Jan 11, 2020 1:56 AM

Officials say inmate stabbed Lincoln prison staffer

Posted Jan 11, 2020 1:56 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An inmate at the Lincoln Correctional Center stabbed a prison staffer with a sharpened toothbrush, causing serious injuries, Nebraska prison officials reported Friday.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that the attack happened Thursday evening just after the inmate was escorted from his cell so an inspection could be made of a maintenance issue inside the cell. The inmate, who was in restraints, was still able to use the homemade weapon to stab the staffer twice in the back of the staff member's hand, the release said. Other staffers then used pepper spray to subdue the inmate.

The staffer was taken to a Lincoln hospital, where medical adhesive was used to close the puncture wounds to her hand.

Findings from an investigation into the attack will be sent on the Lancaster County Attorney to determine what, if any, charges will be brought.

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Nebraska voters can soon request early primary ballots

Nebraska voters who want to cast an early ballot in the upcoming primary election can request their ballot as early as next week.

The Nebraska secretary of state's office says Monday is the first day to request an early ballot for the May 12 election.

Secretary of State Bob Evnen says counties that receive requests for early ballots will maintain a list, and those ballots will be among the first ones mailed on April 6.

Evnen says some counties also maintain a permanent early voting list, which allows counties to contact voters who have indicated an ongoing preference to vote by mail.