Teams from FEMA (FEE muh) will be doing damage assessment in 10 Nebraska counties. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency requested the federal presence in counties hit by heavy rain, hail, wind and flooding from severe storms and tornadoes between May 3rd and May 11th. Of those counties, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer sustained the most damage to public facilities. Roads, bridges and culverts were damaged or destroyed. The FEMA team is expected to arrive in Nebraska next week.
(List of counties: Adams, Cass, Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Nuckolls, Otoe, Saline, Saunders and Thayer)
Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco was to start her maternity leave Thursday. She was shot to death while serving a felony arrest warrant Wednesday afternoon. Police say the fatal shot hit her just above the top of her protective vest. The man being served, Marcus Wheeler, was also killed in the exchange of gunfire in a northeast Omaha neighborhood. Orozco had given birth February 17th. The baby was a premature delivery and had been receiving care at Nebraska Medicine. She was to be released yesterday (Thursday). Visitation for Orozco will be Monday afternoon at St. John’s Church at Creighton University. The funeral will be held there the next day at 11 a-m.
Sentencing will be conducted next week for a 26-year-old man who fired shots at Lexington police. Jose Covarrubias pleaded no contest to four felony charges last week. Officers checking on a disturbance last summer say they saw him fire a handgun at a woman who was running away from a house. They say he fired at their squad cars, but started running away when one officer returned fire. Covarrubias was caught in Laredo, Texas, last September at the international border as he tried to return to his home country.
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