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September 9, 1986
Labedz, Pappas, among seven
charged with petition violations
Attorney General Spire says more charges could follow
By Jen Deselms
State Sens. Bernice Labedz Omaha
and James E. Pappas North Platte
were among seven people charged
Monday with violations during the un
successful lottery petition drive.
Eight people have been charged
since the beginning of the statewide
investigation in July.
The investigation began when an
employee of the Lancaster County
Election Commission spotted an unus
ual signature on one of the petitions.
Attorney General Robert Spire said
he expects to have additional charges
filed in Lincoln County late Monday or
Tuesday and in Douglas County by the
end of the week.
Spire said it is possible for further
charges to occur later.
- Charges were filed against five peo
ple in Lancaster County Court.
Sen. Labedz was charged with two
counts of falsely swearing as a circula
Night game goes well
Minor problems reported
at NU-FSU football game
By Jen Deselms
Rain made the turf in Memorial Sta
dium slicker and fans colder, but an
officer of the Lincoln Police Depart
ment said the rain reduced traffic
problems after the game.
Lincoln received 1.2 inches of rain
between Friday and Saturday.
Lt. Tom Casady, commanding officer
for LPD's game detail, said rain made
several parking lots near the stadium
too muddy to be used for parking Sat
urday night. As a result, many fans had
t o park their cars farther away from the
stadium than usual, Casady said. Fewer
cars near the stadium lessened traffic
congestion after the game, he said.
LPD uses 50 officers to direct traffic
Sales at State Fair disappoint
By Michael Hooper
It's a reality. Some products sell
sometimes and others don't.
It was no different with the exhibi
tors at the Nebraska State Fair.
"Last year we sold zero pool tables,"
said Jerry Hovelsrud, salesman for Corn
husker Billiard Supply's exhibit in the
Bob Devaney Sports Center. "But this
year we've sold eight."
The State Fair ended Sunday night.
The interest was there last year,
Hovelsrud said, but this year people
were ready to buy.
Pitching coach, recruiter
hired for baseball team
tor of a petition.
Sen. Pappas was charged with un
authorized circulation of a petition and
falsely jwearing as a circulator.
Marc Fellman, Fort Calhoun, was
charged with hiring circulators of peti
tions and falsely swearing as a circulator.
4In my judgment the
state has a good case
or we would not be
proceeding with the
Marleen McCullough, Grant, was
charged with unauthorized circulation
of a petition.
Lincoln lawyer Walter Radcliffe was
charged-with two counts of hiring cir
culators and falsely swearing as a cir
culator. Radcliffe was also charged
with two counts involving misdeamea
after the game, Casady said. It usually
takes about an hour after the game for
traffic flow to return to normal, he said.
On Saturday, it took an hour and 18
minutes for the traffic to clear. No sig
nificant accidents were caused by game
traffic, he said.
Saturday was a quiet night with only
a couple of minor incidents, Casady
said. There was one arrest outside of
Memorial Stadium and one in the sta
dium, he said.
Lt. Joe Wehner of the university
police criminal division said he ex
pected to see more alcohol at the game.
He said that a few more people appeared
to be intoxicated but they didn't cause
a problem. Police were watching closely
for alcohol at the gates, Wehner said.
He said people had been told that
"This is one of the better fairs we've
had," he said.
Other exhibitors weren't as pleased.
"Last year it was shoulder to shoulder
on Labor Day," said Shirley Buckner, an
attendant at the F & S Sign Company's
exhibit. "But yesterday (Labor Day)
was slow, about like today."
Buckner said business was slow last
Tuesday, and said she hoped it would
pick up over the weekend.
Lori Warren, an attendant at ajewelry
and novelty stand, said last Tuesday
afternoon that business had been slow
at her stand since opening Aug. 29.
"My boss is paying me wages, and
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Two Omaha men, William Kateman
and Joseph A, Monastero, were charged
in Sarpy County Court with five counts
each of falsely swearing on an init iative
Spire said in a Monday afternoon
press conference, the reason it has
t aken some time for charges to be filed
is that it is important for the investiga
tion to be thorough, careful and pro
fessional. Spire said there would be no reason
for any resignations of public offices
because no one has been proven guilty.
He said his office would do legal
research concerning the legislative
offices at the appropriate time.
"In my judgment the state has a
good case or we would not be proceed
ing with the charges," Spire said.
Spire said he anticipates that the
defendants will question the constitu
tionality of the statutes involved in the
case. He said he would respond to
those questions at the proper time
security for Saturday's game would be
stricter and that may have prevented
some fans from bringing alcohol.
Wehner said that about 100 law
enforcement officials were working at
the game. He said this was about
Both LPD and university police said
they had anticipated additional prob
lems for Saturday's game because it
was the first night game played at
Memorial Stadium. Departments also
agreed that despite pre-game worries,
everything went smoothly.
The police departments will be
meeting with other city agencies to
review the security for the game.
"I can't think of anything we'd want
to do differently," Casady said.
I'm just sitting here, so I feel like I'm
cheating her," she said.
Fairgoers don't seem interested in
spending money, she said, even though
products may be inexpensive.
"Our prices are fair. One thing is $6.
Everything else is below that," Warren
Paul Putens, the fair's space rental
manager, said "it's very competitive"
between the exhibitors.
"It can get hectic out there," he
said. "They do what they can to attract
customers. You have only a few seconds
to draw the people to your booth."
Kay Martin, who was selling hand
on anti-Husker idea
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Karen Messenger, Curatorial Assistant for the Don and
Velma Lentz Center for Asian Culture, admires a tabla,
an ancient drum from India.
'Bream' opens today
Asian treasures displayed at Center
By Sharon Gies
A long-held dream of Don and
Velma Lentz has been realized with
today's opening of the Don and
Velma Lentz Center for Asian Culture.
The center, located in 304 Morrill
Hall, was established through a
donation of Asian treasures collected
made magnetic refrigerator decorations,
said it was sometimes difficult to
attract fair-goers to her booth when it
"In fact it gets so crowded that peo
ple get shoved right on down the aisle,"
she said Saturday.
Martin said she and her partner
Letha Lengel have been selling their
products at the fair for 11 years.
"A lot of people know we're here and
they usually come back to see us," she
said. "It's fun to see those we haven't
seen for a while."
Martin said business was down from
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by the Lentzs during their travels
and studies in the Middle East and
Asia. Lentz was a professor of music
at UNL for more than 30 years.
Featured exhibits include bronzes
of the Shang and Chou Dynasties,
some 3,000 years old, and a jade
piece from the Tang Dynasty t hat is
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last year and attributed it to the
decline in the economy. She said the
number of fair-goers looked like about
as many as last year.
General Fair Manager Henry Brandt
said Monday that overall attendance
was down about 5,000 this year over
last year. 545,750 people attended this
year, compared to 550,435 last year.
"We lost the 5,000 Saturday because
of the rain," Brandt said. "We were
right on course until then."
Some new exhibitors were unsure
how the public would react to their
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