April 27, 1999 |
Stung by criticism that rescuers may have been too slow to respond to the tragedy in Littleton, Colo., law enforcement officials nationwide said that they want to examine the tactics SWAT teams use in such emergencies, but are hamstrung by the public's misunderstanding of their mission. Last week's school shooting has highlighted a growing schism between members of the public and the law enforcement community over how aggressively SWAT teams should move to stop such calamities--and at what risk.
April 9, 2000 |
A former lead detective in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case says he believes the murdered girl's mother wrote the ransom note that was in the family home the day her body was found. In an interview airing Monday on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," Steve Thomas, who resigned in protest of what he called the lack of aggressive prosecution of the case, said Patsy Ramsey wrote the note.
May 1, 1999 |
A sheriff's deputy based at Columbine High School was told to keep an eye on Eric Harris, and did so for a year, reporting back that he saw no signs of impending trouble, authorities said Friday.
August 23, 1989 |
They found his squad car in a parking lot between some warehouses at 3:30 in the morning. Motor running, emergency flashers on, driver's door open, radio still crackling. But four days have passed now, and still there is no trace of Officer David Hayhurst, no clue about what happened to a routine cop on a routine night doing a routine job. "This is just unheard of," said his commander, Capt. Mike O'Neill. Hayhurst had asked for a special assignment last Thursday when he reported for his 7 p.m.
November 21, 1997 |
After a series of fatal shootings, high-speed chases, running gun battles and death threats involving violent young white supremacists, authorities put the city on what amounted to a "skinhead alert" Thursday. "In this city we're not going to tolerate people shooting anyone . . . based upon someone's color, or someone's gender, or someone's sexual orientation, or if they're wearing a blue uniform," Denver Mayor Wellington Webb vowed at a news conference.
September 26, 1993 |
John Denver has been sentenced to sing at a benefit concert to settle drunk-driving charges after he pleaded guilty to driving while his ability was impaired. The 49-year-old performer was originally charged with driving under the influence, but prosecutors agreed to let him plead guilty to the lesser charge. The longtime resident of this Rocky Mountain ski resort has until March 8 to complete the typical sentence of 28 hours of public service, which will include doing the benefit.