A woman who was robbed of cash Thursday evening in a Wal-Mart parking lot followed the robber to get a vehicle description and location while calling police.
No one was injured in the 8:45 p.m. robbery at the Wal-Mart at 3201 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs police said.
The victim told police she had just finished shopping and she and a friend were putting items in her car when the robber came up behind them and demanded all her money, police said. The robber kept his hands in his pockets as if he was holding a gun, police said.
The robber fled in a white Toyota truck with New Mexico plates, which was last seen near Galley Road and North Circle Drive, police said.
Brace for big change Friday and Saturday. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 34 with blowing dust Friday in the Colorado Springs area. Wind gusts could reach 55 mph Friday. Expect an overnight low of 6. On Saturday, the weather service says we have a 20 percent of snow with a high of 18.
In parts of western Colorado, strong winds and heavy snow are bringing whiteout conditions early Friday. The weather service says snow is becoming widespread west of the Continental Divide. Snow is expected to move over parts of the Front Range and Eastern Plains as the storm moves east. Forecasters say sub-zero temperatures are expected in the mountains on Saturday.
Theater shooting suspect due back to court
CENTENNIAL (AP) — Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes faces arraignment Friday.
That comes after a judge on Thursday night ruled he should stand trial on all 166 counts against him.
But his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.
District Judge William Sylvester ruled that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence to proceed with charges alleging Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a suburban Denver movie theater July 20.
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
If convicted of first-degree murder, he could face the death penalty.
Niwot High School closed during probe of threats
BOULDER (AP) — A high school in Boulder County is closed Friday as authorities investigate a threat to blow up the school and a threatening note with about 30 students' names.
A threat that Niwot High School was "going to blow on the 11th" was scrawled in a bathroom last Monday and made public Tuesday. The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/XU8M3U ) the principal told parents Thursday that sheriff's officials recommended closing the school at the end of the day after students found the note.
Meanwhile in Colorado Springs, police notified school security officers throughout the city Thursday of a report of an alleged threat someone made referring to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Police said no specific Colorado Springs school was mentioned, and they didn't immediately have enough information to substantiate the threat.
Jefferson County synagogue vandalized
GOLDEN (AP) — Authorities are searching for the people who vandalized a synagogue in Jefferson County with anti-Semitic graffiti.
Investigators are trying to determine if the vandalism at Reform Jewish Congregation is connected to similar incidents in communities along the Front Range.
According to KCNC-TV (http://tinyurl.com/act6gdt ), the vandalism included swastikas and other graffiti.
Last month a menorah was defaced in Colorado Springs at the home of a rabbi and a swastika was found on a building in Boulder.
Teen sent to youth corrections for kidnap plot
ASPEN (AP) — A Basalt teenager will serve up to five years in youth corrections for plotting to beat another teen and leave him to die in the wilderness near Ruedi Reservoir.
Prosecutors said the 15-year-old boy was remorseful Thursday and took responsibility for his actions.
According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/a529n6s ), the boy told police he had a dispute with the intended victim over drug dealing and a girl.
The plot was discovered when an adult found a diagram of the assault plan and contacted police. Another youth told the Basalt Police Department about the kidnapping plot.
Lawmakers using iPads to save paper
DENVER (AP) — It's iPad day in Colorado Legislature. The state's 100 lawmakers are training on new tablet computers as the state tries to modernize.
Lawmakers who don't know how to use iPads are having tablet training Friday. Legislative leaders hope to dramatically cut down on printing and paper costs by 2014.
Colorado is one of 16 states trying to cut down on paper and printing by ordering tablets for some or all lawmakers. The tablets are already used by many lawmakers and could trim printing costs. It currently takes an entire printing shop to keep up with legislation and amendments, and state budgets are sometimes the size of phone books.
Hikers rescued from Deer Creek Canyon Park
LITTLETON (AP) — Firefighters say two hikers who were rescued from a steep, remote part of Deer Creek Canyon Park southwest of Denver have been flown to hospitals with moderate injuries.
Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue spokesman Daniel Hatlestad says the injuries include broken bones and one potential head injury. KUSA-TV in Denver reports the injured hikers were in a group of about five people in an off-trail area Thursday afternoon when some rocks broke loose. The others weren't injured.
About two dozen rescuers looked for the hikers after their group called 911. Images from one hiker who took photos of the surrounding area and from a news helicopter helped rescuers find them.
It was after dark and temperatures were dropping by the time both injured hikers could be flown off the mountain.
Friends of slain theater victim sue Cinemark
DENVER (AP) — Two people who saw their friend die in the Colorado theater shooting last summer have filed a negligence lawsuit against the theater owner.
Chichi and Derick Spruel join others who have filed lawsuits accusing Cinemark of having inadequate security for a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, when a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
The Denver Post reports the couple's lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Denver, says the Spruels had gone to the theater with Jesse Childress, who was fatally shot and fell into Derick Spruel's arms. The suit says Spruel's wife, Chichi, was among those who called 911. The lawsuit says both have suffered psychological injuries.
Cinemark has said it couldn't have foreseen the attack.
Top judge to address lawmakers
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's top judge is heading to the state Capitol to talk to lawmakers just before a sprawling new judicial building opens nearby.
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender is giving his annual State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers. The speech is the judiciary's annual opportunity to personally update lawmakers and ask for legislation.
Bender could be saying thanks to lawmakers, too. Next week the Supreme Court, the attorney general and the appellate courts start work in a new judicial center near the Capitol. The Supreme Court has been working in temporary housing in a nearby office building since 2010.
The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center is named for Colorado's 29th governor, who served from 1939 to 1943.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.
In 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.
In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).
In 1927, the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
In 1942, Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Imperial Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
In 1963, the Beatles’ single “Please Please Me” (B side “Ask Me Why”) was released in Britain by Parlophone.
In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that said smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.
In 1972, East Pakistan changed its name to Bangladesh.
In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In 1995, 52 people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena — however, a 9-year-old girl, Erika Delgado, survived.
-- “Yarnettes,” for needlecrafters, 10 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.
-- “Stay and Play Storytime,” for ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Storytime, read “Oh No!” by Candance Fleming, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.
-- “Adult Reading Program 2012 Kick-Off Party,” 1-3 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- “Let’s Play Chess” children’s program, 3:30-5 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.
-- “Mother-Daughter Creations,” make a hanging Valentine ornament, 4 p.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, for ages 7 and older, free.
-- “Diversity, Perveristy and Perplexity” exhibit by William Cummins, 5-9 p.m., G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., free.
-- University of Northern Colorado Music Theatre Showcase, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free, suggested donation of $15 for adults, $10 for students.
-- “The Unique Life of a Mountain Man” lecture, 7 p.m., Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., $5 for nonmembers.
-- Nick Davey, 7:30-10 p.m., Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate And Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon St., free.
-- Starburn, 8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free.