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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: American Airlines flight makes emergency landing

The Gazette - Updated: June 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Seattle to Miami are back on their way after the plane made an emergency landing in Denver.

American Airlines spokeswoman Dori Alavarez says the plane landed safely early Friday with 183 passengers after the crew reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit, according to the Associated Press.

Alvarez says maintenance crews determined the plane was safe to fly.

  

WEATHER

Friday's red flag warning, indicitive of high fire danger, runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. up and down the Interstate 25 corridor and to the west, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service forecasts a high of 92 Friday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 56. You'll also see plenty of smoke in the skies because of multiple wildfires in Colorado.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Hepatitis warnings issued for Colorado smoothies

DENVER - State health officials are warning smoothie drinkers in Colorado that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/mm3um3q ), smoothies made for the Groovy Greens smoothie delivery service in Boulder and at the Sweet Pea Restaurant in Steamboat Springs may have contained a recently recalled Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry mix.

State officials say no Hepatitis cases have been tied to the two restaurants, but 22 cases have been identified in Colorado residents.

Sweet Pea Restaurant owner Katherine Zambrana said Thursday the items have been taken off the menu and no one has reported being sick. The Boulder distributor did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Toll road cracking down on scofflaws

DENVER (AP) - Administrators of a Colorado toll road are cracking down on people who refuse to pay by blocking vehicle registrations for the worst offenders.

One violator has racked up more than $8,500 in unpaid bills while traveling on E-470 east of Denver.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/nrxfrjh ), the highway authority wants to clear their books of more than $5 million in unpaid tolls. The enforcement will begin this fall.

Judge considers moving Austin Sigg trial

GOLDEN (AP) - Moving the trial of a teen accused of kidnapping and killing a suburban Denver girl are among the many issues up for a hearing in Golden.

Friday's hearing for Austin Sigg could last most of the day.

He's accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster last year and attacking a jogger before that.

Siggs' lawyers say in court documents that massive news coverage of the case has jeopardized his right to a fair trial.

They are seeking separate trials for Jessica's death, the jogger attack 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.

Grand jury indicts 2 ranching brothers from Craig

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) - A grand jury has indicted two ranching brothers from Craig who are accused of digging trenches on federal land to dump garbage, waste and debris from their property.

Federal prosecutors say Leland Ray Smith and Bradford Smith also are accused of using heavy equipment to excavate pits, create ponds, and affect the flow of the Woodbury Gulch water channel on property administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

They are due to be arraigned Monday in federal court in Grand Junction.

A number listed for Leland Smith rang busy, and a number for Brad Smith rang unanswered Thursday night. Online court records didn't indicate whether they have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

Teen camper dies after stabbing

NEDERLAND (AP) - Sheriff's officials say one teenager is dead with stab wounds, and another faces a murder charge after a fight broke out among a group of friends camping near Nederland.

Jail records show Spencer Crawford, of Boulder, was being held Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/12OReZc ) a judge set his bond at $1 million. Formal charges haven't been filed yet.

Crawford is accused in the death of 17-year-old Angus Gaudin, of Boulder, early Wednesday.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Scott Williams says detectives are investigating allegations that the teens may have been using LSD before the altercation.

Hospital wants more time for Holmes sanity review

DENVER (AP) - A mental hospital says the sanity evaluation of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes will take until mid-September, nearly seven weeks longer than the judge wanted.

Judge Carlos T. Samour Jr. set a July 31 deadline for the Colorado Mental Health Institute to finish the evaluation and submit a report. In a letter made public Thursday, the hospital asked for an extension until Sept. 16.

The hospital cited the volume of documents the psychiatrist in charge has to review before starting the interviews and in-person testing of Holmes. Attorneys have said the evidence in the case takes up nearly 40,000 pages.

Samour scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to discuss how the delay will affect the schedule for hearings and the trial. Hearings were scheduled to take up all of August and parts of November and December. The trial was set to start in February.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a suburban Denver movie theater in July. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial cannot begin until the sanity evaluation is completed.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

In 1834, Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.

In 1913, Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane as she jumped over Los Angeles.

In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight rematch by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was robbed!"

In 1942, German forces led by Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city of Tobruk during World War II. (After his victory, Rommel was promoted to field marshal; Tobruk was retaken by the Allies in November 1942.)

In 1943, Army nurse Lt. Edith Greenwood became the first woman to receive the Soldier's Medal for showing heroism during a fire at a military hospital in Yuma, Ariz.

In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen during a conclave of his fellow cardinals to succeed the late Pope John XXIII; the new pope took the name Paul VI.

In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.

In 1973, the Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.

In 1982, a jury in Washington, D.C., found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others.

In 1989, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected by the First Amendment.

In 2005, 41 years to the day after three civil rights workers were beaten and shot to death, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in a Mississippi court. (Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison.)

Ten years ago: Ten weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, President George W. Bush offered a broadly positive status report on the U.S. mission in Iraq in his weekly radio address.

Five years ago: The ferry Princess of the Stars, carrying more than 800 people, capsized as Typhoon Fengshen battered the Philippines; only some four dozen people survived.

One year ago: Broadway composer-lyricist Richard Adler, 90, died in Southhampton, N.Y.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- "Games at the Library" teen program, 1-3 p.m., Ute Pass Branch Library, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, free.

-- Chess Club, for all ages, 3:30-5 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- Teen Fiction Writers, 4-5:45 p.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, free.

-- "9th Annual First and Main Summer Concert Series" with Mad Dog and the Smokin' Js, 5-7 p.m., First and Main Town Center, 3133 Cinema Point, free.

-- J Miller Band, 8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free.

-- Hayride Express, 9 p.m.-1 p.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

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