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MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ Updated: May 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

A vehicle driven by a teenager Tuesday night veered off of the side of the road, slammed into a tree and exploded into flames apparently because of miller moths, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police say the 18-year-old woman was headed north on the 7800 block of Lexington Drive in a 2004 GMC Denali about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

When miller moths distracted her, she lost control of the vehicle which veered off of the right side of a road and hit a tree. The crash broke a fuel line, causing gas to pour from the vehicle. Witnesses to the crash were able to pull the woman out of the driver’s side window before it became engulfed in flames.

It took multiple fire engines to put out the blaze. The driver had only minor injuries and didn’t need to go to the hospital. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash.

 

Fort Carson, Springs to sign community covenant 

(AP) Army leaders and Colorado Springs officials are signing a community covenant recognizing the ties between the city and Fort Carson.

The document will be signed Wednesday at Colorado Springs City Hall.

Army Secretary John McHugh, Fort Carson commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson and Colorado Springs Mayor Stephen Bach will attend.

 

TODAY’S WEATHER

Expect another sunny, warm day Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 78 degrees and mostly sunny skies. Temperatures are predicted to stay in the high 70s and low 80s through the weekend.

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AROUND COLORADO

Towns await vote on drilling tax proposal 

DENVER (AP) — A turf war between Colorado's local governments and oil and gas companies is heating up.

A Republican House committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a measure that would take severance taxes from local governments that enact drilling moratoriums. The bill was proposed after local governments and the oil and gas regulators supposedly settled their differences and agreed not to push for legislation this year.

The dispute is over who has the ability to regulate drilling, the state or local governments where the wells are drilled. Oil and gas companies say state supremacy over drilling is under attack from local officials who don't know what they're doing. The locals insist they should be allowed to issue moratoriums to find out more about drilling's effects on local water and other resources.

Boulder bicyclist hospitalized after leg impaled 

BOULDER (AP) — A 22-year-old woman has been hospitalized after her leg was impaled on a bicycle when she fell.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said Dori Bland was biking Tuesday with friends when she fell and part of her damaged bike impaled her upper leg.

The accident happened on Betasso Preserve Open Space. Authorities say the search and evacuation took about two hours.

Denver 'sleep-in' protests proposed camping ban

DENVER (AP) — Occupy Denver supporters staged an outdoor "sleep-in" to protest a proposed ban on unauthorized camping in Denver.

KOA-AM reported Wednesday that about 30 people spent the night sleeping on the city's 16th Street pedestrian mall.

The action followed a May Day march downtown on Tuesday that drew nearly 200 people.

The Denver City Council has given preliminary approval to the camping ban, which is aimed at reducing the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets.

A final vote is scheduled for May 14.

Funeral Wednesday for mom killed at church

DENVER (AP) — A funeral service is planned for a woman killed as she and other members of a church came to the aid of a man who had been in a traffic accident.

Funeral services for 67-year-old Josephine Straham Echols will be Wednesday morning at The Potter's House of Denver, about two miles north of the Aurora church where she died.

Police say 29-year-old Kiarron Parker of Denver sped into the parking lot and crashed into a car, then began firing a gun when Echols and other church members came out to help. Echols nephew, Antonio Milow, an off-duty Denver police officer who was attending a church service, shot and killed Parker.

Echols, a nurse originally from Flint, Mich., is survived by two adult children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Microburst blamed for taking roof off Greeley home

GREELEY (AP) — Greeley firefighters say a strong gust appears to have torn a roof off a home in west Greeley.

Passers-by reported what they thought was an explosion Tuesday afternoon. The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/IsAQT1) firefighters went to the scene and determined that a microburst had caught the eave of the house and peeled back the roofing materials.

The home has been deemed uninhabitable. No injuries were reported.

HAPPENINGS

-- “8th Annual Partners in Service Awards,” honoring Michael Hannigan and Chris Jenkins, 5:30 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

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