2 data skimmers found on pumps at Ralston store

Two devices used to steal financial card information were discovered Wednesday on gas pumps at the Super Store near 83rd and Harrison Streets in Ralston.

The devices, known as skimmers, were found in pumps 1 and 2. Those pumps are positioned farthest from the building and near the street, said Ralston Police Chief Ron Murtaugh.

He said the "extremely sophisticated devices" will be turned over to the U.S. Secret Service for processing. Murtaugh said Ralston officers are working to determine how long the devices were operating and their potential victims. He said his department will work closely with law enforcement partners "to gather as much evidence and information as possible."

The police chief advised everyone who used credit and debit cards at the store to monitor their bank statements closely for fraud.

— Kevin Cole

Millard Cribbage League issues invitation to players The Millard Cribbage League needs two-person teams. League play starts Thursday at Millard American Legion Post 374.

Pre-registration is required by Tuesday. For more information or to register, email info@millardcribbage.com or call Greg at 402-630-2949 or Lisa at 402-2507254.

— Courtney Brummer-Clark

Historical group to host 'Mysteries at the Museum' The Papillion Area Historical Society will host its version of "Mysteries of the Museum" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Portal School, 242 N. Jefferson St. It will feature a show-and-tell of historical

— Courtney Brummer-Clark


Prison industries program gets new deputy director

LINCOLN — A new deputy will oversee Nebraska's prison-based manufacturing program.

Corrections Director Scott Frakes announced Thursday that Jeremy Elder has been chosen as deputy director of Cornhusker State Industries. Elder will replace John McGovern, who retired last month.

Elder has worked with the program for the past 12 years in a variety of positions. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UNL. He will begin his new role Jan. 11. — AP

Mom, six children escape fire at Furnas County home

EDISON — Authorities say a woman and six children escaped flames that damaged their home across a street from a fire hall in southern Nebraska.

The fire was reported a little after 9 a.m. Wednesday in Edison.

Firefighters from Arapahoe, Beaver City and Holbrook joined the Edison volunteers in battling the blaze.

Investigators said a child playing with a lighter started the fire.

Edison is a village of about 130 residents in Furnas County. — AP

Pot seized, two arrested ater traic stop on Interstate 80

PLEASANT DALE — Authorities say two people were arrested and more than 91 pounds of marijuana seized after a traffic stop in Seward County.

A Nebraska State Patrol trooper pulled over an eastbound sport utility vehicle a little after 11 a.m. Wednesday near the Pleasant Dale exit off Interstate 80. A police dog alerted officers to the odor of drugs in the back of the SUV, and a subsequent search turned up pot in two suitcases and five boxes.

The driver and his passenger were taken into custody. The patrol said both are from Fairbanks, Alaska. — AP


Patrol: Releasing details about arrest unfair to suspect

IOWA CITY — The Iowa State Patrol says releasing the name of a trooper and details about his use of force during an arrest last summer would be unfair to the suspect he injured.

The patrol refused to explain how a trooper's rifle injured Shanne Arre, 29, during a June arrest following a police chase in Plymouth County.

The patrol last month released an unsigned, undated report showing the trooper drew his rifle and somehow left Arre with a "visible injury."

The Associated Press asked the patrol for further explanation Dec. 21. The agency responded this week by saying that the answers are "investigative information" and their release would undermine Arre's due process rights.

Arre is scheduled for trial Jan. 12 on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, eluding and criminal mischief. He has pleaded not guilty. — AP

Plymouth County museum regains nonprofit status

LE MARS — Officials say the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars has regained its federal nonprofit status.

The Internal Revenue Service notified the museum about the change in December. The reinstatement means people and groups can make tax-deductible donations to the museum, as allowed by IRS rules.

Museum administrator Judy Bowman said the museum wants "to let our donors know everything is OK now."

The nonprofit status was revoked in September 2014. The reinstatement is retroactive to Sept. 15, 2014.

The IRS said the revocation occurred because the museum didn't file a Form 990 series tax return or notice for three consecutive years.

Museum business manager Mary Holub said the museum has changed procedures "to make sure this does not occur again." — AP

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