Governor Ricketts Vetoes Death Penalty Repeal


This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB268, a bill which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. The bill also attempts to repeal the sentences of convicted murderers currently sitting on death row. Governor Ricketts announced his veto at a veto-signing ceremony held at the Nebraska State Capitol at 3:00pm today.

 

Governor Ricketts was joined at the ceremony by Attorney General Doug Peterson, family members of a victim of the 2002 Norfolk bank shooting, state senators, and members of the law enforcement community. 

 

“Today, I am vetoing LB268 which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “Repealing the death penalty sends the wrong message to Nebraskans who overwhelming support capital punishment and look to government to strengthen public safety, not weaken it. Under this bill, there is no guarantee that convicted murderers will stay behind bars for life or not harm other innocent victims.”

 

“The Legislature’s decision will test whether our state has the prosecutorial tools to manage the ‘worst of the worst’ cases. Their decision will determine whether the families of the victims of ten men on Nebraska’s death row will ever receive the justice meted out by a very deliberate and cautious judicial process in each of their cases. Their decision tests the true meaning of representative government. For these reasons, I urge Nebraskans to contact their senator, and ask them to sustain my veto.”

 

The Governor also pointed out that life imprisonment, as proposed in LB268, is not a thoughtful compromise because it does not guarantee that a convicted murderer will spend his life behind bars. The case of convicted murderer Laddie Dittrich demonstrates this. Dittrich was sentenced to life imprisonment, yet after serving only 40 years in prison, his sentence was commuted by the Pardons Board. He was then paroled, and shortly thereafter arrested for sexually assaulting a young girl.  

 

“Heinous murderers such as the ten on Nebraska’s death row have surrendered their lives by their own utter disregard for human life,” said Attorney General Peterson. “The state affirms this reality through a sentence of death. The state should not be deprived of its ability to carry out a just sentence.”

 

“I watched my daughter die over and over again on the security camera footage during the trial and then during the sentencing,” said Vivian Tuttle, mother to 2002 Norfolk bank shooting victim Evonne Tuttle. “The jury said my daughter’s murderer should be put to death, and I believe it is appropriate for justice to be carried out. Senators who vote to override the Governor’s veto of LB268 are preventing justice for my daughter and all of the other families from being carried out.” 

 

“As I have been visiting with senators, I have informed them that the death penalty is an important tool used by prosecutors and law enforcement in tough cases,” said Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt. “Senators should listen to their county attorneys, juries, as well as judges. Do not second guess their work. This is a matter of local control.”

 

“The death penalty remains an important tool and protection for Nebraska’s law enforcement community that works firsthand to protect our state against dangerous criminals,” said Brian Petersen of the State Troopers Association of Nebraska (STAN)  in a prepared statement. “The deterrent effect of capital punishment protects lives, including the lives of our state’s men and women who wear blue. Law enforcement put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve every protection our state can provide to them. Repealing the death penalty strips away one of those protections at a time when law enforcement faces greater risks than ever before. STAN urges senators to sustain the Governor’s veto of LB268.”  

LB268 Veto Ceremony

 

Craig Memorial Day Service


Memorial Day Services were held in Craig, giving tribute to those who have given their lives protecting the freedoms of this country. A plane also flew over in honor of the day. All photos credit of Loren Swanson of Oakland.

Memorial Day Services were held in Craig, giving tribute to those who have given their lives protecting the freedoms of this country. A plane also flew over in honor of the day. All photos credit of Loren Swanson of Oakland.

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Memorial Day Program in Oakland


Many people attended the Memorial Day Service at the Oakland Cemetery, honoring those that have served or are serving in the military, protecting our freedoms. All photos credit of Loren Swanson of Oakland.

Many people attended the Memorial Day Service at the Oakland Cemetery, honoring those that have served or are serving in the military, protecting our freedoms. All photos credit of Loren Swanson of Oakland.

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Purchase Pavers from Burt County Ag Society


The Burt County Ag Society is creating a granite paver patio for the new windmill and grill to set on.

You are invited to use this means to honor, memorialize or just support these projects and the Burt County Ag. Society.

Sizes range from 8”x8”  and 8”x16” to 16”x16”. Pavers need to be ordered by June 5 to be on display for the 2015 fair.

Contact the Burt County Ag Society at 402-685-5540 or the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929 for more details and an order form.

 

Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

Alta Jean “Jeanie” (Mossor) Currier, 80, of Lyons NE


Alta Jean “Jeanie” (Mossor) Currier, the youngest of eight children, was born September 8, 1934 to Franklin Pierce and Anna Katherine (Montcastle) Mossor in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. She passed away May 23, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

Jeanie and her family migrated west and landed in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1952, and married James Gilbert Currier May 1, 1953. To this union were born 4 children: Toby, Todd, Tamara and Tara. James passed away in September 1996 after 43 years of marriage.

