Four Time Felon To Enjoy “Good Time”….Again. Avoids Habitual Criminal Conviction.

04/02/14
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In June of last year, 29 year old James Ellerbruch was driving a stolen car down I-80 when an Omaha Police Officer attempted to pull him over.
Being in a stolen ride was the least of Ellerbruch’s concerns.Ellerbruch also had multiple felony warrants for his arrest, one of which was for violating his parole.

As Ellerbruch attempted to flee, he slammed the stolen car into an innocent motorist, seriously injuring her.

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“Fountain Lion!”

03/30/14
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So in our last post about the Gov’s veto of pay raises for Probation Officers, loyal reader Bob Peabody responded:

“Huge mistake by the governor! Why is it that we can’t get our elected officials to focus on real issues rather than on fountains and mountain lions.”

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Governor Vetoes Pay Raises for Underpaid Nebraska Probation Officers.

03/30/14
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Will this cut be more lucrative for us, the taxpayers?

Or for the criminals?

Governor Heineman has uncapped his red veto pen in the waning days of the current legislative session.

Some of the vetoes, like cutting money to build decorative fountains in the state capital, strike us as responsible.

That said, in our view, cutting the money allocated for much needed pay raises for Nebraska Probation Officers was not only a mistake, it was short sighted and bad public policy.

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Putting the prison cart ahead of the horse?

03/28/14
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Prison “reform” bill gets first round approval from your Senators.

Does NOT include reforms to automatic “Good Time” laws..

…even for violent offenders like Nikko Jenkins.

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Mganga Mganga, Robber Robber

03/28/14
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Mganga Mganga…

Repeat name, repeat robber.

Between October 2013 and January 2014, 17 year old Mganga Mganga robbed three seperate Omaha businesses.

Each time he was armed with a knife.

This week, on March 27th, he committed yet another robbery when he decided to carjack a woman in midtown Omaha with a replica shotgun.

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Proposed Juvenile Justice Rewrite Unpopular with Voters

03/24/14
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The Omaha POA is releasing results from a recent 500 voter scientific survey which focused on numerous public safety issues impacting Omaha.

Included in the survey was questions pertaining to Senator Bob Krist’s proposed juvenile justice reform bill.

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DaJuan’s drawing

03/22/14
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Recently, night shift officers responded to a South Omaha home to attempt to locate an assault suspect.

The suspect was not discovered.

Unfortunately, the officers did discover little 5 children living in a house strewn with cat/dog feces, no food in the fridge, and rotten food with flies/maggots all over the kitchen counters and floor.

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The joke’s on us…

03/12/14
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No “Good Time” reform OR Supervised Release.

Read the story in today’s Omaha World Herald on the status of “prison reform”.

Snippets from the the story (which you really must read in its entirety):

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Killer will be free in less than 4 years.

03/12/14
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A few days before Christmas of 2012, father of four – Thomas Milton – was loading his kids’ gifts into his car.

Unfortunately for Milton, he decided to park in Victor Gray’s parking spot while doing so.

A decision that would ultimately cost him his life.

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Southeast Patrol Officers Save Young Family!

03/10/14
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Last week, SE Precinct Officers were dispatched to 1518 Z Street regarding a  burglary in progress.

The female caller observed two suspicious parties outside her home.

One knocked at the front door for a protracted period of time. After the knocking stopped, the female caller observed two parties near the back door. These parties were donning gloves.

The female caller then dials 911 nearly simultaneously to the suspects forcing entry via the backdoor.

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Experts say Nebraska needs more prisons

03/05/14
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Prison experts say ~ “Nebraska needs to build more prison space.”

Nebraska leaders say ~ “No”.

Read the Omaha World Herald story here

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Officer kills man who beats him

03/05/14
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Recently released video of fatal “officer involved shooting” is a stark reminder of the facts that:

  • Police work is rarely – if ever – pretty to watch. (listen to the comments in the background)
  • Police officers who hesitate from escalating to adequate force levels early can actually create a more dangerous situation for themselves, the public AND the suspect.  Resistive suspects MUST be brought under control as soon as possible.
  • Suspects can not expect to get into a “street fight” with an officer without risking a fatal conclusion.  An unconscious officers will always result in an available firearm for the suspect.  Officers will not let that happen.

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More young gun offenders cause tragedy

02/25/14
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17 year old Dominique Hollie was allegedly killed at the hands of a 17 year old friend with a sawed off shotgun that Hollie had in his very own room.

Absent a federal permit, possession of a sawed-off short shotgun is a Class 4 Felony in Nebraska.

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OPD $5.4M below budget!

02/25/14
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Omaha Police Department ends 2013 $5.4 Million below budget!

This was accomplished without pay cuts, lay offs or diminished police services.

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Are we being Prison Reform “Punked”?

02/24/14
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There was a very interesting editorial in the Omaha World Herald today pertaining to prison reform.

We highly recommend you read it.

Long story short, the editorial lauds the state of Nebraska’s leaders willingness to listen to an independent outside organization – the Council of State Governments – with regard to best practices for prison reform.

We agree…..

…….so long as this organization is actually *allowed* to compare all of Nebraska’s prison policies to other peer states.

 

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