MAN ARRESTED IN ARSON CASE
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.