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Funds lost if child support bills fail
SUPPORT from page 1
The bill would help parents like
Zoe Roth of Lincoln.
Roth, a custodial parent, said her
husband has, at times, been thousands
of dollars late on payments.
One portion of the bill states that
parents more than three months delin
quent on their child support payments
would lose their drivers, professional,
occupational or recreational licenses.
Work permits would be available.
“The bill would make failure to
support one’s children a socially un
acceptable act,” she said.
She also said her husband had the
habit of frequently changing jobs to
avoid payment. One year, he switched
employers four times. In such cases, it
takes months to find out where non
custodial parents are working so
checks can be garnered.
LB752 could help in this area also.
Employers would have to give the
state all names of new hires. Names
would be compared to child support files
to make sure they weren’t late on pay
ments. A common way to pay child sup
port is through automatic transfer of part
of a paycheck from the employer.
A similar process would apply to
banks. Lists of those delinquent in
child support would be compared to
account holders at banks. Available
funds could be frozen to pay the child
Hearings would be held before any
property was seized.
A statement released by Beutler
said there is about $323 million in
outstanding child support in Nebraska,
and only half of those required to pay
child support are actually paying.
The bill could increase child sup
port payments by $10 million in the
first year, he said.
Some parents who’ve paid child
support showed up to protest.
James Tennant of Bellevue said
unforeseeable mistakes could jeopar
dize him. Once, he said, money was
transferred from his paycheck to die
wrong bank account and he wasn’t
notified for months.
“All of us fathers are walking on
ice,” Tennant said. “Right now, you’re
filling the water with piranhas.”
He also said there was the threat of
getting laid off from a job, and meet
ing child support payments was hard.
Many testified large increases in
child support payments were dispro
portionate to small pay raises. One
complained too much money is left in
the hands of the custodial parents.
“They figure how much it costs to
raise that child and give it all to the
custodial parents,” said Randy Gates
.of Lincoln. “The whole focus is against
die non-custodial parents, and in fact,
that’s against the child because a child
needs both parents.”
Gates said non-custodial parents
needed to keep some of the money for
things like making long-distance
phone calls, providing a home for the
children and taking them on vacation.
Speaker offers methods
to prevent sexual assault
KOESTNER from page 1
Through the use of her personal
story, which is planned for release
as a docudrama on HBO, Koestner
told the audience about a man she
had known as a friend for 10 days.
The man raped her during her fresh-'
man year at the College of William
and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
“Eighty-four percent of rapes
are committed by someone you al
ready know,” Koestner said. “No
one had told me that at that time.”
She said she never screamed,
kicked or hit her assailant, although
she bit a hole through her lip during
the rape, which provided evidence
for an on-campus trial. The trial led
to the man’s temporary expulsion.
Her case was never taken to a
higher court than the campus com
mittee that reviewed it.
Although her case was never
tried because of discouragement
from a district attorney, Koestner
encouraged victims to take steps
that would aid in prosecution. She
said victims should talk to some
one they trust and seek medical at
tention within 72 hours to provide
evidencefor a possible court case.
She said if women take a stand for
themselves, and if more men could “be
strong” and take the subject seriously,
fewer rapes would occur. -
‘Tell one male friend that rape
is wronj* and-^ever a joke,”
Koe0i«"3jaid. “What about one day
when a woman you cale a lot about
starts crying on your shoulder and
tells you she was raped?Then it will
be too late to stop laughing.”
Glow la die
to be held today
From Staff Reports
Funeral services for Kim Hobson,
41, student organization consultant in
the Student Involvement Office, will
be today at 2 p.m. Hobson died Satur
day after a heart attack.
Services will be at Southwood
Lutheran Church, 5511 S. 27th St.
Viet Hoang, a student government
chairman, said he worked closely with
Hobson, who worked for the univer
sity for 12 years.
“She was one of the most dedi
cated people.” Hoang said. “She let
students develop and grow in their
A 20-year-old man died from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the
head early Wednesday morning
near Holmes Lake.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said an officer on patrol
in the marina parking lot on the
south shore of Holmes Lake found
a parked car at 12:50 a.m. She said
die officer parked his cruiser and
got out to approach the car.
“He had only taken a few steps
when he heard a gunshot,”
When die officer approached,
he found the man with a head
wound and a Chinese-made SKS
assault nue wun one /.ozmm oui
let missing from the rifle’s 40-round
Hie man was taken to Saint
Elizabeth Medical Centra where he
was pronounced dead.
Heermann said a suicide note
was found, but she declined to
A man who slashed two car tires
before assaulting the owner of the
car was detained by three men un
til police arrived.
James Houser Jr., 57, of 3815 J
St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon
at Woods Park. Two employees of
the Woods Park Tennis Center, 33rd
and J streets, told police they
watched Houser slash two tires of
a car in the parking lot, Heermann
The two employees and the
car’s owner went out to stop
Houser, she said. The three men
told police that Houser then as
saulted the car owner.
Houser was jailed on vandalism
and assault charges.
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