Caseworker strip-search alleged in Colo. lawsuit
DENVER (AP) - The family of a 15-year-old El Paso County girl is suing over an alleged forced strip-search by a caseworker investigating abuse.
The Denver Post reports Thursday that the family argues the caseworker's demand to take pictures of a girl's naked buttocks to prove a crime was akin to child abuse.
The family has also asked Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to explain whether Colorado statute permits caseworkers to strip search children without consent.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this year. It says the girl and her parents refused the photograph in the family's garage in 2012. After she refused, the caseworker allegedly called police to make her cooperate with the strip-search.
A spokeswoman for El Paso County Department of Human Services declined to comment on the litigation.
Felony charge in Boulder puppy neglect case
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A 24-year-old Boulder woman is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly failing to get treatment for a 3-month-old puppy that suffered broken legs and burns.
The Daily Camera reports the woman was charged Thursday.
Staff at the South Boulder Animal Hospital called police Oct. 29 to report a puppy had been brought in that had been neglected. The French bulldog named Bamboo had third-degree burns on half of its stomach as well as two broken legs.
Investigators say the woman told them the dog's legs were injured before she bought it, and the pet was burned when she put it too close to the heater to keep it warm. She says she tried to get treatment for the dog's broken legs but couldn't afford it.
Greeley funeral director guilty of forgery, theft
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A former Greeley funeral home director has been convicted of forgery and theft for charging families for funeral arrangements while taking state funds for the same services.
The Tribune reports that 45-year-old Paul Acuna was found guilty Thursday.
Acuna was convicted of bilking a program offered by the Department of Human Services that helps low-income families afford funeral arrangements. Under the death reimbursement program, families of deceased can request assistance of up to $1,500.
But in order for anyone to be eligible for the program, total funeral costs cannot exceed $2,500. Prosecutors said Acuna agreed to one contract with the families but submitted a second to the Department of Human Services. That allowed him to funnel money into his personal accounts.
Sentencing will be set in January.
Texas inmate indicted in 2011 Colorado slayings
DENVER (AP) - A Texas inmate has been indicted on charges of killing two Denver men in 2011 and stealing their car and money.
Fifty-eight-year-old Daryl L. Rasmussen faces charges including first-degree murder, identity theft, credit card fraud and motor vehicle theft.
The indictment was handed down Tuesday and made public Wednesday.
Rasmussen is accused of killing 63-year-old Ronald Ford and 56-year-old Ramiro Sanchez at their Denver home. The coroner said both died of a blow to the head.
Police have said Rasmussen was a cross-dresser known as "Miss Puppy."
Denver prosecutors will seek his extradition from Texas, where he is serving time on a parole violation. He was previously convicted in Texas on theft and burglary charges.
Online records in Texas didn't indicate whether he has an attorney.
Taylor Hall's hat trick leads Oilers over Avs 8-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Taylor Hall had a hat trick and an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers rebound from a lopsided defeat with an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Ales Hemsky, David Perron, Mark Arcobello, Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner also scored for the Oilers, who replaced a quarter of their lineup after a 6-2 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday.
The Oilers improved to just 4-9-0 at home, but they've won six of nine overall.
Nick Holden and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Avalanche, who had won two in a row and five of six.
S DAKOTA-AIR FORCE
Air Force defeats South Dakota 94-86
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Max Yon scored a game-high 24 points, and his 3-pointer sparked a 13-8 final run to lead Air Force to a 94-86 victory Thursday night over South Dakota.
With the game tied at 78, Yon's 3-pointer capped his scoring and gave Air Force (4-4) an 81-78 lead with 3:03 remaining. Hayden Graham and Marek Olesinski followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch the Falcon lead to 87-80 with 1:32 to play. Tre' Coggins made six straight free throws, and Nick Jorgensen hit 1 of 2 from the line to cap the scoring for Air Force.
Yon had a game-high five assists. Olesinski scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
The game was tied six times in the second half.
South Dakota (4-4) was led by Casey Kasperbauer, who made a game-high six 3-pointers to go with his 20 points.
DEL RIO'S NEXT CHALLENGE
Del Rio turns attention to fixing Denver's defense
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jack Del Rio's plate remains full even with John Fox back on the job.
Del Rio won three of four games as the team's interim head coach during Fox's November sabbatical for heart surgery.
Denver's defensive coordinator handed the keys back to Fox this week after guiding the Broncos (10-2) into the driver's seat in the AFC playoff race.
The Broncos may be in the midst of a season for the ages behind Peyton Manning's 41 touchdown throws and their 38.6-point scoring average, but they're a disturbing minus-4 in turnover differential and Denver's defense ranks 27th in the league.
Ledecky wins 500 freestyle at Winter Nationals
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Katie Ledecky beat Missy Franklin in a 500-yard freestyle matchup between Olympic gold medalists Thursday to highlight the first day of the Winter National Championships.
Ledecky, a 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., won in 4 minutes, 32.37 seconds. Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was second at 4:34.63.
Franklin also swam with her University of California teammates on the winning 400 medley relay team (3:29.91) and the second-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:28.44). Franklin, Elizabeth Pelton, Rachel Bootsma and Marina Garcia set a meet record in the 400 medley relay.
Pelton also won the women's 200 individual medley in 1:54.15.
Other individual winners included Nathan Adrian in the men's 50 freestyle (18.89), Natalie Coughlin in the women's 50 freestyle (21.51), Darian Townsend in the men's 200 individual medley (1:41.88) and Connor Jaeger in the men's 500 freestyle (4:14.05).
Ganong looks for breakout year with Sochi looming
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Travis Ganong has been this can't-miss talent for years, the U.S. downhill skier always on the precipice of big things.
That distinction arrived with good reason - he attacks a course a lot like former skiing great Daron Rahlves, the four-time Olympian that Ganong grew up idolizing.
Maybe a bit uncomfortable with that label in the past, Ganong embraces his "skier most likely to break out" title now.
And this would certainly be a good time for a breakout, with the Sochi Games two months away.
Ganong had a solid day in downhill training on Thursday, finishing seventh on a clear but cold afternoon.
MEN'S WORLD CUP-DOWNHILL TRAINING
Guay turns in fastest time in downhill training
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Erik Guay of Canada turned in the fastest time in downhill training on Thursday in frigid conditions.
Guay found the quickest line through the modified Beaver Creek course, finishing in 1 minute, 43.48 seconds. Florian Scheiber of Austria was second and Peter Fill of Italy third on a clear but cold afternoon.
Travis Ganong had the top time for the U.S., 0.55 seconds behind Guay. Bode Miller was 66th as he returns from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season.
The downhill race is Friday.
This was the first chance the skiers had to try out the revamped course after the training session was canceled Wednesday when a snowstorm hit the area. Training also was postponed Tuesday because of travel issues for some teams.
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