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Kearney city councilman cited for gambling

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

A Kearney city councilman and his daughter are cited for gambling at the boy's state basketball tournament.

"Several officers saw these transactions taking place and at a certain point, they decided something needed to be done, just because of the blatantness of his actions," explains LPD officer, Katie Flood.

Lincoln police say Randy Buschkoetter was seen transferring money and he and his daughter, Danielle, were actively writing in a notebook.

Randy wouldn't share his side of the story for legal purposes, but tells Channel 8, he's upset the 21-year-old was cited too.

Randy says, "The fact that she is being pulled down simply because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and bad decisions made by her father, is really very tough for me."

Sports gambling is very common, especially during march madness.

Lincoln city code defines gambling as a person betting on something of value upon the outcome of a future event.

The misdemeanor is punishable by a $500 fine or 6 months in jail.

Lincoln police admit, many times the practice is over looked.

"It's not an offense we site very often," says Flood.

Buschkoetter says he understands the officers were just doing their job.

As of Monday afternoon he hadn't spoken with the city attorney's office.

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