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From Staff Reports
The girlfriend of the father of a
child who died over the weekend will
appear today in Lancaster County
Seventeen-month-old Jonathan Ire
land died Saturday of skull injuries he
sustained Wednesday when paramed
ics were called to the scene after a re
port of a child choking. When they
arrived, the child was unresponsive,
but his airway was clear.
Jennifer Hindera, 22, was arrested
Saturday by Lincoln Police on suspi
cion of manslaughter.
Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Peschong _
said they suspected Jeffrey Ireland’s
girlfriend caused the baby’s skull frac
ture and bleeding on the brain. He said
“she got upset, and things got out of
An autopsy was performed Mon
The boy’s father, Jeffrey Ireland,
had custody of the boy. He is not a
suspect in the child’s death, Peschong
The Associated Press contributed
to this report.
Lincoln Police arrested a Sub
Vay worker for bilking between
$15,000 and $20,000 from the cash
register during his shifts over the
last six months.
Eric Moorehead, 25, of 3711
Faulkner Drive, was arrested Sat
urday for felony theft.
He worked for the Subway at
5560 S. 48th St.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said investigators are
still trying to determine exactly how
much Moorehead allegedly stole,
but put the figure between $15,000
A woman who applied for and
received credit cards in someone
else’s name was arrested Friday for
unauthorized use of a financial
transaction device, which is a
Sheryl Palmer, 23, of 340 S.
44th St., had credit cards from
Victoria’s Secret, Spiegel, J.C.
Penney, Younkers and a bank-is
sued Mastercard. Police reports
said she had run up $4,000 in debt
on the cards.
Strength, faith light way
for Idncoln youth leader
COLEMAN from page 1
for 12 years and I hated it,” Coleman
Coleman said he would sometimes
get Spurred into fights with white stu
dents, only to receive a whipping at
schodi and another later at home.
“My mother punished me because
she knew fighting wasn’t th&answer,”
Family provided the strength to
overcome the racism that pursued him,
he said. Coleman, who has seven broth
ers and three sisters, said the people in
his family did everything together and
looked after one another.
His parents were also a source of
strength. Coleman’s mother did wash
ing and ironing, and his dad held three
jobs as a bartender, chef and janitor.
Coleman’s father preached that the
strength to overcome came from within.
“He used to tell us, ‘It doesn’t make
sense to throw rocks at a brick wall,’”
Coleman said. “‘You have to get in
side to destroy die structure.’”
This inner strength was tested later
in life when Coleman was an an
nouncer for a Cincinnati radio station.
Coleman was the host for a gospel ra
dio show on an FM station when a visit
by the Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon
prompted the station to switch his
show to a less popular AM station.
Coleman eventually moved on to
25 years of service in the U.S. Army
and had made his first contact with the
Rev. Eddie Stanton, the original
founder of MAD DADS in Omaha.
“In 1990 he told me he wanted to
start a chapter in Lincoln,” Coleman
said. “I told him I couldn’t do it at the
time — retirement only a few years
away. No sooner than the day I was
retired, he was there.”
/ And after making sure the Lincoln
community wanted an organization
like MAD DADS, Coleman estab
lished the Lincoln chapter.
Stanton said it was quickly appar
ent how effective Coleman was as a
MAD DADS leader. v
“Some chapters take more time to
put together in terms of Organization,
but not with Don,” Stanton said. “Don
did it quick.”
And after establishing the chapter,
Coleman said he now has time to work
with young people and make a differ
ence in their lives.
Stanton said Coleman’s devotion
was another of his strengths.
“What’s unique about Don is the
number and types of projects his chap
ter chose,” Stanton said. “Some chap
ters pick one or two projects — but
Don’s did lots of projects.
“He’s really the example of a whirl
wind turned loose in a positive way.”
Coleman turned loose his focus on
warning of the danger of drugs. When
faced with a classroom of young people,
Coleman has one simple piece of ad
vice on how to avoid dnigs and the peer
pressure that can lead to drug usage.
“I tell them to be a one, as in the
number one,” Coleman said. “It’s the
only number that stands straight and
is not crooked.”
He tells the children, “Every one
of you is a one. Straighten your shoul
ders and march on as that one.”
Besides focusing on drugs, Coleman
also helps children who come from
rough family environments.
“I talk to them in a manner maybe
they’ve never heard,” Coleman, said.
“I tell them that they can get past it.
They can do it. It’s all in the attitude.”
But as with his own past, Coleman
also said he realizes race is still an is
sue among today’s youth. Education,
he said, is the key to defeating racism.
“I tell them to read and read and
read some more,” Coleman said.
“There are a lot of black Americans
whose accomplishments we know
little about. We need to learn about
“If our children don’t read history,
they’re bound to repeat it,” Coleman
Beyond helping children, Coleman
said he doesn’t know what the future
holds. He said it’s hard to comprehend
how he ended up where he is now.
“You do the best you can,”
Coleman said. “I didn’t set out to be a
leader. If/jpst turned out that y.”
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