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Omaha police are investigating so-called "Kool-Aid man" vandalism incidents.  Police say a group of youths have run through as many as 15 fences in west Omaha while performing the stunt.  The "Kool-Aid" man stunt has been popularized on TikTok.  Similar incidents have also been reported in Douglas and Sarpy counties.   

Tampa Bay Times

Police in Omaha have issued a public warning about counterfeit painkillers circulating in the area that investigators say have led to several overdose deaths. Police say the counterfeit Oxycodone pills actually contain the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Police say the illegally pressed pills range in color from blue to green and have an “M” imprinted on one side and “30” imprinted on the other side. The pills are intended to mimic a 30 mg dose of Oxycodone.

WOWT

Omaha police and fire investigators say they have not determined the cause of an explosion that killed three people last year. Investigators said Thursday natural gas was leaking inside the south Omaha home in early December. Several sources, such as the furnace or pilot light, could have ignited the gas. Investigators do not have evidence to indicate if criminal activity was involved but will continue to investigate. Theresa Toledo and Angela Miller died. Toledo's grandson, Alexander Toledo, died a day later.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha’s police chief said two officers acted appropriately when a Black man was fatally shot during a Nebraska traffic stop last week because the man repeatedly didn’t comply with their commands, but video of the confrontation won’t be immediately released. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Monday the officers followed department policy when Kenneth Jones was shot last Thursday because he reached for a gun in his waistband and disregarded officers’ commands.

OPD Releases Results Of Civil Unrest Report

Oct 29, 2020

The Omaha Police Department is revealing the findings of its civil unrest report.  Police Chief Todd Schmaderer outlined the report yesterday and noted that the department needs to do better in responding to protests and civil unrest.  Schmaderer says the police department carried itself in a professional manner during 60 different events in the city this past summer.  The police chief says better communication is needed between officers and with crowds.

Yahoo

Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say at least seven people who attended an airport rally for President Donald Trump were taken to hospitals. Many of the estimated 25,000 at Tuesday night's event at Eppley Airfield were left stranded miles from their parked cars in freezing weather. Omaha police said in a written statement that first responders dealt with 30 people for medical reasons and seven were taken to hospitals. Most of the attendees parked in remote lots and were shuttled to the event in buses.

ACLU-Funded Billboard Demands Justice For Bearheels

Oct 19, 2020
NET

A new billboard in Omaha is calling for justice for a man who died in police custody.  The billboard at 53rd and Center features Zachary Bear Heels, who died in Omaha police custody in 2017 after he was shocked 12 times and punched in the head.  None of the officers involved in the incident were convicted, but one officer lost his job.  The ACLU funded the billboard.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha police have revised a policy on arresting protesters following the mass arrest of more than 100 peaceful protesters last month. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Mayor Jean Stothert unveiled the policy change during a news conference Tuesday to discuss coronavirus relief funding. Stothert said the revised policy requires officers to use body cameras to get pictures of each individual they arrest rather than doing mass arrests.

OPD Investigating Hateful Graffiti Found At Zorinsky Lake

Jul 2, 2020
Fox 42 News

Omaha police are investigating a possible hate crime.  City officials learned on Monday that swastikas and other racist symbols and language were painted on the grass at Zorinsky Lake Park.  Mayor Jean Stothert says city crews immediately removed the graffiti.  Stothert says the city's new hate intimidation ordinance could apply in the case, and anyone convicted could receive an increased sentence.

OPD Reacts To George Floyd Incident

May 28, 2020

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha police are reacting to an incident involving an African-American man in Minnesota who died after an officer knelt on his neck.  Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says he and his deputy chiefs reviewed the video of George Floyd being detained by Minneapolis police.  Floyd died after the incident.  Omaha police say the Minneapolis officers' actions in the Floyd case are not consistent with their training and protocol of the profession. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say they're expanding a pilot program that stationed a mental health therapist in an Omaha police precinct.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials plan to place a therapist in each precinct within the next few years. The primary goal: Decrease the instances of officers taking into custody people struggling with mental health issues.

Officials also hope to connect people to the services they require and reduce the number of times officers must respond to people and their mental health crises.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha Police Department is adding two additional civilian gang specialists.  Officials say hiring the specialists will allow the police department to help local youth find new opportunities and a better path.  The police department hopes to hire a refugee to the gang specialist team after six alleged members of a Sudanese gang were arrested last week. 

(Omaha, NE)  --  A Nebraska police helicopter is damaged after making an emergency landing.  Omaha Police Helicopter Able-One had just taken off from the Omaha North Airport Tuesday morning when it suffered a mechanical failure.  Pilots were able to land in an open field, but the helicopter suffered damage and was inoperable after the incident.  No injuries were reported.

Officer Jodi Sautter spotted 25-year-old Vernon Williams behind the wheel of a stolen white truck at 31st and Bedford.  Williams led police on a chase until he crashed near 14th and Carter, and ran from the truck.  He went to a house, kicked in the back door and ran inside. He was captured inside a stranger's home and the arresting officer was a good boy in blue named Tye.  Tye is a K9 officer who has been on the force for four years.  K9 officers are used as a precaution when officers or citizens may be in danger.

The Omaha Police Foundation will honor 25 Omaha Police Department officers at an April 25th luncheon held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street.  Foundation Board President Woody Bradford stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the work the foundation does to support local law enforcement, the creation of the foundation, and how the officer of the year is chosen.  More information can be found at www.OmahaPoliceFoundation.org.

With the Independence Day holiday nearing, the Omaha Police Department have issued a reminder about Omaha’s fireworks ordinance.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged in Omaha from June 25th through July 4th between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. by those 16 years or older. The ordinance also covers dates in December. Minors, 12-15 years old, may set off fireworks if supervised by an adult.

Celebratory gunfire is illegal within the city limits. Any bullet discharged into the sky must land somewhere, and poses significant risk of injury or death.