Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Latest Colorado news, sports, business and entertainment

Associated Press Updated: November 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm


Relative: Attack victim devoted life to Israel

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado brother-in-law of a victim of the deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue says he dedicated his life to the people and land of Israel.

Jonathan Bein (BINE) of Boulder said 50-year-old Rabbi Cary William Levine had lived in Israel since his 20s and taught at a seminary there. Levine's sister, Shelley Levine of Boulder, and family were grieving Tuesday.

Levine was one of four people killed in a grisly attack during morning prayers. The two attackers were killed by police.

Levine was a native of Kansas City, Missouri, who studied religion at the University of Southern California before leaving for Israel.

Bein said he had nine children and five grandchildren.


Use of theater shooting photos at trial debated

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are arguing whether about 250 photos of dead and wounded victims should be shown during the trial.

Lawyers for defendant James Holmes said at a hearing Tuesday the photos would prejudice jurors against Holmes. The judge didn't immediately rule. None of the photos was shown in court.

Prosecutors plan to introduce a total of about 2,000 photos as evidence.

The defense also argued against showing jurors posters found in Holmes' apartment. Prosecutors say the posters speak to Holmes' mindset. The defense says they're irrelevant.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the attack on July 20, 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection is scheduled to start in January.


Man arrested in Indiana on Colorado murder charge

(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co,

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Police in Indiana have arrested a man on a warrant charging him with killing his wife nearly three years ago while they lived in Colorado.

Tom Fallis formerly worked as a Weld County deputy sheriff. He is accused of second-degree murder.

According to the Greeley Tribune, Fallis is accused in an indictment handed down Monday of shooting his wife Ashley after a New Year's Eve party at their Evans home.

Her death was initially ruled a suicide but her family insisted she was murdered.

Authorities determined this summer that there wasn't probable cause to support criminal charges against another police officer accused of mishandling evidence related to her death.


US soldier charged with killing comrade overseas

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of another soldier while they were deployed to Jordan in May.

The Army said Tuesday that Spc. Jeffery T. Page of Perrysburg, Ohio, is accused in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, California.

Charging documents say Perkins was shot with an M4 rifle.

A hearing is scheduled at the Colorado post Wednesday to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial.

Page and his attorneys didn't immediately respond to a request for comment through Fort Carson officials.

If convicted of murder, he could face life in prison without parole. Page is also charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide.

He's assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs.


Small plane missing on New Mexico-Colorado flight

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Search teams are hunting for a single-engine plane with two people aboard that was reported missing after it left New Mexico last week bound for Colorado.

Aircraft were searching in both states Tuesday. Ground crews were looking in Colorado.

The New Mexico State Police say 55-year-old Howard Guthrie and 42-year-old Melissa Watson were aboard. Both are from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Authorities didn't say who was the pilot of the Mooney M20C. Records list Guthrie as the owner.

Investigators say the plane left Moriarity, New Mexico, on Friday and was headed for Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Authorities say the plane couldn't land in Pagosa Springs because of bad weather and turned around. They say the plane's path was tracked as far as Buckles Lake about 15 miles southeast of Pagosa Springs.


Search called off for missing hunter near Fraser

FRASER, Colo. (AP) — The search has been called off for a missing hunter in the Colorado mountains.

Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson says the search for 51-year-old Richard Kothanek of Littleton ended on Tuesday.

Johnson says temperatures dropped to minus-16 Saturday night making it unlikely Kothanek survived.

Authorities say Kothanek went on a short hunting trip by himself on Saturday and never returned.


Search on for man missing on Longs Peak

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rescuers are searching Longs Peak for a Broomfield man who did not show up to work this week after telling friends he would be visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.

Peter Jeffris is believed to have left Sunday to summit Longs Peak but he did not arrive at work Monday. Officials say Jeffris' car was found in the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot.

Friends said Jeffris told them he was considering the Cables Route on the north face but was not prepared to spend the night.

Park officials say aerial search efforts are not possible Tuesday because of winds gusting to 85 miles an hour.


No criminal charges in Black Forest fire

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney say they don't have enough evidence to prosecute anyone on criminal charges in connection with the Black Forest fire last year.

The sheriff's office says the case could be reopened if new evidence surfaces later.

The announcement comes in a summary of the investigation released by the sheriff's office on Tuesday.

A previous report found that no one could have stopped the fire that started June 11 and burned more than 18,000 acres, destroyed 488 homes and killed two people.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your account to comment on a story. Click here for information.