Threat of shooting in Elkhorn school leads to arrest of a minor

An anonymous threat of a school shooting led to the arrest of a minor and an increased law enforcement presence Thursday on Elkhorn Public Schools campuses. 

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, information was received Thursday regarding an anonymous person threatening a school shooting at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School.

The threat was posted on TikTok, and the minor who posted it was identified and arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The minor was taken to the Douglas County juvenile detention center.

Anyone who receives information about a school safety threat should call 911 or report the information to or through the Safe2Help app, the Sheriff’s Office said. Information can be reported anonymously. 

Elkhorn Ridge Middle School is near 178th and Marcy Streets. 

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Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported, a wave of hoax emergency calls about school shootings sent hundreds of police officers into schools in South Carolina. The calls affected more than a dozen districts from Charleston to Greenville.

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Judge gives jail sentence to Omaha attorney for his ‘period of madness’

An Omaha attorney will spend 100 days in jail, maybe more, after a “period of madness” that included three DUIs, a handful of domestic disputes and several violations of a protection order his former mistress took out against him.

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Omaha attorney Ben Maxell and a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy walk out of the Douglas County Courthouse in 2021 after Maxell was told that he was under arrest.


Douglas County Judge Daryl Lowe sentenced Ben Maxell last week to the jail term and extended a probation term to November 2023. Maxell, 46, still faces sentencing for a third DUI, which took place near Red Oak, Iowa, and which could add to his time behind bars.

Lowe allowed Maxell to stay out of jail while he gets his affairs in order. He is then to report by Sept. 26. Judges typically don’t allow defendants that much time.

“I threw the book at you,” Lowe said. “But it wasn’t a big book.”

Maxell could have faced more than a year in jail had the judge run the sentences one after the other. Lowe’s official sentence was 180 days. Because sentences are reduced for good behavior, Maxell will serve about 100 days at the Douglas County Jail.

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Maxell told the judge that his life began to unravel with the death of his grandfather, essentially his surrogate father. Every three months, he said, something else would happen and he would sabotage himself and jeopardize his career. Maxell’s law license was suspended in June 2021.

A referee with the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear ethics charges against Maxell and recommend anything from reprimand to suspension to disbarment. The high court will then decide.

In addition to citing the misdemeanor convictions against Maxell, Kent Frobish, assistant counsel for discipline

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