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LONGMONT» City of­fi­cials con­cluded Fri­day that pro­ce­dures used to es­tab­lish con­sent dur­ing war­rant­less searches of the Longmont Hous­ing Au­thor­ity’s Suites apart­ments were not con­sis­tent with po­lice depart­ment’s stan­dards.

The Weld County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions made by ten­ants who said they were not told in ad­vance that they had a right to refuse en­try by po­lice and K-9 dogs that were ac­com­pa­ny­ing hous­ing au­thor­ity staff, lead­ing to ac­cu­sa­tions that Longmont po­lice had par­tic­i­pated in un­con­sti­tu­tional war­rant­less searches.

The city did not re­lease the re­port, and in­stead is­sued a news re­lease Fri­day about the find­ings.

Man trapped in silage pile dies.

JOHN­STOWN» The 30-year-old man trapped by a col­lapsed silage pile south of John­stown died af­ter he was taken to the hospi­tal.

Weld County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman Cpl. Matt Turner said the man’s name would not be re­leased un­til his next of kin were no­ti­fied. The Weld County Coro­ner’s of­fice will re­lease his name and cause of death.

The man was on top of the silage pile and re­moved the tarp that cov­ered it and tires that held the tarp in place, Turner said. Af­ter he climbed down to pick up the tires, the silage pile col­lapsed on top of him.

Den­ver po­lice ar­rest sus­pect.

Elizario Manuel Her­rera Jr., 32, was ar­rested Fri­day in con­nec­tion with a Tues­day night stab­bing death in the 4000 block of North Shoshone Street, Den­ver po­lice said.

The Den­ver Of­fice of the Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Fri­day iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Michael Lan­ford, 55.

Lan­ford, who died at the scene, was stabbed.

Party chair ponders run for Po­lis’ con­gres­sional seat.

Boul­der County Demo­cratic Party chair­man Mark Wil­liams is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence from his post while he de­cides whether to make a bid to suc­ceed in­cum­bent U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis, a Boul­der Demo­crat run­ning for gover­nor, in­stead of seek­ing re-elec­tion to Congress.

Boul­der res­i­dent Wil­liams is chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of VU­mind and Dy­namic Hu­man So­lu­tions, an or­ga­ni­za­tional devel­op­ment con­sult­ing busi­ness. He will de­cide by Aug. 31 whether to re­sume his county chair­man’s role or re­sign to run for Congress.

Demo­crat Joe Ne­guse has al­ready an­nounced a run for Po­lis’ va­cated seat. Democrats Ken Toltz and Shan­non Watts, both gun-con­trol ad­vo­cates, are also weigh­ing whether to jump into the race.

Teen gets 6 years in de­ten­tion for as­sault­ing 71-year-old.

BOUL­DER»A 16-year-old teen ac­cused of beat­ing a 71-year-old woman in the head with a fire poker af­ter she picked him up hitch­hik­ing has been sen­tenced to six years in a youth de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity.

The teen pleaded guilty in June to first-de­gree as­sault with a deadly weapon caus­ing se­ri­ous in­juries.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged him as an adult and dropped a charge of at­tempted first­de­gree mur­der as part of the plea agree­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say the woman brought the boy and two friends to her house in Septem­ber af­ter pick­ing them up while they were hitch­hik­ing.

The friends told po­lice the teen wanted to knock Kulpa out and steal her car to get back to Boul­der.

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