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SUNRISE: Prosecutors to file charges in Ridgeway case

October 30, 2012
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DENVER — A teenager who prosecutors said confessed to killing a 10-year-old Westminster girl and attacking a runner at a nearby lake was set to be formally charged in adult court Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Prosecutors are expected to charge Austin Sigg, 17, in the slaying of Jessica Ridgeway and in a separate attack on a 22-year-old woman.

Jessica disappeared Oct. 5 after leaving her home to meet a friend for a walk to school, prompting a massive search by hundreds of volunteers and police. Authorities found her remains five days later in a park seven miles from Jessica's home.

Jessica lived on a quiet street about a mile from where Sigg lived with his mother. The subdivision features an elementary school, a high school, small parks, greenbelts, open space and a lake.

Police arrested Sigg last week after receiving a phone call from his mother.

He was being held without bail on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in the death of Jessica, and on attempted murder and attempted kidnapping charges in the case of the runner.



The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 65 with sunny skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 36. The Halloween Wednesday forecast calls for a high of 67 with sunny skies and an overnight low of 41.



Planes stuck at DIA due to Hurricane Sandy

DENVER (AP) — More than two dozen planes are stuck at Denver International Airport as a storm continues to wreak havoc on the East Coast.

Airport officials say they expect 60 arrival cancellations and 50 departure cancellations on Tuesday. About 60 flights from Denver to the East Coast and another 65 scheduled to arrive at the airport were canceled on Monday.

Airport officials said Tuesday about 30 planes remain in Denver, three times the number of planes that usually park overnight.

The storm grounded thousands of flights across the country, threatening to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

Parks honor Veterans Day with free admission

DENVER (AP) — Veterans and current members of the military will receive free admission to Colorado's 42 state parks in honor of Veterans Day.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission says the free admission will be offered Monday, Nov. 12, a day after Veterans Day.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a news release Monday that "we want to honor all service members on Veterans Day for putting their country first, often before family, friends and themselves."

Proof of service must be presented at the park gate, and all other passengers in the vehicle also will be admitted for free.

Warning issued on use of tracer bullets

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is warning shooters to avoid the use of tracer bullets after a small wildfire broke out over the weekend on the Eastern Plains.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman says fire crews were able to quickly put out the blaze and there was limited damage.

According to the Denver Post ( ), nearly a dozen fires have been caused by recreational shooters on the eastern Colorado grasslands this year.

Coffman, Miklosi meet for final debate

HIGHLANDS RANCH (AP) — Candidates in one of the nation's most competitive congressional races are meeting in Highlands Ranch for a final debate.

The debate Tuesday between Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and Democrat Joe Miklosi is the last meeting between the two before voters head to the polls on Nov. 6.

Miklosi is trying to unseat Coffman after two terms in the U.S. House. Miklosi is helped by new district lines that give Democrats a better job of winning the seat, which is centered on Aurora.

Miklosi describes Coffman as too conservative for the district and frequently compares Coffman to conservative firebrand Rush Limbaugh.

Coffman says he's a centrist Republican and not unwilling to work with Democrats. He says Miklosi has voted to raise taxes in Colorado and would do the same in Congress.

Woman donates $10K for college endowment fund

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A Colorado woman has donated $10,000 to establish an endowment fund to be used for scholarships for Native American students at Black Hills State University in South Dakota.

Joscelyn Blumenthal, of Boulder, says she wanted to start a scholarship for Native American students to help them find ways to bring their traditions' wisdom into the field of environmental studies.

She says she decided on BHSU after hearing about the school's large Native American student population.

Preference for the scholarships will be given to Native American students who are studying Environmental Physical Science or any other field related to math or science.

BHSU vice president of university advancement Steve Meeker says education is a pressing concern for the Native American community, and Blumenthal's donation will help students obtain a degree.



In 1735, the second president of the United States, John Adams, was born in Braintree, Mass.

In 1938, the radio play “The War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS.

In 1953, Gen. George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Albert Schweitzer received the Peace Prize for 1952.

In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, known as the “Rumble in the Jungle,” to regain his heavyweight title.



-- “Pumpkin Day,” 10:30 a.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- “Halloween Celebration” with indoor trick or treating, games, crafts, stories and more, 6-8 p.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 5265 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- “Stories in the Dark,” for ages 8 and older, 7 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- Reading with Maureen McHugh and Jess Walter, “Visiting Writers Series,” 7 p.m., Colorado College, Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., west of Cutler Hall, free.

-- “Air Force Academy Band Series - Brass Blast,” 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

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