What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
15-story apartment projected
December 25, 1949: A giant apartment house may become the highest building on the Omaha skyline. If plans go through, the structure would rise 15 stories on the block surrounded by Jones, Jackson, 37th and 38th Streets. This block — mostly covered by old homes — was at a much higher altitude than the downtown area where the city’s other tallest buildings stand. It was this initial advantage that could make the structure the top building.
1974: Videotaped testimony was used for the first time in a recent Douglas County District Court trial, and the results were satisfactory, the judge said. But for the young woman whose words were played over two television sets for a jury, the results were not so good. She lost the case. Judge Rudolph Tesar said the plaintiff, Susan Burrows, was now living in Australia. Before she left, she taped her version of a traffic accident and her resulting injuries, and was cross-examined.
1988: The Douglas County Attorney’s Office distributed pamphlets to help merchants prevent losses because of bounced checks. The seven-page pamphlet contained tips about accepting checks, spotting bad checks and using buyer identification. It also explained the laws concerning bad checks and the fees involved in seeking prosecution of those who write them. County Attorney Ron Staskiewicz said the pamphlets were mailed to 3,000 merchants and restaurateurs in Douglas County. He said more are available for the asking.
2007: Seven Elkhorn High School students were arrested a week earlier on drug-related charges following an alleged incident of selling and eating marijuana-laced brownies at school, according to Omaha police. Two of the students, both 17-year-old males, were booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The arrests followed a tip made to Elkhorn High administrators. Backpacks, lockers and cars were searched, said Elkhorn Superintendent Roger Breed.