January 7, 2013
DURANGO — The La Plata County Sheriff's Office says leads are dwindling after a month-and-a-half-long search for a 13-year-old Monument boy who was reported missing in southwestern Colorado.
Sheriff's office spokesman Dan Bender says the number of tips coming in from the public regarding the disappearance of Dylan Redwine has dropped from several dozen a day to about two or three per day. But investigators haven't given up on the case.
Dylan has been missing since Nov. 19, a day after arriving at his father's Vallecito home for a court-ordered visit during Thanksgiving break. The boy was living with his mother and brother in Monument.
His father says he last saw Dylan asleep when he left home early to do some errands. He reported the boy missing that afternoon.
The National Weather Service forecasts a warmer-than-average high temperature of 50 degrees and mostly sunny skies Monday in Colorado Springs. The average high Monday in the Springs is 43. Expect an overnight low of 21.
Longmont police: Intoxicated man steals ambulance
LONGMONT (AP) — Longmont police say they arrested an intoxicated man who stole an ambulance while emergency crews were tending to an elderly woman who had fallen.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1063a85 ) fire and medical crews were treating the 86-year-old woman in her Longmont home at about 3 a.m. Sunday when they heard the ambulance beeping, which means the vehicle was backing up.
Police spokesman Jeff Satur says "they ran out there and saw their ambulance driving off."
He says the vehicle was stopped a short time later, and the intoxicated man, identified as 51-year-old Robert Elmar Taylor, made a statement about being cold.
The man was charged with stealing the ambulance and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police kill gunman, find 3 more dead in Aurora home
AURORA (AP) — SWAT officers who stormed a Colorado home where a gunman had holed up found a horrific scene — four dead bodies including that of the gunman.
Police said the armed man fired shots at officers Saturday from a second-story window before officers killed him. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults.
The suspect, whose name was withheld by police, held officers at bay for nearly six hours after neighbors reported gunfire at 3 a.m. inside the modest townhome in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.
It wasn't known if officers shot the suspect or if he shot himself.
Investigators said two men and a woman appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.
The suspect shot at police who approached the front of the home with an armored vehicle and who fired tear gas around 8:15 a.m. He was killed when he fired at officers from the second-story window about 45 minutes later, Carlson said.
"After we arrived on scene, there were no more shots fired up until he fired at us," Carlson said. "During this time he was all over the house. He moved furniture. He was throwing things. He was agitated. He was irrational."
A large front window was missing in the two-story townhome, the window's mini-blinds in disarray. Bullet holes marked two upstairs windows, and neighbors milled about outside.
A fifth person escaped unharmed and called police to report that she saw three people inside the home who "appeared lifeless," said Carlson, who declined to elaborate about the woman's escape.
A motive for the killings was unknown, and police had yet to say what weapon or weapons were used. Investigators wearing gloves and carrying evidence bags were going over the crime scene.
Police declined to release the victims' names.
Regulators consider oil, gas drilling rules
DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators are beginning a three-day hearing Monday on rule changes for oil and gas drilling.
The changes include requiring rigs to be farther away from buildings following complaints over proposed drilling in populated areas.
Ground-water sampling is also on the agenda.
Lawmakers to discuss economic development
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are unveiling their plans to increase economic development.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, Rep. Cheri Gerou and leaders from the business community are gathering Monday to announce their proposals for laws to beef up the economy.
The legislature is scheduled to begin its 120-day session on Wednesday.
Snowpack still low despite December precipitation
DENVER (AP) — The Natural Resources Conservation Service says Colorado's snowpack is still below average but improved significantly over the past month.
Phyllis Ann Philipps, state conservationist with the service, says "conditions could have been much worse if we had not received the moisture we did in December."
As of Jan. 1, Colorado's statewide snowpack was 70 percent of average — the fourth lowest in the last 32 years. But the figure increased significantly since Dec. 1, when the snowpack was only 36 percent of average.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/VMdFGr ) mountain precipitation was 112 percent of average for December, but dry conditions in October and November statewide have kept precipitation totals below average.
Statewide reservoir storage is about 68 percent of average.
Source: Bears meet with McCoy about coach job
CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bears are meeting with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver to discuss their coaching vacancy.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because of the confidential nature of the search.
The Philadelphia Eagles also took their coaching search to Denver on Sunday to meet with McCoy.
The Bears are in the market for a coach after they fired Lovie Smith following a 10-win season in which they missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.
The Broncos allotted time for teams to meet with McCoy in Denver this weekend. He is also linked to openings with Arizona and Philadelphia.
Officer fires upon suspect in gas station robbery
AURORA (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a police officer fired upon a suspect in an armed robbery of an Aurora gas station.
Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says in a news release the suspect, identified only as male, robbed the Bradley gas station on North Havana Street at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Minutes later, he was spotted by police and refused to obey the officer's orders.
Carlson says shots were fired, and the suspect was struck. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer was not injured.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons.
In 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.
In 1800, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was born in Summerhill, N.Y.
In 1894, one of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as Fred Ott was filmed taking a pinch of snuff and sneezing.
In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II. (The fall of Bataan three months later was followed by the notorious Death March.)
In 1949, George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. secretary of state; President Harry S. Truman chose Dean Acheson to succeed him.
In 1953, President Harry S. Truman said in his State of the Union message to Congress that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
In 1963, the U.S. Post Office raised the cost of a first-class stamp from 4 to 5 cents.
In 1973, sniper Mark Essex laid siege at a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in downtown New Orleans for about 10 hours, killing seven people before he was slain by sharpshooters.
In 1979, Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government.
In 1989, Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87 in Tokyo; he was succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Akihito.
In 2006, Jill Carroll, a freelance journalist for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped and her translator shot dead in Baghdad. (She was freed almost three months later.)
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