Governor Appoints Columbus Attorney for 5th District Judgeship

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Dave Heineman has announced his appointment to fill a vacant eastern Nebraska district court judgeship.  Heineman said Monday that  James C. Stecker, of Columbus, will oversee the 5th Judicial District Court. The vacancy had been created by the retirement of District Judge Alan G. Gless.  Stecker, who has been practicing law for 31 years, was a finalist for the job along with Thomas J. Klein, of Wahoo, and Kent E. Rauert, of York.  The 5th Judicial District consists of 11 eastern Nebraska counties including Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte.