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Denver police asking for help to identify man wanted for burglary, sex assault

24 min 15 sec ago

DENVER– The Denver Police Department is asking for help to identify a man who is wanted for a burglary and sexual assault.

Police say it happened in the 1600 block of Logan Street on Monday around 1:40 a.m.

#Denver, can you help investigators identify this suspect who is wanted for burglary and sexual assault? If so, please call 720-913-7867 and you could earn a cash reward. pic.twitter.com/eCHxGV5CYG

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) July 23, 2019

According to the crime alert, the suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30-49 years-old, with brown hair and a light beard.

If you have any information, police ask that you call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and earn up to a $2,000 award.

The number is 720-913-7867.

Disney bans woman for life after punching cast member over invalid FastPass

28 min 42 sec ago

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Authorities say a 23-year-old tourist from Chicago punched a worker in the face when her FastPass wasn’t valid for the Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

An Orange County Sheriff’s report says the Disney World cast member offered to help the woman’s group on July 13, but they only became angrier.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the woman started pushing buttons on the podium that could have affected the ride.

When the employee pushed her hand away, the woman punched her in the face. The family yelled profanities and recorded the worker.

The group left the ride, but security tracked them down. Disney officials tell the Sentinel they issued a lifetime ban on the woman.

The worker didn’t want to press charges and the woman wasn’t arrested.

USDA rule would cut food stamp benefits for 3.1 million

39 min 30 sec ago

WASHINGTON — About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that the rule would close “a loophole” that enables people receiving only minimal benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be eligible automatically for food stamps without undergoing further checks on their income or assets.

“For too long, this loophole has been used to effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines. Too often, states have misused this flexibility without restraint,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

The proposed rule is the latest in the Trump administration’s efforts to cut back on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP, the official name of the food stamp program.

It also has proposed to tighten work requirements for those who receive federal food assistance.

USDA estimates 1.7 million households — 3.1 million people — “will not otherwise meet SNAP’s income and asset eligibility prerequisites under the proposed rule.”

That would result in a net savings of about $9.4 billion over five years.

An unpublished version of the proposed rule acknowledges the impact, saying it “may also negatively impact food security and reduce the savings rates among those individuals who do not meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for SNAP or the substantial and ongoing requirements for expanded categorical eligibility.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., called the proposal “yet another attempt by this administration to circumvent Congress” and that the effect would be to “take food away from families, prevent children from getting school meals, and make it harder for states to administer food assistance.”

Congress has rejected previous, similar attempts to change the expanded automatic eligibility provisions, most recently during the farm bill debate in 2018.

About 36 million people participated in SNAP in April, down from more than 38 million a year earlier.

Under current law, states can automatically make people eligible for food stamps, if they meet income and other requirements for TANF.

USDA says 43 states — including Colorado — have expanded that to include households that it says “barely participate” in TANF. The provision is called “expanded categorical eligibility.”

USDA said the policy has resulted in people receiving food stamps who don’t need it and wouldn’t qualify under regular program rules.

Ellen Vollinger, legal director of the Food Research & Action Center, said the proposal was troubling and that the government should “put attention on how to help more people, not undercut supports for them and make their struggle against hunger even harder.”

She said the department didn’t seem to address a resulting loss of school meals, which she said the Congressional Budget Office included in its analyses of previous, similar proposals.

“It’s another hit on hunger,” she said.

Under the proposal, to qualify for automatic eligibility, people would have to get at least $50 a month in benefits from TANF for a minimum of six months.

Perdue said the change is necessary for “preventing abuse of a critical safety net system so those who need food assistance the most are the only ones who receive it.”

The rule, expected to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, is open for public comment for 60 days.

Summer Fashion Fun

52 min 16 sec ago

Summer is in full swing and now is the best time to rock those summer fashion trends without breaking the bank!

The Cottle

55 min 58 sec ago

What do you get when you combine can and bottle?  A cottle of course! A local Colorado craft winery Bigsby's Folly recently launched Cottle, an aluminum can-bottle hybrid, a first of its kind in its size and shape for the wine industry.

