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Man dies after crashing stolen motorcycle in Commerce City

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – A man died after he allegedly stole a motorcycle and later hit another vehicle in Commerce City on Sunday, police said.

Commerce City police said they located a reported stolen motorcycle at 72nd Avenue and Monaco Street just before 9 a.m.

When police attempted to stop the motorcyclist, he fled at a high rate of speed and officers did not follow him, police said.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead a short time later after he collided with a vehicle at the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Ivy Street.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.

The motorcyclist has not been identified.

Broncos unable to overcome penalties, lose to Ravens 27-14

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BALTIMORE — Penalties caused a major problem for the Broncos as they fell to the Baltimore Ravens 27-14 on Sunday afternoon.

The Broncos had a blocked punt and blocked field goal – but it was penalties and an alleged punch that truly hurt the Broncos. Overall, the Broncos had 13 penalties for 120 yards throughout the game.

“We probably cost ourselves 20 points today on penalties,” coach Vance Joseph said after the game.

The penalties on the road are becoming a trend for the Broncos. In the last nine road games, the Broncos have had 87 penalties and a 1-8 record.

Here’s how the game went down in Baltimore.

First quarter

After struggling to start strong last week, the Broncos came out swinging.

After winning the coin toss, the Broncos elected to defer to make Joe Flacco and the Ravens face the Broncos defense. After a short one-yard run, Bradley Chubb took down Flacco for his first full sack of the season.

The sack set up third and 13 and the Broncos forced a three and out on the Ravens.

Bradley Chubb didn't take long reminding #Broncos fans that Joe Flacco and the #Ravens are in for a long day. #DENvsBAL pic.twitter.com/rO3Wh2jFLi

— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) September 23, 2018

Joe Jones blocked the Ravens punt to give the Broncos the ball at the six-yard line.

On the next play, Royce Freeman ran it in for a touchdown to give the Broncos the early 7-0 lead.

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Little girls who survived cancer together reunite for beautiful photo

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Four little girls recently reunited for one very special photo shoot in Florida.

McKinley, Chloe, Ava and Lauren, all between the ages of 4 and 5, beat cancer together at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FOX13 News reports.

Ava, Lauren, and McKinley had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, while Chloe had a rare form of lung cancer.

Two years ago, the girls took a photo together during active treatment, and it was a much different photo.

”It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come from being bald little babies,” Ava’s mom, Alyssa Luciano, told FOX 13.

The girls’ mothers said the children found comfort and normalcy in one another as they fought cancer.

The children will reportedly return to the hospital with their families again next year for another reunion.

Video: Phillip Lindsay ejected from Broncos game for throwing punch

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BALTIMORE — Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected from Sunday’s game after officials said he threw punches in a pile of players while trying to recover the football.

The incident happened late in the second quarter after Case Keenum was strip-sacked and a scuffle broke out while a pile of players battled for possession of a live ball.

Lindsay dived into the pile late and after debating, officials flagged Lindsay for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected him from the game.

.@Broncos Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing several punches in the pile. #DENvsBLT pic.twitter.com/XLx1BM7zci

— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) September 23, 2018

Lindsay’s ejection was a big blow for the Broncos who were later shut out in the second half. The penalty took the Broncos out of field goal range on the play.

Lindsay finished Sunday’s game with 20 yards rushing on four carries.

The Broncos lost the game 27-14.

Soldier returns from Hurricane Florence relief efforts, finds home ransacked

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina soldier returned home after helping with the Hurricane Florence relief effort to find his home had been robbed.

Multiple media outlets report that National Guardsman Luis Ocampo was working in storm-battered New Bern for 10 days and found his Charlotte home ransacked when he returned Friday.

Ocampo said he found everything of value had been stolen, including a large TV, gaming system and a laptop with Ocampo’s schoolwork on it. He said food was also stolen from his refrigerator.

Ocampo said his girlfriend and son were staying with family, but had checked on the house Thursday night. By the next morning, his place had been ransacked.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have confirmed they are investigating.

A GoFundMe page for Ocampo had raised nearly $15,000 in one day.

North Carolina woman arrested after providing care for pets without a permit during Hurricane Florence

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina woman was arrested after providing care for animals during Hurricane Florence without a permit, according to USA Today.

Tammie Hedges, of Wayne County, sheltered more than two dozen animals after their owners had to leave before the storm hit, WGHP reports.

"The owners got to evacuate. They got to save themselves. But who’s going to save those animals? That’s what we did," Hedges said, according to USA Today. "We saved them."

