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SUNRISE: Fire crews extinguish ice cream truck fire

By: MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ
April 11, 2012
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Fire crews quickly put out an ice cream truck that caught fire early Wednesday morning at a Frosty Freeze warehouse.

According to firefighters, the fire broke out at 1:30 a.m. at the Frosty Freeze warehouse, 913 Sierra Madre Street. The location houses ice cream trucks that are used by the company.

Firefighters are still investigating the fire but say that the vehicle was plugged in when it caught fire and it may have had an overloaded circuit. The vehicle was a total loss. No structures were burned in the fire.


Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy to be sentenced for careless driving death

A former El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy, who was convicted of careless driving resulting in death, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for the crime.

Rodney Fannin was accused of running a red light Aug. 3, 2011, and slamming his vehicle into another driven by 41-year-old Vivian Elmo, a captain with the 310th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base. She died at the scene. Fannin’s lawyers argued that the stoplight was malfunctioning but it took a jury just two hours to convict him. He faces up to a year in jail. Click here to read more about the trial.

Closing arguments scheduled for June kidnapping and murder case

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday for an ex-University of Phoenix official who is accused of kidnapping and murdering an Iraq war veteran.

Michael Berkowitz, 62, faces the potential of life in prison in the June 30, 2011, slaying of Matthew Moore of Colorado Springs.

Moore, 27, was a decorated Iraq War veteran who authorities say was shot twice in the back on an Ivywild neighborhood street while trying to escape Berkowitz and his alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Rodrigo Rubio.

Investigators say the pair abducted Moore from the Sun Springs Motel on South Nevada Avenue in hopes he could lead them to drug dealers who ripped them off in the motel parking lot earlier that day — selling Rubio $500 worth of dirt instead of heroin.

Although prosecutors allege Rubio was the shooter, Berkowitz was charged with first-degree murder under the theory he should share responsibility for participating in an abduction that led to a man’s death. Read more here about the case.

Information session Wednesday for Woodmen improvement project

The City of Colorado Springs is hosting a public open house Wednesday to give information about Phase 2 of the Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project. The project stretches from Interstate 25 to Powers Boulevard and Phase 2 includes sidewalks, bike lanes and landscaping from Stinson Road to Powers Boulevard. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jenkins Middle School Cafeteria, 6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway. 

Signing day for local student athletes

High school students around the Pikes Peak region will be signing letters of intent Wednesday to play sports at the college level. Follow all the news and photos at gazettepreps.com and the Gazette Preps Facebook page.  

TODAY'S WEATHER

Slight drizzle is predicted for the morning are expected to clear up and turn sunny and warm Wednesday afternoon in Colorado Springs. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 67 degrees. The shows are part of a weather system that brought fog to the city on Tuesday morning and has a chance of bringing some snow to north El Paso County on Saturday.

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GETTING SOCIAL

As the trial of Joshua Carrier is in the hands of the jury, follow our breaking news and crime team for up-to-the-minute coverage. Follow @lancebenzel, @barretttryon and @gazsteiner on Twitter and catch the updates on gazette.com's Facebook Page.

AROUND COLORADO

House debates $8 billion spending plan 

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado House will debate an $8 billion spending plan that includes good news for schools, colleges and seniors.

Schools don't face cuts this budget, but their funding per student is still about $600 lower than it was in 2009.

Colleges that have been repeatedly cut in recent years are faring better with a proposed cut of just under $6 million.

The spending plan also includes a $100 million property tax break for homeowners 65 and older who have lived in their houses for at least 10 years. The tax break was expected to be a contentious part of the budget but better-than-expected tax revenues meant the state could easily afford it.

The proposed budget will be debated Wednesday.

Routt County wildfire burns 300 acres 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — A wildfire near Steamboat Springs has destroyed about 300 acres.

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says the fire started when ranch workers lost control of an agricultural burn intended to clean out ditches.

According to Steamboat Today (http://bit.ly/HIecVn ), firefighters are worried that weather conditions will get worse on Wednesday and they want to get the fire under control.

Colorado educators to rally for school funding 

DENVER (AP) — Educators and community groups plan to rally at the Capitol for full funding for Colorado schools.

Lawmakers plan to take up the state's $8 billion budget on Wednesday and educators are trying to persuade legislators that funding education leads to higher wages and increased employment stability.

Schools don't face cuts this budget, but their funding per student is still about $600 lower than it was in 2009.

Boulder getting recommendations on bison herd 

BOULDER (AP) — Boulder officials say it could cost the city a pretty penny to maintain a buffalo herd as a tourist attraction.

A study by Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department estimates that maintaining the herd along a main road south of the city would cost up to $650,000 to set up and another $100,000 a year.

Broadcast magnate Ted Turner owns a restaurant in the city and wants to donate the herd.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/Hxn5TA ), the issue will be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the Open Space Board of Trustees.

HAPPENINGS

-- Briargate Book Club, “The Next Thing on My List” by Jill Smolinski, 10 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Titanic Rememebered” documentary, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

-- “A Night to Remember” movie, noon-2:30 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Music at Midday,” 12:15 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- “Colorado Springs’ Largest Kids’ Gear and Clothing Sale,” 1-8 p.m., Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., $2 admission.

-- “Bike Tuning” workshop, 5-6 p.m., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Rec Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free

-- The Colorado Springs Big Jazz Band, 6-8 p.m., The Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., no cover.

-- “Family Film Fun - Hop,” 6:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- Blues Jamm, 7 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.

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