Colorado Springs Utilities officials say Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard will be closed from Red Mesa to Oak Creek Drive on Thursday because of a water main break.
Utilities officials expect to have the southwest Springs street reopened by 5 p.m.
You're in luck if Thursday's plans include time outdoors. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 53 degrees with mostly sunny skies today in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 26. On Friday, the weather service forecasts a high of 43 with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow.
Curtailing emissions tests could save millions
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado auditor's report suggests that curtailing the emissions testing could save motorists nearly $30 million a year.
According to the Denver Post (http://bit.ly/Se12aW) the report released Wednesday says 93 percent of cars already pass the tests and questions whether the program is needed for air quality.
The program that started in 1980 operates in nine Denver metro area and northern Front Range counties. Vehicles manufactured in the last four years are exempt from the program while earlier models must be tested annually or every other year.
The Department of Public Health and Environment that administers the program says more vehicles could be exempt from testing but says the program is useful in helping to lower ozone concentrations in the area, which is out of compliance with federal ozone standards.
Longmont police discover 'grenade' in trunk of car
LONGMONT (AP) — Two Longmont businesses were evacuated after police found what appeared to be a military fragmentation grenade in the trunk of a car.
The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/TPOp18 ) the traffic stop that led to the discovery of the devices at about 2 p.m. Wednesday was part of an investigation into a string of burglaries.
Police also discovered potentially explosive air bags and a smoke grenade that was rendered safe by the Boulder County Bomb Squad. Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says the grenades turned out to be replicas that were reported stolen Wednesday evening following news of the evacuations.
The driver of the car was being held on traffic charges while the passenger of the car was being held on a felony warrant for failure to appear on a burglary charge.
Man convicted after body is found in trunk
CENTENNIAL (AP) — A man who drove to the Arapahoe County Jail with a body in the trunk of his car has been convicted by a jury of first-degree murder.
Forty-two-year-old Robert Leroy Johnson faces life in prison in the October 2010 death of Thomas Francis Datema. District Attorney spokeswoman Casimir Spencer the jury deliberated two hours before returning a guilty verdict Wednesday.
Johnson told police that he shot Datema after the man harassed him for sex. Prosecutors say Johnson told police that he lured the man to a remote county road and shot him in the head.
Johnson then caused a bomb scare when he arrived at the jail to turn himself in with Datema's body in the trunk.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.
Man gets 48 years for shooting 2 men in Evergreen
GOLDEN (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the execution-style shootings of two men in Evergreen in 2004 has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.
Pam Russell of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Robert Montoya was sentenced on Dec. 6.
KMGH-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/a9qwzuw ) that Montoya shot two men who had discovered a marijuana growing operation while they were cleaning an Evergreen home.
Russell said he tied the men's hands behind their backs and shot each one four times.
Both men survived.
Montoya fled to Mexico and was put on the FBI's Most Wanted list. He was arrested in El Paso, Texas, in 2011.
Montoya pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in August.
Weld County man gets 9 years for poisoning dogs
GREELEY (AP) — A Weld County man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for poisoning a neighbor's two dogs and intimidating a witness.
Prosecutors said 73-year-old Joseph Losinski fed strychnine-laced meatballs to a German shepherd and a chocolate Labrador in August.
Losinski pleaded guilty in October to aggravated cruelty to animals and intimidating the witness.
The Weld County District Attorney's Office said that Losinski was sentenced on Wednesday.
State gets $1.1M in Pfizer settlement
DENVER (AP) — Colorado will receive more than $1.1 million in a settlement with Pfizer Inc. over its marketing of the drugs Zyvox and Lyrica.
Attorney General John Suthers said Wednesday that Colorado's share is part of a $42.9 million settlement between Pfizer and 32 states and the District of Columbia.
The states claimed that Pfizer used deceptive practices in marketing Zyvox, an antibacterial agent, and Lyrica, which is used to treat fibromyalgia.
Pfizer acknowledged no wrongdoing but said it will change how it markets Zyvox and Lyrica.
Suthers said Colorado's proceeds will be used for consumer protection efforts.
Man arrested in Lakewood arson
LAKEWOOD (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of setting a fire that involved three townhomes in Lakewood.
West Metro Fire Rescue investigators said Wednesday that 41-year-old Robert Lohman has been booked into Jefferson County Jail on multiple counts of arson and reckless endangerment.
Lohman is suspected of starting a fire on a rear patio of his townhome in February while family members slept. The fire spread to other townhomes, causing more than $120,000 in damage.
No one was hurt.
Investigators didn't disclose a motive in the case. It wasn't immediately known if Lohman had an attorney.
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-- “Cool Crafts,” holiday gift making for children in grades 1-5, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Rousseau Tercentenary Conference lecture, 4:30 p.m., Colorado College, Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., west of Cutler Hall, free.
-- Brian Parton, 5-7 p.m., Raven’s Nest Coffee, 3330 N. Institute St., free.
-- ““Binge and Merge: UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Capstone Final Projects, ” 5-7 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.
-- “Songs of the Season” with Bold and Brassy Quartet, 6:30 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., free.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabilly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.
-- Canyon Winds Fall Concert, 7-9 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. Tejon St., free.
-- 4th ID Band Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., McMahon Auditorium, 1517 Chiles Ave., Fort Carson, free.