Colorado News Roundup: NTSB: Pilot error caused plane crash that killed 5 (08.13.16)
DENVER — Federal investigators say pilot error caused a small plane crash north of Denver that killed all five people on board.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say 67-year-old Oliver Frascona failed to maintain airspeed and exceeded his aircraft’s critical angle of attack, causing the Piper PA 46 Malibu to stall. The NTSB also concluded that his decision to land on a runway with another plane taking off in the opposing direction contributed to the crash.
The Denver Post reports the Aug. 31, 2014, crash killed Frascona, 41-year-old Tori Rains-Wedan and her three sons — 15-year-old Mason and 11-year-old twin brothers Austin and Hunter. A dog also died when the plane went down.
The NTSB report released Wednesday says Frascona’s plane came within close proximity of the departing aircraft.
No charges, for now, after girl drowns in swimming pool
DENVER — Prosecutors have decided not to charge the mother of a 7-year-old girl who drowned in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Arapahoe County.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Eve Gbeugre was taken into custody after investigators determined the child got access to the pool when she was left alone in the home for an undisclosed amount of time.
No attorney for the mother was listed in court records.
The sheriff’s office says deputies were called to the apartment complex Thursday evening after someone pulled the girl from the pool. Investigators say the girl was apparently unsupervised at the time.
Prosecutors say they could file charges in the future.
Man hit, killed by Jeep on frontage road near Frederick
LONGMONT, Colo. — Authorities are investigating after a Jeep hit and killed a man who was walking along an Interstate 25 frontage road in northern Colorado.
The Longmont Times-Call reports 50-year-old James Lutton III, of Thornton, was struck near Frederick on Friday morning. He died at the scene.
Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol says the 53-year-old driver was not injured and remained at the scene after the crash, which shut the road down for about five hours. Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol was involved.
3 Denver deputies fired for excessive force against inmates
DENVER — The Denver Sheriff’s Department has fired three deputies within a two-week period for using excessive force against inmates.
The Denver Post reports that Deputy William Jackson and Deputy Steven Roybal were terminated June 27, and Deputy Monwell Fuller was terminated July 12. All three incidents occurred at the Downton Detention Center.
Jackson’s termination stems from a November 2014 incident where he threw a mentally ill patient back into his cell after seizing a bible as contraband.
In July 2015 Roybal smashed an inmate’s finger after kicking a cell-door flap, leading to his termination.
Fuller was fired after a January conflict with an inmate where officials determined he used force as retaliation.
Attorneys for all three deputies argued against their terminations.
Suspect shot by Lakewood police serving warrants
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Lakewood police shot and wounded a man while they were trying to serve felony warrants.
Police spokesman Rob Albrets says they found the man at a convenience store early Saturday and the man told them he was armed.
According to KMGH-TV, a SWAT responded and the man was shot.
The man has not been identified and his condition was not available.
Fort Collins officials wrangle over tax spending limits
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Officials in Fort Collins are wrangling over legal options while trying to decide whether they might have to give back some of the revenues they raised for a sales tax for local projects because of Colorado’s limits on taxes and spending.
It may take a measure on the November ballot to resolve the issue. Taxpayers were promised that the revenue would be used for street maintenance and transportation projects, police and fire services, parks and recreation, and other community projects.
Fort Collins voters approved the 0.85 percent tax with 60 percent of the vote in 2010.
A provision in the state’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights requires a taxing authority to refund money collected above the amount projected in the election notice. It also calls for adjusting the tax rate so that it brings in the projected amount, but voters can give permission for the city to keep extra revenue in another election, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported.
Officials say the city could be forced to refund up to $10 million.
The Fort Collins City Council is expected to consider publicly releasing a legal memo analyzing the city’s situation on Sept. 6.
City officials have said they were not aware of Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) requirement until it was brought to their attention this year.
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