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SUNRISE: 2 arrested in slashing of car tires, arson

Staff reports Updated: October 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police arrested two people early Monday after tires were slashed and vehicles set on fire on the west side of the Springs.

Police took multiple calls early Monday that they say were to be related and led to the arrests:

• Officers responded to two calls from west-side residents who saw separate vehicle break-ins. In the second incident, the alleged suspects, who were in a silver-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser, opened one homeowner's garage with a garage door opener.

• Minutes later, officers responded to a call over a disturbance at the 7-Eleven store at 1428 West Colorado Ave. involving two individuals trying to force a woman into a silver-colored PT Cruiser. The woman evaded the would-be captors and police eventually stopped the PT Cruiser, police say.

Police recovered box cutters, a grill lighter, burglary tools, a gasoline container and miscellaneous electronics including iPods and GPS units.

Police arrested Candice Ramos and Randy Winter after a witness identified the two as the same people who were seen slashing tires on multiple vehicles. Further investigation revealed that three vehicles parked in west-side driveways were intentionally set on fire.

Police ask anyone who may have been the victim of vandalism or burglary of a motor vehicle in the area between Superior Street and 25th Street and Willamette Avenue and Monument Street to call 444-7000 with details.

       

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 66 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 38. The next few days are forecast to be mild, too. The weather service expects a high of 67 on Tuesday and 68 on Wednesday for Halloween.

   

AROUND COLORADO

2 wildfires holding steady

WETMORE (AP) — Wildfire managers say only residents and firefighters are being allowed into the small southern Colorado town of Wetmore.

Officials said Sunday the 2,000-acre Wetmore Fire is burning in grass and timber about 25 miles west of Pueblo. The fire that was reported on Tuesday has destroyed 14 houses and at one point 380 people were forced from their homes. Recent snowfall helped crews get the upper hand on the fire, which was 95 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the Fern Lake Fire reported in Rocky Mountain National Park on Oct. 9 is holding steady at 1,000 acres and is 17 percent contained.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

State trooper injured when patrol car hits deer

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado State Patrol trooper is recovering from his injuries after he struck a deer with his patrol car in Parker.

Patrol spokesman Nate Reid tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/UVwPO1 ) the trooper, whose name has not been released, was responding to a call when his vehicle hit the animal near an intersection. The patrol car went off the side of the road and onto a sidewalk before hitting a tree.

Reid says the trooper was hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries and "is doing all right."

The deer was killed in the crash.

Libertarian presidential candidate visiting Colo.

BOULDER (AP) — Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is making a campaign stop in Colorado.

Johnson plans to visit the University of Colorado on Monday with a pro-marijuana agenda that could take votes away from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

Supporters of a Colorado ballot measure which seeks to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol are hoping Johnson will help their cause.

Sheriff's deputy injured restraining Denver inmate

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy was injured while trying to restrain an inmate who refused to allow guards to search his cell for drugs at the downtown Denver detention center.

Sheriff's Capt. Frank Gale tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/TOfuR1 ) the altercation happened at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the jail on Colfax Avenue, and the deputy, who suffered a sprained back, drove to an urgent care facility downtown.

Gale says deputies found a single joint of marijuana in the cell, and the inmate will be charged with felony possession of contraband.

The altercation follows an attack on another deputy last Friday when a different inmate punched the officer in the face.

3 arrested in slaying of man near Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested in connection with the slaying of a 38-year-old man whose body was found near Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/S0o00O ) Sadie Camis and Nathan Dennis, both 28, were arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Rigoberto Luna. Dennis also was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

A third person, 26-year-old Aaron Ungles, was arrested on suspicion of six felony counts of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of theft of less than $500.

Luna's body was found on Orchard Mesa south of Grand Junction on Monday.

The warrant for each suspect has been sealed, and authorities declined to release further details about the case.

Woman's body found near Laramie in 2010 ID'd

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 55-year-old woman whose body was found by a sheepherder north of Laramie in 2010.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/ShD5gW ) the Albany County Sheriff's Office this week identified the remains as those of Rosella Lovell, who was a janitor at The University of Wyoming.

Detective Cpl. William Meyer says tips began coming in early October right after a story in the Boomerang outlined efforts to identify the woman. Lovell was identified through dental records Oct. 4.

Meyer says the cause and circumstances of her death remain unclear, but an autopsy didn't reveal any trauma.

Authorities haven't found any local family, and it's believed Lovell graduated high school in Idaho and lived in Greeley for about 10 years before moving to Laramie.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London.

In 1787, the opera “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had its world premiere in Prague.

In 1901, President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted.

In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.

In 1929, Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,” heralding the beginning of America’s Great Depression.

In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number — 158 — in America’s first peacetime military draft.

In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast.

In 1960, a chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board.

In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Family Fun - Pumpkin Fun,” bring a pumpkin to carve, 4 p.m., Ute Pass Branch Library, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, free.

-- ““Stories in the Dark,” for ages 8 and older, 7 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

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