Breaking News: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Coroner: Monument death appears to be accidental

By Staff

The man who died after his car went off a cliff near the Coke Ovens on the Colorado National Monument on Tuesday appears to have died in a fatal accident, according to officials. Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik said in an email Wednesday afternoon that he is not releasing the man’s name, pending notification of kin, but said it appears the man’s death was accidental at this time. The man drove a truck off the cliff around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to witnesses, and his vehicle ...

GJ man drowns in Grand Mesa lake

By Charles Ashby

A Grand Junction man drowned Tuesday evening while paddle boarding on Eggleston Lake on the Grand Mesa, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office. The 44-year-old man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next kin, apparently fell off the paddle board, Sheriff Fred McKee said. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Friends of the man attempted to get him out of the water, but were unsuccessful, McKee said. Read tomorrow’s Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ...

Man dies in Colorado rafting accident

By The AP

DENVER — A man on a private rafting trip in central Colorado has died after falling into the Arkansas River. The Chaffee County sheriff’s office says the man fell into the water Tuesday afternoon in the Browns Canyon area while traveling over Class III, or intermediate, rapids. Members of the rafting party said the victim was pulled from the river and given CPR, but efforts to revive him failed. The man’s name hasn’t been released. The death came just hours after ...

Body found in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes park

By The AP

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE — A body has been found in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. The National Park Service says the body was found Sunday by two other hikers and recovered by authorities on Monday. The Park Service is working with the Saguache County Coroner’s Office to confirm the identity of the body and any cause of death. A hiker was reported missing at Great Sand Dunes on May 14 but an intensive search found nothing and ...

Franklin not trying to be a better Missy, but a happy Missy

By The AP

Missy Franklin is so upbeat, so full of energy, so dang positive all the time, it’s hard to imagine her ever going to a dark place. After what happened last summer, though, it’s only natural that she would start to question everything she stood for. “Being totally honest with you, it’s something that terrifies me,” Franklin said, her perpetually positive tone suddenly filled with doubt and insecurity. “What if I’m never as good as I ...

Probe: Man found dead lit clothing on fire while cooking

By The AP

FORT COLLINS — Investigators say a 66-year-old northern Colorado man whose body was found in a smoke-filled apartment accidentally lit his clothing on fire while cooking. The Poudre Fire Authority says Ameer Beleal, of Fort Collins, was found burned to death in his apartment June 3. The coroner’s report says there is no evidence of smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning. Firefighters extinguished a blaze on top of the stove in Beleal’s home, and the man was dead ...

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