SUNRISE: Woman, 66, arrested in stabbing of husband

Staff reports Updated: August 21, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: August 21, 2012

A 66-year-old woman is facing assault and felony menacing charges after Colorado Springs police say she stabbed her husband early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a call at 3:04 a.m. on the 3000 block of Moonbeam Circle North, where they say a woman, Constance Black, used a large kitchen knife to stab and poke her husband in his hand, back and thigh.

The victim received cuts in his hand and thigh. Black was arrested.

2 items taken in burglary of dispensary

Colorado Springs police are looking for two suspects who busted into the JP Wellness medical marijuana dispensary at 1741 South Academy Blvd. early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at 2:09 a.m. when the suspects, two men, forced entry through a front window and then kicked in interior doors before attempting to open an office safe. The men left with some pre-packaged food but nothing else, according to police.

     

WEATHER

A high temperature of 85 is forecast Tuesday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 54. There's little chance of rain, but that's expected to change Wednesday.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Medical marijuana ad limits get final OK in Denver

DENVER (AP) — The Denver City Council has given final approval to a ban on some kinds of medical marijuana advertising.

The ordinance approved Monday prohibits 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.

The Denver Post reports the vote to pass the measure was unanimous (http://bit.ly/MHXf1W).

A preliminary version 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 hurts small shops that can't afford newspaper or radio ads.

Railroad to pay $300,000 over 2010 wildfire

DENVER (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the Royal Gorge Route Railroad has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it caused a wildfire that burned more than 600 acres in June 2010.

Prosecutors said Monday the railroad company is settling without admitting any liability or wrongdoing. The money is helping cover fire suppression costs.

The federal government had alleged the railroad's operation of a scenic train from Cañon City to Parkdale caused the Parkdale Canyon Fire. Prosecutors say the train didn't have working spark arresters and brake shoes, and fires broke out along the tracks after the train passed through.

News reports at the time said at least one home and a barn burned.

The railroad said in a written statement that it will continue to make safety a priority.

Police arrest Greeley man in gas station shootings

GREELEY (AP) — A Greeley man wanted in connection with shootings at a gas station near Sterling has been arrested.

The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/OJBLNP ) a police dog caught 25-year-old Joseph Robert Bernal on Monday after he allegedly fled from an officer during a traffic stop. He faces charges of felony menacing, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

He already faced charges in Logan County including attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with shootings Aug. 12 that injured two men at a gas station in Atwood. An affidavit says one victim was shot in the neck, paralyzing him.

Leticia Hernandez of Greeley and Monica Pena, also known as Monica Baray of Evans, also have been arrested in connection with the shootings on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy charges.

Man dies after falling from N. Idaho gondola

KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old Colorado man died last weekend after falling from a window of a gondola car at the Silver Mountain Resort in northern Idaho.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's office has not identified the victim and released few details of the accident.

Investigators say he apparently climbed out of a window of a moving gondola Saturday night and fell about 85 feet into steep, rocky terrain. They say the gondola car was in the upper stretches of a three-mile ride down the mountain and was occupied by the man and a friend.

Resort officials say it's the first time in the 20 years of operation that anyone has tried crawling out a gondola window.

Authorities located the body Saturday night, but the difficult terrain prevented removal until Sunday.

715 whooping cough cases so far this year in state

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado health department says at least 715 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the state so far this year.

The department says the 715 cases reported through Aug. 11 is far above the five-year average of 158 cases typically reported by that time of year.

State health department executive director Chris Urbina said Monday it's key for people who spend time around infants to be vaccinated against the respiratory disease because babies are too young to have received all the doses necessary to protect against it. Health officials also are recommending the vaccine for pregnant women in the third or late second trimester and health care workers.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order making Hawaii the 50th state.

In 1961, country singer Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song “Crazy” in Nashville for Decca Records. (The recording was released in October 1961.)

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “Free Public Day,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., free.

-- S.O.S Fundraiser for the Colorado Springs Senior Center with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, 5-7 p.m., The Warehouse Restaurant And Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., free, donations accepted.

-- Family Movie Night - The Lorax,” 6 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

-- “Into the Wild - Colorado Cacti” presentation, 6 p.m., Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, 2855 Mesa Road, free.

-- “A Writing Life,” writing program for adults, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

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