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Hastings official gets probation, jail time for assault

March 19, 2019

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings city official accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Lincoln has been sentenced to probation and some jail time.

Lancaster County District Court records say 37-year-old Steven Kostner last week was given 18 months of probation and 90 days in jail, to be served at a rate of five days a month unless waived by the court.

Kostner had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault.

Lincoln police arrested Kostner on March 18 last year. 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. The city administrator didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

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