Nebraska Man Gets 4 Years of Probation for Assaulting Father

jailELWOOD, Neb. (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been given four years of probation for assaulting his father in south-central Nebraska.

Garrett Beck pleaded no contest and was convicted of assault. Prosecutors dropped a weapons charge in exchange for Beck’s plea. Records say Beck, of Holdrege, was sentenced last week. He must serve seven days in jail each month for the first 19 months of his probation and serve 30 days at the end of his probation. But the judge also said the jail time could be waived by Beck’s probation officer.

Prosecutors say deputies were sent to the Gosper County home of 55-year-old Gary Beck on Nov. 29, 2014. Deputies say the elder Beck complained that his son used a wooden rod to strike his head.

Gov. Ricketts Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Approval of Keystone XL

Pete Ricketts

Pete Ricketts

Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that his office sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

In his letter, the Governor urged the Obama Administration to issue a permit for the pipeline:

“Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”

A full copy of the letter can be seen here.

Organization Purchases Former Ord Theatre for Around $125K


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ORD, Neb. (AP) — The Valley Performing Arts Theatre group has purchased the former Ord Theatre with hopes of bringing it back to life and adding to the vibrancy of the community’s downtown area.

Assessor records show that on July 2, the group officially purchased the building from BankFirst for around $125,000. The structure, built in 1928, is now called the Valley Theatre.

The last owners of the building undertook a large renovation around 2012, converting the theater into a more versatile event space and restaurant. It later closed, and group member Bob Stowell says their group leased it for about a year.

Group member Janie Zadina says the theater could be used for plays, musicals and other performances.

LCSO Begins Housing State Inmates

lincoln_countyjailOn July 23, the Lincoln County Detention Center began housing Nebraska Department of Corrections inmates.

Initially the Detention Center will house around ten Department of Correction inmates, but will house more if space allows. Only certain types of inmates will be housed at the Lincoln Detention Center.

All inmates who are released from the Department of Corrections will be transported back to Lincoln for release, not North Platte.

Officials say the highly trained staff at the Lincoln County Detention Center can manage these inmates with few problems.

“We all know that inmates in prison were once housed in County Jails,” the LCSO said in a news release. “All medical, legal and transportation costs will be paid for by the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Projected revenue from this program will be $300,000.00 to $400,000.00 per year, depending on the number of inmates. This is on top of the approximately $100,000.00 the Detention Center generates for housing surrounding counties inmates.

All revenue will go back to the Lincoln County General Fund.

Man Convicted in NP Homicide Gets 30 Years to Life

David E. Saxton, II

David E. Saxton, II

A transient who was one of three people charged in the beating death of a Colorado man has been sentenced to the maximum sentence.

46-year-old David Saxton appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Monday for sentencing.

In June, Saxton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lonnie Sanchez.

Sanchez’s body was found last September near a transient camp along the South Platte River near the city of North Platte. Authorities say he was beaten to death by Saxton and another man, 31-year-old Randy Nevsimal.

Prior to sentencing, Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked District Court Judge Richard Birch to sentence Saxton to the maximum sentence allowed.

Harling told the court that, during a pre-sentence investigation, Saxton stated that he had no remorse for Sanchez’ death.  Harling said that this is one of the biggest concerns her office has with Saxton.

Saxton’s attorney, Patrick Hayes, said he felt that Harling’s statements were a bit of a misrepresentation.  Hayes said the co-defendants and Sanchez had been drinking and things just got out of hand.

Hayes said Saxton had expressed remorse on multiple occasions.

Saxton then addressed the court saying, “I’m sorry for what I did.  Things just got out of control and I can’t take it back.”

Judge Birch then said that he too was very concerned by the lack of remorse that Saxton showed in the pre-sentence investigation.

He also said that he had received numerous letters from Sanchez’ friends and family, stating what an important part of their life he had been.

“Despite his shortcomings, Mr. Sanchez didn’t deserve this,” Judge Birch said.  “This was a senseless violent act.”

Judge Birch then sentenced Saxton to the maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison. He was given credit for 316 days he’s already served.

Nevsimal has pleaded not guilty to a count of second-degree murder. Court records don’t show a trial date has been set.

In April, another co-defendant, Maybelle Collins, was given 364 days in jail. She’d been convicted of false reporting.

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Steven Michael Conway: Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Failure to Appear, Fictitious Plates, No Proof of Insurance

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John Charles Fitzgerald: Felony Restraining/Protection Order Violation, Fugitive from Justice

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North Platte Weather-July 27

Forecast Graphic July 27 2015Today
Isolated thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South southeast wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Scattered thunderstorms before 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunny, with a high near 88. North northwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 50. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Nebraska Lawsuit Challenging Pipeline to Get Hearing

keystone-xl-pipelineOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled Monday in the Nebraska lawsuit challenging a Canadian company’s efforts to build an oil pipeline across the Plains to the Gulf Coast.

The landowners are challenging the validity of the state law that authorized TransCanada’s proposed route through the state for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The proposed pipeline needs President Barack Obama’s approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It would carry more than 33.6 million gallons of oil daily.

TransCanada has said that 90 percent of Nebraska landowners along the Keystone XL route — and 100 percent of those in Montana and South Dakota — have agreed to easements to build the pipeline.

‘Ant Man’ Inches Past ‘Pixels’ to Take First Place Spot

box-officeLOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ant-Man” has claimed first place at the box office for the second weekend in a row, narrowly besting new opener “Pixels.” The Marvel and Disney superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The Adam Sandler end of the world comedy “Pixels” earned an estimated $24 million in its debut weekend. It’s a fairly weak start for the PG-13 rated film, which cost $88 million to produce.

Meanwhile, the R-rated boxing drama “Southpaw” surpassed expectations, earning $16.5 million out of the gates and beating out the YA adaptation “Paper Towns,” which earned about $12.5 million — a far cry from the $48 million debut of “The Fault in Our Stars” last year.

US Gas Prices Down a Penny in Past 2 Weeks

gas-cardCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny over the past two weeks to $2.82 a gallon.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the current average sits 76 cents below the year-ago price.

The cheapest price recorded in the continental United States was $2.33 a gallon in Birmingham, Alabama.

The highest was $4.13 a gallon in Los Angeles. Lundberg says California saw huge wholesale price hikes during a brief supply shortage. She says supplies are flowing again and pump prices are poised to drop in the Golden State.

The national average price of diesel was down 6 cents over the same period to $2.86 a gallon.