Man robbed while trying to sell his med pot stash

November 19, 2010

A man apparently was robbed Thursday night while trying to sell his medical marijuana to two teenagers, according to police reports.

The victim said he met the two boys at about 8 p.m. Thursday near Circle Drive and Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs. The suspects asked if he had any marijuana and the victim, who is a medical marijuana patient, offered to sell them some.

The three went behind a business where one of the boys pulled out a gun, demanding all the marijuana. The victim pulled out his knife and stabbed one of the suspects in the leg. They attacked him, took the pot and ran.

“I think he got his justice,” said Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Kirk Wilson, noting that the victim had not been arrested for attempting to sell marijuana.

When police arrived at about 8:30 p.m., the man’s head was bleeding and he told them the story, describing the teens as having shaved heads.

No suspects had been identified as of 6 a.m. Friday.

“We haven’t had anybody show up with a stab wound,” Wilson said.

Those who have information should call the police at 444-7000 or call Crimestoppers at 634-7867.


Judge to rule on Cherokee recall election

A judge is expected to decide Friday morning whether a recall election against the president of the Cherokee Metropolitan District should be allowed to go forward.

After a day and a half of testimony on alleged irregularities in the petition gathering process, 4th Judicial District Judge David L. Shakes said Thursday he will issue his ruling at 11 a.m. Friday on the challenge brought by Cherokee President Robert Lovato, the target of the recall.

Lovato’s lawyers have asked Shakes to either halt the election or withhold the results until the complaint can be heard at trial. They contend El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink failed to adequately investigate Lovato’s complaints of improper petition gathering.

An attorney for Balink countered that if mistakes were made in the petition process they were not substantial and that he properly allowed the election to proceed. Stopping the election would be an extreme and unwarranted action, the attorney argued.

Mail ballots were sent out Monday in the Dec. 7 election and some already have been returned. The district east of Colorado Springs provides water and sewer service for about 17,945 customers.



The National Weather Service is predicting sunny skies throughout the weekend with windy conditions. Friday’s high is expected to be near 70 degrees with temperatures in the mid-50s expected Saturday and Sunday.



Colorado outfitter, clients fined for illegal hunts

(AP) A longtime Colorado hunting guide and three out-of-state clients have been fined nearly $40,000 after pleading guilty to illegally hunting deer on the state's eastern plains.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says Thomas Tietz, 56, of Parker, has been fined $13,750 and faces the lifetime loss of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and several other states. Authorities say his clients illegally transferred their licenses to each other and one person hunted outside the permitted area.

Authorities say Thomas Franks, 56, of Harrisburg, Ill., and Amy Word, 35, of Newburgh, Ind., were each fined $11,968. Blaise Pignotti, 57, of St. Louis, Mo., was fined $1,968.


Colorado GOP retains control of state House

(AP) Republican Robert Ramirez has been declared the winner of the last remaining state House race in Colorado, ending a challenge by Democrats that could have put them back in control.

Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson said Thursday that Ramirez beat incumbent Democrat Debbie Benefield by 197 votes following a recount. Ramirez won 12,738 to 12,541.

That's three times as many votes as would be required to trigger a mandatory recount under state law.

After Election Day, Republicans claimed they had taken control of the House by just one seat, overturning six years of Democratic majorities.


Power restored to 25,000 Xcel Energy customers

(AP) About 25,000 Xcel Energy customers east of downtown Denver were without power more than an hour in the same area where an explosion and fire at an electric power substation this summer knocked out power.

Power was restored after about 80 minutes Thursday evening. Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Henley says the utility is trying to determine what caused the latest outage.

The affected area included the Congress Park and City Park neighborhoods, but William Allstetter of National Jewish Health says the hospital didn't lose power because it has another connection to the grid.


Utah man pleads guilty in Denver-area arson

(AP) A Salt Lake City man connected to animal rights activism has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Denver-area store that sells sheepskin seat covers and clothing.

The U.S. attorney's office for Colorado says Walter Bond, 34, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of use of fire or explosives to destroy property and one count of force, violence and threats against an animal enterprise.

Bond faces 5 to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 11.

Authorities say Bond posted a message online taking responsibility for the fire that destroyed the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale in April. The message by "ALF Lone Wolf" warned that "making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated."


Economic hurdles plague public art

(AP) Public art remains a tough sell in towns where workers and services are being reduced - even when the art projects were paid for in better times.

Officials in the posh mountain resort of Vail recently decided to shell out an extra $95,000 to move a statue installation out of storage, only after assuring residents that the money comes from a fund that can't be used for the basics.

National arts advocates say similar debates are playing out in towns rich and poor as officials mull how to maintain public art projects started when the economy was better.

Public officials sometimes find it hard to direct money toward public art when it could be used for other things.



- “Playaway Day” to introduce audiobook collection, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Briargate Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

- “Einstein Goes to the Opera” with students from The Colorado Springs Conservatory, 3 p.m., 1600 N. Union Blvd., $8.

- “Economics and Business Seminar Series” lecture by Felicia Ionescu, 4 p.m., Colorado College, Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

- Zach Deputy, 7-10 p.m. Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $10.

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