February 12, 1966: Swollen Elkhorn River flood waters threatened to cut the Interstate 80 link between Omaha and Lincoln and force all traffic to U.S. Highway 6. Water, dammed up by a huge ice jam at the river's mouth, poured over thousand's of acres of farmland, undermining the approaches to two Interstate bridges over a drainage channel just east of the Platte River. The westbound span was closed by the State Department of Roads at 4 p.m. At 10 p.m. it appeared that the eastbound bridge, which had been carrying two-way traffic, would also have to be closed.
1937: Three companion bills setting up strict budgeting laws governing county officials in their spending were added to other county government reform measures now before the legislature. Forfeiture of office and fines of up to $500 were the penalties provided for violations of the proposed law. They applied to elective officials and employees alike.
1996: Douglas County proposed to pay $17,500 to settle a claim that was filed after a 16-year-old murder suspect hanged himself in the county jail two years ago. The County Board would be asked to approve the payment as settlement of a wrongful death claim filed on behalf of Jesse Serrano. The board approved the settlement in January. A decision to approve the payment would allow the county to write a check to Serrano's mother, Frankie Barajas, who is executor of his estate. Serrano committed suicide in January 1994 by hanging himself with a bedsheet in the Douglas County Corrections Center. He was being held on a first-degree murder charge for a shooting death outside Crossroads Mall.
2005: Someone chain-sawed 10 Zorinsky Lake trees to the ground this month, and the culprit could be in big trouble. An Omaha Police Department report describes the destruction of property matter as a potential felony. “We definitely see this as a very serious situation,” City Parks Director Larry Foster said. The trees were whacked down on federal Army Corps of Engineers property that is managed by the City of Omaha.