Jan 16, 2020 5:46 PM

Gov. Ricketts condemns anti-semitic hate crime being investigated in Lincoln

Posted Jan 16, 2020 5:46 PM

LINCOLN, Neb.-Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that the Lincoln Police Department was investigating a hate crime against a Jewish temple.

“I condemn anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms, and encourage Nebraskans from all backgrounds to do the same,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “The Jewish community has been a vital part of our state for generations.  I urge anyone with information about the vandalism to report it to the Lincoln Police Department, so the perpetrator can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Anyone with information for law enforcement can call 402-441-6000 or Lincoln Crimestoppers at 402-4765-3600.

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Kansas man charged with sister's murder; she attended K-State
Parker Mays photo Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -A Kansas man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 22-year-old sister, Johnson County prosecutors said Thursday.

John Parker Mays, 27, Lawrence, was arrested Tuesday night in Douglas County after his sister, Layne Mays, was found dead, Overland Park police spokesman John Lacy said. He was charged Thursday and is being held on $1 million bond. Authorities have not said how Layne Mays died.

Layne Mays’s mother found her body and called police, police said.

Layne Mays studied animal science at Kansas State University, according to a university spokeswoman. She was enrolled at the university through the fall 2019 semester but was not enrolled for the upcoming spring semester. She was a member of Kansas State’s equestrian team.

Parker Mays is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon

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OVERLAND PARK, KAN. (AP) — A man has been booked into jail on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder after his sister's body was found in suburban Kansas City.

Twenty-seven-year-old Parker Mays of Lawrence, is being held without bond in Johnson County, Kansas.

Police say Layne Mays' body was found Tuesday by her mother in her parents' Overland Park home. Police have not yet said how she died.

A Kansas State University spokeswoman said Layne Mays was enrolled there through the fall 2019 semester but was not enrolled for the upcoming spring semester. She studied animal science and rode with the school's equestrian team.