17-year-old boy arrested in shooting of North High senior
Omaha police announced an arrest late Tuesday in connection with the shooting of Tyrus Harris.
A 17-year-old boy was booked Tuesday night on suspicion of first degree felony assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Harris, 18, remained hospitalized Tuesday after being shot Monday evening a block from North High School.
He was shot near 38th and Boyd Streets after a verbal altercation escalated after school, Omaha police had said.
Harris was taken to Immanuel Medical Center by a private vehicle, but then flown to Creighton University Medical Center.
Creighton hospital officials declined to provide an update on Harris' status, but police said he was in critical condition Monday night.
Harris is a senior at North and played on the state championship football team last season.
OPS released a statement Tuesday, expressing condolences to the Harris family.
"The district has been in contact with the family and has offered its continued support to them during this difficult time," the statement said.
Counselors were available Tuesday and will be available throughout the week as needed for North High students, said Todd Andrews, a spokesman for the district.
Andrews said school continued normally, and there was no need for extra security. — Alia Conley
No contest plea in death of off-duty Omaha firefighter
A Fremont man has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the 2014 death of an off-duty Omaha firefighter.
Johnathan R. Mumm, 31, is scheduled for sentencing in July.
The firefighter, Scott C. Petersen, 37, died May 30 after the motorcycle he was riding collided with Mumm's pickup truck on a western Douglas County road.
Mumm faces up to one year in jail or two years of probation.
Petersen was riding his motorcycle south on 240th Street near Pacific Street at 12:20 a.m. when the northbound pickup collided with him.
Petersen joined the Omaha Fire Department in 2007 and worked for Station 33 near 42nd and Valley Streets. He was assigned to the heavy rescue team and was a hazardous materials technician. — Maggie O'Brien
Fisherman released from hospital after shooting at lake
A 74-year-old man who was shot while fishing at Standing Bear Lake on Monday has been released from the hospital.
Alexander Tsymkovsky, 74, was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center on Monday afternoon for treatment and was released.
When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Tsymkovsky declined to comment, saying that his English is poor and that he speaks Russian.
No arrests had been made.
Standing Bear Lake, near 132nd Street and Military Road, is a popular spot for walking, jogging and fishing.
Witnesses said Tsymkovsky was fishing when a vehicle carrying two people drove by. One person pulled out a gun, shot Tsymkovsky, and the vehicle sped away.
Omaha police were seeking a red Hyundai Accent or Elantra. — Maggie O'Brien
Three 18-year-olds arrested in spray-painting of M's Pub
Police arrested three 18-year-old men suspected of spray-painting graffiti on a popular Old Market restaurant early Tuesday.
Police said officers found the three about 3:35 a.m. painting graffiti on the M's Pub restaurant building at 422 S. 11th St.
Police said the men had climbed onto the restaurant's overhang and were spray-painting words on the second floor of the building.