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Saturday

For the public

71st Consecutive Veterans’ Day Observance: 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 outside the Plymouth Community Center with the Tri County School Band performing, followed by raising the U.S. Flag, firing the volleys, sounding of taps and playing of the National Anthem. The ceremony continues inside with the Tri County Band, American Legion Schopp-Ewing-Nispel Post 243 posting the colors, Tri County School Third Grade Singers and the national anthem sung by all. The guest speaker will be Mark Schoenrock, a veteran from Fairbury, Neb. Following the retiring of the colors, the American Legion Auxiliary will be serving the noon lunch in the community center, with all proceeds going to serve veterans, youth and community projects. The American Legion Auxiliary also will be holding the annual craft fair in the Plymouth Community Center from 8:30-10:30 a.m. as well as after the ceremony until 2:30 p.m. Chance tickets will be available for $1 for cash drawings (need not be present to win).

Community Food Pantry Ingathering: The Community Food Pantry Ingathering will be held Nov. 11 at St. John Lutheran Church. You should have received a sack at your front door. Please fill the sack with some of the items on the flyer and place the filled sack on your front porch in visible sight by 10 a.m. The trucks will leave the church by 10 a.m. and your sack should be picked up by noon. If you are missed, please call 402-223-5306 or 402-223-8975.

Odell Legion Open House: The Odell American Legion and Auxiliary will hold an open house on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Old West Trail Center in honor of Veterans Day. Agnes Bednar has made scrapbooks of local men who enlisted in WWII, which will be on display.

Clubs/organizations

Weight Watchers: 8:30 a.m. weigh in, meeting at 9 a.m. at the Villa at Flowing Springs, 2211 Sunset Drive, Beatrice. For more information, go to www.weightwatchers.com or www.facebook.com/wwbeatrice.

Odell Fish Fry: The next Odell American Legion fish fry will be held on Nov. 11 at the Legion. Fish, ham, potatoes and salads will be served from 5:30-8 p.m. The all-you-can-eat meal will cost $11.50 and take-away meals will be available. No fish fry will be held in December. The remaining Odell fish fry dates are Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 10, 2018.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 a.m., Big Book study at the Salvation Army, located at Seventh and Market streets in Beatrice.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. meeting at the Salvation Army Community Center, located at Seventh and Market streets in Beatrice.

Sunday

For the public

Community Movie Matinee: A free family/community movie matinee will be held on Nov. 12, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in the parish hall, located at 304 S. 10th St. in Wymore, Neb. “Paddington” will be shown at 2 p.m. “Paddington” chronicles the adventures of Paddington Bear as he travels to London, where he is rescued at a train station and taken home by a family. He adapts to city life, but there’s an evil taxidermist in town with her eye on the lovable bear. Light snacks will be provided.

Great Plains Program: Phyllis Stone, a tribal elder of the Rosebud Sioux Indian tribe, will present a program that will discuss different aspects of Native American life on the Great Plains. This program will take place at the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America On Nov. 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. The program is in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month.

Odell Legion Open House: The Odell American Legion and Auxiliary will hold an open house on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Old West Trail Center in honor of Veterans Day. Agnes Bednar has made scrapbooks of local men who enlisted in WWII, which will be on display.

Fall Festival: The Holmesville Church of the Brethren will be holding a fall festival on Nov. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. A traditional biscuits and gravy meal will be offered, priced by age categories, including a free option for children under 2 years of age. Homemade pie can be purchased by people of all ages! There will also be baked items for sale. A special exhibit of antiques and collectibles will be displayed including home-making items, old tools, vintage toys, quilts and an angel collection. In addition, there will be hands-on children’s activities with windup trains, ramp walkers and a corn box. The public is invited to come and enjoy all of these activities. The Holmesville Church of the Brethren is located at 30748 S. 66th Road, six miles east and three miles south of Sixth and Court in Beatrice.

Clubs/organizations

Cortland Turkey Dinner: The Cortland Legion Post 253 will hold its annual turkey and ham dinner on Nov. 12. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cortland Community Center.

St. Mary’s Fall Dinner and Bazaar: St. Mary’s parish of Wymore, located at 115 N. 11th St., will hold a fall dinner and bazaar on Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The event will include a bake sale and raffles. Turkey, ham and all the trimmings will be served. The meal will cost $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and will be free for children age 4 or under.

