Colorado News Roundup: CU-Boulder raises grad student pay, students say more needed (06.17.16)
BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado says it will raise the salary for graduate student employees after demands for higher wages.
The Daily Camera reports that roughly 50 graduate students attended a Board of Regents meeting Thursday to discuss the issue. Students say the raise is necessary because of the high cost of living in Boulder and their relatively low pay compared to peers at other institutions.
Provost Russ Moore says the university plans to spend $1.3 million to raise the monthly salary of teaching assistants by 6.5 percent in the fall.
Graduate students say they appreciate the raise but aren’t satisfied. Student Helen McCreery says the pay is still below the self-sufficiency rate.
CU says it is looking for a way to further increase student pay in the future.
Wildfire continues to burn on Fort Carson
DENVER — A wildfire on Fort Carson has burned at least 900 acres and is about 60 percent contained.
The Fort Carson fire is contributing to smoke and haze across parts of Colorado, along with smoke from large fires in New Mexico and Arizona.
According to KRDO-TV, the fire on Fort Carson is burning in the middle of a training range.
Officials say it was likely caused by lightning. No injuries have been reported and there is currently no threat to buildings.
Bounty hunter shoots at suspects in Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Fort Collins police are looking for two suspects who were shot by a bounty hunter after they attempted to run him over with their SUV.
Police say officers responded Wednesday to reports of gunshots but when they arrived no one was there. Bounty hunter Vonshay McCarther told police he had contacted the two men earlier about a bond revocation. He said the suspects then drove at him, prompting the 36-year-old bounty hunter to fire at them.
Two men showed up at a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries that appeared to have occurred during the conflict. The two men, who are wanted on felony warrants, left the hospital Thursday without checking out.
Police are looking for the two men and are asking anyone with information to contact Sgt. Paul Wood.
Longmont man convicted of shooting Beefcakes the pit bull
BOULDER, Colo. — A Longmont man charged with shooting his pit bull in the face, leaving the dog with a shattered jaw, has been convicted of animal cruelty.
The Daily Camera reports that Russell Middleton was found guilty of the charge on Thursday in connection with the July shooting of Beefcakes. He’s still awaiting trial on charges of unlawful weapon possession, violating bail bond conditions and violating a criminal protection order.
Prosecutors say Middleton shot Beefcakes in the face after the dog got into a fight with his girlfriend’s Chihuahua. Middleton’s attorneys maintain that their client didn’t shoot the dog.
Beefcakes was adopted into a new home in April after undergoing a series of surgeries, including one to remove the bullet and another to remove pieces of bone in his jaw.
Denver deputies to be trained on new use of force policy
DENVER — The Denver Sheriff Department has released a new policy that requires deputies to de-escalate conflicts with inmates and apply the least amount of force necessary to gain control.
City leaders have called the use of force policy revealed Thursday one of the nation’s more progressive policies.
Under the new guidelines, deputies must attempt to de-escalate conflicts and avoid restraining inmates in a way that makes it hard for them to breathe. Deputies who witness other officers in use-of-force incidents must also try to intervene.
Safety director Stephanie O’Malley told the Denver Post deputies who use force on an inmate will be evaluated on whether it was reasonable and necessary.
The new policy comes after Denver spent millions in legal settlements tied to the 2010 jail death of Marvin Booker and 2011 abuse of inmate Jamal Hunter.
Police shoot, kill man who hit, dragged officer with car
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster police shot and killed a man who ran over and dragged an officer with his car.
Investigators say the man, whose name and age have not been released, fought with officers and tried to flee Thursday afternoon. He was shot when he hit one of the officers.
The injured officer was hospitalized but is expected to survive.
The suspect was wanted on multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants. No other information was released.
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