Authorities say remains in barrel those of Colorado man

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man whose remains were found sealed inside a 55-gallon barrel in western Nebraska, and a suspect in the case has been arrested.

The remains are those of 33-year-old Pedro Adrian Dominguez, of Greeley, Colorado.

An investigator’s affidavit says Dominguez died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek east of Bayard last Friday afternoon. He called the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office

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Policy drafted for transgender student athletes in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska School Activities Association has proposed a draft policy that would put the initial decision to let transgender students in high school sports in the hands of parents and local school districts.

The Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/1OV8bXh ) reports that the proposal was advanced Wednesday. The draft policy says parents and the student would have to notify the school if the student identifies with a gender different from what is listed on a birth

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Official says Nebraska should address drugged drivers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Colorado highway safety official says Nebraska should not wait for marijuana legalization before acting to keep drugged drivers off the roads.

The Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1jO6Je6 ) reports Glenn Davis, highway safety manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, and others spoke Tuesday at a summit on drugged driving hosted by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and AAA.

“I think you’ve got to identify the gaps in the system - and then start to

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Jury acquits former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal jury has acquitted a former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun on an intoxicated man.

The jury on Tuesday found 33-year-old Rebecca Sotherland, of Hot Springs, not guilty on all three charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities had accused Sotherland of using a stun several times last year on Jeffrey Eagle Bull while he was drunk and on the ground. A passer-by shot video and posted it online, drawing

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Man found dead in barrel had been shot, official says

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - Western Nebraska authorities say a man whose body was found sealed inside a 55-gallon barrel was shot to death.

Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak said Tuesday that an autopsy show the man died of a gunshot wound. The man’s identity has not been confirmed.

A farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek about four miles east of Bayard on Friday afternoon. He called the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office after opening the barrel and seeing the body inside.

No

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Gordon Theater gets new roof

The effort to renovate the Gordon movie theater took another step forward last week when a new rubber roof was installed on the theater building by Twin City Roofing of Scottsbluff. The old roof had developed a few leaks and, after receiving several bids and recommendations, it was decided by the theater board that a new roof would need to be installed as soon as possible to prevent damage to the inside of the building. 

“Whether or not the theater project goes through - and I fully believe it

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New Nebraska roadwork rules proposed to ease standards

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska state board has proposed new road construction rule changes that would ease the standards that cities, counties and the state must follow when rehabilitating roadways.

The Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1HQTMMm ) reports that the Nebraska Board of Public Roads Classifications and Standards hopes the proposed rules will allow roadwork budgets to be stretched further by eliminating right-of-way and construction costs.

“It doesn’t solve all of the financial

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Former police officer awaits fate in excessive force trial

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun on an intoxicated tribal member is awaiting her fate by a federal jury.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1YQi1hL ) that a jury failed to reach a verdict Friday following the three-day trial of 33-year-old Rebecca Sotherland. The jury is slated to resume deliberations on Monday.

Authorities said Sotherland last year used a Taser several times on Jeffrey Eagle Bull, who was

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Western Nebraska farmer finds body sealed inside barrel

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a man’s death after a Western Nebraska farmer found his body sealed inside a 55-gallon barrel.

The farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek about four miles east of Bayard on Friday afternoon. He called the Morrill County Sheriff’s office after opening the barrel and seeing the body inside.

Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak said the farmer initially thought he could make use of the barrel.

“He saw the barrel, floating in

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