- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln police say a gambling citation given to a Kearney city councilman during the boys state basketball tournament wasn’t for just placing a friendly wager.

Police spokeswoman Katie Flood said Monday that off-duty officers saw Randy Buschkoetter take four of five bets that his 21-year-old daughter, Danielle, wrote down in a notebook during the course of several games Friday at Pinnacle Bank. She said the action was so blatant that the officers thought they had to intervene. It wasn’t clear how much money was involved.

Both father and daughter were cited for misdemeanor gambling and are scheduled to appear in Lancaster County Court next month.

Randy Buschkoetter said Monday that he made some mistakes and was willing to face the consequences. He has been on the Kearney City Council since 1998, and his term expires in December, according to the city website.

He told the Kearney Hub that he had taken actions “that created a situation that would be better off if they had not occurred.”

“I’m willing to face whatever consequences there are, because I will deserve them, because I made some bad decisions for which I am deeply apologetic,” he said.

The councilman also said he wanted to protect his daughter, saying she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I would hate to have her suffer consequences because of poor decisions made by her father,” he said.

Online court records don’t list the names of their attorneys.

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