A robber armed with a hammer and a knife has robbed a convenience store on Palmer Park Boulevard for the third time in less than a month, according to Colorado Springs police.
Police say they were called to the Diamond Shamrock at 5670 Palmer Park Blvd. about 2:50 a.m. Friday after a store clerk reported the theft of cigarettes and money from the cash register.
The suspect, described as a white male in his 20s and 6-foot tall, was wearing a black mask and dark clothing.
Officers and a police dog searched the area but failed to locate the suspect, who fled northwest of the store on foot.
Similar robberies with the hammer and knife are not new to the Diamond Shamrock. The convenience store was first robbed Oct. 28 and it happened again on Nov. 4.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 55 degrees Friday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 33. We'll have mostly sunny skies Friday and throughout the weekend, according to the weather service. The forecast high is 60 on Saturday and 60 on Sunday.
Durango takes a pass on cycling race
DURANGO (AP) — Durango has decided to take a pass on the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bicycle race.
The city decided not to submit a proposal Thursday for the race because of a lack of enthusiasm for this year's race.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/d6mrdws ), city manager Ron LeBlanc blames the Pro Challenge organization for setting high expectations, telling the city to expect as many as 25,000 people. The actual number of spectators on race day in August was estimated by the city at 13,000.
Race organizers did not return a phone call seeking comment.
More than 2,000 attend Lakewood officer's funeral
LAKEWOOD (AP) — Police officers from across Colorado were among more than 2,000 people who gathered Thursday to honor a Lakewood police officer who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer.
The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/RFiMZ9) reported that eulogies at the funeral of James Davies, 35, drew both laughter and tears from those gathered at Denver First Church of the Nazarene in Englewood.
Davies was in a backyard investigating reports of gunfire and was in full uniform when another officer behind a fence shot him early on Nov. 9. He's the first officer to be killed in the 43-year history of the Lakewood Police Department.
"There will be lessons learned from this," Chief Kevin Paletta said during the service. "We will relay those lessons to other law enforcement agencies so hopefully no other family, no department, no community will have to suffer a similar tragedy."
Davies is survived by his wife, Tamara, and two children, ages 6 and 2.
Davies grew up in England and met his future wife while she was there on a study-abroad program. He followed her back to the United States and worked at a bank until a robbery got him interested in law enforcement.
After the funeral, mourners made a procession from the church to the Jefferson County fairgrounds. The ladders of two fire trucks held a large flag suspended along the route.
Theft from Girl Scouts cookie fund investigated
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A former Mesa County Girl Scouts troop leader is accused of stealing nearly $6,000 from the troop's cookie fundraiser.
Carmen Wysong is accused of taking the money to make a deposit on a home and make payments on a truck, utilities and food.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/ceupvvu ), Wysong was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony theft and false reporting. She was being held Thursday on $7,500 bond at the Mesa County Jail.
Wildlife officials investigate deaths of 3 moose
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials asking for the public's help in finding who shot a cow moose and her two calves in a subdivision between Granby and Grand Lake.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a hunter near Mountain Shadows Estates heard several shots Wednesday morning and later found the three animals had been shot in an empty lot in the subdivision. No one immediately approached the carcasses to claim responsibility.
The case is being investigated as a poaching incident.
People who illegally kill a big game animal and abandon the carcass face fines and a potential prison sentence, along with losses of hunting and fishing privileges.
State to get $1.9M in GlaxoSmithKline settlement
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is getting $1.9 million as part of a settlement of allegations that the British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline deceptively promoted the diabetes drug Avandia.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Thursday that the state's portion is due the money as part of a $90 million settlement between GlaxoSmithKline and attorneys general from 38 states. The prosecutors had accused the company of failing to disclose all of Avandia's side effects and risks.
In July, a judge approved an agreement with federal prosecutors for GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion to resolve alleged criminal and civil violations involving 10 drugs including Avandia. The company agreed to plead guilty to promoting the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses and to failing to report to the government for seven years some safety problems with Avandia.
Starting in July, Boulder to add 10-cent bag fee
BOULDER (AP) — Grocery shoppers in Boulder will have to pay a 10-cent fee on paper and plastic bags starting in July under an ordinance approved by the City Council.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/XKBLGw ) the City Council voted 7-0 to approve the measure on a fourth reading Thursday.
The fee will apply to paper and plastic bags at food retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and Target. Gas station stores will be exempt if food sales are less than 2 percent of their business.
Retailers will keep 4 cents of the fee to cover their costs of administering the program. The city plans to use the rest of the money to pay for outreach about reusable bags and to distribute free reusable bags to low-income residents.
Guilty plea in toddler's apparent overdose death
BOULDER (AP) — A woman whose daughter died of an apparent drug overdose has pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/UJyjFV ) Erin Maison-Everhart wiped away tears Thursday as she pleaded guilty to the reduced charge. She originally was charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death.
Adams County coroner's officials say 2-year-old Annalise McKenna Maison-Chavez died in February with toxic levels of the painkiller Oxycodone in her body. Her mother had been taking multiple medications for chronic illnesses.
Maison-Everhart is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1885, Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime minister of France.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway.
In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.
-- “Gleneagle Women’s club Art and Crafts Show,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gleneagle Golf Club, 345 Mission Hills Way, free admission.
-- “Storytime,” children’s program, read “All for Pie, Pie for All,” by David Martin, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.
-- Chess Club, 3:30-5 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- “MoZaic of Wishes,” with wine and food and the opportunity to purchase items from area vendors, 5:30-8 p.m,. The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 Colorado 105. Admission is a gift card or an unwrapped toy.
-- Annual Holiday Art Market, with artists, crafters, music and more, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free admission.
-- “Santa’s Arrival and Parade” begins at 6 p.m. and circles throughout the mall, ending in a holiday dance party near Santa’s Village in the food court, The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, free.
-- John G. Elliott, 7 p.m., Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., free.
-- VAPA Vocal Ensemble, 7:30-9 p.m., Centennial Hall Auditorium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free.