Fremont Tribune from Fremont, Nebraska on March 16, 1990 · 3
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Friday, March 16, 1990
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Page A3 Fremont Tribune Friday, March 16, 1990 Arlington woman put on probation BY TROY KROEGER Staff Writer BLAIR An 18-year-old Arlington woman was placed on probation Wednesday in Washington County Court for causing an accident that resulted in the death of Blair woman. Tina Townsend, 18, was charged with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide follawing a two-car accident Oct. 4 that left Mary K. Kathleen Sorensen, 49, dead. She pleaded no contest to the charge Jan. 31. Washington County Judge F.A. Gossett placed Ms. Townsend on an 18-month probation on the charge and ordered her to complete requirements for a general equivalency diploma, to take parenting and anger control classes and to get special counseling suited for women who were molested as children. Ms. Townsend also must pay $25 per month during her probation to reimburse the county for the cost of her court-appointed attorney. Mrs. Sorensen died when the car she was driving collided with Ms. Townsends vehicle. Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Mike Jones said Ms. Townsends car crossed the center line and caused the collision, which occurred two miles east of Arlington on U.S. 30. Clarence Mock, who served as special prosecutor in the case, said Mrs. Sorensen was taking her 8-year-old foster daughter, Tasha Tachner, to Fremont to visit a family and Ms. Townsend and her 1-month-old infant, Ashley, had been returning home from a visit to a Fremont welfare office when the accident occurred. Both children were injured and were taken to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. . Mock said he was appointed to prosecute the case because Washington County Attorney John Samson felt he had a conflict. Mrs. Sorenson was Samsons cousin, he said. Mock said the case was a tragedy in several ways. I think the case shows what kind of tragic consequences a persons momentary inattention can cause, Mock said. The prosecutor said it is difficult to punish a person when the only thing that person has done is make a mistake. I think the motor vehicle homicide charge should be abolished when the actions of the defendant are as involuntary as they were in this case, he said. Because of her failure to take reasonable care for a matter of seconds, Ms. Townsends actions resulted in the death of another person. He said he believed, however, Gossetts sentence fit both the needs of the victims family and those of Ms. Townsend. For the rest of her life (Ms. Townsend) can somehow try to fill the part of her life that was destroyed when Mrs. Sorensen died, Mock said. Mrs. Sorensen was known in her community as a mother and foster mother for several children. She and her husband, Ron, raised nine children of their own and then adopted eight children. They also cared for 17 foster children. The couple were named Adoptive Parents of the Year by the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parents Training Conference in 1984. Omahan Tom May plays an Irish pennyw-histle between songs on the six- and 12-string guitars during his concert of folk songs and Irish tunes. May, who plays across the United States and Ireland, performed Thursday night at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont. Police 2104 Hazel St., sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday; parked vehicle owned by Barb and Gary Strong, 2104 Hazel St., was hit by an unknown vehicle. Third Street and Park Avenue, 8:18 a.m. Wednesday; vehicles driven by Cynthia J. Hair, 36, 312 Sesame St., and Mitchell J. Eyer, 66, 750 W. Linden Ave., collided. An employee of Touch N Go, 1156 W. 23rcl St., reported the theft of five gallons of gasoline from the store sometime Wednesday. Reported DAILY REPORT loss, $5. Rescue 23rd and Clarkson streets, 8:26 a.m. Thursday; Roger Yeager, Cedar Bluffs, was injured in a two-vehicle accident, but no assistance was needed. 2130 N. Main St., noon Thursday; Donaven Casto, same address, had a medical emergency but no assistance was needed. 1031 E. 18th St., 2:45 p.m. Thurs day; David Hammer, same address, had a medical emergency and was taken to Memorial Hospital of Dodge County. 928 E. 11th St., Apt. 2, 3:24 this morning; Jeffye Williams, same address, had a medical emergency and was taken to Memorial Hospital. Fire 23rd and Clarkson streets, 8:26 a.m. Thursday; assisted rescue squad at a pickup truck and semitrailer truck collision; no fire. Skokan named special prosecutor CALENDAR BY TROY KROEGER Staff Writer Gov. Kay Orr has appointed Dean Skokan, Dodge County attorney, as special prosecutor for a Nuckolls County grand jury that will convene soon to investigate allegations in connection with the countys low-level radioactive waste monitoring committee. Skokan, who was appointed to head the investigation March 1, said it will center around allegations that certain people, including (Nuckolls) county officials, committed several wrongdoings punishable by law. He said allegations against county officials and others include oppression under color of office (misuse of power), obstruction of justice (purposely hindering the administration of law or other government