Entries by Sara Kay

Judge says he handed off Millard South sex assault case because attorney once represented him

By Todd Cooper / World-Herald staff writer November 6, 2018  The judge who recused himself in a former Millard South administrator’s sexual assault case said there’s a simple reason he stepped aside: An attorney in the case once represented the judge. Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty released that reasoning after prosecutors requested last week that he […]

A Nebraska State Trooper was honored Wednesday by President Donald Trump at the White House for his efforts in combating the opioid crisis.

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR, Collin Spilinek October 25, 2018 Trooper Sam Mortensen was honored in the event, which had members of Congress and law enforcement in attendance. Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an “extremely big dent” in the scourge of drug addiction in America by signing a bipartisan bill from Congress — and supported by […]

Gov. Ricketts Appoints Andrew R. Lange to the County Court of the Fifth Judicial District

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Andrew R. Lange of Waverly to the County Court of the Fifth Judicial District. Lange, 43, is currently the Chief Deputy Attorney for Saunders County.  In his role, Lange assists in every aspect of the Saunders County Attorney’s Office while focusing on criminal prosecution, juvenile law, mental health commitments, […]

Gov. Ricketts Appoints James M. Masteller to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed James M. Masteller of Omaha to the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District. Masteller, 45, currently serves as a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County.  In his 17 years with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, Masteller has worked in the Juvenile and Criminal Divisions while trying 58 jury […]

Nebraska to get $1.3M from Justice Department to fight opioid crisis

LORI PILGER Lincoln Journal Star | Oct 2, 2018 Updated Oct 2, 2018 The Department of Justice has awarded Nebraska more than $1.3 million in grant money to combat the opioid crisis. It comes as part of $320 million the Justice Department awarded nationally to help those most directly impacted by the crisis, including crime victims, children, families […]

Judge throws out Nebraska rape case over recorded attorney-client calls

By Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau The 56-year-old registered sex offender spent the past 18 months in the Red Cloud jail, staring at a possible life sentence on charges that he violently raped a 15-year-old girl. On Friday, he walked out a free man. Webster County District Judge Stephen Illingworth dismissed the felony and misdemeanor […]