SUNRISE: Air Force Academy turns up potential substance abuse

The Gazette - Updated: June 20, 2013 at 7:32 am • Published: June 20, 2013 | 7:30 am 0

The Air Force Academy says a periodic inspection has turned up possible alcohol and substance abuse by a small number of cadets, which could potentially lead to the cadets being kicked out.

The academy said Wednesday that the inspection this week also found items that aren't allowed in cadet dormitories, which could include items like candles, knives and airsoft pistols, according to the Associated Press.

Academy authorities are investigating. Officials didn't foresee the cases leading to a court-martial but said there could be "involuntary disenrollment" of some cadets.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 90 Thursday in Colorado Springs. It's another red flag warning day (high fire danger) in most of our region and state because of breezy, hot and dry conditions. Expect an overnight low of 56.

 

AROUND COLORADO

Multiple wildfires spread across state

DENVER (AP) - Multiple wildfires are burning in Colorado, including one that destroyed a Boy Scout camp and several homes.

The Black Forest fire is still burning and firefighters battled the Lime Gulch, East Peak, Wild Rose, Bull Gulch and West Fork fires.

The East Peak fire in Huerfano County destroyed a Boy Scout camp late Wednesday and some homes. Authorities say flames reached 150 feet into the air. Sheriff's deputies were attempting to evacuate the area.

A fire in the foothills about 30 miles southwest of Denver forced evacuations Wednesday affecting more than 100 people,

DA: No charges for secretary of state

DENVER (AP) - No criminal charges will be filed against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler after he was accused of misusing public funds, the Denver district attorney said Wednesday.

A grand jury found there was no criminal conduct in Gessler using discretionary funds for travel expenses related to his trip to a Republican National Lawyers Association seminar and the GOP convention in Florida in 2012, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said. The seminar had involved election law training.

However, the grand jury released a report saying Gessler's decision to use the money to attend a partisan conference, then the GOP convention, wasn't prudent. It also expressed "displeasure" that Gessler didn't provide any documentation for lump sum payouts he requested from discretionary funds in 2011 and 2012.

Gessler's spokesman Rich Coolidge said Gessler's office had fully expected the secretary of state would be exonerated and the office has changed how it manages discretionary funds.

Last week, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Gessler's use of the funds was inappropriate. Gessler has said he would appeal.

Before the commission ruled, Gessler repaid the state $1,278 for travel expenses to Florida, saying he wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Teen facing charges in camper stabbing

NEDERLAND (AP) - One teenager is dead of stab wounds and another is facing a first-degree murder charge after a fight broke out among a group of friends camping near Nederland.

Spencer Crawford of Boulder was booked into the Boulder County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released by the Boulder County Coroner's Office.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/nxtswks ), the victim and suspect were among group of friends who decided to camp in the area overnight.

Judge: Holmes' attorneys won't attend sanity exam

DENVER (AP) - The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has rejected a request by defense attorneys to attend the suspect's court-ordered psychiatric examination.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in a movie theater attack that killed 12 and injured 70 in Aurora on July 20.

Judge Carlos Samour ruled Wednesday that Holmes doesn't have a constitutional right to have his attorneys and an investigator at his sanity examination. Samour noted concerns that the examination's validity could be undermined if others attend.

Separately, he granted a request by Holmes' attorneys to be given a videotape of Holmes undergoing psychiatric care at a hospital. Court documents indicate Holmes was taken from jail to the hospital in November after he was deemed a danger to himself.

Samour also rejected defense attorneys' request to let potential jurors who can't understand English be in the jury pool.

Holmes' attorneys had suggested translators could be provided and had argued that Holmes should have a jury composed of a fair cross-section of the community.

Governor undecided over school ballot measure

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is still considering whether to back a ballot measure this fall seeking a $1 billion tax increase to pay for a new system for administering state education funds.

Hickenlooper says it would be unwise to put more money into the school system unless the structure is changed.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/lsgmtyb ), voters will consider a tax increase in November, but the specifics of the plan haven't been released.

Lion at Denver Zoo dies during cancer treatment

DENVER (AP) - An elderly lion at the Denver Zoo has died while being treated for cancer.

