety while another appears to have drowned in Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Authorities report 36-year-old Bengamin Ferguson of Omaha is in fair and stable condition this morning at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. The name of his companion who remains missing has not been released.

Rescue teams from both sides of the state line attempted to find the man until darkness ended the search. It will resume this morning.

The Council Bluffs Police Department reports the men attempted to cross Lake Manawa in a canoe Sunday afternoon when it capsized. The two had been attempting to navigate frozen patches on the lake when the canoe flipped.

Both men began swimming toward the shore. Only Ferguson made it.

Ferguson suffered extreme hypothermia. The water temperature at the time of the accident registered around 35 degrees, according to authorities.

Colorado woman dies in I-80 rollover wreck in western Nebraska

policelightbarA passenger in a car that rolled over on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska Saturday has died.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports 20-year-old Emily Barnes of Colorado was ejected from the vehicle. Barnes died at the scene.

According to NSP, 22-year-old Cody Seldon of Michigan was driving east on I-80 about two miles east of the Sunol interchange when he lost control of the car. It rolled into the westbound lanes of the interstate.

Seldon is being treated at a local hospital.