Nov 25, 2019 3:36 PM

Man who locked kids in bedroom gets 4-year prison term

Posted Nov 25, 2019 3:36 PM

PONCA, Neb. (AP) — A northeast Nebraska man has been given four years in prison for locking two of his children in a bedroom and denying them food.

Dixon County District Court records say 55-year-old Patrick Henderson, of Wakefield, also was sentenced Friday to a year of post-release supervision after he leaves prison.

He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse — one a felony and the other a misdemeanor.

His wife, 43-year-old Angel Henderson, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of intentional child abuse resulting in injury.

Prosecutors say the Hendersons fed their 14-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister only once a day and not at all if they failed to finish their schoolwork. The boy also told officials his mother would choke, kick and hit them.

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Nov 25, 2019 3:36 PM
Nebraska State Fair finance head quits, citing losses

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy.

Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed.

NTV reported that Kopke told the board the State Fair, which has been held in Grand Island since 2010, has lost money the last two years. He projected the fair to be nearly $1.7 million in the red for 2019 and could be forced to file for bankruptcy next year.

Former Grand Island mayor Jeremy Jensen, who is chairman of the fair board’s finance committee, tells the Lincoln Journal Star that Kopke's projection was premature.

Following Kopke’s resignation, the board approved a new budget that will require cutting as much as half of the fair's staff of about 20. Jensen estimated the savings from the new budget will be about $600,000.