Attorneys to Argue Scope of New Obama Administration Water Rules

waterBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota is giving attorneys until Tuesday night to file briefs arguing the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration water rule.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson last week issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

The EPA says the injunction applied only to the 13 states that filed the lawsuit. Attorneys for the 13 states say the judge’s ruling has “nationwide scope.”

The states say the regulation is an overreach by the federal government. The federal agencies say the rule clarifies the law and actually makes it easier for the states to manage some waterways.

Study: Pot More a Habit for College Students Than Cigarettes

marijuana-jointUniversity of Michigan researchers say more U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana.

A study released Tuesday found that pot supplanted cigarettes last year as the smoke-able substance of choice among full-time undergraduates who light up regularly.

Just under 6 percent of full-time students surveyed for the annual “Monitoring the Future” study reported using marijuana at least 20 times in the previous 30 days, a frequency the researchers said made them daily or near-daily users.

By contrast, 5 percent of respondents indicated they smoked cigarettes that often.

Lead investigator Lloyd Johnston says 2014 marked the first time the study found that pot was consumed more routinely than cigarettes in the three-and-a-half decades that the university’s Institute for Social Research has surveyed a nationally representative sample of college students.

August Survey Suggests Economic Doldroms for Midwest

economyOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An August survey suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains.

A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota companies reported growth last month, but businesses in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oklahoma reported less economic activity,

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Lexington Woman Killed, Infant Injured After Being Struck by Vehicle

car-pedestrian-accidentA vehicle-pedestrian accident on Monday, August 31, in Lexington, Dawson County, claimed the life of a Lexington woman and critically injured an infant.

Alejandra Zamora, 32, of Lexington was killed and Eileen Arredondo, a female infant she was pushing in a stroller, was critically injured after they were struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred just after dark on North Taft Road near East 13th Street, on the west edge of Lexington.

Troopers, responding to the call just before 9:00 p.m., report the accident occurred when Zamora, along with the infant’s mother, Cindy Arredondo, 24, Lexington, were walking with the infant in a stroller south along N. Taft Road when they were struck by southbound 2007 Chevy Trailblazer.

Zamora, who is the infant’s aunt, was transported to the Lexington Regional Health Center, where she died of her injuries. The female infant, 2 month old Eileen Arredondo after being transported to the local hospital was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Omaha with critical injuries. The infant’s mother, Cindy Arredondo, was not injured.

The driver of the vehicle, Krystal J. Saunders, 25, Lexington, was not injured.

The investigation into the cause of the accident continues. The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Lexington Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Lexington Fire & Rescue.

Hot Sheets (9/1): I’m Runnin’ for President Bro


Beau Michael Bagnell: Theft by Unlawful Taking

Beau Michael Bagnell: Theft by Unlawful Taking

Desiree Marie Johnston: Failure to Appear (x2)

Desiree Marie Johnston: Failure to Appear (x2)

Jacob Alexander Larson: Safekeeper-Logan County

Jacob Alexander Larson: Safekeeper-Logan County

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North Platte Weather-September 1

forecast graphic september 1 2015Today
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 3 to 8 mph.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 95. Light south southeast wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. South southeast wind 6 to 10 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Friday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Nebraskan Found Competent in Slaying Case, Sentencing Set

gavel-and-scaleSIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 56-year-old Sidney man has been ruled competent for his sentencing on a murder conviction.

A jury found Larry Martinez guilty in May 2014 of shooting to death Mandy Kershman on July 18, 2012, in Sidney. Martinez had told officers he was angry about a text message she’d sent him. Police say he shot Kershman as he confronted her about it.

After the trial, Martinez’s attorney sought a ruling on Martinez’s competency. He was evaluated by three psychiatric experts. Two said he was incompetent; the third said he was competent.

Last week Judge Derek Weimer of Cheyenne County District Court ruled that Martinez was competent and set a sentencing date of Sept. 9. Martinez’s first-degree murder conviction calls for a life sentence with possibility of parole.

 

Man Found with Stolen Weapon During Welfare Check in NP

Warren Harlow

Warren Harlow

A 43-year-old North Platte man is facing felony charges after police found him in possession of a stolen firearm.

On August 13, officers with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a suicidal male in the 800 block of North Jeffers Street.

As officers were in the home, they observed a Marlin 60 .22 caliber rifle.  Because the subject in the home, a 47-year-old male, was reportedly suicidal, officers took possession of the firearm.

The weapon was processed and officers discovered that it had been reported stolen in November of 2014.

Further investigation revealed that the weapon belonged to a neighbor, Warren Harlow, a convicted felon.

Police continued to investigate, and, on August 28, made contact with Harlow and took him into custody.

He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, both felonies.

North Platte Man Takes Plea Deal in Abuse of 17-Month-Old Lexington Boy

Christopher Perez

Christopher Perez

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A 22-year-old North Platte man accused of child abuse has taken a deal and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Christopher Perez is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5. He was convicted last week of felony child abuse and tampering with evidence.

At last week’s hearing, County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman said Perez was baby-sitting his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son on Feb. 18, 2014, when the boy was injured. His mother, 21-year-old Kelsey Dangler, found the boy unconscious when she got home.

Dangler also is charged with felony child abuse. Investigators think she noted previous injuries to her son but did not seek medical care for him or report her suspicions to law enforcement. She’s pleaded not guilty.

Hot Sheets (8/31): You Talkin’ to Me?


Paul Lee Cooper: Felony Domestic Assault

Paul Lee Cooper: Felony Domestic Assault

Brian John Miller: Conditional Release Violation

Brian John Miller: Conditional Release Violation

Deric John Smith: Felony Possession of Hashish, Failure to Appear (x3)

Deric John Smith: Felony Possession of Hashish, Failure to Appear (x3)

Eric S. Woolen: Criminal Mischief (x2)

Eric S. Woolen: Criminal Mischief (x2)

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This information is not a criminal history. Criminal charges are often dropped or reduced. All individuals included in this post are presumed innocent of crimes until proven guilty in a court of law. The North Platte Post assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, or completeness, of this information. Any person who believes information provided is not accurate may submit a complaint to admin@northplattepost.com.