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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Driver hits cyclist, may face DUI charges

RYAN MAYE HANDY Updated: January 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police arrested a man early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he hit a bicyclist, knocking him onto the pavement.

Jeffery Givens, 21, was driving eastbound on Pikes Peak Avenue just before 1 a.m., and was swerving between lanes, police said. When he came to the intersection of Hancock and Pikes Peak avenues, he swerved and hit a bicyclist.

Givens hit the cyclist’s back tire, tossing the rider onto the road, and then drove away, police said. Witnesses described the car, a black Chevrolet Cavalier, and license plate to police and Given was caught a few minutes later near Pikes Peak Avenue and Academy Boulevard.

The bicyclist was not seriously injured, police said.

Givens was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, and was booked into the El Paso County jail.

Man arrested after woman's door is kicked in
Colorado Springs police arrested a man Tuesday night after he allegedly kicked in the door of one apartment and tried to break into another.

Jovan Albrow, 31, was arrested when police found him in a hallway in the Conifers Apartments, 2515 Verde Drive, just before 11 p.m. A resident told police that Albrow had kicked in her door and was attempting to kick down the door of another apartment.

Albrow resisted arrest and police used a stun gun to subdue him. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree criminal trespass, among other charges, and was booked into the El Paso County jail.

County wants to hear your ideas about our future

The county is hosting a “lunch and listen” open house Wednesday to discuss the draft version of its Strategic Plan through 2016. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the AspenPointe Cafe in the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Lunch is available for purchase.

Can't make the lunch? Public comments are being accepted on the draft Strategic Plan through Jan. 26. Send comments to Tim Wolken, director; Community Services Department; 2002 Creek Crossing; Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Or e-mail timwolken@elpasoco.com.

A draft copy of the plan is available online at www.elpasoco.com. Printed copies are available at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.; the Clerk and Recorder's Office at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road; county park headquarters, 2002 Creek Crossing; Public Services Department, 3275 Akers Drive; Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane; Pikes Peak Regional Building, 2880 International Circle; and the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan.

High school star athletes — where are they now?

The Gazette’s sports department puts together a weekly feature tracking down the high school stars of yesteryear. Take a walk down memory lane and see how the dreams of some young athletes have played out over the years.

Know of an athlete with a good story? Email your tip to sports@gazette.com and put WHEREARETHEYNOW in the subject line for future inclusion.

Read the “Where Are They Now?” profiles.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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WEATHER

Wednesday will be a warmer, but breezy day in Colorado Springs. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 49 degrees, with an overnight low of 33 degrees. Winds in the lower elevations of El Paso County are expected to gust up to 25 to 35 mph.

The high elevations of Pikes Peak and the Rampart and Sawatch ranges should expect powerful and damaging gusts of wind, according to the Weather Service. Gusts might rage over 80 mph at elevations above 1,100 feet.

Residents of Teller County should watch out for wind damage.

AROUND COLORADO

Authorities: Body spent days in theater restroom
DENVER. (AP) — Family members are waiting for answers about how a 66-year-old Colorado man's body went unnoticed in a locked movie theater restroom for about five days after he died there.

The Larimer County deputy coroner says George DeGrazio, of Loveland, died of a heart attack on about Jan. 9 while using the restroom.

Authorities say the body was found Jan. 14 after theater workers noticed an odor in the restroom and forced their way in.

Cinemark operates the Fort Collins theater where the retired art teacher died and says he was in a small family restroom that was locked from the inside.

The company released a statement saying it was "deeply troubled" by the death, and five employees were placed on leave while it investigates. DeGrazio's son, Dylan, says he's disgusted.

Denver
police name suspect in pepper spray robbery
DENVER (AP) — Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected in two Denver-area store robberies in which pepper spray was used.

Denver police said Tuesday they have an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Richard Slate.

Slate is suspected in a Wal-Mart robbery Jan. 8 in which a security officer was pepper sprayed.

On Jan. 10, SuperTarget store employees trying to stop a man and woman suspected of shoplifting were pepper sprayed by a third person.

Police say Slate is associated with a 2010 maroon or red Kia Sedan with Florida plate Z7AJZ.

Last week, police arrested Brittany Burton-Zamora, 28, in connection with the SuperTarget case.

