- - Sunday, January 8, 2012


Bomb that injured 2 was in paper bag, police say

LAFAYETTE — A bomb that seriously injured two people was left beside their car in a paper bag with their names written on it, police said Sunday.

Allyson Stone, 44, and her husband, Christopher Stone, 59, were hospitalized with burns after the explosion Saturday in Lafayette, a town of 24,000 north of Denver. No other information about the couple or the device had been released.

The couple found the bag as they were preparing to drive to Boulder, and they put it in the car with them, police said. Mr. Stone told investigators it exploded as his wife began to open it after they had driven about a block.

No one has been arrested.

About 20 homes were evacuated as police investigated. Residents were allowed to return about eight hours later when no other explosives were found. Police have said they believe the Stones were the target and that the public wasn’t in danger.

Mrs. Stone received death threats in 2010 after a dog bit her and the case went to court, the Denver Post reported. The dog could have been put down under vicious-animal statutes but was spared. Authorities have said they don’t believe the explosion was related to that incident but hadn’t ruled it out.

3 Air Force cadets charged with sexual assault

AIR FORCE ACADEMY — The Air Force Academy said three cadets have been charged with unrelated sexual assaults, just weeks after the academy released a report showing an increase in such cases from the previous year.

The commanders recommended the charges at this time “due to the near simultaneous completion of each individual investigation,” Col. Tamra Rank, the academy’s vice superintendent, said in a statement.

The cadets -Stephan H. Claxton, Kyle A. Cressy and Robert M. Evenson Jr. - are not incarcerated. Their hometowns were not released. The cadets were not available for comment, academy officials said.

Cadets Claxton and Cressy are attending classes and Cadet Evenson is on casual status, a category usually used for cadets awaiting another assignment.

Hearings are expected by next month.


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