COLORADO SPRINGS SLAYING
3 arrested in death of Colorado Springs-area man
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Colorado Springs-area man, including the victim's wife and daughter.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Miguel Barajas' daughter called 911 on Feb. 13 after she said she arrived and found the door to the man's Widefield home open.
The Gazette reports deputies arrested the daughter - 33-year-old Dawn Richburg - and 52-year-old Sandra Barajas - the man's wife - Saturday. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Tommy Wright - described as an acquaintance of the women - was tracked down in Douglas County, where he was jailed on an unrelated charge.
All three are being held on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder.
Detectives haven't said what led them to suspect the trio.
WIRE FRAUD INDICTMENT
Man accused of embezzling $255K to change plea
CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a 42-year-old man accused of embezzling $255,000 from an office supply company in Cortez is expected to change his plea.
Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, tells the Cortez Journal that Brian K. Shoults initially pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion but has requested a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for May 29.
Shoults is accused of stealing the money from Office Outpost when he was the business' bookkeeper. An indictment alleges he wired money from Office Outpost accounts into his own and failed to pay income taxes on that money.
Shoults, who was arrested Feb. 8 outside his Phoenix home, had sole responsibility for reconciling the shop's bank accounts with its internal records.
Irritant spray hospitalizes 4 high school students
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after a student released pepper spray or mace at a Boulder high school.
Police Sgt. Jim MacPherson tells The Daily Camera the Fairview High School student released the substance from a small canister in the student center at about 2:30 p.m. Friday. Four students were hospitalized, while two students and two staff members were treated at the scene.
The 17-year-old student accused of releasing the spray is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal use of a noxious substance. His name has not been released.
The high school principal identified the substance as pepper spray, but police say it was mace.
Mother accused of neglect put on leave from job
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The mother of a 13-year-old boy who Colorado Springs police say was living in a home littered with human waste has been placed on administrative leave from her part-time job at a church nursery.
The Gazette reports Sharon Starkey, who was cited Thursday for child neglect along with her husband, former Colorado Springs Councilman Charles Wingate, worked at the First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs nursery on a "very part-time" and "as needed" basis. That's according to Leanne Schreiner, the church's director of administration and finance.
Police on Thursday said they found the teen naked and alone in what they described as filthy conditions. The boy was handed over to the state Department of Human Services.
Wingate has disputed the allegations and the police description of his home.
Inmate charged with killing cellmate in 2011
STERLING, Colo. (AP) - An inmate accused of beating and strangling his cellmate at the Sterling Correctional Facility has been charged with second-degree murder.
The Sterling Journal-Advocate reports 41-year-old Michael Carr was charged Thursday for the Nov. 25, 2011, death of Mark Hanson. Prosecutors waited to file charges because of a large caseload and lack of staff.
Carr's arrest affidavit says he denied killing Hanson, who was serving a 2-year prison term for repeatedly failing to register as a sex offender. But investigators say he told a fellow inmate he planned to kill Hanson because he was a "total waste of space" who "snored all night."
Carr is serving a 20-year sentence for assault after he shot his mother in the back in 2010.
Udall seeks feedback on proposed national monument
DENVER (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is asking for the public's help in crafting legislation to create a national monument that would include 22,000 acres on both sides of the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista in south-central Colorado.
The Democrat, who held a listening session in Golden on Saturday, says his draft proposal already has received more than 3,000 comments. He hopes to introduce a bill this summer.
The Browns Canyon National Monument would continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Udall says the proposal also maintains existing uses, including rafting, hunting, fishing, grazing and motorized access on all designated roads in the area.
Almost half of the national monument would be designated as a wilderness area.
Boulder County 'osprey cam' knocked off the air
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A rainstorm appears to have knocked the popular Boulder County Fairgrounds "osprey cam" off the air.
Vivienne Jannatpour, a spokeswoman for the county's Parks and Open Space Department, tells the Longmont Times-Call the last image from the solar-powered webcam was captured at 4 p.m. May 8, with 1 of the adult birds sitting atop at least one egg. The camera provides live feeds and still images near the osprey nest that sits atop a platform on the eastern edge of Cattail Pond.
County workers can't get to the camera to diagnose and possibly fix the problem for fear of disturbing the osprey family. Nor will anyone be allowed to get close to the nest until after the chick or chicks hatch and venture outside the nest.
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