GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A town in Denver's western suburbs ordered evacuations yesterday after an ice dam broke in Clear Creek. But the city of Golden appeared to avoid flooding. The ice dam was caused by a cold snap over the last few days in Colorado. Parts of Clear Creek froze so quickly that there were few places for flowing water to go. The ice dam broke near Idaho Springs earlier Tuesday.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - An Arvada city official has been named a new state senator, replacing one who resigned rather than face a recall election. Former Arvada city councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger was named yesterday to fill the seat of former Sen. Evie Hudak. A Democratic vacancy committee made the selection.
DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings are objecting to a defense request to bar the public and the media from a pretrial hearing about defendant James Holmes' sanity. In a motion filed yesterday, prosecutors primarily argued that victims of the 2012 massacre should be allowed to attend hearings scheduled next week, but they objected to barring anyone. A psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity is expected to testify.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - The mother of a 3-year-old Frederick boy who accidentally shot himself in the head has been charged with criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death. Dione Warren, who turned herself into authorities Monday night, is due in court yesterday afternoon. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said he took Warren's loss into account in weighing charges but said she was negligent for leaving her son alone at home where he could access a deadly weapon.
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