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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Man threatens woman with gun, police continue search

Staff reports Updated: November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police are searching for Jared Bonicelli, 38, after a Wednesday night chase on the west side of the city.

About 8:30 p.m., police attempted to contact people inside a vehicle that they believed contained a wanted man.

The driver of the vehicle sped off, hit a parked vehicle in a parking lot, and then abandoned the vehicle near the interstection of West Bijou Street and North 13th Street. All three inside the vehicle fled on foot.

While police set up a perimeter with a K9 unit,  a resident in the 200 block of North 14th Street reported that a man entered her home and threatened her with a handgun. The man exited the rear of the residence.

Police located one man in a field north of the victim's house and a short time later located another man to the east. Both men were passengers in Bonicelli's vehicle.

Bonicelli was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police ask that anyone with information about Bonicelli's whereabouts call CSPD at 444-7000.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies and a high temperature of 69 degrees Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 38.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Dems poised to elect first gay House speaker

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats could elect the first openly gay House speaker in state history when lawmakers meet to choose party leaders for next year's session.

Denver Democratic Rep. Mark Ferrandino is expected to be elected House speaker Thursday. Democrats regained control of the House Tuesday after two years in the minority.

Democrats kept control of the Senate and will be choosing the chamber's president. Colorado Springs Democratic Sen. John Morse is considered a front-runner for the position, but Denver Sen. Pat Steadman, also an openly gay lawmaker, could also run for Senate president. Steadman's election to the post would also be a first for Colorado.

Democrats hope to pass civil unions legislation next year to grant same-sex couples rights similar to marriage.

The session begins in January.

2 days after pot votes, industry gathers in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington could lead to big profits for people in the pot business, but industry entrepreneurs have plenty of questions about the recent votes.

The National Marijuana Business Conference convenes in Denver Thursday, less than 48 hours after voters approved marijuana for recreational use. Washington state also voted to make the drug legal.

Business owners and others in the industry planned two days of lectures and discussion about what the ballot measures mean for businesses. Discussions include navigating regulations and banking restrictions, along with tips for handling federal drug raids.

Speakers include the head of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. The project was the biggest funder of recent legalization campaigns in the two states.

Jessica Ridgeway's family takes issue with group

WESTMINSTER (AP) — The family of a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was killed after being abducted on her way to school wants a nonprofit group to stop using her name for fundraising.

Jessica Ridgeway's family has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Colorado's Missing Children Foundation to stop using Jessica's name or likeness to help raise money, said the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, which worked on the letter. The Ridgeways, through the center, declined to comment Wednesday beyond an announcement of the letter.

Ben Bargas, who said he's on the foundation's board, said he and others have raised money for Jessica's family, but now the Ridgeways want to form their own foundation.

Colorado's Missing Children Foundation was formed by volunteers who looked for Jessica after she disappeared Oct. 5, Bargas said. After Jessica's body was found, the volunteers formed a foundation to help all missing children in Colorado.

As of Wednesday evening, the foundation's website still included Jessica's name.

"It's not like we're using her name to make a profit. We're trying to use her name to tell a story of how the whole foundation was started," Bargas said.

Boulder libraries to allow guns

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder's library commission has approved a new rule that will allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns.

The Boulder Public Library Commission gave unanimous approval on Wednesday to the rule change after reviewing a state Supreme Court ruling telling state universities they could not ban concealed-weapon permit holders from bringing guns on campus. The court ruled earlier this year that state lawmakers only provided a few exceptions to the concealed weapons law, and neither of those organizations are among them.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/abtnka6 ), the new policy still has to be approved by city officials.

Fort Collins, Greeley worry about water supply

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Fire and drought have Fort Collins and Greeley officials worried about their water supply.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://tinyurl.com/bzp6qnw ), experts at Northern Water's fall meeting said Wednesday water suppliers will have to treat and filter their water to keep out silt and other contamination.

The drought has continued several years and is the worst in a decade.

The High Park Fire burned about 136 square miles after it started June 9 west of Fort Collins.

Greeley and Fort Collins and others are spending millions of dollars to prevent ash and debris from washing off burned areas into the Cache la Poudre River, one of the area's major water supplies.

Companies offer to recycle campaign signs

DENVER (AP) — Several Colorado waste companies are offering to recycle political campaign signs for free.

People wishing to recycle their signs can do so in Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties and several other communities.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/arfnnbw ), Colorado's status as a hotbed of politics has community leaders concerned about all of the campaign signs that are left over following Tuesday's election.

Some of the plastic signs and metal posts will be ground into chips and the paper signs will join other waste that finds its way back into production lines.

Newspaper seeks buyer for stake in Rockies

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Post is seeking to sell its minority ownership in the Colorado Rockies.

The Post holds a 7.3 percent state in the major league baseball club that is majority owned by brothers Dick and Charlie Monfort.

Ed Moss, CEO of the Denver Post, said Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, owner of the newspaper, is seeking to sell the minority stake in the Rockies as the Post focuses on core print and digital business.

"We've made great strides in growing our audience in the last few years, so when we look at anything that the company is involved in, what we want to do is have our focus on our core business," Moss said. "And anything that's not tied to it, we're going to evaluate whether we want to stay associated with those businesses or not."

Forbes magazine recently valued the franchise at $464 million, which would put the newspaper's stake at more than $33 million.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

On Jan. 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule.

In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union.

In 1862, American inventor Samuel Colt, famed for his revolver, died in Hartford, Conn., at age 47.

In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

In 1901, the Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produced the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

In 1971, “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing the drama series “The First Churchills.” French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in Paris at age 87.

In 1982, actor-comedian Paul Lynde died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 55.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- “Cool Crafts,” children in grades 1-5 can make pumpkin decorations and jewelry, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Bee Vradenburg Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration,” 5-7 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., free.

-- “The Manitou Incline - From Utility to Attraction” exhibit opening, 5:17 p.m., Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, donations accepted.

-- “Special Nutrition Concerns for Children with Food Allergies,” hosted by Colorado Springs Mothers of Severely Allergic Infants, 7-9 p.m., Penrose Cancer Center, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., free.

-- “Visiting Writers Series,” with Roger Mitchell, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Matt Giordano, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabilly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.

-- “Salsa and Rhythm Thursdays,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Thirsty Parrot, 32 N. Tejon St., $5 cover includes one free drink.

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