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SUNRISE: Overnight vandalism investigated

Staff reports Updated: December 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police are investigating several cases of vandalism early Monday morning that left vehicles, homes and other buildings damaged.

Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of South Corona Avenue at 3;15 a.m. Monday after receiving the vandalism reports.

The unknown suspects used blue spray paint on about two dozens vehicles, multiples houses and a church, according to reports.

Police ask anyone with information to call 444-7000.

Shooting at Days Inn investigated

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Days Inn at Janitell Road and South Circle Drive, according to our news partners at KOAA.

Authorities say they got a call for multiple shots fired about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. They found no victim nor suspects when they arrived at the scene, but did locate a trail of blood leading from one of the hotel rooms to the parking lot.

A short time later a gunshot victim showed up at Fort Carson Gate 4; police determined it was the same man who left the hotel.

The victim was conscious and speaking, but had a gunshot wound to the face. Officials don't know if the victim is a Fort Carson soldier; they're still looking for the shooter but don't believe the incident was random, KOAA reports.

   

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 50 degrees with breezy conditions Monday in Colorado Springs. Wind gusts could reach 30 mph. Expect an overnight low of 28.

   

AROUND COLORADO

Avalanche warning for southwest Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a warning for hikers and skiers in the Southern San Juan mountains as another snow storm moves into Colorado.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning Tuesday morning for most counties on the western edge of the state.

Forecasters said Monday the region can expect up to eight inches of snow before it's over. They said heavy snow will make travel hazardous or impossible.

Dougherty siblings to be sentenced in bank robbery

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge had scheduled sentencing for three siblings accused of robbing a south Georgia bank during a cross-country crime spree that started in Florida and ended with a shootout in Colorado.

Ryan Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty and Dylan Dougherty Stanley are set to appear before a federal judge in Valdosta Monday.

All three recently pleaded guilty to bank robbery and firearm charges in Georgia. Terms of their deals with prosecutors were not disclosed when they entered their pleas.

They've also pleaded guilty to Colorado charges stemming from their capture in August 2011. Ryan Dougherty got 18 years, Lee Grace Dougherty received 24 years and Dylan Dougherty Stanley got 32 years for those charges.

They still face charges in Florida for allegedly shooting at an officer during a high-speed chase.

Pot regulation work begins in Colorado

GOLDEN (AP) — Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but regulation of the drug is just beginning.

A 24-member task force appointed to set up pot rules meets Monday for the first time.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed people from law enforcement, marijuana advocacy groups and even agriculture to write regulations for marijuana. They'll be coming up with rules for how to keep marijuana from children and how to make sure the drug is produced safely and doesn't end up in neighboring states that don't allow the drug.

Another topic for the task force will be deciding whether to allow Amsterdam-style marijuana clubs.

The task force has until February to send suggestions to the governor. The Department of Revenue must adopt the regulations by July, with sales possible by year's end.

Denver police seek white SUV after deadly hit-run

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say they're looking for a white minivan that left the scene after hitting and killing a pedestrian in southwest Denver.

Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the woman was struck at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at South Sheridan Boulevard near West Yale Avenue. Lopez says the woman was standing in a turn lane and wasn't in a crosswalk when she was hit.

She tells the Denver Post (http://bit.ly/U3v1QY ): "If the person had stopped, it appears the pedestrian was at fault."

The woman died at the scene.

Lopez says the minivan sustained damage, likely on its driver's side. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, at 720-913-7867.

Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier this year signed into law tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers. Motorists now could face up to six years in jail for leaving the scene of a fatality, the same for drunk drivers who cause traffic deaths.

Theater shooting victim awarded posthumous degree

DENVER (AP) — Metropolitan State University of Denver has bestowed an honorary bachelor of arts degree upon a student who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting.

Jessica Ghawi, who was among 12 people killed in the July 20 shooting that injured 58 others, was a junior majoring in speech communication with a focus on broadcast journalism.

Sandy Phillips accepted the degree on behalf of her 24-year-old daughter on Sunday, saying "we actually shed tears of joy instead of tears of sorrow.

"This was one of her dreams that she was so close to achieving and not fulfilled," Phillips said, adding that if her daughter was alive to receive the honorary degree, she would have jokingly said, "wow, I didn't even have to study to get this."

Ghawi's degree was awarded during the university's fall commencement.

State considers changing college funding

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Higher Education is considering changes to the way it allocates $70 million for need-based college grants.

A proposed new formula would increase the amount of money colleges and universities receive for students in their sophomore, junior and senior years to provide an incentive to improve retention and graduation rates.

Currently, financial aid is distributed under a three-tiered system that has made it difficult to predict student attendance.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/d6r9mmx ), the new system would provide about $600 for each eligible freshman. That money would increase by $200 each year through the student's senior year.

If a student needs to continue working on an undergraduate degree after that, the allocation would drop by half.

Boulder considering fee for street maintenance

BOULDER (AP) — The Boulder City Council is considering a fee to pay for street maintenance.

On Tuesday, the council will try to decide whether to levy a fee to be collected on utility bills.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/d342jsu ), transportation officials would like to raise somewhere between $2 million and $6 million.

The proposed fees would cost homeowners up to $80 a year and business owners up 22 cents per square foot.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1777, France recognized American independence.

In 1830, South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.

In 1865, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, the “Unfinished” (because only two of its movements were completed) was performed publicly for the first time, in Vienna, 37 years after the composer’s death.

In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.

In 1925, Col. William “Billy” Mitchell was convicted at his court-martial in Washington of insubordination for accusing senior military officials of incompetence and criminal negligence; he was suspended from active duty.

In 1939, the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay.

In 1944, the U.S. Army ended its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.

In 1957, the United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

In 1961, an arson fire at a circus in Niteroi, Brazil, killed 323 people.

In 1975, Lynette Fromme was sentenced in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. (She was paroled in Aug. 2009.)

In 1979, in a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, was fatally injured after leading police on a chase with his motorcycle in Miami. (Four white police officers accused of beating McDuffie were later acquitted, sparking riots.)

In 1981, members of the Red Brigades kidnapped Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. Army official in southern Europe, from his home in Verona, Italy. (Dozier was rescued 42 days later.)

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “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.

-- “Showing of “Arthur Christmas,” children can wear pajamas and bring a blanket, pillow or soft toy from home, 6 p.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

-- “Colorado Springs Fiction Writing Group, 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- ““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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