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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Man cited after reporting Craigslist 'other woman' as burglar

RYAN MAYE HANDY Updated: October 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police cited a man after he falsely reported a burglary at his house early Wednesday morning.

Kevin Gaylor, 24, invited a woman he had met via the online service Craigslist to his home in the 4900 block of Picturesque Circle just after 3 a.m. so they could "get better acquainted," police said.

When Gaylor's girlfriend came home unexpectedly, Gaylor called police to report the other woman as a "burglary in progress," police said.

Gaylor was cited on suspicion of false reporting to authorities.


School board member accused of sexual assualt and 'sexting' due in court
Stefanie Dickinson, the 37-year-old Ellicott School Board member accused of "sexting" and sexually assaulting a teenage boy will appear in District Court on Wednesday. Two former students of the school district say they had sex with Dickinson in 2008, according to an arrest affidavit.

Read more about the allegations against Dickinson at gazette.com.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

Oct. 26, 1911
George Edwaldt’s desire to coast from the top of Pikes Peak on the rails of the Cog road into Manitou almost came fulfilled yesterday, but not in a manner he expected.  His toboggan left the track soon after he started, and came to a sudden stop, but Edwaldt kept going.  He might have had a six-mile slide if he had not struck a big boulder after traveling about 100 yards.

Oct. 26, 1936
With addresses of welcome by Gov. Ed C. Johnson and Mayor Birdsall of Colorado Springs, hotel men of three mountain states this afternoon will open the thirty-sixth annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Hotel Association in the Antlers hotel.

Oct. 26, 1961
Residents of East Bijou Street are still feeling the effects of the heavy hail and rain storm June 3.  One of the hardest hit was the property at 509-511 E. Bijou St., where a huge hole was created when a concrete cover over Shooks Run collapsed.  During the past four and one-half months, no action has been taken to cover the hole, considered to be a hazard for the children in the area.



WEATHER
The National Weather Service predicts a high of 30 degrees Wednesday, and lows in the teens overnight. The forecast for the next 24 hours is for a constant steady snow, with another possible few inches falling in Colorado Springs by noon.

Read about weather-related delays and closures here.

Read about how we prepared for and are coping with the weather.


AROUND COLORADO
Obama wraps up 3-day Western tour in Denver
DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama is wrapping up a three-day tour through crucial political states, searching for votes and money and unveiling executive steps to prime the economy even as his jobs bill struggles in Congress.

Obama held six fundraisers, including star-studded events in Los Angeles. He gathered backers in Denver and Las Vegas, urging them to find energy for the 2012 campaign. And he coined a new slogan — "We can't wait" — to draw distinctions with congressional Republicans who oppose his $447 billion economic plan.

On Wednesday, at the University of Colorado's Denver campus, he will highlight a new initiative to make it easier for graduates to repay their student loans.

He earlier announced a mortgage refinancing program and on Tuesday the White House announced new steps to help veterans.


Teacher accused of making bomb threat at school

DENVER (AP) — Police and prosecutors say a gym teacher who didn't want to be at school last week left a note at her elementary school saying there was a bomb inside.

Officials at the private, bilingual school Escuela de Guadalupe tell KUSA-TV in Denver that 42-year-old Jennifer Gomes has been suspended. She is free on a $2,000 bond.

Police say the note was left at the school's main entrance Oct. 17. A police report says Gomes allegedly admitted leaving the note. Gomes faces a charge of false reporting of explosives.


Fort Collins man accused of sexually assaulting 7

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Larimer County sheriff's officials have arrested a Fort Collins man suspected of inappropriately touching seven girls, some of whom authorities say were lured with alcohol and cigarettes.

Authorities said Tuesday there could be more victims.

James William Swets, 46, faces multiple felony counts of sexual assault against a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, enticement of a child, and attempted unlawful sexual contact.

The Coloradoan reports Swets lives on the grounds of the Swetsville Zoo, which is a collection of whimsical sculptures by Bill Swets near Timnath. Workers there told the newspaper Swets wasn't there Tuesday.


Man charged with setting fire by Air Force Academy

(AP) — A man accused of setting a fire near the U.S. Air Force Academy on the Pike National Forest this summer is due to be arraigned Thursday.

Michael Anthony Penn, 22, is charged with setting timber afire and damaging U.S. property by fire on Aug. 19.

The U.S. attorney's office in Denver says he was arrested in Las Vegas and was transferred to Denver, where he made an initial appearance in federal court on Monday without an attorney.

The fire burned about 60 acres. Court documents say a suspicious vehicle near the scene was registered to Penn's girlfriend.

Three unrelated witnesses reported seeing Penn in the area around the time, and when investigators went to question him, they allegedly found soot marks and burn holes on his clothes.


Girl cited with bringing pot brownie to school

DENVER (AP) — Denver police have cited an eighth-grade student accused of bringing a brownie laced with marijuana to school.

Police spokesman John White says the girl got the brownie from someone on the street and brought it to Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. White says the student shared the brownie with four to five friends, one of whom got sick.

The eighth-grader was cited with unlawful acts on school grounds and possession or consumption of marijuana.

 

HAPPENINGS

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

-- “Senior Synergy” adult discussion group, 10 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- “Halloween Visor Event,” children ages 3 and older can create a Halloween visor, 6-8 p.m., local Michaels Stores, free with purchase of visor, while supplies last.

-- “Wednesday Night at the Movies - The Green Lantern,” 6:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

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