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Martin Almazan

METRO AREA

Warrant issued for suspect in restaurant shooting

A judge issued a warrant Friday for a man police accuse of shooting another man early Friday at a Mexican restaurant in South Omaha.

The warrant charges Martin Almazan, 60, with two counts of felony assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and terroristic threats.

Police said Brigido Ruiz Rebollar, 53, was injured in the shooting around 12:15 a.m. at the El Catrin Mexican restaurant northwest of 13th and Harrison Streets.

Ruiz-Rebollar was taken to Creighton University Medical Center, police said. Later Friday, he was listed in serious condition.

Officers said the victim's brother, Joel Ruiz-Rebollar, 31, told them the brothers got into an argument with a man they knew. Police said the man struck Joel Ruiz-Rebollar in the head with a pool cue before leaving the scene. The man returned a short time later, and a second altercation broke out that ended with gunfire.

Police said they found the man's vehicle near his residence and received a tip that he was inside. Officers surrounded the residence near Park Avenue and Jackson Street on Friday morning but did not find him. — Jay Withrow

NEBRASKA

Beatrice pharmacist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

LINCOLN — A Beatrice pharmacist has pleaded guilty to felony Medicaid fraud in connection with billing the government for higher-priced name-brand drugs while dispensing lower-cost generic drugs.

Tod Lundberg, owner and operator of the now-closed Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Lundberg, 50, agreed to a plea deal on Tuesday in Gage County District Court.

As part of the deal, prosecutors will recommend a probation sentence if Lundberg pays $37,759 in restitution before his sentencing on March 2. That amount is the excess paid to the pharmacist over the three years of the scheme.

The Nebraska Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit investigated the case along with the FBI and other state and federal officials. — Paul Hammel

Ricketts to give State of the State address Thursday

Gov. Pete Ricketts will deliver his State of the State address on Thursday. The governor's annual address will start at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol.

He will then travel to 10 cities for a State of the State "fly around." He'll be in South Sioux City, Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings on Thursday.

He will go to North Platte, Sidney, Scottsbluff, Alliance, Valentine and Fremont on Friday.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will deliver his Condition of the State address 10 a.m. Tuesday at the State Capitol. — Emily Nohr

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