Sep 14, 2020 4:42 PM

Ex-Omaha weatherman accused of targeting health director

Posted Sep 14, 2020 4:42 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha TV weatherman and mayoral spokesman has taken a plea deal months after being accused of emailing death threats to a local health department director over her handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Ronald Penzkowski pleaded no contest Friday to two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault.

He initially had been charged with a felony count of making terroristic threats.

Penzkowski was arrested March 31 after investigators said he sent several emails to Dr. Adi Pour, threatening to “lynch” her and slit her throat.

Penzkowski once worked as a spokesman for former Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and as a weatherman for Omaha television stations under the name Ron Gerard.