Jan 09, 2020 1:22 PM

Man gets 300-day sentence for crash death of passenger

Posted Jan 09, 2020 1:22 PM

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Columbus man has been sentenced to 300 days behind bars for the death of his passenger after the vehicle they were in crashed.

Platte County District Court records say Martin Gomez Jr. was sentenced last week. He'd pleaded no contest to felony vehicular homicide while driving reckless. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from felony vehicular homicide while under the influence.

The crash occurred on the morning of June 22, about 5 miles north of Columbus. Gomez's northbound sport utility vehicle went out of control, entered a ditch, veered back onto the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest in a field, authorities have said.

His passenger was pronounced dead at the scene: Joseph Sullivan, 24. He lived in Columbus.

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Jan 09, 2020 1:22 PM
U.S. Army warns of draft-by-text hoax

U.S. Army Recruiting Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — A number of fraudulent text messages informing individuals they have been selected for a military draft have circulated throughout the country this week.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army.

The decision to enact a draft is not made at or by U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The Selective Service System, a separate agency outside of the Department of Defense, is the organization that manages registration for the Selective Service.

 "The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual,” according to the Selective Service System’s official Facebook page.  “In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft."

The draft has not been in effect since 1973. The military has been an all-volunteer force since that time. Registering for the Selective Service does not enlist a person into the military.