What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
MURDERER ESCAPES FROM PENITENTIARY
May 21, 1979: An Omaha man who gunned down two service station attendants 12 years ago escaped from the Nebraska Penal Complex. The man, 30, apparently climbed over a 10-foot fence topped with 3 feet of wire at the trustee dormitory, officials said. He was serving two concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder. The man could be considered dangerous because of the nature of his crimes, said Tom Mason, deputy warden.
1951: An ordinance making East Omaha a part of Omaha would come up for passage in the City Council. Attorneys opposing and favoring the annexation had promised to be there, with sizable delegations from East Omaha. Attorney James Green was hired recently by East Omahans who had long advocated annexation as a solution to Pershing School’s financial woes.
1992: Bethany Home nursing center in Minden, Neb., had been approved for a $1.5 million Rural Development Administration loan to build a new facility and remodel the existing one, Rep. Bill Barrett, R-Neb., said. The loan would enable Bethany to construct a 60-bed nursing home. The current facility would then be remodeled to provide “assisted living beds” for those who need less care than a nursing home provides.
2004: The Nebraska State Patrol’s budget pinch because of higher gas prices wouldn’t give lead-footed drivers a speeding holiday. After getting criticism from the public and after consulting with Gov. Mike Johanns, Col. Tom Nesbitt had thought twice about his proposal to require state troopers to reduce their mileage by 10 percent. He announced that the mileage limit wouldn’t apply to traffic and carrier enforcement officers, although other State Patrol employees would have to comply. If need be, Nesbitt said, the patrol could dip into its pool of drug forfeiture money to keep the troopers’ gas tanks filled.