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Woman charged with drunk driving in accident causing 3 fatalities

Before and while operating a motorized vehicle, most Nebraska drivers follow safe practices. Among others, these practices include ensuring proper maintenance of the vehicle, checking that all occupants are wearing seat belts, and avoiding alcohol and drugs that may impair judgment. However, not all drivers cover all these bases all the time. Drunk driving, in particular, is still a problem, despite continual warnings in the media about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Criminal defense required for suspect in 2013 murder

Sometimes, police locate a suspect in a murder case in a matter of days or even hours. Other times, they face more challenging cases, and months or years can pass before a suspect is identified. The latter is true of a Nebraska murder case that happened in 2013 and has remained unsolved. Five years after the incident, a 27-year-old man has been identified through DNA samples and now is focused on his criminal defense for some very serious charges.

In Oct. 2013, the female victim was shot to death in her apartment after two men allegedly broke in. According to police, the initial investigation revealed no helpful evidence. However, DNA samples were collected at the scene, carefully preserved and sent to the State Patrol Crime Lab. Years later, the suspect was sentenced to prison in another state for a drug charge and had DNA samples taken. Because of this sample and the DNA sample taken from the crime scene, police were able to identify the suspect.

Teenagers focus on criminal defense after Nebraska fatal shooting

Many Nebraska residents may wonder how some people encounter one experience with the law after another, especially when the person is still in his or her teen years. However, sadly, some young people seem to fail to learn from their mistakes and instead become involved in more serious situations over time. Sadly, such is the case with an 18-year-old who now is preparing his criminal defense due to his alleged part in a fatal shooting.

The shooting happened on a recent evening at a Nebraska apartment building and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man. The man was initially transported to a local medical center in extremely critical condition, but once there, he was pronounced dead. An 18-year-old man was found the next day and was taken into custody. After appearing in court on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony, he was ordered held in jail without bail. The teenager, who was charged with a misdemeanor several years ago and has a rocky history with the law, was released from probation only two months prior to the shooting.

Former Nebraska police officer suspected of drunk driving

Residents of any city, here in Nebraska and across the country, trust their police force to protect them from potential harm. However, police officers are human, and like anyone else, they can occasionally make serious errors in judgment. Sometimes, such public authorities commit the same crimes that they are supposed to prevent others from committing. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case in what authorities say was a drunk driving incident involving a former Lincoln police officer.

The incident happened one afternoon in early December when the former officer's vehicle collided with a lamp pole after sliding on ice. After a witness reportedly found him unconscious with a beer can between his legs, he was transported to hospital. While he was there, a police sergeant reportedly smelled alcohol on his breath. He was subsequently tested for blood alcohol content and was apparently found to have twice the legal limit for drivers.

Common asset division issues in Nebraska

One of the most stressful aspects of going through a divorce in Nebraska can often relate to the process of dividing assets. Couples who have been married for many years can become financially intertwined, meaning that they have little to no sense of what counts as marital property and what does not. In addition, they commonly become financially dependent on each other, making the separation of finances difficult to transition into.

It is important that you take the time to understand how marital property law works in Nebraska, since the law can change significantly from state to state. From there, you can begin to consider how your own situation applies to these laws and take positive action.

Nebraska residents require criminal defense following robbery

Sometimes, friends get together and conjure a plan to make some money quickly and easily. However, if the plan involves illegal activity, most often the participants end up in serious trouble with the law. Such was the case when a Nebraska store robbery led to the arrest of two men and a woman who now require criminal defense.

The incident happened on a December evening when a 19-year-old man reportedly entered the general store in Juniata, brandishing a gun. Allegedly, he took money out of the cash register and left the store. The store clerk then called police. According to court documents, his 21-year-old girlfriend stated that she had driven him to the robbery site and waited in the car. She then saw him leave the store with a bag of cash.

Nebraska man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

Although most Nebraska residents are fully aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, unfortunately, some drivers still indulge in one or more of these substances before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. In some cases, a person will repeat the same mistake multiple times. A Nebraska man was part of a multiple-vehicle accident in which, according to law enforcement authorities, drunk driving was involved.

The accident happened early on a recent Saturday evening in Lincoln. Five people suffered various injuries after their vehicle reportedly spun out of control and struck a Chevrolet pickup truck as the truck was trying to pull a Dodge pickup truck out of a ditch. All five occupants were taken to the hospital, including three children all of whom were treated for minor injuries and two adults who suffered serious injury.

Woman charged with hiding evidence related to drug charges

Relationships can be complicated under the best of circumstances, but when one person is involved in a criminal situation, even more so. At such a time, emotions typically become amplified, and that person's friend or partner may instinctively want to do whatever is necessary to make the situation easier for the incarcerated party. However, in these types of situations, a sense of misplaced loyalty will often just lead to further trouble for all involved parties. This may be what happened following an incident in which two Nebraska men were arrested and are facing drug charges, and a woman now also faces serious charges for allegedly concealing evidence related to the case.

Recently, the Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group task force investigated a Nebraska residence. During the search, they allegedly uncovered nearly 247 grams of suspected methamphetamine and nearly 16 grams of suspected marijuana, leading to the arrest of two men. Reportedly, authorities then discovered evidence of phone calls between one of the suspects and a woman, during which, allegedly, he asked her to destroy evidence.

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