BOY, 14, SHOT BY FRIEND DIES; CHARGE UP­GRADED

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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.

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