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COLORADO CRAIGSLIST KILLING
BRIGHTON — A Colorado man who told police he shot a teenager in the head after she hired him to kill her via a Craigslist ad pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. The agreement allowed Joseph Lopez, who had been charged with first-degree murder, to avoid a possible life sentence for 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger’s death. Bollinger’s body was found in a wooded area north of Denver in late December, one day after she was reported missing. SENT: 310 words.
SEVERANCE — A 9-year-old boy is trying to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights in his small northern Colorado town, and he already knows who his first target will be if he’s successful — his little brother. “I think it’s an outdated law,” said Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance. “I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.” Dane’s mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune her son has been talking about snowballs since he found out about a month and a half ago that it’s illegal to throw them within town limits. SENT: 350 words, photos.
DENVER — A Colorado police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting a homeowner who had just killed an intruder inside his suburban Denver home, prosecutors said in a letter released Monday. Adams County District Attorney Dave Young described Richard “Gary” Black’s death as a “harrowing tragedy” but said his role was to determine whether the Aurora Police officer who shot the 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran was justified in using deadly force. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 540 words.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex, right on cue, pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and actually go into orbit around Bennu (BEN-oo) on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 610 words, photo.
— CAR CHARGING STATIONS-GRANT — Colorado has awarded a $10.3 million grant for California-based ChargePoint Inc. to install electric vehicle charging stations along several major highways in the state.
— COMMUNITY CENTERED BOARDS-OVERSIGHT — A state audit has found a number of oversight problems in Colorado’s care of intellectually and developmentally disabled people, leading to wasted taxpayer dollars.
— GIRLFRIEND SLAIN — A man who was arrested in northwest Wyoming after police say he confessed to killing his girlfriend in their suburban Denver apartment is contesting extradition back to Colorado.
— BOULDER SCAMMED — Someone hacked the email system at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and convinced staff at the city of Boulder to transfer more than $18,000 into a fraudulent account.
— WALMART LAYAWAY PAYOFF — Christmas came early for some shoppers at a Colorado Walmart.
— COLORADO TROOPS-AFGHANISTAN — The leaders of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division now will lead the fighting in Afghanistan.
— AFGHANISTAN-SOLDIER KILLED — Fort Carson soldier dies from wounds in Afghanistan blast last week
— ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-MISSING HIKER— Searchers haven’t been able to find an Air Force Academy’s preparatory school student missing in Rocky Mountain National Park for over a week.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was unchanged at 5.1575 a bushel; Dec. corn rose 4.75 cents at 3.7125 a bushel; Dec. oats fell 1.50 cents at $2.8675 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 11 cents at $9.0575 a bushel.
ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos are holding out hope that Chris Harris Jr . can return from a broken right leg in a month — and that they’ll be in the playoffs to make it matter. “He’s week to week and he won’t go to IR,” coach Vance Joseph said Monday. “He needs rest and rehab and we’ll see how it falls in a (few) weeks. I think it’s great news for Chris. He has time to hopefully recover and heal up and hopefully we’re still playing.” The star cornerback’s fractured fibula marred the Broncos’ 24-10 win at Cincinnati on Sunday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 650 words, photo.
TORONTO — The Denver Nuggets visit the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game started at 5:30 p.m. MT)
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