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SUNRISE: Telmossee giveaway hopes for 200 bike donations Friday

Staff reports Updated: December 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

The Bob Telmosse Foundation hopes to receive at least 200 new or gently used kids’ bikes Friday during a donation drive for its 30th annual Christmas Giveaway on Dec. 21.

The “Bikes 4 Bob” drive will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave.

The nonprofit said it’s short on 16- to 20-inch bikes — among the more popular items at the giveaway — but needs all sizes of bikes. If you can’t donate a bike, donate a bike helmet; the foundation hopes to get 500 of those.

The giveaway is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the expo center. In past years, it’s attracted thousands of people who line up early to get food baskets, toys, bikes and other donated items.

No tickets are required, and no questions are asked.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 42 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain and snow showers Friday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 25. The weather service forecasts a dry weekend in the Pikes Peak region with expected high temps of 41 Saturday and 39 Sunday.

  

AROUND COLORADO

State meets health care deadline early

DENVER (AP) — A major deadline looms Friday for states to comply with the new health care law. Colorado's an early achiever and doesn't have to worry about the deadline.

The federal government set a Friday deadline for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law.

Colorado has already moved ahead setting up an exchange, which is a private marketplace for shopping for health insurance.

Colorado is one of six states that was given "conditional approval" by the federal Department of Health and Human Services for their self-designed exchanges. The approval came Monday.

Exchanges are the gateway to the new health care law for individuals and families who buy their own health insurance, as well as for small businesses.

Fracking to be allowed in Boulder County

BOULDER (AP) — Boulder County commissioners have approved new oil and gas guidelines that will allow fracking on unincorporated parts of the county.

The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/UWvFjT ) reports that the meeting Thursday was crowded with opponents but was civil. Citing a "bullying atmosphere" at a previous meeting, commissioners approved a security plan to remove anyone who would have disrupted the meeting where the commission unanimously approved the regulations.

Opponents wanted the county to ban fracking, saying the procedure blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas is unsafe. Supporters say the procedure is safe and the state has sufficient regulations in place to protect the public.

Durango woman convicted of lying in murder case

DURANGO (AP) — A Durango woman has been convicted of lying about her husband's murder in an effort to protect her brother, who was later convicted of the crime.

The Durango Herald reports that 42-year-old Suzanne Garcia was convicted on 10 counts including perjury and tampering with a witness (http://bit.ly/SVYtXZ ). She faces probation to six years in prison on each count.

Prosecutors said Garcia intentionally misled investigators and lied to a grand jury that was investigating the 2010 shooting death of her husband, Ted Garcia. Prosecutors said Garcia was trying to protect her brother, Joseph Dernoga, who was charged with and later convicted of the crime.

Garcia was also convicted of coaching her daughter, who was 14 at the time, to lie before the grand jury.

Life sentence for woman who helped kill couple

AURORA (AP) — A woman who helped kill a couple two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for her role in the crimes.

The Aurora Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/SVWgvt ) that 22-year-old Janelle Kimberly Harris resisted a plea agreement and went to trial for helping Terrence McNeal kill an ex-girlfriend. McNeal believed the ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Durst, would testify against him in an upcoming burglary case.

Harris, McNeal and another person then went to Durst's apartment and killed her boyfriend, Terrence Scott George.

Prosecutors considered seeking the death penalty against McNeal, but announced last fall that they would not. He was convicted of murder last summer and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Hickenlooper, lawmakers give session preview

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and legislative leaders will be giving a preview of what to expect at the session that begins next month.

Gun control, the possible expansion of Medicaid eligibility, and education reform are among the topics expected to be garner heated debate in in the 2012 session and event Thursday with legislative leaders could provide glimpse of what the conversations will look like.

Hickenlooper and leaders from the House and Senate will be speaking at an annual event hosted by the at the Colorado Press Association.

The Legislature convenes Jan. 9.

Lawmakers open door for Gessler expenses audit

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers opened the door Thursday to an investigation of Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler's use of public funds to attend the Republican National Convention in Florida and a GOP election law training event.

