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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Overnight crime hits 3 marijuana dispensaries

ANDREW GIBSON Updated: August 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

Police were summoned to three medical-marijuana dispensaries early Monday and discovered two had been robbed and the front door of another had been broken, according to Colorado Springs police.

Officers haven't arrested anyone.

About 2:48 a.m., police responded to a burglary alarm at the medical marijuana dispensary at 3226 N. Nevada Ave. After arriving, they learned the front glass door was broken and that several items inside were taken, according to police.

While there, they received reports of an in-progress burglary at another dispensary, at 907 E. Fillmore St., according to police. No one was at the scene when officers arrived, but they discovered a broken glass window next to the door and learned several items inside had been stolen, according to police.

After responding to these calls, officers learned of what appeared to be another attempted robbery of a dispensary, this time at 890 Dublin Blvd., Suite C. The front door had been broken, but it looked as if no one entered, according to police.

Man wearing skull mask steals money from Diamond Shamrock

A man wearing a skull mask and carrying a handgun allegedly stole money from a Diamond Shamrock early Monday, according to Colorado Springs police.

Officers haven't arrested anyone.

About 2:38 a.m., police responded to a robbery alarm at the Diamond Shamrock at 1740 Jetwing Drive. Investigation determined the robber, who was wearing a gray sweatshirt, demanded money from the clerk and then escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount, according to police.

A K-9 unit wasn't immediately able to locate the robber.

Police arrest 2 fleeing from stolen vehicle

Police arrested two people early Monday after officers determined they were driving a stolen vehicle, according to Colorado Springs police.

About 3:25 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle driving in the neighborhood near East Fountain Boulevard and South Union Boulevard, according to police. The officer checked the license plate and determined the vehicle, a 2006 Ford Mustang, was earlier reported stolen.

Two people then fled from the vehicle in the 900 block of Boggs Place, leading officers to set up a perimeter in the area, according to police. They found the suspects hiding in a backyard.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Robert McKnight and 27-year-old Lindsay Tafoya on suspicion of charges related to the stolen vehicle. The two also had outstanding warrants for unrelated crimes, according to police.

   

WEATHER

The high Monday is forecast near 91 and temperatures should drop overnight by nearly 30 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect a high near 86 on Tuesday with a 20 percent chance of rain after 9 a.m.

      

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Investigations into wildfires moving forward

DENVER (AP) — Investigators in El Paso County say they are still trying to determine what sparked the most financially devastating wildfire in Colorado history, while a separate probe is under way after authorities say several fires were intentionally set in an adjacent county at about the same time.

The Denver Post reports investigators haven’t released any details about what might have caused the Waldo Canyon Fire. The fire in Colorado Springs killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes in late June.

Meanwhile, Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger says he has no doubt the 25 to 35 fires that burned in his county the week before the Waldo Canyon Fire were intentionally set.

Ensminger says he doesn’t think those fires and the Waldo Canyon Fire are connected, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

‘Champion’ cottonwood tree in Boulder County dies

LONGMONT (AP) — One of Boulder County’s longtime and prominent living landmarks — a plains cottonwood tree that had held a 45-year reign as national “champion” of its species for its size — has died.

Ron Stewart, director of the county’s Parks and Open Space department, tells the Longmont Times-Call the tree southwest of Hygiene on county owned land was in declining health for years and is believed to have died last spring. The tree, dubbed “The Gentle Giant of Boulder County” and “The Big Tree,” is believed to have been about 150 years old.

Since 1967, the 105-foot-tall Gentle Giant has been listed on the National Register of Big Trees as the largest plains cottonwood in North America.
 
Boulder coach accused of indecent exposure

BOULDER (AP) — A Boulder High School teacher and coach has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to women at a community garage sale in Longmont.

The Daily Camera reports 45-year-old James Kozlowski was arrested Saturday after police said he exposed his genitals at two separate garage sales organized as part of a neighborhood-wide event in the north-central part of the city.

Longmont police Commander Jeff Satur says the teacher apparently came to the garage sales wearing shorts and no underwear.

Kozlowski declined to comment when reached by telephone at his home Saturday. Boulder Valley School District spokesman Briggs Gamblin also declined to comment.

Kozlowski was the head coach of the girls basketball team from 1992 until 2001. He also is the boys golf coach.

Fast growth for Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem

DENVER (AP) — Englishman Ben Parsons launched his urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem, in Denver in 2008.

With $350,000 in startup money, Parsons’ crew crushed mostly Colorado grapes in a Denver alley and shipped wine bottles labeled with a graffiti-like etching of a chimpanzee.

Last year, the winery started selling some of its wine in slim, handheld aluminum cans, the better for active Colorado drinkers to tuck its wines away for a sip while skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, rafting or biking.

Now the winery is moving into a roughly 30,000-square-foot warehouse in the artsy, up-and-coming River North, or RiNo, neighborhood.

Infinite Monkey plans to double production to 12,000 cases this year. The winery had $1 million in sales last year, and Parsons projects $1.6 million to $1.8 million in sales this year.

Presidential TV ad spending focused on 9 states

NEW YORK (AP) — If television ad spending is any guide, the White House race will come down to nine states that have absorbed an eye-popping $350 million in commercials so far.
Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, the largest and most diverse of these states, are where the ad dollars have been concentrated, and that’s been consistent this election season.

They account for 120 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win. President Barack Obama carried all nine states in 2008, but polling and the ad crush indicate all are really competitive now.

While the rest of the country is virtually ad-free, the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with a host of mostly Republican-leaning independent groups, are going at it in those nine states.

Body of missing Colo. man found at Lake McConaughy

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of Colorado man who had been missing since Friday at Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the 36-year-old man’s body was found around 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

The man was last seen paddling a raft when it capsized during a thunderstorm and he disappeared. His name was not immediately released.

In a separate incident Friday, 69-year-old Dwight Hatch, of Ogallala, was hurt when he was trapped between two beached boats. Hatch was treated and released from a local hospital.
State officials say there have now been five deaths in 33 boating accidents in Nebraska this year.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in 140,000 deaths.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Mystery Book Group,” 2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.

-- Farmers market, 3-7 p.m., Fine Arts Center Sculpture Garden, 30 W. Dale St.

-- “World Traveler Book Club - The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo, 3:30-5 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

-- Wedding open house, tour the chapel grounds, vendors, refreshments and more, 5-7 p.m., Chapel of our Savior, 8 Fourth St., free.

-- “Wolf Ranch Concerts,” 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch, 5719 Paladin Place, free.

-- Tracy Quinn Band, 7-11 p.m., The Retired Enlisted Association Building, 834 Emory Circle.

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