Public Safety

Ice scabs over the charred remains of M's Pub Sunday morning, serving as a beautiful and terrifying tribute to the decades of tradition The Old Market lost in Saturday's fire. With the blaze finally contained, we know that the basement of M... more

Jan 10, 2016 10:41 PM News

Firefighters have worked in shifts throughout Saturday, battling not only the 3 alarm fire that engulfed M's Pub, but also the single degree temperatures that have made working outside unsafe. It remains unclear what caused an explosion, w... more

Jan 10, 2016 9:20 AM Green Scene

When Governor Dave Heineman told the federal government on Nov. 15 that Nebraska would pass on running its own health insurance exchange, he pointed to cost and lack of control. It was a very different Governor from the one who had presid... more

Nov 22, 2012 1:15 AM News

First, a primer on how to pronounce “Schmaderer,” the new police chief’s last name: “SHMA’ der.” Rhymes with water. “Some of our relatives actually dropped the last ‘er,’” he explained during an hour-long interview with The Reader. Water ... more

Sep 18, 2012 9:24 AM News

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year and emergency shelters are focused on the most basic needs. The seasonal surge will test a budding framework helping ... more

Jan 20, 2012 1:39 AM News



Alberto Gonzales didn’t enter the meeting room at the South Omaha Library on March 15 so much as the room opened up and embraced him. The 30 or so community leaders at the first South Omaha Violence Prevention and Intervention meeting inclu... more

Mar 25, 2011 11:35 PM News

The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its gun policy for off-duty officers after Robert Butler Jr. used his father's police weapon in the Jan. 5 shooting at Millard South High School. The department's current policy reads: "Officers wil... more

Jan 12, 2011 11:20 PM News

James Williams, 61, died Jan. 11 after his gun accidentally fired while he was cleaning it at his home at 4527 Decatur St. Police do not suspect foul play, and are continuing to investigate. more

Jan 12, 2011 10:30 PM News

Principal Curtis Case was upgraded to fair condition Jan. 6 after being shot a day earlier at Millard South High School. Case was previously listed in serious condition. Robert Butler Jr., 17, shot Case and Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar... more

Jan 7, 2011 10:12 PM News

Milton Jackson, 54, was shot and killed Jan. 6 while inside the Shell Rapid Lube near 114th and Center. Police have made no arrests. more

Jan 7, 2011 10:07 PM News

Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar, 57, died late Jan. 5, a few hours after she was shot shortly before 1 p.m. at Millard South High School by Robert Butler Jr., 17. Butler was found dead a short time later in a nearby parking lot from a self... more

Jan 6, 2011 11:56 PM News

Michael McGillen Jr., 28, was airlifted to the Creighton University Medical Center Jan. 6 after he was found pinned between a guardrail and a rail car at a power plant near Council Bluffs. He remains in critical condition. Pottawattamie Co... more

Jan 6, 2011 11:43 PM News

State Attorney General Jon Bruning announced two billsto restrict drugs in Nebraska, in preparation for the state's new legislative session that gets underway Jan. 5. One bill proposes a ban on chemical compounds found in K2, a synthetic, ... more

Jan 5, 2011 11:31 PM News

The state labor court ruled Jan. 4 that the city owes its firefighters as much as $2 million in pay raises for 2009 because the two sides have yet to agree on a new contract. Earlier this year, the firefighters' union agreed to wage freezes... more

Jan 5, 2011 10:37 PM News

Marcus Hardin, 39, was shot Jan. 5 after a dispute at his ex-girlfriends house at 4915 N. 60th St. Hardin told police he was leaving the residence when he heard gunshots and realized he was hit a short time later. He is expected to survive.... more

Jan 5, 2011 10:21 PM News

Traffic accidents claimed 186 lives in Nebraska in 2010, the second-lowest total since the state began keeping records in 1937. The low number marked the first time Nebraska fell below the rate of 1 fatality per 100 million miles driven, a... more

Jan 3, 2011 8:33 PM News

Investigators believe Mitchel Hadan, 47, shot and killed his girlfriend, then tried to kill himself while the two were stopped inside a vehicle near 72nd and L on Jan. 1. An Omaha police officer approached the vehicle Saturday afternoon to... more

Jan 3, 2011 8:19 PM News

Russia placed a Crete, Neb. pork plant on its list of banned meatpackers Dec. 27 after the United State's Food Safety Inspection Service said salmonella was found in meat exported to the country. The Farmland plant, a division of the world... more

Dec 30, 2010 10:13 PM News

An Omaha day care provider is facing felony child abuse charges after she allegedly broke the arm of an 11-month-old boy on Dec. 26. Sandra Johnson, 53, was arrested Dec. 29, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued ... more

Dec 30, 2010 9:32 PM News

The city has asked the Nebraska state labor court to delay a ruling on whether Omaha's firefighters are entitled to a retroactive raise for 2009 as the two sides continue to negotiate towards a new contract. On Dec. 22, the local firefighte... more

Dec 29, 2010 11:51 PM News

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