Pro-life group kicks out chapter
DENVER — Colorado Right to Life was kicked out of the National Right to Life coalition yesterday, in part for publicly criticizing Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.
The Colorado group and three others accused Mr. Dobson of misrepresenting the U.S. Supreme Court’s April decision that upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion. Mr. Dobson had praised the ruling as a victory, but the Colorado group said in full-page ads in The Washington Times and elsewhere that it would encourage doctors to find other, “less shocking” methods.
In a written statement, the national coalition said it disagreed with the ad. It said its rules require state affiliates to be in line with the national group’s objectives. National Right to Life has named Colorado Citizens for Life/Protecting Life Now as its new state affiliate.
In a written statement, Focus on the Family said it appreciated the national group’s action.
Police chief killed taking man to jail
CLAY CITY A small-town police chief was fatally shot yesterday by a man being driven to jail on a charge of driving under the influence, authorities said.
A county judge-executive said Chief Randy Lacy, 55, was shot from the back seat of his cruiser, but authorities at a press conference did not confirm that.
Chief Lacy, 55, had been police chief of this town of 1,300 in the Appalachian foothills since 2004.
Charges were pending against Jamie Barnett, 37, state police said. Mr. Barnett has a long criminal history, according to court records. He was charged with assaulting a police officer in 1994, according to the records.
In April, he was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and disorderly conduct, court records said. Records also show that the April 9 drunken-driving arrest was his second such offense.
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