Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 24, 1997)
IS P 0 B T S
The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team set a
school-record team score of 196.625 in the
I Master’s Classic on Sunday. PAGE 7
| a a e
“Empire Strikes Back,” part two in the “Star Wars”
trilogy, returned to die big screen Friday and was
_ welcomed by millions nationwide. PAGE 9
February 24, 1997
Decreasing clouds, high 30. Clear tonight, low 12.
NIGHT MANAGER Tom Soukup closes the leer aisle at Sapor Kmart. Becaasa of city
ordinances commoaly called “Woo laws,” stores wRMn Uscoln city HmHs are set allowed
to sell packaged liquor on Sandays.
on Sunday j
mean blues j
Editor’s note: This is the first in a five
part series about beer: when to drink,
where to drink and how to make your
own. We promise, this won’t give you a
headache the next day.
. ; " ' i
By Matthew Waite
If the Saturday-night drinking binge j
didn’t hit hard enough and you’re still
thirsting for a mug of beer with Sunday \
brunch, you’ll be taking a Sunday drive I
to get it j
Selling beer in Lincoln stores on Sun- j j
day is illegal, and has been since 1957.
Under state law, no city is allowed to
sell packaged liquor on Sundays, but Lin
coln Assistant City Attorney Joel
Pedersen said the law does allow cities to f j
pass an ordinance that would allow pack
aged sales on Sundays.
Lincoln just hasn t done so, ne said. 1
Stores just outside the city limits and in j
other cities such as Omaha, Grand Island, j
Scottsbluff and Norfolk do allow some 1
packaged alcoholic beverages to be sold
on Sundays. Kearney and Fremont do not
The state law Lincoln follows is the. j
Liquor Control Act. It restricts the time j
and place of sale and the alcohol vendor. |
Though popularly known as a “blue
law,” Pedersen said that nickname is a
misnomer. Blue laws .were mostly used j
in the Puritan northeast and aimed at stop
ping all business on Sundays because of
religious reasons, he said.
Lincoln isn’t all dry on Sundays.
In 1984, the Lincoln City Council f
passed an ordinance that allowed restau
Please see SUNDAY on 6
Although one regent voiced minor disap
proval, the NU Board of Regents Saturday ap
proved six new projects in a $95-million, 16- . *'
project plan for renovations on NU campuses.
Approved projects included Love Library
South renovations at the University of Nebraska
Liticdln and renovations on two other campuses.
Three other projects, including renovations to
Richards Hall, were approved last June.
Regent Drew Miller of Papillion suggested
some renovation expenses to Love Library were
\ unnecessary, and materials housed in the library
[ could be stored in space-saving computers.
The university could save costly renovation
I dollars by improving virtual university efforts,
he said. NU could then sell or demolish some
I buildings because all building space would not
be needed if students could access courses and
| library holdings via computer, Miller said.
| “I’m on the side of bytes, not bricks,” Miller
said. I definitely don t want us expanding our
library space.” 1
James Van Horn, NU vice president for busi- - ^ J
ness and finance, said die 16 renovation projects
would eliminate $76 million of the university’s
about $100-million deferred maintenance back
Many NU structures are not in compliance
with die Americans with Disabilities Act and fire
safety codes. There are dangerous problems in
Love Library South, he said.
/ Van Horn showed slides of outdated electri
cal panels, tangled wires, water-stained asbes
tos ceilings, tom carpet and steep stairs inac
cessible to wheelchairs to illustrate the mainte
nance problem. I
Regent Don Blank of McCook said the back
log should be called, “ignored maintenance rather
than deferred maintenance.” i
The university should be determined not to
let such hazardous maintenance shortcomings
Please see REGENTS on 6
Violent-suspect policy creates tension for police
V . ' :
By Matthew Watte
Senior Reporter Z
From the ashes of the death of a
Hispanic man in police custody more
than two years ago, a new battle pit
ting Lincoln police and paramedics has
risen over handling people who use
extreme measures to resist arrest.
A violent encounter last week called
into question an Emergency Medical
Services Board decision made a day
before regarding the transput of com
bative suspects to jail. Without consen
sus of Rural-Metro Ambulance Ser
vices and the Lincoln Police Depart
ment on the recommendation, tensions
Lincoln Police were called Thurs
day to the Moose’s Tooth, 4007 O St,
on reports of a man who was speaking
incoherently in the store.
When officers arrived, they found
25-year-old Enrique Mecillas, 140 E
St., pacing back and forth with a screw
driver, a fire extinguisher and a Ouija
board. He was speaking both Spanish
and English incoherently.
One of the employees reported the
man took a stab at him with die screw
driver. Another employee had locked
herself in the bathroom.
Mecillas resisted arrest, and it took
six officers — two Lancaster County
Sheriff deputies and four Lincoln po
lice officers—to handcuff him.
Officers later found that Mecillas
was involved in a stabbing incident
outside his house earlier that day. He
was arrested and jailed for felony first
degree assault, third-degree assault,
disturbing the peace, failure to comply
with a lawful order and resisting arrest
When the six officers finally sub
dued him and put him in a police
cruiser, Mecillas started kicking a win
dow. Officer Todd Groves then rolled
the windows down to keep Mecillas
from breaking them and hurting him
Mecillas, his feet and wrists in
shackles, climbed out of the cruiser
window. Officers then had to follow
Lincoln Police Department policy and
call Rural-Metro Ambulance Services.
Police Chief Tom Casady said Fri
day the department’s policy is to call
an ambulance when a suspect is ex
tremely combative toward officers. He
said that after paramedics and officers
strap a suspect to the gurney, the am
bulance takes the person to jail under
the watch of an officer and a paramedic.
Casady said calling ambulances for
people who resist arrest became more
Please see TRANSPORT on 3
Powered by Open ONI