August 29, 2015

Lightning sparks Omaha house fire

Two elderly women in Omaha are ok after a house fire Thursday morning. Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Frank Kleffner says they were called to home in the west-central part of the city around 8 am after lightning struck the roof.

Chief Kleffner says most of the fire was on the roof area. The home had wood shingles that caught fire and there is little damage to the home.

Neighbors spotted the fire and helped the two elderly residents safely from the home. There were no injuries.

Hope Center founder dies in fiery interstate crash in South Dakota

Ty and Terri Schenzel/Photo from Facebook memorial page

Ty and Terri Schenzel/Photo from Facebook memorial page

The founder of the Hope Center for Kids in Omaha and his wife have been killed in a fiery traffic wreck in South Dakota.

The Hope Center reports Ty and Terri Schenzel died in a crash on Thursday.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, four people died in the two-car crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90, three miles east of Alexandria.

Though the department has not released the names of the victims yet, the Hope Center reports a passenger in the car with the Schenzels, Ryan Hrubes, died in the crash. Hrubes’ wife, Emily, is reported in critical condition at a hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota.

South Dakota officials say the driver of the other vehicle died in the crash.

According to South Dakota officials, a pick-up collided with the Schenzels’ vehicle. The pick-up was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames.

A prayer service has been planned for this evening a 6 o’clock at Waypoint Church in Omaha, where Ty Schenzel served as an associate pastor.

A Facebook page has been set up to memorialize the couple.

More than 20 people die on Nebraska roads during July

AmbulanceAccording to a report released by the Nebraska Department of Roads, 23 people were killed in traffic crashes on state roads in July.

Of the 23 victims, 13 were not wearing their seatbelts.

Officials also say two fatalities occurred on the interstate, 13 happened on non-interstate highways, and eight took place on local roads.

Eleven of the victims were age 24 or younger.

Lincoln police identify bicyclist killed in traffic wreck

Lincoln police have identified the name of the bicyclist killed in a traffic wreck Wednesday morning.

30-year-old Ronny Schmidt of Lincoln died after being stuck by a mini-van taxicab at a Lincoln intersection.

The accident occurred Wednesday morning at around 5:30.

According to Lincoln police, the taxicab traveling east on Cornhusker collided with the bike at the intersection of Cornhusker and 1st Street.

Witnesses tell police the cab had a green light. It appears Schmidt might have disregarded the traffic signal.

No citations have been issued. The investigation continues.

Minor earthquake shakes north-central Nebraska

EarthquakeSome residents of north-central Nebraska were shaken from their sleep this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a minor earthquake struck the middle of the state about 20 miles southeast of Thedford.

The quake struck at around two o’clock in the morning. It registered a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale. No damage has been reported.