SUNRISE: Fox reporter returning to court over James Holmes story

The Gazette - Updated: August 19, 2013 at 7:22 am • Published: August 19, 2013 0

CENTENNIAL — A Fox News reporter is returning to a Colorado court for a hearing in the fight over the identity of her sources for a story about theater shooting suspect James Holmes.

Jana Winter is due in court Monday so the judge can extend her subpoena until September. Without the extension, the subpoena would expire Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a movie theater in July 2012. His attorneys want to know who told Winter that before the shootings, Holmes sent a psychiatrist a notebook containing violent drawings.

The defense contends the leak violated a gag order. They also say police officers may have undermined their credibility as witnesses if they lied when they denied being Winter's source.

Winter has said she won't identify her sources.

   

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 88 with mostly sunny skies Monday in Colorado Springs. There's a 20 percent chance of rain, with the best chance after 4 p.m. Expect an overnight low of 60.

    

AROUND COLORADO

Woman falls 30 feet near summit of Castle Peak

ASPEN (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old woman is recovering after falling about 30 feet near the summit of Castle Peak south of Aspen.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says the woman, whose name has not been released, fell at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Crews reached the victim, who was conscious but unable to move, about an hour and a half later, and she was flown by helicopter to a Grand Junction hospital.

Authorities have not said how badly she was injured.

Castle Peak rises to an elevation of 14,279 feet. The woman fell about 1,500 feet below the summit.

Grand Junction man crashes bike, is run over by SUV

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A 37-year-old Grand Junction man was critically injured when he crashed his bicycle and was run over by an SUV while descending a hill at Colorado National Monument.

Ranger Joel Barnett tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/12g8Ds9 ) the man, whose name has not been released, had cleared a long straightaway in the east end of the park but lost control while trying to negotiate a switchback Saturday morning. The man slid about 20 feet along the road before he was run over by an oncoming Jeep. He suffered multiple rib fractures and a ruptured spleen, among other injuries that Barnett described as life-threatening.

Barnett says the woman driving the Jeep did not have any time to stop before hitting the man, and criminal charges are not expected.

Antero Dam gets safety upgrade

HARTSEL (AP) — A safety upgrade is getting under way at Antero Dam in Park County.

The $14 million project that begins on Monday is needed to make the dam safe.

Denver Water, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Office of the State Engineer lowered Antero Reservoir by 2 feet in 2011 as a safety precaution to reduce water pressure and seepage from the dam.

Antero Dam was built in 1909 and bought by Denver Water in 1924.

Guns stolen from sheriff's vehicles in Aurora

AURORA (AP) — Authorities say two assault rifles, a pistol and a bullet-resistant vest were stolen from two Adams County Sheriff's Office vehicles parked in Aurora.

The Aurora Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/19nhAlC) someone stole the weapons and vest sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday from two unmarked vehicles parked in a subdivision in the southeastern part of the city.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania says the two vehicles weren't parked in a garage, but it's not clear if they were in a driveway or in the street. The items stolen include a Colt M-4 Commando .223-caliber rifle, a Colt AR-15 .223-caliber rifle, a .40-caliber Glock pistol and a bullet-resistant vest.

Man falls to death from hotel room window

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a 29-year-old man attending a bachelor's party died after he fell backward through an open window at a hotel in Black Hawk west of Denver.

Black Hawk Police Chief Stephen Cole tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1bGZPyt ) that Dirk A. Anderson of Thornton was sitting on a window sill on the 11th floor of the Lady Luck Hotel when he leaned backward and fell through a window screen to the top level of a seventh-floor parking garage just before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Anderson was among six people in the groom's room when he sat on the ledge.

Cole says people at the party were drinking alcohol, but it is unclear how much, if any, Anderson had consumed. It's also unclear what relationship Anderson had to the groom.

Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash

DENVER (AP) — Authorities are looking for a driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/12dMr1U ) the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, was headed south on South Sheridan Boulevard on Friday night when a dark-colored pickup pulled in front of him at West Center Avenue.

The pickup driver fled the scene, and the motorcyclist was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

State Patrol must pay $768K to gay ex-trooper

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol must pay more than $768,000 to a former patrol captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/14Z7yWM ) State Senior Administrative Law Judge Mary McClatchey ruled Friday that former captain Brett Williams suffered and will continue to suffer from the patrol's actions. The amount includes back pay with interest, and lost forward pay — totaling $768,268.

