Judge Rules Against Thedford Rancher
Thursday, 25 August 2016 08:01
THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) - A judge has ordered a family ranch to let Nebraska Public Power District access its land for survey work.
Court records say the ruling came Monday in the Brush Creek Ranch lawsuit against the district. The lawsuit sought unspecified compensation for damage to land north of Thedford that was done by a survey team checking land boundaries for a power line project.
The district said Nebraska law gave it the authority as a publicly owned utility to survey the ranch and other land. The lawsuit said the utility first should have begun condemnation proceedings and obtained court authority for the survey.
The judge ruled for the district, saying the law indeed gave it authority to enter the land and also required it to pay for any damage caused the incursion.
Parmalee Man Sentenced
Thursday, 25 August 2016 07:00
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assaulting, Resisting, Opposing, and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on August 15, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Joseph R. Morrisette, III, age 46, was sentenced to one year and one day in custody, followed by two years of supervised release.
Morrisette was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2016. He pled guilty on June 8, 2016.
The conviction stemmed from an incident on March 15, 2016, when an officer with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services responded to a request for assistance. A woman contacted dispatch in order to have Morrisette removed from the residence, due to his drinking. Morrisette became uncooperative and pulled away from the officer when he attempted to restrain him. An altercation ensued.
Morrisette was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.