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In­mates in state pris­ons can’t be held in soli­tary con­fine­ment for more than 15 days, the state Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions an­nounced Thurs­day in the lat­est ef­fort to over­haul a prac­tice crit­i­cized as tor­ture by the agency’s chief.

The changes re­quire that in­mates held in soli­tary con­fine­ment get at least four hours per day out­side a cell for recre­ation or group classes.

Colorado of­fi­cials in 2011 be­gan ef­forts to cut the num­ber of peo­ple held in soli­tary con­fine­ment. For­mer cor­rec­tions di­rec­tor Tom Cle­ments also tried to make it eas­ier for peo­ple once held there to reen­ter so­ci­ety and closed a new prison built specif­i­cally to house soli­tarycon­fine­ment pris­on­ers, the still-va­cant Colorado State Pen­i­ten­tiary II in Cañon City.

Fur­ther changes fol­lowed Cle­ments’ death in 2013 af­ter he was shot by Evan Ebel, a for­mer in­mate who had spent much of his eight years’ im­pris­on­ment in soli­tary con­fine­ment.

State iden­ti­fies $250 mil­lion for I-25 widen­ing from Mon­u­ment to Cas­tle Rock. The state Depart­ment

of Trans­porta­tion has iden­ti­fied $250 mil­lion that, along with lo­cal con­tri­bu­tions and fed­eral grant money, could pay to broaden the stretch of In­ter­state 25 from Mon­u­ment to Cas­tle Rock.

The so­lu­tion was found in a new state law, pre­vi­ously known as Sen­ate Bill 267, which pol­i­cy­mak­ers ex­pect will gen­er­ate about $1.8 bil­lion for trans­porta­tion needs over 20 years.

El Paso County will ap­ply for a grant this fall from the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion that could yield an ad­di­tional $65 mil­lion for the project.

CDOT has es­ti­mated that widen­ing the 17-mile stretch from two lanes to three lanes in each di­rec­tion would cost $290 mil­lion to $570 mil­lion.

For­mer teacher at Longmont’s Sil­ver Creek charged with sex­ual as­sault in “groom­ing” case. A

for­mer Longmont teacher ac­cused of “groom­ing” a stu­dent be­fore en­ter­ing into a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with her once she grad­u­ated has been charged with sex­ual as­sault.

Kelly Wayne Burns, 49, was for­mally charged with sex­ual as­sault on a child in a po­si­tion of trust with a pat­tern of abuse at a hear­ing on Thurs­day.

The charg­ing doc­u­ment reads that Burns “know­ingly sub­jected” the stu­dent to “sex­ual con­tact and the vic­tim was less than 18 years of age and the de­fen­dant was in a po­si­tion of trust with re­spect to the vic­tim.”

Burns could face a life­time in prison if con­victed.

Deputy fa­tally shoots man af­ter at­tack.


A sher­iff’s deputy fa­tally shot a man who at­tacked the of­fi­cer when he re­sponded Wed­nes­day night to a re­port of a back­yard fire.

Deputies en­coun­tered the man, who was in his mid-40s, out­side the home and he be­gan to act sus­pi­ciously, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the sher­iff’s of­fice.

“The male fled . ... As one of the deputies at­tempted to sub­due the male, the deputy was at­tacked . ... As a re­sult the male was shot and suc­cumbed to his in­juries,” the re­lease said.

The deputy has been placed on leave, a stan­dard prac­tice in of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ings.

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