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CHASE CRASH

Man already sentenced in Iowa also gets Nebraska prison time

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — A man already sentenced to prison for firing at an Iowa sheriff’s deputy during a chase has been given Nebraska prison time as well.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 29-year-old William Stanfill III was sentenced Tuesday at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion to 30 to 45 years. He’d pleaded guilty in June to attempted assault of an officer and other crimes. Prosecutors dropped nine other charges in exchange.

Authorities say Stanfill fired at a man who’d chased Stanfill after Stanfill sped through the man’s Bellevue neighborhood on April 24 last year. Authorities say Stanfill later wounded a man picking up mail just south of Bellevue and the next day shot at officers looking for Stanfill’s car.

Authorities say Stanfill and a woman crashed into a southwest Iowa river later that day while being chased. He was sentenced to 30 years for his Iowa crimes.

PARKING TICKET-RICKETTS

Huskers overrule parking penalty against governor’s vehicle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska’s parking referees have thrown a flag after spotting Gov. Pete Ricketts’ official vehicle illegally parked outside the Cornhuskers’ football practice facility.

But after further review, the penalty called Wednesday for parking in a reserved area was overturned, and the ticket was withdrawn.

A Ricketts spokesman says university officials told the Nebraska State Patrol to park in the spot where the vehicle was ticketed and withdrew the citation “after that was made clear.”

University spokeswoman Leslie Reed says the ticket was issued due to a miscommunication and was promptly invalidated.

Ricketts was on campus to watch the team practice before their season opener against South Alabama on Aug. 31.

RENTAL SCOOTER-LINCOLN

Lincoln officials working on rules for rental scooters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials are working on rules that would help keep riders and others safe when battery-powered rental scooters show up in the capital city.

Scooter-sharing companies have expressed interest in coming to Lincoln, but city-county planning director David Cary won’t say which companies.

Cary says the Omaha’s experience with the scooters’ six-month pilot program may provide good guidance for Lincoln officials.

In Omaha the scooters can’t be used on sidewalks, and users must follow all rules of the road when driving them. The scooters’ speed is limited to 35 mph.

The companies are required to collect and charge the scooters each night for redistribution the next day.

VILLAGE THEFT-LOGAN COUNTY

Former village clerk gets year of probation for theft

STAPLETON, Neb. (AP) — A former village clerk/treasurer accused of stealing from her central Nebraska community has been given a year’s probation.

Logan County Court records say 36-year-old Amy Allen was sentenced Tuesday. She’d pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft after a prosecutor reduced the charge from a felony and dropped two related misdemeanor charges. Allen was ordered to continue paying off the $15,000 in restitution to the community of Stapleton.

She’d worked for the village for 10 years.

SARPY COUNTY FATALITY

Officials ID motorcyclist killed in Sarpy County crash

LA PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Nebraska have identified a motorcyclist killed in a four-vehicle crash in Sarpy County.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75, a few hundred yards south of U.S. Highway 34, killing 47-year-old Jody Emmert, of Bellevue. Investigators say Emmert was operating a motorcycle that hit a minivan, which triggered a secondary crash between a work van and a pickup truck that were trailing the motorcycle and minivan.

The sheriff’s office says Emmert died at the scene. The driver and passengers in the pickup were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The work van and minivan drivers were taken to a hospital as precautions.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INVESTMENTS

Warren Buffett’s firm adds to its Amazon, bank investments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has been adding more Amazon shares to its investment cart.

Berkshire Hathaway said in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday that it owned 537,300 Amazon shares at the end of June, up from 483,300 shares.

Buffett first revealed Berkshire Hathaway’s stake in Amazon in May, although he said one of the company’s two other investment managers made the pick.

Investors follow what Berkshire buys and sells closely because of Buffett’s successful track record. Berkshire officials don’t generally comment on these quarterly filings.

Besides the Amazon move, Berkshire also increased its Bank of America stake slightly in the last quarter, and it added to its US Bancorp stock holdings.

In addition to investments, Berkshire owns more than 90 companies in a variety of industries.

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