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Defendant who slashed neck in courtroom doesn’t return

Defendant who slashed neck in courtroom doesn’t return

WILBER, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska murder trial has resumed without the presence of the defendant who slashed his neck in the courtroom. Judge Vicky Johnson noted 52-year-old Aubrey Trail’s absence to jurors Tuesday, saying Trail chose not to attend. Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” Monday before swiping something across…Read more »

Man accused of threatening to kill grandmother, burn house

Man accused of threatening to kill grandmother, burn house

HERSHEY, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a 19-year-old man is accused of threatening to kill his grandmother and burn her house in western Nebraska’s Lincoln County. Court records say Deven Ward, of Hershey, is charged with terroristic threats and possessing a deadly weapon while committing a felony. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11.…Read more »

Tecumseh State prison inmate dies at Lincoln hospital

Tecumseh State prison inmate dies at Lincoln hospital

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An inmate in the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution has died at a Lincoln hospital. Prison officials say in a news release that 57-year-old Gage Capone died early Tuesday morning at Bryan Medical Center-West. Capone had begun serving a 35- to 57-year sentence in 2017 after being convicted in Lancaster County of…Read more »

ACLU objects to nicotine’s addition on school drug test list

ACLU objects to nicotine’s addition on school drug test list

FAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has objected to a southeast Nebraska school district’s decision to add nicotine to random drug tests given to students involved in extracurricular activities. A letter from ACLU legal director Amy Miller says such urine tests are unwarranted because tobacco possession is a misdemeanor that doesn’t carry…Read more »

Woman accused of setting fire to bar takes plea deal

Woman accused of setting fire to bar takes plea deal

ARNOLD, Neb. (AP) – A woman accused of setting fire to a bar she was buying in central Nebraska has taken a plea deal. Custer County District Court records say 54-year-old Jane Chestnutt pleaded guilty last week to criminal mischief and attempted arson. Prosecutors reduced the charges and dropped one in exchange for her pleas.…Read more »

Road Closure: 6th Avenue and 39th Street

Road Closure: 6th Avenue and 39th Street

KEARNEY, Neb. – The following is from the city of Kearney: “The City of Kearney Public Works Department announces that weather permitting the south side of the intersection at 39th Street and 6th Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 for concrete repair and traffic light detection…Read more »

Governor Ricketts Celebrates Merger of Two Agencies

Governor Ricketts Celebrates Merger of Two Agencies

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is from the office of Governor Pete Ricketts: “Governor Pete Ricketts, along with Director Jim Macy, head of the newly created Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, celebrated the merger of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Energy Office. Following the passage of LB 302, the two…Read more »

Kearney Fireworks Regulations

Kearney Fireworks Regulations

KEARNEY, Neb. – The following is from the City of Kearney: “Even though consumer fireworks are available in the State of Nebraska on June 24, they cannot be discharged in Kearney until June 28. The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind our citizens: • Consumer fireworks can be purchased and discharged between: o…Read more »

Suspect in Nebraska woman’s death slashes neck during trial

Suspect in Nebraska woman’s death slashes neck during trial

WILBER, Neb. (AP) – A man accused in the 2017 slaying of a Nebraska woman slashed his neck and fell from a wheelchair during his murder trial. Fifty-two-year-old Aubrey Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles (56 kilometers)…Read more »