Nebraska Morning Summary – 5/26/15
The funeral for Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco (ah ROSS coe) is scheduled for this morning at 11 a-m at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University. Limited seating means only the family and groups they select will attend. Police are encouraging those who want to show support to wear blue and bring signs and banners to display along the route from the church to Saint Joseph’s Cemetery on the east side of Council Bluffs. Orozco was killed in the line of duty while serving a felony arrest warrant with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force last Wednesday.
A man who spent nearly 30 years on Nebraska’s death row for a cult killing has died in his cell. Michael Ryan was convicted of killing 26-year-old James Thimm at a farm in southeast Nebraskain 1985. He was also found guilty of the murder of five-year-old Luke Stice. Ryan died Sunday at about 5:45 p-m at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. A prison spokesperson says an autopsy will be done to determine a cause of death. Ryan led a cult on the farm near Rulo in the mid-80s. The group was anti-Semitic and was storing weapons in a preparation for a final war between good and evil. Two other people were convicted in the double-killing.
A 53-year-old bicycle rider has died 10 days after he was hit by a car while crossing a street. Larry Leinemann died last Thursday at a Lincoln hospital. A 26-year-old woman tried to avoid hitting him, but she said she also feared she would collide with oncoming traffic. While turning back to her original lane of traffic, she hit the bicyclist. Lincoln Police say the fatality accident is still being investigated, but no citations have been issued yet.