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Hastings official takes plea deal in Lincoln assault case

January 18, 2019

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings city official accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Lincoln has taken a plea deal.

Lancaster County Court records say 37-year-old Steven Kostner pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor assault. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from felony terroristic threats in exchange for Kostner’s plea. His sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

Lincoln police arrested Kostner on March 18. The Uber driver told police Kostner had grabbed the driver’s seat belt and pulled it across the driver’s neck and also menaced him with a pocketknife. Kostner told officers the driver had flirted with Kostner’s wife, who was with Kostner that morning.

Hastings’ web page lists Kostner as street superintendent.

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