On Thursday Adams County District Judge Terri Harder gave Christopher White 14 to 15 years in prison. White had pleaded no contest and was convicted of methamphetamine distribution, attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and operating a vehicle to avoid arrest. His companion on March 10 was 31-year-old Keri Ansley, who was sentenced last month to time served. Both are from Milton, Florida.
Prosecutors say the two tried to evade officers while racing through Adams, Kearney and Webster counties. The chase ended when the couple’s vehicle ran out of gas. Officers say the two had a firearm and methamphetamine with them.
Ryan Poe is serving a life sentence for the Nov. 11, 2004 killing of Trever Lee in a botched robbery at Lee’s Omaha home.
Poe had filed a motion for post-conviction relief, typically sought after all other appeals have been exhausted.
On Friday, the high court upheld a lower court’s finding that Poe’s attorney wasn’t negligent for not impeaching the testimony of a witness against Poe. The lower court found that Poe’s girlfriend never told the defense attorney — as Poe insists — that the witness denied to her that Poe had committed the crime.
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Two men were convicted of charges related to the death of a 2-month-old girl who had been living in filthy conditions at a house in Bellevue.
28-year-old Aaron Thompson and 36-year-old Michael Degarmo each pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of negligent child abuse and were found guilty by Sarpy County Court Judge Robert Wester.
The Sarpy County Attorney’s Office dropped three counts of misdemeanor child abuse against each of the men.
They were arrested after Bellevue police responded to a call of a baby not breathing and found Jasmine Thompson.
Three other children were removed.
The men will be sentenced later.
Earlier, 30-year-old Kristin E. Lary pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and four misdemeanor child abuse counts.
Westside High School science teacher Brenda Zabel currently is teaching a unit that focuses on death, learning about decomposition patterns, chemical changes such as rigor mortis and other physical changes. The pig gives students a firsthand look at things that scientists and law enforcement officials who investigate crimes observe.
Students at the school have been introduced to the fetal pig activity about 30 times, and one teacher says the results have been different every time.
The students head outside three times a week to check on the carcass, as well as observe weather data and monitor what insects are on it.
BLOOMFIELD, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of stealing cattle faces multiple felony charges in Knox County.
44-year-old Timothy Ketelsen of Bloomfield is accused of stealing cattle on at least five different occasions since November. Authorities say he sometimes enlisted his sons, ages 16 and 14, to help him load steers onto trailers at night.
According to authorities, Ketelson sold the cattle at various markets.
Ketelson faces charges including two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, felony illegal sale of livestock and six counts of felony theft.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.
Mormon officials described the admission of openly gay leaders as “inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church.”
The contrasting reactions followed the BSA national executive board’s 45-12 vote on Monday to lift the nationwide ban while allowing church-sponsored units to continue excluding gay adults.
Across the country, scores of gay Eagle Scouts signed forms with the advocacy group Scouts for Equality, expressing interest in rejoining the Boy Scouts as volunteers.
University President Hank Bounds announced Monday that schools can apply for scholarships on behalf of their students for the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships will allow students to take courses from the University of Nebraska High School for free.
All Nebraska high schools are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 2, and recipients will be announced by Oct. 9.
The university launched the Nebraska Virtual Scholars program in 2011 to expand access to online courses for Nebraska high school students.