AP NewsBreak: Marijuana loophole bill unlikely
DENVER (AP) — A legal loophole that allows people to grow hundreds of pot plants in Colorado without going through background checks is likely to stay — for now.
Lawmakers are unlikely to consider background check legislation for caregivers, people authorized to grow pot on behalf of sick people.
That's despite a January request to close the loophole from the heads of two agencies that oversee medical and recreational pot.
Legislative leaders say they are unlikely to consider a caregiver bill at this point in the legislative term because caregivers and patients have not been consulted.
Colorado has about 5,000 registered caregivers who grow marijuana — each on behalf of up to five people. Some caregivers are authorized to grow hundreds of plants because their clients have doctor permission to have more plants.
Colorado triple slaying suspect is sex offender
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of killing a mother and her two young children and sexually assaulting her daughter in Colorado has a violent criminal past that includes child molestation and spans at least a decade.
Thirty-one-year-old Jaacob Vanwinkle was sentenced in 2004 to seven years in prison in Indiana after being convicted of child molestation and other sex crimes involving at least one 7-year-old girl. He served less than two years and was in and out of prison for alleged parole violations.
Vanwinkle was released in 2012. Less than two months later, police in Colorado say his pregnant ex-girlfriend told them he beat her. Vanwinkle pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
He was arrested in the triple slaying in Canon City on Sunday.
Ex-convict served time on assault before shootout
PHOENIX (AP) — An ex-convict who engaged in a gunbattle with law enforcement on a Phoenix-area freeway was paroled from a Colorado prison in October after serving 4 ½ years of a combined nine-year sentence on assault charges.
Colorado officials say Andrew J. Rael entered prison in April 2009 and was eligible for parole in May 2012 but the parole board didn't chose to release him until last fall. He was granted permission to serve his parole in his native Arizona.
Police suspect that the 25-year-old Rael killed a tow-truck driver on Sunday and a convenience-store employee hours later before opening fire on Department of Public Safety officers with an assault rifle on U.S. 60. He was killed in the shootout that snarled traffic during the Monday commute.
Doctor appointed for James Holmes' 2nd sanity exam
DENVER (AP) — A psychiatrist has been appointed to conduct a second sanity evaluation of the man charged with killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, but the doctor's name hasn't been released.
The judge issued an order Tuesday appointing the psychiatrist. The name was redacted.
James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 attack on a suburban Denver theater.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Holmes underwent a sanity evaluation last year, but last month the judge ordered a new one, saying the first was based on insufficient data and reached unsupported conclusions. The report hasn't been made public.
A report on the new evaluation is due to the judge July 11. Holmes' trial is scheduled for Oct. 14.
Greeley school hiring Guardian Angels for security
(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com)
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Frontier Academy in Weld County is hiring the Rocky Mountain Guardian Angels to protect its students.
The school's board of directors recently agreed to contract with Rocky Mountain Guardian Angels to begin walking the perimeters of its two charter school locations. The school says it had to hire outside security because state law does not allow charter schools to hire their own security force.
Rocky Mountain Guardian Angels is a local nonprofit organization that was established in response to the growing number of mass shootings at schools.
The Greeley Tribune reports the program will place off-duty, armed law-enforcement personnel in plain clothing on school campuses, including off-duty state troopers.
Parenteau out 4-to-6 weeks with right knee injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau will miss at least four weeks with a right knee injury, coach Patrick Roy said Tuesday after a team workout.
Parenteau suffered a sprained MCL during a mid-ice collision early in an overtime win against Winnipeg on Monday. Parenteau has 14 goals and 19 assists this season.
The Avalanche also are missing forward Paul Stastny because of a balky back. He's expected to miss the game against Chicago on Wednesday, but Roy remains hopeful Stastny can play Friday.
The rash of injuries has forced Roy to tinker with his line combinations up front. The team recalled Brad Malone and Paul Carey from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League to add depth at forward.