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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Boats, RVs damaged in fire

Staff reports Updated: January 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

Ten to 15 boats and RVs were damaged Friday morning by a fire at Peak View Storage on Paonia Street, our news partners at KOAA report.

Firefighters, who battled the blaze for an hour, say most of the damaged vehicles are a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 52 degrees and sunny skies Friday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 32. On Saturday, the weather service says we'll see partly sunny skies and a high of 54.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Judge weighs in on theater shooting suits

DENVER (AP) — A federal magistrate judge is recommending the dismissal of some of the negligence and wrongful death claims filed against the owner of the Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12, but he says other claims can continue.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty made the recommendation Thursday in seven lawsuits filed by people affected by the July 20 theater shooting against Cinemark.

The plaintiffs say Cinemark failed to prevent the attack, while Cinemark argues no one could have foreseen it.

Hegarty said the plaintiffs have to pursue their claims under the Colorado Premises Liability Act, which covers injuries on someone else's property and essentially blocks the negligence and wrongful death claims.

Both sides have two weeks to ask U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to reconsider.

Judge: Lawsuit over skier death can proceed

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — A judge says a woman can proceed with her lawsuit against the city of Steamboat Springs over her son's death in a skiing accident.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports (http://bit.ly/14bmq3n ) a judge on Thursday denied the city's request to dismiss Maureen Ryan's lawsuit. She sued over the death of her teenage son Cooper Larsh, who suffocated after falling head first into deep snow at the city-operated Howelsen Hill in 2011.

The city says the area where Larsh died was closed to skiers, but Ryan disputes whether it was properly marked.

Man accused of assaulting missing Johnstown girl

JOHNSTOWN (AP) — Johnstown police have arrested a man on suspicion of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl who became the subject of a missing child alert after she sent messages asking friends to call police.

The girl was found Thursday. She had last been seen Tuesday night. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a missing child alert Wednesday after she sent text messages and Facebook messages saying she was in trouble and scared.

Johnstown police have arrested 38-year-old David Calderon in connection with the girl's disappearance and say he could face charges including unlawful sexual contact.

The Weld County District Attorney's Office says Calderon hasn't been formally charged yet. He is expected to make a court appearance Friday.

Company behind mix1 protein shakes dissolves

BOULDER (AP) — The Boulder-based company that developed mix1 protein shakes and attracted an investment by Hershey Co. has dissolved.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Yr5jdm ) Tri-US Inc., which operated as mix1 Beverage Co. and was majority-owned by Hershey Co., cleared out its office, shut down its website and stopped shipping its shakes as of Dec. 31.

A Hershey spokesman deferred comment to mix1's CEO Brian Murphy. Mix1 officials didn't return messages from the Daily Camera but told the beverage trade news provider BevNet that the Tri-US board determined that the investments needed to make mix1 a viable, ongoing business wouldn't generate a sufficient return.

Early last year, some mix1 products were recalled after yeast and mold were found in finished products.

CIA contractor faces trial in parking lot fight

CASTLE ROCK (AP) — A CIA contractor involved in a fatal shooting in Pakistan faces a trial in a fight over a parking spot a few months after the United States paid more than $2 million for his release in 2011.

After more than a year of delays, a suburban Denver judge on Friday will hear whether the trial of Raymond Davis will proceed as planned next month. Davis is accused of causing back and other injuries to Jeffrey Maes (MAYS) in the Oct. 1, 2011, altercation.

Davis was held by Pakistani authorities in January 2011 after he shot and killed two men he said tried to rob him. Pakistan agreed to release Davis in March 2011 after the families agreed to accept more than $2 million.

     

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

In 1787, Shays’ Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.

In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln accepted Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s resignation as commander of the Army of the Potomac and replaced him with Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker.

In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 
72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco.

In 1936, former Gov. Al Smith, D-N.Y., delivered a radio address in Washington, titled “Betrayal of the Democratic Party,” in which he fiercely criticized the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died at age 48 in Miami Beach, Fla.

In 1949, the first Emmy Awards, honoring local Los Angeles TV programs and talent, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference to be carried live on radio and television.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Idi Amin seized power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote in a military coup.

In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States.

In 1993, a gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia (Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kansi was later tried and convicted of the shootings and executed). Sears announced that it would no longer publish its famous century-old catalog.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II ended his historic journey to Cuba.

Ten years ago: NASA launched a spacecraft into orbit to measure all of the radiation streaming toward Earth from the sun. Serena Williams survived an error-filled match to beat elder sister Venus to win the Australian Open for her fourth straight major championship. Marcus Allen, Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush urged Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action would kickstart the economy.

One year ago: U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime helicopter raid, freeing an American and a Danish hostage and killing nine pirates.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Yarnettes,” for needlecrafters, 10 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- Storytime, read “Just for One Day” by Laura Leuck, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “Stay and Play Storytime,” for ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Let’s Play Chess” children’s program, 3:30-5 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Earth Works,” 6-8:30 p.m., The Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., free.

-- “Generations,” 6-8:30 p.m., The Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., free.

-- “Why Civil Resistance Works - Understanding Triumps and Failures in Nonviolent Conflict” lecture, 7 p.m., Colorado College, Jerome P. McHugh Commons, above Preserve, in the Western Ridge Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- We Sold Our Souls, 7 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., $5.

-- Jazz recital, with Ed Nuccio’s New Horizon Band Members, 7:30 p.m., First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., free-will offering to benefit the church.

-- Brad Bietry Trio, 7:45 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.

-- Funky Rollercoaster, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., no cover.

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