The initial launch of the Bigsby’s Folly Cottle will include a Rosé of Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in an innovative format. While typical wine cans are 250 or 375mL, these 500mL Cottles — the equivalent of 3 glasses or 3/4 of a traditional bottle — allow for more capacity, while in a sleek, resealable, sturdy, but lightweight aluminum format. This is an exciting evolution for canned wines, which have become increasingly popular and one of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry.

The limited edition, first-run will launch in Colorado later this summer, and will be available at Argonaut and other select retailers, various sports and entertainment venues across the Denver metro area, and online at www.bigsbysfolly.com.


Tasty Colfax takes over Bluebird District

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The 11th annual Tasty Colfax, hosted by the Bluebird Business Improvement District, is showcasing all that East Colfax Ave has to offer in a one-of-a-kind tasty tour.  Tasty Colfax is an opportunity to sample eats and drinks from more than 20 businesses for only $25 on a one-of-a-kind walking restaurant tour of this historic Denver neighborhood.

In addition to over 20 amazing drinking holes, eateries and local businesses opening their doors to highlight tastes of their offerings, some of Denver’s favorite musical acts will also be energizing the craw. A fun bingo game, live poetry and live artist Tony Zellaha, beautifying Colfax’s less tasty assets (one unsightly electric box at a time) round out the event.  Some of this year’s entertainment includes Robby Wicks Band, Kind Mountain Collective, and Josh Blackburn. Tickets are $25 per person pre-sale and $35 per person at the event, which includes your very own custom TASTY SPORK and admission to the self-led crawl.

What:  Tasty Colfax
When (day and time):  TODAY TUESDAY JULY 24, 5:30-8:30PM
Where: Bluebird District (Along Colfax Avenue between Josephine and Colorado Blvd)
Cost: $35 day of the event 

Bear breaks through fence in Lyons, takes off with dumpster

1 hour 6 min ago

LYONS, Colo.– New video posted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Twitter is proof that bear-resistant trash cans work.

In the video, you can see a bear break in through a fence and start sniffing around the trash dumpster. Then, it tries to climb on top and unsuccessfully pry open the dumpster.

Once the bear realizes it can’t get into the dumpster, it starts to drag the dumpster out of the fenced-in area.

Junior League of Denver’s Centennial Celebration Cookbook

1 hour 7 min ago

The Junior League of Denver just released its sixth cookbook, Centennial Celebrations! Starting with Colorado Cache in 1978, the League’s cookbooks have long been regarded as a Denver institution.

The cookbook is packed with the colorful flavors of the Centennial State and honoring the League’s 100th anniversary, Centennial Celebrations includes more than 200 thoroughly tested recipes for every season and occasion. The creative menus, recipes and entertaining tips will inspire you to cook, connect and celebrate… Colorado style!

Summer-Style Orzo Salad

Serves 8

1 pound orzo

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup red cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

½ cup pine nuts, toasted

2 tablespoons fresh basil chiffonade

Cook the orzo according to the package directions until al dente; drain. Let stand to cool.

Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and mustard in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the orzo, red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts and basil and toss to mix. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Chill, covered, until serving time to allow the flavors to marry. Garnish with sprigs of basil and whole cherry tomatoes.

Our plan is to make a simple recipe on set. We also bring a table cloth, a few decorations and copies of our first five books with stands (can we display in background?), along with the sixth cookbook.

Senate confirms Army veteran Mark Esper as secretary of defense

1 hour 9 min ago

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist Mark Esper as secretary of defense.

Esper’s confirmation ends a stretch of seven months the Pentagon didn’t have a permanent leader.

Esper won Senate confirmation on Tuesday by a vote of 90-8 and is to be sworn in by day’s end.

The Pentagon had been without a permanent boss since Jim Mattis stepped down on New Year’s Eve.

Deputy Secretary Patrick Shanahan became the acting secretary, but after six months as the fill-in the former Boeing executive abruptly quit.

Esper then became the acting secretary, but once he was nominated last week he had to step aside until a Senate vote.

