Boys' plastic-wrap prank leads to talk with police, summons

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Police questioned five boys Monday night and then released them to their parents – likely after a stern warning – when a prank shattered a car’s windshield.

The boys allegedly were stretching rolls of plastic wrap across the street at Austin Bluffs and Brainard and allowing drivers to hit the wrap as they drove through the intersection.

The windshield of one car shattered when it hit the plastic wrap at about 11:15 p.m. The driver found the boys nearby and called police. The boys admitted their prank to officers, according to a police report, and several rolls of plastic wrap were found nearby.

The boys were served summons and released to their parents.


Some of you have asked: How does a length of plastic stretch wrap shatter a windshield, anyway? So, we checked with an expert: Mike Fourtner, owner of Austin Auto Glass, which serves the southern Front Range with a fleet of mobile repair trucks.

"It wouldn't seem likely," Fourtner acknowledged. But, he said, "if you hit anything across your windshield and your car is traveling at high rate of speed, it can happen."

The speed limit on Austin Bluffs Parkway at Brainard Drive is 35 mph. That's not exactly highway speeds, but "that would be fast enough," Fourtner said. "And, all of a sudden, you hit something solid across your windshield. If the tension's right, and it doesn't break, something has to give."

Sure, plastic wrap is thin and stretchy, he said. But "it's almost like somebody jumping into water. It's like  hitting concrete if you're at a certain height and speed."

Fourtner said he's had customers tell him their windshields were shattered by nothing larger than a BB. Others have called with mere cracks after being struck by much heavier objects. He said if you put the right conditions together -- ample speed, tightly stretched plastic, cold temperatures (it was 30 degrees at the time of the event), striking the windshield at its most pronounced point of curvature -- it's not out of the question that the windshield would crack.




DA: No charges in Fort Collins police shooting

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Prosecutors say three Fort Collins police officers who killed a man were justified in the shooting because they thought the man was armed when he pointed a flashlight at them.

Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson on Monday announced his decision not to file charges against the officers for the Dec. 8 shooting outside a Fort Collins apartment.The man killed was 49-year-old Raymond Frederick Ault, who was wanted on felony warrants for burglary, menacing, theft, eluding and escape from community corrections.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper reports that Abrahamson says in his decision letter that Ault "took an aggressive shooter's stance" when he pointed at the officers and ignored commands to show his hands.1 dead after aircraft goes down near Loveland

LOVELAND (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after a single-engine aircraft went down near Carter Lake west of Loveland.

Larimer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the crash Monday afternoon ignited a small grass fire that later was extinguished. The name of the person killed was not released Monday night and officials did not say whether others were injured.

Loveland Fire and Rescue Division Chief Merlin Green says authorities didn't immediately know how many people were on board. He says the aircraft went down in a rugged, mountainous area. He says it was partly cloudy and dry, with temperatures in the 40s at the time of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Flammable liquid spilled at Boulder plant

BOULDER (AP) — Boulder fire officials say more than 700 gallons of flammable liquid were spilled from a manufacturing plant and led to the evacuation of one of its buildings.

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Boulder Fire Chief of Operations David Cain told the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper the liquid did not get into any of the city's storm or sewer water drains Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

The spill happened at the Roche Colorado plant. Cain says the liquid was a mixture of methanol and water. He says the spill likely happened because of a faulty valve on a pipe carrying the liquid or a pipe leak.

Roche Colorado manufactures peptides used in pharmaceuticals.

Man killed in wrong-way semi, car crash

AGATE (AP) — Authorities say a truck driver from St. Louis faces charges that he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 and killed a man in a head-on collision in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol says 33-year-old Jason Ross was under the influence of alcohol when he was arrested after the crash Sunday night near Agate, about 60 miles east of Denver.

Authorities say they were pursing Ross' truck when it struck a car driven by 71-year-old Martin Hernandez of Lamar.

Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell told the Denver Post that an officer was near the truck at the time of the collision.

Hernandez died after being airlifted to a hospital. His 77-year-old wife, Maria, was hospitalized in good condition and a 9-year-old girl from Evergreen was treated and released.

Colorado woman cited in fatal bus stop crash

LITTLETON (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old woman faces charges for a crash at a Littleton bus stop that killed one man and injured two women.

Littleton police Lt. Sean Dugan said Monday that Nina B. Mastroianna was cited for charges of careless driving resulting in death and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury.

Police say Mastroianna crashed into a bus stop in suburban Denver, killing 47-year-old David Allen Nanney earlier this month. Nanney, of Baltimore, was a student at the Colorado Center for the Blind.

The Denver Post newspaper reports that the two women who were injured in the crash are recovering at home.

Mastroianna will face charges in Arapahoe County.Wanted Colo. teen arrested in Chicago area

PUEBLO (AP) — Authorities in southern Colorado say a teenager suspected in the killing of a 50-year-old man has been arrested in suburban Chicago.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the 17-year-old boy was arrested at a hotel in Woodridge on Sunday. Capt. Jeff Teschner of the Pueblo County sheriff's office said he was arrested without incident

Authorities say the teen was visiting family in the Chicago are for the holidays. They didn't release his name because he's a minor and hasn't been charged as an adult.

The teen is suspected in the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Michael Hopkins of Pueblo West in June.

Detective announced Friday that they had issued arrest warrants for the first suspect in the slaying.



Expect a mostly sunny Tuesday, with a high temperature near 45 degrees. The National Weather Service forecasts partly cloudy skies overnight with a low of about 25 degrees. There is a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of snow Thursday.


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