The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Staff and wire re­ports

A 26-yearold man is in cus­tody af­ter al­legedly steal­ing a pickup and hit­ting and killing a man who had just bought a cup of coffee at a Denver 7-Eleven store.

The in­ci­dent un­folded about 6:30 a.m. Tues­day, when Eric Okano Ukuni car­jacked a red Ford pickup from the park­ing lot of Mi Pue­blo Mar­ket, 6040 E. 64th Ave., ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit. Ukuni al­legedly stole the truck from a fa­ther who was drop­ping off his daugh­ter at work. Ukuni got into the truck, started it and tried to run over the two.

Wit­nesses told in­ves­ti­ga­tors the driver of a red pickup in­ten­tion­ally struck an­other ve­hi­cle from be­hind, push­ing it into an­other ve­hi­cle. The driver then crossed Ha­vana, strik­ing a pedes­trian and a white van.

The Denver coroner’s of­fice iden­ti­fied the dead man as 66-year-old Ernest Gur­rini. He died of blunt force in­juries, the coroner’s of­fice said.

Para­chute woman’s body found in Colorado River.

A woman’s body found Mon­day af­ter­noon in the Colorado River near Para­chute was iden­ti­fied Tues­day as Daisy Fer­gu­son, Coroner Robert Glass­mire said. Fer­gu­son, 43, was re­ported miss­ing Sun­day from her home. The cir­cum­stances of her dis­ap­pear­ance re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but foul play is not sus­pected.

De­struc­tive emer­ald ash borer bee­tle found.

LAFAYETTE» The first signs of the emer­ald ash borer bee­tle have been found in Lafayette, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. The dis­cov­ery comes four years af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors first found the in­va­sive pest in Boul­der in 2013. Of­fi­cials said in a news re­lease that Aug. 3, a Boul­der County forester iden­ti­fied an ash tree on pri­vate land in the vicin­ity of Ara­pa­hoe Road and North 95th Street as po­ten­tially in­fested with EAB. Pop­u­la­tions of the in­sect are ca­pa­ble of spread­ing a half-mile each year on their own.

In­cline to close for four months for re­pairs.

The Man­i­tou In­cline will close for re­pairs Aug. 19. The trail is ex­pected to re­main barred to the pub­lic for four months as work­ers sta­bi­lize the up­per­most seg­ment of the old cog rail­way, where lum­ber ties are loose or miss­ing and bro­ken cul­verts jut from the eroded ground. The project will com­plete a four-year ef­fort cost­ing ap­prox­i­mately $5 mil­lion to re­pair the In­cline.

Li­brary moves Grandin event to ac­com­mo­date big­ger crowd.


The pub­lic li­brary will move the highly an­tic­i­pated Tem­ple Grandin event to the Vance Brand Au­di­to­rium to al­low as many as 1,350 peo­ple to at­tend. The li­brary scored Grandin, a renowned au­thor and speaker on the sub­jects of autism and an­i­mal han­dling, be­cause Teen Li­brar­ian Claire Studholme took a chance to con­tact Grandin out of the blue to come speak as part of the li­brary’s Au­thors We Love Se­ries. The larger venue at Sky­line High School, 600 E. Moun­tain View Ave, can ac­com­mo­date the 1,000 peo­ple who tried to get tick­ets. No new tick­ets will be re­leased.

Mil­i­tary vet­eran named new city man­ager.

A 26-year Army vet­eran has been cho­sen as the next city man­ager. The City Coun­cil will hire Stallings, N.C., town man­ager Kevin Woods at its Aug. 22 meet­ing, and he is slated to start Oct. 2.

Woods has been town man­ager for Stallings, pop­u­la­tion 15,000, for the past three years. Thorn­ton, with a pop­u­la­tion near­ing 140,000, is Colorado’s sixth-largest city.

Grand jury in­dicts Utah sus­pect in car­jack­ing.

A fed­eral grand jury in Ne­vada has in­dicted an ex-felon from Utah on charges re­lated to an armed car-jack­ing in Sparks, Nev., last month that trig­gered a multistate search for an 8-year-old girl. Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Reno an­nounced the in­dict­ment Wed­nes­day of 28-year-old An­drew Brig­man of Lay­ton, Utah. He faces one count each of car­jack­ing, felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and use of a firearm dur­ing a crime of vi­o­lence. The girl who went miss­ing af­ter the July 6 car­jack­ing at the Nugget Casino in Sparks was found safe weeks later in Alam­osa. The Colorado State Pa­trol also found the stolen ve­hi­cle and sub­se­quently ar­rested Brig­man on charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft and speed­ing.

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