Holiday Turkey Dinner: The First Presbyterian Church, located at Fifth and High streets in Beatrice, will hold a holiday turkey dinner on Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal will cost $7 for adults or $3 for children 12 and under.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting: The Veterans Of Foreign Wars, District 6 and Auxiliary, will hold a meeting on Nov. 12 starting at 2 p.m. at the Beatrice Veterans Club. There will be no lunch to follow the meeting.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. at the Beatrice Mennonite Church, located at 12th and Summit streets in Beatrice.

Monday

For the public

Children and Adult Immunization Clinic: noon – 4 p.m., Parkview Conference Center, 1201 S. Ninth St., Beatrice (east side of the building). Appointments are necessary, please make one by calling 402-223-2366. Bring you insurance or Medicaid card to the appointment. The clinic is sponsored by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Clubs/organizations

Sewing for Babies: Sewing for Babies will meet on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 209 in the Villa, located at 2211 Sunset Drive in Beatrice. Please bring a sack lunch.

Garden Club Meeting: The Beatrice Civic Garden Club will meet on Nov. 13 at the senior center at 6 p.m. The program will be on planting fall bulbs.

American Legion Auxiliary Meeting: The Beatrice American Legion Auxiliary will hold a meeting on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Beatrice Veterans Club. Members may meet at 6:30 p.m. to dine together. Hostesses will be Donna Nietzel and Sharon Nies. Bring items (gloves, stocking caps, etc.) for Make-A-Wish Blue Valley Community Project.

Support groups

Al-Anon: 8 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 701 N. Sixth St., Beatrice. This is a support group for spouses, families and friends of alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. closed meeting at the Salvation Army, located at Seventh and Market streets in Beatrice.

Tuesday

For the public

Children and Adult Immunization Clinic: 3-7 p.m. at Parkview Conference Center, 1201 S. Ninth St., Beatrice (east side of the building). Appointments are necessary. Call 402-223-2366. Bring insurance or Medicaid card to the appointment. Sponsored by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Warren’s Community Table: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. free meal at Christ Church Episcopal, Fifth and Lincoln streets, Beatrice. Feeding ministry sponsored by the Christian community. Open each Tuesday evening. Call 402-223-5538.

Clubs/organizations

Weight Watchers: 5:30 p.m. weigh in and meeting at 6 p.m. at the Flowing Springs, located at 2211 Sunset Drive in Beatrice. For more information, go to www.weightwatchers.com or www.facebook.com/wwbeatrice.

Prayer Group: New Hope Community Outreach will host a community prayer group and faith-based movie showing every Tuesday at 4 p.m. The event will be held at 625 Court St. in Beatrice. If you have questions or need a ride, call 402-806-5300.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. STEP meeting at the Salvation Army Community Center, located at Seventh and Market streets in Beatrice.

Alcoholics Anonymous: noon open meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 321 N. Fifth St., Beatrice (use west entrance).

Narcotics Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 p.m. meeting at St. John Lutheran Church, 701 N. Sixth St., Beatrice.

New Liberation Group of Alcoholics Anonymous: 8-9 p.m. open meeting, 1200 Summit St., Beatrice.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club: 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30-7 p.m. weekly meeting and program at Parkview Village, 1200 S. Eighth St., Beatrice. Call 402-228-2557.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 796: 9 a.m. weekly meeting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 114 Lavelle St., Diller. Call 402-793-5396 or 402-766-3780.

Wednesday

Clubs/organizations

Beatrice Fiscal Fusion BNI: meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Society, located at 401 S. 22nd St. in Beatrice.

Turkey Supper: St. John Lutheran Church of Lanham, Kan. will hold its 82nd annual turkey supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 15. The meal will be served at the church, located in Lanham, Kan. and will cost $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11 and children 3 or under will eat for free. Take-out meals will be available. The event will include drawings for a queen size, hand-quilted granny’s fan quilt and two $50 Wal-Mart gift certificates. Tickets for the drawings are available from members of the congregation and will be available on the night of the event for $1 apiece or six tickets for $5.

