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Hess v. State

S-13-0413, Troy Anthony Hess (Appellant) v. State of Nebraska

Douglas County District Court, Judge Russell Derr   

Attorneys: Troy Hess, pro se (Appellant); Linda L. Willard (State of Nebraska)

Civil: wrongful conviction and imprisonment.   

Bruno v. Metropolitan Utilities District

S-13-0212, Jason M. Bruno (Appellant) v. Metropolitan Utilities District, Michael W. McGowan, Amy Lindsay, David J. Friend, Tim Cavanaugh, Thomas F. Dowd, Jack Frost, Steve Patterson  and Douglas Clark v. Northern Natural Gas Company

Douglas County, Judge Timothy P. Burns

Attorneys: Ronald E. Bucher (for MUD et al) --- James D. Sherrets, Robert S. Sherrets (Sherrets Bruno &Vogt LLC) (Appellant)

Civil: Declaratory relief

Village of Memphis v. Frahm

S-13-0273, Village of Memphis v. Roger Frahm and Marcia Frahm (Appellants)

Saunders County, Judge Mary C. Gilbride.

Attorneys:         Robert M. Sullivan (Sullivan Shoemaker, P.C., L.L.O.) (Appellants) --- Damien J. Wright (Welch Law Firm, P.C.) (Appellee).

Civil:     Inverse Condemnation

SourceGas Distribution v. City Hastings obo Bd Public Works

S-13-0239, SourceGas Distribution LLC (Appellant) v. City of Hastings obo Board of Public Works

Adams County, Hon. Stephen R. Illingworth

Civil: Nebraska Municipal Gas System Condemnation Act; statutory interpretation

Attorneys: Russell Westerhold, Stephen Bruckner, Jordan Adam (Fraser Stryker) and Timothy Knapp for SourceGas--- Michael Sullivan (Sullivan Shoemaker)

State v. Dragon

S-13-0386, State v. James P. Dragon (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Russell Derr

Attorneys: Pro Se Appellant --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

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

State v. Gomez

A-13-0081, State of Nebraska v. Jorge Gomez (Appellant)

District Court for Buffalo County, District Judge William T. Wright

Attorney for Appellant:  Ross Pesek (Dornan Lustgarten Law Firm)

Attorney for Appellee:  Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute

Action taken by the Trial Court:  The trial court denied Gomez’ motion to suppress. Following a bench trial, Gomez was found guilty and sentenced to 1 year in jail.

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American Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Wheeler

S-13-0240, American Family Mutual Insurance Company (Appellee) v. Rick W. Wheeler, Joshua McCrary, Maren McCrary, and C.M., a minor, by Joshua and Maren McCrary (Appellants)

Sarpy County, Judge David K. Arterburn

Attorneys:  Jane D. Hansen (Appellee) --- Betty L. Egan (Appellant Wheeler) (Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, LLP) --- David A. Domina, Brian E. Jorde, & Jeremy R. Wells (DominaLaw Group PC, LLO) (Appellants McCrarys)

Civil: Declaratory Judgment, Insurance Coverage

Lang v. Howard County

S-13-0010, Catherine D. Lang, Commissioner of Labor (Appellant) v. Howard County, Nebraska and Robert J. Sivick

Howard County, Judge Mark Kozisek

Attorneys: John H. Albin, Thomas A. Ukinski (for Commissioner of Labor, Appellant) --- Robert J. Sivick (Appellee)

Civil: Claim for unemployment benefits

Proceedings below: The court found Appellee was not an elected official and did not hold a major nontenured policymaking or advisory position. As such, he was eligible for unemployment benefits. The decision of the Appeal Tribunal was affirmed.