The female passenger reported that she had been handcuffed by the suspect during the drive from Indiana to Nebraska.
A jury has acquitted a former Nebraska state trooper on a charge that he deprived a motorist’s rights when he slammed the butt of an AR-15 into the drunk man’s head.
Two children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed. They are now in the custody of their mother.
The warning was part of a monthly test of the Emergency Alert System that was mistakenly sent out to mobile devices, the Nebraska State Patrol said Wednesday.
Brad Elsea was driving a Patrol-owned Chevy SUV south on U.S. 77 in Thurston County just after 5 a.m. on Oct. 21 when the vehicle struck Sierra J. Stricker, a 24-year-old Walthill woman, according to the crash report.
Over the summer, spokespeople said Nebraska may be reimbursed for sending troopers to the southern border. But behind the scenes, there was an understanding that the state would pay.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Terry Wagner told the Journal Star his office had reviewed video available from the scene and had interviewed both the involved trooper and a Lincoln Police officer who witnessed the incident.
The former Nebraska trooper was charged with a felony civil-rights violation that could have sent him to prison for up to 10 years, but only two of 12 jurors voted to find him guilty.
A former Nebraska State trooper told jurors he thought he had justification to kill a motorist after he led the trooper and a colleague on a 50-minute chase that reached speeds of 110 mph.
The pursuit reached speeds of 130 mph before the pair were arrested near Aurora. During the pursuit, the trooper observed a handgun and a methamphetamine pipe thrown from the Cadillac.
Dashcam video shows the then-trooper rush the man — who had led law enforcement on an hourlong chase — and strike him on the side of the head with the butt of his rifle.
Candice Wooster, a Lincoln defense attorney, said attorneys are curious how the county attorney is deciding which cases are being dismissed. "And I think we are, as a community, trying to figure that out.”
Following a security breach that resulted in $1.2 million in drugs being taken from an evidence facility, the patrol has refused a public records request from the Journal Star to see its policies for handling evidence as well as any facility audits.
An ACLU of Nebraska report found that nearly two-thirds of the police departments in the state's 10 counties with the most multilingual residents do not have guidance for officers when interacting with non-English speakers.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested two people after finding more than 130 pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Aurora.
The victims in the grain elevator shooting were identified as Sandra Nelson, 60, of Formoso, Kansas, and Darin Koepke, 53, of Hadar, Nebraska.
State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said it happened shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday when a State Patrol investigator was driving south on U.S. 77 in an unmarked vehicle 1 mile north of town.
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