BARSP Meeting: Beatrice Area Retired School Personnel Association will hold a meeting on Nov. 15 at noon in the Terrace Room at Valentino's. The program will feature Diane Courtny who will present a program on the Mother-to-Mother Ministry.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. meeting at the Salvation Army Community Center, located at Seventh and Market streets in Beatrice.

Al-Anon: 8 p.m. meeting at Centenary United Methodist Church in Beatrice.

Thursday

For the public

Children and Adult Immunization Clinic: noon-4 p.m. at Parkview Conference Center, located at 1201 S. Ninth St., Beatrice (east side of the building). Appointments are necessary. Call 402-223-2366. Bring insurance or Medicaid card. Sponsored by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Burwood Books/Mother to Mother Ministry: will have story time at 10 a.m. for children in pre-school through kindergarten. Prizes are awarded after ten times in attendance. Call 402-223-6042 for more information.

Clubs/organizations

Marine Corps Meeting: Marine Corps League, Homestead Leathernecks Detachment 1430 will hold a monthly meeting at the Veterans Club, located at 601 Dorsey St. in Beatrice on Nov. 16 beginning at 7 p.m. All past and current Marines and FMF Corpsmen are invited to attend.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church (use west entrance), 321 N. Fifth St., Beatrice.

Beatrice Undergrounders Narcotics Anonymous: 8:15 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Friday

For the public

Wymore Community Coffee: 10-11 a.m. at Hardin's Country Barn. The public is always welcome.

DeWitt Pancake Feed: DeWitt's annual pancake feed will take place at the community center on Nov. 17 from 5-7 p.m. There will be prize drawings for turkeys (must be present to win). The event is sponsored by the DeWitt Community Club.

Community Players: "Mayla the Monkey Girl" will open on Nov. 17 at Community Players, located at 412 Ella St. in Beatrice. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional shows on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Admission will cost $15 for adults or $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 402-228-1801 between noon and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com. 

Clubs/organizations

Beatrice Toastmasters: 7-8 a.m. in the chamber office of the Carnegie Building, located at 218 N. Fifth St. Visitors are welcome. Ron Miller can be contacted at mrf441@hotmail.com. For information about Toastmasters’ club, visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Winter Sports Kickoff: The Beatrice High School Winter Sports Kickoff will take place on Nov. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event will include a pizza party, which will cost $6 for adults or $5 for children and students. The meal will be served in the BHS commons and includes two slices of pizza, salad, dessert and a drink. Following the meal, there will be a senior winter sports poster signing in the commons at 6:15 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., there will be a coaches Christmas character contest, an introduction of the winter sports teams and the BHS winter sports team senior feud in the O-Zone.

Barneston American Legion Fish Fry: The Barneston American Legion will be having a fish fry on Nov. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Barneston American Legion Club. Along with pan-fried fish, they also will be serving ham, with a salad bar and all the trimmings.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Good Samaritan Event Center, 401 S. 22nd Street, Beatrice (use east entrance).

Beatrice Guardian Angels: 8 p.m. at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Guardian Angels Narcotics Anonymous: 8-9 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.


Local
alert
At the courthouse Nov. 11, 2017

All offenses in addition to $49 court fees.

County Court

Speeding:

Gerome B. McLaurin, 47, Lincoln, $75; Connor R. Shullaw, 22, Tecumseh, $75; Nicole R. Powell, 35, Beatrice, $125; Lorri L. Niemeyer, 46, Cortland, $75; Brody J. Nickel, 20, Lincoln, $75; Jason J. Hartig, 48, Beatrice, $25; Jeffrey L. Reedy, 57, Beatrice, $75; Isaac M. Neher, 29, Blue Springs, $125; Sabina K. Montgomery, 26, Lynchberg, Va., $75; Donald L. Johnson, 61, Kansas City, Mo., $75; Donny E. Day, 70, Wymore, $75; Diane M. Walter, 52, North Platte, $75; Regina G. Keck, 61, Blue Springs, $75; Rene S. Nicholas, 55, Lincoln, $25; Joshua D. Weeks, 26, Louisville, Kans., $25; Craig V. Bolz, 63, Palmyra, $200.

No seat belt:

Joshua D. Weeks, 26, Louisville, Kans., $25.

