Lincoln County’s crime victim’s advocate wants to help Keith County set up a similar office there, a process that could take several months.Victim’s Advocate Cindy Korf told the Lincoln County commissioners Monday that Keith County Attorney Randy Fair has his hands full with a series of major crimes.
There was a fatal stabbing in Ogallala on March 28, a fatal shooting in self-defense near Lake Maloney on Jan. 19, and a fatal accident on I-80 last summer on July 31, after which a semi-driver was charged with motor vehicle homicide.
Each year about this time, Korf applies for a operating grant from the Nebraska Crime Commission. The money comes through the federal government’s Victims of Crime Advocates (VOCA) Act.
A year ago, Lincoln County received $62,000, which covered most of the costs of the work for a year.
Korf said the grant request this time would also include some financial reparations for funeral expenses following the tragic Keith County wreck last summer, in which a young family died. They were traveling to Colorado to train for missionary work.
Korf and assistant Cynthia Rucker told the Bulletin last summer that they often handle 10 calls a day from crime victims, who have questions about how the jail and court system work, and how they can stay informed about a case in which they were victimized.
If the two counties can work out this new agreement, Korf will aske for more grant money to cover the time and travel to help Keith County get a victim’s advocacy program established.
The commissioners approved her efforts.
Korf will discuss the situation this week with the Keith County commissioners. An inter-local agreement between the two counties could be drafted as early as next week.
Korf envisions Keith County would have their VOCA office established within two years.
In other business Monday, the commissioners:
• Accepted a low bid of $28,535 for a new pickup for the sheriff's office from Janssen Motors of North Platte.
• Agreed to solicit informal bids for up to 13 Automated External Defribrillators to distrubute around Lincoln County, to be used for emergencies. The AEDs are expeccted to cost $1,000 or more each.
• Agreed to spend $10,000 for a wage comparbility study for the sheriff's office, in advance of contract negotiations.
• Approved a special liquor permit for a wedding reception on June 3 at Creekside Event Center.
• Signed a proposal from Business Telecommunication System, Inc. for telephone upgrades.