Colorado Springs police say two residents narrowly escaped a bullet that went through a home late Wednesday night in the 4th Street Mobile Home Park.
Residents reported shots fired and noticed several people running through the neighborhood about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Police say two people chased one suspect after shots were fired from a handgun. Three bullets struck a house at 720 E. 4th St., with one bullet going through several walls.
One spent shell casing was found in the street. No suspects have been identified.
Anyone with information is asked to call Springs police at 444-7000.
Man arrested after slamming into police car
A Colorado Springs police officer suffered minor injuries Wednesday after his car was hit while trying to stop the driver of a reported stolen car.
The driver took off after ramming the front of the patrol car and crashed into a fence.
Charles Smart, 43, faces charges of assault, careless driving and eluding police. A passenger, Margot Selgam, was also arrested and charged with theft.
It looks like another great day to be outdoors in the Pikes Peak region. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 62 degrees and partly sunny skies Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect similar conditions heading into the weekend. The forecast highs are: 62 on Friday, 61 on Saturday and 64 on Sunday.
Traffic cycling planned for I-70 in the mountains
DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials are planning to try traffic cycling to untangle weekend traffic jams at the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70.
The plan calls for installing traffic signals above eastbound Interstate 70 on the west side of the tunnel that will cycle every 4 to 8 seconds so that vehicles only stop briefly before entering the tunnel.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/c7lc85s ), a test of continuous-flow metering will begin Dec. 8. The first few tests will use flaggers to funnel traffic.
If the tests are successful, the Colorado Department of Transportation will use the system during the holidays and beyond.
Senators press for wind tax credit extension
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's senators and other lawmakers are pressing for an extension of the wind production tax credit.
Sen. Mark Udall and other members of Congress held a news conference Wednesday to push for the credit, which is due to expire at the end of this year unless Congress renews it. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says the credit is important to reducing pollution and is an economic driver.
The American Wind Energy Association estimates 37,000 jobs, including hundreds in Colorado, would be lost if the credit expires.
Military veterans who have found careers in the wind energy industry are also lobbying to extend the break.
Some Republicans also support extending the tax credit, but others, including Rep. Doug Lamborn, see it as wasteful spending.
Mother left 2 children alone in car, 1 died
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A Palisade mother is telling investigators she left her two toddler sons alone in an SUV with the engine running before they were found unconscious and one of them died.
According to records obtained by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/ct53e6o ), 24-year-old Heather Jensen called 911 to report her 2-year-old boy William was unconscious, not breathing and he had no pulse.
Jensen told dispatchers around 7 p.m. Tuesday that her 4-year-old boy Tyler was barely breathing.
William was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler was flown to St. Mary's Hospital before being transferred to Children's Hospital in Denver. He remained in critical condition on Wednesday.
Authorities say the investigation is continuing.
2 at state mental health institute go to hospital
PUEBLO (AP) — Two patients at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo have been taken to a hospital, and one has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.
Institute officials say there was an incident Wednesday morning and two patients were taken to a hospital, but they didn't release any details.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/VeViyu ) that according to an affidavit, Lamar Del Ray Davis is accused of taking scisssors from a nursing station, walking to a sleeping female patient's room and attacking her. He is being held without bond.
Colorado Mental Health Institute Superintendent Bill May said in a written statement that the incident will be investigated, and procedures will be reviewed to determine whether changes need to be made to keep residents safe.
Woman accused of improperly collecting public aid
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A Mesa County woman is accused of lying about her household income so she could continue receiving public assistance.
The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/11fhNmu ) that according to an arrest warrant affidavit, April Dawn Creasman is accused of failing to report that the father of five of her seven children was living with her and financially supporting her from 2008 through at least early 2012.
The affidavit alleges she fraudulently collected more than $38,000 in aid that she wouldn't have been eligible to receive if the father's income had been reported to Mesa County Human Services. Investigators say the father earned about $99,000 in gross income during 2011.
Creasman is free on a $7,500 bond. Her phone number is unlisted, and she couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict firsthand.
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
In 1972, the coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, made its debut at Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.
-- Fountain Book Club, “Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West,” 11 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- “Cool Crafts,” children in grades 1-5 can make toys and games, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Showing of “Arthur Christmas,” 6:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Bluegrass 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.