No operator’s license:

Jose C. Pizano-Zavala, 33, Omaha, $75; Isaac Mejia, 30, Beatrice, $75.

No valid registration:

Brandon L. Hickey, 32, Diller, $25; Rutger K. Sylier, 30, Beatrice, $25.

No child restraint:

Amber Belding, 29, Sterling, $25.

Stop sign violation:

Rodney L. Schaardt, 53, Bumboldt, $75; Michelle A. Espinoza, 18, Beatrice, $75; Angel M Hogan, 25, Wymore, $75.

Failure to yield:

Sarah J. Conrant, 17, Firth, $25; Frederick W. Laber, 67 Blue Springs, $25.

Load contents violation:

Michael R. Klecan, 48, Odell, $100.

Arraignments

Amanda N. Mason, 30, 73031 637 Ave., Auburn. Issuing bad check $0-$500. Guilty plea entered. Sentencing set for Nov. 14.

Larenda L. Simmons, 27, 210 S. 22nd St. Driving under suspension, guilty plea entered. Leaving the scene of an accident, not guilty plea entered. Trial and sentencing set for Jan. 4.

Tejai E. Turek 21, 1403 E St., Lincoln. Theft $0-$500. Not guilty plea entered. Bench trial set for Dec. 1.

Trevor M. Hurley, 28, 504 N. Third St., Wymore. Third-degree domestic assault, negligent child abuse. Not guilty plea entered. Bench trial set for Dec. 1.

Talon R. Erdman, 24, 749 N. Fourth St., Tecumseh. First offense DUI. No contest plea entered. Sentencing set for Nov. 28.

Kenria J. Svarpa, 44, 1311 N. Seventh St. Driving under suspension. Guilty plea entered. Sentencing set for Nov. 14.

Austin J. Bulin, 22, 805 N. 13th St. Third-degree assault. No contest plea entered. Sentencing set for Dec. 15.

Sentencings

Joseph N. Stock, 62, 2053 State Line Road, Summerfield, Kan., $100.

Derrik A. Hurley, 30, 504 N. Third St., Virginia. 30 days jail, license revoked two years for driving during revocation.

Jarod R. Hicks, 31, 1314 Scott St. 30 days jail for second-degree trespassing, 30 days concurrent for failure to appear.

Jarod R. Hicks, 31, 1314 Scott St. 30 days jail for shoplifting.

Jarod R. Hicks, 31, 1314 Scott St. 30 days jail for theft by deception.

Jarod R. Hicks, 31, 1314 Scott St. 30 days jail, license revoked one year for driving under suspension.

Matthew D. Rojas, 19, 2626 S.W. 15th St., Lincoln. $300 for possession of marijuana.

Brady L. Murray, 38, 422 Main St., Odell. 30 days jail for obstructing a peace officer.

Joshua J. Carpenter, 33, 629 Garden St. $300 for reckless driving.

Anna R. Nicholson, 32, 1308 Union St. $75 for reckless driving.

Thomas A. Phillips, 23, 1417 S. Ninth St. 10 days jail for false reporting, $100, license revoked one year for driving under suspension.

Shelbi Stone, 21, 539 W. Mary St. $500, seven days jail, license revoked six months for first offense DUI.

Trevor M. Hurley, 28, 504 N. Third St., Wymore. 60 days jail for third-degree domestic assault.

Dismissed

Dana C. Roberts, 30, 1115 E. 20th St., Crete. Third-degree domestic assault. Dismissed without prejudice.

Talon R. Erdman, 24, 749 N. Fourth St., Tecumseh. Open container violation, no valid registration. Dismissed without prejudice.

Catie L. Tellinghuisen, 30, 117 N. Saunders St., Blue Springs. Fugitive from justice. Dismissed without prejudice.

Trevor M. Hurley, 28, 504 N. Third St., Wymore. Negligent child abuse. Dismissed without prejudice.

Continued

Justis D. Barnhouse, 23, 221 N. 11th St., Wymore. Third-degree domestic assault, second-degree false imprisonment, two count negligent child abuse, contempt of court. Continued to Dec. 4.

Justis D. Barnhouse, 23, 1603 Summit St. Protection order violation. Continued to Dec. 4.

