News briefs, Aug. 2

August 2, 2018

Man arrested for stealing UTV

A North Platte man stole a utility task vehicle from a farm in rural Lincoln County, sheriff’s deputies said.

Alexander Fourtner, 21, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of theft by unlawful taking, a felony.

The County Sheriff’s Office reported that Fourtner drove the UTV to a farm in southwest Lincoln County. Fourtner told the farm owner that the vehicle was stolen. The property owner reported that Fourtner appeared intoxicated, deputies said.

The farm owner drove Fourtner to the Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, said Roland Kramer, Lincoln County’s chief deputy sheriff. The UTV was recovered and ultimately returned to its owner, Kramer said.

Fourtner was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.

State wins injunction against landlord

In a Tuesday ruling in Dawson County District Court, District Judge Donald Rowlands found that a landlord engaged in discriminatory practices at the Cottonwood Apartment Complex in Lexington.

The ruling follows a state lawsuit against owner Gerald Rich in 2015. In his order, Rowlands said Rich frequently used racial slurs and derogatory language toward the tenants at the apartment complex.

His order enjoined Rich and his employees from discriminating on the basis of race, national origin and/or religion in violation of Nebraska’s Fair Housing Act.

Nebraska Assistant Attorneys General Milissa Johnson-Wiles and Tim Ertz prosecuted the case.

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