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SUNRISE: Services set today for Lou Smit, Ted Eastburn

August 20, 2010
photo - The service for Lou Smit  Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at New Life Church.    KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE
The service for Lou Smit Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at New Life Church. KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE 

Services for Lou Smit

Noted Colorado Springs homicide investigator Lou Smit will be remembered Friday at New Life Church.

A public memorial, at 11025 Voyager Parkway, will include a viewing at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.

Smit, who died Aug. 11 at age 75 after battling cancer, spent much of his career with the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

He worked on such well-known cases as the 1991 slaying of 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church, and made his name nationally by helping Boulder authorities investigate the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

Smit threw his hat in the Ramsey-case ring when he disagreed with the common theory that JonBenet’s parents were involved. Smit insisted they were innocent.


Services for Ted Eastburn

Memorial services for Dr. Ted Eastburn will be Friday at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus.

The Colorado Springs cardiologist and former City Council member, who killed himself Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, will be remembered at 10 a.m. at the 1010 N. Nevada Ave. chapel.

Memorial contributions in Eastburn's name should be made to Peak Vista, a foundation which provides health care services to the underinsured and uninsured. Contact Peak Vista at 340 Printers Parkway, Colorado Springs, or call 344-6458 or e-mail the foundation at foundation@peakvista .org.


Sun is on the agenda today.

The National Weather Service is predicting clear skies with a high near 83 degrees for the Colorado Springs area.

The weekend should be similar with the mercury rising just a bit. Saturday and Sunday could have temperatures near 90 degrees with rain unlikely until Sunday afternoon.



Denver internal affairs case to reopen

(AP) Anger over a video showing Denver police slamming a Hispanic man to the ground has intensified as Latino and African-American leaders called for the resignation of the city official who decided against firing the officers involved.

Safety Manager Ron Perea's decision to keep the officers on the force is also getting a second look by the police department itself, which announced Thursday that it will reopen the internal affairs case because of new witnesses.

Perea also heard Thursday from Latino and African-American leaders during a meeting. They say he should fire the officers caught on video arresting 24-year-old Michael DeHerrera or he should resign.

The video shows an officer slamming DeHerrera to the ground before the camera moves back.

Perea disciplined the officers but says the video doesn't tell the whole story. Denver's independent police monitor recommended that they be fired.


Judge orders insurer to make golf expenses public

(AP) A Denver District Court judge has ordered the state-chartered workers' compensation insurer to make public the expense accounts for a golf trip earlier this year. The judge ruled Thursday that the reports are public information after KMGH-TV in Denver reported that CEO Ken Ross and three board members attended a golf trip in May to Pebble Beach, Calif., that was intended to reward top-producing agents.


Claims over 2005 jet crash near Pueblo settled

(AP) Court records say family members who sued over a fatal Colorado crash of a jet owned by Circuit City Stores Inc. have reached settlements of their lawsuits. A document filed Thursday in federal court in Denver didn't disclose terms.

The crash in February 2005 killed the jet's two pilots and six passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the pilots were dealing with ice on the wings and a runway change as they approached the Pueblo airport and didn't notice the plane had slowed to an unsafe speed.


Boulder police investigate mailbox explosions

(AP) Boulder police are investigating what appears to be the latest in a series of homemade explosive devices being set off in the area. Police say four mailboxes in north Boulder were damaged Wednesday by what appear to be pipe-type explosive devices.


Crews contain wildfire in NW Colorado

(AP) Crews have contained a wildfire in northwest Colorado that quickly spread to thousands of acres. The fire grew to 7,917 acres, or about 12 square miles, after a lightning strike Wednesday 10 miles north of Maybell in Moffatt County. Crews declared the fire 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon.


CU-Boulder chosen as partner in new space center

(AP) The University of Colorado is one of eight universities and other institutions chosen to be part of a new center focusing on commercial space travel, launch operations and space commerce.

The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday announced the selection of CU-Boulder to participate in the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation is responsible for licensing, regulating and promoting the commercial space industry.

Aerospace engineering sciences professor David Klaus will be the principal investigator for CU's portion of the federally funded project. He is a former launch controller for the space shuttle program.



- Farmers market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Center and Henrietta streets, Woodland Park.

- Farmers market, 4-8 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

- Days of 8ight, 5-8 p.m., Will Rogers Lounge, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, free.

- Vlila Mori, Andy Burtschi, Stefan Flores and Brad Beitry, 8:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.

- 40 oz. Freedom Fighters, 9 p.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave.

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