SUNRISE: Homeowner arrested in police friendly fire death

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

DENVER — Authorities on Sunday arrested the owner of the home where a 35-year-old Lakewood police officer was mistakenly shot by a fellow officer.

The homeowner, Joe Anthony Ruiz, is accused of firing gun shots that led to Friday's deadly police response.

The 37-year-old is suspected of being a previous offender in possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and other offenses. He was being held at the Jefferson County jail, The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/UiA2Bu ) reported.

Officers had been investigating reports of a prowler in the neighborhood early Friday when they heard the gunfire. Police then set up a perimeter around Ruiz's house as they prepared to search the place.

The officer who was killed — James Davies — was in the backyard and was in full uniform when another officer behind a fence shot him, police said. Davies was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We knew going into this situation that night that there were guns, our officers had witnessed the gunfire," Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis said. "Our awareness was on a heightened level."

Davies left behind a wife and two young children.

   

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 49 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 20.
   

AROUND COLORADO

Natural gas pipeline fails

FRISCO (AP) — Xcel Energy says people in Summit County need to reduce the use of natural gas so they can make repairs to a pipeline.

The power company is asking customers not use natural gas appliances such as fireplaces, gas-fired hot tubs and dryers until Monday afternoon.

The pipeline failed Sunday, affecting residents in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco.

The power company is also asking people to reduce their natural gas usage by turning their thermostats down to 60 degrees or lower so repairs can be completed.

Report: State child abuse program failing

DENVER (AP) — Many of Colorado's child abuse workers are inexperienced and overwhelmed and at times failed to take basic steps to protect children, according to a report in the Denver Post.

The newspaper says (http://tinyurl.com/b78rey9 ) workers failed to follow state policy at least half of the time when assigned to protect a child who later died of abuse or neglect.

The mistakes ranged from paperwork problems to not visiting a child within the time required. There also reports that workers dismissed abuse allegations prior to the child's death without investigating.

Over the past six years, 72 children in the child welfare system in Colorado have died.

Rape kits not being tested

DENVER (AP) — Colorado police departments are collecting hundreds of rape kits, but many of those are not being tested.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/a3mtp6e), authorities said hundreds of rape kits remain untested on shelves.

Since 2008, the Denver Police Department has received more than 1,000 rape kits, but 44 percent of those kits have never been tested.

Since 2007, Fort Collin authorities have collected more than 240 rape kits, but 72 percent of those rape kits were not tested.

Some police departments say they don't want to overwhelm police laboratories with evidence that may not result in an arrest.

The kits are used to identify rapists by gathering DNA to use in prosecution and send to a national database.

Man dies after being tossed from Lakewood bar

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old man who was thrown out of a Lakewood bar for acting belligerently was found injured and unresponsive in a nearby parking lot and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/WV9VIv ) the man, whose name has not been released, was asked to leave the bar early Sunday after he began looking for trouble with other patrons. He returned for a short time and was again thrown out.

Investigators say they believe the man got into a fight in the parking lot after being thrown out the second time.

Police have not named the bar, but the address released is the listed location of the Nite Owl Sports Bar & Grill.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1787, severe flooding struck Dublin, Ireland, as the River Liffey rose.

In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born.

In 1918, the short-lived Republic of German-Austria was declared.

In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.

In 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies earned a major victory over Japanese forces.)

In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.

In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest “Dutch” Morial, the winner of a runoff.

In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee.

In 1987, the American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.

In 1990, Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne. Actress Eve Arden died at age 82 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground.

Ten years ago: In an audiotaped message, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden praised terrorist strikes in Bali and Moscow and threatened Western nations over any attack on Iraq. Former FBI Director William Webster resigned under pressure as head of a special accounting oversight board created by Congress to rebuild public confidence shaken by a cascade of business scandals.

Five years ago: Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest for the second time in four days ahead of a planned march to protest emergency rule. The Dow Jones industrial average closed below 13,000 for first time since August 2007. Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year award in one of the closest votes, while Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL honor.

One year ago: President Barack Obama declared the Asia-Pacific region the heart of explosive growth for years to come as he courted Asian powers in Hawaii, the site of a regional economic summit. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned, ending a political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Monday Morning Movie - One for the Money,” 10:30 a.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.

-- The Ruth Holley Craft Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., free.

-- East Creative Writing Group, 6-8 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

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