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Six people escape house fire in Council Bluffs, but several pets die

Six family members escaped uninjured from a large house fire early Thursday just west of downtown Council Bluffs. Several pets died in the fire. Firefighters were called at 3:30 a.m. to a house at 1427 2nd Ave. Upon arrival, fire crews reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story house.


Omaha man found guilty of one 2015 slaying, not guilty of another

A jury has found an Omaha man guilty in one of two fatal shootings in August 2015 of which he was accused. Marcus Short, 29, faces a life sentence and hundreds of years in prison on a first-degree murder charge and three weapons charges.


Winter weather taking a toll on metro water pipes

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Some people woke up Thursday morning with no water for their shower or their coffee. A couple of water main breaks forced Metropolitan Utility District employees to shut off the water to a number of homes around the break.


Omaha on trial in shooting death of 'Cops' crew member

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The City of Omaha is on trial in the fatal shooting by police of a television crew member who worked on the law enforcement show "Cops." The Omaha World-Herald reports that 38-year-old sound technician Bryce Dion was killed in August 2014 when police responded to an armed robbery


Fad workouts didn't work but finally an Omaha woman found a routine she could stick to: kickboxing

Hilary Sehring doesn’t consider herself a natural athlete, so falling into a fitness routine took some time. She tried fad workouts and nothing stuck. But for the last year, she’s made a habit out of her kickboxing workouts at 9Round. She hits the gym for 30-minute sessions four or five times a week


Nebraska Deputy Charged With Sex Assault Linked to 5 Others

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska sheriff's deputy charged with sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago now is linked to at least five other victims before he joined the department in 2015, according to court records.


Play a life-size Candy Land game, see Japanese dolls and 20+ other fun things happening this weekend

Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions, which take place Feb. 21-24. Visit omaha.com/calendar to see more local events or to submit your own.


Beatrice Police Arrest Suspect in Omaha Car Theft

BEATRICE – Beatrice Police have arrested an Omaha man suspected of stealing a car in Omaha and driving to Beatrice in an attempt to contact his estranged wife. Police arrested 36-year-old Dusten Schaffer Wednesday morning, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, stalking, domestic assault by


Blizzard conditions possible Saturday in Omaha metro as a major winter storm heads this way

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for blizzard conditions in the Omaha metro area Saturday, as a weekend storm system reaches peak intensity. Much remains uncertain about the storm, including the amount and type of precipitation — anything from rain to freezing rain to sleet i


Snow removal crews keeping busy after latest Omaha snowstorm

OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The past 24 hours have been long for people responsible for clearing out snow. "My day started at midnight," said Tyler Noren, a foreman for Alexander Lawn and Landscape.


Mallory's Forecast - Chilly start, but mostly quiet Thursday

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - It’s a quieter start to the day, but it is a chilly one! Temperatures are in the single digits and lower-teens to kick off your Thursday, thanks to the fresh snow-pack and mostly clear skies overnight. Some patchy fog is possible early today, but shouldn’t be a widespread issue.


Man who went to confront homeowner is shot through front door

A 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday evening after he went to confront a 50-year-old man at his home. Kevontae Richards had gone to a house near 42nd and Miami Streets to confront William Harris before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Omaha police said Wednesday.


Bellevue school evacuated after smoke detected in building

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) -- Students and staff members at Logan Fontenelle Middle School in Bellevue were evacuated to a nearby churchThursday morning when smoke was detected in the building.


A foot of snow or a heavy rain? Meteorologist explains why this weekend's storm is so unpredictable

A winter storm is coming to Omaha that could bury the metro in another foot of snow or simply drench it in rain. Tom Kines, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, says it depends on the path of the storm.


Omaha once again cleaning up from 'never-ending' snow; more on the way this weekend

The exhaustion from this winter is starting to wear as the metro area digs out from yet another snowstorm — and faces a troubling storm this weekend. “It seems like it’s never ending, unfortunately,” said Alyson Hoegg, meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald’s weather consultant.


Mission eighth-grader models for fundraiser

Max I. Walker sold more than 575 dresses for $30 each Feb. 2 during the 12th annual Ultra Chic Boutique. The event, held at A View on State in Omaha, featured dresses from all 22 Max I. Walker locations. The event raised $17,730 for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter.


Preservation passion prompts big honkin' sign looking for love

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A mysterious display of pink and red hearts on an Omaha building was turning heads Thursday and even prompted some passing drivers to put a handful of honk in their horns.


Storm dumps up to 5 inches of snow in Omaha area

A winter storm dumped up to 5 inches of snow around the Omaha metro area with another inch expected before noon, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.


Two in custody as gunfire victim recovers

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- One suspect is in custody in connection with an alleged shooting while the victim is recovering and a third person is facing drug charges in the aftermath of Tuesday night gunfire.


Longtime Omaha zoo polar bear Bam Bam dies at Kansas City Zoo

Bam Bam the polar bear spent most of her life in chilly waters at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, diving for fish and paddling in her pond. She was moved from her first and only home to the Kansas City Zoo last spring, leaving Omaha’s zoo without polar bears for the first time in decades.