Sep 10, 2019 2:19 AM

Emerald ash borer found in Nebraska's Saunders County

Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:19 AM


ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found near Ashland.

The state Agriculture Department recently found the emerald ash borer in Saunders County. The pest had already been found in nearby Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties.

The insects have killed tens of millions of ash trees. They are native to Asia and were first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002. The insects were first detected in Nebraska in Omaha and Greenwood in 2016.

Infected trees usually lose leaves at the top of the canopy and the die-off spreads downward. The trees usually die within four years.

Nebraska officials are working to slow the spread of the destructive insect , but Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says the pest can't be eliminated.

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Papillion man charged after crash that killed 2 children

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — A Papillion man has been arrested in connection with an August crash that killed a sister and brother near Gretna.

Officials say 37-year-old Jesse Knight was charged Monday with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Knight was driving a dump truck on Aug. 7 that hit the rear of a minivan that was stopped at a red light on Highway 370, west of Omaha.

The crash killed 10-year-old Stephen Young. His 16-year-old sister, Abby Young, died at a hospital. Their mother and others in the van also were injured.

Knight was being held at the Sarpy County Jail.