SUNRISE: Bank robbed in downtown Springs

Staff reports Updated: January 29, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: January 29, 2013

Colorado Springs police are investigating the armed robbery of Mountain View Bank early Tuesday.

Police responded to a call of a robbery in progress at 7:27 a.m. at 24 S. Weber St., said Lt. Patricia Feese. The man was carrying a handgun.

"They made the call after the suspect had left," she said.

No other details were available Tuesday morning.

  

WEATHER

Colorado Springs residents woke to a rough commute Tuesday with multiple car crashes on Interstate-25, Powers Boulevard and Bradley Road, and Highway 115 caused by snow and slick roads.

Smaller crashes were sprinkled throughout the city. The Colorado Springs police went on accident alert.

The snow will slow through the morning, stopping by about 10:30 to 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The service forecasts the storm will leave small amounts of snow, most of it falling by 9 a.m. A total accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is likely.

But don’t get comfortable.

The weather service office in Pueblo predicts another round of snow late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with the possibility of slick streets arising yet again.

Tuesday’s high will range between 25 and 30 and there will be glimpses of the sun Tuesday afternoon, Hodanish said.  An overnight low of 9 is expected.

             

AROUND COLORADO

Boulder advocates raise money for elk memorial

BOULDER (AP) — The Boulder chapter of an animal support group has raised $3,000 to pay for a permanent memorial to an elk that was killed by a police officer.

Supporters from the organization In Defense of Animals say the memorial would be a symbol of what is important to Boulder residents.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/b372fjz ), two police officers accused of conspiring to illegally kill the trophy elk in Boulder on Jan. 1 resigned. The two were arrested on nine charges, including killing an elk out of season and tampering with evidence.

One of the officers said the elk looked like it needed to be put down because of injuries.

National park fire continues to burn

ESTES PARK (AP) — Despite recent heavy snows, a 6-square-mile wildfire is continuing to burn in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fire officials say the Fern Lake Fire, which is 88 percent contained inside the park, will continue to smolder in dense forests, despite a foot of snow.

The fire, which remains under investigation, has been burning since Oct. 9 and has destroyed one cabin.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://tinyurl.com/ae48zlw ), fire officials are concerned that the state could face another major wildfire season because of a continuing drought.

Last year, two people died in the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 346 homes and 28 square miles in Colorado Springs, and one died in the High Park fire, which destroyed 136 square miles and 259 homes west of Fort Collins.

Lawmakers to vote on audit of Gessler's expenses

DENVER (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to decide whether to authorize an investigation of Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler's expenses after he used some public money to attend partisan events.

A panel of lawmakers will vote Tuesday whether to order state auditors to conduct an investigation of Gessler's discretionary fund. Gessler insists he's done nothing wrong and that he welcomes a review of his expenses.

Lawmakers have criticized Gessler for getting reimbursed for $1,570 for travel to the Republican National Convention and a GOP election law training event in Florida.

Democrats requesting the audit say they want auditors to look at all expenses from Gessler's office's discretionary fund since he took office Jan. 1, 2011. Gessler has said his use of his office's discretionary fund is line with his predecessor's practices.

Holmes lawyers seek delay of hearing on reporter

DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes have asked a judge to postpone a hearing on their attempt to force a Fox News Channel reporter to testify about her sources.

A hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 4 on the attorneys' subpoena for reporter Jana Winter. In a motion made public Monday, Holmes' lawyers say they haven't had time to prepare and asked to reschedule the hearing for April.

Winter wrote a story shortly after the July 20 shootings citing unnamed law enforcement sources in describing the contents of a notebook Holmes sent to a psychiatrist. The defense contends the leak violated a gag order.

Fox officials didn't immediately return a phone call Monday.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70.

He hasn't entered a plea.

New vehicle registrations jump in 2012

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association is reporting a 22 percent increase in new vehicle registrations in 2012 compared with 2011.

The association on Monday reported there were 158,630 registrations of new vehicles in Colorado last year, up from 130,179 in 2011. Association President Tim Jackson says most of the growth happened in small- and medium-sized vehicles, indicating that Coloradans are still focused on increased fuel economy.

Jackson says the all-time high for new vehicle registrations in Colorado was set in 2000 with 207,836.

Snowmobiler in critical condition after Winter X

ASPEN (AP) — Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore remains in critical condition after a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen and is being closely monitored.

His family thanked Moore's fans for their support Monday and asked for their prayers.

The 25-year-old was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off the course with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.

While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction for surgery Friday. His family said Sunday that Moore then had a secondary complication involving his brain. They didn't provide details.

Moore's younger brother, Colten, also crashed in the competition and sustained a separated pelvis.

CU-Boulder chancellor reviewing campus smoking ban

BOULDER (AP) — Administrators at the University of Colorado-Boulder appear set to adopt a campus-wide smoking ban this week.

CU officials told the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/TOYNfo ) that Chancellor Phil DiStefano is likely to sign the policy by Friday. It would be implemented in the fall. An implementation committee will discuss possible punishments for offenders once the policy is signed.

Administrators had considered enacting a campus-wide ban on tobacco but changed to a no-smoking policy after the CU Student Government denied support for a tobacco ban.

Louise Vale, who is the vice chancellor for administration, says more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country have either tobacco-free or no-smoking policies.

A survey in 2011 found that 60 percent of CU students said they had never smoked a cigarette.

2 accused of targeting pedophiles for robberies

LOVELAND (AP) — Loveland police have arrested two people who they say tried to lure pedophiles with children to a secluded spot so they could rob the pedophiles and kidnap the kids.

Police said Monday that 20-year-old Dustin Canup and 18-year-old Sareena Morrison, both of Loveland, face charges including conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated robbery and extortion.

KMGH-TV in Denver reports (http://bit.ly/14q1XYS ) that an arrest affidavit says the two are accused of posting messages on a sex website and targeting men who agreed to bring a child to a motel for sex acts. The couple allegedly told investigators their plan was to rob or extort money from the men who responded and to raise the child as their own.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1843, the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio.

In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror.

In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

In 1863, the Bear River Massacre took place as the U.S. Army attacked Shoshone in present-day Idaho. The New York Stock & Exchange Board changed its name to the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1919, the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which launched Prohibition, was certified by Acting Secretary of State Frank L. Polk.

In 1929, The Seeing Eye, a New Jersey-based school which trains guide dogs to assist the blind, was incorporated by Dorothy Harrison Eustis and Morris Frank.

In 1936, the first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In 1958, actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.

In 1963, the first charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio (they were enshrined when the Hall opened in September 1963).

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.

In 1998, a bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing security guard Robert Sanderson and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons. (The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003 and is serving a life sentence.)

Ten years ago: The Congressional Budget Office predicted the federal deficit for fiscal 2003 would soar to $199 billion even without President George W. Bush’s new tax cut plan or a war against Iraq. A dust explosion at the West Pharmaceutical Services plant in Kinston, N.C., killed six people and injured dozens more.

Five years ago: John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary, easing past Mitt Romney for his first triumph in a primary open only to Republicans. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton claimed victory in a campaign-free Florida presidential primary in which all the candidates had signed pledges not to compete. (The national Democratic Party had stripped the state of its delegates as punishment for moving its primary ahead of Feb. 5.) Margaret Truman, the only child of President Harry S. Truman, died in Chicago at age 83.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Resident Preparedness Meeting - Post Waldo Canyon Fire Flood Risk,” 6-8 p.m., Sanctuary at Front Range Alliance Church, 5210 Centennial Blvd.

-- Showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” 6:30 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Air Force Academy Concert - An Evening of Jazz,” 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

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