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SUNRISE: Colorado Springs suspect tries to run from Kansas court house

Staff reports Updated: April 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

HAYS, Kan. — A Colorado springs man who had just been found guilty of a drug charge decided he didn't want to hang around a Kansas county courthouse.

Ellis County officials say Nathan Beougher of Colorado Springs, took off running Thursday after a judge revoked his bond and ordered him jailed for intent to distribute marijuana.

Beougher was subdued by two law officers before he got out of the courthouse, with several other officers arriving on the scene to help. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m., shortly after most people had left the courthouse. No one was injured.

The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/Y8XDwZ ) county officials have been pushing courthouse security as one of the reasons to pass a proposed sales tax, which would be partially used for courthouse renovations.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 61 with mostly sunny skies Friday in Colorado Springs. There's a 20 percent chance of showers after 5 p.m. Expect an overnight low of 35. Your outdoor plans this weekend shouldn't be interrupted by the weather. Sunny skies will persist with a forecast high of 67 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday.

   

AROUND COLORADO

State hopes agritourism will help rural economies

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is looking to agricultural tourism to boost rural economies.

A statewide strategic plan to be released Friday by the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture provides a three-year road map for the development of the state's agritourism industry.

The strategic plan emphasizes industry education and public awareness. A report recommends the Colorado Tourism Office develop a peer mentor program and host regional roadshows to spotlight their products and offer training. Agritourism can include farmers markets, corn mazes, farm-to-table dinners and farm-stay holidays

The agritourism plan will be presented at the Southwest Tourism Summit in Durango.

Absconder mistakenly released from Adams County

BRIGHTON (AP) — Adams County sheriff's officials are acknowledging they mistakenly released a man who should've been turned over to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Sheriff Doug Darr told KMGH-TV in Denver on Thursday (http://bit.ly/17lq4YY ) that he has no excuses to offer in the premature release of Juan Flores. Darr says officials are working to ensure a similar mistake isn't made again.

KMGH reports Flores was on parole for a stabbing in Montrose in 2006 but had been an absconder, eluding his parole officer, since December 2011. The Denver Post reports he was arrested last December on suspicion of driving under the influence and in January on suspicion of assault.

Sheriff's officials say Flores was inappropriately released April 15 after an employee misinterpreted paperwork.

33 arrested in Front Range over drug crimes

DENVER (AP) — Federal prosecutors say officers throughout the Front Range have arrested 33 people indicted over drug trafficking crimes.

Prosecutors say three people were still at large Thursday afternoon, and five others were already in custody on unrelated charges.

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors obtained three indictments charging two unrelated drug trafficking organizations. The first indictment charged 19 people with cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking crimes. Prosecutors say many of the suspects are affiliated with a local violent street gang. Two more indictments charged a total of 22 people with cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking crimes.

Two defendants also face federal firearm charges.

Investigators say the methamphetamine was trafficked from Mexico to Colorado through California, with some of the methamphetamine arriving in Colorado in liquid form to be crystallized in the Denver area.

Well-groomed man sought in Rogaine, pill thefts

GOLDEN (AP) — Authorities in Colorado are looking for a well-groomed man suspected of stealing more than $2,600 worth of teeth-whitening strips, weight-loss pills, probiotics, condoms, Rogaine and other hair-growth products from several Walgreens stores.

Jefferson County sheriff's officials said Thursday that the thefts happened April 11. The same man also is suspected of stealing from Walgreens stores in Arvada and Golden a day earlier.

Investigators say the man, wearing a sweater, tie, slacks and a neatly groomed mustache and beard, apparently used a coat that he was carrying to conceal the stolen goods. Investigators say it appears he would buy a DVD before leaving the store as a possible cover for the door alarm activating.

Democrats closer to labor showdown

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats are close to a possible showdown with the governor over a labor measure.

House and Senate negotiators planned to meet Friday morning to hammer out differences on a bill to enhance labor rights for professional firefighters. The bill would apply even to communities that have voted to ban collective bargaining by firefighters.

The measure is a similar version of a proposal vetoed in 2009 by former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Gov. John Hickenlooper has threatened to veto this year's version, too.

Pot taxes debated amid repeal effort

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana tax rates and regulation are up for debate Friday in the Colorado House.

Pot legalization activists say there is also another effort underway in the state Capitol — an effort to possibly repeal marijuana legalization.

House members are scheduled to vote on a 30 percent pot tax and a separate regulation bill on how pot should be grown and sold.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers are considering an attempt to change the tax measure. The change would say that marijuana legalization would be repealed if the 30 percent taxes aren't approved.

