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Associated Press Updated: January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am
Associated Press Updated: January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am • Published: January 29, 2015

COLORADO SHOOTING More potential jurors dismissed from theater shooting trial (Information in the following story is from: The Aurora Sentinel, CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 600 potential jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have been dismissed so...

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More potential jurors dismissed from theater shooting trial

(Information in the following story is from: The Aurora Sentinel,

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 600 potential jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have been dismissed so far.

The Aurora Sentinel reports 143 were released Wednesday, bringing the total to 598. About 1,700 prospective jurors have reported for jury duty over the past seven days.

The jury's job will be not only to decide whether James Holmes was insane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 others during the July 2012 attack on a Denver area theater, but it might also be asked whether he should be executed.

Judge Carlos Samour said Wednesday he has been happy with the number of prospective jurors who have reported so far. During Tuesday's morning session, for example, he said 147 jurors reported out of about 180 summonses delivered.

About 9,000 possible jurors were initially summoned in the case.


Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter

DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Denver police says she wants a second, independent autopsy so she can know more about how her daughter died.

Laura Sonya Rosales Hernandez said Wednesday that she doesn't trust the police investigation into the Monday shooting of Jessica Hernandez.

Police say officers shot Hernandez after she drove into one of them in a stolen car.

The medical examiner's office says Hernandez was shot multiple times but has not released its full report.

An independent city official who monitors the Police Department says an investigation of policies involving shooting at moving cars by officers was underway at the time of the killing.

The police department says it launched a separate probe of the issue after Hernandez was shot.


Former officer who helped ex-husband hide drugs gets 5 years

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

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former Walsenburg police officer who helped her ex-husband hide heroin and cash from investigators has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports 32-year-old Gloria Suazo was sentenced in federal court in Denver on Friday. She apologized for embarrassing the Walsenburg Police Department and law enforcement in general.

Suazo acknowledged helping 33-year-old Jeromy Suazo hide the drugs and cash from police two days after he was jailed in Pueblo on drug charges. Jeromy Suazo was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

When Gloria Suazo pleaded guilty Oct. 29, the judge granted her release until sentencing. The next night, Pueblo police arrested her for allegedly selling crack cocaine in a trailer park.

She has not been convicted in the cocaine case, which is ongoing.


Colorado lawmakers want mandatory fines for animal fighting

DENVER (AP) — Fines for people convicted of animal fighting in Colorado would be mandatory under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers sponsoring the bill acknowledge that animal fight is not a big problem in Colorado. Only two people in the state have been convicted of the offense during the past three years.

But bill sponsor, Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock, says it's about sending a message that animal fighting will not be tolerated.

Animal fighting is already a felony in Colorado, and it's punishable by a $1,000 fine for a first offense, and $5,000 for a second offense. But levying those fines is at a judge's discretion. The bill approved by a House committee Wednesday would make those fines mandatory.

The bill now heads to the full House for debate.


Colorado rejects background checks for youth sports leagues

DENVER (AP) — Colorado senators have rejected an ambitious plan to start the nation's first requirement for criminal background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations.

The party-line vote of two Democrats favoring the requirement and three Republicans against it came after hours of emotional testimony Wednesday from abuse survivors.

The bill would have set prevented convicted sex offenders from working directly with underage athletes, or from volunteering on overnight trips with sports clubs outside schools. Many private clubs already require background checks, but there is no requirement.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said the proposal was incomplete and amounted to improper state meddling in private organizations.


Warrants issued for 3 convicted in $100B tax fraud scheme

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

DENVER (AP) — A judge has ordered the arrests of three Colorado Springs residents convicted of numerous tax fraud counts stemming from a scheme in which they tried to defraud the government out of more than $100 billion.

The Denver Post reports U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello issued warrants Wednesday for the arrests of George Brokaw, John Pawelski and Mimi Vigil after the trio didn't show up for sentencing.

