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February 21, 2018
State and Local News
Scottsbluff police say an online school threat is not credible. Officials said Wednesday night that they were aware of the viral social media post including a threat to an “SHS.” Police say some people who saw the post believe it was directed at Scottsbluff High School, but no specific school was mentioned. Scottsbluff police officials point out that numerous other law enforcement agencies across the country have investigated this same threat over the past few days and have also found no credible signs of validity. There is an increased security presence around Scottsbluff Public Schools campuses today as a precaution.
A suspect has been tied to a burglary in Lincoln after pawning jewelry, electronics, and other items stolen from a residence. Lincoln police investigators said an apartment was burglarized between February 15th and February 17th. Investigators say various items in the amount of around seven-thousand dollars belonging to a 30-year-old Lincoln woman were stolen. Police say 35-year-old Matthew Lyons was arrested Wednesday for theft. Lyons was identified Tuesday as the man who pawned the items. His parole officer located additional stolen items in his room. The investigation is ongoing.
A former Nebraska state trooper has been charged with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide. Prosecutors say the charges filed Wednesday against Tim Flick are connected to the former state trooper’s role in a deadly high-speed chase of an intoxicated driver in Sheridan County. Flick, who was later fired from the patrol, is also charged with making a false statement under oath and careless driving. The suspect, 32-year-old Antoine LaDeaux, died in the October 2016 chase and crash on Highway 27 north of Gordon.
World and National News
Team -U-SA is bringing home the women’s hockey gold medal. Jocelyne Lamoureux (Lam-oh-roo) scored the winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give the U-S a 3-2 win over Canada in the gold medal game. Goalie Maddie Rooney made the save on Canada’s final shot to clinch the win for Team U-S-A. America had not won gold in women’s hockey since the 1998 Winter Games. Team USA had lost to Canada in the gold medal game each of the last two Olympics.
President Donald Trump is announcing his support for stricter gun laws. Trump announced that he’d push for comprehensive background checks, raising the age to buy rifles to 21 and end the sale of bump stocks. Bump stocks enable a rifle to behave like a fully-automatic weapon. He also tweeted in an attempt to clarify comments he made about arming teachers to stop mass shootings. He denied saying he wanted to “give teachers guns,” but went on to add that arming teachers could prevent school shooting and could end attacks “very quickly.
The White House is not revealing how many staffers could lose their security clearances. In a briefing today, spokesman Raj Shah said that the White House is working to “tighten up” security clearances, in the following the controversy surrounding Rob Porter. Porter was a White House Staff Secretary who was forced to resign following allegations of domestic abuse. The allegations affected his ability to receive a top security clearance. A number of administration officials still have temporary clearances
The East Coast is setting records thanks to a February heatwave. All-time high temperatures readings for the month were broken on Tuesday across the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Record highs on Tuesday included 78-degrees in Pittsburgh, 79 in Cincinnati and 81 in Charleston, West Virginia. The heat wave continued on Wednesday, with temperatures surging up to 82 degrees in Washington, D-C and 79 in Baltimore. It was 20 degrees warmer in Philadelphia Wednesday than it was in Phoenix.
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