Hedges owns Crazy’s Claws N Paws rescue center, which is volunteer and donations-based shelter, and was in the process of converting a warehouse into a proper animal shelter.

The animals were dropped off at her warehouse, but the facility was not registered as an official shelter.

Some of the animals were injured or sick and Hedges provided medical care to them. (She breaks down the charges on Facebook).

Animal rescue volunteer Raina Nyliram said the drugs she administered were all over-the-counter medication. She said the animals needed to be cared for because the veterinarian’s office was closed.

Hedges said she got a call from Wayne County Animal Control on Friday and was told she had to voluntarily hand the animals over.

She handed the animals over and was arrested a few days later. Her charges include 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license.

Wayne County issued the following statement:

"Wayne County Animal Services turned the case over to the Wayne County District Attorney’s office based on suspicion of practicing veterinarian medicine without a license and presence of controlled substances. Ms. Hedges is considered innocent until proven guilty."

The county said it is working on checking the safety of the animals and returning them to their owners.

Kavanaugh, Ford will testify in open hearing Thursday

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, agreeing to a date and time after nearly a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear at all.

The agreement sets the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story. It will also determine the fate of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators. It had seemed assured before Ford, now a 51-year-old California college professor, went public a week ago with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.

Kavanaugh, 53, an appellate court judge, has denied the allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford’s lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance. She made several requests, some of which were accommodated — a Thursday hearing, three days later than originally scheduled, and a smaller hearing room with less press access to avoid a media circus, for example. Grassley’s staff also agreed to let Ford testify without Kavanaugh in the room, for there to be only one camera in the room, “adequate” breaks and a high security presence.

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford’s desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.

“As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee cannot hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses,” Mike Davis, Grassley’s top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ford’s lawyers obtained by The Associated Press. “The committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them. These are non-negotiable.”

Ford’s lawyers said it was still unclear who will ask questions, as Republicans were trying to hire an outside female counsel who could take over the questioning. The 11 senators on the GOP side of the dais are all men, which could send an unwanted message on live television against the backdrop of the #MeToo era. They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee.

Democratic senators were expected to ask their own questions.

“We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions,” the attorneys for Ford said in a statement.

Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford were contesting two GOP conditions — that Ford and Kavanaugh would be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel would ask the questions.

“If they continue to contest those two things, there won’t be a hearing,” Graham said. “We’re not going to let her determine how many people we call” and on outside counsel. “I hope she comes.”

Graham, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh “will be challenged” but said “unless there’s something more” to back up her accusation, he indicated he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Graham said he’s “not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.”

One issue that appeared to have been resolved in Sunday’s hourlong phone call between Judiciary staff and Ford’s lawyers was the committee’s refusal to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford alleges was in the room when the assault occurred. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident.

The lawyers for Ford want the committee to hear from other witnesses, including a person who conducted a polygraph of Ford earlier this year, the person familiar with the talks said. Ford’s lawyers also want to call on two trauma experts, the person said.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford’s requests have been reasonable and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are serious enough to vote down Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Durbin acknowledged that lawmakers will “probably not” be able to know the truth of Ford’s decades-old accusation. But Durbin left little doubt that that Democrats will go after Kavanaugh’s drinking history to help shed light on the matter. Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” when it happened.

Durbin told ABC’s “This Week” that some Republicans “reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote” on Kavanaugh is cast.

Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford’s claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it’s unnecessary. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to Trump on Sunday saying the FBI has more than enough time to investigate before Ford and Kavanaugh testify on Thursday.

Republicans viewed the demands for an investigation, and Ford’s various requests, as a way to delay voting on Trump’s nominee. They have also cast some doubt on Ford’s allegations, with the Judiciary panel announcing that it had investigated the incident and talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party — Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question.

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn’t remember the party.

The White House is approaching Ford’s potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh’s chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

Moreover, the West Wing aides who had urged Trump to remain muted in his response to the accusations worried about how the president might react to an hourslong, televised hearing. Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford’s story Friday in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid. He said Kavanaugh was “under assault by radical left wing politicians” and suggested Ford should have filed charges as a 15-year-old when she was attacked.

Trump mused to confidants that the “fake” attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Cooler temperatures and rain chances move in Monday

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It is going to be another hot Sunday in Colorado. High temperatures in Denver will reach 88 degrees and will be close to the record high temperature of 90 degrees set in 1905.

