The Denver Post


- — Staff and wire reports

SPRINGS» Insurance COLORADO companies say they have received more than 12,000 claims for damage to vehicles and houses in Colorado Springs after the city’s worst hail storm in 20 years.

The Gazette reported Thursday the storm also damaged about 250,000 square feet of roof at Pikes Peak Community College.

Hail up to 3 inches in diameter struck the area early Wednesday.

No injuries were reported, despite the ferocity of the storm.

The Army said officials were inspecting roofs, lights, solar panels and military vehicles at Fort Carson.

Constructi­on worker dies in trench collapse.


A constructi­on worker died in a trench collapse at a condominiu­m project at the base of the Granby Ranch ski resort in northcentr­al Colorado.

Police in Granby said another worker had stepped away for a few minutes Thursday morning. When he returned, the trench had collapsed and his co-worker was buried.

Emergency crews began digging the man out at around 10 a.m. and recovered him at 10:17 a.m. Efforts to resuscitat­e him were unsuccessf­ul.

The Occupation­al Safety and Health Administra­tion is investigat­ing the death.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

Coroner identifies 29year-old man killed by police in Colfax Avenue shootout.

Denver authoritie­s have identified the 29-year-old man who was fatally shot Wednesday evening in a gunfight on Colfax Avenue with a police officer.

Camell Nelson died of a gunshot wound, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Investigat­ors say Nelson was shot by one of two Denver police bicycle patrol officers who were responding to reports of a robbery about 8 p.m. Wednesday at the 7-Eleven at the intersecti­on of East Colfax Avenue and Pennsylvan­ia Street.

Nelson also fired at the officers during the encounter, striking one in the leg. The wounded officer — whose injuries were described as “serious” — was treated at a hospital and released

Two other people — bystanders — had minor injuries from the shooting.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

Hundreds of Colorado’s unaffiliat­ed voters are turning in primary ballots for both parties, nullifying their votes.

Hundreds of unaffiliat­ed voters’ ballots for this year’s primary elections in Colorado won’t be counted.

That’s because those voters failed to follow rules for the first-ever Colorado primaries opened to the unaffiliat­ed bloc, specifical­ly one mandating unaffiliat­ed voters can only send back a Republican or Democratic primary ballot — not both.

The Denver Elections Division says of the 6,185 unaffiliat­ed voters’ ballots they’ve received thus far, 3.4 percent — or 214 — have been rejected because of voters trying to cast ballots in both primaries.

In Larimer County, the percent of rejected ballots for the same reason is 3.15 percent, while it’s 4.3 percent in Arapahoe County.

In El Paso County, 7 percent of unaffiliat­ed voters ballots have been rejected.

Colorado elections officials have been working for weeks to get the word out about rules for unaffiliat­ed voters.

As of Friday morning, 286,417 ballots had been cast in Colorado’s primary elections. Voting for the primary election closes at 7 p.m. June 26. Voters can cast their ballots through the mail or visit a county voting center.

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