January 16, 2021

Omaha

A 25-year-old armored car guard lost his job after he admitted that he accidentally fired his handgun in the elevator of a west Omaha office building.

The incident occurred Thursday at the corporate offices of Methodist Health Systems near 169th and Leavenworth Streets. The building’s safety director told police that an employee heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot coming from an elevator.

An officer from Armored Knights, who had picked up some money, got off the elevator and exited the building. An investigation of the elevator found a bullet hole that had gone through the inside door and partially through the outside door. A dent protruded outward on the outside of the elevator door.

Surveillance video showed the Armored Knights guard getting off the elevator and leaving the building soon after the noise was heard.

A company supervisor contacted the guard, who admitted that his Springfield 9 mm pistol with hollow-point ammunition had accidentally discharged but that he was too scared to say anything.

The guard told police that his holster was too far back on his belt, digging into his side and pulling his pants down. He said he tried to remove the gun from the holster in the elevator to decrease the weight on the belt. He told the officer that his finger must have been on the trigger when he pulled out the gun. The guard said he usually doesn’t keep a round chambered and was surprised when it went off.

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A new ORBT bus heads west on Dodge Street during testing on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.




Forward-looking communities build toward their future through smart planning. Omaha’s new rapid bus line, which begins service Wednesday, provides a key example.

ORBT — Omaha Rapid Bus Transit — is notable in several ways. It responds to local demand for public transportation innovation. It uses technology to achieve efficiency and consumer convenience. It demonstrates Omaha’s ability to coordinate complex new civic projects. And it opens the way toward eventual expansion to additional parts of the city, to better park-and-ride stops and to Council Bluffs.

“This is really about thinking about the future, what we’re going to become and where we’re headed,” says Stephen Osberg, director of transportation development for the Greater Omaha Chamber, which is developing a regional transport strategy for the metro area.

ORBT buses will run between downtown and Westroads Mall, using a technology to hold a green light longer, with a dedicated lane east of 30th Street. A rapid transit bus will arrive at about 10-minute intervals, and a full ride along the 27-stop route will take around 26 minutes.

The stations will have Wi-Fi and ticket kiosks. Buses will provide Wi-Fi and onboard bike racks. A raised platform, train station-style, will ease riders’ entry and exit. It’s a smart, efficient approach that’s worked well in cities including Cleveland; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Eugene, Oregon.

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One 17-year-old girl died and another 17-year-old girl was injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night just east of Eagle, Nebraska, in Cass County. 

The crash occurred about 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and Nebraska Highway 63, Cass County Sheriff Bill Brueggemann said. The names of the girls, both Lincoln residents, were withheld pending notification of family.  

The girls were taken to Lincoln’s Bryan Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead. Investigators determined that the girls were the driver and passenger in a 2011 Nissan Altima that was southbound on Highway 63 when it failed to halt for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 34. 

The Nissan collided with a 2013 Dodge Charger before coming to a rest on its front end against a telephone pole, Brueggemann said. The driver of the Nissan was ejected, and her passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle. 

The Dodge Charger sustained heavy front-end damage and came to a halt in the southside ditch just off Highway 34. The driver of the Dodge, Macy Persinger, 18, of Eagle, and her passenger, Hunter Tucker, 18, of Ashland, Nebraska, were not seriously injured. 

The collision remains under investigation. 

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