Jan 13, 2020 10:47 AM

Nebraska energy plant ordered to pay unpaid landfill bills

Posted Jan 13, 2020 10:47 AM

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) - A northeastern Nebraska renewable energy plant has been ordered to pay $32,531 to a landfill for failing to pay for waste services.

A Butler County District Judge ruled against Big Ox Energy because the plant failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by a landfill in David City, Neb. The landfill said the company failed to pay several bills.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Tuesday's ruing against Big Ox is at least the third judgment entered against the idle plant for failing to pay bills.

In October, a federal judge awarded $506,015 to a supplier that had sued Big Ox for not paying for chemicals and equipment parts. In August, a Dakota County judge ordered Big Ox to pay a trucking firm nearly $31,000.

The Big Ox plant in South Sioux City closed in April after the city of Sioux City declined to renew the company's wastewater treatment permit. The city says Big Ox owes more than $3 million in fees, fines and other charges although the company has disputed that amount.

The plant has been under scrutiny since neighbors complained about the plant's odor after it opened in 2016. Fifteen homeowners have filed lawsuits against the company and South Sioux City.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:47 AM
Police: 9-month-old Kan. girl remains hospitalized in critical condition
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SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas man for alleged child abuse.

Just before 11:30 p.m. 10, police and EMS were dispatched to the 3600 block of West 13th street North in Wichita for a child not breathing, according to Captain Brent Allred. At the scene, they discovered a 9-month-old girl with critical injuries.  EMS transported her to a local hospital where she remains hospitalized in very critical condition, according to Allred.

Investigators learned  the child received injuries while in the care of 25-year-old Breitan Radar at the home. That led to his arrest on requested charges of child abuse, child endangerment, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $250,000 bond, according to online jail records.

A 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy found at the home were placed in police protective custody.  Radar is the father of 6-year-old and not the father of the victim.

During the investigation officers discovered a marijuana grow operation inside the apartment.   

Radar had called the mother to tell her the baby was not breathing. The mother saw a Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy's vehicle, contacted the deputy who followed her to the home.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office