Sep 11, 2019 1:31 PM

Nebraska authorities release names of collision victims

Posted Sep 11, 2019 1:31 PM

JANSEN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Fairbury man who was killed when his sport utility vehicle collided with a truck hauling bricks in southeast Nebraska.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 136, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Fairbury. Witnesses reported that the eastbound SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the truck, which was hauling several pallets of bricks on a trailer.

Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen identified the SUV driver Tuesday as Alexander Joubert. The truck driver was identified as a 56-year-old Wisconsin resident, Marcus Ward. He was treated for minor scrapes and bruises.

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Lincoln prison worker accused of smuggling cellphone, drugs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An employee has been accused of smuggling a cellphone and drugs to inmates at the Lincoln Correctional Center.

Lancaster County Court records say 27-year-old Dana Johnson, of Seward, is charged with unlawful acts by a corrections employee. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

A court document says Johnson told an investigator that she'd developed a relationship with an inmate and smuggled a phone to him. She also acknowledged delivering a package that she knew contained illegal drugs to another inmate. The document says she was paid $700 for the delivery.

Johnson's next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7.