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COLUMBUS HOMICIDE

Man held on $1M bail in Columbus woman's slaying

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Bail has been set at $1 million for a 19-year-old Columbus man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother.

The Columbus Telegram says Chase Micklevitz (mihk-LEH'-vihtz) faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Deanna Micklevitz. Police say she was stabbed four times Wednesday afternoon with a kitchen knife at the home she shared with her grandson. She was taken to Columbus Community Hospital and then flown to a Lincoln hospital, where she was pronounced dead upon her arrival.

A Platte County jailer said Friday that Micklevitz remained in custody. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

Micklevitz's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 13.

RUSSIAN ROULETTE DEATH

Nebraska teen charged with tampering in shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska prosecutor says a teenager has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with a fatal game of Russian roulette.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine on Thursday provided new details about the Sunday shooting in Omaha. He says 19-year-old Joseph Merolla died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a west Omaha apartment.

Kleine says Merolla died on the first turn of the game. He says two of Merolla's friends saw the shooting and a third was in another room. Merolla was found dead on the kitchen floor.

Kleine says 18-year-old Erik Valencia took the gun and left the apartment. Valencia is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony offense.

Valencia was released from jail Thursday after posting bond. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

SCOTTSBLUFF STANDOFF-SHOOTING

Man shot during Nebraska standoff gets probation

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A 29-year-old Wyoming man who was shot by a Nebraska police officer during a standoff has been given three years of probation.

Matthew Schwab was sentenced on Thursday in Scotts Bluff County District Court in Gering. He'd entered a no contest plea to terroristic threats as part of deal with prosecutors, who dropped two other counts.

Officers say Schwab failed to drop a handgun during a standoff on Jan. 21 in Scottsbluff. A police officer eventually shot Schwab, hitting him in the upper body.

Court records say Schwab has since moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

ALCOHOL ALLEGATIONS-TEACHER

Nebraska teacher accused of serving youths alcohol

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A 49-year-old suburban Omaha teacher is accused of serving alcohol to minors.

Online court records say Ann Urwiler is charged in Sarpy County with procuring alcohol for a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Both charges are misdemeanors.

School records say Urwiler is a first-grade teacher at Trumble Park Elementary School in the Papillion (puh-PIHL'-yuhn) -La Vista district. Online court records don't list the name of Urwiler's attorney. A public phone listing for Urwiler couldn't be found. She didn't immediately respond to an email message on Friday.

A district spokeswoman declined to speak directly about Urwiler's case.

Omaha television station KETV says Urwiler's first court appearance is scheduled for later this month.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

Report: Midwest economic index slumped in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier.

A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June, to 60.6.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also declined. It hit 60.0 last month, compared with 63.6 in June.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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