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Area Man Charged in Iowa Bank Theft

An Ainsworth, Nebraska man currently on probation for two cattle theft convictions is now accused of bilking an Iowa City bank out of nearly $62,000.

Police traveled to Nebraska on Thursday to bring 59 year old Mick Davis back to Iowa City to face a theft charge.

Authorities say Davis received $61,920 in his bank account from a fraudulent wire transfer performed by a third party.  They say Davis then wired a portion to another party in Hong Kong and withdrew $13,000 in cash.  Police say he provided false information to bank officials in the process.  Davis is being held in Iowa's Johnson County Jail on $100,000 bond.


Pine Ridge Alcohol

A hearing is scheduled for later this month on a challenge to last month's vote legalizing alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


Election Supervisor Francis Pumpkin Seed says a couple of tribal members filed a restraining order.


He says it's one of three challenges the election commission has denied, and none of the three took it to the Supreme Court, which would be the next step under tribal code.


Pumpkin Seed says the time to appeal the vote has expired.


He says the Oglala council is moving ahead to adopt a code that will oversee the sale of alcohol on the reservation.


But it will be some time before sales start.


St Francis Man Involved in Sexual Abuse Case


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a Superseding Indictment for one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, six counts of Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child, and one count of Abusive Sexual Contact.

Vernon Blackhorse, age 63, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 28, 2013, and pled not guilty to the superseding indictment.

The charges relate to allegations that between May 2001 and November 2007 Blackhorse assaulted four different female victims in St. Francis and Eagle Butte. The charges are merely an accusation and Blackhorse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Blackhorse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been set for October 22, 2013.


Custer in Nebraska September 17th

The Valentine Public Library will host an event on September 17th titled "Custer in Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872". The meeting of George Custer, Phil Sheridan, the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and Buffalo Bill Cody will be reviewed using newspaper accounts with photographs and images of the period. Omaha author Jeff Barnes will narrate the visit of these famous people and their participation in the famous big game hunt. The presentation will be at the Valentine Library on September 17th at 7:30 PM Central Time.


Nebraska Broadband

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative launched a statewide survey September 3rd. The goal of this project is to help Nebraska businesses to increase economic vitality by more effectively using broadband applications.

Over the next few months, businesses will be asked to conduct an online assessment of their use of broadband technologies. Businesses will either receive a personalized email requesting participation or can participate at the broadband website,

The survey results will provide valuable information on broadband usage by Nebraska businesses and will allow for a comparison of business broadband usage and impacts with peers nationwide.  Additionally, up to 500 businesses who have completed the survey will receive a personalized scorecard and the opportunity to work with a business broadband coach. The scorecards will include ideas on how to better utilize broadband technologies and the return on investment.


Charlotte Narjes, UNL Program Manager at 402-472-1724 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator at 308-254-4455 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Keeler, UNL Business Broadband Manager at 402-472-4235 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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