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December 19, 1995 | Associated Press
A convenience store clerk who police say shot two shoplifters for stealing beer was charged with second-degree murder Monday in the death of a 15-year-old. Police said David Johnson, 33, grabbed a .38-caliber pistol from under the cash register in the Kwik Shop where he worked and chased the two shoplifters outside Saturday night. Joseph Knudson, 15, was shot in the back. Hosie Ealy, 23, was wounded in the arm and leg. Police said the two were not armed.
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June 3, 2000 | Associated Press
A man who kidnapped and dismembered his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son has been sentenced to death. The three-judge panel ruled Thursday that exceptional depravity warranted the death penalty for Raymond Mata Jr. Mata, 26, of Scottsbluff, was convicted in January of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping for the March 1999 killing of Adam Gomez. Body parts were found in the basement of Mata's sister's home and in a freezer and a dog bowl at Mata's home.
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September 12, 1999 | ANNE BERGMAN, Anne Bergman is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
When Kimberly Peirce first read the account of Teena Brandon's murder in the Village Voice in 1994, she knew she had to do something. Barely 21 years old, Teena Brandon was shot dead with two others in a farmhouse just outside Falls City, Neb. On the surface, this sort of multiple murder wouldn't necessarily make national headlines. Except that Teena Brandon, a.k.a. Brandon Teena, was killed for posing as a man. "I felt this immediate kinship with Brandon," says Peirce, 30.
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April 27, 2000 | Associated Press
A man was shot to death after stopping to pull a woman from a burning car, investigators said Wednesday. Robert Parminter, 45, and Shannon Bluhm, 27, were found dead Tuesday night near the burned-out car, the Nebraska State Patrol said. Police said Parminter and Bluhm apparently did not know one another. A woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested Wednesday, and investigators recovered a gun believed to have been used to kill Parminter, a State Patrol spokeswoman said.
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November 13, 1998 | Associated Press
A 76-year-old man accused of shooting his terminally ill wife in the head in her hospital bed pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. A trial date of Feb. 8 was set for Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich. He was released on $35,000 bond. "We're happy he's been released," said Ohlrich's son, Mike. "And we're just taking one day at a time." Ohlrich had been jailed since the shooting Oct. 27 of his wife, Phyllis, 74, who had been fighting a painful battle with colon cancer.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | Associated Press
A man who kidnapped and dismembered his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son has been sentenced to death. The three-judge panel ruled Thursday that exceptional depravity warranted the death penalty for Raymond Mata Jr. Mata, 26, of Scottsbluff, was convicted in January of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping for the March 1999 killing of Adam Gomez. Body parts were found in the basement of Mata's sister's home and in a freezer and a dog bowl at Mata's home.
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October 22, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hilary Swank, self-proclaimed "girly girl," remembers her first time. She was in the lobby of New York's Tribeca Film Center, decked out in her husband's clothes, her long, blond hair tucked under a $1 cowboy hat from a secondhand store. She was waiting to audition for the lead role in the film "Boys Don't Cry." The doorman phoned the director and producers upstairs and said, "There's this guy here. He says he has a reading. Should I send him up?"
NEWS
December 14, 1988 | SHARON COHEN, Associated Press
On a sultry day last summer, a lifelong con died behind bars, revealing a terrible secret hidden for a decade. He had gotten away with murder. Finally made public was a confession the inmate had shared with his attorney 10 years earlier, a confession to a killing for which another man, the victim's husband, had served 13 1/2 years in prison.
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December 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Darrel Parker, convicted of murdering his wife 33 years ago, will not get a pardon hearing even though another convict confessed to the slaying before he died last summer, the Nebraska Board of Pardons ruled Thursday. Parker can explore other avenues, said Atty. Gen. Robert Spire, one of the board's three members, who declined to elaborate further. Spire said the board could consider Parker's pardon request only if there were a "clear miscarriage of justice."
