SUNRISE: Evacuations lifted for Red Feather Lakes fire

Staff reports Updated: December 3, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 3, 2012

RED FEATHER LAKES — Evacuation notices have been lifted for residents in northern Colorado following a wildfire that destroyed a summer cabin.

More than 360 emergency notifications were sent around 3 a.m. Monday for Red Feather Village, telling residents to evacuate immediately. The order was lifted about an hour and an half later after firefighters gained control of the fire.

A second structure was also burned but it's not clear whether it was a home, according to the Associated Press.

Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Firefighters are still battling a wildfire that's been burning in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park for nearly two months. Strong winds have spread the Fern Lake Fire to more than 3,500 acres. It's 20 percent contained. It destroyed a cabin in the park.
      

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 54 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 27.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Mountain View policeman, suspect shot at bar

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — A Mountain View police officer and an auto theft suspect have been wounded in a shooting at a local bar.

Police responded Sunday night after someone called authorities to report they saw a man suspected of stealing a vehicle.

Police say the man opened fire, hitting the officer, and police returned fire, hitting the suspect.

The suspect and officer have been taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where the officer was treated for a non-life threatening injury. The suspect's condition was not available.

2 killed in bar stabbed at least 14 times each

DENVER (AP) — Autopsies reveal that of the five people killed in a Denver bar that was later set on fire, two of the victims were stabbed more than a dozen times each.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/YnvbHF ) 21-year-old Daria Pohl was stabbed 21 times, and 44-year-old Kellene Fallon was stabbed 14 times.

Michelle Weiss-Samaras with the Denver coroner's office called the crime "horrific," noting that all five were stabbed multiple times. Also killed in the Oct. 17 attack were 63-year-old Young Suk Fero, 29-year-old Ross Richter and 45-year-old Tereasa Beesley. The bodies were discovered after firefighters responded to the fire at Fero's Bar and Grill.

An aspiring rapper, 22-year-old Dexter Lewis Jr., and brothers, 24-year-old Lynell Hill and 27-year-old Joseph Hill, are charged in the killings during a robbery as the bar was about to close.

Deputies kill man who pulled gun at grocery store

LITTLETON (AP) — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says deputies shot and killed a man who pulled a gun on them at a Littleton grocery store.

Deputies were called to the King Soopers near the intersection of West Belleview Avenue and South Kipling Parkway at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday on reports of a suspicious man who was talking to himself and had a handgun visible in his back pants pocket, according to the Associated Press.

The man, whose name has not been released, pulled a gun when officers asked to speak with him as he exited the store. A shootout followed, and the gunman was shot at least once.

He died at a nearby hospital.

Investigators say they found a second handgun inside the man's jacket.

Pilot accused of flying pot into airport sentenced

BOULDER (AP) — A California pilot accused of flying 55 pounds of marijuana into an airport in Boulder has been given two years of probation and fined $10,000.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/YENMO8 ) District Judge Thomas Mulvahill sentenced 46-year-old Carl Steven Gruber on Friday, saying he didn't believe the man's story that the pot was fresh inventory for a local medical marijuana facility.

Police say they received a request from the Department of Homeland Security in late January to assist with a suspicious plane that had landed at Boulder Municipal Airport.

Gruber was charged with possession of between five and 100 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of more than 12 ounces of the drug. As part of a plea deal, he acknowledged a single felony charge of distributing fewer than five pounds of marijuana.

CU-Boulder edges closer to campus smoking ban

BOULDER (AP) — The University of Colorado at Boulder is edging closer to a ban on smoking anywhere on campus after the university's student government offered its initial support of the proposal.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/11lu8GL ) student leaders backed the plan Thursday, and top university officials are expected to ask the chancellor next week to create a task force to move the campus toward being smoke-free.

Deb Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs, says the proposal calls for a "soft transition" over a two- to three-year period. She says the university might allow designated smoking areas for a semester or a year as part of that transition.

The $48,000 cost of the program would be partly covered by a grant from Boulder County Public Health.

SUV strikes, kills pedestrian in Broomfield

BOULDER (AP) — Authorities say an 80-year-old man was killed and his 77-year-old female companion was seriously injured when the two were hit by a vehicle as they crossed a street in Broomfield.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Vno0NL ) a Longmont woman driving an SUV struck the victims, both from Erie, at the intersection of Highway 7 and Mountain View Boulevard at about 4 p.m. Saturday. The injured woman was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they do not believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1810, British forces captured Mauritius from the French, who had renamed the island off southeast Africa “Ile de France.”

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States by the Electoral College.

In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio — the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the nation — began holding classes.

In 1925, George Gershwin’s Concerto in F had its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin at the piano.

In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened on Broadway.

In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Skate in the Park,” 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free, donations accepted to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund.

-- “Understanding Nonviolent Powers - Civil Resistance as a Force for Rights, Freedom and Justice in the 21st Century” lecture, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Brutiful Music,” featuring Molly Boyles, Teddy Nazario, Jon Janssen and Bryant Jones, 8 p.m., CK Comics and Collectibles, 719 Manitou Ave., Suite B, Manitou Springs, free.

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