AUTHENTICITY OF HOLLIDAY GUN CONTESTED
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.