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State v. Rivera

A-16-0255 State of Nebraska v. Jonathan J. Rivera (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Andrew R. Jacobsen

Attorney for Appellant:  Mark E. Rappl

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson, Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Second-offense DUI, over .15 BAC

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The county court found Rivera guilty of the above offense, pursuant to a stipulated trial. He appealed to the district court, which affirmed.

State v. Hawks

A-16-387, A-16-388, State of Nebraska v. Jeff Hawks

 Lancaster County District Court Judge Darla Ideas

Attorney for Appellant: Robert B. Creager (Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C.)

Attorney for Appellee: Douglas J. Peterson, Kimberly A. Klein (Nebraska Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Conviction: Third degree sexual assault

In re Trust of Michalak

A-15-0752, In the Matter of the Irrevocable Trust of Mary Michalak, Richard L. Michalak, Jr. (Appellant) v. Jean Thompsett, Trustee

Sarpy County, County Court Judge Robert C. Wester

Attorney for Appellant:  James Walter Crampton

Attorney for Appellee:  Gerald D. Johnson (Johnson & Pekny, L.L.C.)

Civil Action: Trust Administration 

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The lower court approved the expenses and accounting of a trustee of an irrevocable trust and denied a beneficiary’s objection and request for a surcharge.

Becher v. Becher

A-16-0054, Sonia Becher (Appellee/Cross-Appellant) v. Mark A. Becher (Appellant)

District Court for Lancaster County, District Judge Steven D. Burns

Attorney for Appellant:  David P. Kyker

Attorney for Appellee/Cross-Appellant:  Sally A. Rasmussen (Mattson Ricketts Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Dissolution of marriage

Spethman v. Spethman

A-16-292, Angelina Leigh Spethman (Appellant) v. Thomas Edward Spethman

Douglas County, District Judge Kimberly M. Pankonin

Attorney for Appellant: Joh J. Puk (Woodke & Gibbons, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee:  Brent M. Kuhn (Brent Kuhn Law)

Civil Action:  Child Custody and Parenting Time

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court awarded Angelina and Thomas joint physical custody of the parties’ five minor children, with alternating consecutive seven day parenting times in divorce decree.

In re Interest of Hindryk B.

A-16-553, In re Interest of Hindryk B.:  State of Nebraska v. Cherri B. (Appellant)

Hitchcock County, County Judge Anne Paine

Attorney for Appellant: Ashley K. Spahn (Law Office of Ashley K. Spahn)

Attorney for Appellee:  D. Eugene Garner (Hitchcock County Attorney)

Guardian ad Litem: Jordan J. Mruz (Fye Law Office)

Juvenile Action:  Adjudication and Termination of Parental Rights

Smith v. Sarpy County

A-15-0862, Shirley A. Smith and Stephen A. Smith v. Sarpy County; Sarpy County Department of Planning and Zoning; Bruce Fountain, Planning and Building Director; and Donna Lynam, Sarpy County Zoning Administrator and Code Enforcer (Appellants)

Sarpy County, District Court Judge William B. Zastera

Attorney for Appellant:  L. Kenneth Polikov, Michael A. Smith (County Attorney’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Stephen L. Smith (Smith Law Offices)

Civil Action:  Summary Judgment

In re Interest of Elijah P.

A-15-0946, In re Interest of Elijah P., State of Nebraska v. Erika D. (Appellant) and Joshua P.  (Cross-Appellant)

 Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County, Judge Christopher E. Kelly

Attorney for Appellant:  Zoe R. Wade (Douglas County Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Cross-Appellant:  Matthew R. Kahler (Finley & Kahler Law Firm, PC, LLO)

Attorney for Appellee:  Amy Schuchman (Douglas County Attorney’s Office)

Juvenile Action:  Termination of Parental Rights

Buckridge v. Northfield Retirement Communities

A-16-0486, Michael Buckeridge as father and next friend of Kaleigh Buckeridge (Appellant) v. Northfield Retirement Communities

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge Daniel Fridrich

Attorney for Appellant:  Michael W. Meister

Attorney for Appellee:  Gregory D. Worth (McAnany, VanCleave & Phillips)

Civil Action:  Workers’ compensation benefits

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The Workers’ Compensation Court denied survivor benefits to appellant.

Last Pass Aviation v. Westco

S-16-207 Last Pass Aviation, Inc., Tony D. Peterson, and Lucas J.H. Peterson v. Western Cooperative Company (Appellant)

Box Butte County District Court, Judge Travis P. O’Gorman

Attorneys: Gary J. Nedved (Keating, O’Gara, Nedved, & Peter, P.C., L.L.O.) and Jon Worthman (Worthman Law Office) for Appellees — Steven W. Olsen and Adam A. Hoesing, (Simmons Olsen Law Firm, P.C.) for Appellants

Civil:    Declaratory Judgment/Contract Enforcement — Covenant Not to Compete