Feb 14, 2020 11:00 AM

Prosecutors: Omaha teen shooting believed to be accidental

Posted Feb 14, 2020 11:00 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Investigators believe the shooting of a 15-year-old Omaha boy was accidental, Douglas County's top prosecutor said Thursday.

A 14-year-old is suspected of shooting to death 15-year-old Sylas Lieb inside a northeast Omaha home on Wednesday night. Officers called to the scene around 7:15 p.m. said Lieb had been shot in the chest.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told television station KETV that Lieb, the 14-year-old suspect and an 18-year-old had been smoking marijuana most of the day before the shooting happened and said that the shooting was accidental.

The 14-year-old was booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on suspicion of manslaughter. The Associated Press typically does not name juveniles charged with crimes.

Omaha Central High School Principal Ed Bennett said in a note sent Thursday to the families of Central students that Lieb was a 10th grader at the downtown school, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Lieb has also attended Franklin Elementary School and Lewis & Clark Middle School, both in Omaha.

Counselors were to be counselors available at Central High for students on Thursday, Bennett said.

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Feb 14, 2020 11:00 AM
Arctic weather over Nebraska may have claimed victim

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An arctic cold front that descended upon eastern Nebraska and most of Iowa may have claimed an elderly victim.

Omaha police say officers found the body of an 80-year-old man a little before 5:40 a.m. Thursday in a street not far from an assisted living center where he lived.

Police say he was not dressed appropriately for the cold.

The National Weather Service says the wind chill had dropped to minus 26 degrees (minus 32 Celsius) at that time.

He's been identified as Robert Freymuller.

Many schools, businesses and organizations remained closed or opened late because of the frigid air blast.