WORK ETHIC CAMP ESCAPE
Wyoming man gets more Nebraska prison time
MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) - A 21-year-old Wyoming man who escaped Nebraska's Work Ethic Camp has been given two to three more years in prison.
The McCook Daily Gazette says Drew Steier was sentenced last week in Red Willow District Court. He's pleaded guilty to felony escape and theft. His two sentences are to be served at the same time.
Authorities say Steier scaled the perimeter fence at the camp and made it on foot to McCook, where he stole a car. He was arrested a few weeks later in Evanston, Wyo.
At the time of his escape, Steier had served less than a year of an 18- to 36-month sentence for attempted robbery at a bank in Wallace, Neb.
He and his accomplice, 54-year-old Tracy Black, are both from Evanston, Wyo.
Flood warning extended in eastern Nebraska
SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) - The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for the Platte River in eastern Nebraska.
The warning is expected to expire at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday for a stretch of the Platte in southern Colfax and northern Butler counties. The weather service blamed an ice jam.
Nebraska Highway 15 had water running over it south of Schuyler and water had migrated into low-lying areas upstream of the jam.
Hall County authorities also reported flooding at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 281 south of Grand Island. They blamed an ice jam in the vicinity. Floodwater had reached parking lots of hotels and restaurants on the south side of the interchange.
Hit list rattles central Neb. town, high school
BURWELL, Neb. (AP) - A menacing letter sent to Burwell's city hall contains more than a dozen names of Burwell school administrators, teachers and students.
The letter didn't say what would happen to any of those listed, but Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall says law enforcement and school officials "are taking the threat seriously."
Investigators have been trying to find out who sent the letter, which was delivered Thursday. Classes at Burwell Junior-Senior High School were canceled Tuesday, and an increased police presence is expected there until the case is solved.
CITY WORKER DIES
City of Seward worker dies after accident
SEWARD, Neb. (AP) - A city of Seward streets maintenance worker has died after being injured on the job.
Authorities say 36-year-old Jeramie Schoepf died Friday in a Lincoln hospital. Authorities say Schoepf was working on an expansion of the city's bike trail Feb. 28 when a tree limb fell on him. Schoepf had been a city employee since 2002.
Seward school district superintendent Greg Barnes says Schoepf helped coach the wrestling team for 11 years at Seward High. Schoepf graduated from the school in 1996.
YOUTH CENTER STABBINGS
18-year-old makes deal in Nebraska stabbings
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - An 18-year-old man has made a plea deal in the stabbings of two Nebraska Youth Center employees in North Platte.
Keenan Lambert pleaded no contest on Monday to felony assault and use of a deadly weapon. Prosecutors reduced the original charge of attempted murder in return for Lambert's pleas.
Prosecutors say Lambert and 16-year-old Jordan Baker stabbed Diana Johns and Robin Schneider on July 8, stole an employee's vehicle and fled. They were captured later that day in Dawson County.
Last month Baker made the same plea deal as Lambert. Both are scheduled to be sentenced on April 28.
TD AMERITRADE ACTIVITY
TD Ameritrade handled 501,000 trades a day in Feb.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Online brokerage TD Ameritrade handled an average of 501,000 trades a day in February, marking the first time that monthly figure has topped a half million.
The Omaha, Neb., based company said Tuesday that it handled 30 percent more trades in February than it did a year earlier.
CEO Fred Tomczyk says investors remain engaged and bullish about the market.
Ameritrade held $611.6 billion in total client assets at the end of February. That was 22 percent higher than the previous year.
The statistics hint at investors' overall mood. And the figures provide clues about Ameritrade's performance because the firm makes money from trading commissions and from asset-based fees it charges.
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