DENVER HITS 100, BUT IT’S NOT A RECORD
Denver’s high temperature Thursday hit 100 degrees, short of a record for the date but the first tripledigit reading for the city this year.
The last time the city’s temperature hit 100-plus degrees — at 102 — was July 10, 2016, at Denver International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
Denver’s record temperature for July 6 is 103 degrees, set in 1973. The normal high temperature for the date is 89 degrees, according to the weather service.
Friday in Denver, the high temperature is expected to top out at 92 degrees, with a 20 percent chance for afternoon thunderstorms or showers.
Maketa had “hit list,” El Paso County prosecutor says of ex-sheriff. COLORADO
SPRINGS» An El Paso County prosecutor testified that she blocked Sheriff Terry Maketa from pursuing what she considered a “hit list” of employees whose careers he wanted to damage.
Amy Fitchs, senior deputy district attorney, took the stand Thursday and described receiving a December 2013 memo from the sheriff’s office suggesting several new entries for the Brady list — a public record identifying officers who had been caught in a lie or accused of a crime.
Fitch said she recognized some of the new names from media coverage documenting complaints about Maketa that ultimately led him to leave office under a cloud.
“It was a huge red flag when we saw that,” said Fitch, who was responsible for maintaining the Brady list for the local district attorney’s office. “My initial thought was, ‘It’s a hit list.’ ”
Prosecutors elicited the testimony to support allegations that Maketa committed official misconduct when the sheriff’s office sought to sanction three sheriff’s employees — allegedly because they supported then-sheriff’s candidate Bill Elder, who ultimately was elected to replace Maketa.
Emergency moratorium holds all new Old Town development applications for 90 days.
LAFAYETTE» New development in Lafayette’s Old Town neighborhoods will be waylaid for the next three months as officials weigh an overhaul of the district’s zoning codes.
The 90-day moratorium, approved by the City Council on Wednesday as an emergency ordinance, will take effect immediately. The decision comes two weeks before council is scheduled to consider a bundle of new regulations aimed at revamping the district’s building regulations — the culmination of a months-long public outreach process.
Oklahoma man pleads not guilty to marijuanasmuggling killing.
GREELEY» An Oklahoma man accused of taking part in a 2015 marijuana-smuggling killing that left two bodies scorched in a flaming truck pleaded not guilty.
The Greeley Tribune reports Samuel Pinney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Joshua Foster and Zachary Moore.
Pinney was one of five people arrested during the investigation. Police and prosecutors say the group, along with Moore and Foster, ran a marijuana smuggling ring between Colorado and Oklahoma, trafficking up to $20,000 of the drug at a time.
According to police reports, Moore and Foster appear to have tried to branch out on their own using Pinney’s marijuana connections.
Coloradan sentenced in gas station shootout with police. MURRYSVILLE,
PA.» A Minturn man has been ordered to serve 20 to 40 years in prison for shooting at police at a Pennsylvania gas station last year. Jesse Callender, 27, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of attempted homicide and other crimes.
Prosecutors say two officers were called to a Murrysville gas station in April 2016 after the clerk reported that Callender had threatened him. Police say Callender fired two shots at officers as they arrived and a third as he tried to retreat inside.
Officers returned fire, hitting him three times. The officers were not hurt.
DA: Police sergeant justified in shooting of armed teen. COLORADO
SPRINGS» A police sergeant was justified in shooting a teenager sought in multiple felonies who appeared to be raising a gun toward officers, the 4th Judicial District attorney’s office announced Thursday. The boy, 16 at the time, was wanted on suspicion of crimes including second-degree assault with a weapon, felony menacing, second-degree burglary and multiple counts of felony theft.