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Logemann v. Valgora

A-12-0845, Darrell Logemann v. Reginald Valgora (Appellant)

Douglas  County, District Court Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf

Attorney for Appellant:  Joseph L. Howard (Schaefer Shapiro, LLP)

Attorney for Appellee:  Howard L. Neuhaus (Howard L. Neuhaus PC LLO)

Civil Action:  Breach of Contract

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court affirmed the order of the county court, which entered judgment in favor of appellee and ordered appellant to pay appellee $9,000 in damages.

Spracklin v. Spracklin

A-12-0834, Faye Spracklin (Appellant) v. Gordon E. Spracklin, Personal Representative of the Estate of Eugene G. Spracklin, Deceased

Douglas County, District Court Judge Kimberly M. Pankonin

Attorney for Appellant:  Ralph E. Peppard (Peppard Law Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Thomas A. Grennan, Abbie M. Schuman (Gross & Welch, PC, LLO)

Civil Action:  Negligence

Travelers Indemnity Company v. T & S Drywall, Inc.

A-12-0833, Travelers Indemnity Company v. T & S Drywall Finishing, Inc. (Appellant)

District Court for Douglas County, District Judge Leigh A. Retelsdorf

Attorneys for Appellant:  Christopher A. Sievers & Josh F. Henningsen (Timmermier Gross Law Firm) & Willam E. Pfeiffer

Attorneys for Appellee:  Robert J. Wonnell (McAnay Van Cleave & Phillips Law Firm) & Kirk E. Brumbaugh & Mark Quandahl (Brumbaugh Quandahl Law Firm) & Adam Wachal (Gross Welch Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Insurance contract dispute

State v. Heath

A-12-0742, State of Nebraska v. Mathew J. Heath (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge John Colborn

Attorney for Appellant:  Dennis R. Keefe, Christopher Eickholt (Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Assault on an officer; resisting arrest, second or subsequent offense

Action Taken by Trial Court:  After a jury verdict, the trial court found Appellant guilty and sentenced him to prison.

Heckman v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company

S-12-0335, Eddie Heckman v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company (Appellant)

Box Butte County, Judge Travis O’Gorman

Attorneys: Nichole S. Bogen, Thomas C. Sattler (Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl LLP) (Appellant) --- Andrew W. Snyder (Chaloupka Holyoke Snyder Chaloupka Longoria & Kishiyama PCLLO)---Deborah R. Gilg (U.S. Attorney), Kathryn Keneally (Assistant Attorney General), Robert L. Homan(Assistant U.S. Attorney) (for United States, Department of Justice as Amicus Curiae)

State v. Trice (20)

S-12-0126, State v. De’Aris Trice (Appellant)

Madison County, Judge James G. Kube

Attorneys: Patrick P. Carney, Ryan J. Stover (Carney Law PC) (Appellant) --- Kimberly Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: 2nd degree murder

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of 2nd degree murder and he was sentenced to a term of 40 years to life imprisonment.

Issues: 1. The prosecutor is guilty of misconduct for instructing the jury in opening that Mr.

Shada v. Farmers Insurance Group

S-12-1155, Marie Shada (Appellant) v. Farmers Insurance Exchange

Douglas County, Judge Duane C. Dougherty

Attorneys: Martin A. Cannon (Appellant) --- Daniel P. Chesire, Kara S. Jermain (Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP)

Civil: Contract; Claim for Underinsured Motorist Benefits under policy

In re Application A-18503, Water Division 2-C, Bond v. NRD

S-12-1166, In re Application of A-18503, Water Division 2-C, Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District, Lower Niobrara Natural Resources District, Jack Bond and Thomas Higgens (Appellants) v. Department of Natural Resources.

Department of Natural Resources

Attorneys: Donald G. Blankenau, Thomas R. Wilmoth (BlankenauWilmoth Jarecke LLP) (Appellants) --- Stephen D. Mossman (Mattson Ricketts) (for Nebraska Public Power District) --- Justin D. Lavene (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: water appropriation

State v. Leibel

S-12-1047, State v. Joshua D. Leibel (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Karen B. Flowers

Attorneys: Scott Helvie (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant) --- Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Driving during revocation, first offense, Class IV felony

Proceedings below: The trial court found sufficient evidence to support the conviction and judged Appellant guilty. He was sentenced 90 days in jail with a 15 year license revocation. He was authorized to obtain an ignition interlock permit as soon as eligible by statute.

State v. Osborne (PFR)

S-12-0112, State v. Dean L. Osborne (Appellant)

Saunders County, Judge Mary C. Gilbride

Attorneys: Cynthia Lamm (Appellant) --- Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: 3rd degree sexual assault of a child; obscene motion picture, show or presentation to a minor