Nebraska Midday Summary 5/20/15

A report shows Nebraska has too many children living in institutions and group care situations, not families. The Annie E. Casey Foundation study found 16-percent of children in the foster care system in Nebraska were placed outside of families, compared to the national average of 14-percent. The report says a child that doesn’t have a family environment will often lack cognitive and social development, education and job skills. Research in the “Every Kid Needs a Family” report shows youth in group placements were more than twice as likely to be arrested compared with similar youth in foster families.
A domestic assault charge against a former University of Nebraska football coach has been dismissed. Rick Kaczenski (kuh-ZIHN’-skee) decided to participate in the Community Corrections Diversion Program, so Lancaster County prosecutors in Lincoln agreed to dismiss the misdemeanor charge. The charge can be refiled if he doesn’t complete the program. In March, police were called to a home where they found a woman with a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck. Officers say Kaczenski had thrown a picture frame at the 33-year-old woman. The 40-year-old Kaczenski was the Huskers’ defensive line coach from 2012 through 2014. He joined Nebraska after five years as the University of Iowa’s defensive line coach.

A 67-year-old man has admitted running a prostitution operation out of his exotic-dance bar in Omaha. Louis Venditte pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four federal prostitution charges, including one involving the transport of women from Iowa to Nebraska. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10th. Venditte’s wife, Ruby Venditte, and John W. Wagstaffe pleaded not guilty to prostitution charges after being accused of being partners in the operation.
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