Colorado News Roundup: Driver who crashed bulldozer into home had medical condition (07.23.16)
DENVER — Investigators say a man operating a bulldozer had a medical emergency that caused him to accidentally plow into a home in Denver.
The Denver Post reports the crash happened in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood Friday afternoon. The driver, whose name and medical condition have not been released, suffered minor injuries.
Capt. Greg Pixley with the Denver Fire Department says firefighters worked to shore up the home, which was unoccupied and has been condemned. The bulldozer demolished a deck, an exterior wall and part of the home’s roof.
No other information was released.
Parolee touted as model of success gets life in prison
DENVER — A man who was touted by a state parole administrator as a model of success in a meeting with legislators just 16 days before a fatal stabbing has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Denver Post reports Calvin Johnson, a homeless parolee, was sentenced Friday for the New Year’s death of 50-year-old Teodoro Leon III. Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder.
Alison Morgan, deputy director of parole, discussed Johnson’s success overcoming troubles linked to mental illness at a Dec. 16 Joint Judiciary Committee hearing.
Prosecutors say Johnson stabbed Leon 30 times near the parole office to retaliate against his parole officers, who he said were not giving him enough resources to survive.
Man gets 35 years for stabbing pregnant girlfriend to death
PUEBLO, Colo. — A man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend to death in Pueblo has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports 57-year-old Joseph Romero was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the January 2015 death of 25-year-old Phenia Martinez.
Investigators say Martinez’s young daughters told them the couple had been fighting on Jan. 5, 2015, and that Romero had threatened to kill Martinez. Martinez’s body was discovered Jan. 12, 2015, after police searched the couple’s apartment.
Martinez, who was eight months pregnant, was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso and neck. She also had a cut across the front of her neck.
Romero turned himself in to police.
Motorcycle deaths increasing in Colorado after peak in 2015
DENVER — More motorcycle riders are dying in Colorado so far this year after the deaths reached an all-time high in 2015.
The Denver Post reports Colorado Department of Transportation data shows 58 deaths this year through July 20, up from 51 at the same time in 2015.
Motorcyclist deaths peaked last year at 105 people. In 2014, there were 94 motorcycle deaths.
Traffic safety spokesman Sam Cole said in a statement that riders and drivers need to help combat this alarming problem that is growing nationwide.
There were 34 riders without helmets among the 58 motorcyclists who died this year.
Motorcycle safety campaigns have promoted rider safety courses and asked drivers to look closer for motorcycles.
All traffic deaths in 2015 increased by about 10 percent from 2014.
Wildlife officials rescue rare trout from Colorado wildfire
DENVER — Colorado wildlife officials have rescued an endangered trout species from a creek in the path of the wildfire burning in the southern Colorado mountains.
The Denver Post reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife says many of the rare cutthroat trout were taken from the fire zone on Wednesday to an isolation chamber near Gunnison.
Officials had been concerned that ash and other sediment from the fire would wash into the Hayden Creek where the fish live, threatening their food and oxygen supply. The fish only live in that stretch of lake and wildlife officials were concerned the endangered species would go extinct without intervention.
About 200 fish were caught in the creek, ensuring the future of the species.
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