Jeanie attended Metro Tech Community College and became a top notch medical transcriptionist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was active in PTA and cared for all of the kids in their neighborhood.

She moved to Lyons, Nebraska in February 2013, and lived in Tekamah, Nebraska since May 1, 2015.

She is survived by her children, Toby James (Nancy Koski) Currier of Clitherall, MN, Todd Jeffery of Grant, AL, Tamara Jo Stultz of Kearney, NE, Tara Jane Currier of Rosalie, NE; grandchildren, Jamie Lynn, Jacob James, Kirsten, Dallas, Tyler James, Rachael Marie, Ashley Nichole, Randy Ray, Anna Louise; 8 great grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

VISITATION: Visitation Sunday, May 24th, 12-8 pm Sunday
Visitation will continue Monday – Wednesday 8 am – 8 pm
And will conclude Thursday 8 am – 12 pm. All at Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons, Nebraska

BURIAL at a later date.

MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Alta Currier

Alta Currier

Carolyn Elaine (Harvey) Lutes, 86, of Oakland NE


Carolyn Elaine (Harvey) Lutes was born April 12, 1929 in Redding, Iowa to James G. and Lela (Stephens) Harvey. She went to her eternal home on May 22, 2015 at the age of 86.

Carolyn graduated from St. Joe, Missouri, Central High School in 1946. She attended the University of Nebraska. On June 19, 1950 she married Jim Lutes. To this union 5 children were born: Cathie, Nancy, Steve, Stan, and Mary Jo. The family lived in Lincoln and Kearney before making their home in Scribner in 1966.

Carolyn was a stay at home mom who loved taking care of her family. She was an excellent cook and sports enthusiast, especially for her St. Louis Cardinals and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Her faith and her church were always important to her, serving as a model for her children, as a Sunday School teacher and Youth Group sponsor. Carolyn was an avid card player. She especially enjoyed playing bridge, but was a great fan of a friendly, family pitch game.

In 1978 Carolyn moved to Fremont, and later to Lincoln, where she worked as a Mary Kay Consultant and as a Cruise Specialist at New Century Travel while taking care of her mother.  Her greatest pleasure came from shopping for her kids and grandkids. The bigger the bargain, the happier she was.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilyn; son-in-law, Jerry Anderson.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Cathie Anderson and Nancy (Gene) Poppe of Oakland, NE, Mary Brown of Omaha, NE; 2 sons, Steve (Kris) Lutes of Henning, MN, Stan (Kris) Lutes of Louisville, NE; brother, Jim (Marcie) Harvey of Colorado; brother-in-law, Robert Lutes of Lincoln, NE; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at Salem Covenant Church, Oakland, Nebraska.
NO VISITATION
BURIAL at a later date
MEMORIALS: To the family for designation at a later time.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

pelan@pelanfuneralservices.com

Carol Lutes

Carol Lutes

Walter Pierce, 52, of Rosalie NE


Walter (Wally) Franklin Pierce, 52, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his home in Rosalie, NE. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Walthill; Father Dan Wittrock and Father Dave Korth will be officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Walthill. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill with a luncheon to follow at the Rosalie Town Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE.

Walter was born November 23, 1962 to Donald Pierce and Rosemary (Bouchal) in Alta, IA. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Gerald Nelson. Wally attended Rosalie Public Schools where he graduated in 1981. He coached t-ball in 1978-1979, was homecoming king in 1980, and was named an “All State” football player in 1981. Wally worked as a mechanic and farm hand. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting and giving his children, nieces, and nephews rides on the tractor. He also enjoyed drawing, music, Steven Seagul movies, and working on cars. Wally enjoyed many family BBQs and dances where he was the life of the party and was loved by everyone. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his daughter, Cherry (Mark) O’Connor, and grandson, Oliver, of Omaha, NE; son, Cory Pierce of Omaha, NE; parents, Rosemary and Gerald Nelson of Rosalie, NE; siblings, Elizabeth (Gary) Fletcher of Omaha, NE, Joan (Jeff) Hultquist of Rosalie, NE, Dawn Nelson of Pender, NE, James (Kami) Pierce of Walthill, NE, Warren Nelson of Rosalie, NE, Ben Nelson of Rosalie, NE, Chuck Nelson of Omaha, NE, stepsister DeeDee Carpenter of Logan, OH, and 32 nieces and nephews.

Wally is preceded in death by aunts and uncles, Paul Bouchal, John Bouchal, Betty Jo Bouchal, and Leland Nelson; and grandparents.

Walter Pierce

Walter Pierce

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