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State v. Kellogg

A-14-0038, State of Nebraska v. Betty Kellogg (Appellant)

Burt County, District Court Judge John E. Samson

Attorney for Appellant:  Nicholas E. Wurth (The Law Offices of Nichloas E. Wurth, PC)

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

Criminal Action:  Possession of Methamphetamine

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The trial court overruled a motion to suppress and convicted Appellant after a bench trial.

State v. Herrera

S-13-0659, State v. Carlos R. Herrera (Appellant)

Scottsbluff County District Court, Judge Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- David S. MacDonald (Appellant)

Criminal: Child abuse, serious injury, Class II felony

Proceedings below: Following a jury trial, Appellant was convicted.

In re Interest of Nathaniel M.

S-13-1066) In re Interest of Nathaniel M.

(Consolidated appeals)

Madison County Court, Judge Ross Stoffer

Attorneys: Neleigh N. Boyer (Special Assistant Attorney General for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services) (Appellant) --- Gail Collins (Deputy Madison County Attorney) --- Brad Ewalt (counsel for juvenile)

Civil: Change in disposition for adjudicated youth

State v. Fernando-Granados

S-13-0899, State v. Luis Fernando-Granados (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Duane C. Dougherty

Attorneys: James J. Regan (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The district court denied Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

In re Guardianship/Conservatorship of Eley

S-14-0030, In Re Guardianship of Benjamin Eley

Lancaster County Court, Judge Thomas W. Fox

Attorneys: Chris Blomenberg (McHenry, Haszard, Roth, Hupp, Burkholder & Blomenberg, P.C., L.L.O.) --- Steffanie Garner Kotik (Kotik & McClure Law)(Appellant)

Civil: Guardianship

Proceedings below: The trial court appointed a guardian for Benjamin.

State v. Herrera

S-13-0660, State v. Jennifer Herrera (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff District Court, Judge Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) --- Jeremy C. Jorgenson (Appellant)

Criminal: Child abuse

Proceedings below: Following a jury trial, Appellant was convicted.

Issues: The district court erred in 1) admitting testimony about psychological dwarfism because the State failed to establish reliable and relevant evidence under Daubert, and 2) failing to receive the capstone interviews of the Herrera children at trial.

Thompson v. Heineman (15)

S-14-0158, Randy Thompson, SusanStraka, f/n/a Susan Luebbe, Susan Dunavan v. Dave Heineman

Governor of Nebraska, Patrick W. Rice, Acting Director, Department of Environmental Quality, Don Stenberg, State Treasurer of Nebraska (Appellants)

Lancaster County, Judge Stephanie Stacy

Berger v. Madsen

S-13-0985,  Susan M. Berger, assignee (Appellant) v. Mark Madsen and Designer Woods, Inc. (Appellees) and Ronald J. Palagi (Third-party defendant and appellee)

District Court for Douglas County, Judge J. Michael Coffey

Attorneys:  Shawn Flint, Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, LLO (Appellant) — Anne Marie O’Brien and David A. Voorman, both of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP (Appellees) — Ronald J. Palagi of The Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, LLO (Third-party defendant and appellee)

Civil: replevin

Kappas Enterprises v. Department of Roads (PFR)

S-13-1024, Kappas Enterprises, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company (Appellant) v. State of Nebraska, Department of Roads

Buffalo County, Judge William T. Wright

Attorneys: Barry K. Waid, Martel J. Bundy (Attorney General’s Office) --- Jason M. Bruno, Ryan A. Kehm (Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC) (Appellant)

Civil: Easements; dismissal of appeal