Judge orders man held without bail in uncle's death

A Douglas County Court judge ordered an Omaha man charged in the fatal shooting of his 76-year-old uncle be held without bail.

Ray L. Hubbard, 41, made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine charged him with second-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of a weapon by a felon.

L.B. Liggins was fatally shot about 5:30 p.m. Saturday near 24th and Pratt Streets.

— Duane Retzlaff

Offutt, VA Med Center to take part in disaster exercise

Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing and the Omaha VA Medical Center will be part of an exercise testing the National Disaster Medical System today.

During the exercise, 10 to 20 simulated patients will be airlifted to Offutt. Then they will be transported to the VA and other local hospitals, according to press releases from Offutt's 55th Wing and from the VA Medical Center.

The medical center's Hospital Incident Command Team will coordinate the exercise regionally, as it would in a real emergency.

— Steve Liewer

Police identify man injured by gunshot in northeast Omaha

Police on Wednesday identified a man shot in northeast Omaha and said he is expected to survive.

Marquel Carter, 24, was shot once about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday near 38th and Pratt Streets, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Creighton University Medical Center.

— Emerson Clarridge


Supreme Court appoints new Court of Appeals clerk

LINCOLN — Teresa Brown has been appointed as the new clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Brown replaces Lanet Asmussen, who retired in July after 34 years with the court system.

Brown, an attorney, began her career with the State Supreme Court in 1987 as law clerk to Judge C. Thomas White. She later worked as a law clerk for Federal Magistrate David Piester.

Since 1997, Brown has worked as staff attorney for the Supreme Court, a job that she will retain. The new post pays $148,500 per year.-World-Herald Bureau


Patrol says U-turn attempt led to fatal crash in Mills County

One person was killed and three others were seriously injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol said Marilyn Gruber, 84, of Shenandoah died in the 5:20 p.m. crash on U.S. Highway 34 in Mills County south of Council Bluffs.

Richard Gruber, 91, of Shenandoah, and Christine and David Carpenter, both of Warrensburg, Missouri, were injured in the crash and taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

The patrol said a 2010 Subaru driven by Christine Carpenter was in the eastbound lane in front of a 2004 Chrysler minivan driven by Richard Gruber when the Subaru pulled to the right and attempted to make a U-turn in front of the minivan.

The vehicles collided head-on in the eastbound lane, said the patrol. — Jay Withrow

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