OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a former Omaha police officer charged after the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked a dozen times with a stun gun. The Omaha World-Herald reports that jurors on Monday found 39-year-old Scotty Payne not guilty of second-degree assault and use of a weapon in the June 5, 2017, death of 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels. Jurors deliberated about seven hours after a two-week trial.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A village board member in southeast Nebraska has agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for allegedly using his position for financial gain. The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission approved the settlement last week with Jansen village board members Kevin and Diana Belding. State officials say Kevin Belding steered payments totaling $20,750 in village money to a company he owned, K&B Construction.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man convicted of killing his wife has pleaded guilty to killing his parents and a niece. Douglas County District Court records say 46-year-old John Dalton Jr. entered the pleas Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and four weapons counts. Dalton was handed three life sentences plus up to 230 years in prison. Prosecutors say he shot 70-year-old John Dalton Sr., 65-year-old Jean Dalton and 18-year-old Leonna Dalton-Phillip last December.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a car driver died after her car collided with a sport utility vehicle just north of Omaha. The accident occurred around 7:10 p.m. Sunday. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the eastbound car crossed a center line and collided with the westbound SUV. The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as a 48-year-old Omaha resident, Rhonda Harnett.

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