For the past week the Pentagon has been run by yet another fill-in, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer.

Lakewood Animal Control rescues baby bobcat stuck in fence

1 hour 25 min ago

LAKEWOOD, Colo.– A baby bobcat is back with its mother thanks to animal control officers in Lakewood.

According to a post on Twitter by the Lakewood Police Department on Tuesday, the baby bobcat got his head stuck in a fence.

This baby bobcat let curiosity get the best of him and got his head stuck in a fence. Luckily our Animal Control Officers were able to get the little guy out & he ran up the nearest tree for safety! Mama bobcat kept a watchful eye the entire time and was reunited with her baby. pic.twitter.com/c2kOrlcdZb

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) July 23, 2019

Once animal control was able to free him, he took off and run up the nearest tree for safety, according to the tweet.

Police also said the mama bobcat kept a watchful eye during the rescue and was eventually reunited with her baby.

81-year-old man rescued after crashing into Middle St. Vrain Creek

1 hour 36 min ago

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — An 81-year-old man was rescued after crashing into Middle St. Vrain Creek on Monday morning, the Boulder County Sheriff’s office said.

Deputies and other agencies responded to the 22500 block of South St. Vrain Drive in unincorporated Boulder County, about 10 miles southwest of Lyons, at 11 a.m. on a report of a single-vehicle accident.

Officials said the initial report was the vehicle veered off the highway and rolled into the creek, and the driver was said to be trapped inside.

First responders and witnesses began rescue attempts of the driver, identified as an 81-year-old man from Allenspark.

Several cables were attached to the vehicle to prevent it from rolling farther downstream in the fast-moving water.

Divers from Boulder Emergency Squad assisted in securing the vehicle. After about 45 minutes, the driver was removed from the vehicle.

He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. His condition is unknown.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

2 killed in motorcycle crash in Adams County

2 hours 33 min ago

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo.– Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash on Tuesday near Imboden Road and East 88th Avenue in Adams County.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the driver of the bike and passenger of the bike were killed. There was another vehicle involved in the crash.

The Colorado State Patrol is currently diverting traffic around the accident scene.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Kansas deputy pulls over popular YouTube star, man makes donation to organization that honors fallen officers

3 hours 28 min ago

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kansas– On Friday, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas posted about an encounter with a star from a popular YouTube channel.

The channel  “Hoovies Garage”,  featuring Tyler Hoover, documents Hoover’s adventures on automotive purchases.

In the video, Hoover is seen getting pulled over while filming in a Lamborghini.  The caption of the video reads, “Kansas Police Pull Over Lamborghini Owner With No License Or Insurance”.

Hoover tells the deputy he just bought the car two days ago in Colorado. He also talks about how he was wearing an “old man” outfit for filming and left his wallet and information at home.

He is seen being fully cooperative with the deputy and even manages to find a picture of his driver’s license on his phone. He was issued a ticket, according to the video.

According to a Facebook post by the Sedgwick County Sheriff, Hoover proceeded to make a donation to the Honore Adversis Foundation in honor of injured and fallen officers in the area.

“We greatly appreciate kind words about our deputies and the support given to a great organization! Remember slow down and drive safely!” stated in the post.

Man in viral ‘Back Up Terry!’ video receives new wheelchair

4 hours 16 min ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man who was recorded unsuccessfully trying to back his wheelchair away from exploding fireworks has been given a new motorized chair since the video went viral.

Thankfully Terry Davis wasn't hurt when his wheelchair malfunctioned, but there's much more to his story.

"Oh, people don't know what I have to deal with on a daily basis," he told WREG.

Davis suffered a serious spinal injury 10 years ago, and he's struggled with many setbacks in trying to get a new chair. But on Monday, he turned the page to a new chapter in his story with the donation of a new wheelchair.

"I'm so happy that everybody helped make this come true for me," Davis said.

After learning he needed a new wheelchair, Quantum Rehab and Team Adaptive reached out to make it happen.

"Oh my goodness. It meant the world. It made my heart smile. It's nice to work for a company that's willing to give back and do something for folks who need it and deserve it," April Allen, with Quantum Rehab, said.

