Nov 08, 2019 1:52 PM

Lincoln woman gets jail time, probation in tax case

Posted Nov 08, 2019 1:52 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln woman who'd settled allegations that she'd cheated customers of her clothing businesses has been given jail time and probation on tax charges.

Lancaster County District Court records say 39-year-old Andrea Christensen was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and two years of probation. Christensen pleaded no contest in August to three counts of attempted income tax evasion, one of attempted sales tax evasion and one of attempted failure to collect and pay income tax. Prosecutors had lowered the charges from felonies in exchange for her pleas.

The tax charges arose from a state investigation into Christensen's now defunct businesses, Pixi Chix and State 51 Wear. In 2016 state attorneys sued her and her companies alleging that she'd violated the Nebraska Consumer Protection Act and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, among other laws. Christensen and her businesses admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement.

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Nov 08, 2019 1:52 PM
County board rejects permit for 380,000-chicken farm

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.