Eastern Colorado will stay dry and sunny today with scattered showers and cloudy skies moving into northwest Colorado by this evening.

Two cold front will move through this week cooling off temperatures and providing chances for rain. Highs drop to the 70s on Monday with scattered storm chances in the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures fall to the 60s on Tuesday with lingering morning showers and cloudy skies.

Wanting a cool down? Two cold fronts moving in this week should do the trick! #cowx pic.twitter.com/QabY8wQr69

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) September 23, 2018

Drier weather moves in for the rest of the week with highs in the 70s Wednesday and Thursday.

The 80s will return for Friday and Saturday with more sunshine and dry weather.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Matt Makens, Christine Rapp, Chris Tomer, Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, and Jessica Lebel.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Man gets ‘pass’ after pleading guilty in strangulation, sex assault of woman

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A man in Anchorage, Alaska, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman who said he strangled her unconscious and sexually assaulted her.

The man then walked out of court with no prison sentence.

“But I would like the gentleman to be on notice that this is his one pass,” prosecutor Andrew Grannik said in court Wednesday,  KTVA reported. “It’s not really a pass, but given the conduct, one might consider that it is.”

Justin Schneider, 34, was accused of kidnapping and assaulting the woman on August 15, 2017, strangling her until she lost consciousness and then masturbating on her, court documents show.

Grannik said Schneider had lost his job as an air traffic controller for the federal government as a result of the case. Grannik said that was a “life sentence,” according to KTVA.

The criminal complaint said the victim, who did not know Schneider, told police she was at a gas station when he offered to give her a ride. The woman, who was attempting to get to her boyfriend’s home, accepted. Schneider then drove the victim to another location and attacked her, she said.

At one point, Schneider told the victim he would kill her if she screamed, the complaint alleged.

“She said she could not fight him off, he was too heavy and had her down being choked to death,” the complaint said. “(The victim) said she lost consciousness, thinking she was going to die.”

When the victim woke up, she told police, “The man told her that he wasn’t really going to kill her, that he needed her to believe she was going to die so that he could be sexually fulfilled,” the complaint says.

The victim recorded the plate number of Schneider’s car as he drove off and she reported it to police.

‘This can never happen again’

Schneider was charged with four felonies, including kidnapping and assault. He pleaded guilty to a single felony assault charge in the second degree in exchange for a sentence of two years with one suspended, plus three years probation. Schneider received credit for time served while wearing an ankle monitor and living with his wife and two children.

“I would just like to emphasize how grateful I am for this process,” Schneider said, not mentioning the impact on the victim, KTVA reported. “It has given me a year to really work on myself and become a better person, and a better husband, and a better father, and I’m very eager to continue that journey.”

Judge Michael Corey accepted the deal, noting the outcome of the case could be described as “breathtaking.” He said his decision was based on the prospect of rehabilitation.

He also told Schneider, “This can never happen again.”

The victim was not in court.

Grannik said he tried to tell her about the hearing but could not reach her.

Denver firetruck gets stuck in sinkhole at water main break

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DENVER — A Denver Fire Department firetruck got stuck in a sinkhole in southwest Denver on Sunday morning.

It happened in the 1300 block of South Zuni Street around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday after calls of a water problem in the area, officials said.

The truck was parked on the street when the pavement opened up and the back wheels of the truck became stuck.

The firetruck was pulled out of the sinkhole at about 1:30 p.m. with the help of a large crane.

The extent of the firetruck is unknown.

There were no injuries in the incident.

One person killed in 3-car rollover crash on I-70

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DENVER — One person was killed in a rollover crash on Interstate 70 near Holly Street in Denver early Sunday morning, Denver police said.

The three-vehicle crash happened just before midnight and caused serious injuries to other people involved, according to police.

Police said that a black sedan traveling westbound on I-70 changed lanes and hit a red SUV. The SUV hit the median and crossed onto eastbound I-70 where it was hit by a white sedan.

The driver of the red SUV died on scene, police said. The driver of the white sedan is in critical condition.

There were eight people involved in the crash between the three vehicles. All others were transported with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

I-70 was closed in both directions between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Street for several hours early Sunday morning before reopening around 7:30 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

Game Day Review: Broncos fall to Ravens in first road test of the season

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Case Keenum and Joe Flacco (Photos: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE — The Broncos fell to 2-1 in a game full of penalties in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon.

Denver had 13 penalties for 120 yards in the 27-14 loss to the Ravens.

