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2005 Media Releases


Date:
September 16, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Mike Lee, Public Building Commission, 432-6026


Justice And Law Enforcement Center Still Closed

The Justice and Law Enforcement Center at 575 South 10th Street will remain closed until further notice due to a break in the water line east of the building.

“The safety of those who work and do business in the Hall of Justice is our number one priority,” said Mayor Coleen J. Seng. “As clean-up continues, contractors also have been working to resolve electrical, water and structural issues caused by the flooding before the building can reopen.”

The break in a four-inch water service line Wednesday night flooded the lower level of the building. A second leak in the same line was discovered when crews attempted to restore water service to the building today. Both leaks have been repaired temporarily, but the entire line may eventually be replaced. Electricity remains off in the entire building. Officials say clean up on the lower level is going well. No damage estimates are available at this time. The building and its contents are covered by insurance.

The east lane of 10th Street between “H”and “K” will be closed to traffic, and motorists are advised to avoid the intersection of 10th and “J” streets.

The Justice and Law Enforcement Center houses the 911 Emergency Communications Center, Lancaster County Emergency Management, the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the City Law Department, the County Attorney’s Office, County and District Courts, courtrooms and judges. The Jail Complex at 605 South 10th and the County-City Building at 555 South 10th were unaffected by the water main break and are open as usual.

The 911 Center is operating out of its back-up facility (location not disclosed for security reasons), and service has not been interrupted. The Lincoln Police Department is operating from its substation at 27th and Holdrege. The non-emergency phone number for LPD is 441-7204. The non-emergency number to reach the Sheriff’s Office is 441-6500.

Employees of the 911 Center, Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are to continue to report for duty at the back-up facilities or at their designated locations. Non-public safety personnel who work in the building will be notified by their departments when it is safe for them to return.


Those needing to reach the Lancaster County Court are instructed to call 441-7291 or their attorneys. The number for the Jury Commissioner is 441-6553. District Court has re-scheduled some proceedings to alternate locations. For information, call the Judges’ offices listed below.

Judge Steven Burns - 441-7675
Judge Jeffre Cheuvront - 441-7065
Judge John Colborn - 441-7303
Judge Karen Flowers - 441-7509
Judge Bernard McGinn - 441-7302
Judge Paul Merritt Jr. - 441-7301
Judge Earl Witthoff - 441-7304


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