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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Man dies after fight at Denver Zoo

MATT STEINER Updated: July 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

(AP) — A man involved in a struggle Monday with two police officers and two security guards at the Denver Zoo has died.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said officers were called to a disturbance at the zoo at about 5 p.m. Monday. The man scuffled with the officers and guards, who were injured, Jackson said.

The man then stopped breathing and officers administered CPR. The man died at the hospital about an hour later.

The man's name and age hadn't been released Tuesday morning.

Jackson says it's unclear what started the disturbance. A woman with the man wasn't injured, so police don't know if it was a case of domestic violence as initially believed.

The officers and guards had bite wounds, sprains and other injuries.

One was treated at the hospital and released.

 

WEATHER

The National Weather Service expects mostly sunny skies and continuing sweltering temperatures for the Colorado Springs area Tuesday.

Highs should reach 92 degrees with light winds and a slight chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service.

 

AROUND COLORADO

Rainfall triggers flooding, mud slide
(AP) — Areas along the Blue River were flooding and a mud slide had closed part of a highway north of Silverthorne on Monday after up to 3 inches of rain fell.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Monday night for south-central Summit County. The weather service got reports of rainfall of up to 3 inches in Breckenridge.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said a mud slide has closed part of Colorado 9 about 18 miles north of Silverthorne.


Man charged in Wesleyan killing due back in court

(AP) — A Connecticut judge is expected to hear an update on the psychiatric evaluation of a man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student at a bookstore near the campus in 2009.

Stephen P. Morgan is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Tuesday. He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of Johanna Justin-Jinich, 21, of Timnath, Colo. His lawyers are expected to mount an insanity defense.

The case against the Marblehead, Mass., native had stalled because of delayed psychiatric testing. An expert hired by the state to evaluate Morgan, 31, became ill and couldn't finish the report, forcing State's Attorney Timothy Liston to hire another psychiatrist earlier this year.

Liston said the case can't move forward until the mental health evaluation is finished.


Real estate agent sentenced in Ponzi scheme

(AP) — A Fort Collins estate agent and sports booster convicted in a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to six years in the state Department of Corrections.

The Coloradoan reports that Jerry Brumit, 68, apologized to the several victims during the sentencing Monday. He added his intentions were good.

Brumit pleaded guilty in May to two counts of investment fraud. He was accused of promising to invest money from friends and real estate customers, but instead spent it on himself or to repay others.

Prosecutors say the fraud occurred from the mid- to late 2000s. Some of the victims said they lost their retirement savings.

Brumit has been ordered to repay about $600,000. Authorities say he could be sent to prison or a halfway house.


Group campaigns to protect
Colorado River flows
(AP) — Members of a coalition of Western businesses are meeting with officials in Washington, D.C, about maintaining healthy flows in the Colorado River to maintain the economy dependent on the river.

The group Protect the Flows is meeting Monday and Tuesday with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and congressional leaders. The group says 250 businesses in seven Western states have signed a letter saying a healthy Colorado River means healthy economics for local businesses and communities.

The group represents businesses in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. Members want to ensure that there's enough water to support the recreation and wildlife that support local economies. Protect the Flows says a federal study due next year on demands on the river should also focus on the river's health.

 

HAPPENINGS

- “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” children’s program, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

- “Public Free Day,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

- “Preparing for the Interview,” 10 a.m.-noon, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

- “Animals Around the World” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free; 382-5347.

- “Sound Ideas”: Children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., free.

- “Eiffel Off the Tower” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

- “Passport to Fun” foam painting block and origami craft for ages 3 and older, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Michaels, 2140 Southgate Road, 3040 N. Powers Blvd. and 7664 N. Academy Blvd., free with purchase of a crown.

- “SOCRATES CAFÉ” adult group discussion, 1 p.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

- Fountain Teen advisory Board meeting, 2 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

- Farmers market, 3-7 p.m., Fountain City Square, 116 S. Main St.

- Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting, 4-5 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

- Wayne Hammerstadt and Cynthia Lynn, 6-7:30 p.m., Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

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

- “A Writing Life” writing program for adults, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

- “Summer Film Series - Soundtrack for a Revolution,” 6:30 p.m., Colorado College, Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

- “Summer Intensive Student Song Recital” presented by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., $5 at the door.

- “Entertainment in the Park Series” with Barry McDonald and Cañon Rose Acoustic Society, 7-9 p.m., Veterans’ Park, Cañon City, free.

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