The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 17, 1994, Image 1

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Arts and Entertainment
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in assault
By Brian Sharp
Senior Reporter
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln
student was released on a $50,000
percentage bond on Wednesday after
being charged with driving his pickup
into a crowd of people last weekend.
Scott Schwaderer, a senior busi
ness management major, was arrested
on Sunday morning and charged Tues
day with five counts of felony assault
and one count of driving while in
Police reports gave the following
account of the Sunday morning inci
Schwaderer was at Neighbors
Lounge, 7010 O St., on Saturday
evening for Karaoke Night. A group
of four couples also was there to
celebrate a birthday.
Schwaderer, 22, had just gotten
off stage around 11:30 p.m. when a
member of the group said “nice hat.”
Schwaderer took it as a sarcastic com
ment, and the two argued.
At 1:09 a.m., six members of the
group were talking in the parking lot
when Schwaderer pulled up in his
pickup. He started to get out, but
members of the group told him not to
get out, saying they didn’t want any
Schwaderer then put his pickup in
reverse, stopped, squealed the tires,
pointed the front tires at the group
and accelerated. The vehicle struck
five of the six individuals.
Jeffery Benne, 29, Bobby Hilker,
37, Connie Hilker, 22, and Janet
Crosby, 38, were taken to Lincoln
General Hospital, treated for minor
injuries and released.
’ More police not likely despite higher crime
■y Matttww Watte _
Senior Reporter
The level of campus crime prob
ably has increased this year, but the
number of university police officers
won’t, UNL Police Chief Ken Cauble
The department already has
handled 2,100 cases this year, Cauble
said, and following the trend of the
last three years, the department will
handle enough cases to push it past
last year’s total of 2,764.
According to University Police
records through Nov. 10, the num
bers of crimes reported in 15 catego
ries have been mostly lower than the
1993 numbers.
The largest decreases came in the
number of obscene phone calls and
larcenies reported this year.
In 1993, 148 obscene calls were
reported, while 52 have been re
ported in 1994, a decrease of 96 re
ports. In 1994, 620 larcenies have
been reported, 358 fewer than 1993,
when 978 were reported.
The only crimes from 1994 with
higher reported numbers than 1993
were arson, drug and weapons viola
tions. In 1994, 10 arsons, seven drug
and four weapons violations have
been reported, compared to nine ar
sons, four drug and three weapons
violations reported in 1993.
The cause of the decrease in ob
scene calls stems from UNL police's
tracking and arrest of a man making
the calls from New Jersey, Cauble
said. He said many of the 1993 ob
scene-call reports came from him.
Larcenies may be down because
people are listening to police about
crime prevention, Cauble said. He
said, however, that December is a
high month for larceny, but the num
ber should come in lower than 1993.
Drug and weapon offenses are on
the rise across the nation and state,
Cauble said, and UNL is no different.
He said arsons rose and fell in spurts
because something as minor as set
ting fire to a flyer on a bulletin board
was classified as arson. He said arson
did not imply that the perpetrator had
intent to do major damage.
Despite the rising number of calls
to the University Police, the number
of officers hired at the department
has stayed the same because of bud
get constraints, he said.
Caubie said the department was
budgeted $1.16 million for the 1994
95 school year, and in times of bud
get cuts, it was tough to expand that
budget. He said the department cut
back on administration to keep more
patrol officers on the streets.
The number of on-duty officers is
down by two because of “unusual”
calls that left one officer in physical
therapy and another on administra
tive leave.
Officers have put in more over
time this year because officers Rob
ert Soflin and Charlotte Veskma were
not on duty, Caubie said.
See CRIME on 6
Denise Benne, 27, remains in the
hospital. She was upgraded from se
rious to fair condition on Wednes
day. She fractured her back, pelvis
and skull.
Schwaderer left the scene but then
called 911 and asked whether police
wanted to talk to him.
Police later arrested him at his
residence at 5619 Huntington Ave.
on one count of first-degree assault,
four counts of second-degree assault
and one count of driving while in
A Lancaster County judge set the
bond Tuesday at 10 percent of
$100,000. A judge later reduced that
Schwaderer was released Wednes
day afternoon.
The judge included several provi
sions in the bond, including an order
that Schwaderer not operate a motor
See HEARING on 6
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Auditor finds no abuse of telephone usage in Legislature
From Th» A—od«t»d Pr—
It took nearly two years of wran
gling with the Legislature, a court
decision and $40,000 for a report
Wednesday that shows the state audi
tor found no abuse in senators* use of
state telephones.
The 57-page report released by
State Auditor John Breslow is the
result of a study of senator’s indi
vidual phone records from July 1,
1989, through June 30, 1991.
It also covers phone records from
several legislative divisions such as
the clerk and research offices,
senator’s daily expense accounts and
an inventory of office equipment and
Breslow requests that senators pay for non-business calls
furniture under the legislature’s con
For Breslow, the bottom line was
that lawmakers should pay the state
$700.67 for 428 calls listed as neither
business nor personal but unknown.
He also said Lincoln Sen. Don Wesely
had failed to reimburse the state for
20 personal calls, 124 minutes worth,
totalling $19.62.
Wesely said the calls were busi
ness-related and that he wouldn't pay.
For the head of the Legislature’s
Executive Board, Sen. Tim Hall of
Omaha, the bottom line was the cost
of the audit. Breslow said about
$25,000 of the total was paid for staff
“The amount of time spent by
senators, senators’ staff. Department
of Administrative Service’s staff and
the auditor’s staff on this issue has
been unjustified and certainly not
cost effective,” Hall wrote in a re
sponse that was part of the audit
Long-distance calls amounted to
0.01 percent of the total budget for
the Legislature in 1990 and 0.008
percent in 1991, Hall said.
Legislators’ daily expenses have
been subjected to independent audits
for years. The state auditor also has
scrutinized a more generic form of
legislative telephone bills for years,
but Breslow’s demand in 1992 to see
individual records for each state sena
tor drew an outcry from the Legisla
When some senators refused to
turn over complete records, Breslow
and Attorney General Don Stenberg
took the matter to court.
Lancaster County District Judge
William Blue said the records should
be turned over, but he allowed sena
tors to black out any sensitive calls to
protect their constituents’ identity.
About half of the 49 lawmakers
did just that. Retiring Sen. Rex
Haberman of Imperial blacked out
the most information, deleting the
numbers from 1,177 of his 1,723
Haberman said he deleted the calls
from people who asked him for help
in a variety of matters ranging from
divorce to sexual harassment.
Breslow questioned the number of
calls Haberman deleted but acknowl- •
edged the senator acted within the
judge’s order.