Members of the state's audit committee unanimously gave auditors approval to conduct research for an audit into Gessler's expenses. Lawmakers will vote at a later meeting whether to authorize an audit.

"It's what the public wants — holding the elected officials to a higher standard," said Democratic Sen. Lois Tochtrop, one of the lawmakers requesting an audit.

Gessler, the state's top elections official, was reimbursed for $1,570 from state funds for his travel. Democrats and left-leaning groups have questioned whether that was appropriate.

"Granted it's a small sum when you look at the big picture but yet it is also making sure that we as elected officials, all elected officials in the state, keep the public trust and I think this was something that harmed the public trust," Tochtrop said.

Gessler has said he welcomes a full review of his expenses.

2 charged with felonies for pot-laced brownies

BOULDER (AP) — Two University of Colorado students have been charged with felonies for allegedly giving pot-laced brownies to classmates and a professor without their knowledge.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/UWvhBT ) that prosecutors Thursday charged 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa with 18 felony counts that include second-degree assault. Prosecutors had earlier charged 21-year-old Thomas Ricardo Cunning with similar counts. The incident last week at the school sickened seven students and professor.

In an unrelated incident, a 14-year-old girl was sent to a hospital Wednesday after eating a marijuana brownie at a high school. The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/UCtLR2) that a 14-year-old boy was arrested and released to his parents.

Police told the Gazette the girl knew what was in the brownie before she ate it.

4 people set afire in attack at Denver home

DENVER (AP) — Police say four people were set on fire during an attack at a northwest Denver home.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says two men showed up at the front door of the residence at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Some words were exchanged, and a woman who answered the door was sprayed with a flammable liquid from a pump bug sprayer and set afire. Three other adults in the home also were sprayed flammable liquid and set afire.

The woman suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, while the other three suffered minor injuries.

Jackson says the matter is under investigation and a motive had not yet been determined.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/XjEYZ8) the suspects were still at large.

Aurora police arrest man in hit and run

AURORA (AP) — Aurora police have arrested a man in a bizarre hit and run in which the driver hit a 14-year-old girl, then picked her up and drove her a few blocks to a convenience store.

Aurora police Thursday say 18-year-old William Anthony Elliott faces charges of second-degree kidnapping as well as other traffic offenses that include leaving the scene of an accident.

The girl told police that the man may have intended to drive her to a hospital after hitting her with his car. The girl suffered scrapes and. Police traced the vehicle through a license plate number jotted down by a witness.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.

In 1861, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died at Windsor Castle at age 42.

In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (ROH’-ahl AH’-mun-suhn) and his team became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out a British expedition led by Robert F. Scott.

In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.

In 1961, a school bus was hit by a passenger train at a crossing near Greeley, killing 20 students.

In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan concluded their third and final moonwalk and blasted off for their rendezvous with the command module.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- Panel discussion on the Manner and Goal of Rousseau’s writing, 9:30 a.m., Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Storytime,” children’s program, read “The Question,” by Scott J. Langteau, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Stay and Play Storytime,” children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Songs of the Season” with Eagleview Middle School, noon, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., free.

-- “Let’s Play Chess,” children’s program, 3:30-5 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Against Critical Thinking” lecture, 3:30 p.m., Colorado College, Slocum Commons, first floor, southwest wing, Slocum Hall, 130 E. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- Rousseau on “Law, Society and the Market,” 4 p.m. Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Elaine Pease will sign “Tallie’s Christmas Light Surprise!” 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Many Lights of Christmas” drive thru with half-million lights, Cinderella’s carriage, gingerbread house, military scene, Santa, Santa’s workshop, shepherds, nativity scene and more, 6-9 p.m., Springs First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., free.

-- “Songs of the Season” with Skyview Middle School, 6 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., free.

-- “A Christmas Concert and Holiday Potluck,” presented by the Black Rose Acoustic Society, 7-9:30 p.m. concert, Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, $4-$7.

-- Rocky Gene Wallace and Brotherhood, 7-10 p.m., Cucuru Gallery Café, 2332 W. Colorado Ave.

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