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Saturday Afternoon News, December 28th


Winter Storm Making Its Way Across Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A winter storm making its way across the country is dumping heavy snow on western and north-central Nebraska and steady rains over eastern Nebraska into Iowa. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of Nebraska, with up to a foot of snow possible in the northwest part of the state by Sunday morning. State highway
officials say roads in the Nebraska Panhandle were mostly covered with heavy snow by mid-morning Saturday. In eastern Nebraska, including the state’s largest city of Omaha, and parts of western Iowa, the weather service issued flood watches for low-lying areas.



Sioux City Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide while driving recklessly in the June death of a bicyclist. The Sioux City Journal reports that 37-year-old Edy Guevara entered the plea Friday in Woodbury County District Court. He also pleaded not guilty to operating while intoxicated. Authorities say Guevara had alcohol and marijuana in his system when the vehicle he was driving hit 64-
year-old Charles Fluharty on June 13 in Sioux City. Police say Guevara later told officers he was texting on his phone when he hit Fluharty, who died a week after the crash.



Twelve People Have Applied To Be Judge On Iowa Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A dozen people have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Iowa Supreme Court left by the sudden death in November of Chief Justice Mark Cady. Court officials say the State Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct interviews on Jan. 9 of the applicants. Those interviews, to be held in in the Iowa Supreme Court courtroom in Des Moines, are open to the public. Following the applicants’ interviews, the commission
will select three nominees to be forwarded to Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Republican governor will then have 30 days to appoint the new justice from the three nominees.



Des Moines Woman Charged With Hit-and-Run Has Avoided Prison For Past Incidents

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa woman charged in a string of racially- motivated attacks this month managed to avoid prison in recent years after arrests for previous violent crimes and threats. Nicole Poole is charged with intentionally driving her SUV into a Hispanic girl and a black boy near Des Moines-area schools in separate hit-and-run crashes on Dec. 9. She’s
also charged with using racial epithets that day at a gas station. In 2017, Poole was charged with stabbing her then-boyfriend while she was on probation. But a felony charge was dismissed after the alleged victim refused to cooperate. Charges alleging she assaulted and harassed another boyfriend in 2018 were dismissed after he also declined to cooperate.