The three had claimed documents they created seeking credit for more than $100 billion in tax payments were part of a political statement and not a real attempt to steal from the government. But prosecutors depicted them as tax fraud schemers who used several fraudulent devices to scam the government.

Pawelski, who represented himself like his co-defendants, argued no crime was committed because none of them received any money.


Dalai Lama to visit Boulder in October

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Camera,

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Dalai Lama plans to visit Colorado in the fall.

The University of Colorado and the Tibetan Association of Colorado announced Tuesday that the spiritual leader will visit Boulder on Oct. 20 and 21. The association says the "Compassion in Action" visit will focus on incorporating compassion and ethics into daily life.

The Dalai Lama's schedule and exactly where he will appear haven't been determined yet. However, University of Colorado police chief Melissa Zak told the Daily Camera last week that the Coors Events Center on campus is being considered as a venue. It seats 11,000 people.

The Dalai Lama last visited Boulder in 1996. In 2006 he attended the Peace Jam Conference in Denver with other Nobel Peace Prize winners and he also visited Aspen in 2008.


Feds issue new policy for snowmobiles in national forests

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new policy requiring forest managers to limit where snowmobiles can go by specifically designating what areas are open.

The federal agency on Wednesday published the final federal register notice for the new rules that take effect Feb. 27.

The change follows a 2013 federal court ruling in Boise that found the Forest Service incorrectly exempted snowmobiles from a 2005 Forest Service plan restricting wheeled cross-country travel to designated routes.

An Idaho-based backcountry skier group called Winter Wildlands Alliance filed the lawsuit amid concerns new and more powerful snowmobiles were chewing up remote and pristine powder previously reachable only by skiers.

The new policy requires forests to publish over-snow vehicle maps using existing designations or maps to be worked out through a public process.


Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases.

The California Department of Public Health tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks.

The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico.

The new overall figure shows eight more cases than the 87 confirmed earlier this week.

Measles has been spreading since an outbreak linked to Southern California's Disney parks last month. Most of those infected were not vaccinated officials have urged people to get the measles shot.

The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.


Man gets 3 months in prison, must pay $130K for VA fraud

(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 62-year-old Fountain man who acknowledged defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs has been sentenced to three months in prison and must pay more than $130,000 in restitution.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Albert Kenneth Lender was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of making false statements to the government.

Prosecutors say he started receiving benefits at a 100 percent disability rate from both the VA and the Social Security Administration in 1991. Lender did not tell either organization when he began doing landscaping, ground maintenance and snow removal for the city of Fountain and other parties.


Air Force beats San Jose State 66-52

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 20 points off the bench to lead Air Force to a 66-52 win over San Jose State on Wednesday night.

Hayden Graham added 16 points and six rebounds for the Falcons (9-11, 2-7 Mountain West Conference). Trevor Lyons had 11 points.

San Jose State led early in the first period with the help of a trio of 3-pointers by Rashad Muhammad. But Air Force went on a 13-0 run after that and led 29-23 at the break.

A Mooney 3-pointer made it 42-33 for the Falcons with 12:46 to go in the second period. San Jose State went on a 9-2 run to pull within four points, 48-44, with 7:50 left before Air Force took it to 63-50 on 4-of-4 shooting from the line by Justin Hammonds with a minute to play.

Jaleel Williams led the Spartans (2-18, 0-8) with 16 points and seven rebounds.


Sore back and all, Bode Miller makes US roster for worlds

The U.S. Ski Team announced its roster for world championships next week in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and all the big names were on the squad, including Bode Miller as he tries to return from back surgery.

Lindsey Vonn made the team, of course. So did Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety, who won three titles at the 2013 world championships in Austria.

Miller has yet to compete in a World Cup race this season after having a herniated disk repaired in November. His race status for Beaver Creek still remains uncertain.

The 37-year-old recently took training runs in Switzerland and Austria, before skipping the races.

Vonn will be a heavy favorite in the downhill and Shiffrin in the slalom, an event the teenager won at the Sochi Olympics.

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