EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of strangers have come to pay their respects for a victim of the El Paso, Texas, mass shooting who had few family members. The mourners braved 100-degree heat Friday to stand outside an El Paso funeral home to honor 63-year-old Margie Reckard. She was one of 22 people killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in the city earlier this month.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared a South Sioux City police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in a shootout that left the officer wounded and the suspect dead. Sioux City, Iowa, television station KCAU reports that the grand jury made the finding Friday. Investigators say Luis Quinones Rosa fired first at Officer Brian Van Berkum outside a bar, hitting the officer twice. Police say Van Berkum returned fire, fatally wounding Rosa.
BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — Officials say two pilots escaped an Omaha police helicopter crash in eastern Nebraska with only minor injuries. Omaha police say in a news release that the crash happened Friday morning at the Blair Airport, where the 2008 Bell 206 JetRanger is based. The pilot in command was Officer Brian Yaghoutfam and the tactical pilot was Officer Matthew Baughman. Both are 19-year veteran of the Omaha department and were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by a Union Pacific railroad officer for the November shooting of a Mason City man. Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen tells the Globe Gazette that the grand jury opted not to indict Union Pacific Special Agent Louis Miner after convening this week. State investigators say Miner stopped Nathan Lee Olson for trespassing on UP property on Nov. 29 and an altercation ensued before Miner shot Olson near a railroad crossing in Mason City.