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The Douglas County board has abandoned a plan to spend $1.85 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy a mobile command center for the county sheriff’s office. Sheriff Tim Dunning withdrew his request for the RV-like truck because he said his office couldn’t find a manufacturer who could build and deliver one in 2020, when the federal aid must be spent. Officials had argued that the command center could have helped officials respond to the coronavirus outbreak by supporting mass vaccination efforts in the area.

The Douglas County board has approved spending $1.85 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy a mobile command center for the sheriff's office. The decision came despite objections from board members who said the money should be used for rent assistance and other human needs. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the board voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the expenditure. Sheriff Tim Dunning and supporters said the vehicle could be used for mass vaccinations in rural areas. Coronavirus numbers continue to climb in Nebraska.

Nebraska lawmakers will hold two hearings next week to hear public input about law enforcement and racial equity in the state. Members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will convene Monday at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha’s Aksarben Village. They’ll meet Tuesday at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications office in Lincoln. Both events will be live-streamed online and on television by NET, the state’s public television service. Sen.

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Gale County taxpayers may be on the hook for the 28-point-one-million dollar payout to the "Beatrice Six."  The introduced bill, facing a final decision by Governor Ricketts, would create a half-cent sales tax for federal judgments over 25-million dollars.  This would help pay the millions owed to six people wrongfully convicted of a Beatrice murder in 1985.  Senator Myron Dorn, who proposed the bill, says there will be a push for a veto override vote if the governor decides to veto it. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former Omaha police officer charged after the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked a dozen times with a stun gun.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that jurors on Monday found 39-year-old Scotty Payne not guilty of second-degree assault and use of a weapon in the June 5, 2017, death of 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels. Jurors deliberated about seven hours after a two-week trial.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police and other law enforcement agencies have been filling their cruiser fleets with bigger, more comfortable sport utility vehicles instead of purchasing more four-door sedans.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department has taken a key step to initiate the state's first execution since 1997, although no date has been set.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An actuarial analysis shows the city of Omaha and its police and firefighters are putting enough into their pension fund for the first time in at least a decade.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha city prosecutor wants an electronic system that would streamline the time it takes to obtain a judge's signature on a warrant seeking a blood test for suspected drunken drivers.

You Drink, You Drive, You Lose

Aug 22, 2016

The Omaha Police Department is taking part in a nationwide campaign called, “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.”

Neighbors opposing proposed Omaha outdoor shooting range

Mar 2, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some neighbors say Omaha would be breaking a promise if it were to build an outdoor shooting range at the city's Public Safety Training Center.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says community policing and more officers on the streets are making a difference in the city.

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Bellevue police say a man died after he stopped breathing while being placed in custody.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha firefighters are training in body armor so they can help police with crime scenes when they're needed to save lives.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would impose statewide rules for police body cameras in Nebraska is stoking a debate over how and when the recordings should be made public.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa would have a better grasp of how many untested rape kits may be languishing at law enforcement agencies around the state under a bill advancing through the Legislature.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A disagreement over a Douglas County judge's controversial courtroom ban on guns continues after officers who refused to disarm weren't called to testify in court.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Child advocates say Nebraska is locking up more teenagers than necessary and failing to track how often they place them in solitary confinement.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police body-camera footage would be exempt from Nebraska's public records law under a new bill in the Legislature.

NIOBRARA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man sought after assaulting and disarming a police officer shot himself as officers tried to arrest him on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska.

NIOBRARA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say they're seeking a man who disarmed a police officer in northeast Nebraska, pointed the gun at the officer and then ran.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A newspaper reports that policies governing Iowa police and sheriff's departments' use of body cameras don't meet nationally recommended standards.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who began his FBI career more than 25 years ago investigating white collar crime in Omaha has been named as the new head of the agency's office in the city.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska officers were wounded and a man fatally shot during a confrontation Sunday evening, police said.

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a woman's body has been pulled from the Missouri River just south of Nebraska City.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Council Bluffs Fire Department says its new hovercraft has already aided its rescue capabilities, and should come in handy this winter.

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A bomb squad has determined that a package found in a vehicle at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant poses no danger.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new alert system in Douglas County will notify authorities when they're approaching a potentially dangerous person.

Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments will both add personnel in 2016 if Mayor Jean Stothert’s budget proposal is approved.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska law enforcement agencies are slated to get another training tool to help officers who are working on child abuse cases.

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