Colorado theater shooter being assessed for prison

DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes is being assessed at a Denver facility to determine where he should begin serving his lifelong prison sentence.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson says Holmes, like all inmates, will spend 30 to 60 days at the facility before being assigned to prison. Holmes could also be transferred out of state. Officials will determine where Holmes will be incarcerated after an evaluation that includes his mental health.

Holmes had been in the Arapahoe County jail since shortly after he opened fire on a packed movie theater on July 20, 2012, killing 12 and injuring more than 70. A judge on Thursday sentenced him to life in prison because jurors could not unanimously agree that he should get the death penalty.


Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.

Only three people sit on Colorado's death row. The state's Democratic governor John Hickenlooper urged a conversation about the death penalty in 2013 after granting an indefinite reprieve to the man closest to seeing his execution carried out.

The conversation intensified after jurors spared Dexter Lewis from death in the bar killings. Both he and Holmes will spend life in prison instead.

Denver attorney Dan Recht says the cases could signal the end for the death penalty in Colorado. But other experts say support for it remains.


4th congressional hearing planned on Colorado mine blowout

DENVER (AP) — A fourth congressional hearing is planned on the release of tainted wastewater from a Colorado gold mine that affected three states.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced Friday it plans a hearing on Sept. 16. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, whose agency accidentally triggered the release, is scheduled to testify.

Other planned hearings include the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Sept. 9; the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sept. 16; and House Oversight and Natural Resources committees, Sept. 17.

An EPA-led cleanup crew triggered the 3-million-gallon spill Aug. 5. Wastewater polluted with potentially toxic heavy metals flowed downstream into New Mexico and Utah.

The EPA is under pressure to explain why it happened and how long it took to notify state and local authorities.


Burglary suspect arrested after chase through Weld County

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A burglary suspect who eluded authorities for seven hours in Weld County has been caught after he was chased through cornfields.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the suspect led deputies on a lengthy foot pursuit. It took numerous agencies to locate the man and take him into custody.

The manhunt began early Friday when a Weld County deputy tried to pull over an SUV at an oil and gas tank battery site. A short car chase ensued, which came to an end when the suspect crashed and fled through cornfields.

The chase led to a lockout at nearby Mead High School. The lockout was lifted after the school was searched and the suspect captured.

The suspect has not been identified.


Denver police ticket driver after semi hit bridges

DENVER (AP) — Denver police have ticketed the driver of a semitrailer suspected of striking the bottom of three bridges over Interstate 25.

Police say 51-year-old Michael Stollsteimer continued driving after hitting the bridges Thursday afternoon, causing traffic delays on the highway. The Denver Post reports that police cited Stollsteimer with two counts of careless driving.

A police report says the load Stollsteimer was hauling on his trailer was too high. Authorities spent hours searching for the trailer before finding it Thursday night at a Commerce City parking lot.

Transportation officials temporarily closed three lanes of Interstate 25 shortly after the damage.

Authorities say the trailer struck the bottom of bridges on 23rd Avenue and Speer Boulevard, and 20th Street and 84th Avenue. Bridge inspectors say the structures are safe.


Boy dies 2 weeks after fundraiser for his cancer treatment

(Information in the following story is from: KUSA-TV,

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old Lakewood boy who had a lemonade stand this month to raise money for his treatment for brain cancer has died.

KUSA-TV reports that Jeremias Moya died Tuesday. Last summer, doctors found a tumor in his brainstem.

Sue Kansteiner, Moya's former daycare provider, had organized the lemonade-stand fundraiser for him Aug. 14 and dozens of Lakewood police officers and firefighters showed up after they learned the boy was a fan of law enforcement and first responders.

Moya had been on a wheelchair because the tumor made him lose strength in some of his limbs.