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SUNRISE: Memorial set for slain Fort Carson soldier

Staff reports Updated: January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

Fort Carson is holding a memorial service for Staff Sgt. David C. Dunlap, the soldier who was killed along with his wife during a burglary at their home.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Provider Chapel at Fort Carson.

Dunlap and his wife, Whitney M. Butler, were fatally shot Jan. 14 when they returned home and found a burglar inside the home.

Mayco Joelle January, 17, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and Jerel Couch, 19, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.

Dunlap was a helicopter mechanic with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, a new combat aviation brigade coming to Fort Carson.

The Colorado Patriot Guard Riders are expected to be part of the memorial.

   

WEATHER

Spring is here, or at least pretending to be, with a forecast balmy high Wednesday of 67 under sunny skies in Colorado Springs. The record high for Jan. 23 is 70. Tonight you can expect a low of 32, according to the National Weather Service.

   

AROUND COLORADO

Grammar dispute comes to Colorado Legislature

DENVER (AP) — It's the kind of grammar dilemma that could drive a schoolteacher crazy, and Colorado lawmakers are on the case.

A bill given preliminary approval in the state House Tuesday clarifies the difference between "must" and "shall." The so-called "authority verbs" are frequently used in legislation to state that an entity or person is directed to do something.

The legislation approved Tuesday states that "shall" means that a person has a duty. The word "must" means a person or thing is required to meet a condition for a consequence to apply.

Lawmakers joked around using Latin phrases before approving the measure on a unanimous voice vote. One more vote is required before the grammar bill moves to the Senate.

Health advisory due to Grand Valley smoke levels

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Mesa County health officials have issued a health advisory due to high levels of smoke in the Grand Valley.

The county health department said Tuesday that the weather is contributing to the buildup of pollution from wood burning, vehicle exhaust and other sources.

Health officials are advising the very young, the elderly, those with heart disease and respiratory illnesses to limit their time outdoors. They also are urging residents to carpool and limit unnecessary trips, and open burning is restricted.

Health officials expect smoke levels to remain high until at least Thursday.

Officers accused in elk death in Boulder resign

BOULDER — Two police officers accused of conspiring to illegally kill a trophy elk in Boulder have resigned.

Boulder police said Tuesday that an internal investigation into Sam Carter and Brent Curnow is continuing despite the resignations.

The two had been on unpaid leave since their arrests Friday on nine charges, including killing an elk out of season and tampering with evidence.

Investigators allege Carter killed the elk while on duty Jan. 1 after texting Curnow about shooting it. Police have said Curnow was off duty but helped haul the carcass away to be processed for meat. Investigators say Carter had said the elk looked like it needed to be put down, but the Daily Camera reports necropsy results didn't indicate the elk had any injuries before it was shot (http://bit.ly/11PuaZm).

Indiana man sentenced in child exploitation case

DENVER (AP) — An Indiana man accused of traveling to Colorado to have sex with minors has been ordered to serve 34 years and four months in federal prison, followed by a lifetime on supervised release.

Thirty-five-year-old Steven Raines, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced Tuesday in Denver.

He pleaded guilty in October to distribution of child pornography and to attempted coercion and enticement to engage in sexual activity with a child.

Court documents show Raines was arrested in Colorado after chatting online with an undercover agent who was posing as the mother of two daughters younger than 16. Investigators say Raines expressed interest in having sex with both girls and their mother.

Montezuma County settles police shooting lawsuit

CORTEZ (AP) — Montezuma County has agreed to pay nearly $72,000 to the Denver Health and Hospital Authority to help cover costs of treating a man shot by law-enforcement officers.

The Cortez Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WrqN4O ) that the agreement Friday settles a lawsuit that had sought $158,000 from the county to cover Zachary Sullivan's medical costs.

Sullivan was shot by law-enforcement officers in 2011 after allegedly pointing a gun at them as they responded to a report of a shooting. He was taken to a Denver hospital for treatment. Prosecutors found the shooting was justified.

Sullivan was sentenced last year to 48 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder and other crimes related to the 2011 incident.

The settlement allows the county to avoid costs of further litigation.

Officers arrest suspects in alleged cocaine ring

LONGMONT (AP) — Drug enforcement officers say they have arrested 14 people suspected of being involved in a cocaine and weapons ring operating in Boulder, Weld, and Denver counties.

The Boulder County Drug Task Force said the arrests Tuesday followed a 17-month-long investigation. The 14 people are among 20 people that officers were seeking based on grand jury indictments and arrest affidavits that detailed various drug and weapon charges.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Barbra Roach says the investigation has cut off a pipeline that brought cocaine and weapons from Mexico to Boulder.

Judge blocks Colorado 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. The judge also sided with Pueblo County officials.

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

      

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.

In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,” was ratified as Missouri approved it.

In 1937, 17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.” (All were convicted of conspiracy; all but four were executed.)

In 1943, critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program “People’s Platform.”

In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.

In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)

In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.

In 1977, the TV miniseries “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC.

In 1985, debate in Britain’s House of Lords was carried on live television for the first time.

Ten years ago: The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers that left one dead. (The assailant, Sami al-Mutairi, was convicted and sentenced to death, but an appeals court commuted the sentence to life in prison.) Actress Nell Carter died at age 54 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah. French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected 
 posthumously.

One year ago: Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms in a crackling campaign debate in Tampa, Fla.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “History Buffs,” 1-3 p.m., Monument Library Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, free.

-- Rawbert and I, 7:30-10:30 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.

 

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