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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Google search helps police solve hit-and-run

  • A Google search helped Nebraska City police solve a hit-and-run reported May 5 near 15th Street and Fourth Corso.Police were called after a 2011 Dodge Avenger owned by Ashleigh Johnson of Nebraska City was damaged while parked. Police found a portion of a damaged wheel hub at the scene and noticed a number on it....
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  • A Google search helped Nebraska City police solve a hit-and-run reported May 5 near 15th Street and Fourth Corso.
    Police were called after a 2011 Dodge Avenger owned by Ashleigh Johnson of Nebraska City was damaged while parked. Police found a portion of a damaged wheel hub at the scene and noticed a number on it.
    An officer entered the number in a Google search and learned that it came to a part that is put only on three makes of vehicles.
    The officer then investigated to assemble a list of all those vehicles registered to owners in Nebraska City.
    The officer then started making visits to homes and the first place he went he noticed a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe with a damaged wheel hub.
    A piece of glass from the hit-and-run scene also matched a spot of missing glass missing from a headlight assembly on the Tahoe.
    The owner of the Tahoe, Jesus Lopez of Nebraska City, said he had given someone permission to drive the vehicle.
    Investigators say Lopez could not provide contact information for the man he said had driven the vehicle.

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