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SUNRISE: 1 dead, another injured in early-morning stabbing

JAKOB RODGERS Updated: July 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

A 32-year-old man was killed and another person was injured in a stabbing early Monday morning.

The man was lying beside a red Ford F-150 outside the four-plex. There was no one outside as police officers investigated the scene Monday morning.

Officers found a man stabbed to death shortly before 1 a.m. while responding to a report of a disturbance in the 1100 block of Mazatlan Circle, according to Colorado Springs police.

His name was not released Monday morning.

A 31-year-old man was also taken to the hospital with “substantial injuries,” police said, though he is expected to survive.

Police said they have contacted everyone believed to be involved in the stabbing, though it’s not immediately known who might have killed the man.

 

WEATHER

Skies should be mostly sunny Monday as temperatures in Colorado Springs rise to 94 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A few clouds are forecast to roll in overnight, with temperatures dipping to 63 degrees before climbing back into the mid-90s on Tuesday.

 

AROUND COLORADO

1 killed, 2 hurt in Grand Junction shootings
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Police say a gunman killed one man and injured two others outside a Grand Junction fast-food restaurant.

Investigators say two men approached the victims Saturday night and one opened fire. No one has been arrested.

The victims' names haven't been released. Officers say they all appeared to be in their 30s.

Police say one of the survivors was struck by a bullet and the other by shrapnel.

Investigators say they have limited information about the suspects, who fled the scene in different directions. A police dog tracked the suspects a short distance before losing the trail.

Officers were investigating potential witnesses. Police are also asking for the public's help.

 

Colorado mother wishes for meeting with son's killers
DENVER (AP) — New Colorado legislation encourages prison officials to try to facilitate meetings between victims and their offenders to help both parties find closure.

As many as 200 people want to meet their offenders and are on a list with the Colorado Department of Corrections. But prison officials say lack of funds will make it difficult to implement a program to make the meetings happen soon.

Corrections officials say facilitating such reconciliation meetings is a process that takes months to ensure the victim and the offender are emotionally and mentally ready.

The idea for the meetings is part of a bill signed into law that emphasizes an alternative sentencing option known as restorative justice, which favors restitution instead of imprisonment. It takes effect Aug. 10.

Alabama, California, and Vermont have similar laws.


GOP-leaning group targets House Democrats with ads

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative group linked with Republican strategist Karl Rove is launching an ad campaign targeting 10 vulnerable House Democrats up for re-election in 2012.

Crossroads GPS will run ads for the next two weeks targeting Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Jim Matheson of Utah, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of New York, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, Jerry Costello of Illinois and Lois Capps of California.

The ads target the lawmakers on tax and spending issues and begin running Monday. Crossroads is spending $1.4 million on the campaign.

Crossroads and an affiliated organization, American Crossroads, spent $38.6 million in 2010 against Democrats.

 

Tessera Solar drops proposed Colorado project
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Tessera Solar has withdrawn its proposal to put thousands of parabolic dishes in southern Colorado to collect the sun's energy and turn it into electricity.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Tessera told Saguache County officials in writing Monday that an ongoing local government review over the last several months had led the company to withdraw. A company spokeswoman denied the newspaper's request for a phone interview Tuesday.

Residents had expressed concerns about noise and other potential effects of the proposed project.

The dishes Tessera planned to use would have had engines to convert solar energy into electricity. Tessera had estimated its project would have employed 40 people.

Another company, California-based SolarReserve, has proposed building a pair of 100-megawatt plants northeast of Center, but it hasn't submitted a final application yet.

 

HAPPENINGS

-- Farmers market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave.

-- Farmers market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, in front of red house, 225 North Gate Blvd.

-- “Life Circles” writing group, 10 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- “Christmas in July” monogrammed Charger demo for adults, 6-7 p.m., Michaels, 2140 Southgate Road, 3040 N. Powers Blvd. and 7664 N. Academy Blvd., free.

-- “Stitch Wits,” 6:30 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free8.

-- Little London Winds, 7 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

-- J. Miller Band, 7-8 p.m., Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- “Speak English” informal conversation circle for adults, 7 p.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

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