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Sanitary Improvement District No. 19 v. City of Valley

S-13-0880, SID No. 19 of Douglas County, Nebraska v. City of Valley, Nebraska

Douglas County, Judge Marion A. Polk

Attorneys: James Lang and Kathleen Foster (Laughlin, Peterson & Lang) for Appellant SID No. 196; Terry Grennan (Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas), Jeffrey Farnham, and Andréa Griffin (Farnham & Simpson) for Appellee City of Valley

Civil: Community Development Law/Annexation

Jacob v. Department of Correctional Services

A-14-0035, Steven M. Jacob v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Robert Houston, Director

Lancaster County, Judge Robert Otte

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- Ryan Post (Assistant Attorney General) (for DCS)

Civil: Judicial review under the Administrative Procedures Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-917, declaratory judgment

Despain v. Despain

S-13-1133, Abigail K. Despain v. William E. Despain (appellant)

Saunders County, Judge Mary C. Gilbride

Attorneys: John H. Sohl – Mark A. Steele (Appellant)

Civil: Marital Dissolution Action

Proceedings below: William filed a motion for a new trial after receiving an unsigned journal order from the court but before the court entered the decree. More than a month after the court entered the decree, it overruled William’s motion for a new trial.

Sanitary and Improvement District No. 1, Butler County v. Adamy

A-13-1091, Sanitary and Improvement District No. 1, Butler County, Nebraska, on behalf of itself and all other similarly situated (Appellant) v. Karen Adamy et al. (Appellees and Cross-Appellants)

Cass County, Judge Randall Rehmeier and Judge Jeffrey J. Funk

Attorneys: Charles W. Campbell (Angle Murphy & Campbell PCLLO) (Appellees) --- Raymond E. Baker (Baker PC), Jacqueline M. De Wispelare (Jacqueline M. De Wispelare LLC) --- Michael W. Heavey (Columbo & Heavy PC) (for Appellant)

State v. Armendariz

S-13-0998, State v. Jonathon L. Armendariz (Appellant)

Sarpy County, Judge David Arterburn

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- Erin E. Tangeman

Civil: Postconviction, Life Sentence

Proceedings below: The trial court denied Appellant’s Motion for Postconviction Relief, denied his request for an evidentiary hearing and denied his request for appointment of counsel.

State v. Covey

S-14-0241,  State v. James R. Covey (Appellant)

Buffalo County District Court, Judge John P. Icenogle

Attorneys: Austen N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office) --- D. Brandon Brinegar (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant)

Criminal: Criminal impersonation, a Class IV felony; habitual criminal; excessive sentence

Proceedings below: Appellant was convicted following a jury trial and was sentenced to 10 to 14 years imprisonment.

Essman v. Health and Human Services

A-13-0840, Raynette Essman v. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Robert R. Otte

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

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, John L. Jelkin (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil Action:  Administrative Procedure Act – Termination of Employment

Pitcher v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

A-13-0997, Tonya Pitcher and Robert Pitcher (Appellants) v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a Delaware Corporation

District Court for Lancaster County, District Judge Stephanie Stacy

Attorney for Appellants:  James L. Haszard (McHenry Haszard Law Firm)

Attorneys for Appellee:  George E. Martin & Ryan D. Wilkins (Baird Holm Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Personal injury, premises liability

State v. Johnson

A-14-0085, State of Nebraska v. Scott A. Johnson (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy

Attorney for Appellant:  Matthew K. Kosmicki

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Motion for Discharge

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court denied the motion for discharge.

Blankenbecler v. Rogers

A-13-0894, Martha Blankenbecler (Appellant) v. Ginger L. Rogers, Chanel Owens, and Shanice Ross

District Court for Douglas County, District Judge Joseph S. Troia

Attorneys for Appellant:  Robert S. Sherrets & Jason M. Bruno (Sherrets Bruno Law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee:  Karen Weinhold & Angela D. Jensen-Blackford (Engels Kecham Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Damages for vehicle struck by another car