Ernie Chambers


Man rescued in South O fire treated for smoke inhalation

A man was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after a Monday afternoon fire in South Omaha.

Firefighters were called to a home that formerly housed a business near 27th and Q Streets just before 1:15 p.m. A man who had been inside the building was outside when firefighters arrived. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Keith Main of the Omaha Fire Department.

Two other occupants were helped out of the home by firefighters and refused medical treatment, Main said.

The fire was extinguished in about 5 minutes. The cause of the fire was still being investigated Monday afternoon.— Emily Nitcher

Residents displaced in fire that appears accidental

A few residents of a west Omaha apartment complex were displaced after a weekend apartment fire that caused an estimated $160,000 in damage.

Firefighters were called to 12015 William Plaza just before 11 a.m. Saturday after a fire had been reported in a three-story apartment building. The fire was in the wall and attic space above the kitchen in one of the apartments, officials said.

A person and a dog present at the time of the fire were able to escape. No injuries were reported. Officials said the fire appears to have been accidental.— Emily Nitcher


2 escaped piglets cause cars to crash on I-80 in Lincoln

LINCOLN — One little piggy caused a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 on Friday; another little piggy apparently escaped.

Steve Beal, the manager of Animal Control in Lincoln, said his officers were called twice on Friday afternoon to a segment of I-80 just west of the 27th Street interchange.

The first call, he said, was at 4:45 p.m. after a baby feeder pig strayed into the eastbound lanes and caused a chain-reaction accident. Three vehicles sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage, according a Lincoln police report.

While none of the motorists was injured, the pig had scraping and bruising consistent with falling out of a livestock trailer, Beal said.

A Lincoln veterinary clinic diagnosed the 25-pound piglet with a broken pelvis. Because of its injuries, the piglet was euthanized, he said.

About an hour later, Beal said his office got a second call about a piglet on the loose. Animal Control was unable to locate that one.

He said that it's rare to get a call about livestock falling out of a trailer, but that it does happen.— Paul Hammel

Ex-teacher pleads not guilty in locker-room camera case

LOUP CITY — A former Loup City teacher accused of putting a camera in a girls locker room has pleaded not guilty.

Anthony Rahe, 24, filed the plea Thursday in Sherman County District Court. Rahe is charged with eight felony counts and one misdemeanor count of unlawful intrusion, three felony counts of possession of child pornography, and three felony counts of manufacturing a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.

A student discovered the camera Oct. 8, and Rahe was arrested the next day.

Rahe is free after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail. A jury trial is scheduled for April 11 in Loup City.

— World-Herald News Service

Mountain lion license plate legislation sent to final vote

LINCOLN — Nebraska is one step closer to commemorating mountain lions on a special license plate that would raise money for youth wildlife education.

Senators gave second-round approval Monday to legislation that would create "mountain lion conservation plates" through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The measure would impose a $5 fee for the plates, with the revenue going to a state program that educates youth about conservation.

Personalized plates would cost $40.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, well-known animal lover, has said he introduced the proposal because of the public's interest in preserving the mountain lion population.

The bill requires one final vote before it goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts.— AP

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