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Man who threw full beer can at officer gets year in jail

An Omaha man has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for throwing a full can of beer at a Lincoln police officer during a rowdy tailgating party at Lincoln's Indian Center in 2014.

Abraham Banuelos, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to 360 days in jail after pleading no contest to third-degree assault on an officer.

Before the Sept. 20, 2014, Nebraska-Miami game, fans became rowdy when three buses that had reserved parking spots at the Indian Center entered the area. Bottles and cans were tossed at the buses, which were mistakenly believed to be carrying Miami fans, and later at police officers when they arrived.

Officer Jessica Stake was hit in the head with a full beer can, but she recovered from her injuries.

Sixteen other people were ticketed on suspicion of failure to disperse.

The Indian Center responded by banning alcohol at future tailgating events, a change that sharply cut into the center's revenue.

— Dan Golden

Authorities make 63 drug arrests in year long sweep

A cooperative effort by multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in more than 60 drug-related arrests Tuesday in western and central Nebraska and northeast Colorado.

"We conducted a large sweep from central to western Nebraska," said Joe Jeanette, law enforcement coordinator with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha.

The yearlong operation resulted in the federal indictment of 63 people. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said that details on the indictments and defendants will be provided Friday at a press conference in North Platte.

"This is an incredible effort involving nearly 30 law enforcement agencies," Gilg said.

The joint operation, led by the FBI, included investigators from the Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement Drug Task Force, Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group, the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force and Colorado law enforcement authorities.

—World-Herald News Service

Two boys given a year's probation for animal torture

STANTON — Two of four boys who admitted to torturing animals last fall have been placed on probation for 12 months.

At their sentencing Tuesday in Stanton County Juvenile Court, Judge Michael Long also required the two boys to each perform 50 hours of community service.

The juvenile defendants were charged with two counts of mistreatment of an animal — one count involving a cat and one count involving an opossum.

The other boys, who also have admitted their involvement, are scheduled to have their court dispositions in March. All the boys are eighth or ninth-graders.

An adult defendant, Kirk Van Pelt, a former Stanton County sheriff's deputy, is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting cruel mistreatment of an animal and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

— World-Herald News Service

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