METRO AREA

Charges dismissed against man accused of teen's assault

Sarpy County prosecutors have dismissed a sexual assault charge against a Bellevue man.

Last month, Jason Porter, 36, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of a child stemming from an alleged incident with a 14-year-old girl in April.

He had been held on a $1 million bail and needed to pay 10 percent, or $100,000, to be released.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dismissed the charge without prejudice, meaning it could be filed again, for further investigation.

Porter's attorney, Paul Forney, said Porter maintained his innocence throughout the criminal proceedings, was falsely accused by the alleged victim and looks forward to putting the ordeal behind him.

No sign of foul play in death of man lost on quest in Badlands

A preliminary autopsy report found "no signs of trauma" in the death of a Nebraska man whose body was found in Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota, authorities said Wednesday.

Joshua Jacobsen, 39, of Laurel, Nebraska, was found dead Sept. 16 in a ravine in the park's Sage Creek Wilderness Area. He had been missing since mid-July.

Capt. Corey Brubakken of the Pennington County Sheriff's Office in South Dakota said authorities are awaiting for the toxicology report to determine the cause of death. Personnel from several agencies were involved in the search for Jacobsen.

Family members said Jacobsen had gone to the 242,756-acre park as part of a spiritual quest. Jacobsen moved to Laurel, about two hours northwest of Omaha, about a month before he went missing to take a chef's job at a new restaurant.

NEBRASKA

Man pleads no contest in assault of Nebraska student

LINCOLN — A Texas man has pleaded no contest in an assault that left a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student critically injured. Stelson Curry, 22, of Cedar Hill, pleaded no contest to first-degree assault.

According to authorities, 22-year-old Patrick Pantoja and 27-year-old Emmanuel Nartey were walking from an apartment to the school campus on Oct. 3, 2014, when they were approached by two men who demanded cash. Police say the men were attacked even though they said they did not have any money, and a wallet and smartphone were stolen.

Pantoja was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma.

Curry was arrested in February near Natchitoches, Louisiana. Another suspect faces charges of aiding and abetting in connection to the assault.

Teen's charge in car death upgraded to murder

NEBRASKA CITY — Charges against a Nebraska City teenager accused of running over another woman have been upgraded to first-degree murder.

Shyanne Parrott, 17, is accused of hitting Amber Shipley, 20, with a pickup truck Sept. 14 after the two had argued outside the Nebraska City library.

Otoe County County Attorney David Partsch filed the new charge Wednesday. In a press release, Partsch said Shipley was declared brain dead Monday and an autopsy Wednesday indicated that she died of blunt force head injuries.

If convicted of the murder charge, she faces 40 years to life in prison. She is also charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and failure to stop and render aid in an accident involving serious injury or death.

A preliminary hearing for Parrott is scheduled for Oct. 5. She is being held on $1 million bail and will have to post 10 percent, or $100,000, to be released from jail.— World-Herald News Service

Kitchen fire kills apartment resident and dog

GRAND ISLAND — A man injured when his apartment caught fire died Tuesday.

Jason Jensen, 37, lived at Holiday Garden Townhouses in Grand Island. Jensen was taken to a Grand Island hospital in critical condition after the fire late Sunday.

Deputy Hall County Attorney Tara Nagel said that he died as a result of the fire.

The fire was kitchen-related, Ray Nance of the State Fire Marshal's Office said Tuesday. Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt said the fire was mostly contained to the kitchen area, but there was smoke throughout the apartment and into surrounding apartments.

A dog also died in the fire.

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