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Associated Press Updated: July 3, 2015 at 5:00 am


Doctor: Theater shooter's IQ fell while he was jailed

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' IQ score dropped dramatically over two years he was in jail, possibly because of mental illness.

Dr. Robert Hanlon testified Thursday that Holmes had an above average IQ of 123 when he first examined him in April 2013, nearly a year after he killed 12 people and wounded 70 during a packed movie premiere. But that number fell to 116 by the time Hanlon examined Holmes again in January 2015.

Hanlon says the drop could be caused by schizophrenia or a similar disorder. Hanlon testified as defense attorneys try to convince jurors that Holmes was legally insane when he carried out the attack. But Hanlon's examinations of Holmes did not test for sanity.

Other witnesses have described Holmes' strange behavior in the days and months after the shooting.


Denver VA hospital curtails some surgeries for maintenance

DENVER (AP) — The Denver VA Medical Center says it will delay some surgeries and send others to outside hospitals while maintenance is performed on operating room equipment next week.

Hospital Interim Director Carolyn Adams said Thursday the work involves water pressure and filters on some surgical equipment.

She says surgeries that don't require that equipment will go on as planned.

Adams says the VA will pay for any surgeries done by outside hospitals because of the maintenance work.

Engineers don't yet know how long the work will take.

Last year, the hospital had to delay more than 115 surgeries or send the patients to other hospitals while air-handling units were checked.

The VA is building a new hospital in suburban Aurora but it has been delayed by cost overruns.


Colorado camp resort for pot users falls through

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing.

But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won't open after all.

The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays in the bed-and-breakfasts instead.

CannaCamp had a tentative agreement to operate on an existing ranch just outside Durango. But the deal fell through after the CannaCamp announcement last month made international headlines and became the butt of jokes on late-night TV.


Marine killed in World War II is buried in Massachusetts

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Marine killed in World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his Massachusetts hometown.

Capt. Richard Vincent's remains arrived by plane in Connecticut on Wednesday and were taken to Westfield, Massachusetts, for burial on Thursday. Vincent was reported killed in action 71 years ago, but his remains weren't identified until last October.

Firtion-Adams Funeral Service director Jim Adams tells Connecticut's The Hartford Courant newspaper ( ) Vincent's remains and dog tags were discovered during construction at Tarawa's airport. Vincent had been in a mass grave with the remains of more than 500 other Marines.

His coffin was escorted to Westfield by Marines, Massachusetts state police and local military veterans.

Vincent has no local survivors. But relatives from Colorado and Texas attended his service Thursday. He was buried alongside his parents.


World War II POWs from Colorado get long-delayed medals

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Three Colorado veterans who were captured by the German military in World War II have finally received their medals more than 70 years after they were liberated.

Keith Hereford, Clayton Nattier and John Pederson were awarded the decorations Thursday in a ceremony in Lakewood.

Democratic congressman Ed Perlmutter helped arrange the medals. He says the men were too busy in civilian life to pursue them sooner.

Nattier was a pilot and Hereford was a gunner on B-17 bombers. Both had to parachute from their damaged planes in separate incidents before they were captured.

Pederson was an infantryman captured during a battle in France.

Each received the Prisoner of War Medal. Pederson also received the Bronze Star, and Nattier and Hereford received the Purple Heart and Air Medal.


Westminster man charged in 7-week-old son's death

(Information in the following story is from: The Denver Post,

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Westminster man accused of causing the death of his infant son.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that 33-year-old Matthew Allen Burry is charged with child abuse resulting in death and is being held on $100,000 bail. His 7-week-old son, Dominic, died March 24.

The Adams County District Attorney's Office says Burry called 911 to report that his son was unresponsive. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Burry is due in court Tuesday. Booking documents do not indicate if he has hired an attorney.


Jury convicts woman accused of running husband over with car

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman accused of killing her husband by running him over with her car after an argument in Westminster.

The Adams County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 39-year-old Nancy Jo Arias was found guilty of vehicular homicide, DUI and manslaughter in the Aug. 11 death of 38-year-old Phillip Anthony Lobato. She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.

Arias told investigators she had a heated argument in which Lobato hit her in the face several times. She told him to get out of the vehicle, and he continued to hit her through the open car window.

Prosecutors say she then ran him down with the car.


Woman who fell 400 feet to death at Royal Gorge ID'd

(Information in the following story is from: Canon City Daily Record,

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman who fell about 400 feet to her death at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in southern Colorado.

The Fremont County coroner's office identified the woman Thursday as 45-year-old Denise McLean, of Wylie, Texas. Her death has been ruled an accident.

The Canon City Daily Record reports McLean was last seen alive at an observation point on the north side of the Royal Gorge on Monday evening. Her body was recovered from a cliff face below the observation point Tuesday morning.

Coroner Randy Keller says McLean was standing on some rocks next to the gorge and either fell or slipped.


Man charged with murder after woman found dead near Clark

(Information in the following story is from: Steamboat Pilot & Today,

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who was arrested after a woman's body was found near Steamboat Springs has been charged with first-degree murder, burglary and theft.

Steamboat Today reports 22-year-old Cole Pollard appeared in court Thursday, a day after his arrest at a campsite near Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The body of 22-year-old Patricia Richmond was found Monday in a home near the small community of Clark.

According to court records, sheriff's deputies say Pollard told them he choked Richmond to death, tied her up and then raped her. Pollard then said he stole several items from the home and left.

It's not clear if Pollard has hired an attorney. He is being held without bail.


Overhaul begins on Pueblo section of Interstate 25

(Information in the following story is from: The Pueblo Chieftain,

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Work is under way this week to give one of Colorado's oldest freeways an overhaul.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the Pueblo section of Interstate 25 hasn't had a single upgrade since it was built in the 1950s.

Pueblo County Commissioner Liane McFadyen estimated it would cost about $88 million to widen the road, fix bridges and make a series of other changes.

Discussions for a plan to improve the freeway have been ongoing since 2000. Colorado Federal Highway Administration director John Cater says the environmental assessment alone took over a decade to complete.

Transportation officials say the interstate will remain partially open in both directions for the two-year duration of the project.

Construction should be finished by October 2017.

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