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SUNRISE: Carson soldier held on child sex assault charge

Staff reports Updated: December 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

CANON CITY — A Fort Carson soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan has been jailed on charges of sexual assault on a child and felony menacing.

Erik Jeske is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in her Penrose home in 2010.

A few days later, Jeske allegedly threatened the girl's 15-year-old stepbrother with a knife during an unrelated altercation at Jeske's home.

The incidents were not reported to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office until July 2011.

According to the Cañon City Daily Record (http://tinyurl.com/cceyekq ), Jeske was deployed to Afghanistan while the investigation continued and an arrest warrant was obtained Sept. 12.

Upon Jeske's return, he was arrested by Fort Carson police on Dec. 13

     

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 33 degrees with sunny skies Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 20. The warmup continues Friday as the weather service forecasts sunny skies and a high of 51.

   

AROUND COLORADO

Judge allows ski areas to keep water rights

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has overturned a regulation requiring ski area permit holders on public land to turn over water rights to the U.S. Forest Service.

Judge William Martinez ruled Wednesday that the government violated its own procedures, failed to evaluate the economic impact and violated ski area rights. Martinez sided with the National Ski Areas Association, which sued over the new water rights permit rules.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/cgzhc4k ), Martinez sent the case back to the Forest Service to resolve those issues.

The Forest Service had no immediate reaction to the ruling.

Economists release state projections before session

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are getting details of the state's revenue outlook before starting the 2013 legislative session next month.

State economists will present lawmakers with their quarterly projections on Thursday and brief them on how much money they can expect to have to spend. The federal fiscal cliff negotiations and the potential impacts on the state's finances are also likely to be part of the briefing.

Previous quarterly forecasts this year have shown a steady, slow improvement in the Colorado economy. That has allowed more funding for schools, which have been cut by hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years.

United to starts flights between Santa Fe, Denver

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Municipal Airport officials say United Airlines will begin offering flights from Santa Fe to Denver on May 1.

Wednesday's announcement comes weeks after the airport teamed up with Great Lakes Airlines to offer four daily flights to Denver and Clovis, N.M.

United's companion airline United Express will offer flights twice daily out of Santa Fe. There also will be two daily flights from Denver to Santa Fe.

Airport officials say ExpressJet will operate the flights using 50-seat Embraer regional jet aircraft.

They say the one way ticket price is $126 and round trip is $256.

Man to be sentenced in bookstore arson case

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of breaking into a suburban Denver bookstore and planting three homemade bombs is expected to be sentenced on federal charges.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/ZRfx6A) that David Lawless is scheduled for sentencing in federal court Thursday. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.

Authorities say Lawless forced his way into a Borders bookstore and planted two crude bombs fashioned from propane tanks in June 2011. One exploded, causing little damage. A third propane tank device planted outside the store failed to ignite.

According to a plea deal, Lawless also confessed to planting a similar device at a Denver restaurant the day before.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1790, the first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, R.I.

In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States.

In 1812, German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of the first edition of their collection of folk stories, titled “Children’s and Household Tales.”

In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.

In 1864, Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his “March to the Sea.”

In 1945, the Office of Price Administration announced the end of tire rationing, effective Jan. 1, 1946.

In 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays.

In 1972, the Neil Simon play “The Sunshine Boys” opened on Broadway.

In 1978, former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman was released from prison after serving 18 months for his role in the Watergate cover-up.

In 1987, more than 4,300 people were killed when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island.

In 1989, the United States launched Operation Just Cause, sending troops into Panama to topple the government of Gen. Manuel Noriega.

In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- Old Colorado City Book Group, “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Mad Scientist,” for children in grades 1-5 p.m., 3 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- Black

Latino Coalition’s Christmas Party, with door prizes, food and mystery Christmas present, 5-7 p.m., TGI Friday’s, 7061 Commerce Center Drive. Admission is one nonperishable food item for Christmas basket donation.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Radio Oldies Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.

-- Blehmish, 8 p.m,, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

-- “Salsa and Rhythm Thursdays,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Thirsty Parrot, 32 N. Tejon St., $5 cover includes one free drink.

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