Paul R. Thomas, 34, 709 High St. Burglary, second-degree forgery $500-$1,500. Continued to Nov. 13.

Joanna L. Saul, 44, 1014 Scott St. Shoplifting $0-$500. Continued to Nov. 13.

Joshua L. May, 28, 405 N. Fifth St. Burglary, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a stolen firearm. Continued to Nov. 14.

Logan A. Retherford, 18, 1521 Market St. Aiding and abetting a class 2A felony. Continued to Dec. 1.

Sheena Hammond, 32, 517 N. 11th St. Four counts theft $0-$500, two counts attempt of a class 1 misdemeanor, three counts second-degree forgery, three counts criminal possession of a forged instrument. Continued to Nov. 13.

Cassandra K. Jurgens, 29, 3025 S. 16th St., Lincoln. Possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. Continued to Nov. 21.

Taelyr A. Leishman, 26, 1118 Scott St. Shoplifting $0-$500. Continued to Nov. 30.

Taelyr A. Leishman, 26, 1118 Scott St. Shoplifting $0-$500. Continued to Nov. 30.

Troy A. Pierce, 32, 724 W. Mary St. First-degree criminal trespassing, criminal mischief $0-$500, disturbing the peace. Continued to Nov. 14.

Alex M. Stern, 21, 207 W. Third St., Wilber. Protection order violation. Continued to Nov. 27.

Jacob D. Wallace, 25, 1923 Jefferson St., Tilton, Ill. Third-degree domestic assault. Continued to Nov. 14.

Taylor R. Closs-Jensen, 27, 204 Abbott St. Third-degree assault. Continued to Dec. 21.

Paul R. Thomas, 34, 709 High St. Burglary, second-degree forgery. Continued to Nov. 17.

James Alder, 51, 6762 S. 82nd St., Adams. Stalking, first offense DUI, refuse to submit to a test, protection order violation. Continued to Nov. 27.

Alexander L. Rader, 23, 115 N. 28th St. Issuing a bad check. Continued to Dec. 12.

Victoria V. Onestar, 22, 1201 Court St. Driving under suspension, no proof of insurance, no valid registration, no child restraint. Continued to Nov. 21.

Ashton Wyman, 18, 1910 N. Fifth St., Lincoln. Obstructing a peace officer, minor in possession. Continued to Nov. 14.

John R. Meyer, 36, 1200 W. Locust St. Driving under suspension, attempt of a class 1 misdemeanor. Continued to Dec. 19.

Chance L. Thigpen, 19, 617 Paddock St. Obstructing a peace officer. Continued to Nov. 21.

Kenria J. Scarpa, 44, 1311 N. Seventh St. Driving under suspension. Continued to Nov. 14.

Bound

Michael R. May, 25, 710 Lincoln St. Burglary. Bound to District Court Dec. 20.

Matthew S. Hutchinson, 36, 5533 Benton St., Lincoln. Possession of a controlled substance. Bound to District Court Dec. 20.

Julie L. Dobesh, 30, 823 Market St. Assault of an officer. Bound to District Court Dec. 21.

Marriage Licenses

Jared A. Eppens, 30, Beatrice to Nicole L. Wampach, 30, Beatrice.

Divorces

Tracy J. Harms, 44, Beatrice from Bobby L. Harms, 51, Beatrice. Married February 2002.

Transfers

Ronald G. Lancaster, Pamela K. Lancaster to Scott and Kimmy Berry. Lot 1, Tiemanns second addition of Beatrice. $289,000-$290,000.

Dorothy M. Snyder to Michael Sherwood, Monica Sherwood. Lots 1-4 in block 21, Glenover of Beatrice. $44,000-$45,000.

David W. and Sandra K. Sherwood to Michael Sherwood, Monica Sherwood. Lots 9-10 in block 22, Glenover of Beatrice. $14,000-$15,000.

John R. Jennings, Trista L. McAdow to Rhonda Niles. Part of lot 1, Silvernails subdivision of Adams. $31,000-$32,000.

Donald R. and Pamela R. Morrison to Vinny D’Andrea. Lot 2 in block 85, original town of Beatrice. $22,000-$23,000.

United Equity LLC to Jason and Laurie Stillwell. Lot 6 and part of lot 5 in block 2, Westons addition of Beatrice. $165,000-$166,000.


