August 2, 2015

Colorado woman charged in fiery fatal crash on I-80 in Nebraska

Police-car-lights[1]A Colorado woman has been charged in a fiery fatal crash on Interstate 80.

The Nebraska State Patrol says 36-year-old Laura Foster has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and driving while intoxicated in the wreck in west-central Nebraska.

According to NSP, 43-year-old Angela Miller of Ravenna died in the crash.

NRP reports Miller was traveling east on I-80 near Paxton when her pick-up was rear-ended by an SUV driven by Foster. Miller lost control of the pick-up, it crossed the median and ran onto the westbound lane of traffic, crashing into a semi tractor-trailer carrying hazardous material. The tanker burst into flames.

A hazardous materials crew had to clean up the mess.

The patrol closed I-80 between Paxton and Sutherland for a time Thursday night due to smoke from the burning semi.

Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this report.


Precautions against the Emerald Ash Borer

The city of Omaha is taking preventative action against the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer. The inventory shows there are 6,482 Ash trees on the right-of-way, 4,340 Ash trees in City of Omaha parks, and 686 on City golf courses. Trees on private property are not included in this count.

Omaha’s Parks, Recreation and Public Property Division is now evaluating available treatment options and the cost of widespread tree removal if the borer is discovered in or around Omaha. Ash trees that are currently damaged from weather or other insects are being removed at the cost of more than $1,000 each.

As of July 30, 2015, the Nebraska Forest Service has not had reports of the borer in the state but it can go undetected before tree damage is noticed. The Forest Service recommends preventive treatment for Ash trees when Emerald Ash Borer is confirmed within 15 miles and advises widespread removal of healthy trees is not necessary.

The most recent information shows Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed approximately 100 miles from Omaha, in Iowa.

Congressman Fortenberry calls for suspension of money for Planned Parenthood

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be suspended while Congress investigates videos released by an anti-abortion group.

A fourth video has been released by the Center for Medical Progress in which it appears a Planned Parenthood officials discusses the trafficking of fetal tissue and organs after abortions.

Fortenberry says Planned Parenthood has carefully cultivated an image of providing women health care.

“Now the façade has come down,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The gruesome realities of this organization are exposed. It is sickening. It is shameful. And this is a taxpayer-funded organization, by the way, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars and that doesn’t even count what they receive through various affiliates and associates in overseas monies.”

The selling of fetal tissue and organs from abortions is illegal. Planned Parenthood insists it has not broken the law and has stayed within federal statutes.

Fortenberry says federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be suspended while Congress investigates whether that is true.

“But there is a deeper issue here of really what this organization has stood for in the past and why we continue as Americans to not really work hard to heal the past,” according to Fortenberry. “Everyone out there, everyone is affected in some way or another by the painful reality of abortion. But the selling of unborn baby parts brings this to a gruesome level that should awaken the conscience of the entire nation.”

Fortenberry rejects the notion that if Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive federal money, women won’t receive medical care.

“As a matter of first principle, abortion is not health care,” Fortenberry responds. “This organization is completely entangled in profiting in the profitable industry of abortion and that’s the reality.”

Fortenberry says Congress needs to investigate, but the nation needs to reflect.

“As gruesome and sickening as this is, the reality is it makes us confront something that we all want to push off to the side and just sanitize and not deal with.”

5 year old Omaha boy killed after hit by SUV

A tragic accident claims the life of a five year old Omaha boy Thursday night.

Omaha police report that just after 9 pm a Ford Explorer was driving through an alley near 27th and Marcy Streets when Yoshua Mejia-Estrada ran between two parked vehicles and was struck. Mejia-Estrada was rushed to a hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

Police say the boy and his parents had been visiting relatives when the accident occurred. There were no other children present. Speed and alcohol were not factors in this accident.

Storm downs tree limbs and power lines

A small but powerful storm hit eastern Nebraska Friday morning around 4 am that dumped heavy rain and strong wind. The storm’s path targeted the central part of Omaha and downed tree limbs and power lines.

The Omaha Public Power District reports that at one point 12,000 customers were without service. Spokesperson Jodi Baker says, “They had trouble shooters out there looking for the problem and at that point repair crews head out.”   As of noon about 4,500 were still without service.

Drivers this morning were on alert and had to drive around tree limbs blocking streets. There is also one report of a limb landing on top of a vehicle. No injuries were reported.