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | Associated Press
A man was shot to death after stopping to pull a woman from a burning car, investigators said Wednesday. Robert Parminter, 45, and Shannon Bluhm, 27, were found dead Tuesday night near the burned-out car, the Nebraska State Patrol said. Police said Parminter and Bluhm apparently did not know one another. A woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested Wednesday, and investigators recovered a gun believed to have been used to kill Parminter, a State Patrol spokeswoman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hilary Swank, self-proclaimed "girly girl," remembers her first time. She was in the lobby of New York's Tribeca Film Center, decked out in her husband's clothes, her long, blond hair tucked under a $1 cowboy hat from a secondhand store. She was waiting to audition for the lead role in the film "Boys Don't Cry." The doorman phoned the director and producers upstairs and said, "There's this guy here. He says he has a reading. Should I send him up?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1999 | ANNE BERGMAN, Anne Bergman is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
When Kimberly Peirce first read the account of Teena Brandon's murder in the Village Voice in 1994, she knew she had to do something. Barely 21 years old, Teena Brandon was shot dead with two others in a farmhouse just outside Falls City, Neb. On the surface, this sort of multiple murder wouldn't necessarily make national headlines. Except that Teena Brandon, a.k.a. Brandon Teena, was killed for posing as a man. "I felt this immediate kinship with Brandon," says Peirce, 30.
NEWS
July 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
A man who believed his wife was terminally ill with cancer and shot her to death to relieve her pain was sentenced Friday to at least two years in prison. An autopsy had revealed that she died cancer-free. Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich, 77, had pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to between two years and 3 1/3 years. He will be eligible for parole in a year. He could have been sentenced to 20 years.
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November 15, 1998 | LARRY McSHANE and MOLLY WOOD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
On the last night of his life, Scott Catenacci left his job at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, climbed into his car and drove through the darkness toward the Iowa border. He was heading to meet some friends in a park, intent on selling his laptop computer. Those friends, authorities say, were waiting to murder him. One week earlier, Catenacci and three of those friends had experimented with partner-swapping sex--"basically a group orgy," one later recalled.
NEWS
November 13, 1998 | Associated Press
A 76-year-old man accused of shooting his terminally ill wife in the head in her hospital bed pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder. A trial date of Feb. 8 was set for Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich. He was released on $35,000 bond. "We're happy he's been released," said Ohlrich's son, Mike. "And we're just taking one day at a time." Ohlrich had been jailed since the shooting Oct. 27 of his wife, Phyllis, 74, who had been fighting a painful battle with colon cancer.
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October 31, 1998 | Associated Press
A 76-year-old man accused of shooting his cancer-stricken wife to death as she lay suffering in the hospital was briefly released from jail Friday to attend her funeral. Clutching the hands of his sons, Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich followed his wife's coffin into St. Peter Lutheran Church, where Phyllis Ohlrich, a 74-year-old Sunday school teacher, once sang in the choir. Ohlrich's wife was shot once in the head Tuesday.
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July 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
A man who believed his wife was terminally ill with cancer and shot her to death to relieve her pain was sentenced Friday to at least two years in prison. An autopsy had revealed that she died cancer-free. Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich, 77, had pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to between two years and 3 1/3 years. He will be eligible for parole in a year. He could have been sentenced to 20 years.
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October 31, 1998 | Associated Press
A 76-year-old man accused of shooting his cancer-stricken wife to death as she lay suffering in the hospital was briefly released from jail Friday to attend her funeral. Clutching the hands of his sons, Vernal "Bob" Ohlrich followed his wife's coffin into St. Peter Lutheran Church, where Phyllis Ohlrich, a 74-year-old Sunday school teacher, once sang in the choir. Ohlrich's wife was shot once in the head Tuesday.
NEWS
December 19, 1995 | Associated Press
A convenience store clerk who police say shot two shoplifters for stealing beer was charged with second-degree murder Monday in the death of a 15-year-old. Police said David Johnson, 33, grabbed a .38-caliber pistol from under the cash register in the Kwik Shop where he worked and chased the two shoplifters outside Saturday night. Joseph Knudson, 15, was shot in the back. Hosie Ealy, 23, was wounded in the arm and leg. Police said the two were not armed.
NEWS
December 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Darrel Parker, convicted of murdering his wife 33 years ago, will not get a pardon hearing even though another convict confessed to the slaying before he died last summer, the Nebraska Board of Pardons ruled Thursday. Parker can explore other avenues, said Atty. Gen. Robert Spire, one of the board's three members, who declined to elaborate further. Spire said the board could consider Parker's pardon request only if there were a "clear miscarriage of justice."
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