Bacon nabs 2 endorsements in bid for Ashford's seat

Don Bacon, a Republican congressional candidate in the Omaha-based 2nd District, has received the backing of two top local law enforcement officials.

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning and Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis both endorsed Bacon on Wednesday.

Bacon is attempting to unseat freshman Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb. — Robynn Tysver

2 teens held in robbery of Family Dollar store

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a Family Dollar store.

An employee of the store at 6618 N. 30th St. told officers a boy entered the store around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, pulled a gun and demanded money and cigarettes.

The teen fled after getting cash and cigarettes, police said. A second teen may have been in the store earlier, possibly casing it.

As they investigated the robbery, police got a call about two "suspicious males" walking east on Minne Lusa Boulevard. Officers determined that the two boys, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old, had been involved in the robbery.

The teens were booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on suspicion of robbery and use of a gun to commit a felony. — Jay Withrow


Man gets prison term for fatal stabbing in Nebraska City

Jacob H. Adams had gone to a house in Nebraska City in July to fight a man he thought had stolen an Xbox controller and money from him. During the struggle, Sebastien D. Hall stabbed the 21-year-old Adams, according to Otoe County authorities.

Hall, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 to 40 years in prison for the July 19 killing. He pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. Otoe County District Judge Jeffrey Funke sentenced Hall to 15 to 20 years for each crime and ordered that he serve the terms one after the other.

The stabbing occurred on a porch outside 602 S. Seventh St., where Hall lived with roommate Dylan Boyle, 22. Boyle was charged with misdemeanor assault, but the charge later was dismissed. — Emerson Clarridge

Man killed, another injured in Hamilton County crash

An 18-year-old Aurora, Nebraska, man was killed and another Aurora man, also 18, was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash last week in Hamilton County.

Jordan Sine was killed in the crash Friday around 11:45 p.m. on a county road 4 miles northwest of Aurora, said Michael Powell, Hamilton County attorney.

He said Jordan Thayer, who was driving the 2002 Buick LeSabre when it crashed, was taken to Kearney Regional Medical Center. A spokeswoman at the medical center said Wednesday that she could not release any information about Thayer's condition.

Powell said the teens, who were not wearing seat belts, were westbound in the LeSabre when the Buick crossed an intersection, veered off the road and struck a concrete barrier. — Jay Withrow


House panel OKs medical marijuana bill with changes

DES MOINES — A bill that would create a system for manufacturing, dispensing and possessing medical marijuana in Iowa has advanced in the Legislature.

The Republican-majority House Commerce Committee voted 17-6 Wednesday for the bill after it was amended to reduce the number of proposed cannabis manufacturers and dispensaries from an earlier version of the bill.

Under the bill, cannabis oil could be used to treat people with multiple sclerosis and cancer with a limited life expectancy as well as some forms of epilepsy, as now allowed. Legislators changed the bill to remove the use of the oil for several other conditions. The bill still prohibits smoking the drug.

The legislation now heads to the full House. — AP

Sioux City man stabbed to death; suspect apprehended

SIOUX CITY — Sioux City police have apprehended a man suspected in an early morning stabbing that left another man dead.

Vernon Mace, 50, died Wednesday morning after being treated for multiple stab wounds.

Police responded to a report of a man who had been stabbed around 2 a.m. Mace was taken to the Sioux City Mercy Medical Center and later died.

Police say they apprehended a man and planned to charge him with second-degree murder charge. — AP

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