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July 7, 2020
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Probation found themselves needing to answer a very important question. How would operations be modified to meet the vision, mission, and duty of probation? That is, the goals of accountability, community safety, and probationer development still remained. Probation offices quickly found that communication skills are essential; and even more so when business is not “as usual.” Uncertainty is frightening. Initial contacts with probationers were to make sure...Read more
July 2, 2020
Tech-savvy Clerk Magistrates Lisa Langan, Boone County; Shirley Stuart-Monroe, Nance County,; and Beth Pullen, Merrick County; stepped up to assist their counterparts in the district court prepare for Judge Rachel Daugherty's shift to remote hearings after the coronavirus hit. With the assistance of the clerk magistrate team, Judge Daugherty's District Court hearings have continued to run smoothly throughout the event. Judge Daugherty reports her telepresence would not have been possible...Read more
June 29, 2020
During the middle of the afternoon on an ordinary Tuesday, the courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse would have had a number of attorneys and court staff coming and going to various hearings and court sessions. The courtroom serves both Jefferson County District and County Courts. Luckily, on Tuesday, May 26, the courtroom was empty. At approximately 2:15 p.m. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Davis was in the courthouse and heard something he thought sounded like thunder. The sound...Read more
June 24, 2020
Probation’s drug techs across the state have been at the very front of the frontline workers from the beginning of the pandemic. District #2 techs Amber Bednar, Ekaterina Gilbertson, Roger Hartman, Frank Jenson, Seth Kupfer, and Stephen Slack exemplify the work of their colleagues from across the state with their “get it done” effort and attitude. Coronavirus arrived at the doorstep of the District #2 drug testing facility early and often with two believed exposures in the testing facility...Read more
June 24, 2020
Steven Hunzeker and Dustin Niedermeyer, District 5 probation officers, were chosen to receive Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hero Awards for 2020. Steven Hunzeker (top picture) is a Specialized Populations Probation Officer serving the Post -Release Supervision population, as well as other high-risk adult clients in the York area. Hunzeker joined District 5 as a Community Based Intervention Probation Officer in 2016. Dustin Niedermeyer (bottom picture) is a Juvenile Specialized Probation...Read more
June 23, 2020
The Problem-Solving Courts Strategic Plan (2020-2025), as adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court, has six focus areas outlining goals and objectives regarding fidelity to evidence-based practices, training, services and quality assurance, expansion, cultural competency, racial and ethnical disparities, and human resources. Each is outlined in the newly-posted document found online through the Judicial Branch website. The formation of the plan began in December 2018 when the Nebraska...Read more
June 23, 2020
In response to the travel restrictions associated with COVID-19, Judicial Branch Education teamed up with members of the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation to ensure court staff, especially new employees, still receive the education and training needed to successfully move forward in their roles. Nine courses originally offered in-person at New Employee Orientation will now be available on the Judicial Branch Learning Management System. Employees who need to take the course will...Read more
June 19, 2020
On May 26, 2020, nearly 30 members of the Dodge County Adult Drug Court took part in a cleanup day across multiple Fremont parks. The collaboration with Keep Fremont Beautiful was organized by Tim Privitera, coordinator for the Dodge County Drug Court. For more information on the event visit https://fremonttribune.com/news/local/dodge-county-drug-court-members-pick-up-litter-in-fremont-parks/article_6d6d8f85-fa27-50c8-b21c-5bbfc32088d3.html Photo courtesy of the Fremont Tribune.Read more
June 19, 2020
Through the month of June, art created by participants in the Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court is being displayed at the Prairie Art Center in North Platte Nebraska. The project was made possible thanks to Corey Burns, Jesus Tena, Jr., Claude E. Berreckman, Jr., Brennon Malcom, Kurt R. McBride, Mark McKeone, Claire Bazata, Brian Davis, and George Vinton. The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court (MNPSC) has been operating in Dawson County under the direction of the Honorable Judge James...Read more
June 18, 2020
The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court celebrated three graduations in North Platte on June 8, 2020. For the graduates, Craig Zarek, Joseph Miller, and Kylor Miller, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge Michael Piccolo hosted the ceremony. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court team members...Read more

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