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Moreno v. City of Gering (15)

S-15-0216 Rosa Moreno v. City of Gering, a Political Subdivision and Scotts Bluff County, a Political Subdivision (Appellants)

Scotts Bluff County, Judge Randall Lippstreu

Attorneys: Michael W. Meister (Appellee) --- Charles W. Campbell (Angle Murphy & Campbell PCLLO) (for Scotts Bluff County) and Howard P. Olsen (Simmons Olsen) (for City of Gering)

Civil: Personal injury; Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-901 et seq.

State v. Gilliam

S-15-0373 State v. Jeffrey R. Gilliam (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie Stacy

Attorneys: Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office) --- Mark Rappl (Appellant)

Criminal: DWI, aggravated, 3rd Offense

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of the offense. The court sentenced Appellant to a term of probation.

Issues: The court erred in (1) overruling Appellant’s motion to suppress; (2) finding an alleged 2004 DWI conviction from Missouri was valid for enhancement purposes.

State v. Abejide

S-15-0180, State v. Abejide Abejide (appellant)

Lancaster County, Hon. Paul D. Merritt, Jr.

Attorneys: Douglas J. Peterson and Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office); Joseph D. Nigro and Kristi Egger Brown (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant)

Criminal:  first degree sexual assault; terroristic threats

Scheele v. Rains

S-15-0130, Kristina A. Scheele (Appellant) v. Darrell M. Rains, Delles Carrier, Inc., Frank G. Lukach, Sentry Insurance, and Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Gage County, Hon. Daniel E. Bryan

Attorneys: Peter C. Wegman, Mark R. Richardson, Sheila A. Bentzen (Rembolt Ludtke) and Andrew K Carothers (Willet Carothers Law Firm) (Appellant); --- Krista M. Carlson, Stephen L. Ahl (Wolfe Snowden), Stephen S. Gealy, Noah J. Helfin (Baylor Evnen), and Charles L. Kuper (Larson Kuper) (Appellees)

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