Review the game in the live blog below and be sure to like FOX31 on Facebook to join the conversation for the next Broncos game. We’ll have pictures to share with your friends and a halftime Facebook Live to talk about the game.

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Senzatela, Rockies maintain playoff hopes, beat Arizona 5-1

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PHOENIX — Antonio Senzatela picked a great night for perhaps his best outing of the season.

The Colorado right-hander allowed three hits in seven strong innings and the Rockies kept pace in their playoff push with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

With eight games to play, the Rockies trail the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 1 1/2 games in the NL West and are 1 1/2 behind St. Louis for the final NL wild-card spot.

“We don’t have many games left,” Colorado catcher Chris Iannetta said. “We need some help from teams ahead of us to lose some games and we have to win a bunch. It’s going to be difficult but we’ll just try to win one each day and be happy.”

Arizona, meanwhile, has lost 11 out of 14 and is on the brink of mathematical elimination from playoff contention with a week to go.

Iannetta drove in two with a bases-loaded single in Colorado’s four-run third inning against Patrick Corbin (11-7). Iannetta got a third RBI when Brad Boxberger walked him with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Senzatela (6-6) retired the first 14 batters before A.J. Pollock hit a 1-1 pitch just over the left-field wall, Pollock’s 19th homer of the season, with two outs in the fifth.

Senzatela thought it was his best performance of the season, considering the circumstance.

“I had a lot of confidence in my fastball, the action of my fastball down in the zone,” he said through a translator. “I just felt I could throw it at any point and I was going to have good results.”

The only other batters to reach base against the Colorado right-hander were Alex Avila, whose leadoff single in the sixth was erased by a double play, and Eduardo Escobar, who singled to lead off the seventh.

Senzatela, who has won his last two outings after going 0-3 in his previous four, threw just 75 pitches, allowing a run and striking out four with no walks.

“Tonight was big for him, man,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He’s still growing as a pitcher but a great job tonight. Repeated his delivery outstanding. … He’s an aggressive pitcher who attacks.”

A hit batter and two walks by Corbin loaded the bases for Colorado with two outs in the third. Iannetta lashed a two-run single, David Dahl followed with an RBI single down the right-field line, Garrett Hampson drove in another with a single to center and the Rockies led 4-0.

In his shortest outing of the season, Corbin went three innings, allowing four runs and five hits with four walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts. He threw 44 pitches in the third inning alone.

“There’s no secrets with Corbin said,” Black sad. “This guy’s an All-Star pitcher with maybe, arguably one of the best sliders in the game and I thought overall we did a pretty good job of laying off on the low slider.”

It may have been Corbin’s final home game as a Diamondback. He becomes a free agent after this season.

“I wasn’t the type of outing I was expecting out of Patrick,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “He got nicked up with a 44-pitch third inning and by that time, I guess as you look at the final score of the game, the damage has been done. … I am disappointed in a lot of things over the past several weeks and you can go ahead and say the entire year. ”

Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tying a career high.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said SS Trevor Story “had a good day in the batting cage” and that “We’re real close to turning him loose.” Story injured his elbow throwing the baseball Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and has not played since. It was initially thought to be a more severe injury but an MRI showed no structural damage.

UP NEXT

Colorado sends LHP Kyle Freeland (15-7, 2.95 ERA) to the mound and Arizona counters with RHP Zack Godley (14-10, 4.79) Sunday in the final meeting of the teams this season.

Fashion show supports Jamel Myles’ family one month after his death

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DENVER -- Nearly one month after 9-year-old Jamel Myles took his life, his mother’s heartbreak still keeps her up at night.

“If it wasn’t for bullying, a lot of suicides wouldn’t happen,” said Jamel’s mom, Leia Pierce. She says her son was confident in his own identity, coming out to her as gay weeks before school started.

“He loved to dress himself. Like, he didn’t care if he was mismatch,” Pierce said. “He didn’t care. He felt comfortable in it. He was himself, so, I was proud of him.”

That spirit of bravery and sense of self had resonated with many in the Denver community. Saturday night, people came together at The Goods restaurant on East Colfax to celebrate his memory by throwing a fashion show. Models took to the runway, selling out tables and raffling off prizes to raise money for the family.

“I think what they’re doing for my son is a beautiful thing,” Pierce said. “He loved dressing up.”

Pierce has been thinking about starting a charity in her son’s name. She hopes to spread a message of acceptance and anti-bullying.

“It’s going to be used for what my son wanted to do, and that is to help people, to touch hearts, to spread love and kindness,” Pierce said.

