Colorado Springs police say a Papa Murphy's and Family Dollar were robbed in separate incidents Tuesday night.
About 8 p.m., the Papa Murphy’s pizza store at 1708 Dublin Blvd. was robbed by a man dressed in all black and armed with a handgun, police said.
The man entered the restaurant and demanded money from store employees before escaping by jumping a fence into a nearby apartment complex, getting into a car and speeding away, police said.
The vehicle was described as a dark sedan and was last seen heading westbound on Dublin Blvd. No employees were injured.
A short time later, an armed robbery of the Family Dollar at 4440 Edison Ave. and eventual vehicle theft was reported.
Police say that at about 9 p.m. a man pointed a handgun at a clerk, demanding cash. The suspect then had employees exit the store and demanded keys to the vehicle of one employee. He left the scene in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee that's black with Colorado plates 845XCU.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 58 degrees along with mostly sunny skies Wednesday in Colorado Springs.
Castle Rock woman gets life terms for killing her 2 kids
CASTLE ROCK (AP) — A Colorado mother was convicted Tuesday of murdering her two children in a crime prosecutors said was revenge against her husband over their divorce.
Kelli Lynn Murphy, 43, of Castle Rock was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation, and first-degree murder of a victim under 12 by a person in a position of trust.
The jury verdict came on the same day her son would have turned 11. A judge immediately sentenced Murphy to two life sentences without parole.
Prosecutors said Murphy smothered her 6-year-old daughter Madigan and 9-year-old son Liam in May 2011 as revenge against her husband after the couple filed for divorce. They said she was adamant about retaining sole custody of the children.
Murphy's lawyer Ara Ohanion wanted jurors to consider lesser charges, claiming her client had intended to kill herself and blacked out after drinking vodka and taking pills. Murphy woke up to find her children dead and doesn't remember what happened, Ohanion said.
Police went to Murphy's home after she told a 911 dispatcher she was going to commit suicide and that her children were in heaven.
The children's family released a written statement thanking prosecutors, investigators, supporters and jurors.
Health panel reviews how state implements health law
DENVER (AP) — State health activists are meeting to discuss what Colorado needs to do now that the election is over and Obamacare is a certainty.
Colorado unsuccessfully challenged the federal health care overhaul in court, but state officials also set up an insurance exchange and took other steps to comply with the law.
Democratic state lawmakers and advocates for the new law plan to talk Wednesday about where Colorado stands on implementing the law.
The daylong health meeting in Denver is sponsored by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.
Gusts fuel Rocky Mountain National Park wildfire
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Strong gusts and low relative humidities have stoked a wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park, prompting the fire's incident commander to order more resources to contain the flames.
The 1,370-acre Fern Lake Fire started Oct. 9. Its cause hasn't been determined. Firefighters have been trying to suppress it, but direct attacks have been limited because the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, some of which includes trees killed by beetles.
The fire was active Tuesday due to conditions that were ripe for burning, and sparks from the fire jumped Spruce Creek to the southern side.
The incident commander has ordered more resources, including a helicopter to fight the flames.
The fire is listed at 40 percent contained. The park is open, but trails near the fire are closed.
Former sheriff's deputy sentenced on sex charge
BOULDER (AP) — A former Boulder County sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child has been sentenced to 18 months of prison.
The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/VcyS0H ) Rick Ferguson wept Tuesday after he was sentenced to prison plus 20 years of intensively supervised sex offender probation.
Investigators said he participated in sexually explicit online chats with people who identified themselves as young girls, and some chats happened while he was on duty as a deputy.
Ferguson pleaded guilty in August to sexual exploitation of a child, obscenity and official misconduct.
Defense attorney Larry Mertes said Ferguson had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after investigating a murder of a former classmate in the 1980s, and he treated the resulting numbness by seeking excitement in online sexual conquests.
Ex-sheriff won't have to undergo mental evaluation
CENTENNIAL (AP) — A former Arapahoe County sheriff who pleaded guilty to trading methamphetamine for sex with a man won't have to undergo a mental health evaluation that's meant for sex offenders.
Patrick Sullivan was sentenced in April to 38 days in jail and two years of probation for possession of methamphetamine and solicitation for prostitution. A probation officer sought the mental health evaluation for Sullivan after accusations he violated terms of his probation.
Probation officer Hallie Miller testified Tuesday that Sullivan has been "manipulative" and dishonest in missing drug therapy and drug tests and has tested positive for alcohol. Miller said she became concerned when he briefly got a new younger roommate.
A judge said Tuesday he didn't have enough evidence of wrongdoing to order the evaluation.
Contractors say spacecraft cracks can be fixed
DENVER (AP) — Contractors say cracks in a spacecraft tested in Colorado can be easily fixed.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems says the crew-capsule design of NASA's Orion spacecraft is sound, even though three structural cracks were found during pressure testing of the first flight model at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA program manager Mark Geyer says the capsule should not have cracked, but the problem can be easily fixed by redesigning stress points.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/c77834k ), the problems were discussed during a meeting Tuesday at the Colorado plant where the capsule is being tested.
The first scheduled orbital launch date is September 2014.
Forest Service restricts shooting near Boulder
BOULDER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is restricting recreational shooting to daylight hours in Lefthand Canyon and the former Nederland dumpsite in the Boulder Ranger District.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/bmwlxof ), the new limitations are in response to safety concerns over shooting at night.
Both areas are heavily used for recreational shooting and rangers say there have been a number of complaints.
Basalt police chief resigns, says it was voluntary
ASPEN (AP) — The police chief of Basalt has resigned, and his paid administrative suspension has been lifted with no finding of misconduct.
Roderick O'Connor was placed on a paid leave in October, and the town asked Mountain State Employers Council to conduct a workplace investigation. Town officials and O'Connor haven't disclosed circumstances leading to the suspension, but a statement Monday by the town government and O'Connor said the suspension didn't involve any criminal law or civil rights violations.
O'Connor's resignation was effective Friday, and the parties say he resigned voluntarily.
Town Attorney Tom Smith says O'Connor received a severance package worth $83,944.
O'Connor tells the Aspen Daily News the suspension had taken him by surprise. He says resigning was a personal decision, and it was time to move on.
Missy Franklin to swim for her high school
DENVER (AP) — Missy Franklin will swim for her high school team this winter.
Regis Jesuit High School athletic director John Koslosky tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/Ur1r8z ) that the Olympic champion won't compete at every meet, but will participate at some, likely after the holidays.
The high school senior, set to attend California next year, won four gold medals and a bronze medal in the London Olympics.
Arkansas River Compact administrators plan meeting
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Arkansas River Compact Administration meets in Kansas next week to review operations at the John Martin Reservoir in Colorado.
The panel's annual meeting takes place Dec. 6 in Garden City. Also on the agenda are a compliance update, committee reports, and other developments from state and federal agencies.
The group administers provisions of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact, including operations at the John Martin Reservoir. The compact was negotiated in 1948 between Kansas and Colorado to settle disputes and remove sources of future controversy over water in the Arkansas River.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
In 1861, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union.
In 1905, Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin.
In 1912, Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
In 1922, Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square; about 47,000 calls in less than three hours resulted.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy dedicated the original permanent headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became the first African-American to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.
In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.
In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
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