New Hampshire gets 2-4 years in Nebraska pot case
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A 30-year-old New Hampshire man caught hauling marijuana through Nebraska has been given two to four years in prison.
Online court records say Ryan Quirion, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was sentenced on Tuesday in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln. He'd pleaded guilty to possession for sale.
Records say a Nebraska state trooper stopped Quirion on Dec. 12, 2013, for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 near the Lincoln Airport exit. The trooper noticed Quirion driving erratically as he left the scene, so the trooper notified Lancaster County authorities.
A deputy who found Quirion parked at a grocery store had a drug dog taken to the scene, and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs in Quirion's vehicle. Nearly 65 pounds of pot was found in a hidden compartment.
CHILD WELFARE EXPERT-NUDE DISTURBANCE
Washington, DC, man fined for Nebraska incident
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A child-welfare expert who was accused of exposing himself to some girls at a Lincoln hotel has made a deal with prosecutors.
Online court records say 68-year-old Steven Preister, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was fined $500. Prosecutors dropped a charge of public nudity in exchange for Preister's plea late last month.
Preister was charged after an April 7 incident at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. He is accused of yelling at four teenage girls, following them to their room and trying to stop them from closing their door. The girls said Preister appeared intoxicated and was wearing only a T-shirt.
He was in Lincoln to provide technical help to the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department.
Sheriff: 1 dead in Nebraska highway accident
PIERCE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a Nebraska resident has died after a semitrailer drove into the back of a pickup truck.
Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt tells KOLN-TV the wreck happened Wednesday afternoon on Nebraska Highway 13 just south of Pierce.
He says the pickup was attempting to turn west when it was hit from behind by a semitrailer hauling more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The accident caused the tanker to leak fuel that shut down the highway for several hours. Fire crews were able to stop the leak.
Eberhardt says the pickup driver's name will not be released until next of kin are notified. No other injuries were reported.
It's unclear if police have filed charges.
Police say Lexington man shot at officer
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - Lexington police are looking for a 25-year-old man who they say shot at officers.
Police say officers who were sent at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to check on a disturbance saw Jose Covarrubias, of Lexington, fire a handgun at a woman fleeing a house. The officers say he also fired at their vehicles, and one officer returned fire before Covarrubias fled the scene.
A child was treated at a hospital for a minor injury from an apparent ricochet.
An arrest warrant for Covarrubias says he's wanted on two counts of attempted murder and other crimes.
NEBRASKA STATE FAIR-CONCERTS
Nebraska State Fair to levy fee for concert seats
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair has decided to charge a $6 "convenience fee" to get assigned seats at the fair's concerts this summer.
Fair events and entertainment director Chelsey Jungck (yuhnk) told The Grand Island Independent that several people said they'd be willing to pay a small fee for a reserved seat in the arena. At previous fairs, people had to wait in line to get wristbands that would get them into the arena for free, but seats were not assigned.
Jungck says the fee process works through Etix, which also provides the services for gate admission.
This year's fair runs Aug. 22 to Sept. 1.
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