SUNRISE: Mistrial in case of man shot by tribal police

The Gazette - Updated: July 31, 2013 at 7:17 am • Published: July 31, 2013 0

DURANGO — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Ignacio man who was shot and wounded by Southern Ute police after police say he threatened an officer with a baseball bat.

The Durango Herald reports ( ) the judge declared the mistrial last week after jurors couldn't agree whether 24-year-old Anthony Martinez was guilty of felony menacing.

Prosecutor Keri Yoder said Monday she intends to retry the case.

Prosecutors say Martinez ran toward three Southern Ute Police Department officers with a bat about 3:40 a.m. Dec. 5.

His lawyers contend Martinez was defending himself from people he thought were trying to attack him. They also said one shot hit him in the back.



The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 86 Wednesday with a slight chance of thunderstorms late in the afternoon and early in the evening in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 58.



GOP candidate qualifies for Pueblo recall race

DENVER (AP) — Former Pueblo police officer George Rivera has made the ballot to challenge a Colorado state senator in a recall over new gun restrictions.

The Colorado Secretary of State's office said Tuesday that Rivera submitted 1,462 valid signatures to get on the ballot. He needed 1,000 signatures to qualify.

He's a Republican hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Angela Giron (HEE'-rawn) over her support for gun legislation that expands background checks and limits the size of ammunition magazines. Democratic Senate President John Morse is also facing a recall. His Republican opponent, Bernie Herpin, has also submitted signatures and they're in the process of being verified.

Rivera retired in 2005 as deputy chief of the Pueblo Police Department. He's never run for office.

The election is Sept. 10.

Judge refuses to lower $10 million bond

BOULDER (AP) — A Boulder County judge is refusing to reduce a $10 million bond for a Longmont man accused of attempted first-degree murder in a May shootout with a Longmont police officer.

Jonathan Shank was hospitalized with three gunshot wounds after the May 22 shooting. He appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing.

According to the Longmont Times-Call ( ), Shank is paralyzed on the left side of his face, cannot blink and cannot swallow.

Longmont police officer Brent Cairns was not struck during an exchange of 35 shots after Shank was stopped for a traffic infraction.

3 on foot injured in crash at bus stop

DENVER (AP) — Denver police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that they say jumped a curb and struck three people at a bus stop near City Park.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says one victim has a serious leg injury from the accident Tuesday afternoon, but it appears everyone will survive. A surgeon who was getting a haircut nearby joined emergency responders at the scene.

The vehicle ended up on a sidewalk at Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street, but witnesses say the driver fled.

New counts filed over body near Colorado monument

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Prosecutors have filed more counts against a Grand Junction parolee accused of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found near Colorado National Monument.

Prosecutors filed counts Tuesday accusing David James Norman of being a habitual criminal. He also is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, false reporting and abuse of a corpse.

If Norman is convicted, the habitual criminal counts could enhance his sentence.

Tourists found the body of 49-year-old Kathy Fortner on July 2. Investigators say Norman had reported her missing that morning following an argument the couple had.

An autopsy showed Fortner died of head injuries.

Norman had been serving parole stemming from a 2002 assault conviction in Summit County.

Adams County puts kink in natural gas pipeline

DENVER (AP) — A natural gas pipeline planned for Adams County is in dispute.

County commissioners voted Monday to deny the proposed route of the 435-mile, cross-country pipeline, citing concerns that the pipeline could interfere with development plans east of Denver.

The pipeline is designed to move natural gas liquids to Texas from Weld County.

The Denver Post reports ( ) options being considered include diverting the pipeline around the county, resubmitting plans and using legal options.

CenturyLink reaches deal with union

DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink and its largest union have announced a deal that could avoid a strike of 11,000 workers.

The agreement reached Tuesday covers employees in 13 mostly western states. A strike could have disrupted phone and Internet service for millions of consumers.

According to the Denver Post ( ), the proposed agreement offers lump-sum increases and wage increases. It also provides new limitations on CenturyLink's ability to transfer jobs to offshore call centers.

Fort Collins call center facing major layoffs

FORT COLLINS (AP) — A Fort Collins-based call center company has told state officials it plans to lay off 600 workers by the end of the year.

The Coloradoan reports ( ) employees learned Monday that Center Partners is phasing in the layoffs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 6.

The company also plans to shut down one of its Fort Collins offices as of Dec. 1. A call center on Innovation Drive in Fort Collins will remain open.

Chief Operating Officer Christine Kneeland says the layoffs are due to "changing business needs."

As of September 2011, Center Partners employed 1,443 workers at its two Fort Collins sites.

Because of the number of layoffs, Center Partners was required by law to notify the state labor department.

Police warn of self-described Islamist jihadist

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Police in Fort Collins, Colo., are alerting religious organizations to a self-described "Islamist jihadist" who said Mormons and Catholics "would be destroyed" in the next two weeks. They say there's no immediate public danger.

The Coloradoan reports ( Christopher Dewitt Craig was accused of entering a classroom at Eastern Arizona College on July 10, raising a Bible in the air and responding with obscenities after asking the instructor whether he was Mormon. College spokesman Todd Haynie says a female counselor had a similar encounter.

The Greeley Tribune reports University of Northern Colorado spokesman Nate Haas says Craig is a former assistant men's basketball coach for the school.

Haynie says police arrested him, but prosecutors didn't pursue charges.

Craig recently was spotted in Steamboat Springs and leaving Rocky Mountain National Park.

Corrections department checked violent predator

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Corrections says it checked on a sexually violent predator who violated his parole two weeks before he disappeared.

Nick Medina disappeared from his Lakewood motel room after removing his GPS tracking monitor on the morning of June 30.

According to KMGH-TV ( ), authorities decided Medina violated his parole on June 17 when parole officers confiscated materials from his Lakewood residence, including a cellphone that had inappropriate content.

Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan says it was a first-time offense that did not rise to the level of having Medina's parole revoked.



In 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, died in Rome.

In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died at age 66 in Carter County, Tenn.

In 1919, Germany’s Weimar Constitution was adopted by the republic’s National Assembly.

In 1930, the radio character “The Shadow” made his debut as narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.

In 1933, the radio series “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,” made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM in Chicago.

In 1971, Apollo 15 crew members David Scott and James Irwin became the first astronauts to use a lunar rover on the surface of the moon.

In 1972, Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern after disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.

In 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9, crashed while trying to land at Boston’s Logan International Airport, killing all 89 people on board.

In 1989, a pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a grisly videotape showing the body of American hostage William R. Higgins, a Marine lieutenant-colonel, dangling from a rope.

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

Ten years ago: The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marriages, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions was “gravely immoral” and urging non-Catholics to join the offensive.

Five years ago: Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.

One year ago: Three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade, cutting power to 620 million people in the world’s biggest blackout. At the London Games, the team of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber won the first U.S. Olympic team title in women’s gymnastics since 1996. Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Author, playwright, politician and commentator Gore Vidal, 86, died in Los Angeles.



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