Nov 08, 2019 1:19 PM

County board rejects permit for 380,000-chicken farm

Posted Nov 08, 2019 1:19 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lancaster County commissioners won't approve construction of a 380,000-chicken farm that would have supplied birds to the Fremont processing plant for Costco.


The board voted 3-2 Thursday against a special permit for Sunset Poultry, which wanted to construct eight barns housing up to 47,500 chickens apiece.


Commissioners who voted against the permit said the operation just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) north of Raymond Central Junior-Senior High School would have posed too many risky unknowns.


School officials and nearby residents raised questions about the farm's impact on water quantity and air quality. They also said semitrailer traffic to and from the farm might make roads dangerous for inexperienced, school-age drivers.

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Nov 08, 2019 1:19 PM
Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in Hastings slaying

Katherine Kreigh


HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A woman accused of being an accessory to the 2017 slaying of a Hastings man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.


Adams County Court records say 23-year-old Katherine Creigh entered the plea Thursday to misdemeanor obstruction of government operations. She'd been charged as an accessory in the slaying of Jose Hansen. Prosecutors say Hansen was killed during a robbery attempt by Daniel Harden and Deante Mullen.


She testified against Daniel Harden during his trial. He was charged with first-degree murder, a weapons count and conspiracy to commit robbery. But jurors convicted him Monday only of the robbery charge.


Creigh is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 8.


Mullen's next court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.