SUNRISE: 1 dead in overnight crash at Fillmore and I-25

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

Colorado Springs police say a crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle left one person dead and traffic diverted for several hours early Wednesday morning at Fillmore and Interstate 25.

All lanes of Fillmore were reopened shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Major Accident Unit was on scene overnight.

3 on the run after KFC robbery

Colorado Springs police are looking for three men who they say robbed the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 3775 Austin Bluffs Parkway on Tuesday night.

About 10:20 p.m., police were dispatched to the KFC after getting a report of three men - one brandishing a handgun - who had robbed the restaurant of an undisclosed amount of cash. The men, all described as black with average builds, fled west on Austin Bluffs and were not located by police.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 51 and sunny skies Wednesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 26.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Teen accused in girl's slaying scheduled in court

GOLDEN (AP) — A teen charged with kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old Colorado girl and attacking a runner is scheduled in court Wednesday.

Austin Sigg, 17, has been charged as an adult, including a murder charge in the death of Jessica Ridgeway, who disappeared Oct. 5 as she was walking to school in the west Denver suburb of Westminster. Sigg also is accused in an attack on a 22-year-old woman, who escaped, in Jessica's neighborhood in May.

The hearing was expected to provide prosecutors and defense attorneys an opportunity to argue procedural matters involving the case. The major issues have already been decided after a judge last month ruled that Sigg would be tried as an adult and that he would be incarcerated in an adult jail.

Sigg, who turns 18 next month, is charged with four counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of sexual assault on a child and robbery in Jessica's abduction and slaying. He's charged with attempted murder, attempted sexual assault and attempted second-degree kidnapping in the attack on the runner.

He's also charged with six counts of crime of violence.

If convicted as an adult, Sigg faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Mesa County man admits abuse in boy's death

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A Grand Junction man has admitted to beating a 19-month old to death in a plea agreement that leaves him facing 24 to 36 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Justin Keel has acknowledged a pattern of abuse caused the death of little Owen Reak. The toddler died at Montrose Memorial Hospital earlier this year after he was beaten hard enough to rupture his intestines.

The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel reports that Keel pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of child abuse resulting in death (http://bit.ly/SaMIzX).

Keel faces 24 to 36 years in prison under a plea agreement. The Mesa County District Attorney's Office has agreed to dismiss a first-degree murder charge. Keel will be sentenced Feb. 15.

Psychic's killer gets 56 years to life in prison

FORT COLLINS (AP) — A Fort Collins man convicted of strangling his wife was described as "sadistic" before a judge sentenced him to 56 years to life in prison.

The Coloradoan reports that 50-year-old John Marks Jr. remained silent through his sentencing hearing Tuesday (http://noconow.co/UBt7Fs ). Family members of the victim described him as "sadistic" and "extreme" and asked for a lengthy sentence.

Marks was convicted last month in the death of Kathy Adams. Her body was found strangled and beaten in a ravine between Lyons and Estes Park in 2010.

Kathy Adams worked in Fort Collins as a psychic known as Psychic Kay.

Traveling champagne bar back on Aspen Mountain

ASPEN (AP) — A traveling champagne bar that debuted on Aspen Mountain last season is back after county officials signed off on renewing the pop-up bubbly bar.

The Aspen Times reports Wednesday that Pitkin County commissioners have cleared Aspen Skiing Co. to revive the mobile champagne bar (http://bit.ly/U7cbWR ). Skico is using an "optional premises" provision of its liquor license for the champagne bar.

The champagne bar consists of tables set up at sunny spots on the mountain. Skico plans to set up the bar again for spring skiing, starting on Presidents Day weekend, but it did uncork the bar for opening day this winter, given the unseasonably high temperatures.

The bar operated on weekends last season, selling small, snow-chilled flutes of Veuve Clicquot for $15 each.

Colorado unit gets $15.7M defense contract

LITTLETON (AP) — A Colorado unit of Tetra Tech EC Inc. has been awarded a $15.7 million military contract for construction in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department said Tuesday the project is an expansion of the Afghan Air Force Shindand Air Wing Squadron.

Work is expected to be finished in March 2014.

Tetra Tech Construction Services is based in Littleton, Colo. Its parent company, Tetra Tech Inc., has headquarters in Morris Plains, N.J.

Western water report being released in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rising demand and falling supply are spurring talk in the arid West of outside-the-box ideas like piping water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south to help thirsty U.S. cities like Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Faced with ongoing drought, federal officials and water agency representatives from seven states and 40 million people that depend on the Colorado River have produced a report to be released at a three-day Colorado River Water Users Association conference this week in Las Vegas.

Details haven't been made public.

But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is due to join in a media briefing Wednesday about the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.

Meanwhile, advocates and environmentalists are calling for a common-sense approach to water conservation and growth.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1897, “The Katzenjammer Kids,” the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Oscar Straus to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor; Straus became the first Jewish Cabinet member.

In 1985, 248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.

In 2000, George W. Bush was transformed into the president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida’s contested election.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- “Lunch Beat Colorado Springs - First Beat,” with DJ Wesley Wayne, noon-1 p.m., GoCa 121, 121 S. Tejon St., free.

-- “Music at Midday,” 12:15 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- Family Holiday Concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Center for Spiritual Living - Colorado Springs, $10 donation.

-- Brian Parton, 7-11 p.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., no cover.

-- Rawbert and I, 7:30-10:30 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.

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