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Man arrested after sexual
incidents with boys
Police arrested a 63-year-old
Lincoln man Thursday after two sex
ually inappropriate incidents with 15
year-old boys this month.
The suspect, a convicted Iowa sex
offender, is accused of masturbating
under his clothes while talking to two
boys and asking lewd questions of
another boy in two separate incidents,
Lincoln Police Officer Kathy Finnell
On April 1, two 15-year-old boys
reported to their parents that the sus
pect had approached them while they
were walking in Oak Lake Park at
First and Charleston streets. The man
tried to have a conversation with the
boys while masturbating under his
clothes, police said.
On April 4, the suspect tried to
talk about masturbation with another
15-year-old boy, who reported the
conversation to his parents.
Police identified the suspect
because of similarities between the
two incidents, and police were famil
iar with him from a September inci
dent with another boy that is still
pending in court.
The suspect did not have to regis
ter as a sex offender in Nebraska
because his previous offense was
before Jan. 1,1997.
The man was arrested for two
counts of disturbing the peace. He
was released after posting $50 bond
Friday, and he has not been formally
UNL freshman gets MIP
after traffic violation
A traffic stop early Friday result
ed in a minor in possession citation
for one UNL freshman.
University Police stopped the 18
year-old student at 1:30 a.m. after he
ran a red light at 17th and R streets
while heading eastbound, Sgt. Mylo
The driver told police he ran the
light because he was following some
one he didn’t know to an unknown
A pat-down search revealed two
bottles of beer in each of the man’s
Though he said the beer belonged
to the unknown person in the other
car, police cited him for being a
minor in possession.
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Students take drug-free
pledge at Spring Game
As part of last week’s Tobacco is
Trash Week, Nebraska middle and
high school students pledged to be
drug-free at the NU football team’s
Red-White Spring Game on
Hundreds of middle school and
high school students from across the
state participated in events at their
schools to inform other students that
tobacco is trash, said Gina Judds, pro
gram coordinator for the American
The week culminated with a tail
gate party Saturday morning starting
at 9:30 a.m. at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cook Pavilion.
During the week, the students
talked to elementary students, held
Tobacco Is Trash poster contests and
told students about the dangers of
smoking, Judds said.
Students also spent the week
picking up cigarette butts around
their communities. A garbage truck
was in front of Cook Pavilion so the
students could throw away the butts.
Ashland Public Schools was the
only school system to participate in
this project and won prizes for its
efforts at the tailgate party.
Other events at the tailgate party
included handing out balloons for the
game and face painting.
Jami Cool, an eighth-grader from
Ashland Public Schools, said her
group, The All-Stars, decided to par
ticipate in the event because being
drug-free was what the group was all
“If you choose to do drugs, your
life will be ruined,” she said. “It is
harder to reach your goals if you are
Stephanie Booher, a seventh
grader from Ashland, said it was the
first time her group recited the drug
free pledge during the spring game.
“This is a really good time to
show other kids that drugs are really
bad,” she said. “Kids have a better
chance of being influenced by drugs.
This gives them a chance to know it is
not right and to tell more people
about the dangers of drags.”
Amber Pearce, a sophomore from
Fairbury High School, said her
school’s drug-free group, the
Energizers, attended the event to
show others that neither drugs nor
alcohol were needed to have fun.
“It is good to be getting this mes
sage across,” Pearce said.
Judds said the American Lung
Association wanted to help students
make a decision to stop smoking, and
the spring game and tailgate party
were great places to promote this.
About 3,000 young people start
smoking every day in the United
States, she said.
“We are getting people to realize
tobacco is a drug,” Judds said.
“Young people are the ones starting
to smoke. Less than 10 percent of
smokers start after the age of 19.”
About 40 groups and 250 stu
dents participated at the tailgate party
sponsored by the Lung Association
and Rural Region Five Prevention
UNL’s drug-free group, Party
Smart, also volunteered to help with
the tailgate party.
Angie Chilli a sophomore chem
ical engineering major and the
group’s president, said the group
helped with the tailgate party to sup
port drug-free youth.
“This is a great opportunity for
students to be drug-free and a great
opportunity to take part in,” Child
said. “This was not only a benefit for
our organization, but we were sup
porting the students’ dedication.”
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