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Eleanor "Ellie” A. Chambers

March 3, 2018

Lincoln resident, Eleanor “Ellie” A. Chambers, 79, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Federated Church in Sutton with Rev. Mary Scott and Rev. Michael Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later. Condolences may be left at

Elnora Johnson McNeil White

February 28, 2018

Elnora Johnson McNeil White, 91, formerly of Lincoln, passed away on February 28, 2018, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Family members include her children, Jim (Sharon) McNeil, Tena (Luther) Blessing, Joe (Diane) McNeil, Gale (Carol) McNeil, Alan (Cecilia) McNeil, and Peggy (Kent) Mills; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joe, and Melvin Johnson, Elna Gieber, Martha Beeson, Zella Modler; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; extended family, Garry and Michelle Boyer.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Friday (3-9) Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 ‘O' Street with Pastor Kerry O'Bryant officiating. Memorials to the Capital Humane Society. Visitation: 2-8 p.m. with family present 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Roper and Sons. Condolences online at

Arthur D. Rickers

September 23, 1933 - March 6, 2018

Arthur D. Rickers, 84, of Fairbury, passed away March 6, 2018. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury. Burial at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Gladstone. Arrangements: Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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2 plead guilty to bank robbery spree last year in Lincoln

A Lincoln man Wednesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery for a spree last year where employees were pepper-sprayed and threatened with real-looking pellet guns.

Israel Holmes, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison at his sentencing in June.

Julian Huffman, 23, pleaded guilty to the same charge last week and is set for sentencing in May. Three others — Kiana Stabler, Crystal Stabler and Kaylene Stabler — all are set to enter pleas in the coming weeks.

In court Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Woods described seven bank robberies at Pinnacle Bank, Great Western Bank and Lincoln Federal Savings branches in Lincoln that together added up to $49,338 in stolen cash.

In the last robbery, a Lincoln police officer thwarted Holmes' getaway after staking out the branch as part of a citywide surveillance effort to stop the thieves.

In the indictment, which details the conspiracy, Woods said Holmes and co-conspirators threatened bank employees with realistic-looking BB guns and pepper spray and concealed their identities by wearing hoodies, surgical masks or bandannas that they dumped after the robberies.


April 24, 1945—March 5, 2018

Marle ‘Chip’ G. Smith, 72, of Lincoln passed away on March 5, 2018. Born April 24, 1945, to Marle D. and Laurine (Brown) Smith in Rushville. Chip worked as a civil engineer for most of his career and then followed his passion as an Ebay seller for the past 17 years. Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon and food pantry coordinator with his wife, Marilyn. Chip enjoyed golfing, attending auctions, iris hybridizing and landscaping. Most of all he dearly loved time spent with family and his grandchildren.

Chip is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn (Shaw) Smith; son, Dustin (Amber) Smith; daughter, Stacy Graham; grandchildren, Bridger, Carly, Kennedy Smith and Colton Graham; mother, Laurine Smith; brother, Mick Smith; brother-in-law, Steve (Flo) Shaw; sister-in-law, Peggy (John) Bays; many other friends and loved ones. Preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd. Lincoln. Cremation, no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Marle, Laurine and Chip Smith Scholarship Fund at the Chadron State College Foundation. Condolences online at

Harriet Talbot Steiner Ludwick

March 10, 1921 - March 7, 2018

Harriet Talbot Steiner Ludwick (Teedee) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 7, 2018. The daughter of the late Robert Harris Talbot and Harriet Chapin Talbot of Lincoln, Teedee was born on March 10, 1921. She attended Chateau Groslay in Paris and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1942, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and Mortar Board.

She served in support and leadership roles in many community organizations, including The Ripley Foundation, Women's Christian Association, Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center, Minneapolis Junior League, The U of M Arboretum, University of Nebraska, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Minikahda Country Club and the Minneapolis Club. She especially loved spending summers in Northern Minnesota with family and friends, cooking, traveling, gardening, playing tennis and bridge.

She was pre-deceased by husbands, Lawrence McIvor Steiner in 1963 and William Ernest Ludwick in 2008 and her sister, Nan Ward of Rochester, Minn. Teedee is survived by her daughter Jessie (Gary) Van Ness, son George (Linda) Steiner, grandchildren Gardiner (Cammy) Van Ness, Bradley (Meredith) Van Ness, Chapin (Kate) Van Ness, Lindsey Steiner, Jessie (Kevin) Bollig and 10 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks and gratitude to her caregivers for their attentiveness and loving care.

Memorials in memory of Teedee can be made to: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Mpls 55403, Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center, 2197 Nature Center Drive, Hackensack, MN 56452, or the charity of your choice. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 12th St and Marquette, Minneapolis. The service will be live-streamed at Church Parking Garage located off Alice Rinville Place. The family invites you to join them for a reception in the Westminster Hall following the service. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata, 952-473-5577,

Patrick Raymond Keitges

June 3, 1939 - March 2, 2018

Patrick Raymond Keitges, age 78, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away on Friday March 2, 2018. He was born on June 3, 1939, in Hollywood, California. Pat enjoyed his children, step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and always treasured his many friends. Pat died 'a coach at heart' and loved being close to his former student-athletes and coaches. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. To leave condolences, visit and search for Patrick Raymond Keitges.

Karl L. King

Karl L. King

Seward, December 18, 1933 - March 4, 2018

Arlene Marie (Demarest) Ritter

July 22, 1910 - March 6, 2018

Arlene Ritter, 107, of Johnson, went to be with her Lord on March 6, 2018. Visitation: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with family greeting 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Auburn Berean Church.

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Former Crete High teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

A former Crete High School teacher pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges Wednesday.

Matthew T. Hoffman, 41, of Dorchester, hasn't yet been given a trial date on two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a protected individual and one count of first-degree sexual assault.

Prosecutors originally charged him with two counts, but later added the third, which could get him the most time — up to 50 years in prison — if he's convicted.

The other two charges each carry up to three years in prison.

Details that led to Hoffman's arrest remain sealed in court records, though the complaint alleges there were two victims and that the assaults happened between June 29 and Jan. 8.

Saline County sheriff's deputies arrested him Jan. 19. He was released from jail Feb. 6 after posting $75,000 bond. He is to have no contact with anyone under 19.

Wednesday, Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson set his next hearing in May.

When he was arrested, Hoffman was a Success Academy teacher at Crete High School. He resigned Feb. 9.

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