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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Crash kills 1, injures 3 — all under 17

Staff reports Updated: March 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

AURORA — Aurora police say one young person is dead and three others are injured after their car crashed while the driver was reportedly practicing a stunt.

Lt. Chuck DeShazer says in a release to the Associated Press that their sedan went out of control Sunday night and slammed into a vacant mobile home.

He says a passenger in the back seat was killed and the driver was critically injured, while the two other occupants were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. All four are under age 17.

DeShazer says two of the occupants reported the driver was performing a maneuver in which the car spins halfway around, and during one of them the car careened out of control.

The names and exact ages of the four were not immediately released.

           

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 53 degrees along with mostly sunny skies Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 27. The weather service says Tuesday will be our coolest day of the week, with a forecast high of 46. A warmup begins Wednesday with an expected high of 59 under mostly sunny skies.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Boulder principal arrested in domestic case

BOULDER (AP) — A Boulder High School principal has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, child abuse and criminal mischief following a dispute with his wife at his home.

Police say they were called to a Boulder home Wednesday after Kevin Braney's wife Andrea said he began destroying property involved in their divorce case. Police say Braney was charged with child abuse for allowing a child to witness the violence.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/c5whnyd ), Braney told police he did not yell at his wife or touch her, though they did have stern words about finances.

Braney has been placed on paid administrative leave from his duties at Boulder High School while he addresses personal and health issues.

Storm dumps far less snow than predicted

DENVER (AP) — A storm that moved across Colorado dumped far less snow than forecasters initially predicted, but it was powerful enough to force the cancellation of more than 600 flights at Denver International Airport.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kari Bowen tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/ZvyGJW ) a lot of the snow that fell Saturday didn't stick because of warmer-than-expected temperatures.

Some forecasts called for as much as 18 inches of snow, but Bowen says most of Denver received between 4 and 5.5 inches. Some areas in the foothills got about a foot of snow.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says conditions improved overnight and roads are mainly wet or dry with some icy spots across the Front Range. Several highways on the eastern plains remain closed.

Meanwhile, DIA officials didn't expect any major delays Sunday.

Routt County deputy arrested on DUI charge

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) — An off-duty Routt County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed his vehicle in the northwestern Colorado community of Milner.

Undersheriff Ray Birch says Jesse Lee McAvoy was traveling on U.S. Highway 40 when his personal vehicle slid on a patch of ice and crashed into a snow bank at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. The deputy wasn't injured, and his vehicle wasn't damaged.

Steamboat Today reports (http://bit.ly/YUOxxt ) the Colorado State Patrol arrested McAvoy on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

Birch says McAvoy's blood-alcohol content of 0.093 percent, just over the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

The deputy, who has been with the sheriff's office for about three years, was put on paid leave.

1 person injured in snowplow crash

BOULDER (AP) — One person has been injured in a crash between a snowplow and another vehicle near Boulder.

The Colorado State Patrol tells KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/a4ck24j ) the person injured early Monday is expected to survive.

Colorado Highway 93 was closed briefly while investigators tried to determine the cause of the crash and clear the highway.

Denver police say graffiti is a dangerous prank

DENVER (AP) — Denver police say violence is increasing as graffiti artists compete for attention.

Since January, three men have been shot in cases linked to graffiti groups.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ag9wkb5 ), fights have broken out involving beatings, stabbings and shootings.

2 young children die in 2-car crash on US 50

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say two young children are dead following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 east of Gunnison.

KMGH reports (http://bitly.com/WUA1pT ) the snowpacked roadway had been plowed and snow was falling when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Colorado State Patrol says a Chevrolet Cobalt traveling west went out of control and careened into the oncoming lane where it collided with another sedan.

The patrol says the two passengers in the Cobalt, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, were killed. And the driver, 22-year-old Jamie Dowling of Irving, Texas, was seriously hurt. The driver of the other car, a 23-year-old man from Gunnison, had minor injuries.

The patrol says everyone but Dowling had been wearing restraints.

No charges were immediately filed against either driver.

Englewood Police Dept. settles with deaf man

DENVER (AP) — A settlement between a deaf man and the Englewood Police Department requires the department to provide sign-language interpreters to deaf people who are arrested, questioned or detained.

The agreement announced Friday resulted from a federal lawsuit filed by William Lawrence and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. The suit claims that in August 2011, Lawrence was arrested on a warrant from Jefferson County, and Englewood police didn't provide him with a sign-language interpreter during questioning. He also was handcuffed.

Kevin Williams, the coalition's legal director, tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/13NLzCK ) Lawrence wasn't resisting police, and "to not provide him a way to communicate violates the basic principle of personal liberty."

Police, who denied wrongdoing in the settlement, communicated through notes and through Lawrence's hearing roommate. But the coalition says that was inadequate.

CU reiterates opposition to 4/20 pot smoke-out

BOULDER (AP) — University of Colorado officials say they are still adamantly opposed to a large-scale 4/20 marijuana celebration on the Boulder campus, despite the recreational use of pot being newly legal in the state.

CU officials note it's still illegal to smoke pot in public and say the annual April 20 smoke-out disrupts academics, even though this year's celebration would fall on a Saturday.

Last spring, university leaders shuttered the campus to outside visitors on 4/20, and Norlin Quad — which in past years drew up to 12,000 revelers — was shut down altogether. Campus officials even spread a fishy smelling fertilizer on the grass to deter crowds.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Wfo9lg ) the university is expected to announce as early as this week plans to prevent the smoke-out.

   

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