Saturday, December 19, 2015
PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTING
News outlets seek release of clinic shooting documents
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — News organizations are asking a judge to unseal details of the case against Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear.
Attorney Steven Zansberg, representing The Associated Press and other media outlets, made the request in a Thursday court filing. He says there is no basis to keep arrest and search warrants sealed more than two weeks after the Nov. 27 shooting in Colorado Springs, which killed three and wounded nine others.
Prosecutors have charged 57-year-old Dear with 179 counts of crimes including first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault. During a recent court appearance, Dear declared himself "a warrior for the babies" and said he was guilty. His public defender raised doubts about his competency after his repeated outbursts in court.
Authorities have released few details about the case. Zansberg says courts have unsealed records in other high-profile mass shootings.
Aurora police say officer accidently shot suspect
DENVER (AP) — Aurora police say one of their officers accidently shot a car theft suspect, leaving the victim critically wounded.
At a news conference on Friday, police said the officer was on an icy surface when he slid and shot a car theft suspect he had been chasing.
The shooting happened in Denver on Thursday. Denver police are also investigating.
Police have not released the name of the suspect or the officer.
Lakewood preschool closed after toddler burned by crockpot
(Information in the following story is from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com)
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The state of Colorado has closed a preschool after a toddler was hospitalized because of burns from a crockpot.
KMGH-TV reports that an 18-month-old child at A Child's View Preschool was injured Monday after the child pulled on a crockpot cord, sending it crashing down and burning the child on the legs.
The state revoked the preschool's license because of the injury, effectively forcing it to shut down.
According to state records, A Child's View Preschool had been on probation since October.
The preschool's director and owner gave a letter to parents on Wednesday telling them their license was suspended until further notice.
LA JUNTA-POLICE PROBE
CBI investigates excessive force claims in La Junta
LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) — State authorities are investigating whether police in La Junta used excessive force after picking up a man for being drunk in public.
Donovan Duran, a mixed martial arts fighter from La Junta, says police took him to Arkansas Valley Medical Center on Dec. 7 and beat him as he got out of the car. He is currently being treated at University Hospital in Aurora and says he may be permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said Friday that the agency is looking into what happened and said two police officers have been placed on desk duty as part of the investigation.
Medina says district attorney James Bullock asked CBI to investigate but the results of the probe will be turned over to a special prosecutor.
Showdown looms between Vilsack, Congress over wildfire costs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is bracing for a showdown with Congress if the government keeps running out of money to fight wildfires.
Year after year, the Forest Service has borrowed money from other programs to keep up with the ever-growing cost of fighting fires.
But Vilsack says he won't keep raiding funds that are supposed to go elsewhere, and Congress will need to step in with emergency funding if firefighting funds fall short again.
The budget bill Congress approved Friday gives the Forest Service $1.6 billion for firefighting. That's $610 million more than last year but still less than the record $1.7 billion spent this past year as wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes.
A spokesman for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, of Mississippi, points out next year's firefighting funds will top the 10-year average by $593 million.