Expect a lot of intense behind-the-scenes negotiating in the legislature's final few days over how to regulate and tax pot, and whether it's possible to take legalization back to voters.

Medicaid expansion approved by House

DENVER (AP) — A bill to expand Medicaid coverage in Colorado is closer to final approval.

The state House voted Thursday to increase the income cap for needy adults to qualify for the health assistance. The change could add some 160,000 Colorado adults to public health care assistance.

The federal government covers the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years, and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has already directed state health authorities to prepare for expansion.

The measure has already passed the Senate.

Police cell phone access expanded by House

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado House has given preliminary approval to giving police expanded powers to access cellphone information without a warrant.

The bill would require phone companies to provide law enforcement with access to the location of a phone in emergencies.

Phone companies often share such information when there is an abduction or missing person. The practice would be made state policy if the bill is approved.

One more House vote is required before the bill moves to the Senate.

Karval hosts annual mountain plover festival

KARVAL (AP) — The ranching hamlet of Karval is hosting its seventh Annual Mountain Plover Festival to celebrate the bird that typically starts arriving in Colorado in early April.

The town is hosting the festival Friday through Sunday in southern Lincoln County in eastern Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says more than half of the world's population of mountain plovers nests in the state.

The sandy-brown birds are about eight inches tall, with long legs. They have a white wing stripe and wing linings and a black band near the tail tip.

The town developed the mountain plover festival to promote tourism from bird watchers and others.

State report cites errors in child death probe

DENVER (AP) — A state report reviewing the death of a 2-year-old child whose mummified body was found under a Sterling mobile home is riddled with almost 100 errors and missing details about the decisions that child protection workers made before his death.

An investigation released Thursday says a state agency used incorrect dates, did not include details about ongoing drug use by the child's mother and failed to note that caseworkers incorrectly completed risk and safety assessments.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/d8v2r2s ), the agency says it has a new report procedure and it needs to be reviewed.

Juanita Kinzie pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of 3-year-old Caleb Pacheco.

Probation for distracted driver in fatal crash

BRIGHTON (AP) — A driver who investigators say was fumbling with his cellphone when he killed two pedestrians and injured a third in Adams County has been sentenced to two years' probation.

Michael J. Grennan, of Loveland, also was sentenced Thursday to 300 hours of community service and was fined $500. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving resulting in death, one count of careless driving resulting in injury, and to having no insurance.

Prosecutors say Grennan was responding to some sort of alert on his phone last year when his vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of a rural road and hit Seth Lewis, Stephen Dabney and Jarren Lewis, who survived.

KMGH-TV in Denver reports (http://bit.ly/12plM0B) that at Grennan's sentencing hearing, Jarren Lewis said he wishes the best for Grennan.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1785, American naturalist, hunter and artist John James Audubon was born in present-day Haiti.

In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed.

In 1913, Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old worker at a Georgia pencil factory, was strangled; Leo Frank, the factory superintendent, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. (Frank’s death sentence was commuted, but he was lynched by an anti-Semitic mob in 1915.)

In 1923, Britain’s Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI), married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

In 1933, Nazi Germany’s infamous secret police, the Gestapo, was created.

In 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; estimates of the number of people killed vary from the hundreds to the thousands.

In 1952, the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson sank in the central Atlantic after colliding with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp with the loss of 176 crew members.

In 1973, the Chicago Board Options Exchange held its first day of trading.

In 1986, a major nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union).

In 1993, Conan O’Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC’s “Late Night” program.

Ten years ago: A Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko blasted off for the international space station. Actor Charlton Heston, diagnosed with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, made his last appearance as president of the National Rifle Association during a convention in Orlando, Fla., where he briefly thanked the membership.

Five years ago: Police in Austria arrested Josef Fritzl, freeing his daughter Elisabeth and her six surviving children, whom he had fathered while holding her captive in a cellar for 24 years. (Fritzl was later sentenced to life in a psychiatric ward.)

One year ago: Pakistan’s Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt but spared him a prison term for refusing to reopen a corruption case against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- “Dining for Donation” — 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Ruby Tuesday, 5820 Stetson Hills Blvd., 20% of food sales will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance when MSA is mentioned.

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

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage headlined by Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, $4-$7.

-- The Flumps, 7:30-10 p.m., Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate And Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon St., free.

-- CC Chior concert, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., free.

-- West Side Rhythm Kings, 9 p.m.-midnight, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

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