Nebraska town’s law enforcement state returning to normal

MINATARE, Neb. (AP) - Law enforcement is getting back to normal in the Nebraska Panhandle town of Minatare.

Station KNEB reports (http://bit.ly/1DBCdrC ) that a new police chief has been on the job for nearly a month, and earlier this week the City Council hired a new full-time officer. Chief Robert McFarland says he wants to hire a part-time officer as well.

There had been turmoil since February, when two officers were suspended because they failed to meet annual firearms training and continuing education requirements. Police Chief Robert Regester called it a paperwork error. He resigned on April 21, and Officer Jim Lawson quit on April 24.

Prosecutors later charged Regester with four misdemeanor counts of abuse of public records and one misdemeanor count of making a false statement under oath. He’s pleaded not guilty.

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