BOY, 14, SHOT BY FRIEND DIES; CHARGE UPGRADED
jefferson county» A teenager who was shot two days before Christmas, allegedly by a friend, has died, the sheriff’s office announced Monday.
The 14-year-old boy was shot Friday afternoon inside a house near West Bowles Place and South Simms Street. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
A 15-year-old ran from the house and was found about 2 miles away, a sheriff ’s spokesman said. That teen, whom authorities have described as a friend, was taken into custody for suspicion of assault.
The sheriff’s office also announced the 15-yearold’s charges would be upgraded to suspicion of reckless manslaughter.
The names of the victim and suspect have not been released.
Alaska man tries to make car crash while wife driving B
boulder county» An Alaska man was arrested Saturday in Boulder County on suspicion of trying to kill his wife while she was driving them near Lyons by attempting to cause a headon crash or force their vehicle off a cliff.
Rodney David Burba Jr., a 34-year-old from Ketchikan, Alaska, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of several charges, including attempted second-degree murder.
The sheriff’s office said Burba and his wife were in the area for the holidays when they decided to drive to Estes Park for the day.
“While the couple was traveling north of Lyons, Rodney became anxious and agitated and consumed several pieces of edible marijuana gum,” the sheriff’s office said. “Rodney asked his wife to call the police, as he believed he was going to pass out, but she was unable to as there was no cell service in the area.”
As the couple approached Lyons, Burba allegedly grabbed the vehicle’s wheel several times, jerking it to make the car crash, authorities said.
“Rodney’s wife told deputies she tried to call 911 several times while returning to Lyons,” the release said, “but each time Rodney grabbed the phone out of her hands, or grabbed and jerked the steering wheel in an attempt to crash the vehicle.”
Eventually, Burba’s wife was able to call authorities. Deputies responded and took Burba into custody.
Seven homes evacuated in windswept fire B
boulder county» A latenight brush fire between Boulder and Lyons was knocked down overnight Sunday into Monday after spreading quickly under dry, windy conditions and prompting home evacuations.
The fire, which began near the corner of U.S. 36 and Lefthand Canyon Drive, was first reported to the Boulder County Sheriff ’s Office at about 11:10 p.m., Cmdr. Mike Wagner said.
“It started as a small grass fire and quickly escalated,” he said. “It became a wind-driven event and rapidly expanded.”
Wagner said the fire covered 17 acres.
Winds hovered in the range of 60 mph in the Boulder area for most of Sunday, with 90 mph gusts reported in multiple foothills locations.
Officials had not confirmed the fire’s cause Monday.