Suicide-prevention resources:

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, the following resources are available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255): Speak with someone who will provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn how to help someone in crisis, call the same number.

Colorado Crisis Services Hotline (1-844-493-8255): If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. When calling Colorado Crisis Services, you will be connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional with a master’s or doctoral degree.

The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386): A 24/7 resource for LGBT youth struggling with a crisis or suicidal thoughts. The line is staffed by trained counselors.

Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Locations: Walk-in crisis service centers are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (1-844-264-5437): The best resource for readers to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The number serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to all Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect concerns. All callers are able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Longmont homeless population declining, police say

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- New statistics show a drop in Longmont's homeless population, according to the city's deputy police chief.

Part of the success is attributed to programs that focus on police having direct conversations with people living on the streets.

Some people in Longmont say seeing a homeless person is much less common than it used to be.

Business owner Don Jensen said customers used to be afraid to walk through an alley next to his guitar shop because the homeless were camping out there.

"I’d say over the last few months, it’s pretty much been a non-issue. I don’t know what’s changed. I don’t know exactly what they’ve done, but it’s improved immensely," Jensen said.

The city credits some of the success to police offering new social services to the homeless.

"We’re helping people get connected with treatment services. We’re helping them connect with mental health services. And we’re helping them get stable, which helps at the next level getting them into housing," Longmont Deputy Police Chief Jeff Satur said.

Satur says officers have seen a 73 percent year-to-year drop in the number of calls to deal with the homeless.

There has also been a dramatic drop in the cost of cleaning up encampments.

However, some people who live near Athletic Park believe some of the homeless ended in up in their neighborhood.

"I think it just depends on the time of day. Like, right now, it’s just calm and quiet. But when the sun goes, down everything changes," said a woman who only identified herself as Stephanie.

Some of her neighbors believe the homeless problem is the worse they’ve seen in years.

"I’m just grateful that it’s become an issue that we’re all looking at and paying attention to, and that it can get better and people can find the resources that they need," said Marian Stonacek, who also lives near the park.

Police say fixing the problem will not happen overnight. However, officers say they are glad to be making progress.

The community will meet in three weeks to discuss the efforts to deal with the homeless problem.

Parker police officer, civilian suffer minor injuries in crash

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 22:44

PARKER, Colo. — A Parker Police Department officer and a civilian who was with him in his patrol vehicle were taken to the hospital following a crash Saturday evening.

PPD said the incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. on southbound Jordan Road near E-470.

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The officer had to be extracted from his Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Both he and the civilian in the car were taken to a hospital, but are expected to be released shortly with non-serious injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not taken to the hospital.

Southbound Jordan Road was closed between Cottonwood Drive and E-470. The road reopened shortly before 9 p.m.

Colorado State Patrol was at the scene to investigate the crash, which is protocol due to the incident involving a police officer.

Doors Open Denver continues Sunday, offers rare glimpse into city’s historic buildings

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 21:51

DENVER -- History and architecture buffs have a unique opportunity to explore many of Denver's most historic structures this weekend.

On Sunday, the "Doors Open Denver" event will continue. It provides people the chance to go inside dozens of the city's most important buildings.

The Denver Architecture Foundation hosts the event. According to its website, the foundation hopes to "[engage] participants in celebrating and experiencing our city’s built environment."

While the buildings can be explored for free, there are a number of paid tours available as well.

Some of the city's oldest existing structures -- such as the Brown Palace Hotel -- can be toured. However, one can also visit new additions, like The Source Hotel in RiNo.

A map shows the dozens of sites available to tour. Most are open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ryan Fire burning along Colorado-Wyoming border grows to nearly 3,000 acres

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 21:10

JACKSON COUNTY, Colo. — Warm temperatures and dry conditions allowed a wildfire burning along the Colorado-Wyoming border to continue to spread, officials said Saturday.

The Ryan Fire has burned at least 2,986 acres in Jackson County, Colorado and Carbon County, Wyoming.  It is burning about 27 miles northwest of Walden.

Containment remains at 0 percent.

Officials said firefighting crews have been challenged by weather conditions, which were described as “extremely dry.” Humidity values were measured at just 8 percent.

An area closure is in effect for National Forest System lands near the Ryan Fire. Portions of both the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests are affected. Hunters planning to go to the area are urged to get a closure map before beginning their trip.

The Ryan Fire began on Sept. 15. Its cause is under investigation.

218 personnel are assigned to fighting the fire.

No structures have been reported destroyed by the fire.

