Jan 16, 2020 10:49 AM

Police: Swastika painted on Jewish temple steps in Lincoln

Posted Jan 16, 2020 10:49 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police are investigating the vandalism of a Jewish temple in Lincoln as a hate crime.

A passerby reported Wednesday morning that epithets had been painted on the front steps of the South Street Temple, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. A responding officer also discovered a swastika drawn in orange paint on the building's front steps.

Officer Erin Spilker said the vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime and that no other places of worship had reported similar incidents.

Police are asking anyone near the temple whose property was vandalized by orange paint to make a report. Those with information about the temple vandalism are urged to call police or Lincoln Crimestoppers.

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Kan. man charged with fatally stabbing sister's ex-boyfriend
Prager  photo Sedgwick County

WICHITA, KAN. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with fatally stabbing his sister's ex-boyfriend during a Wichita fight.

Morgan Prager, 24, Pittsburg, Kansas, made his first appearance Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court on charges of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is jailed on $250,000 bond.

Wichita police say officers responded Saturday to an assault call and found 19-year-old Vincent Venturella suffering from a severe neck laceration. Police say the men had fought about Prager's sister. Venturella died Monday night.

Prager was arrested in Pittsburg. Kansas Department of Corrections records show that he had been discharged in December from community corrections after previous convictions for theft and criminal possession of a firearm in Wyandotte County.