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"Ace Ventura" imitator faces drunk driving charge

Most Nebraska drivers, from time to time, have experienced a malfunction with one of their car's features and have had to improvise in order to keep driving safely. Sometimes, a driver may not make the best choice under the circumstances, resulting in damage to the driver's car, its occupants or other people or property in their path. Recently, a Nebraska man encountered this type of dilemma when his windshield wipers failed to work, but the incident ended with him being charged with drunk driving.

The 26-year-old man was driving on a Lincoln road late on a rainy Friday night when his car left the road and ran over a curb. The car then hit a tree in a residential yard, uprooting the tree, and the vehicle stopped when it slammed into a retaining wall. At that point, the driver left the scene, but was eventually found and arrested on several counts. Although the accident did not result in injury, reportedly the property sustained approximately $500 in damages.

Holiday time can be difficult during and following divorce

When a couple decides to separate, typically, they need to make many difficult decisions. Parents may find the divorce process particularly challenging, as many of the choices they make will affect the children as well. During the holiday season, many divorcing Nebraska parents will experience additional challenges as they try to keep the season a happy, festive time for their children, while navigating new situations. To help make this time a little easier for everyone, parents can keep a few points in mind.

First and foremost, during holiday time, parents should not try to keep everything the same as usual for the sake of maintaining normalcy for the children, as doing so can actually be confusing for children. Rather, parents are encouraged to create a specific holiday plan well in advance of the holidays. Children (and both parents) should know the game plan regarding division of holiday time, introduction of any new people, etc., to avoid any confusion and/or conflict.

Teen suspect in shooting may need criminal defense

The holiday season is a particularly stressful time for many Nebraska residents. When people who don't always spend time together gather for an event that is often hyped by general society to be full of fun and merriment, a tense situation can sometimes arise, during which a person may display atypical behavior, resulting in a need for criminal defense. This is possibly what happened on Thanksgiving Day at a residence in Kearney.

Police were called to a local hospital where a young man claimed to have been shot at his home. According to the subsequent investigation, the incident occurred when an altercation broke out among several people at the man's home. The alleged victim was shot multiple times with what appeared to be a BB gun and was released from the hospital following treatment for his injuries.

What factors aggravate your pending DUI charges in Nebraska?

Nebraska, like most states, frowns on impaired driving. There are strict laws against driving under the influence, and lawmakers are constantly attempting to change laws to reduce the number of people injured and killed in drunk driving accidents.

In recent years, the law on impaired driving in Nebraska got expanded to include aggravated DUI charges. Anyone accused of an aggravated DUI will face more serious penalties, as well as potential felony charges. Understanding what differentiates a standard DUI from an aggravated DUI in Nebraska is important for anyone who could find themselves facing impaired driving charges.

Estate plan should be reviewed during divorce process

When a married couple decides to separate, they must make many difficult decisions addressing various aspects of their lives: finances, property, children, etc. To make matters more difficult, many people find the divorce process an extremely emotional and stressful time. Although everything seems overwhelming at this time, Nebraska divorcing individuals are advised to review their estate plan while the divorce is in process. In doing so, a person can ensure his or her control over what happens in case of death or incapacitation during the divorce process.

An expert suggests several important aspects of a typical estate plan that people should revisit. For one, in their health proxy, most people likely named their spouse as the person responsible for making health care decisions for them in case of an accident. In light of an ongoing divorce, most individuals will want to update this name. A divorcing person should also change his or her power of attorney, especially in the case of a less than amicable divorce, since the current document may allow the soon-to-be-ex access to the partner's assets and accounts.

Nebraska State Patrol car chase leads to drug charges

A police chase involving several Nebraska State Patrol troopers and three people in a vehicle ended with several charges, as well as minor injuries suffered by a trooper. An accumulation of incidents contributed to the various charges, including drug charges. The chase began due to a trooper's observation and reportedly ended with a discovery of drugs.  

The incident happened late one Saturday night in central Nebraska. A trooper pulled over the vehicle, a Lincoln LS, as he noticed fictitious license plates and an open trunk. During the traffic stop, the male driver proceeded to leave the scene, allegedly reaching a high speed. This action led to the chase involving several troopers. One of the troopers suffered minor injuries when the suspect vehicle hit one of the cruisers during the chase; he was later treated in hospital and released.

Financial mistakes to avoid during divorce

Financial decisions can be difficult at the best of times. Throw in a divorce and people tend to find money matters even more challenging, and some divorcing Nebraska residents may find themselves making poor financial choices during this stressful time. A financial expert offers a few tips regarding common financial mistakes divorcing individuals should avoid, preventing them from having to sort through a financial mess later.

At a time when expenses are high and unexpected costs seem to be popping up, some people may consider cashing in investments or dipping into their 401(k) to improve their cash flow, reasoning that they can simply return the money later. However, people need to remember the substantial tax bill that will likely result from such actions. In the case of a 401(k), a 10 percent IRS penalty will also apply if the individual is under the age of 59 1/2. Above all, taking money away from these areas means altering a financial plan that was in place for a reason.

Nebraska driver facing criminal charges after fatal crash

When most drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they have no intention of causing an accident. However, sometimes a driver can become momentarily distracted, and what began simply as a well-intentioned act becomes a much more complicated situation. Such is the case for a Nebraska man now facing criminal charges after he borrowed an SUV from a friend with the intention of driving it to visit his family in Omaha.

The accident happened after the 54-year-old man left Falls City in the SUV and was in the northbound lane on the highway. Witness reports and a crash reconstruction show that the SUV crossed the centerline into the southbound lane. Meanwhile, a man driving a pickup truck reportedly tried to avoid the SUV by swerving into the northbound lane. When the SUV swerved back into the northbound lane, the two vehicles collided. Two passengers in the pickup truck, identified as the driver's wife and daughter, were killed.

Divorce preparation includes becoming financially informed

When a couple marries, each partner typically assumes the union will last a lifetime, but sadly, statistics indicate that this is not always the case. Because the outcome of marriage is never guaranteed, married Nebraska residents are wise to consider and prepare for the possibility of being on their own. Even if an individual is already considering divorce, he or she can benefit from the following tips and become as informed as possible before the split happens. Many people, especially women, report feeling unprepared for the financial aftermath of their divorce. Being financially savvy can help individuals avoid some of the stress one can experience in this area post-divorce.

Ideally, both partners should be involved in the finances of a marriage, including day-to-day money management, bank accounts, assets and liabilities, and details of life insurance policies, retirement funds and the like. If a couple uses a financial advisor, it is smart for both partners to attend all meetings and take part in decision-making and planning. If either or both partners are considering divorce and this level of involvement has not been the case throughout the marriage, it is never too late to become better informed.

Unmarried fathers can still step up as dads in Nebraska

Being a dad isn't an easy job. Raising children places a lot of demands on your time and your personal resources, including your income. However, it is also one of the most rewarding things you could do with your life. Being part of your child's life is important for you, as well as for your child.

If you are not married to the mother of your child, enforcing your rights as a father can become more complicated, especially if you do not have a positive relationship with the mother. Thankfully, Nebraska does have laws in place that protect the rights of fathers, even if they are not married to the mothers of their children. To benefit from that protection, you must establish paternity, or prove that you are the father.

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