SALT LAKE CITY
Charges weighed in ref’s death
A Utah prosecutor says he plans to decide within a day or two what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a coma.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he and his team are reviewing the evidence and state statutes to determine appropriate charges. Gill says there are strict rules to follow because the suspect is a juvenile.
Police say the 17-year-old, whose name hasn’t been released, struck the 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo in the side of the head during a recreational soccer league match after the referee called a penalty.
Portillo died Saturday after a week in a coma.
The teen is in juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. He may face more severe charges.
Court-martial in military murder
A court-martial is under way at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington against an Army sergeant for the fatal shootings of five fellow servicemen in Iraq.
Sgt. John Russell, of Sherman, Texas, already pleaded guilty to the killings but did not agree that the shootings were premeditated. Prosecutors will seek to prove that Russell plotted the shootings in advance.
Russell went on a shooting spree at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Center near Baghdad in May 2009. Two evaluations presented during a 2009 hearing said Russell suffered from severe depression with psychotic features and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.
Owner may face murder charge
Bangladeshi police are investigating possible murder charges against the owner of a shoddily built factory that collapsed nearly two weeks ago after the wife of a garment worker crushed in the accident filed a complaint.
The development comes as officials said Monday that the death toll from the country’s worst industrial disaster had reached 675.
Sheuli Akter, the wife of Jahangir Alam, filed the complaint with Dhaka magistrate Wasim Sheikh, saying her husband and other workers were “pushed toward death” by building owner Mohammed Sohel Rana and two others.
Alam was employed in New Wave Styles Ltd., one of the five garment factories housed in the eight-story Rana Plaza that collapsed April 24 as workers started their morning shift even though cracks had developed in the building.
New Wave Styles owner Bazlul Adnan and local government engineer Imtemam Hossain were the two others accused in the case.
Museum dedicated to ABBA
A museum devoted to the pop superstars ABBA, opening in Stockholm on Tuesday, will celebrate the band’s long list of hits. But it will also show off paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of its “Arrival” album, a star-shaped guitar and dozens of glitzy costumes the Swedish band wore at the height of its 1970s fame.
Some gear is definitely not on show. With a smirk on his face, band member Bjorn Ulvaeus says certain items are “mysteriously … forever lost,” conceding only that among them are “embarrassing” tight costumes he wore when he was “slightly overweight.” He declined to say more on the matter.