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Three teens sought
for shooting houses
By Matthew Waite
Lincoln police are looking for
three teens who may have shot at a
car and fired into three homes
Tuesday night, according to wit
ness and police accounts.
A witness in the 5700 block of
Garland Street saw three teens in a
brown four-door car, and said one
fired shots into a parked car. Min
utes later, in the 2000 block of
North 63rd Street, residents heard
shots fired and found bullet holes
in their houses.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said because the
shootings were in the same area
near the same time with the same
caliber of gun, police suspected
they were related. Police have not
found a connection among the vic
Heermann gave the following
A man out walking at 9:38 p.m.
• told police he saw three teens in a
brown, four-door car resembling a
1970s Ford Maverick heading east
on Garland Street between 53rd
and 54th streets.
He said one of the passengers
fired two shots, which hit a 1985
Oldsmobile Cutlass, out of the car
causing $100 damage. When po
lice arrived, they found a .22-cali
ber shell casing.
Minutes later, at 9:45 pjn., resi
dents in the 2000 block of North
63rd Street heard shots fired. One
house sustained damage to the front
side; two other houses were dam
aged on their east sides.
A woman who was home at the
time said she heard three shots
fired. She told police that when she
heard the shots, she thought she
heard one hit her house.
On the east side of her house,
the woman found bullet damage to
the steel siding. That damage to
taled $200. Police recovered a slug
they think is from a .22-caliber
Another man who was home
heard a noise, then something hit
ting his house. When he went out
side, he found a small bullet hole
near his front door. The bullet
caused an estimated $20 damage.
The bullet went through the siding
and into the insulation, where po
lice recovered it.
One man, who was not home
when the shots were fired, found a
bullet hole on the east side of his
house that caused an estimated $20
damage to the wood siding.
Police are asking that anyone
with information call Grime Stop
pers at 475-3600.
Author says time off job ,
is important for caregivers
SHANKS from page 1
wrote a book last year to help those
caring for people with Alzheimer’s:
“Your Name is Hughes Hannibal
Shanks: A Caregiver’s Guide to
She said her book covers more than
how to be a good caregiver, though. It
deals with how to live a fulfilling,
healthy life while coping as a
Shanks said more than anything,
caregivers should remember they need
time off from the job.
“It’s hard, heavy work,” she said.
“When you have someone who weighs
160 pounds, but is a little baby in his
mind, you have to do everything for
Shanks was bom in Oklahoma City
in 1927. She received her bachelor’s
degree in journalism in 1949.
She moved to Lincoln in 1965.
Shanks lectures to students through
out Nebraska on African-American
Shanks also speaks and conducts
workshops on caregiving.
She said Alzheimer’s disease is the
fourth-leading cause of death in the
United States. Most people are carec
for in their homes during the major
ity of their disease.
Most of those caring fo
Alzheimer’s sufferers are women
_ She said more progress needs to
be made in researching Alzheimer’s
‘‘There’s not a cure yet,” she said
“'Ine main thrust is in research, bul
also there has to be some relief for the
caregivers if we want to keep people
out of nursing homes.”
Scientific research has developed
significantly. For instance, scientists
have discovered new genes in the past
five years that might cause
“But you can have the disease with
out ever having these genes,” she said
“We’re making progress, but there’!
still a significant job to be done be
fore they understand why people ge
it and how to cure it.”
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Suits filed against Phillips,
Childs in district court
OMAHA (AP)—Two people who
were at a party with Lawrence Phillips
filed lawsuits Wednesday, accusing the
St. Louis Rams running back of as
sault, battery and false imprisonment.
The former Nebraska football
player was arrested early Sunday at the
party in Omaha and was charged with
disorderly conduct. Police said party
goers restrained him from attacking
officers. Phillips was released on bail
pending a hearing next month.
The lawsuits filed in Douglas
County District Court by Lisa
Bateman and Arthur Stallworth seek
The two also filed separate lawsuits
against former Nebraska football
player Clinton Childs.
Bateman’s lawsuit alleged Phillips
touched intimate parts of her body
with his hands and a champagne
bottle. A separate suit alleged Childs
repeatedly touched her inappropri
In his lawsuits, Stallworth accused
Phillips and Childs of beating him at
the party. Stallworth is Bateman’s boy
The lawsuits alleged that Childs
and Phillips confined Bateman and
Stallworth without their consent.
Phillips’ attorney, Hal Anderson of
Lincoln, did not immediately return
telephone calls seeking comment.
Childs’ whereabouts Wednesday were
Leigh Ann Retelsdorf said the
Douglas County Attorney’s office had
not filed criminal charges against
Phillips based on any of the accusa
tions in the civil lawsuits.
“If there is a police investigation,
our office is not involved at this point,”
No criminal action is currently
pending at the city level either, said
city prosecutor Marty Conboy.
Phillips’ arrest came even as he
fice said it does not track the profes
sional careers of its former players.
Bateman’s attorneys said she filed
the lawsuits because she wanted to see
Phillips and Childs held accountable
for their behavior. They said she also
wants to be compensated for the pain
and humiliation she suffered.
Stallworth was cited for disorderly
conduct at the party. Police said he
refused to leave the hotel room.
St. Louis Rams head coach Dick
Vermeil said Wednesday that he had
not heard from Phillips since his ar
“I think if I was in his situation, I
may not want to speak to anyone in
an authority position,” Vermeil said
Wednesday. “There’s no reason for
him to have confidence in me.”
Vermeil said he believed that
Phillips was in St. Louis.
Rams spokesman Rick Smith said
the team did not have any comment
on the civil lawsuits.
“We’ll have to see how it goes,”
I think if I was in his situation, I may
not want to speak to anyone in an
authority position. There's no reason for
him to have confidence in me "
coach of St. Louis Rams
was on probation in California for
drunken driving. That arrest occurred
while he was on probation in Nebraska
for assaulting his former girlfriend.
A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28
in Lincoln to determine whether
Phillips’ California arrest violated his
Phillips pleaded no contest to as
saulting his former girlfriend,
Katherine McEwen of Topeka, Kan.,
in 1995. McEwen said Phillips beat
her, kicked her, dragged her by the
hair down three flights of stairs and
slammed her head into some apart
McEwen also Filed a civil suit
against Phillips in Kansas City, Mo.,
alleging a pattern of abuse in their
two-year relationship. The lawsuit was
settled out of court.
Childs graduated from Nebraska in
1995 and was passed over in the 1996
draft. He signed with the New York
Jets as a free agent and later was
picked up on waivers by the Kansas
City Chiefs. The 1996 Chiefs press
guide did not list Childs on the roster.
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