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SUNRISE: Woman takes action after seeing stolen truck

Staff reports Updated: November 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

What do you do when your truck is missing, perhaps stolen, and you see it driven by someone else?

For one Colorado Springs woman, you take matters into your own hands.

Colorado Springs police say the woman stopped for a red light on southbound 8th Street just north of Cimarron on Wednesday when a truck pulled up. She recognized it was her truck, thanks in part to a sticker on the back window.

Police say the driver of the stolen truck saw the woman staring at her and started to back up. The victim moved her vehicle in front of the stolen truck while she and a male friend pulled the driver out of the truck and held her until police arrived.

No arrests have been made.



The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 47 degrees Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 26. We begin a warmup Friday heading into the weekend with a forecast high of 55 and mostly sunny skies, according to the weather service. Expect high temperatures of 58 on Saturday and 57 on Sunday.



Hearing canceled for theater shooting suspect

CENTENNIAL (AP) — A court hearing for the man charged with the Colorado movie theater killings has been canceled after his attorneys said he had been taken to a hospital for unspecified reasons.

The hearing had been scheduled for Thursday to discuss pretrial motions and media requests for information under state open records laws.

Court documents filed Wednesday gave no details of James Holmes' condition, other than that it renders him unable to be present in court.

Denver media outlets, citing unnamed sources, reported Holmes had injured himself by hitting his head, apparently intentionally, on a jail cell wall. The Arapahoe County undersheriff wouldn't comment on the reports.

Funeral services for slain Lakewood policeman

LAKEWOOD (AP) — A funeral and a procession through Lakewood and Englewood are being held for a Lakewood policeman who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer.

The services are being held Thursday for Lakewood police officer James Davies. Davies was in a backyard investigating reports of gunfire and was in full uniform when another officer behind a fence shot him on Friday.

Police say 37-year-old Joe Ruiz is accused of firing gun shots that led to the police shooting.

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

Trial begins for Castle Rock mom accused of killing her 2 kids

CASTLE ROCK (AP) — The attorney for a Castle Rock woman accused of smothering her children says she isn't guilty of first-degree murder.

The trial of Kelli Lynn Murphy is under way in the deaths of her 9-year-old son, Liam, and 6-year-old daughter, Madigan, last year.

Prosecutors say she killed them as an act of revenge against her husband after the couple filed for divorce.

KUSA-TV in Denver reports ( ) defense attorney Ara Ohanion told jurors Wednesday that Murphy felt abandoned in May 2011 because of the divorce proceedings. Ohanion says Murphy blacked out after drinking a bottle of vodka and taking sleeping pills, hoping her kids would find her dead. But when she woke up, the kids had died, and she was still alive.

Ohanion is asking jurors to consider lesser charges.

Denver International Airport offers free calls

DENVER (AP) — Denver International Airport is offering free domestic and international phone calls from a new advertisement-based service.

RMT Free Phone is now available at more than 200 phones throughout the airport.

Airport officials say even though most people use mobile phones, there is still a significant demand from people who don't own cell phones and people who forgot to charge them.

NORAD to conduct exercise flights in US, Canada

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command are holding exercise flights in the United States and Canada.

Flights to practice intercept and identification procedures are scheduled Thursday off the coast of Seattle and British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

Flights for the same exercises also scheduled to take place between Anchorage, Alaska, and the Kobuk Valley in Alaska, and between Aberdeen, S.D., and Minneapolis.

NORAD is a U.S.-Canadian command responsible for defending the skies over both countries. It also monitors sea traffic approaching their shores. Its headquarters are at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Officials say NORAD has conducted exercise flights in the U.S. and Canada since launching Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to 9/11.

Sterling Ranch ruling may spark new legislation

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — A Colorado River District official says a judge's ruling on the proposed Sterling Ranch community in Douglas County could lead to new legislation.

A judge this year reversed the county's approval of a permit for the Sterling Ranch development, citing a state law that requires counties to first affirm that large new developments have an adequate water supply.

County officials had argued they planned to incrementally evaluate Sterling Ranch's water supply, as construction proceeded in phases.

According to the latest Colorado River District newsletter, district external affairs manager Chris Treese says he expects legislation next year addressing the ruling, though it's too early to say what direction it could take. His agency is the principal water planning agency for the Colorado portion of the Colorado River basin.

Grand Junction boy arrested over alleged threats

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A high school student in Grand Junction is facing menacing charges after female classmates said he threatened to rape them.

The Daily Sentinel reports ( the comments allegedly happened last week at Central High School.

An affidavit prepared by Mesa County sheriff's officials says that when questioned by authorities, the boy said he told girls he would "grape" them, not rape them.

The affidavit also says that during a discussion about what students wanted to be when they grew up, he told classmates he wanted to murder people as a side job.

County ups grant for group rehabbing bear orphans

ASPEN (AP) — A Western Slope wildlife foundation that rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals is getting a larger grant than expected.

Pitkin County's citizen grant review committee had recommended that the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation receive $500 for operations next year. The foundation, based in Silt, had requested $5,000.

The Aspen Daily News reports ( that after the foundation contested the recommendation, county commissioners agreed Tuesday to award the foundation a $3,000 grant from the county's Healthy Community Fund.



In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.

In 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces.

In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic.



-- Old Colorado City Book Group, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Mad Scientist” for children in grades 1-5, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Doctors, Disease, and Dying” book release and signing, 2-3 p.m. 1905 Carnegie Reading Room, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free admission.

-- “Ladies Night Out,” $4.99 all you can eat buffet and beverage, $10 game card and wide variety of vendors who cater to women, 6-8 p.m., iT’Z Family Food and Fun, 3035 New Center Point.

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

-- “Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Gender in the Middle East,” lecture, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “An Affair to Forget - Melancholia in Bromantic Comedy” lecture with Tania Modleski, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Screening Room, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Early Weapons in the Colorado Territory” lecture, 7-8 p.m., Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 S. Valley Road, Palmer Lake, free.

-- New Horizons Band Fall Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, $2 at the door.

-- “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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