Lettuce-waving naked wedding crasher in Nebraska

A Lincoln man stands accused of indecent exposure after allegedly stripping naked in front of a church and crashing a wedding Saturday afternoon.

Officer Katie Flood said it happened outside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1420 K St., where police were called about an uninvited man who pulled up in a pickup and got out waving lettuce, saying he was there to feed the animals. A wedding guest said the man got back in his truck and drove 150 feet before he stopped and got out, undressed and stood there naked.

Police arrived to find him back in his truck. Flood said they stopped Kevin P. Gill, 36, driving the wrong way on K Street and arrested him on suspicion of indecent exposure.


Nebraska judge orders $1 million returned to exotic dancer


A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.

The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who began putting aside her earnings when she started dancing at age 18, according to an opinion U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon wrote last week. The money was meant to start her business and get out of the stripping business, the judge wrote.

State troopers confiscated the money in March 2012 when they pulled over Rajesh and Marina Dheri, of Montville, N.J., for speeding in Nebraska, according to court documents. The Dheris are friends of Mishra and had been given the cash so they could buy a nightclub in New Jersey. Mishra would own half of the business and the Dheris would own the other half.

Mishra had packaged the money in $10,000 bundles tied with hair bands and placed in plastic bags, and it was stashed in the trunk of the Dheri’s rented car, which the Dheris were driving to Chicago. When they were pulled over for speeding, a state trooper asked the Dheris if he could search their vehicle, which they allowed, Bataillon explained.

The state trooper found the money and after suspecting it was drug money took the Dheris into custody, according to the judge’s opinion. But police did not find any evidence of drug activity in the car and a K-9 analysis found only trace elements of illegal drugs on the cash, according to Bataillon.

Neither Mishra nor the Dheris could not be reached for comment.

“The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money,” Bataillon wrote in his opinion. “The dog sniff is inconsequential…The court finds the Mishras’ story is credible…Ms. Mishra did have control over the money and directed the Dheris to deliver the money to New Jersey for the purchase of the business.”

Bataillon ordered that Mishra receive cash or a check in the value of $1,074,000 with interest.


Nebraska teenager can’t get into college because they think he’s dead


High school senior Corbin Russell has his college applications filled out, an upcoming graduation ceremony to attend and what looks to be a promising future ahead of him. Except for one problem: Records show he is dead. The Nebraska teenager, who is in fact very much alive, has repeatedly had college applications rejected due to an incident two years ago when his Social Security number was used in a death benefit claim for a deceased South Carolina man. Credit agencies and other record-keeping institutions show he is dead, and all three major credit reporting companies say documentation is needed to resolve the issue.


Tom Winter: The Nebraska Skateboarding Professor

Tom Winter finished a lecture on passive and past-tense Latin verbs, pulled his skateboard from the desk and rolled into a cool spring afternoon.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln classics and religious studies professor became an Internet sensation last week when a photo of him skateboarding across campus became the top item on the social news website Reddit.com. The photo inspired dozens of memes, which are photos with humorous text superimposed.

“Nine pages of memes and a site I never knew about before yesterday,” Winter told the Lincoln Journal Star on Thursday. “It’s a pretty good photo.”

By Thursday afternoon, the photo had gotten more than 756,000 views on Imgur.com, the Internet image hosting site on which it originally appeared, and 1,300 comments on Reddit.com. Users of Imgur.com wrote mock captions for the image, which features a skateboarding Winter, arms out and holding a briefcase.

The top-rated caption: “They see me rollin,’ I’m gradin.'” On Reddit.com, users created memes using the photo of Winter with captions such as, “Write a two-page paper on shredding the gnar,” and, “Has a PhD in righteousness.”

Winter said he heard about the photo from students Thursday and thinks he knows who took it.

“Nine pages of memes and a site I never knew about before yesterday,” Winter told the  Lincoln  Journal Star on Thursday. “It’s a pretty good photo.”

He teaches Latin, Greek and English classes, including Classical Mythology, Ancient Warfare and the Ancient Novel. His favorite course is Science and Technology in Antiquity.

He’s been teaching since 1970 and rides his bike 4.5 miles to work each morning. To get around campus easier, he uses his Arbor Pocket Rocket skateboard, which is just short enough to fit in his desk. He said he built the first recumbent bicycle to appear in Lincoln back in 1975.

A champion roller skater, Winter said he began skateboarding 15 years ago because it’s faster, and it’s easier on his body.

“I’m 19, but my joints are all of 68 years old,” he said. “Sometimes, walking is simply unpleasant.”

After watching Winter take off on his skateboard Thursday, UNL English professor Joe Goecke said it’s wonderful to see his colleague roll across campus.

“We used to smoke together, but we don’t anymore,” Goecke said. “He quit.”