Zookeepers noticed in March that the lion named Rian had grown lethargic. Tests found a large mass in his abdomen and he was euthanized on Wednesday.

The lion was undergoing an experimental treatment based on therapy typically used for domestic cats suffering from lymphoma.

Veterinarians were hoping to gather valuable information about how chemotherapy could help other zoo lions and large cats.

Teen accused of killing girl seeks to move trial

GOLDEN (AP) - Lawyers for a teen accused of killing a suburban Denver girl, as well as attacking a jogger months earlier, want his trial moved out of Jefferson County.

Lawyers for Austin Sigg say in court documents that "massive" news coverage of the case has jeopardized his right to a fair trial.

They are seeking separate trials on charges stemming from the death of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster last year, the attack on the jogger, and charges alleging there was sexually exploitative material in Sigg's home.

Sigg's lawyers also want the judge to suppress numerous statements, suggesting in some cases that Sigg spoke without being told he could have an attorney.

Officials seek $1M a year for fugitive unit

DENVER (AP) - Colorado corrections officials are asking state lawmakers for $1 million a year to hunt down fugitives.

The Colorado Department of Corrections says about 3,500 parolees have avoided supervision and many go on to commit new crimes.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/qess4p3 ), the proposal for the fugitive unit is the latest in a series of initiatives following the killing of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements in March.

Deputies investigate possible abuse of suspect

GEORGETOWN (AP) - Clear Creek County authorities are investigating allegations that officers kicked and abused a man at a music festival.

Witnesses say the naked man was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by officers at the Sonic Bloom Music Festival in Georgetown over the weekend, and recordings of the incident have been posted online.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/ktpayqh ), the video shows authorities shocking the man and kicking him while bystanders begged them to stop. Authorities say the videos do not reflect the whole picture.

The man was not identified and is facing possible charges.

1 taken to hospital after ammonia leak

AURORA (AP) - Aurora firefighter say one person has been taken to a hospital after an ammonia leak.

Firefighters say a tanker truck was almost finished unloading aqueous ammonia at the Binney Water Treatment Center on Wednesday when a dime-sized hole developed in the hose line. Less than 100 gallons spilled into a containment area.

The condition of the person who was taken to a hospital wasn't disclosed.

Feds propose listing Southwest mouse as endangered

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal wildlife managers are proposing to list the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlined its plan in Thursday's Federal Register. The agency is also proposing to designate critical habitat for the mouse along streams in 12 counties in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

With its large hind feet and long tail, the mouse can jump up to three feet high and swim to avoid predators.

The Fish and Wildlife Service first acknowledged in 2010 that the mouse deserved protection, but a listing proposal languished because the agency was busy with other activities. That prompted legal challenges.

Biologists say the mouse has been found in seven spots in Arizona and nine in New Mexico, one of which stretches up into Colorado.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, featuring the emblem of the bald eagle.

In 1791, King Louis XVI of France and his family attempted to flee the country in the Flight to Varennes but were caught.

In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne after the death of uncle King William IV.

In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state.

In 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

In 1921, U.S. Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of Representatives.

In 1943, race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths.

In 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently at the order of mob associates.

In 1963, the United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a "hot line" between the superpowers.

In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. (Ali's conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court).

In 1972, three days after the arrest of the Watergate burglars, President Richard Nixon met at the White House with his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman; the secretly made tape recording of this meeting ended up with the notorious 18+-minute gap.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Bald Eagle Day.

In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, in Atkins v. Virginia that executing mentally disabled murderers was unconstitutionally cruel.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell met separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, praising the Israelis for efforts toward an eventual peace settlement and urging speed on the Palestinians. Wildfires fueled by high winds burned 250 homes in southern Arizona.

Five years ago: Lightning began sparking more than 2,000 fires across northern and central California, eventually burning over a million acres.

One year ago: Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman, best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died at age 91 in New York.

 

HAPPENINGS

-- "Beneath the Surface with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo" teen program, 4 p.m., Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., free.

-- "Pictures on the Promenade - Madagascar 3," 7 p.m., The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, free.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Rockabilly Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.

-- "Chief Manitou and His Contributions to the Pikes Peak Region" lecture, 7-8 p.m., Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 S. Valley Road, Palmer Lake, free.

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