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SUNRISE: Teen arrested after alleged Academy Boulevard hit-and-run

The Gazette - Updated: September 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

A juvenile was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after Colorado Springs police said she fled the scene of a crash, seriously injuring a moped driver.

Right before 9 p.m. Monday a moped was struck by a silver sedan at the intersection of Astrozon Boulevard and Academy Boulevard, police said.

The moped was traveling east on Astrozon Boulevard when a westbound vehicle turning onto southbound Academy Boulevard struck him, causing serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators with the Major Accident Unit worked the wreck, limiting traffic at the intersection until 11:30 p.m.

According to police, a 16-year-old girl was identified as the driver involved in the crash and was taken into custody.

 

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 86 Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 62.

     

AROUND COLORADO

Greeley residents try to stop drilling expansion

GREELEY (AP) — Some Greeley residents are trying to stop the expansion of oil and gas drilling near a high school, fearing It could turn the site into an industrial area.

City councilors are scheduled to consider the appeal of Synergy Resources' permit Tuesday evening.

The company has had permission to drill 15 wells near Northridge High School since 2008. In July, the city's planning commission gave it permission to add three more wells along with 36 more oil and water tanks.

Resident Sara Barwinski told the Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/138RcKy) that opponents only want to stop the expansion, not the existing drilling.

Synergy says it wouldn't be able to drill on all 18 wells at once because Greeley doesn't have the necessary infrastructure so not all the additional oil and water tanks will be needed.

RTD goes with diesel for replacement buses

DENVER (AP) — Regional Transportation District officials say clean-diesel buses are a less expensive option to update an aging fleet instead of buses that run on compressed natural gas.

The Denver Post reports Sunday (http://goo.gl/SQo8AE ) that the RTD Board of Directors decided last week to go with diesel to replace 52 buses. RTD officials say $34.6 million was budgeted for replacement buses, and CNG buses and the facilities they require would cost more than that.

Officials say they were also concerned about how CNG buses would perform in cold weather and high altitude.

Colorado is among 22 states that have pledged to add more CNG vehicles to their fleets.

Former cycling champ Stetina recovering from crash

BOULDER (AP) — The brother of U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer Dale Stetina says he's making progress after suffering a serious brain injury during a bike accident in Lefthand Canyon near Boulder.

Authorities say Stetina crashed Saturday when he swerved and braked trying to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane. KMGH-TV reports (http://goo.gl/Ua1ALo) that Wayne Stetina says his brother regained full-body movement Monday, easing his family's fears about possible paralysis. Wayne Stetina called it "incredible progress."

Stetina is being treated at Boulder Community Hospital. The 57-year-old was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams and won more than 200 domestic and international bike races during a career from 1965 to 1983.

Authorities say he was wearing a helmet when he crashed.

Ken Salazar visits Pueblo in support of Sen. Giron

PUEBLO (AP) — Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar campaigned for Pueblo state Sen. Angela Giron in the final days before a recall election over her support for new gun restrictions.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://goo.gl/CM7D9A ) that Salazar spoke to about 30 of Giron's volunteers Sunday at the Steelworkers Hall. The former U.S. senator told the group that he thinks Giron has been a "fighter for the American dream."

Giron and Democratic Senate President John Morse in Colorado Springs are facing recall elections Sept. 10. They supported new laws in response to last year's mass shootings, including limiting the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks. No Republicans voted for the measures.

Recall backers argue the gun measures went too far and that Giron and Morse failed to listen to their constituents.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1189, England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died in London; he was succeeded by his son, Richard.

In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

In 1861, during the Civil War, Confederate forces invaded the border state of Kentucky, which had declared its neutrality in the conflict.

In 1868, the Japanese city of Edo was renamed Tokyo.

In 1923, the United States and Mexico resumed diplomatic relations.

In 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

In 1951, the television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” made its debut on CBS.

In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution. Motorists in Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left.

In 1972, American swimmer Mark Spitz won the sixth of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics as he placed first in the 100-meter freestyle.

In 1976, America’s Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet’s surface.

In 1999, a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver.


10 years ago: Paul Hill, 49, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence.

5 years ago: Baseball’s first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (The Yankees won the game, 8-4.)

1 year ago: Prolific character actor Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, died in Los Angeles. Sun Myung Moon, 92, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church, died in Gapeyeong, South Korea.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- AWOL (Art WithOut Limits) Project Waldsterben- Sudden Aspen Decline exhibit, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., free;.

-- Revamp’d exhibition featuring our region’s top artists working with re-purposed materials, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Free Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St.

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