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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Teen escapes attempted kidnapping in Woodland Park

Staff reports Updated: September 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

Woodland Park police say a 14-year-old girl is safe after a man tried to kidnap her Thursday afternoon.

Police say the alleged kidnapping attempt happened along West Kelleys Road about 2:10 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the suspect, a young male, was driving an SUV, described as a black Toyota 4Runner with tinted windows and Colorado license plates that were either dirty or covered.

The man stopped near the girl, opened the door, and motioned for her to get into the vehicle. The child grabbed her cellphone, which caused the suspect to drive away.

The vehicle was last seen northbound on Chippewa Trail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodland Park police at 687-9262.

2 fugitives arrested in the Springs

Colorado Springs police arrested two fugitives in separate incidents Thursday.

Police arrested Augustine Gallegos, 26, at 2609 E. Dale St., on a warrant for a weapons offense. Gallegos was found about 6 p.m. hiding under a pile of clothes in a bedroom closet of an apartment by a police K9 unit.

Police also arrested Robert Muniz, 20, at the Cedar Creek Club Apartments, 1010 S. Chelton Road, about 4:30 p.m. for an alleged armed robbery. Muniz is being held on a $25,000 bond.

  

WEATHER

Temperatures are back on the rise after a few autumn-like days. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 70 and sunny skies Friday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 45. The weekend forecast highs: 80 on Saturday and 81 on Sunday.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Douglas County developers seek new water sources

CASTLE ROCK (AP) — Developers in Douglas County say they are being forced to find new water sources.

A Douglas County judge recently ruled that a project to build more than 12,000 homes south of Denver needs to line up water for the entire project in advance.

Project spokesman Harold Smethills says the judge's ruling could force developers to use non-renewable water from Colorado aquifers, which will drain the state's water reserves. Developers are also planning to use rainwater to meet the needs of new residents.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/9ga8725 ), two water production wells are nearing completion this week. The developers say the wells are only for exploration for possible water sources to be used as insurance.

Plane wreckage found in southern Colorado

TRINIDAD (AP) — The Colorado Civil Air Patrol says it has found what appears to be wreckage of a plane that crashed west of Trinidad in southern Colorado.

Colorado Civil Air Patrol Maj. Ed O'Brien says a crew had been flying over the area Thursday to check out a report of a signal from an emergency locator transmitter.

It's not immediately clear how old the wreckage is, and fading light Thursday night kept crews from determining details, including if there are any survivors. Rescuers planned to head to the scene from the ground on Friday.

O'Brien says early indications are that the plane is from North Carolina.

San Luis preservation announcement expected

DENVER (AP) — The San Luis Valley is seeing another milestone in preservation efforts championed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who grew up in the area.

Salazar planned to announce a development in conservation efforts in a Denver on Friday. Salazar was on hand Thursday for a campaign event in Golden by President Barack Obama.

Landowner Louis Bacon was expected to join the secretary for the announcement. The billionaire owns thousands of acres in southern Colorado, some of which is protected by a conservation easement. He said in June that he would protect the rest too if the federal government moves ahead with plans to create a new 5 million-acre conservation corridor in Colorado and New Mexico.

Bacon has fought efforts by energy companies to put transmission lines across his land.

Loveland school seizes rosary beads to fight gangs

LOVELAND (AP) — Loveland high school officials are defending their decision to bar a student from wearing rosary beads as part of a school program to fight gang activity.

Thompson Valley High School principal Mark Johnson says the beads are not banned, but school officials objected when the student wore the beads around his neck. Authorities say rosary beads around the neck are a symbol being used by gangs across the country to identify members.

Manuel Vigil has had two sets of rosary beads confiscated this year. His mother, Antoinette Ramirez, tells the Loveland Reporter-Herald (http://tinyurl.com/955ez5y ) her son is Catholic and he wears the beads to help him deal with the recent murder of an uncle in California.

Newmont Mining Corp. cuts 34 jobs

GREENWOOD VILLAGE (AP) — A Newmont Mining Corp. spokesman says the company has cut 34 jobs at its suburban Denver headquarters, where it had about 800 jobs.

The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/PyhNue ) reported on the cuts Thursday.

Greenwood Village-based Newmont said in May that it was looking at its global operations, costs and projects to identify opportunities to improve efficiency due to rising costs across the mining industry.

Theater shooting victims demand fund arbitrator

AURORA (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper should take a $5.2 million victims' fund away from a private group so that assistance can more quickly be distributed, family members of many of those killed or wounded in the Aurora mass shooting said Thursday.

Several relatives of victims expressed frustration with Community First Foundation at a news conference. They urged the governor to appoint an independent arbitrator to oversee the donations.

"Victims are paralyzed, facing multiple and painful surgeries, unable to walk, to work and pay their rent, food and medical bills," said Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was one of the 12 people killed. "Some have no medical insurance at all."

Hickenlooper's spokesman, Eric Brown, said in a written statement they are working on bringing the Mile High United Way, additional foundations and the city of Aurora to the same table to determine the best path forward.

"Our sole objective is to help the victims and their families," Brown said. "We have heard their concerns."

Thursday's news conference was the second time victims have criticized the charity that has overseen public donations for the July 20 theater shooting victims and their families.

In August, Teves and others demanded a say in how the money raised by the charity is spent.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1861, the first naval engagement of the Civil War took place as the USS Colorado sank the Confederate private schooner Judah of Pensacola, Fla.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “Stay and Play Storytime,” an interactive storytime the second and fourth Fridays of each month that will keep even the wiggliest little ones engaged. After we share some stories, we welcome you to stay and play with us! We’ll have fun toys, games and activities to enhance your child’s early literacy learning, 10:30 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Storytime,” read “Curious You: On Your Way” by H.A. Rey, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- “The Growth of a Garden, ” an exploration of Garden of the Gods history, 11 a.m., Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., $5.

-- “Building the Dream” fundraising luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Broadmoor, Colorado hall, 1 Lake Ave., donations accepted to benefit the Resource Exchange.

-- “Annual Holly Berry House Fold Art Festival,” noon-6 p.m., Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 30th Street at Gateway Road, $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for ages 6-12.

-- “Let’s Play Chess,” children’s program, come enjoy a casual game of chess or checkers. Bring a friend, make a friend. Security guard Tony will be available with tips and advice, 3:30-5 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “Economics and Business Department Seminar Series - Jacob Goldston,” 4 p.m., Colorado College, Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Wayne Hammerstadt, 6-10 p.m., Mozaic Restaurant, 443 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, no cover.

-- Screening of “Walking History of the Matchless Mine,” doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., $6 for adults, $3 for kids.

-- “A Conversation with Margaret Atwood,” 7 p.m., Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., free.

6035, 9 p.m., Holy Cow Pub & Grill, 5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., no cover.

-- “The Story Project,” 7-9 p.m., Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 210, $5.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage headlines by Roy Bookbinder, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, $7 for general public, $4 for Black Rose Acoustic Society members, $5 for nonmember middle and high school students and college students with valid school ID at door.

-- “Oh, The Humanity!” and “Other Good Intentions” by Will Eno, 8 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Studio A, free.

-- Rico Southee, Andrew Burtschi and Dennis Bueno, 8:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 S. Cucharras St.

-- Mystic 7, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., ages 21 and older, free cover.

-- Showtime, 9:30 p.m., SouthSide Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St.

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