Colorado m
an faces attempted murder charges in arson
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Collins beekeeper accused of starting a fire that caused $10 million in damage has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Tuesday that the Larimer County District Attorney's Office filed the additional charges against Benjamin David Gilmore.

Gilmore initially was charged with arson, burglary and criminal mischief. He pleaded not guilty.

The Larimer County District Attorney's Office has since added a second arson count, a second criminal mischief count and the two attempted murder charges, the Coloradoan reported Tuesday.

Gilmore is accused of starting a fire Oct. 24 that damaged an apartment complex under construction and a next-door condominium and retail building.

Prosecutors are expected to reveal evidence against Gilmore at a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Suspects in missing teacher case want hearing

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Two Parachute, Colo., men suspected in the disappearance of a high school teacher from eastern Montana are seeking a hearing that could delay their extradition to Montana.

North Dakota District Judge Josh Rustad on Tuesday set bonds of $2.5 million each for Lester Vann Waters, 47, and Michael Keith Spell, 22.

The two men are being held in Williston, N.D. They want an extradition hearing before they can be sent to Montana to face aggravated kidnapping charges in the Jan. 7 disappearance of math teacher Sherry Arnold of Sidney.

Authorities say Arnold is presumed dead but are offering no insights into how she might have died or why Waters and Spell are considered suspects.

Colorado
chase ends in Wyoming crash, arrest
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state troopers arrested a man who sped away from Colorado patrolmen before crashing into a van carrying a family of eight on Interstate 25 in Cheyenne. None of the family members was seriously hurt.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Tuesday the man demanded that troopers shoot him after the crash at the Wyoming Port of Entry. Officers tackled the man, whose name was not immediately released.

The Patrol said the man fled Colorado troopers after a road rage incident south of the state line. The man's Dodge Neon went down an embankment after the collision in Cheyenne, and the man got out, shouting he had a gun and demanding that troopers shoot him.

The man, who didn't have a gun, was treated for minor injuries. Charges were pending.

Copper thefts cause $250k in damage to rail system

DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado brothers are accused of stealing more than $96,000 worth of overhead copper wiring from two light rail construction sites.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday the thefts caused $250,000 damage to the RTD FasTracks system under construction in Jefferson County.

Steven Reynolds and Frankie Reynolds of Englewood were being held in Jefferson County Jail. Steven Reynolds faced charges of theft by receiving, and his brother faced felony charges of criminal mischief and theft.

Investigators said about 7,000 feet of copper wire was stolen from one RTD site and another 150 feet from a second, causing I-beams supporting the overhead wires to bend.

Lockheed gets contract for more GPS satellites

DENVER (AP) — The Air Force has given Lockheed Martin a $238 million contract to build the third and fourth satellites in the next generation of the Global Positioning System, called GPS III.

The contract was announced last week.

The Bethesda, Md.-based company already has a $1.5 billion contract to build a non-flying prototype of the new satellites and the first two flight versions.

Assembly of the first four flight versions will be done at Lockheed Martin's Waterton Canyon facility south of Denver. Assembly and testing of the prototype is under way there.

GPS III satellites are designed to improve the accuracy, reliability and power of the system. The first GPS III launch is expected in 2014.

The Air Force Space Command controls orbiting GPS satellites from Schriever Air Force Base.

Hospice worker charged with theft and fraud

DENVER (AP) — Jefferson County prosecutors say a Wheat Ridge hospice worker allegedly collected $30,000 in donations by falsely claiming she had cancer.

KMGH-TV reported Tuesday that Jennifer Stover was indicted by a grand jury on charges of theft and charitable fraud.

The indictment says Stover never had cancer and collected more than $30,000 from 16 people. She worked at Collier Hospice in Wheat Ridge.

Stover turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday.

Bond was set at $5,000.

TODAY'S HAPPENINGS

-- Mystery book club, read your favorite Comic Caper, 2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.

-- “Teen Movie Night - Dolphin Tale,” 4:30 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Photo Creations Demo,” Adults can create personalized photo books and scrapbooks online, 5-6 p.m., local Michaels Stores, free.

-- Blues Jamm, 7 p.m., Southside Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.

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