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SUNRISE: 4 arrested for stealing from burned-out Mountain Shadows homes

Staff reports Updated: August 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police arrested four people for theft and trespassing Sunday after a homeowner in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood reported individuals stealing metal from homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon fire.

Officers working post-fire security detail in the neighborhood located the suspects' vehicle as it was attempting to leave the area and make the arrests about 5:47 p.m. Sunday.

Arrested were: Selina Blair, 19; Liza Mcfadden-Rhane, 51; Marshall Brooks, 29; and Tero Rhane, 20.

Neighborhood watch group nabs 2 for burglaries

Colorado Springs police say four members of a neighborhood watch group cornered two juveniles after a series of burglaries until they could be arrested by police.

Police say the neighbors were awakened by a car alarm early Sunday in the area of East Woodmen Road and Rangewood Drive, and managed to catch two of the youths believed responsible.

Authorities say charges are pending against the 13- and 15-year-old juveniles, including burglary of vehicles. They were released after they promised to appear in court with their parents.

Police called it a good example of public cooperation, but said they don't recommend watch groups try to apprehend suspects.

  

WEATHER

Expect a high temperature of about 81 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs with an improved chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. A low of 50 is forecast.

   
AROUND COLORADO

Organizers: Willie Nelson cancels Castle Pines event

DENVER (AP) — Organizers of a Colorado fundraiser say country music legend Willie Nelson cancelled a weekend appearance.

The 79-year-old Nelson was scheduled to perform Saturday at a private home in Castle Pines Village. The benefit was for an organization that provides animal care and shelter in the Denver area.

The host of the fundraiser, Fred Bartlit, tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/NedGyD ) that he was informed that Nelson was taken to the hospital after having trouble breathing.

Representatives for Nelson couldn't immediately be reached for comment Sunday night.

Leipheimer defends USA Pro Cycling Challenge title

DURANGO (AP) — Nearly five months after breaking his leg in a training accident in Spain, Levi Leipheimer will begin defense of his USA Pro Cycling Challenge title Monday in hopes of claiming his first overall victory this season.

Leipheimer, who is from Santa Rosa, Calif., and rides for the Belgium-based Omega Pharma Quick-Step team, will be among the favorites in the seven-day, 683-mile race that will include 126 riders from 16 teams.

The race's second edition, which will include more than 40,000 feet of climbing, begins with a 125.6-mile road race from Durango to Telluride. The riders will climb to Lizard Head Pass at more than 10,000 feet before a final 15-mile descent to the finish.

Suspect caught in Colorado over 2 slain in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — Colorado authorities have arrested a man sought after a husband and wife were shot to death on the front porch of their Texas home.

Arapahoe County Jail records Monday showed Abey Bellette Girma was being held without bond on a fugitive warrant from Dallas. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Girma, who was booked Sunday night on capital murder charges.

Dallas police issued a warrant for Girma in the killing of a couple who ran an Ethiopian restaurant. The bodies of the pair, Yayehyirad Lemma and Yenenesh Desta, were discovered last Wednesday morning.

An affidavit says Girma believed the couple disrespected him.

Dallas police did not immediately provide further details Monday.

Marijuana ad limit awaits final vote in Denver

DENVER (AP) — A ban on some kinds of medical marijuana advertising is up for a final vote in Denver.

The Denver City Council plans a final decision Monday on an ordinance to prohibit most kinds of outdoor marijuana ads. Billboards, bus-stop placards and roadside sign spinners would all be banned.

The measure would still allow print ads and radio and television ads, but they would have to include the disclaimer that marijuana products are for registered Colorado medical marijuana patients only.

A preliminary version of the ad ban passed 13-0 last week. Some marijuana businesses support the ban because they say some advertising feeds a perception that marijuana is being used recreationally. Other marijuana businesses say the ban goes too far and hurts small shops that can't afford newspaper or radio ads.

Burglary suspect arrested wearing victim's clothes

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Police say a man suspected of climbing through a window into a Fort Collins woman's house was arrested nearby wearing some of her clothing.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (http://tinyurl.com/952fcvv ) the man is accused of entering through a kitchen window and then going into a bedroom at about 9 a.m. Saturday.

The woman fled the house.

Authorities say a police dog found the suspect in a neighbor's yard. They say the man fled to another neighbor's yard where officers arrested him.

Police say 23-year-old Zachary Wysock was jailed on suspicion of burglary, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Utah man shot to death in near Durango

DURANGO (AP) — Authorities say a college student from Utah has been shot to death in the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado and a suspect has been arrested.

La Plata County sheriff's deputies said Sunday they found the body of 26-year-old David Alan Jones at a campsite about 20 miles north of Durango at about 2 a.m. Saturday. Deputies went to the site after a 911 caller reported a shooting.

Sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said Sunday that Jones was from Woods Cross, Utah, and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Deputies arrested 37-year-old Brenden Dow Ashburn of Durango on suspicion of first-degree murder. He's being held in without bail.

Bender tells The Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/8saszuf) that Jones and the suspect were not camping together and didn't know each other.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.

     

HAPPENINGS

-- Acacia Park Farmers Market, 10 a.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free admission.

-- “Photography, Journalism and the Olympic Games,” with Mark Reis of The Gazette, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.

-- “Stitch in Ditch Quilters and Other Crafts,” 6-7:45 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Learn Japanese,” 6-7:30 p.m., Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., free.

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