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2/11/1997

City officials meet

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- City and county officials met behind closed doors for nearly three hours Monday amid rumors that a possible arrest in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case is imminent.

Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby, District Attorney Alex Hunter, Boulder police Commander John Eller, city public relations representatives Leslie Aaholm and Kelvin McNeill and Boulder County Public Information Officer Jana Petersen discussed the ``logistics'' and ``timing'' surrounding the now seven-week old homicide investigation, authorities said.

McNeill said this morning that the meeting was routine and that key people involved in the case meet ``frequently'' to talk about issues related to the Ramsey investigation.

However, he said that despite the appearance of the meeting, the case is not shifting to the prosecution stage.

``No arrests are pending,'' McNeill said. ``It's reasonable to expect in any major situation that requires logistical planning and frequent communication'' that meetings will be held. It just so happened, he continued, that it was the city's turn to sponsor the meeting, he added.

Hunter said that the conference was to discuss how to handle the media.

``It's misleading,'' he said about the meeting's appearance. ``It's more of a media issue and trying to set up a possible press conference that has not been scheduled.''

It does not mean the case is being turned over to his office, he added.

Police are still releasing little information about the homicide investigation, now it its 48th day.

JonBenet, the 1995 Little Miss Colorado, was found Dec. 26 in the basement of her family's lavish Boulder home. Authorities said the 6-year-old beauty queen died of strangulation. Media reports have stated the child suffered a fractured skull and had been sexually assaulted. Authorities did not confirm those statements.

In other developments:

* JonBenet's parents, prominent Boulder businessman John Ramsey and former Miss West Virginia Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey have not submitted to a formal police interview, saying they will not go to the police department.

The television news program ``Inside Edition'' said Monday the Ramseys have agreed to an interview with police, but not at police headquarters.

Boulder police have said they want a formal interview at police headquarters where it could be videotaped, and family members have refused.

* Media outlets, including Daily Times-Call, will argue Wednesday that the Boulder County coroner's autopsy report should be opened to the public. Another hearing involving the sealed search warrants is scheduled for next week.

* Ramsey family friend and owner of Pasta Jays, Jay Lowell Elowsky was arrested Monday for investigation of felony menacing and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon after he allegedly trying to attack a reporter with an aluminum baseball bat. Elowsky, 36, was scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Police said several reporters were waiting in an area where the Ramsey family may have been living. The mother, Patricia Ramsey , has refused to move back into the home where her daughter was slain and authorities said the family was staying with friends.

Lee Frank, a freelance reporter, told police he was walking down a hillside when Elowsky got out of a car with a silver baseball bat and began walking toward him, ``swimging the bat in a threatening manner.''

Frank said he ran to avoid getting hit, and called police.

Police later stopped the vehicle and removed a bat and loaded gun from a paper bag in the front floorboard.