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State v. Contreras (PFR)

S-13-1009, State v. Gabriel Contreras (Appellant)

Hall County, Judge William T. Wright

Attorneys: Gerard A. Piccolo/Robert W. Alexander (Public Defender) (Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: DUI, 4th offense; Refusal to Submit, 3rd offense; Refusal to Submit to Preliminary Breath Test

State v. Banks

S-13-0740, State v. Antonio L. Banks (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie P. Stacy

Attorneys: Antonio Banks (Pro-se Appellant) --- James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Postconviction releif

Proceedings below: Appellant was denied postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

Issues: The district court erred in 1) denying Appellant the right to be heard, 2) failing to grant Appellant an evidentiary hearing, 3) disregarding Appellant’s argument concerning a ‘Batson’ violation.



Johnson v. O'Connor

S-14-0021, Charleen M. Johnson (Appellant) v. Blake E. O’Connor

Madison County District Court, Judge Mark A. Johnson

Attorneys: Joel E. Carlson (Stratton DeLay Doele Carlson & Buettner PCLLO) --- Michael C. Moyer (Moyer & Moyer) (Appellant)

Civil: Subject matter jurisdiction; custody, visitation, and parenting time

Damme v. Pike Enterprises, Inc.

S-14-0304, Patricia M. Damme v. Pike Enterprises, Inc. (Appellant)

Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge J. Michael Fitzgerald

Attorneys: Elaine A. Waggoner --- Christopher Sievers (Timmermier Gross & Prentiss) (Appellant)

Civil: Determination of benefits for injured worker

Proceedings below: The court found a causal relationship between the January 2013 surgery and Plaintiff’s 2009 work-related injury. The court ordered payment of the surgery and associated medical bills, weekly healing period benefits, and future medical treatments.

Stick v. City of Omaha

S-13-0797, Jacquelyn Stick (Appellant) v. City of Omaha (Appellee)

Douglas County, Judge W. Russell Bowie

Attorneys: Mandy Strigenz (Sibbernsen, Strigenz & Sibbernsen) for Appellant Jacquelyn Stick; Alan Thelen (Deputy City Attorney) for the Appellee City of Omaha

Civil: Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act

State v. Draper

S-13-0991, State v. Peter F. Draper (Appellant)

Franklin County, Judge Stephen R. Illingworth

Attorneys: Charles D. Brewster (Anderson, Klein, Swan & Brewster) (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Child abuse resulting in death; child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury; privilege against self-incrimination

Koch v. Koch

A-13-717, Koch (Appellant) v. Koch  (Appellee/Cross-Appellant)

Knox County, District Court Judge James G. Kube

Attorney for Appellant: Michelle M. Schlecht (Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee: Ronald E. Temple (Fitzgerald, Vetter & Temple)  

Civil Action:  Dissolution of Marriage

Snodgrass v. Snodgrass

A-13-0917, Laura A. Snodgrass n/k/a Laura A. Tomczak (Appellant) v. Bryan S. Snodgrass  

Douglas County, District Judge Kimberly M. Pankonin

Attorney for Appellant:  Kelly T. Shattuck (Vacanti Shattuck)

Attorney for Appellee: John A. Kinney and Jill M. Mason (Kinney Law, PC, LLO)

Civil Action: Modification of Dissolution Decree; Custody/Visitation

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court denied Laura permission to move from Nebraska to Alabama with the parties’ minor children.

State v. Watts

A-13-1105, State of Nebraska v. Elijah Watts (Appellant)
A-13-1136, State of Nebraska v. Elijah Watts (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Paul D. Merritt, Jr. (A-13-1105)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Jodi L. Nelson (A-13-1136)

Attorney for Appellant:  Chad J. Wythers (Berry law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Driving under the influence

State v. Armagost

A-14-0058, State of Nebraska v. Jacob D. Armagost (Appellant)

Merrick County, District Court Judge Michael Owens

Attorney for Appellant:  Mitchell C. Stehlik (Lauritsen, Brownell, Brostrom, & Stehlik, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Lauro Nigro (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Following a jury trial, Armagost was convicted of operating a motor vehicle in a willful reckless manner to avoid arrest