Stephen M. Russell


Woman sues all homosexuals for knowingly living life of sin

An Auburn woman claiming to be an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, is suing all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, asked an Omaha federal judge to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

Citing Bible verses, Driskell contends "that homosexuality is a sin and that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet(?)"

Driskell wrote in a seven-page petition to the court that God has said homosexuality is an abomination. She challenged the court to not call God a liar.

"I never thought that I would see a day in which our great nation or our own great state of Nebraska would become so compliant to the complicity of some people('s) lewd behavior."

Driskell could not be reached by phone. She is representing herself in the lawsuit.— Alissa Skelton

Unpaid loan led to deadly altercation, prosecutor says

Tension over an unpaid loan led to an Omaha man's stabbing his brother at least 70 times, according to court testimony Tuesday.

A Douglas County judge found enough evidence at the preliminary hearing for Stephen M. Russell, 23, to order him to stand trial for first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He is being held without bail.

The body of Jonathan L. Russell, 27, was found April 4 by his mother inside the family's home at 10710 Calhoun Road. He had been covered with a sheet and his throat was slit.

Shawn Hagerty, an assistant prosecutor in the Douglas County Attorney's Office, said Jonathan Russell borrowed $150 from his younger brother to register a vehicle. Only about $50 was repaid.

"That created some tension from the defendant asking that the money be paid back," Hagerty said.

Stephen Russell told police that Jonathan Russell lunged at him and tried to choke him when he asked about the loan. Prosecutors said Stephen Russell attacked his brother with a knife, stabbing him repeatedly, then sawing on his neck for a minute to make sure he was dead. Stephen Russell then washed his hands with bleach before taking his brother's wallet and going to a store.

According to testimony, there was $13 inside the wallet when the defendant turned himself in to police later in the day.— Kevin Cole

Fire union hosting final steak fry of the year to benefit MDA

A steak fry to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held today in the Omaha Fire Union Hall at 60th and Grover Streets.

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Union will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each meal is $10 per plate and includes a steak, baked potato, vegetable, salad and roll.

This will be the third and final steak fry of the year with all proceeds going to MDA. Fareway grocery stores has been a new partner for this year's events, providing the food at cost.— Kevin Cole


Man dies of apparent heart attack that caused crash

HENDERSON — County officials say a McCook man has died of an apparent heart attack he sustained while driving along Interstate 80, causing a two vehicle crash.

Hamilton County Attorney Michael Powell said the collision occurred around 5:10 p.m. Monday about 7 miles east of Aurora. He said Victor Schwartz, 70, was eastbound when he began swerving onto the shoulder and back onto the road, and then jerked sideways.

Powell said another eastbound vehicle then struck Schwartz's car just behind the driver's door.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Schwartz was pronounced dead on arrival at Henderson Health Care Services. Powell said both the death and crash appear to have been caused by a medical episode, likely a heart attack.— AP


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