operations), violation of open meeting laws and some unspecified assault charges. A separate petition for a grand jury alleges bribery by certain members of the monitoring committee, which was formed last year to protect the countys interests. The committee was formed when Nuckolls, Nemaha and Boyd counties were selected as possible sites for construction of a low-level nuclear waste dump. Skokan said his job will be to assist the grand jury in its investigation and he will gather evidence and present it to the grand jury at their request. The grand jury consists of 16 members with three alternative jurors. Skokan also currently is serving as special assistant prosecutor for a murder case in Colfax County and has been assisting with the prosecution of another murder case in Valentine. Today PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS T.G.I.F., 5:30 p.m. at Capri Restaurant, 1523 E. 23rd St. COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Don Hunt will speak and sing, 7 p.m. at 530 W. Jensen St. MENS GROUP I, 7-9 p.m. at the Domestic AbuseSexual Assault Crisis Center, 321 E. Military Ave. Cost is $45. CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Strategic Air Command Museum in Bellevue. Various Fremonters attend. The meeting will feature a film on "U-Boats: The Wolf Pack." INGLEWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT annual St. Patricks Day dance, 8 p.m. at Christensen Field on Ridge Road. Velvet Haze" will play. Cost is $5 per person. No minors allowed. SPINNING WHEELS free wedding square dance honoring Mr. and Mrs. Everett Trlsler of Fremont, 8 p.m. at Arlington City Auditorium. Lowell Schaaf and Dean McCreedy are callers. AL-ANON meeting, 8 p.m. at 136 N. Main St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meeting, 8 p.m. at 136 N. Main St. This is a closed meeting. BRIEFS Benefit to aid Scribner family SCRIBNER A benefit for the Beerbohm family will be Tuesday. Potato soup and chili, ham sandwiches, pie, orange drink and coffee will be served 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium in Scribner. . This benefit is sponsored on a matching fund basis by Dodge County Branch 8454 of the Lutheran Brotherhood, Aid Association for Lutherans Branches. Participating branches are: Snyder 2813, Ridgeley 5928, Scribner 1009 and area churches. Beerbohm died of complications of diabetes, leaving a wife and two children, ages 4 and 2. State drug-related arrests up Preliminary year-end drug numbers show the Nebraska State Patrol inceased its drug-related arrests and more than doubled its seizure of marijuana in 1989 from the year before, authorities said. State patrol officers made 455 drug-related arrests in 1989, 100 arrests more than in the year before. This represents a 28 percent increase. In the area of marijuana, officers, seized $406,693 worth of the illegal drug, a 101 percent increase over 1988. Officials said the cash crop program, which works on detecting and eradicating home grown marijuana, also was successful.' More than 4.6 million ditch weed marijuana plants were destroyed through the program during the fourth quarter of 1989. That brings the yearly total to more than 73 million ditch weed plants. Officers working with Operation Cash Crop also destroyed 507 marijuana plants under cultivation in the fourth quarter of the year. That brings the 1989 year-end total to 6,044 cultivated plants. State Patrol will continue the program this year with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrol and the Nebraka National Guard. The patrol has worked out a first-in-the-nation agreement with the civil air patrol to spot marijuana from the skies. Bloodmobile starts on Monday The Dodge County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a two-day blood drive Monday and Tuesday. The bloodmobile will be noon to 6 p.m. both days at the National Guard Armory, Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Local Red Cross Volunteer telephone callers are contacting all former blood donors to remind them of this drive. Appointments may be made by calling 721-9553 or 721-2386. Walk-in donors are always welcome. About 260 donors are needed to fulfill the blood requirements of hospitals in this area. Blood donors should be in good health, weight at least 110 pounds and be 17 years old. The National American Red Cross has removed the age ceiling of 65 for donors. The process of donating blood takes about 45 minutes. This includes registration and medical screening of each donor, done by an experiences Red Cross Registered Nurse. St. Patricks Catholic Church women will assist Jane Arnold, canteen chairwoman, with the preparation and serving of food to donors. Firefighters elect officers The Inglewood volunteer firefighters elected officers at their March 7 meeting at the Inglewood Fire Hall. New officers are Tim Adams, president; Richard Osterloh, vice president; Jeff Schlautman, secretary; Steve Raddatz, treasurer. Troy Nott, John Nielsen and Jim Snyder were elected to the executive board. Doug Backens will serve as assistant chief and Mike Kuhns as captain. The fire department responded to 108 alarms in 1989, using 1,846 man hours. They also spent a total of 1,109 hours for training and special drills. Fremont Tribune r 1990. 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