Feb 17, 2020 5:29 PM

Motorcyclist dies after highway collision with pickup

Posted Feb 17, 2020 5:29 PM

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A motorcyclist had died after colliding with a pickup truck along a highway in south-central Nebraska.

The collision occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 6, about 6 miles west of Hastings.

Authorities say the eastbound motorcyclist collided with the westbound pickup as the truck was turning south.

The motorcyclist has been identified as 54-year-old Jeffery Hoffart, who lived in Hastings.

The pickup driver has been identified as 81-year-old Gerald Mousel, of Roseland.

Authorities say he and one of his two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Man accused of tossing dog onto lake ice pleads not guilty

ELWOOD, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of tossing a dog onto a frozen southern Nebraska lake has pleaded not guilty.

Gosper County Court records say James Pollock entered a written plea Thursday to misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Authorities have said Pollock threw the dog onto the lake, causing it to land on its back and break through the ice.

Investigators say the dog swam back to shore, but it was tossed into the lake two more times. Austin Vanburen is accused of taking video of what happened during the Jan. 4 incident.

Vanburen pleaded guilty Friday to attempted animal cruelty.