Crime-and-courts
Nebraska moving forward with execution plans for Jose Sandoval

Nebraska's attorney general has chosen Norfolk killer Jose Sandoval as the next condemned prisoner to die, after a 20-year hiatus in executions in this state.

No request to the Nebraska Supreme Court for an execution warrant has been made, but Corrections Director Scott Frakes served notice to Sandoval on Thursday of the lethal injection drugs that would be administered to cause his death if an execution takes place.

That combination of drugs chosen has never been used in an execution.

State regulations require the prisons chief to notify condemned inmates 60 days prior to the attorney general requesting an execution warrant.

Attorney General Doug Peterson said he is prepared to request the Supreme Court issue Sandoval's execution warrant after at least 60 days have elapsed from the notice.

Corrections officials have chosen a new protocol for administering lethal injection drugs and have purchased diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracuriam besylate and potassium chloride.

The drugs were purchased in the United States and received into the department's inventory Oct. 10, said Dawn-Renee Smith, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

She would not name the company or suppliers from which they were purchased, or say whether the supplier was local or a compounding company. The Journal Star is pursuing the answers to those and other questions.

Nevada has a similar drug protocol, but uses three drugs: fentanyl, diazepam and cisatracurium. That protocol is in question after a judge said Wednesday she may cut a paralytic (cisatracurium) from the state’s previously untried lethal injection plan, after hearing that it could mask movements reflecting awareness and pain, according to The Associated Press.

The Nebraska department has tested its drugs for quality, according to a Corrections news release.

Sandoval, 38, is housed on death row at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. He was convicted and sentenced to death 13 years ago for killing five people at the U.S. Bank branch in Norfolk in September 2002.

Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, a longtime opponent of the death penalty, said in spite of the notice he doubted an execution was going to be carried out any time soon.

He and others need to know where the drugs came from, and whether there was a private compounding company manufacturing them, he said.

Other issues that have to be resolved, he said, include whether or not this combination of drugs has been used anywhere else, even though that would not bind Nebraska; whether or not the combination of drugs would be effective in accomplishing an execution; and whether they were designed to be used to take someone's life.

The Associated Press reported in April that a German pharmaceutical company spokesman said the potassium chloride the Nebraska Corrections Department had purchased in 2015 was not intended to be sold to a state corrections department. A distributor had tried unsuccessfully to get the department to return the drugs.

The fact that the department is withholding certain information, Chambers said, indicates it is not fully transparent and may feel there are weaknesses in what it is doing.

Chambers charged that the notice of intended execution drugs is timed to coincide with Gov. Pete Ricketts re-election campaign.

Ricketts responded, saying: "Last year the people of Nebraska reaffirmed that the death penalty remains an important part of protecting public safety in our state."

Thursday's announcement is the next step to carrying out the sentences ordered by the court, he said.

ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad said the organization was “horrified" that the department planned to use Sandoval as a "test subject for an untested and experimental lethal injection cocktail."

"This rash decision will not fix the problems with Nebraska’s broken death penalty and are a distraction from the real issues impacting Nebraska’s Department of Corrections: an overcrowded, crisis-riddled system," she said.

America is a nation turning away from the death penalty, Conrad said, with more and more states seeing that ending capital punishment means improving public safety. Fiscal conservatives, faith leaders and public safety officials are increasingly leading efforts to replace the death penalty.

“The ACLU will continue to discuss the state’s misguided plan with experts locally and nationally and evaluate the grave constitutional, legal and policy questions associated with this untested protocol,” she said.

The attorney general said in a statement he agrees with the notice that was given to Sandoval.

"Sandoval planned the Sept. 26, 2002, Norfolk bank robbery when, in less than a minute, five innocent people were brutally shot and killed," Peterson said in a news release.

The dead included bank employees and customers. Sandoval personally killed three people, two more people were killed, and three more were in the midst of the gunfire that day. Sandoval’s crimes were captured on video.

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld Sandoval’s convictions and death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court then denied further review of the sentence. Sandoval never filed any challenges to the Supreme Court decisions, Peterson said.

The last execution in Nebraska was Robert Williams in December 1997. It was carried out using the electric chair.