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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The president of Omaha firefighters union has been fired from the Omaha department following an internal investigation into allegations that he assaulted a woman. The Omaha World-Herald reported Friday that Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen fired Steve LeClair, citing the investigation. Earlier this month, LeClair was ticketed for misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after accusations by a woman that LeClair punched her in her back after she ignored sexually-charged comments from him.
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says a Fremont police officer fired this week has been charged with several criminal counts in a child sexual assault case. The patrol says in a news release Friday that 33-year-old Austin Williams was arrested Friday and charged with three felony counts of sexual assault of a child and other felony counts. Williams is being held in the Dodge County Jail.
HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) - The lone suspect in the fatal shootings of two people and the wounding of another in south-central Nebraska has been charged in the case. The Phelps County Attorney's office has charged 45-year-old Manuel Gomez, of Holdrege, with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of assault and several other counts. Officials say Gomez is the sole suspect in the Thursday shooting deaths of 65-year-old Raymond Burton and 54-year-old David Rogers, as well as the wounding of 64-year-old Doyle Morse.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is looking to help a southeastern county pay a $28 million federal judgment owed to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying. Sen. Myron Dorn of Adams is a former chairman of the Gage County Board. He asked the Legislature's Judiciary Committee on Thursday to consider a bill that would allow a political subdivision facing a federal judgment for wrongful conviction or imprisonment to file a claim with the state.
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