April 15, 2011
Expect clear skies and plenty of sunshine Friday in the Pikes Peak region. And you might get out your kite: The National Weather Service is predicting a pickup of winds in the afternoon.
The overnight low is forecast at 28 degrees, but the weekend warms up with highs of about 65 degrees on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. Enjoy!
Feds issue fire restrictions in eastern Colorado
CANON CITY (AP) — Fire restrictions have been approved on federal lands in northern and southeastern Colorado and along the east side of the Rockies because of the high fire danger.
The Bureau of Land Management says campfires are allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. But building or maintaining a fire, campfire or any type of open fire in undeveloped areas is prohibited on BLM lands.
Wildfires burning in the tinder-dry conditions of eastern Colorado and driven by high winds have burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes and other buildings from the northern part of the state to the southeast part.
Parents must be told when school workers arrested
FORT COLLINS (AP) — The Colorado Board of Education has approved rules requiring school districts to notify parents whenever a school employee is arrested or charged with any felony and misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, child abuse or indecent exposure.
The rules, approved Wednesday, take effect May 30. The board began considering the rules after an investigation last year by the Coloradoan in Fort Collins indicated the state Department of Education hadn't been complying with a state law requiring that it notify school districts of arrests and charges.
The new requirements apply to school district employees whose job brings them into contact with students. Parents must also be notified of drug arrests or charges, excluding marijuana possession.
Parents must be notified when a school employee who transports children is arrested or charged with DUI.
Regents vote to eliminate CU's journalism school
BOULDER (AP) — Regents at the University of Colorado have voted to discontinue the journalism program on the Boulder campus.
The Daily Camera reported Thursday that regents voted 5-4 to close CU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. CU President Bruce Benson, the journalism school's advisory board and a committee have all recommended the school be shut down.
Regents who voted for the closure argued that the school has failed to adapt to the changing media landscape.
Regents who voted against the closure said there is still a high demand for a journalism education. They say they can't close the school without a plan for future journalism students.
Current journalism students will be able to complete their degrees.
Police: Workers responded to assault at airport
DENVER (AP) — Denver police believe employees who witnessed an alleged sexual assault at the airport responded appropriately by calling for help.
That's counter to statements by the woman's family that some people may have walked by without helping.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says Denver International Airport employees called security to report Tuesday's incident in a near-empty concourse. Jackson said airport security then contacted police.
DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone said an initial airport review found that employees followed proper procedure in responding to the incident.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. The district attorney's office said charges could be filed Friday.
Colorado hoops coach charged with child sex assault
LAKEWOOD (AP) — A girls' high school basketball coach has been charged with sexually assaulting two female students at the suburban Denver high school where he worked.
The Jefferson County district attorney's office says Wesley Adam Specht, 26, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust.
One count of sexual assault of a child when the victim is under 15 was added Thursday.
Specht was arrested last week on allegations of inappropriate relationships with female students at Alameda High School. Three school district employees were placed on paid administrative leave while officials investigated whether they knew about the relationships.
Specht is jailed on a $10,000 bond.
3 suspects arrested in young couple's deaths
AURORA (AP) — Police have arrested three people in the deaths of a suburban Denver woman whose body was found last week and her boyfriend, who was shot last November.
The decomposed body of Tiffany Shantay Durst, 21, was found in the Cherry Creek spillway. She had been missing since November, when her boyfriend, Terence George, 22, was found shot to death in their apartment.
Aurora police said Thursday that three people are being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder. Police say they are errence Andre McNeal, 20, Janelle Kimberly Harris, 20, and Tiera Lachae Homes, 19.
The court has sealed the arrest affidavits for the suspects.
Police: Body in Denver Dumpster likely a homicide
DENVER (AP) — Denver police say the body of a man found in a large Denver trash bin might have been the victim of a homicide.
Police said Thursday that a woman found the body in a Dumpster in a Denver alley. The woman told The Denver Post that she was taking out the garbage when she noticed something sticking out of the trash and realized it was a hand.
Officials say an autopsy is pending, but it looks like it was a homicide. Police say the 73-year-old victim appears to have suffered a gunshot wound.
Police initially called the death suspicious, then called it a homicide investigation.