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Staff reports Updated: January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

One robbery attempt late Monday night in Colorado Springs didn't go as planned.

Colorado Springs police say one man is in critical condition and another is recovering from injuries after a homeowner opened fire during a home invasion in the 2400 block of East St. Vrain Street.

Police say three men broke into a home shortly before 10 p.m. Monday and the homeowner resisted. The homeowner got a gun and shot two of the men.

Police say there is no indication the homeowner knew any of the men and he was not injured.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 50 degrees and mostly sunny skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 23.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Vail Resorts: Boy's negligence caused slide death

BROOMFIELD (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says a teen's own negligence caused his death in an avalanche last year in an inbounds but closed area of Vail Mountain.

The Vail Daily reports (http://bit.ly/13cOOBC) the comment came in a court document the company filed Monday in response to a negligence lawsuit that 13-year-old Taft Conlin's parents filed against it.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says that on Jan. 22, 2012, the boy and other skiers entered the lower Prima Cornice trail through an open gate. An entrance to the top of the trail was blocked. Vail Resorts says Taft climbed from the lower trail area to the upper area before the avalanche was triggered.

The family's lawyer contends anyone can climb up the mountain and that negligence by Vail Resorts caused Taft's death.

Man sentenced for sex assault on sleeping woman

BOULDER (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping on a friend's couch has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Davin Burke-Reinhart was convicted in 2011 of sexual assault on a helpless victim and sexual assault on a victim incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct.

The Daily Camera reports he was sentenced Friday (http://bit.ly/THzCbQ).

Carbondale couple plead guilty in poaching case

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — A Carbondale couple who pleaded guilty in a poaching case had posted an online photo of the buck they were accused of illegally killing in 2011.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/13eUSsn ) Shay and Krysta Trulove pleaded guilty to different charges last month after they were accused of shooting two deer, including the buck, on one license.

Krysta Trulove was convicted of charges including violating a law prohibiting illegal hunting of trophy-sized game animals. Court records show she was ordered to pay nearly $10,500 and to forfeit her firearm. Shay Trulove pleaded guilty to illegal possession of wildlife and hunting without a license. He must pay more than $1,900 and forfeit his firearm and meat from the poached buck.

A state wildlife hearing officer will determine if they face other penalties.

Ethics commission continues Gessler investigation

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Ethics Commission is continuing its investigation into Secretary of State Scott Gessler's use of public funds.

The commission on Monday refused to dismiss the complaints after Gessler's lawyers contended the commission could be improperly acting as a criminal court.

Gessler is accused of spending about $1,500 from his office's discretionary fund to attend a conference of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Republican National Convention in Florida last November.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/bx7gjs2 ), Gessler says he spent the money after death threats were made against his family, prompting his early return to Colorado. An aide also says the office fund is similar to the per diem given state lawmakers where no receipts are necessary.

Foresters burning trees to protect homes

PINEWOOD LAKE (AP) — Foresters have begun burning 180,000 piles of trees in an effort to protect homes following a devastating wildfire season in Colorado last year.

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn 30 percent of the wood piles this winter. Foresters are waiting for more moisture to destroy the rest.

According to the Denver Post, the trees have been collected because more firefighters are needed on standby if the wood is not piled up.

More than 600 homes were destroyed by wildfires in Colorado last year, and at least five people were killed.

Bill would let parents buy alcohol for adult kids

DENVER (AP) — Parents could be able buy alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if they were 18 and older but not 21 yet, under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker.

Sen. Greg Brophy is introducing the bill for the legislative session that begins Wednesday. He says he thought of the proposal because he and his wife recently took their daughter to dinner to celebrate her 20th birthday, and she couldn't have a drink with them.

Brophy says he also wants parents of returning servicemen to be able to buy their children drinks at bars or restaurants.

He says the bill would allow parents to buy their adult children drinks in any place that allows on-premise alcohol consumption. Wisconsin has a similar law.

Elbert County panel considers oil, gas rules

KIOWA (AP) — Elbert County planning officials are considering whether to require oil and gas companies to keep wells at least a quarter-mile from homes.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/UxfuXq ) that a panel that has been developing guidelines for how the county deals with hydraulic fracturing has recommended keeping wells 1,320 feet from homes, as well as banning companies from storing fracturing fluid in open pits. Hydraulic fracturing involves blasting water, chemicals and sand deep under to free oil and natural gas.

The Elbert County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider recommendations Thursday. County commissioners would have to sign off on changes.

Settlement reached in state patrol shooting

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the family of a man who was shot and killed when he refused to allow troopers into his Mesa County home without a warrant.

Mark Silverstein, director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Colorado, said Monday the patrol has also agreed to set up training programs to prevent future tragedies.

According to a lawsuit, troopers Kirk Firko and Ivan Lawyer were investigating a traffic accident in 2010 when they knocked on the door of Jason Kemp, who was shot when he demanded to see a warrant. The two troopers were later fired. Charges against the two troopers were dismissed.

A spokeswoman from the state patrol did not return a phone call seeking comment.

2 firefighters, 2 residents hurt in Aurora fire

AURORA (AP) — Two firefighters and two other people have been taken to hospitals after a house fire in Aurora.

Fire Capt. Allen Robnett says all are expected to survive. Details of their injuries and the cause of the fire Monday afternoon weren't immediately determined.

Judge sets trials in teacher's murder

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has set trial dates for the two men accused in the murder of Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold.

Michael Keith Spell and Lester Van Waters, Jr. have pleaded not guilty to charges they grabbed Arnold from a Sidney street, killed her and buried her body in a North Dakota field.

On Monday, state District Judge Richard Simonton set trial dates of Nov. 4 for Waters and Jan. 6, 2014 for Spell.

The Colorado men face one count each of deliberate homicide and attempted kidnapping. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty if the defendants are convicted.

Arnold was out for a morning run when she disappeared last January. Her body was not found for more than two months.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1790, President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York.

In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans — the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

In 1863, America’s First Transcontinental Railroad had its beginnings as California Gov. Leland Stanford broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento. (The transcontinental railroad was completed in Promontory, Utah, in May 1869.)

In 1912, the African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.

In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

In 1959, Charles de Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic.

In 1963, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” on loan to the United States from the Louvre Museum in Paris, went on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., with President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, in attendance.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in his State of the Union address.

In 1973, the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed.

In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six other people were killed, and 12 others were injured. (Jared Lee Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in connection with the shooting.)

  

HAPPENINGS

-- Lunch and a Movie,” bring your lunch and watch “The Avengers,” noon, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Rockrimmon Mostly Fiction Book Club, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, 1 p.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, free.

-- “Learn Japanese,” 6-7:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

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