SUNRISE: Armed robbers keep Springs police busy

Staff reports Updated: August 17, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: August 17, 2012

Colorado Springs police were kept busy late Thursday and early Friday with several reported armed robberies and attempted robberies.

• CSPD received a call of an attempted armed robbery at about 12:35 a.m. Friday from the Domino's Pizza store at 3302 W. Colorado Ave. Springs police say that while an employee was closing the store a man carrying a pistol demanded the safe be opened. The suspect ran off before the safe was opened. The suspect is described as a 5-foot-8 to 5-10 black man who was wearing a black knit pullover hat, blue jeans and a denim jacket. He was last seen running north on 33rd Street.

• At 9:25 p.m. Thursday, Springs police say a suspect armed with a handgun demanded money at a Subway sandwich store at 5613 N. Academy Blvd. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. An extensive search of the area was conducted, but no suspect was located. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male who was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and a bandana covering his face.

• At about 8:23 p.m. Thursday, Springs police say a man threatened to shoot an employee at the Walgreens at 3143 W. Colorado Ave. after taking several food items without paying for them. Police say the man, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, began to leave without paying when an employee contacted him just outside the Walgreens. The suspect then lifted his shirt and exposed an unidentified weapon in the waistband of his shorts. The suspect threatened to shoot the employee, who backed off as the suspect fled on foot without the food items. Officers were not able to locate the suspect.

• At about 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Springs police say a man pointed a small black gun at a 7-Eleven clerk at 450 N. Murray Blvd. and demanded money from the register. The clerk gave the man an unknown amount of money before he left the store. The suspect is described as a black man with a thin build who was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and a white bandana covering his face.

Hit-and-run on South Academy

The driver of a mo-ped suffered injuries after being struck by a truck at the intersection of South Academy Boulevard and Verde Drive about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police continue looking for the driver of the truck, who after stopping briefly along the northbound shoulder of Academy Boulevard left the scene.

The driver of the mo-ped, a 25-year-old male, was transported to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. According to police, the victim has extensive facial fractures and will need surgery.

Police said the full-size, dark-colored truck hit the mo-ped as it traveled south on Academy Boulevard.

Insurance open house for Waldo Canyon fire victims

Representatives from companies that insure many properties affected by this summer's Waldo Canyon fire will be on hand 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Marriott Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, to answer questions about insurance claims.

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Jim Riesburg will attend the session along with representatives from the Colorado Division of Insurance Consumer Affairs.

State regulators will be available to assist homeowners who have concerns about their policies or settlements.

       

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 83 Friday in Colorado Springs with a chance of thunderstorms. An overnight low of 55 is expected. It should be a comfortable weekend with highs in the upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.

  

AROUND COLORADO

7 rescued in one day at national park

ESTES PARK (AP) — Rescuers had to rush to the aid of seven people in Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday.

That includes two inexperienced men from Nederland who mistakenly climbed part of a route designated for expert climbers only on the east face of Longs Peak. Another man had to be carried out after he suffered a serious leg injury while hiking near Lake Haiyaha

Park officials say about 50 rescuers were needed to respond to all of the calls for help.

CDOT seeks details on high-speed transit tech

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is getting ready to collect information from high-speed transit technology providers, as it studies whether adding high-speed transit on Interstate 70 is doable.

The $1.8 million study is looking at the feasibility of adding 120 miles of high-speed transit along I-70 between C-470 in Jefferson County and the Eagle County Regional Airport.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says that in September, it plans to issue a request for information from private companies on high-speed transit technologies so it can assess how well the technologies meet criteria for performance, operations and costs.

CDOT also is starting to meet with local governments along I-70 to discuss possible station locations. A separate study will help forecast ridership.

The feasibility study is expected to be completed in fall 2013.

Petition on pot shops turned in too late

DACONO (AP) — City officials say a petition seeking to overturn a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Dacono (dah-KOH'-no) was turned in too late to put the proposal before voters in November.

The City Council voted 4-2 on June 11 to ban dispensaries and require existing ones to close by Jan. 1.

The town's three dispensaries wanted to put a measure on the ballot to allow them to stay open and to levy a 2 percent excise tax on them. New dispensaries would've been barred.

The Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/OnRNg0) supporters turned in 563 signatures Wednesday, but the petition is now subject to a 40-day protest period in which a resident could challenge it. That period won't end until before the Sept. 7 deadline to submit ballot issues for November.

Man killed in gas well rupture was from Wyo.

FORT LUPTON (AP) — Authorities say a man who was killed after a rupture at a natural gas well in northern Colorado was from Wyoming.

Weld County coroner's officials identified the victim Thursday as 60-year-old Brian Wallace, of Evanston, Wyo. They say he died immediately from blunt force injuries after the explosion Wednesday at a well operated by Encana Corp. north of Fort Lupton.

Wallace worked for BGH Gas Testing Operations Inc., which provides well services to the site.

Three other people suffered relatively minor injuries in the explosion.

Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Schwartz says pressure apparently caused one or more pieces of equipment to break loose.

Encana says the well is shut down while investigators try to determine what caused the accident.

National Guard breaking ground in Alamosa

ALAMOSA (AP) — The Colorado Army National Guard is breaking ground Friday on a new readiness center in Alamosa.

The 27,150-square-foot facility will be the new home of about 80 part-time and four full-time Colorado Army National Guard soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry. It will have two classrooms plus an assembly hall.

The Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards says a permanent readiness center will enable guardsmen to respond quickly to emergencies in southern Colorado. Currently, the closest permanent readiness center to Alamosa is about 120 miles away in Pueblo.

The building is scheduled to be completed in September 2013, with construction costs of around $8 million.

Boulder officer facing criminal charges resigns

BOULDER (AP) — A Boulder police officer accused of telling his roommate he planned to kill his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend has resigned, just before an internal affairs review panel found he violated a department rule requiring conformance with laws.

The police department said Thursday that Christian McCracken resigned Wednesday, about an hour before the panel's final review.

McCracken had been on unpaid leave since August 2011, when he suffered a head injury from being assaulted by a suspect.

Earlier this year, McCracken was arrested after allegedly saying he intended to kill his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend and then himself. The ex-girlfriend and new boyfriend are police dispatchers.

McCracken is scheduled to go to trial in November on charges of attempted first-degree murder, felony menacing and felony stalking.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

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HAPPENINGS

-- “Monumental Readers - The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway,” 10 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- Storytime, “It’s a Tiger!” by David LaRochelle, 10:30 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Music Lingua - French for Kids,” 10:30 a.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- “Salute to American Veterans Rally” with Wild West gun fighters, Veteran’s Poker Run, vendors, Veteran’s parade, flyovers and live music, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Century Casino, Cripple Creek, free admission.

-- “How Do You See God?” closing art reception, 4-8 p.m., Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., free.
-- “3rd Friday Art Walk,” featuring pottery by Lance Timco, 5-8 p.m., Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

-- “3rd Friday Glass Art,” 5-8 p.m., Mountain Living Studio, 741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

-- “Friday Evening Jazz Jam,” 7-9 p.m., Broadmoor Academy of Music, 1223 Lake Ave., $5.

-- Eric Earley, 7-9 p.m., Swirl Wine Bar, 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, no cover.

-- “Summer Fun Friday Free Concert Series,” 8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center

10 S. Parkside Drive.

-- Robert Beard, 8 p.m., Wyatt’s Pub and Grill, 806 Village Center Drive.

-- “Tres Flores” Jazz Trio, 8:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.

-- Robby Red Locks, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

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