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 A police officer demonstrates a Taser. Last week, a federal judge dismissed a $4.5 million lawsuit filed by a man who was Tasered by a former Colonial Beach police officer in 2005.
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Date published: 3/9/2008

Hearing delayed on Kalahari package

A public hearing on the $61 million incentives package for a proposed Kalahari Resort in Celebrate Virginia won't happen until April 8.

The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday, but City Manager Phillip Rodenberg said the agreement that will govern those incentives isn't ready yet. Neither is a consultant's report the city commissioned to assess Kalahari's feasibility, its economic impact and whether it is worthy of public incentives.

Work on the "performance agreement" that will govern the incentives the city uses to lure the $225 million project has taken longer than anticipated, because the city and Kalahari have sought a legal framework for distributing the money.

Judge tosses out lawsuit over Taser

A federal judge has dismissed a $4.5 million lawsuit filed by a man who was Tasered by a former Colonial Beach police officer in 2005.

In a decision filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said former Sgt. Ryan Hood was "entitled to qualified immunity" from civil liability when he shot James E. Keller with the stun gun.

"Reasonably believing that Keller posed a threat, it was appropriate to shoot Keller with the Taser," Hudson wrote in an opinion accompanying his order to dismiss the suit.

A federal grand jury indicted Hood and former Colonial Beach police Chief Courtlandt A. Turner on multiple criminal charges arising from the incident. Another federal judge ac quitted both officers of all charges last year.

Cocaine suspected in man's death

Cocaine may have contributed to the death of a man who died in the back of a Fredericksburg police cruiser March 2, police said.

James Howard Jones Jr., 36, of Roanoke died after being arrested following a disturbance at the Twi-Lite Motel in Fredericksburg, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.


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