LONGMONT — Investigators were unable to immediately determine when a shooter purchased a gun used to kill three people, including his ex-girlfriend, who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when she was killed.
The gunman who had just been released from jail on domestic violence charges then shot and killed himself Tuesday, Weld County Sheriff John Cook said in an Associated Press story. Investigators searching the gunman's home found the original box the handgun had been sold in, but they did not find a receipt, and it was unclear when he bought it, Cook said.
The victims included the ex-girlfriend's sister and the sister's husband. All were found dead in a home in unincorporated Weld County outside Longmont, about 35 miles north of Denver.
Cook identified the dead as 25-year-old Beatriz Cintora-Silva; her sister, Maria Cintora-Silva, 22; and Max Aguirre Ojeda, 32, who was Maria Cintora-Silva's husband.
The gunman was identified as Daniel Sanchez, 31.
Sanchez had just been released from jail on domestic violence charges.
Authorities said Beatriz Cintora-Silva called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. to report shots fired. The 911 dispatcher heard her cry, "No, no, no," followed by a gunshot.
Get ready for a blast of winter. The National Weather Service forecasts snow to hit the Colorado Springs area Wednesday morning. The forecast high temperature is 20 degrees. The cold front is expected to move out fast with a forecast overnight low of 8 and mostly clear skies. The weather service says we can expect a high of 43 and sunny skies Thursday.
Police: Mom flashed gun at Denver middle school
DENVER (AP) — A 34-year-old woman faces charges for allegedly showing students a gun during an argument with children at a Denver middle school
KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/ZMgGMQ ) Tuesday Monica Avila says her daughter was being bullied at Lake Middle School. Authorities say that during an argument Thursday and while inside her car Avila showed the students a semi-automatic handgun and said, "Look what I have."
Students alerted adults and police later arrested Avila. The Denver District Attorney's office formally charged Avila Tuesday with four counts of menacing and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds.
She was being held on $50,000 bail. It's unclear whether Avila has retained an attorney. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Avila said it was an incorrect number.
Ritter: No call from WH about energy cabinet post
DENVER (AP) — Former Gov. Bill Ritter through a spokesman says that he has not received a call from the White House about a possible cabinet post.
The Washington Post in a political blog Monday named Ritter as a possible replacement for U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is said to be leaving President Barack Obama's administration next year.
Ritter is director of Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy. CSU spokesman Mike Hooker Tuesday says Ritter has not been contacted by the White House.
Also mentioned by the blog as possible replacements for Chu are: Tom Steyer, head of Farallon Capital Management; Obama 2008 transition head John Podesta; former North Dakota senator Byron Dorgan; and Susan Tierney, co-head of the 2008 Obama transition team.
Gold panning ban defeated in Larimer County
FORT COLLINS (AP) — Panning for gold in Larimer County will still be allowed after commissioners rejected a measure that would have banned it.
The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/V4xxD5 ) that two members of the three-person commission rejected a proposal that would have prohibited taking minerals from county lands. A third commissioner was on vacation.
The vote followed testimony from hobbyists who spoke about the fun of searching for gold in Colorado's rivers and streams.
Natural resources staff and the Larimer County Parks Advisory Board suggested the proposal after questioning whether the county owns the minerals on its lands.
Sheriff seeks info on remains found near Red Rocks
MORRISON (AP) — Authorities are seeking help in identifying a skeleton found a short walk from Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Tuesday says the skeleton was found last week by hikers about 3/10 of a mile above and to the west of the iconic amphitheater. The amphitheater west of Denver is the site of dozens of concerts and other events throughout the year and is a popular outdoor recreation area.
Hikers found the bleached skeleton Friday in thick brush and rugged terrain. Blue sweatpants or shorts were also found on the skeleton that appeared to have been there for some time. Authorities could not immediately determine the gender.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call: 303-271-5612.
Denver officer convicted of sex assault
DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer has been convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping of a female arrestee.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/VMB1KY) a jury Tuesday found 33-year-old Hector Paez guilty. Prosecutors accused Paez of driving the woman to a secluded spot and forcing her to perform oral sex in March 2010.
Paez claimed that he took the woman to a secluded location to question her about a drug dealer. Paez grasped his head and said, "I don't understand," when the verdict was read.
The woman has a criminal history that includes drug use and a prostitution conviction. Paez's defense attorney Gary Lozow says he will appeal.
Vonn won't train during break from World Cup
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn doesn't plan to do any serious training on skis during her midseason break from the World Cup.
Rainer Salzgeber, racing director of Vonn's equipment supplier Head, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the four-time overall winner hasn't asked for her ski technician Heinz Haemmerle to follow her to the United States.
"No, she won't ski. She said she needs to rest and get her fitness, and I think also her mind," Salzgeber said at a men's slalom race. "She wants to do some dry-land training, and that's it."
Vonn announced on Monday that she needs a break because she has yet to fully recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital last month.
Salzgeber said Vonn likely won't return until races in St. Anton, Austria, on Jan. 12-13.
Body found in Westminster pond ID'd as missing man
WESTMINSTER (AP) — A body found in a Westminster pond has been identified as that of a man who had been missing for more than a week.
Westminster police Tuesday say the body is that of 36-year-old John Lucas "Luke" Edwards of Arvada.
Authorities had been searching for Edwards since he failed to show up for work Dec. 10. He was last seen leaving a holiday party at a nearby hotel early Dec. 9.
Edwards' body was found Monday during a search of the pond that had been requested by his family.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
In 1813, British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.
In 1843, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.
In 1910, the artificial fiber rayon was first commercially produced by the American Viscose Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa.
In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.
In 1946, war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
In 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1961, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., 73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Fla.
In 1971, “A Clockwork Orange,” Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel, had its world premiere in the United States.
In 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
In 1984, a fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah, killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty July 1, 1997.
In 1986, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he was later acquitted by the Senate).
-- “Senior Lunch and a Movie,” bring your lunch and watch “One for the Money,” noon, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- Mystery Book Group, discuss “Christmas Mystery,” 2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.
-- “The Citadel Mall Performances - Ormao Dance Company,” 6 p.m., The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, free.
-- 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.