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SUNRISE: Man carjacked, stabbed with screwdriver

Staff reports Updated: January 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

A man was carjacked and stabbed in the hand with a screwdriver early Tuesday.

Colorado Springs police said the man was dropping off his child at his ex-wife’s house at 4:35 a.m. near the intersection of La Salle and Monteagle streets. As he was getting his child out of his vehicle, a Honda Civic pulled up next to him.

A Hispanic man got out of the passenger side of the Honda and started banging on the driver’s side window. The victim got his child out of danger at nearby apartments and returned to his vehicle, police said.

At that time, the suspect jumped into the victim’s Honda and started to drive away.

The victim reached into the broken window and grabbed the suspect by the jacket. The suspect stabbed him with a screwdriver and drove off.

      

WEATHER

It's going to look more like spring than winter around the Pikes Peak region the next few days. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature near 60 degrees and clear skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 29. On Wednesday, we'll approach a record high with an expected top temp of 65.

    

AROUND COLORADO

High wind warning after several wildfires put out

BOULDER (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning after several wildfires broke out on Monday.

The weather service said Tuesday winds could gust to 50 miles an hour in the mountains and Front Range, with warm temperatures and low humidity. The weather service says the fire danger will be high in those areas.

On Monday, a small grass fire northwest of Boulder was contained to half an acre. Another small grassland fire was contained in Douglas County after residents were notified to be ready to evacuate, but no evacuations were ordered.

Man killed in Grand Mesa snowmobile accident

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — One man is dead after a single-vehicle snowmobiling accident on Grand Mesa.

The unidentified 31-year-old man was with a large group of snowmobilers when the accident occurred north of Paonia on Monday.

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/ap25uhz ) he did not know how the accident happened and an investigation is under way.

Skier killed in avalanche had scouted area

ASPEN (AP) — The man killed in an avalanche near Marble had skied the area earlier in the day and week without any problems.

Thirty-seven-year-old James Lindenblatt of Frisco died in the Jan. 13 slide.

A report by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued Sunday said that he and three other skiers decided to ride on Marble Peak Ridge after making several exploratory trips there.

The Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/XRzPZS ) reported that the other skiers were able to find and dig him out of nearly 4 feet of snow in about five to 10 minutes. He had no pulse and wasn't breathing when they pulled him out.

Lindenblatt was the second person to die in an avalanche in Colorado this season.

Patriots' Martin victim of Aurora home-invasion robbery

AURORA (AP) — Two masked men robbed the suburban Denver home of New England Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin while he was playing in the AFC championship game.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania told The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/11MqlEa ) that the robbers forced their way into Martin's home Sunday night when there was at least one adult and several children there. He says they took numerous items.

No one was hurt.

Investigators don't know if Martin was targeted.

Martin attended Denver's Thomas Jefferson High School and played football at the University of Wyoming.

Judge blocks mail ballot rules

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado district court judge has blocked Secretary of State Scott Gessler's rules on mail ballots.

The judge in Denver ruled Monday that state law allows county clerks the authority to send ballots to inactive voters in mail-in-only elections.

Under the previous rules, county clerks were required to mail a series of notifications to inactive voters, who had to change their status in order to receive a mail ballot.

Gessler sued Denver County Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson in 2011 for sending mail ballots to people who had not voted in previous elections.

Gessler has been seeking a compromise that would allow voters to receive election-related notices by email and by mail.

Plane checked after pilot aborts takeoff in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Mechanics are trying to determine why a fire warning light came on a Southwest Airlines plane bound for Las Vegas, causing the pilot to abort takeoff in Denver.

The incident caused three tires to blow out as the plane stopped abruptly on the runway on Monday. Airport officials say no fire was found.

The plane was departing Denver International Airport with 137 passengers and five crew members. No one was injured, and passengers were moved to a later flight.

Hundreds participate in MLK marade

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver.

The marade is a combination of march and parade. Participants walked down Colfax Avenue from City Park to Civic Center Park near the state Capitol on Monday.

King's birthday was declared a state holiday on 1984.

Participants included police chief Robert White. The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/UMTGsQ ) reported that the family of Marvin Booker, who died while in Denver's jail in 2010 while restrained, held a press conference before the marade began.

Their lawsuit over his death had been set to go to trial on Tuesday but has been delayed by an appeal filed by the city.

Hay banks can help struggling horse owners

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Humane Society wants horse owners to know that help is available if they can't afford to feed their animals.

The group issued the reminder Monday following the death of a neglected mare relinquished by its owner in eastern Colorado.

Society spokeswoman Amie Cavarra said owners in need can get help from horse rescue group or her group and also get free hay from the state's three hay banks. The banks are located in Evergreen, Parker and Grand Junction.

Hay prices have skyrocketed because of the lingering drought.

The mare died on Saturday of suspected starvation. Its colt is expected to recover and eventually be offered up for adoption through the Dumb Friends League.

The society isn't releasing any information about the animals' owner because an investigation is under way.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1562, French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.

In 1863, British politician and statesman David Lloyd George was born in Manchester, England.

In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died at age 70 in Fremont, Ohio. Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili’uokalani to abdicate.

In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

In 1929, the cartoon character Popeye the Sailor made his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip.

In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

In 1950, the Great Brink’s Robbery took place as seven masked men held up a Brink’s garage in Boston, stealing 
$1.2 million in cash and 
$1.5 million in checks and money orders. (Although the entire gang was caught, only part of the loot was recovered.)

In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address in which he warned against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

In 1963, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, appearing as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before the U.S. Supreme Court, told the justices in Gray v. Sanders that Georgia’s county unit voting system in Democratic primaries discriminated against urban voters. (The court struck down the county unit system, citing the concept of “one person, one vote.”)

In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.

In 1989, five children were shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., by a drifter, Patrick Purdy, who then killed himself.

In 1994, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people.

In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

Ten years ago: On the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War, a defiant Saddam Hussein called on his people to rise up and defend the nation against a new U.S.-led attack. Actor Richard Crenna died at age 76 in Los Angeles.

Five years ago: Bobby Fischer, the chess grandmaster who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, died at age 64 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Character actor Allan Melvin died at age 84 in Los Angeles.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Cool Crafts,” for children in grades 1-5, 3-4:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- Lipstick Voodoo with Molly Boyles, Teddy “The Giant” Nazario, Bryant Jones and Jon Janssen, 6:45-7:15 p.m., free.

-- Mike Nelson Duo, 7:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.

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