April 24th, 2019

State and Local News

A man is accused of running an illegal dog ear-cropping operation in his home. Douglas County prosecutors say 40-year-old Juan Chaidez cut the ears off puppies at his home near 26th and Jones streets.  A judge initially dismissed the case for a lack of evidence, but Chaidez was arrested after the Humane Society was tipped off about the operation. Prosecutors have charged Chaidez with animal torture, and he faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

A woman is sentenced for a shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl. Twenty-seven-year-old Catessa Barnum was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation for manslaughter. Defense attorneys claimed Barnum was acting in self-defense when she fired a shot as a group approached her during an argument near 36th and Lake in 2017. The warning shot struck and killed 15-year-old Shadaisja [[sha-day-shuh]] Hill, whose mother was among the group arguing with Barnum.

Another Bellevue mobile home park will have to be torn down following flooding. The Sands Trailer Park was heavily damaged by flooding along the Platte River last month. Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said the park’s owners are working with the county and FEMA on plans to demolish the park’s 40 homes. Most residents had until April 15th to remove their belongings from the trailer park.

World and National News

The FBI is assisting in the investigation into a driver “deliberately driving into” pedestrians in Northern California. Eight people are recovering from their injuries after police in Sunnyvale say the driver plowed into them while they were waiting to cross the street last night. The FBI is helping to determine what may have led to the crash. Witnesses told police the driver didn’t try to stop or avoid the collision. Following the incident, the driver crashed into a tree and the driver, an adult male, was taken into custody.

Flash flooding and severe storms threaten Texas today. A slow-moving storm system pummeled the state overnight with some areas getting as much as a half a foot of rain. There was widespread flooding, stranded cars and water rescues. Cities including San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Waco could get drenched today.

A nearly 200-foot fall at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Officials say park rangers were responding to a report of somebody needing help near Pipe Creek Vista yesterday afternoon.  But before a rescue could begin, the 70-year-old woman fell. Her body was later recovered but her identity hasn’t been released. This is the second time this year somebody has fallen to their death inside the national park. A third person also died from a fall outside the national park’s borders.

The Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer’s winnings are rising above one-million dollars.  The professional sports gambler won for the 14th consecutive day Tuesday, which puts him in fourth place on the show’s all-time consecutive wins list. The 34-year-old from Las Vegas is also the second person in Jeopardy! history to earn more than one-million-dollars. Ken Jennings is the all-time champion with a 74-game winning streak that netted him two-and-a-half million. Viewers will find out today if Holzhauer continues his lucky roll.

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