Nebraska Afternoon Summary 6/17/15
Nebraska’s corrections department is reviewing two thousand prisoner sentences for accuracy after discovering that some inmates received credit they shouldn’t have. Director Scott Frakes says that the review could add as much as four months onto an inmate’s sentence, which could worsen prison crowding. Frakes says the problem was discovered earlier this month while department officials were upgrading their process for calculating inmate sentences. The department was heavily criticized after previous administrators acknowledged that they ignored a Supreme Court ruling that outlined the correct way to calculate sentences. Frakes says the newest problem wasn’t caused by bad legal advice, but staffers believed they were calculating sentences properly based on their understanding of a 2011 law.
Two western Nebraska-based co-ops have agreed to become one. Officials of Western Cooperative Company, or Westco and Stateline Producers Cooperative say they will merge effective August 1st, pending an affirmative vote by Stateline shareholders at a special meeting on June 29th in Gering. Stateline operations in Bridgeport and Gering would become part of Westco’s New Alliance Division. The combined entity would have 270 employees spread through several Nebraska communities and in Torrington, Wyoming. Stateline is based in Gering, and Westco is based in Alliance.
A man believed to have been the oldest Nebraskan had died at the age of 110 in Nebraska City. Gude Funeral Homes says Mark Behrends died Saturday at nursing home. Behrends was born on May 16th 1905. He farmed for years and worked for a farm implement dealer. He married Irene Schreiner in 1930, and she died in 1983. He’d lived on his own until turning 106. According to the Nebraska Health Care Association, Behrends was one of three people living in Nebraska to have reached age 107 and older.