In brief: Group sues to see Ramsey indictment
BOULDER, Colo. – A press advocacy group and a Boulder Daily Camera reporter are suing Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett seeking the release of an indictment that was secretly voted on by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in 1999 but never prosecuted.
Reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed the lawsuit in Boulder District Court on Wednesday, citing the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act in an effort to compel Garnett to release the indictment.
Six-year-old JonBenet was found dead Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of her family’s home, hours after her mother told police her daughter was missing. Her killer hasn’t been identified.
Obama pushing plan to cut coal pollution
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will press ahead today with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.
The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy.
Although the proposed rule won’t immediately affect plants already operating, it eventually would force the government to limit emissions from the existing power plant fleet, which accounts for a third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Police: Man ran over two Army recruiters
MINNEAPOLIS – A 52-year-old Minneapolis man was charged Thursday with striking two U.S. Army recruiters with his car, then dragging one of them nearly three-quarters of a mile as the man screamed, police say.
Enrico Darius Taylor was charged Thursday with three counts of criminal vehicular operation in Ramsey County District Court.
Prosecutors said Taylor struck two Army recruiters Tuesday afternoon as they were walking toward their office. One rolled over the hood of the SUV, but a second man, later identified as Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, was pulled underneath and got stuck.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Torgerson hanging on to the rear bumper of the SUV and screaming as he was being dragged. On two different occasions, witnesses said, Taylor got out of the SUV and tried to dislodge Torgerson, but then got back in the vehicle and kept driving.
After nearly three-quarters of a mile, Torgerson freed himself. Police arrived to find him on the pavement, bleeding and in tattered clothing.