Davis now has a customized state-of-the-art chair designed specifically to meet the needs of his injuries. This will improve his daily life, give him more mobility and ease the burden of his caretakers.

"That's going to help my mother to get back and forth. Now she won't have to go back and forth to get his things from Walmart. It's going to improve his life so much more," Davis' mother Annette Carter said.

The family originally set up a GoFundMe account for a new wheelchair. They're using the money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Davis and modifications to his home.

‘Got the spider’: Couple’s joke has drivers stopping at demolished South Dakota home

4 hours 59 min ago

RENNER, S.D.– A South Dakota couple had a little fun after they demolished their second house.

Jeff Hopkins and his girlfriend, Dawn Cronk, made a quick trip to buy spray paint to put a message on the roof, they told the Argus Leader.

“Got the spider.”

A photo of the house has nearly 60,000 shares on Facebook, as of Monday evening.  The couple have seen dozens of cars stopping in front of the house after seeing what they wrote, the paper reports.

“I didn’t think anybody would really notice,” Hopkins told the Argus Leader. “We did it just to make us laugh.”

They said they tore down the house in order to make more room for their grandchildren to play outside.

‘Reprehensible’: Disturbing videos show men dumping buckets of water on NYPD officers

5 hours 18 min ago

NEW YORK CITY- Officials are outraged after two videos surfaced on social media Monday showing New York Police Department officers being drenched with buckets of water by groups of men.

One of the videos was shot in Brooklyn and the other in Harlem, WPIX reports.

The videos show the group of men dump buckets of water on the officers, with bystanders laughing in the background. At one point, a bucket actually hits one of the officers in the head. It's not clear what led to the acts.

DISRESPECT: This is what #NYPD Officers are faced with today. Petrified to take action. #BlueLivesMatter @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio @NYPDnews @NYPD73Pct pic.twitter.com/VRpVKBS5Jb

— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019

WPIX reports that it's also not clear when the incidents happened. But city and police department officials have released statements calling the actions "reprehensible."

Completely unacceptable. A video from the 28 Precinct shows people interfering in an arrest by throwing water and objects at officers. The NYPD kept New Yorkers safe through the heatwave and last night's outages. We won't tolerate this kind of disrespect. NYPD is investigating. https://t.co/3Yg7f0eAs8

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 22, 2019

The New York City Police Benevolent Association also released a statement.

#BREAKING PBA Statement on “Water Bucket” Attacks on Police Officers pic.twitter.com/i8O2Ke59c5

— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) July 22, 2019

WPIX reports that the NYPD is looking into the incidents and charges could be filed.

Australian man caught with $140 million of meth after crashing into parked police car

5 hours 40 min ago

An Australian man has been caught with a $140 million methamphetamine haul hidden in boxes after he crashed into a parked police car.

The 28-year-old crashed into a police vehicle parked outside a Sydney police station on Tuesday, causing significant damage, according to a police statement. Around an hour later, police pulled the man over and searched his van.

During the search, police found removal boxes that contained 273 kilograms (600 pounds) of methamphetamine.

Police estimated that the drugs had a street value of over 200 million Australian dollars — or $140 million in US dollars.

The man has been charged with large commercial drug supply and negligent driving. Police are also conducting a forensic examination of the van.

Last month, Australian authorities made the country’s largest onshore methamphetamine seizure when police found 1.6 tons of drugs hidden in a shipment of stereo speakers from Thailand.

Authorities said the record drug bust had an estimated street value of $1.2 billion Australian dollars, which is equivalent to $837 million US dollars. Along with meth, 37 kilograms of heroin was also found stashed in vacuumed-sealed packages inside the speakers.

In January, US authorities confiscated almost a billion dollars’ worth of methamphetamine bound for Australia, in the largest-ever seizure of the drug on American soil, Australian police announced after a joint operation. In that seizure, the drugs were found hidden inside electronic equipment.



Photo Gallery: Gorgeous Grandma Day

5 hours 52 min ago

National Gorgeous Grandma Day is on Tuesday. It’s a day to celebrate all the wonderful grandmothers in our lives.