“Firefighters are ready to initiate the structure protection that is already in place in Jerry Park, if needed,” officials said.

Crash closes westbound I-70 at I-225

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 20:15

UPDATE: The Colorado Department of Transportation said all lanes of westbound I-70 have reopened.

I-70 WB: Road open at Exit 282 – I-225 (Aurora). All lanes now open following crash.

— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) September 23, 2018

Original Story:

DENVER — A rollover crash has forced the closure of westbound Interstate 70 at its junction with Interstate 225 Saturday evening.

The Denver Police Department said the crash involved one vehicle that rolled over. Three of its occupants were taken to a hospital, two of whom have serious injuries.

DPD recommended people take alternate routes while I-70 is closed.

The department did not say when the freeway would reopen.

TRAFFIC: Officers are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash on WB I-70 and I-225 with serious injuries. 3 people transported to the hospital, 2 with serious injuries. WB I-70 closes at I-225. Alternate routes advised. pic.twitter.com/v2WIRN7VdY

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 23, 2018

Infants stabbed at day care that allegedly catered to moms seeking U.S. citizenship for newborns

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 19:23

NEW YORK — An unlicensed day care facility where three infants and two adults were stabbed allegedly catered to Asian mothers lured to the United States by laws granting citizenship to anyone born on American soil, a New York law enforcement official said Saturday.

A 52-year-old employee at the residential facility, Yu Fen Wang, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, according to police.

The victims — two girls and a boy, plus two adults — were in critical but stable condition at local hospitals, police said.

The babies range in age from 3 days to 1 month, the Queens district attorney’s office said in a statement.

A fourth infant, a three-week-old girl, suffered a fractured skull after allegedly being struck by the suspect, the official who was briefed on the case told CNN. A caretaker had taken the girl to a hospital before police responded to a call about the assaults.

Wang is in custody at a hospital, where she is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation and being treated for her injuries, officials said. She will likely be arraigned next week.

She was unconscious when police responded early Friday. She regained consciousness after officers applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from her wrist, police said.

Investigators believe the foreign women would give birth at the facility before returning to their home country and applying for U.S. citizenship, the law enforcement official said. The return allows them to remain in good standing with authorities back home and, at the same time, claim to have a direct relative in need of care in the United States.

“If they’re playing it right, they go back so that they don’t get a negative status,” the official said. “Then they come back.”

An underground “birth tourism” network stretching from the United States to China has sprung up in recent years to cater to growing numbers of Chinese mothers who travel stateside to give birth, according to affidavits filed by federal law enforcement officers.

Federal agents have carried out “birth tourism” raids as part of larger criminal investigations targeting U.S. companies that have netted millions helping pregnant Chinese women fraudulently secure visas and other services.

The residential facility in the Flushing section of Queens was used mostly by Chinese women who give birth and stayed there before returning to China, a law enforcement source said Friday.

Neighbors said it was frequented mostly by Chinese parents, but Koreans and African families were also seen there.

Nine babies, along with some of their parents, had been at the residence during the attack, New York police Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes said.

Of the children present, five were girls and four were boys, she said.

There were 11 cribs in the three-story building, according to the district attorney’s office.

The suspect also assaulted the 31-year-old father of one injured child and a 63-year-old woman who works at the facility, officials said.

The man was stabbed in the leg, and the woman was stabbed in the torso, Holmes said.

Two knives were recovered, police said.

The motive in the 3:45 a.m. Friday attack was unclear, police spokesman Lt. Thomas Antonetti said.

The red brick, multifamily house on a tree-lined street appeared to be used as a baby day care facility, though state officials said it was not licensed.

“We have seen some paperwork indicating that it is a day care,” Holmes said, adding the documents “indicated that they were a nursery.”

Part of building served as “living quarters,” she said.

But the site is not listed as the location of a licensed or regulated child care program with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, agency spokeswoman Monica Mahaffey said in a statement.

“OCFS is saddened by this horrific situation and investigating it as a possible illegal operation,” she said.

State-regulated child care programs are prohibited from caring for infants younger than 6 weeks old unless they receive approval from the agency, the statement said.

“Any request must include physician medical approval and detail the extenuating circumstances necessitating such a request,” it said.

The city’s Buildings Department had received several complaints about the property, including the possibility it was being illegally used as a hotel, records show. But department inspectors were unable to gain access to the home on several occasions.

The city had received a complaint in 2011 about “screaming children” at the residence, Holmes said, noting that the call came to a city hotline.