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April 10th, 2013
LINCOLN â€“ Juveniles convicted of Class 1A felonies would face a 40-year minimum prison sentence under a compromise Nebraska lawmakers agreed to Tuesday after nearly eight hours of debate.
Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha introduced a bill (LB44), along with a committee amendment (AM151), that would have made the minimum sentence 30 years and the maximum sentence life without parole.
Slick road conditions forced school closings all across the coverage area, as well as numerous cancellations and postponements Tuesday and Wednesday. However, by far the biggest issue related to the storm has been the toll it has taken on the power lines.
Rick Nelson of Custer Public Power District reports the trouble began early, with his first crew getting called out shortly after midnight Tuesday morning. The crew was out all day Tuesday, working outages in the Taylor area and the Anselmo area.
A Broken Bow man was arraigned in Custer County District Court April 4 on two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child.
Jason Royle, 37, appeared with his attorney, Christopher Wickham, for arraignment on the charges. According to County Attorney Steven Bowers, the alleged abuse took place from January 2007 through September 2010.
Royle entered a plea of not guilty on the charges, which are Class IIIA felonies. Possible penalties for the charges are 0-5 years in prison, and/or $10,000 fine.
The case was set for jury trial June 10, with a pretrial hearing set for May 23.
The Broken Bow City Council will meet today (Tuesday) at noon in the council room of the Broken Bow Municipal Building. The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Open meeting at 12:00 Noon
Announcement of Posting of the Open Meeting Laws Act
Approval of Consent Agenda
â€˘ Minutes - March 26, 2013 Regular Council Meeting
â€˘ Minutes â€“ Aril 1, 2013 Special Council Meeting
â€˘ Claims â€“ April 9, 2013 Council Meeting
After an August 2012 accident on Highway 183 south of Miller claimed the lives of a Sargent woman and young girl, the driver of the vehicle - and mother of the girl killed - has been convicted in the deaths of the two individuals.
In a plea agreement with the state, 29-year-old Amanda Wilder, of Sargent, plead no contest to two counts of felony manslaughter at her arraignment March 28 in Buffalo County District Court.
The residents of Broken Bow and surrounding area now have access to a new mode of transportation - thanks to a generous donation from the Public Alliance for Community Energy.
ACE is distributing $4,333.04 to the City of Broken Bow as its share of $200,000 being distributed to the 69 Nebraska member communities of the not-for-profit, community-owned natural gas supplier. This year the City opted to use a large portion of those funds to help purchase a new bus, much larger than the van the City has been using. The new city bus went into use last week.
The community of Broken Bow is buzzing with talk of a new hotel and convention center coming to the city.
March 27, 2013 G4C, LLC signed a 10-year Franchise Agreement with Cobblestone Hotels with intent to build a Cobblestone Hotel and Suites in the spring of 2013.
â€śOur community is excited to join the Cobblestone family and welcome them to our community,â€ť says Craig Safranek, Chair of the investment group for the project. â€śWorking with BriMark Builders and the Cobblestone group has been an exciting process for our community.â€ť
Some decisions are never easy, and when those decisions impact a small rural community, those decisions become excruciatingly difficult.
Nebraska State Bank and Trust Company announced in a press release Tuesday that the bankâ€™s branch offices in Mason City and Oconto would be closed, effective July 1, 2013.
The decision to close these two branches was not entered into lightly, says Nebraska State Bank President Stuart Fox, and just to dispel any rumors, the bank does not have any intent to close any other branches.
An investigation by the Broken Bow Police Department, with assistance from the Custer County Sheriffâ€™s Office, has led to the arrest of five people in Broken Bow on methamphetamine charges.
The local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant during the very early morning hours Saturday, March 30.
The five arrested were: Jay Hundstad, 44 of Cheyenne, Wyo., Amanda Hoffman, 42 of Cheyenne, Wyo., Patrick Mortensen, 35 of Broken Bow, Soyon Chessmore, 29 of Broken Bow, and Marty Gottschalk, 29 of Broken Bow.
There is a rejuvenated feeling of excitement at the Central Nebraska Commission Company, Broken Bowâ€™s sale barn. Pens are being repaired, the yards are filling up, and trucks last week lined up for blocks waiting to unload cattle.
One communityâ€™s loss, is anotherâ€™s gain.
Those now in charge are Wendell and Kathy Brott, their son Cooper, Sam Teply and Kenny Kramer.
Added to the Broken Bow crew already in place, the sale barn this last week has been busy, busier than it has been for a long, long time.
Itâ€™s a team thing, says Wendell.