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McCoolidge v. Oyvetsky

S-14-1135 James McCoolidge (Appellant) v. Daniel Oyvetsky, Car and Truck Center, LLC, a Tennessee Limited Company, and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America

Douglas County, Judge Shelly R. Stratman

Attorneys: Thomas M. White, C. Thomas White & Amy S. Jorgensen (White & Jorgensen) (Appellant) — Terry J. Grennan (Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas)

Civil:  Breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress

Lowman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance

S-14-0823 Opal Lowman & David Lowman (appellants) v. State Farm Ins. Co.

Douglas County, Judge Joseph S. Troia

Attorneys: Ronald Palagi (Appellants) – Paul Shotkoski/Jacqueline DeLuca (Fraser Stryker)                                                                

Civil: Personal injury

Issues: Whether the court erred in (1) receiving the jury’s verdict and entering a judgement of $0 in damages, and (2) failing to sustain the Lowmans’ motion for a new trial.


State v. Perry (re-argument)

S-14-0506 State v. Detron L. Perry (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Joseph S. Troia

Attorneys: Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office) --- Robert Marcuzzo (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant)

Criminal: Possession of a controlled substance.

State v. Burke

A-15-0293, State of Nebraska v. Melanie M. Burke, now known as Melanie M. Marshall (Appellant)

Lincoln County, District Court Judge Donald E. Rowlands

Attorney for Appellant:  William J. Erickson, Blaine T. Gillett

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson, Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Violation of Public Assistance

Action Taken by Trial Court:  A jury found the appellant guilty of the offense of Violation of Public Assistance and the trial court sentenced her to 2 years’ probation and restitution.

In re Trust of Bresel

A-14-0922, In re Trust of Bresel

County Court for Douglas County, County Judge Sheryl L. Lohaus

Attorney for Appellant (Candee Mack):  David J. Lanphier (Broom Clarkson Law Firm)

Attorneys for Appellee (Marti Jo Fry):  Edward D. Hotz & Emily L. Jung (Pansing Hogan Law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee/Cross-Appellant (Amanda Mack Gurock):  James Polack (Polack Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Removal and accounting/reimbursement action brought by cotrustee of a trust against another cotrustee

In re Interest of Branden S.

A-15-0245, In re Interest of Branden S., A Child under 18 years of age. State of Nebraska v. Branden S. (Appellant)

Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County, Judge Vernon Daniels

Attorney for Appellant:  Mary M. Zerse Stevens (Carlson Burnett Law Firm)

Attorneys for Appellee:  Anthony M. Hernandez & Elizabeth McClelland (Douglas County Attorney’s Office)

Juvenile Action:  First degree sexual assault

In re Interest of Miah T.

A-15-0417 and A-15-0694, In re Interest of Miah T. and In re Interest of DeKandyce H., children under 18 years of age. State of Nebraska v. DeKarlos H. (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Separate Juvenile Court Judge Roger J. Heideman

Attorney for Appellant:  Joy Shiffermiller (Shiffermiller Law Office, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee:  Christopher M. Reid (County Attorney’s Office)

Juvenile Action:  Disposition Order and Order Changing Placement

In re Interest of Brennan Z.

A-15-569, In re Interest of Brennan Z.

Madison County, County Court Judge Ross A. Stoffer

Attorney for Appellant:           Ronald J. Albin (Albin Law Office)

Attorney for Appellee:   Gail E. Collins (Madison County Attorney’s Office)

Guardian ad Litem:        David R. Uher

Juvenile Action:  Termination of Parental Rights

Graham v. City of Lincoln Personnel Board

A-14-0990, Tracy Graham (Appellant) v. City of Lincoln Personnel Board

District Court of Lancaster County, District Judge Jodi L. Nelson

Attorney for Appellant:  Sean J. Brennan (Brennan & Nielsen Law Offices, P.C.)

Attorney for Appellee:  Tonya Peters (Lincoln City Attorney’s Office)

Civil Action:  Wrongful Termination

Action taken by the Trial Court:  The district court affirmed the decision of the City of Lincoln Personnel Board to uphold the termination of Graham’s employment with the Lincoln Police Department.

State v. Olbricht

A-15-0404, State of Nebraska v. Cody Olbricht (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff County, District Court Judge Randall Lippstreu

Attorney for Appellant:  Leonard G. Tabor

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson, George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Knowing and intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Following a bench trial, the court found Appellant guilty of the above offense and sentenced him to 15 to 30 years’ imprisonment.