SUNRISE: Bijou reopens, investigation continues after overnight shooting

Staff reports Updated: December 4, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 4, 2012

UPDATE

Bijou Street has reopened Tuesday morning as Colorado Springs police continue their investigation after an overnight officer-involved shooting east of downtown.

About a dozen squad cars and two Metro Crime Lab trucks remain on scene.

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Bijou Street east of downtown Colorado Springs is shut down Tuesday morning and one man hospitalized after Springs police say they shot a man in a stolen vehicle who crashed into a police car while trying to escape.

According to police, the chase began about 1 a.m. Tuesday when police tried to stop a car at Powers and Astrozon boulevards that was reported stolen. Police say the driver took off and the chase ended a short time later when he collided with the police car at Bijou and Swope Avenue.

The suspect fled on foot and he was shot by an officer.

The man has been taken to a hospital, where his condition is not available.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Police say Bijou will be shut down from Bonfoy Avenue to Iowa Avenue for much of Tuesday morning.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 57 degrees with mostly sunny skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. The weather service forecasts an overnight low of 36. The warming trend continues Wednesday, when you can expect a high of 65 with mostly sunnies skies.

   

AROUND COLORADO

Second child dies after being left in car

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A relative says a second child has died after being left in a car.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/cca3wea ), 4-year-old Tyler Jensen of Palisade was removed from life support Monday night.

Authorities say 24-year-old Heather Jensen called authorities a week ago to report her 2-year-old boy William was unconscious and 4-year-old Tyler was barely breathing after she left them alone in her SUV.

William was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler taken to Children's Hospital in Denver, where he died.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing.

Battle on to keep wildfire inside national park

ESTES PARK (AP) — Firefighters are trying to keep a wildfire from spreading outside the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The U.S. Forest Service says about 250 firefighters are working to contain the Fern Lake Fire, which has been burning for nearly two months. The fire has scorched about six square miles.

Fire has burned at least one cabin and forced the evacuation of several areas in and around the park. Fire officials say the fire is 40 percent contained.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith says some residents may be allowed to return on Wednesday. Hundreds of evacuation and pre-evacuation notices to residents near the park.

Officials in the Estes Park area and Boulder County have imposed fire bans.

Powerball helps Colorado Lottery post sales record

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Lottery says last week's huge Powerball jackpot helped it record its best week ever for sales.

An average week for the Colorado Lottery is about $10 million in sales. The agency says it had sales of $22 million last week, when the Powerball jackpot was $588 million.

The agency reports the figure includes $12.63 million from Powerball sales in Colorado last week, including almost $8.4 million in sales just on Wednesday, when the Powerball drawing was held. That's several times the average weekly Powerball sales in Colorado of about $1.5 million.

Colorado uses lottery proceeds to help fund new trails, as well as open space and wildlife protection.

Weld County takes steps to limit marijuana shops

GREELEY (AP) — Now that Colorado voters have passed a constitutional amendment allowing for recreational marijuana use, Weld County commissioners are taking steps to prohibit marijuana cultivation, manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and retail stores in unincorporated parts of the county.

Amendment 64 allows for the possession of small amounts of marijuana without a doctor's recommendation, but it also gives local governments the authority to ban stores and cultivation facilities from operating in their communities.

Weld County commissioners introduced an ordinance Monday to ban marijuana farms, facilities and shops. The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SCvAAY) it must go through two more readings before it could go into effect Jan. 28.

Commissioners took similar action against new medical marijuana dispensaries in 2010, a decade after Colorado voters approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Voters to decide on Dacono pot dispensary ban

DACONO (AP) — A measure to repeal a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Dacono has been cleared to appear on the ballot in 2013.

City Clerk Valerie Taylor said Monday that supporters had collected twice the number of valid signatures needed to get on the ballot. The Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/Vhzyfx) a special election could be scheduled between Feb. 11 and May 13.

In June, the City Council had voted to ban marijuana dispensaries, requiring the three pot shops in town to leave by Dec. 31. That deadline stands unless an agreement can be reached or legal action suspends the ban.

Colorado voters in November passed Amendment 64, allowing for marijuana use under state law without a doctor's recommendation. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Nearly 700 homeless died in Denver over 12 years

DENVER (AP) — Denver officials are trying to find more help for the homeless after nearly 700 people died over the past 12 years.

The victims range in age from a newborn to a person who was 90 years old. The death toll only includes unattended deaths recorded by the Denver coroner's office.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/bqrm8xv ), details are being tracked by Denver officials and volunteer agencies to help them make policy decisions addressing the needs of the homeless.

Denver OKs settlement over 2007 police shooting

DENVER (AP) — The Denver City Council has agreed to a $190,000 settlement with a woman who says police weren't justified in fatally shooting her husband in 2007.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/UCK8RQ ) the City Council approved the settlement Monday.

Vicki Lynn Trujillo had filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages over a shooting that killed her husband Jason Gomez after a foot chase.

Denver prosecutors who reviewed the case determined officer Timothy Campbell was justified in using deadly force after Gomez allegedly pulled an object from his pocket and threatened to kill him, but city officials say the settlement lets the city avoid further costs of litigation.

Trujillo's attorney Kenneth Padilla called the settlement fair for Denver. The object Gomez had wielded turned out to be a cigarette lighter.

CU makes pitch to Cincy's Jones

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn made his pitch to Cincinnati football coach Butch Jones on Monday.

"A productive day," is how Bohn described the meetings that lasted about six hours at Folsom Field, the Buffaloes' football stadium.

Jones is Bohn's top target in his search to replace Jon Embree, who was fired last week with three years left on his contract after going 4-21 in two seasons.

Jones and his wife, Barbara, flew back to Cincinnati on Monday night after spending most of the day meeting with Bohn and other Colorado officials.

The Denver Post said a decision whether to leave Cincinnati for Boulder is expected Tuesday.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.

In 1942, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II.

   

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.

-- “7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration” with hayrides, kids craft, local food vendors, caroling, Santa, holiday shopping and more, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Widefield Community Center, 705 Aspen Drive, free admission. Donations of nonperishable food or gently used coats accepted.

-- “Pet Night with Santa,” bring your favorite well-mannered, friendly, leashed or kenneled pet to sit on Santa’s lap. He has a special set for his furry friends, 6-8 p.m., The Citadel, lower level near food court, 750 Citadel Drive East, prices vary. Use the mall entrance by Hooter.

-- “Why is Unemployment So High?” lecture, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Concert Band Fall Performance, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- “Expedition Down the Colorado - A Summer Exploring the Water Issues of the Southwest’s Great River” presentation, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

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