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Jenkins pleaded guilty in court Wednesday, then refused to accept prosecutors' accounts of the shootings. He then pleaded no contest — and a judge found him guilty.

The friend, Joshua Schmitt, 21, said he drove the Ford Explorer to Methodist Hospital, where Tielor Williams, 18, was pronounced dead Monday night.
An Omaha police officer who shot and killed a gunman in the midst of a South Omaha shooting rampage has been named the city's top cop for 2013.
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Nebraska mom accused of lying to officers trying to find her son
The Adams, Neb., woman told authorities that her 23-year-old wanted son was not home.
Lincoln peeper suspect pleads not guilty
Dustin Lindgren, 29, of Milford filed the pleas to three felony counts of unlawful intrusion.
Nebraskan gets 35-60 years in child sex assault
William Foster, 38, was sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court in Beatrice.
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Home alone: When burglar broke in, 12-year-old locked herself in bathroom, called 911
After calling the authorities, Katelyn Allen exited through a window as the burglar began trying to break into the bathroom.
Attorney: Man accused of trying to open plane's door needs psychiatric evaluation
A passenger who disrupted a Southwest Airlines flight that was diverted to Omaha needs to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, his attorney says.
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Brothers looking for pot sentenced for violent home invasion
Two Omaha brothers were sentenced to lengthy prison terms within minutes of each other Wednesday for gun charges stemming from a violent home invasion.
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Arrest made in teen's shooting death at Benson's Gallagher Park
Another person, a 22-year-old man, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in the Monday night shooting, police say.
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Body found in Hitchcock County ID'd as missing 18-year-old
Austin Wright, 18, of Benkelman was last seen in McCook on March 8; he was reported missing by his family March 9.
Parents, teachers hear from child molesters themselves about how they target kids
Parents need to realize that they cannot simply rely on the “tried and true” methods and trust children to report the situation, says an expert who has worked with offenders.
Teen facing Nebraska murder charge to get mental tests
Dylan Cardeilhac, 15, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the slaying of 24-year-old Amanda Baker on Feb. 14.
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49-year-old sentenced to 40-50 years for attempted sex assault of child
Scott C. Whitsett was sentenced Wednesday in Douglas County District Court to 40 to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty.
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Board paroles Iowa inmate imprisoned for decades
The Iowa Board of Parole agreed Wednesday to release a 68-year-old Iowa inmate who has been imprisoned since 1974 for the killing of a man over a gambling debt.
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Nebraskan sentenced in 1970 for beating 87-year-old to death up for parole
Max A. Niemann, 62, was convicted of second-degree murder in Boone County. He was sentenced on Oct. 26, 1970, to 20 years to life in prison.
Sidney woman gets probation for theft
Authorities say Amanda Sykora wrote and cashed or deposited 13 unauthorized checks totaling more than $4,500 when she was treasurer of the wrestling club
18-year-old arrested in stolen-car case
The vehicle was taken Tuesday morning near North 24th Street and Hartman Avenue, police say.
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Four, including Omahan, vie for police chief position in Council Bluffs
Jeffrey Elliott of Fremont, Neb., John Farmer of Omaha and Terry LeMaster and Scott Milner, both of Council Bluffs, are candidates to fill the position vacated by Ralph O’Donnell, who retired at the end of March.
State Patrol begins consolidating dispatch centers
Consolidating from six to three communications centers is expected to save $750,000.
OPD safety expo set for April 26
The 18th annual event will take place at the Westroads Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Only 1 of 8 juveniles who fled from Iowa treatment facility is still at large
Authorities say two juveniles who escaped from a north-central Iowa treatment facility last week have been captured while a third remains at large.
Hypnotist at post-prom event in Iowa accused of public intoxication
The Marshalltown Police Department said 43-year-old Terry Woodward was taken into custody early Sunday.
Coral Walker named Omaha police officer of the year
A recap of what got done — and what didn't — in the 2014 legislative session
'The war is not over,' Chambers says, but legislative session about is
Sarah Palin, Mike Lee coming to Nebraska for Ben Sasse rally
Prescription drug drop-off is April 26
Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
Rather than doing $250K in repairs, owner who lives in lot behind 94-year-old house in Dundee razes it
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
PAC funded by Senate candidate Ben Sasse's great-uncle releases Shane Osborn attack ad
Teen killed at Gallagher Park was shot in head as he sat in SUV, friend who was wounded says
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State Patrol, Omaha police conduct vehicle inspections
After all his bluster and bravado in the courtroom, Nikko Jenkins found guilty of 4 murders
Bernie Kanger formally promoted to Omaha fire chief
U.S. House incumbents have deeper pockets than their challengers
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Ex-Iowan behind landmark free speech case recounts story in Bellevue
Gov. Heineman signs water bill; sponsor calls it 'landmark legislation'
New UNO center strengthens ties between campus, community
Senate candidate Shane Osborn to include anti-tax activist Norquist in telephone town hall
Kelly: New $24M UNO center embodies spirit of newlywed crash victim
High school slam poets don't just recite verses, 'they leave their hearts beating on the stage'
Attorney: Man accused of trying to open plane's door needs psychiatric evaluation
49-year-old sentenced to 40-50 years for attempted sex assault of child
Brothers looking for pot sentenced for violent home invasion
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