We would love to help you celebrate your gorgeous grandma. You can upload your favorite picture to our gallery below. We will share as many pictures on air and online as we can.

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Boris Johnson will be UK’s new Prime Minister

6 hours 7 min ago

Hardline Brexiteer Boris Johnson has won the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest and will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May when she steps down on Wednesday.

Johnson, a former Mayor of London and British Foreign Secretary, took 92,153 votes, while rival Jeremy Hunt scored 46,656 votes in a ballot of party members. Turnout was 87.4%

“Today the campaign is over and the work begins,” Johnson said in a speech immediately after the results were announced Tuesday.

Turning his attention to Brexit, Johnson said that he read in the Financial Times newspaper that no new leader has ever faced such a daunting set of circumstances.

“Do you feel daunted?” he asks the crowd. “You don’t look daunted to me.”

The leadership vote was triggered after an embattled May was forced into resigning after losing the support of her cabinet, many of whom were fed up with her inability to secure the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU).

As prime minister, Johnson, 55, will inherit the same problems of a deeply divided Parliament — and nation — when he assumes the role.

Throughout his leadership campaign, Johnson was vocal about his willingness to exit the EU without a deal, pledging to leave “do or die” on October 31, the latest deadline for the UK to depart the bloc.

He said that he’d be willing to force Brexit through on that date by suspending Parliament, if he’s unable to negotiate a new exit deal with EU officials.

The EU has said there is no chance of reopening the Withdrawal Agreement, the deal that May made with the bloc in 2018 but which has failed to satisfy both the Europhile and Euroskeptic wings of both the Tory party and Parliament.

While Johnson’s stance on Brexit have defined his leadership bid, his incendiary remarks on religion and race have sparked criticism about his character.

Writing in his weekly column in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph last August, he likened Muslim women wearing veils to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.”

Earlier this month, he faced new accusations of Islamophobia after claiming in a newly-unearthed 2007 text that Islam left Muslim countries “centuries behind” the Western world.

Previously, Johnson called people from the British Commonwealth “flag-waving piccaninnies,” referred to the “watermelon smiles” of people from the Congo, and suggested that former US President Barack Obama held an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire” because he was “part-Kenyan.”

And, as foreign secretary, erroneous comments he made about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — a British-Iranian charity worker who was arrested on spying charges in Iran more than three years ago and remains detained — could have damaged her case.

During the 2016 campaign for Britain to leave the EU, Johnson was accused of lying to the public by stating that the country’s membership of the bloc cost £350 million ($442 million) a week.

That controversial claim was plastered on the side of a bus that toured the UK prior to the vote that resulted in a 52-48% result in favor of Brexit.

Johnson’s hardline stance led to Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan resigning on Monday — and it is expected to trigger several more resignations in the coming days.

“It is tragic that just when we could have been the dominant intellectual and political force throughout Europe, and beyond, we have had to spend every day working beneath the dark cloud of Brexit,” Duncan said in his resignation letter.

Rory Stewart, the UK International Development Secretary who made a high-profile but unsuccessful bid to lead the Conservative Party, also reiterated on Monday that he would resign rather than serve under Johnson’s leadership.

And last week, both the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed they will step down before Johnson becomes prime minister.


Afternoon t-storm pattern continues; Monsoon surge Wednesday-Thursday

6 hours 35 min ago

Slightly drier today across Colorado.  We'll start with sunshine then watch for a 10-20% chance of afternoon t-storms.

High temps reach 89 in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

The Mountains start dry with a 20% chance of afternoon t-storms.  Highs 70s, 80s, and 90s.

A small surge of Monsoon moisture arrives Wednesday-Thursday in Colorado.  This will increase the chance of afternoon rain/t-storms to 30% (or higher) in most places.  Heavy rain and flash flooding possible.

High temps both days drop into the mid 80s across the Front Range.

Back to 90 on Friday and Saturday.  80s on Sunday.  All mornings start dry for outdoor activities with 20% chances of afternoon t-storms.

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.

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