AU­THEN­TIC­ITY OF HOLLIDAY GUN CON­TESTED

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glen­wood springs» The au­then­tic­ity of a gun thought to be pre­vi­ously owned by Old West gun­fighter Doc Holliday and re­cently pur­chased for $84,000 by the Glen­wood Springs His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has been put in to ques­tion.

The Post In­de­pen­dent re­ported that the so­ci­ety’s board met Tues­day to dis­cuss con­cerns about the weapon, which it bought this month from Ja­son Bri­er­ley of Canada.

The der­ringer is be­lieved to have been with Holliday in the Ho­tel Glen­wood room where he died in 1887.

So­ci­ety ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bill Kight said ques­tions have come up while do­ing re­search about the man who pur­chased the gun in 1968, E. Dixon Lar­son. The Utah gun dealer also claimed to own guns be­long­ing to other Old West gun­fight­ers.

The his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety is work­ing to gather more in­for­ma­tion about Lar­son and will en­list a gun ex­pert to ex­am­ine the der­ringer.

Man whose wife suf­fered fa­tal gunshot wound con­fronts re­spond­ing deputy B

sil­ver cliff» A 32-year-old man who called Custer County au­thor­i­ties to re­port that his wife had been fa­tally shot was ar­rested early Wed­nes­day af­ter al­legedly fight­ing a deputy who re­sponded to the scene.

Af­ter be­ing Tased, Michael Ratliff was taken into cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of ob­struc­tion of a po­lice of­fi­cer and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault.

The county sheriff ’s of­fice was called to the cou­ple’s Sil­ver Cliff home about 2 a.m. Wed­nes­day on re­ports that Ratliff ’s wife — 30-year-old Ash­ley Brady — had been shot and was un­re­spon­sive.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, when a deputy got to the home, he found Ratliff crouched over Brady’s body, which had a gunshot wound to the left chest, and ap­par­ently try­ing to per­form CPR.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Of­fice said Ratliff was highly agi­tated and con­fronta­tional and pushed the first deputy who ar­rived on the scene. Dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion, au­thor­i­ties say, Ratliff was Tased.

Man charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in killing of man in base­ment B

colorado springs» A man has been charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der for al­legedly shoot­ing to death an in­truder he found sleep­ing in the base­ment of his down­town apart­ment build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment handed down by an El Paso County grand jury Tues­day, 28-year-old Pa­trick Rau is ac­cused of killing 37-year-old Don­ald Rus­sell on Jan. 19 af­ter giv­ing the man a five-sec­ond count­down warn­ing. The Gazette re­ported that the grand jury found the killing hap­pened in the heat of pas­sion.

607 ar­rested in St. Patty’s DUI crack­down.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers ar­rested 607 im­paired driv­ers dur­ing two week­ends of St. Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tions, an in­crease of 33 per­cent from last year’s 455 ar­rests. More than 80 agen­cies, in­clud­ing the State Pa­trol as well as the Den­ver, Au­rora and Colorado Springs po­lice de­part­ments, in­creased en­force­ment of DUIs dur­ing the hol­i­day, which typ­i­cally en­cour­ages drink­ing.

Ar­rest made in 2010 Otero County homi­cide; sus­pect found in South Dakota. An ar­rest has been

made in a 2010 homi­cide case from Otero County. Ju­lian Pena-Mo­rales, 39, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day in Ip­swich, S.D., on sus­pi­cion of first-de­gree mur­der, ac­cord­ing to the Colorado Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pena-Mo­rales is sus­pected of mur­der­ing broth­erin-law Ron­nie Griego on July 16, 2010. Griego was 44 at the time. Griego’s body was found July 19, 2010, on a farm out­side Swink.

Pena-Mo­rales fled Colorado on or about July 22, 2010, and re­mained at large, ac­cord­ing to the CBI. In­ves­ti­ga­tors found the sus­pect work­ing in Ip­swich un­der an as­sumed name.

Ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide charge for woman, 41

B adams county» A 41-year-old woman has been charged with ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence in con­nec­tion with a Jan­uary car wreck in Thorn­ton that killed a fa­ther and se­ri­ously in­jured his 13-year-old son. Teresa Tarin also is ac­cused of ve­hic­u­lar as­sault while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence in the Jan. 8 crash on the 15500 block of York Street.

Adams County pros­e­cu­tors said she was driv­ing north when she lost con­trol of her 2006 Honda CRV, hit a con­crete bar­rier and be­came air­borne. The ve­hi­cle crashed into a 2010 Jeep Wran­gler driven by 57-year-old Ge­orge Maxwell Holt, killing him. Holt’s 13-year-old son was se­ri­ously in­jured.

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