Colorado News Roundup: Jefferson County woman killed, son injured by their own dogs (08.30.16)
DENVER — A Jefferson County woman has died and her son has been injured after their two dogs attacked them.
The Denver Post reports that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about the attack Monday night and deputies found the woman and her son at their Conifer home.
The woman died at the scene. Officials say her son, who is in his late teens or early 20s, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says the mother and son were attacked by their two terrier-pit bull mix dogs.
The dogs are in custody of Jefferson County Animal Control and an investigation is ongoing.
The victims’ names have not been released.
Man says he crashed car to kill 2-year-old son
DENVER — A man has been charged with attempted murder after authorities say he told investigators in suburban Denver that he purposefully crashed his car in an effort to kill his toddler son.
Nathan Weitzel is being jailed on $500,000 bail in connection with the Aug. 21 wreck in Centennial.
KUSA-TV reports that the 2-year-old boy, who was unrestrained in the vehicle, suffered a concussion and broken leg but is expected to recover.
Court documents say Weitzel told an Arapahoe County sheriff’s investigator that he planned the crash because he didn’t “think he was man enough to raise a child.” He also reported using cocaine the day of the incident.
Weitzel allegedly told investigators that he took his son to play in a park before the crash and thought of ways he could kill him.
Documents do not indicate if Weitzel has an attorney.
Teen driver arrested for fatal drag-racing crash in Denver
DENVER — Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old driver who they say was street racing when he fatally struck a pedestrian in Denver and then left the scene of the crash.
The Denver Post reports the victim of the Sunday night crash has been identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Richling, who died of multiple blunt force injuries.
The teen faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Police say witnesses reported that the teen, who was driving a Dodge Caliber with only a learner’s permit, was racing a black sedan before he struck Richling as the man crossed the street.
The teen left the scene and called his family, who then led the suspect to police.
Police are still looking for the driver of the sedan.
Colorado’s ranch-turned-tire-dump undergoes cleanup
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Officials say cleanup is underway at a former ranch that became a dumping site for tires in northern Colorado.
The Coloradoan reports that tires began piling up at the 17,000-acre Roberts Ranch in the 1970s. D.L. Roberts wrote in an email that his father, Evan Roberts, used tires to serve as a base for a damn to battle erosion, but things spiraled out of control.
The land is under a conservation easement to Larimer County and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment awarded a $495,000 grant for its cleanup. Officials at first estimated that the ranch near Livermore held 200,000 to 300,000 tires, but the number appears to be closer to 100,000.
This phase of the cleanup is estimated to be finished by the end of September.
Suspicious item spotted in cabin delays flight to Denver
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say a Southwest Airlines flight from Albuquerque to Denver has been delayed after a suspicious item was spotted in the cabin before takeoff.
Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Dan Jiron says the plane was scheduled to depart before 5 p.m. Monday.
Instead, the plane was evacuated and taxied to a remote part of the airport and passengers were taken by bus back to the terminal.
Jiron says the item and plane was inspected and cleared by airport authorities and a canine.
He says it’s unclear what the suspicious item was, but passengers are being rescreened before boarding the plane again.
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