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colorado springs Po­lice on Fri­day an­nounced the ar­rest of a 21- year- old man who al­legedly set a blaze this week that left four dogs dead.

Joshua Keith Harvin is sus­pected of first- de­gree ar­son, crim­i­nal mis­chief and four counts of an­i­mal cru­elty in theWed­nes­day house fire at 3507 Jon St.

A fifth dog was res­cued by fire­fight­ers, and of­fi­cials say two peo­ple were dis­placed by the blaze.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say one of Harvin’s rel­a­tives lives in the home and that he once resided there.

Harvin is be­ing held at the El Paso County Jail on $ 10,000 bail.

For­mer com­mis­sioner pleads guilty B

grand county » A for­mer fourterm com­mis­sioner who pleaded guilty to pub­lic em­bez­zle­ment was sen­tenced Fri­day to 10 days in jail, two years of pro­ba­tion and 130 hours of pub­lic ser­vice, pros­e­cu­tors said.

James New­berry, a Demo­crat who was first elected to pub­lic of­fice in 1996, ad­mit­ted in Novem­ber to sev­eral in­stances of dou­ble billing Grand County for travel mileage re­im­burse­ment be­tween 2009 and 2013.

He was charged in April, and in Septem­ber au­thor­i­ties say they also found New­berry sub­mit­ted re­im­burse­ments for a re­gional govern­ment meet­ing he did not at­tend.

New­berry en­tered his plea as part of an agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors in which other charges were dis­missed.

One in­jured in apart­ment fire B »

west­min­ster West­min­ster fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished an apart­ment fire Thurs­day night that in­jured one per­son.

Paramedics treated one per­son at the scene of the fire in the 7000 block of Hooker Street.

The blaze broke out in a two- story du­plex in the laun­dry room of one of the apart­ments at about 8: 10 p. m., ac­cord­ing to the West­min­ster Fire Depart­ment. The fire was ex­tin­guished within 12 min­utes of the fire­fight­ers’ ar­rival.

One sus­pect held; one sought B

adams county » One sus­pect has been ar­rested, and po­lice are look­ing for a se­cond sus­pect in an Adams County shoot­ing.

La­m­onte Bur­gette, 22, has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a home in­va­sion and shoot­ing late Wed­nes­day in the 1200 block of East 85th Place, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

A war­rant for a se­cond sus­pect, Quin­ton Eli­jah Watts, 21, has been is­sued.

A shoot­ing vic­tim un­der­went surgery early Thurs­day morn­ing. He was con­scious go­ing into surgery, fur­ther de­tails on his con­di­tion were not re­leased.

Hitch­hiker ruled fit for mur­der trial B

colorado springs » A judge has ruled that a hitch­hiker ac­cused of fa­tally stab­bing aman­who gave hima cross coun­try ride is men­tally fit to stand trial.

The Gazette re­ported that 4th District Judge Jann P. DuBois ruled Wed­nes­day that 34- yearold Michael Ray un­der­stands the mur­der charge against him, end­ing more than six months of court bat­tles over the de­fen­dant’s men­tal health.

If he had been found in­com­pe­tent, the case would have been placed on hold while Ray was treated at a men­tal health in­sti­tute. He was ar­rested in Au­gust 2014 in the stab­bing death of 31- year- old Pa­trick Hamp­ton.

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