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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Police on parole check find more than they expect

Staff reports Updated: September 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police on a parole check Thursday wound up finding several marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and a gun.

Parole officers were conducting a home check on parolee Jesus Chacon-Martinez, 30, at 1940 Erin Loop about 6:30 p.m. when they made the discovery.

Chacon-Martinez is a previously convicted felon.

ATF and VNI responded to assist at the scene. They obtained a search warrant and recovered a 9mm pistol along with the drug items.

Parole officers took Chacon-Martinez into custody on a parole violation. Federal charges are pending by the ATF for possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

A second male in the house claimed ownership of the marijuana grow and paraphernalia. Charges by VNI are pending on this male, whom police did not identify.

      

WEATHER

You might consider a jacket as you head out the door on an autum-like Friday. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 69 for Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 47. We'll have a gradual warmup and sunny skies over the weekend with forecast highs of 73 on Saturday and 81 on Sunday.

       

AROUND COLORADO

Latino voter push heads to state

DENVER (AP) — Latino voting advocates are hoping for a post-convention bounce in Colorado as they plan two voter registration drives.

Todos A Votar, or "Let's Vote," aims for a record 12 million Latinos to vote on Nov. 6. The group plans to join an executive from the Service Employees International Union for voter drives in Pueblo and Denver on Friday.

Nationwide, Hispanics made up 13 percent of the 2008 electorate in the presidential election, compared with 8 percent in 2004.

In battleground Colorado, the campaigns of both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have launched outreach efforts seeking Latino votes.

Flags lowered to honor soldier, sheriff's captain

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a soldier from Windsor and a Pueblo County sheriff's officer who died in the line of duty in separate incidents.

Flags will be lowered on all public buildings statewide on Friday to honor Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell and Pueblo Sheriff's Capt. Leide William DeFusco

Birdwell was killed Aug. 27 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, part of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.

DeFusco died in an Aug. 31 plane crash while searching for evidence of a marijuana farm.

Gardner stumping for Romney in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Rep. Cory Gardner is headed to a Denver heating and air conditioning business to campaign for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The event at Hercules Industries is planned to coincide with Friday's release of monthly unemployment numbers. Republicans say nagging unemployment rates will play a major role in their campaign to unseat President Barack Obama.

Gardner is appearing with Hercules owner Bill Newland. The company was in the news last month when a Denver judge granted the company a temporary reprieve from provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act over questions about violating religious freedom.

Hercules Industries Inc. is run by a family whose Roman Catholic beliefs condemn contraception.

Obama plans another visit to state

DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama is making another campaign stop in Colorado, his ninth this year.

Campaign officials say Obama will speak in the Denver area on Sept. 13. The location hasn't been announced.

He'll visit Las Vegas a day earlier as part of the same trip.

Obama made campaign stops in Boulder on Sunday and Fort Collins five days before that.

Colorado is one of the most hotly contested swing states in this election, drawing repeat visits from both parties' candidates and a deluge of television advertising.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney last visited Colorado on Aug. 2. His running mate, Paul Ryan, appeared in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

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HAPPENINGS

-- “Storytime,” read “What to Do if an Elephant Stands on your Foot” by Michelle Robinson, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Homeschool Science Lab,” homeschooled students can use PPLD’s science equipment for parent-assigned experiments, with the help of our volunteer. A parent must accompany the student, 1-3 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- “First Friday ArtWalk,” 5-8 p.m., West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th streets, free.

-- Marlene and Darlene’s Fall Creations” opening reception, 5-8 p.m., Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave.

-- “American Girls Club,” read Secrets in the Hills,” for girls ages 6-12, 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “BRAS Downtown,” with the Black Rose Acoustic Society headlined by Marrahech Express, 8 p.m., Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House, 14 S. Tejon St., $7 for general public, $4 for Black Rose Acoustic Society members, at the door.

-- Steve Draper Trio “Riff Raff” featuring “Manhattan Transfer” style vocal group form Houston, 8:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 S. Cucharras St.

-- Rocky Gene Wallace and Brickyard, 9 p.m., Benny’s Restaurant and Lounge, 517 W. Colorado Ave.

-- Mad Dog and the Smokin’ J’s, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

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