Breaking News: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Snow melts, warmer temps in store for valley

By Mike Wiggins

The light blanket of snow that greeted most Grand Valley residents when they awakened this morning has melted, and a prolonged stretch of warmer weather is on its way. After an inch or so of snow fell in the valley Tuesday night and lingered into the early part of today, temperatures were hovering close to 40 degrees at Grand Junction Regional Airport at 1:30 p.m. and were expected to top out around 42. Highs are forecast to reach into the 50s by Saturday and remain there through early ...

Shots required after family takes in rabid kitten

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — At least 20 people who came in contact with a stray kitten that came down with rabies after being taken in by a Colorado Springs family were forced to get shots. Justin Jovel said the 6-month-old kitten had been checked by a veterinarian and received rabies shots a couple of weeks before showing symptoms of the deadly virus. The virus can incubate for months, and once an animal is infected, the vaccination is useless, said Gretchen Pressley, spokeswoman for the ...

Colorado considers additional police oversight

By The AP

DENVER — Democrats are spearheading a package of legislation aimed at expanding oversight of Colorado law enforcement and placing limits on their power, a response to allegations of excessive force both in the state and nationally. The proposals include collecting demographic data on arrests, banning the use of chokeholds, increasing the use of body cameras, and appointing a special prosecutor to review decisions not to charge an officer when deadly force is used or excessive force ...

Fruita police investigating alleged attempted abduction

By Mike Wiggins

Fruita police say they are investigating a report that a man tried to grab a 12-year-old girl in a park Tuesday evening. Police received a report around 5:30 p.m. that a man approached a 12-year-old girl in the area of Olga Anson Park in the Vista Valley subdivision and grabbed her from behind. The girl ran away from the man, who ran in an unknown direction, police said in a news release. The man was described as being 20 to 40 years old, 6-feet tall, with dark hair and a moustache. He ...

Stabbing Wednesday outside of Fantasy strip club

By Staff

Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred outside of Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club overnight, which was reported to police about 1:40 a.m. A man allegedly entered the strip club at 2258 Colex Dr. with multiple stab wounds to his stomach and chest, police said. Investigators believe the man was previously inside the club, was stabbed outside, and then returned inside seeking assistance. One person was detained for questioning police said, and another person voluntarily met with ...

Son expected to testify in Utah doctor’s murder trial

By The AP

SALT LAKE CITY — The oldest son of John Brickman Wall, a Utah doctor accused of killing his ex-wife, is expected to take the stand Wednesday in the man’s murder trial. Pelle (PELLA) Wall fueled speculation about his dad in the months after the 2011 death of cancer researcher Uta von Schwedler in Salt Lake City. She was found drowned in her bathtub with cuts to her wrist and leg and an overdose of Xanax in her system. A medical examiner stopped short of ruling her death a ...

Man involved in fatal Lakewood robbery gets life in prison

By The AP

GOLDEN — A man who was involved in a fatal robbery in Lakewood has been sentenced to life in prison. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office says 23-year-old James Dominguez-Castor was sentenced Tuesday for the February 2014 slaying of 79-year-old Robert Phippen, whose body was found in his ransacked home. Prosecutors say Phippen suffered 60 knife wounds, and his throat had been slashed. Dominguez-Castor’s co-defendant, 21-year-old Stephvon Atencio, pleaded ...

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