- - Thursday, February 9, 2012

COLORADO

Fugitive sibling pleads guilty to state charges

WALSENBURG | One of three siblings accused in a multistate crime spree pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the trio’s capture in Colorado.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of felony menacing. She faces nine to 28 years when she is sentenced April 30.

Judge Claude Appel told Dougherty that she could serve her Colorado sentence concurrently with any other sentences she might receive elsewhere.

Dougherty faced the assault charge for pointing a gun at Walsenburg police Chief James Chamberlain after the chase that led to the siblings’ capture Aug. 10. The menacing charges relate to charges that her brothers pointed guns at other officers but Dougherty was charged as a conspirator. Prosecutors last week dropped attempted-murder charges against her.

Dougherty and her brothers, Ryan Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, are accused of shooting at a police officer in Florida, as well as robbing a Georgia bank before being captured in southern Colorado.

OREGON

School says Confederate flag not protected speech

MEDFORD | A school bus company has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon driver fired for refusing to take a Confederate battle flag off his pickup truck while parked on school property.

An attorney for First Student Inc. argued Thursday that the flag was not political speech protected by the U.S. Constitution, but merely a private expression of Mr. Webber’s “redneck” lifestyle. The flag is emblazoned with the word “redneck.”

The company says they fired Mr. Webber for insubordination after the Phoenix-Talent School District said the flag violated a policy prohibiting symbols that express racism or white supremacy. Mr. Webber’s attorney argued that even as an expression of lifestyle, the flag amounts to protected speech.

Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke didn’t say when he would make a decision.

NEW YORK

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