Williams left the agency in 2010 to become a helicopter pilot, but he later asked to return.

During the polygraph test required as part of the reinstatement, Williams was asked a question that forced him to reveal his sexual orientation. The question concerned a legal massage he received in Thailand that involved sexual contact.

McClatchey concluded patrol leaders used the test to deny Williams' reinstatement, contrary to law-enforcement hiring standards.

Boulder crackdown targets homeless

BOULDER (AP) — Boulder is targeting aggressive panhandlers and people who are drunk and homeless as part of an effort to clean up the downtown area.

Officials tell the city council a team that would include a homeless person to patrol the downtown area is being discussed.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://tinyurl.com/n6y2vzn ) other options include moving services like weekend meals away from the downtown area and setting standards for homeless behavior.

Arrest made after body found on Broomfield street

BOULDER (AP) — Police have arrested a 32-year-old man after a body was found on a Broomfield street.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/14Mp6kO ) Matthew P. Burnett was arrested Saturday afternoon and faces charges of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the death of a 34-year-old Westminster man, whose name has not been released.

Investigators say the victim's body was found Saturday morning near Westlake Park, and they later determined he had been in an altercation with Burnett. Police have not said how the man was killed.

The Camera reports that when a phone number associated with Burnett was called Saturday evening, a man who identified himself as Burnett's brother declined to comment.

Burnett, who is being held at the Broomfield County jail, is set to appear in court Monday.

Greeley police investigate death as homicide

GREELEY (AP) — Greeley police are investigating a man's death as a homicide.

Sgt. Adam Turk tells The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/14p3ewA ) that officers who were called to a home in the northern part of the city Thursday found the body of Gumercindo Munoz-Vizcaino.

Turk, who did not release how the man was killed, says police do not believe the public is in danger.

Black bear bites woman's arm near Pagosa Springs

DURANGO (AP) — Wildlife officials say a woman is recovering after a black bear bit her arm while she was sleeping in a tent south of Pagosa Springs.

The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/13tbnVY ) reports the woman was camping on private land when she was bit at about 2 a.m. Friday. Wildlife officials say the woman, whose name has not been released, must have pulled her arm away or made a sound because the bear retreated immediately.

She was treated at a hospital and released.

Trackers have not found the bear that attacked her.

Teen arrested after fire at Lakewood condominium

DENVER (AP) — Authorities have arrested a teenager they believe started a fire in his father's Lakewood condominium after the two were involved in a violent fight.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1bJvgYR ) 19-year-old Jalen Berg is being held on charges of first degree arson, attempted murder, child abuse, felony criminal mischief and felony menacing following Friday night's fire. The apartment was fully engulfed in flame when firefighters arrived, and the entire condominium complex was evacuated.

Berg and one other person were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police say they believe the teen, who also lives in the condo, set the blaze to retaliate for the fight. He is being held at the Jefferson County jail.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat arrived in Albany, two days after leaving New York.

In 1918, “Yip! Yip! Yaphank,” a musical revue by Irving Berlin featuring Army recruits from Camp Upton in Yaphank, N.Y., opened on Broadway.

In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.

In 1936, the first of a series of show trials orchestrated by Soviet leader Josef Stalin began in Moscow as 16 defendants faced charges of conspiring against the government. All were convicted and executed.

In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50 percent casualties.

In 1951, the owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck (vehk), sent in 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit. In his only major league at-bat, Gaedel walked on four pitches and was replaced at first base by a pinch-runner.

In 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage. Although sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the GOP presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City.

In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.

In 1982, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS’-kah-yah) became the second woman to be launched into space.

In 1991, Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announcement that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power, a coup attemp that collapsed two days later.

Ten years ago: A suicide truck bomb struck U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22, including the top U.N. envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello. A suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem killed 22 people.

Five years ago: Tropical Storm Fay rolled ashore in Florida short of hurricane strength but mysteriously gained speed as it headed over land. Russia and Georgia exchanged prisoners captured during their brief war.   

    

HAPPENINGS

-- REVAMP’D: Inaugural Exhibition, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.

-- Paws to Read children’s program, 10 a.m.-noon, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

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