Jan 24, 2020 11:19 AM

Omaha man gets prison after 20 years of stalking woman

Posted Jan 24, 2020 11:19 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man has been sentenced to federal prison after he carried out a more than 20-year campaign to stalk and terrorize a woman he met at a church singles club.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Nebraska said in a release Thursday that Craig Niedbalski, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for convictions of internet stalking and transporting an explosive with intent to injure.

Investigators said Niedbalski met the woman in 1986, and that from 1996 to 2018, he sent her more than 100 threatening and sexually explicit letters and postcards. Investigators said he also sent what appeared to be a pipe bomb in 2003 and an improvised explosive device in 2018 to the woman. Neither item exploded, and no one was injured.

Despite numerous protective orders placed against him, Niedbalski refused to admit that he was sending the threats. Finally, in 2018, officials said, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was able to trace a digital postage label affixed to the IED to Niedbalski.

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Jan 24, 2020 11:19 AM
Longtime PBS host, debate moderator Jim Lehrer dies at 85
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By MARK KENNEDY and DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

A longtime host of the nightly PBS "NewsHour" whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates, has died. Jim Lehrer was 85.

He and longtime partner Robert MacNeil began nightly reports on PBS in 1975. The show featured detailed reports and discussions of politics, international relations, science, and even the arts.

MacNeil stepped down from the show in 1995. Tributes poured in from colleagues and watchers alike, including from Fox News' Bret Baier, who called Lehrer "an inspiration to a whole generation of political journalists — including this one."