Hastings street superintendent gets probation for assault

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) A Hastings city official got 18 months probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction related to a case involving an Uber driver last year in Lincoln.

Hastings street superintendent Steven Kostner, 37, was arrested March 17, 2018, after he was accused of pulling a knife on an Uber driver. Lincoln Police said the driver was transporting Kostner and his wife and upon arriving at their destination the driver said Kostner accused him of flirting with his wife. The driver told police Kostner threatened him with a pocket knife to his face. Police said alcohol was involved in the incident.

Kostner was originally charged in Lancaster County with felony Terroristic Threats, but in January he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor Third Degree Assault.

Local4 reported earlier that a total of 90 days in jail was included in the sentence. In fact, Lancaster county judge had attached jail time to the sentence, but waived it contingent on Kostner satisfactorily completing his probation.

City administrator Joe Patterson told Local4 there will be no change in Kostner's employment status so long as he completes probation.

Read the original version of this article at www.ksnblocal4.com.