- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2006

Group warns neighbors about Karr’s presence

ATLANTA — A neighborhood group is warning members that the man who was briefly a suspect in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey is now living in the community with his father.

The Chastain Park Civic Association sent an e-mail Thursday to its 2,000 member homeowners announcing that John Mark Karr had moved into his father’s home in a well-to-do Atlanta neighborhood.

The e-mail noted that Wex Karr’s house is about three blocks from a playground.

John Mark Karr has “brought a lot of attention upon himself in the media, which is really … frightening neighbors,” said Jim King, president of the neighborhood association.

A man who answered the phone at the Karr home declined to comment and refused to identify himself.

Teen trying suicide charged in crash

ATLANTA — A 16-year-old girl counted down her suicide attempt through text messages to a female classmate who had rebuffed her sexual advances before crashing her vehicle into an oncoming car, killing a mother of three and injuring the victim’s 6-year-old daughter, prosecutors said.

“She was actually counting down her imminent threat: ‘Nine, eight, seven, six … I’m going to do it,” said Paul Howard, the Fulton County district attorney.

The girl, Louise Egan Brunstad, was charged Thursday with felony murder for ramming her family’s Mercedes head-on into a smaller Daewoo driven by Nancy Salado-Mayo, 30, who was killed. Prosecutors intend to try her as an adult. If convicted, she faces an automatic life sentence.

Louisiana plans to repay FEMA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s legislative auditor recommended yesterday that the state pay 88 percent of what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking in reimbursement for hurricane recovery efforts, saying the rest of the money was either improperly spent or couldn’t be accounted for.

After getting approval from a legislative budget panel, state officials planned yesterday to wire that 88 percent — $335 million — to FEMA.

It was not clear how the state would deal with the remaining money, about $45 million, that FEMA says it is owed.

Judge upholds smoking ban

DENVER — A federal judge yesterday upheld Colorado’s statewide smoking ban, rejecting arguments that it violates the constitutional rights of bar owners.

The bar owners had sued to overturn the ban, arguing it unfairly applied to them while exempting casinos and airport smoking lounges.

U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock ruled they had not shown the exemptions were irrational or unfair. He rejected the plaintiffs’ arguments that the ban unfairly made bar owners criminally liable for their patrons’ actions, that its penalties were vague and that it infringed on their property rights.

The smoking ban, approved by the Legislature and governor last spring, took effect July 1. It exempts casinos, cigar bars, airport smoking lounges and private workplaces with three employees or fewer.

The lawsuit was filed in June by the Coalition for Equal Rights Inc. and Shari Warren, a tavern owner in Black Forest.

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