A firefighter removes a ladder after rescuers helped bring a person out of an assisted living home at 2020 Binney St. The fire is being investigated.


2 fire victims remain in critical condition

Two people remained in critical condition Saturday after a Friday morning fire at an assisted-living home in north Omaha.

The fire at 2020 Binney St. was reported at 11:03 a.m. and was declared under control nearly 20 minutes later.

Four people were in the 1 1/2-story home when the fire broke out, according to an Omaha Fire Department report. Two of them — including one who was found in an upstairs bathroom — needed to be rescued, suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

A third person was burned while patting out the fire on one of the injured people.

The three were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center.

Officials did not release the names of the victims.

Officials estimated $15,000 in damage to the structure and $5,000 in damage to the contents. The cause of the fire, which officials said started in the southeast corner of the house, is under investigation.

The home had working smoke detectors. — Alia Conley


Man, 21, sentenced to jail for impersonating an officer

LINCOLN — A 21-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to nearly two years in jail for impersonating a police officer.

Al Williams Jr. was sentenced Friday after being found guilty in December of two counts of impersonating an officer, attempting to obstruct police and disturbing the peace. Online court records show that he was sentenced to 21 months.

Authorities said Williams pulled over or tried to pull over several drivers. — AP

Norfolk searching for new Catholic school leader

NORFOLK — Norfolk Catholic School has begun a search for a new president and chief executive officer. After serving for nearly two years in that capacity, Troy Berryman recently decided to pursue new challenges in education.

The Rev. Dan Andrews, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, which operates the school, said he is confident that the next president will find the school poised to make more advancements because of Berryman's work.

The deadline for applications is March 25, with a July 1 start date. — World-Herald News Service

Police cancel Amber Alert after finding child unharmed

FAIRBURY — Nebraska police canceled an Amber Alert on Saturday for an infant believed to have been taken from his home.

The alert issued Saturday afternoon by Fairbury police was for 2-month-old Jaxon Smetter.

The man police were searching for is the boyfriend of the infant's mother, Beatrice radio station KWBE reported. The Nebraska State Patrol said Saturday that the child had been found safe. — AP


Consultant hired to help sell Clarinda, other properties

DES MOINES — The state will spend nearly $250,000 on a consultant to help three Iowa cities find new tenants for empty state-owned buildings.

The Iowa Economic Development Board voted Friday to hire a national company, Matrix Design Group, to help seek new tenants for closed facilities in Toledo, Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

Gov. Terry Branstad closed a Toledo juvenile detention facility in 2014. He also opted not to fund mental health hospitals in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant, causing them to close in June. — AP

Stun guns need carry permit, state's high court rules

DES MOINES — If you plan on carrying a stun gun in Iowa, you had better have a permit for it, even if the gun doesn't work.

The State Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction of a woman charged with carrying a dangerous weapon even though the weapon was a nonworking stun gun police found in her purse during a 2013 arrest for shoplifting at a Waterloo Walmart.

The court said it has ruled in previous cases that it's not necessary to demonstrate that such a weapon is operable when a state law, amended in 2008, is used to prove that the weapon is dangerous.

The ruling means that a conviction on a charge of going armed with a dangerous weapon stands for Taquala Howse, 25. — AP

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