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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

September 18, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER — A two-day preliminary hearing begins for Jergen Joergensen, 52, of Denmark, who is facing 141 counts of arson — one for each structure destroyed — in a southern Colorado wildfire. Prosecutors in Costilla County Court in the southern town of San Luis will lay out their case against Joergensen in the fire that began in late June and burned more than 168 square miles. ICE says Joergensen had an expired visa and has requested he be turned over if he leaves jail.



DENVER — Colorado prosecutors want a judge to block the release of autopsy reports for a woman and two young girls who were killed and dumped at an oil work site, arguing that the cause of their deaths will be critical evidence during trial for a man charged with killing his family. Releasing information from the autopsies could influence witnesses and affect future jurors, District Attorney Michael Rourke said in a request filed Monday. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 420 words, photos.


TOLEDO, Ohio — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there’s a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It’s making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can’t do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking “Alegae Bloom” beer made by Maumee Bay Brewing Co., which relies on Lake Erie for its water, is a good conversation starter that reminds customers about the toxic algae that show up each year in the shallowest of the Great Lakes, said brewery manager Craig Kerr. By John Seewer. SENT: 740 words, photos.


Dick Tracey didn’t have to visit a tall building to get over his fear of heights. He put on a virtual reality headset. Through VR, he rode an elevator to a high-rise atrium that looked so real he fell to his knees. For Denver librarian Nick Harrell, VR was a booster shot after traditional therapy for fear of flying. Panic drove him off a flight to Paris two years ago, forcing him to abandon a vacation with his girlfriend. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 950 words, photos.


— YELLOWSTONE-GEYSER TRESPASS — A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful Geyser may also have broken the rules by sitting next to a different thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park.

— MOUNTAIN LION-MOTEL — A mountain lion has been caught on surveillance camera dashing to the doorstep of a Colorado motel office, venturing toward the open doorway and then wandering away.

— COLORADO SENATE SHOOTING — Authorities say a candidate for state senate’s truck was shot last week in an apparently random attack.

— POLICE SHOOTING-COLORADO SPRINGS — Prosecutors say they will not pursue criminal charges against a Colorado Springs police officer who killed an armed man suspected in a burglary.

— RESERVOIR DEATH — Authorities say a 32-year-old man who was unresponsive when he was pulled from a northern Colorado reservoir has died.

— WYOMING-DOUBLE FATAL — A 49-year-old Colorado man and his 10-year-old daughter have died in a wreck in southern Wyoming.



LOS ANGELES — Winner of his last five decisions, Clayton Kershaw starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers against fellow lefty Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies. The teams are battling for the NL West lead. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)


ENGLEWOOD — Broncos coach Vance Joseph is criticizing his team’s conservative defensive play against the Oakland Raiders but takes responsibility rather than blaming defensive coordinator Joe Woods. The Broncos kept giving the Raiders eight-yard cushions and quarterback Derek Carr repeatedly threw quick strikes to those wide-open targets as he set a franchise record by completing 90.6 percent of his passes — 29 of 32 for 288 yards in Oakland’s 20-19 loss in Denver on Sunday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 670 words, photos.


Dozens of athletes, a key whistleblower and even a leader within the World Anti-Doping Agency’s own ranks slammed that organization on Tuesday as it headed toward a decision that could end the nearly three-year suspension of Russia’s anti-doping operation. On an extraordinary day of coordinated protests from across the globe, the most surprising voice in the chorus belonged to WADA vice president Linda Helleland, one of 12 members of the executive committee that will decide RUSADA’s fate at a meeting Thursday in Seychelles. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 770 words, photo.


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