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Jazz band at Maximus

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform a selection of big band and holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Maximus Restaurant and Lounge, 329 23rd St.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Eagles hosting craft show

COLUMBUS -- The Eagles Club will hold its annual holiday craft and vendor show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the club, 3205 12th St.

The event will include 35 tables of crafts and vendors and a lunch counter. Proceeds will support several causes.

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Cattle group meeting in town

COLUMBUS -- The Platte Valley Cattlemen will meet Monday at Wunderlich’s Catering, beginning with a 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. meal.

Dr. Luke Strehle from Nebraska Vet Services will talk about various cow/calf-related topics.

Officer accused of assault

GRAND ISLAND (AP) — A Grand Island police officer has been placed on leave after being accused of assaulting a 26-year-old woman.

A news release from the department says the 31-year-old officer is on paid administrative leave. The release says he's accused of assaulting the woman while he was off duty the night of Oct. 30 in a Grand Island residence.

Capt. Jim Duering tells the Grand Island Independent that the incident "was not a domestic offense."

Police say the case has been sent to the Hall County Attorney's Office for consideration of any criminal charges. Police declined to comment further on the allegation.

The officer has been on the force since 2013. The Associated Press is not naming him because he has not been charged with a crime.

Robbery suspects caught in Omaha

OMAHA (AP) — Customers and employees at a shopping mall on the western edge of Omaha found themselves in the midst of a cops-and-robbers scene when police chased down three men suspected of robbing a bank.

Police say the three were suspected of having robbed First State Bank & Trust in Fremont at gunpoint Wednesday morning. A vehicle suspected of carrying the robbers sped off when a Nebraska State trooper tried to pull it over on U.S. Highway 275. Authorities say it later stopped on West Dodge Road near the mall.

Police say the three men — a 44-year-old Council Bluffs man, his 27-year-old son and a 25-year-old man from Omaha — ran from the vehicle. Police converged on the area and arrested two of the men in a Best Buy store and found the third in a ravine.

No bystanders were injured.

Court date set for Offutt airman

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — An Offutt Air Force Base judge advocate general has set a court-martial hearing on April 3 for an airman accused of killing another airman in an Offutt dormitory last year.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Airman 1st Class Timothy Wilsey faces life without parole if he's found guilty of strangling 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard on Aug. 1, 2016.

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