In­ves­ti­ga­tor still work­ing on threats against ref­eree

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OMAHA, NEB. | An in­ves­ti­ga­tor for a Ne­braska law en­force­ment agency said Wed­nes­day he is re­view­ing hun­dreds of con­firmed or pos­si­ble threats against an Omaha bas­ket­ball of­fi­cial who worked Ken­tucky’s NCAA Tour­na­ment loss to North Carolina.

Matt Bar­rall of the Sarpy County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment said he was in his fifth day work­ing full-time on the case, and no end was in sight.

Ref­eree John Hig­gins’ roof­ing com­pany was inun­dated with ha­rass­ing emails, phone calls and voice mails — in­clud­ing death threats against Hig­gins and his fam­ily — start­ing shortly af­ter Ken­tucky’s 75-73 loss to North Carolina on March 26. Ken­tucky coach John Cali­pari crit­i­cized the of­fi­ci­at­ing dur­ing his postgame news con­fer­ence.

Bar­rall said he has iden­ti­fied 450 phone calls or mes­sages and an­other 200-300 mes­sages on so­cial me­dia or in emails that were “of a threat­en­ing na­ture.”

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