BOULDER — A 16-year-old boy accused of bringing an explosive device to his Lafayette high school wants a judge to close his trial to the public.
Andrew de Bartolome is charged as an adult with attempted murder, use of explosives, possession of an explosive and menacing.
De Bartolome is accused of bringing a device to Centaurus High School in Lafayette on May 13, forcing the evacuation of the school and a nearby road for several hours. A teacher found the explosive in a paper bag and took it outside.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/kjcofsz ), the youth is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 28.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 86 with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain Thursday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 60.
Montrose woman accused of false shooting report
MONTROSE (AP) — A Montrose woman is being accused of filing a false police report after she told authorities a gun-wielding intruder shot her in the arm.
Authorities say Cindy Booth told them she was home alone on Tuesday when the shooting occurred.
According to the Montrose Daily Press (http://tinyurl.com/m3ttrl5 ), police say a Montrose police officer who lives in the home was on patrol at the time and was not involved in the incident.
Booth could not be reached for comment.
Penalty on tap over congressman's drilling dispute
BOULDER (AP) — Regulators have proposed $26,000 in penalties against a company that launched a drilling and extraction operation directly across the road from a Weld County property owned by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.
Polis said Sundance Energy has an illegal well that is too close to his property and a penalty is appropriate.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/kcxacyh ), Sundance Energy declined comment on Wednesday.
Bennet visits companies as tax debate looms
FORT COLLINS (AP) — Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is visiting high-tech companies with facilities along the Front Range as Congress prepares to debate tax reform.
The Democrat was visiting the pharmaceutical company Tolmar Inc. and Wolf Robotics in Fort Collins on Thursday. On Friday, he plans to visit the biofuels firm Gevo (JEE'-voh) in Englewood and the Colorado Springs facilities of aerospace industry companies Honeywell and Northrop Grumman Corp.
Bennet is using the visit to promote his message that the tax code should be structured in a way that prioritizes innovation and job growth. President Barack Obama has called for closing tax loopholes, and ending special tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
Some Republicans have proposed simplifying the tax code in ways that promote work, savings and investment.
Suspect in Denver shooting is fired city employee
DENVER (AP) — Records show a man suspected of killing one woman, injuring another and firing a gunshot at a makeshift explosive device was fired in June from his job as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Denver.
KUSA-TV in Denver reports (http://on9news.tv/18L8oq6 ) Daniel Abeyta was dismissed after using a city solid-waste transfer station and garbage trailer for personal use.
A termination letter from the city indicates a camera caught Abeyta and other private vehicles unloading roofing material at the Cherry Creek Transfer Station in May. The letter says one city garbage trailer's tires popped, resulting in $1,000 in damage.
Abeyta is accused of killing neighbor Sandy Roskilley and shooting and injuring another woman Friday.
2 hurt in explosion in Carr still being treated
CARR (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a house explosion that injured three people in Carr may have been caused by production of a marijuana concentrate like hash oil or marijuana wax.
Authorities say two men were taken to a hospital with severe burns on their hands and arms after the explosion Aug. 11, and a 7-year-old boy had minor injuries. The boy initially was identified as age 4.
Weld County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that the two men are still being treated for the burns.
Deputies who searched the house found evidence that marijuana was being grown there, and the residence had a medical-marijuana permit posted. Sheriff's officials say preliminary findings are that some form of process for producing concentrated marijuana may have caused the explosion.
No criminal charges have been filed yet.
Longmont police ID cemetery vandalism suspects
LONGMONT (AP) — Longmont police have identified eight people suspected of involvement in vandalism at Mountain View Cemetery since early July.
Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old man accused of criminal mischief causing more than $20,000 in damage and desecration of a venerated object.
Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says one girl and five boys ages 14 to 17, plus a 21-year-old man, are suspected of having some role or knowledge of the damage to more than 150 headstones and a Civil War memorial statue in the cemetery. They were expected to be referred to a restorative justice program that is an alternative to criminal charges for suspects who take responsibility for their actions. During the process, arrangements can be made to reimburse victims.
Complaint against gun lobbyist remains unresolved
DENVER (AP) — A complaint from a Colorado legislator alleging a gun lobbyist threatened her with negative mailers remains unresolved because the lobbyist refused to fully participate in the inquiry, lawmakers investigating the matter said.
The lawmakers said in a report Tuesday that a committee meeting next month to review the case should consider issuing a subpoena to compel further testimony from lobbyist Joe Neville with the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners group. In the report, the lawmakers say they were unable to reach a final conclusion because there are many unanswered questions.
Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou voted against new gun restrictions this year, but she says her constituents had been receiving misinformation questioning her stance before her votes. She filed an ethics complaint in late February, saying that Neville threatened her with mailers after she confronted him just outside of the House chambers.
Gerou and Neville agree that their conversation on Feb. 15 began with Gerou telling him his group should "stop lying to her constituents," according to the report.
"She then told Mr. Neville: 'Go (expletive) yourself," the report said. Gerou said Neville had sneered at her before she swore. In response to Gerou's swearing, Neville said, "You're not helping yourself. You just earned yourself another round of mailers."
Gerou said what made Neville's actions especially inappropriate was that it was inside the Capitol. Lobbyists are forbidden from trying to influence lawmakers "by means of deceit or by threat of violence or economic or political reprisal," according to rules.
"If he said that at a street corner, it wouldn't have mattered. It's what he said to me, where he said it to me that mattered," she said Wednesday.
The bills that Gerou voted against included an expansion of background checks and limits on ammunition magazines. Only Democrats voted in favor.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.
In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In 1846, Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.
In 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America’s Cup.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln responded to Horace Greeley’s call for more drastic steps to abolish slavery; Lincoln replied that his priority was saving the Union, but he repeated his personal wish “that all men everywhere could be free.”
In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese control until the end of World War II.
In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.
In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechanical system.
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle survived an attempt on his life in suburban Paris.
In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to South America.
In 1972, a hostage drama began at a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Brooklyn, N.Y., as John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile seized seven employees during a botched robbery; the siege, which ended with Wojtowicz’s arrest and Naturile’s killing by the FBI, inspired the 1975 movie “Dog Day Afternoon.”
In 1989, Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. Gunman Tyrone Robinson was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
Ten years ago: Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.
Five years ago: Russia said it had pulled back forces from Georgia in accordance with an EU-brokered cease-fire deal.
One year ago: Nina Bawden, 87, a British author who wrote children’s classics, including the World War II story “Carrie’s War,” died in London.
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