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arrests Lincoln man
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By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
A Lincoln man involved in a
domestic assault Sunday attacked a
motorist and threatened an officer
before police shot and arrested him.
Kelly Hoaglin, 27, was taken into
shot wounds, one in the chest andone in
the leg, he sustained in the conflict with
Lincoln police, ChiefTom Casady said
- Hoaglin is expected to be charged
with several crimes in Lancaster County
Court today including assaulting a
police officer, terroristic threats, domes
tic and second degree assault, child
abuse and two counts of using a weapon
to commit a felony.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Lincoln police
were called to Hoaglin’s home by his
girlfriend to investigate a domestic
assault, Casady said
The woman told police over the
phone that she had been assaulted by
r Hoaglin, her live-in boyfriend
She had been hit on the head and
body during the attack. At one point,
Hoaglin’s 1-year-old son was hit in the
exchange, Casady said.
One of the first officers dispatched
to the Hoaglin house on the 1000 block
of South Fifth Street, Kathy Bolkavac,
was flagged down by a motorist who
said there was a fight in progress near
Sixth and D streets
At the fight scene, Bolkavac found a
map, whohad been stabbed three to four
times in his shoulder, standing outside
of his pickup truck in the street.
The stabbing victim was able to
point out Hoaglin as his attacker as he
ran away southbound on Sixth Street
Police lata: determined that the 39
year-old stabbing victim had been dri
ving slowly north on Sixth Street near D
Street when Hoaglin, on foot started
Then Hoaglin tried to open the pas
senger door before he used a beer bottle
he was carrying to break out a window
in the Uuck topper, Casady said.
Hoaglin approached the driver’s
side door and stabbed the victim with a
knife through the open window.
i By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer “
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Eighteen years after the murderof
two Lincoln women, Nebraska’s attor
ney general has requested an execu
tion date for their killer.
Randolph K. Reeves was convict
ed of the 1980 murders of Janet L.
Mesner and Victoria L. Lamm.
Both women were stabbed in a
Quaker meeting house, but before
Mesner died, she was able to identify
Reeves as her killer.
Police also found Reeves’ wallet
and underwear at the scene.
Reeves, 42, was sentenced to
death in 1981 by a Lancaster County
District Court judge.
Attorney General Don Stenberg
filed a motion in Nebraska Supreme
Court on Friday asking for an execu
“After 18 years of litigation, this
case is nearing its conclusion,”
Stenberg said in a press release.
“There is no question that Reeves is
guilty, and there are no meritorious
reasons for any further delays.”
Reeves’ lawyer, Paula B.
Hutchinson, did not return phone calls
from the Daily Nebraskan on Monday.
The Nebraska Supreme Court
usually takes two to tliree weeks to set
a date, Stenberg said, and then die exe
cution is six to eight weeks later.
Reeves’ most recent appeal was
dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court
1 that such an
unnecessary when the lesser
is not included in the state’s
felony murder law - like Nebraska’s
The decision reversed a federal
appeals court ruling that would have
given Reeves a new trial or changed
his sentence to life in prison.
But the court upheld Reeves’ con
viction because Nebraska’s felony
murder laws do not include a provi
sion for giving juries a choice of less
Ih Reeves’ caste, jufore were never
placed in an either-or situation
because they did not decide the sen
tence, Stenberg said.
In Nebraska, a judge or panel of
three judges decides whether a con
victed person receives life in prison or
An earlier motion for post-convic
tion relief was denied by die Nebraska
Supreme Court in 1992.
Currently there are no state or fed
eral stays of execution in this case.
But Stenberg said Reeves could
still ask the Nebraska Board of
Pardons to review his case, and there
is an automatic stay of execution until
die Board of Pardons takes action.
The Associated Press
Contributed to this report
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“Fortunately the stabbing victim
was not hurt seriously,” Casady said.
“It’s just a matter of inches before you
hit something vital.”
Bolkavac continued the chase in her
cruisdr until Hoaglin ducked into an
alley between Sixth and Seventh streets
and C to B streets, and Bolkavac fol
lowed on foot
Bolkavad shouted several times for
Hoaglin to stop before he turned to face
Hoaglin challenged her verbally
andmqv&l forward aggressively.
Bolkavac fired about four rounds,
and Hoaghn threw the knife ather.
Hoaglinwas then takeninto custody.
s Both Hoaglin and the stabbed
motorist were taken to BryanLGH
Medical Center where they were treated
Neither the girlfriend nor Hoaglin’s
son required medical attention.
A preliminary investigation by
LPD’s Internal Affairs department
found that jfolkavac acted within
department guidelines for shooting, and
she was returned to full duty Monday
says ‘yes’ to
COUNCIL from page 1
be placed on sign size as long as the
content of the sign was unaffected by
Johnson, who voted against the bill,
said it would hold more constitutional
water if it simply restricted the size
because the council determined the
signs caused traffic hazards.
She said she was not convinced by
the arguments either side posed during
last week’s hearing and thought a vote
“I am very disgusted about what I
i, have seen,” Johnson^ asserting^
stance that bad attitudes from both fac
tions had been a hindrance.
But Westminster’s pastor said his
church did not deserve to be compared
with the anti-abortion group.
“It’s unfortunate that Westminster
was villainized by (Johnson),” Horton
Joining Johnson in voting against
the ordinance were Councilman Jerry
Shoecraft and Jeff Fortenberry.
Though sympathetic with the chil
dren and parents of Westminster,
Shoecraft said he felt the Council was
being asked to make an emotional deci
sion and to set aside the U.S.
“Taking away someone’s freedom
of speech is a clear violation of the.
Constitution of the United States of
America,” Shoecraft said. “I hope
there’s another solution.”
Council Chairman Cijjrt
Donaldson, who voted for the amend
ment, said the tactics of the anti-abor
tion group were less than honorable.
‘Trom the testimony of the demon
strators, it was clear their objective is
Homing less man me unconditional sur
render of the rebel congregation,”
Donaldson said, reading from a pre
‘To achieve that end, they have laid
virtual siege and have, in fact, estab
lished a psychological barricade around
the church.” •
Joining Donaldson and in support
of the ordinance were Councihvoman
Linda Wilson, Councilman Dale Young
and Councihvoman Coleen Seng.
With the passage of the ordinance,
it tiow will come before die Lincoln
mayor, who has said he will veto a
Council decision far the amendment
f: Johanns has 15 days to make a deci
sion to veto the bill. Ifhe does, it will be
reintroduced to the council, tyfaich can
override his decision.
Donlan said he is confident
Johanns will veto the measure and that
the Council will vote down the ordi
nance. If not, Donlan said, a court case
would be fried.
“It will certainly be contested and
we will certainly win.”
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