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Walk sets trouble spots aglow
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln plans to shed a little light
on City and East campuses after
Saturday’s Spring Safety Walk
revealed some areas with burnt-out
lights and overgrown shrubbery.
The Parking Advisory
Committee, the Chancellor’s
Safety Committee and the UNL
Police Department sponsored the 4
a.m. walk. Eleven people walked
and drove the paths that students
and faculty members take to and
from their classes and cars.
Tad McDowell, Parking and
Transit Services manager, said the
walk helps determine if there is
adequate light throughout campus.
UNL Police Sgt. Bill Manning
said the walk makes him aware of
any new safety concerns.
The perimeter parking lot at
New Hampshire and 13th streets
was McDowell’s main concern this
Although the lot is lit and has
emergency phones, the railroad
crossing produces a large safety
concern for students.
“When students go to the
tracks, a train comes,” McDowell
said. “They have nothing to do but
McDowell said parking ser
vices plans to move the lot across
the tracks but will not be able to for
a couple of years.
The Area 3 parking lot by the
also concerned McDowell.
Manning said brush located on
Burlington Northern property is
growing over the fence, concealing
the view of the railroad tracks.
A majority of campus car van
dalism occur in this lot, he said.
McDowell said parking ser
vices has been in contact with
Burlington Northern, and a quarter
to one-third of the brush will be
Moving inward, the core of City
Campus was well-lit except for a
couple of burnt-out lights.
The main concern, however,
was a diagonal row of burnt-out
lights running from Andrews Hall
to the Nebraska Union and to Love
Under the assumption the
union renovation caused a circuit
to break, Manning reported the
concern and said the university
will look into the matter.
East Campus walkers were con
cerned with lighting around
Husker, Burr and Fedde Residence
Halls. Landscape services plans to
cut back dead tree and shrubbery
branches that block lights around
Landscaping also will trim
trees and shrubbery in front of
“This year we had a lot of
minor details - burnt-out lights
and bushes,” said Parking
Advisory Committee President
Linda Swoboda. “But consider
yourself walking alone at night.
It’s the little things that matter.”
McDowell said no concerns
were submitted through the park
ing services World Wide Web site;
however, parking services will
keep its Web site up and running.
Safety and lighting concerns on
City and East campuses can be
directly submitted to the parking
services office using the following
World Wide Web site:
http://www. uni edu/park/img_nofr
Police officers help
family escape fire
By Josh Funk
Without fear for their own safe
ty, two Lincoln Police officers
rushed into a smoke-filled house
“ Thursday night to get a family out
The Johnson family - two
grandparents, their daughter and
her children - and officers escaped
the fire without major injury.
The small fire that started in
the basement of the home at 2828
U St. began to fill the house with
smoke before officers arrived.
Police received the call at 10
p.m., and officers were on the
scene two minutes later - before
the fire department, Lincoln
Police Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
Officer Steven Niemeyer took
the call from six blocks away and
When he saw the smoke and
several people on the porch and in
the living room, Niemeyer ran into
the house to make sure everyone
As Niemeyer stood on the
porch with three children beckon
ing to those inside, Officer John
Carter recognized the children
as members of his congregation at
Liberty Gospel Fellowship church.
“I saw the kids and thought,
‘This is not good,’” Carter said.
Then Niemeyer went into the
house, where the smoke continued
There was no time to think
about the danger, they said, and
Carter quickly followed Niemeyer
into the smoke-filled house.
As Carter helped Ida Johnson,
68, get out, Niemeyer again disap
peared into the smoke to find her
husband, Eugene, who was trying
to fight the fire in the basement by
dumping pails of water onto it.
“The smoke was burning my
eyes and lungs, and it was tough to
see,” Niemeyer said. “I didn’t stop
to think about the danger.”
Niemeyer found Eugene
Johnson lying on the stairs trying
to catch his breath before going
back for one more pail of water.
Carter continued to yell
through the thick smoke to stay in
contact with Niemeyer in the base
Then Niemeyer and Eugene
Johnson came up from the base
ment, and all three left the house
through a side door.
Firefighters arrived shortly
after and extinguished the fire.
Investigators still are unsure of the
cause of the fire.
Ida Johnson and her daughter,
Sarah Rice, were treated for
smoke-related injuries at the
scene. Eugene Johnson and Rice’s
four children did not need treat
Carter and Niemeyer work out
of a police substation located
within 10 blocks of the burning
home, which helped reduce
When asked if their actions
were heroic, both officers said
they were just doing their jobs.
Carter said, “You don’t think
about the danger (to yourself)
when other people are involved.”
By Josh Funk
A Lincoln man with a history of
sexual assaults was arrested Thursday
for allegedly raping a 13-year-oki girl.
Danny Edwards, 31, was out of
jail on bond pending trial for a
January sexual assault charge when
the alleged attack happened
About noon Wednesday the vic
tim and a friend went over to
Edwards’ apartment on the 100 block
of North 32nd Street to drink with
Edwards and some others, Lincoln
Police Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
After drinking for a while the girl
passed out, Heermann said.
Later she woke up in bed and
Edwards was allegedly raping her,
Edwards was arrested for sexual
A check of Edwards’ criminal his
tory showed two past sex-offense
charges: a first-degree sexual assault
in Omaha in 1991 and the January
third-degree sexual assault charge in
Lincoln, Heermann said.
Edwards is scheduled for trial
today on the January charges, which
also include contributing to the delin
quency of a minor and obstructing a
police officer. The victim of that
assault was a 16-year-old boy, accord
ing to court records.
Edwards pleaded innocent to
those charges and was released on
$2,500 bond. Conditions were that he
make all court appearances and have
no contact with children under age 16.
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