What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
‘Dirty’ gunman robs bank of $5,000
November 15, 1965: An elderly, unshaved bandit held up the First National Bank in downtown Omaha, escaping with more than $5,000. The robbery, the second to hit a downtown bank in the last 15 days, occurred at 11:28 a.m. while many customers were in the bank. No one except Linda Bober, the teller who was held up, knew what was happening. “I thought he was kidding,” Bober said. The robbery took place on the second floor of the bank in the “paying and receiving” department.
1949: All Omaha parking meters would be put in working order within 90 days. This assurance was given to the City Council in a special report by City Engineer Edwin W. Woodbridge, Finance Commissioner Carl Jensen and William Robinson, head of the meter department. Of 342 meters recently found broken or stuck in a check by Woodbridge’s staff, 242 were now back in order, the report stated. The remaining 100 would be replaced within 10 days by repaired machines.
1991: The University of Nebraska Board of Regents authorized the University of Nebraska Medical Center to buy property near the southeast corner of its campus in Omaha for about $710,000. The buildings and land are owned by Mutual Protective Insurance Co. and are on the block bounded by Jones, Leavenworth, 38th and 39th Streets. Donald Leuenberger, the medical center’s vice chancellor for business, said the property would be used for 100 parking spaces, offices and warehouse space. Leuenberger said the campus needed more room. “That is the last open, available space around us,” he said before the regents meeting.
2005: A fire official thinks an explosion sparked a fire that caused extensive damage to a Lincoln home. Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Sellon said firefighters arrived just before noon to find that an explosion had left the house unstable. The blast had forced 30 feet of the rear wall away from the rest of the structure and left floor joists unsupported, he said.