Colorado’s News Roundup: Denver airport ups fence security, but intrusions persist (05.26.16)
May 26, 2016
Here's what's going on around Colorado today:
Denver airport ups fence security, but intrusions persist
DENVER — Two intruders got past perimeter security at Denver International Airport, including one last year and another in January.
The airport that's twice the size of Manhattan saw one breach of its perimeter security in 2015 when someone drove through a vehicle gate, and another in January when a person climbed a fence and was arrested.
Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says the airport recently invested in technology to monitor its three dozen miles of fencing.
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The Associated Press compiled the information as part of its investigation into perimeter breaches at major U.S. airports. Nationally, breaches remain as frequent as ever, and are happening on average every 10 days at one of the 31 airports AP studied.
Starting in 2004, the airport has had 10 perimeter breaches. AP documented 345 breaches nationally.
Colorado Springs man jailed for unruly behavior on flight
DENVER — A man charged with causing a disturbance on a flight from Philadelphia to Denver in which crew members armed themselves with an ice breaking hammer and a pot of hot coffee has been sentenced to four months in jail.
The Denver Post reports that Joseph Wayne Lynch II, of Colorado Springs, was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release after being found guilty of interfering with the U.S. Airways flight crew.
Court documents say Lynch became loud and threatening after a flight attendant refused to serve him more alcohol during the Aug. 4 trip. He also was accused of repeatedly placing his hand on the small of the flight attendant's back before grabbing her and kissing her neck.
Man charged after 3-year-old son finds gun, shoots himself
DENVER — Prosecutors have charged a man after his 3-year-old son found a gun and accidentally shot himself in the hip.
The Denver Post reports 22-year-old Tagee Robinson faces one count of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, as well as possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Maro Casparian says Robinson kept the .38-caliber pistol in a safe, where the boy found it Sunday. It's unclear if the boy turned a key that was in the safe or if the safe was unlocked.
Robinson, who has been released on bond, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Third victim dies from fire at Denver-area group home
DENVER — Authorities say a third victim has died from injuries sustained in a fire at a group home in suburban Denver.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says 24-year-old Cristina Covington died Saturday, one week after the May 14 blaze in Arvada. The coroner says the victim had suffered a combination of smoke inhalation and burns.
Firefighters had responded to find heavy smoke billowing from the front of the home, which was a host residence for the developmentally disabled. They removed seven people, six of whom were transported to hospitals for treatment.
Thirty-nine-year-old Tanya Marie Bell and a 4-year-old girl later died.
Investigators have not yet released the cause of the fire.
Driver injured in Interstate 25 tanker accident
COLORADO CITY, Colo. — The driver of a tanker hauling butane has been injured in an accident after his truck rolled on Interstate 25 south of Pueblo.
The Colorado State Patrol says the cab of the truck caught fire, but the butane container was only damaged and did not explode in the accident Thursday morning.
The state patrol says the Rye Fire Department responded to the crash and contained the fire. The driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Traffic in both directions was closed for hours while the butane was removed.
Former sheriff surrenders on extortion, kidnapping charges
DENVER — A former Colorado sheriff has surrendered after he was indicted on charges including extortion, false imprisonment, second-degree kidnapping and official misconduct.
Terry Maketa, who resigned in 2014 from his post in El Paso County, was indicted Wednesday along with former Undersheriff Paula Presley and former sheriff's commander Juan San Agustin.
Gilpin County sheriff's spokeswoman Cherokee Blake says Maketa surrendered early Thursday and was released after posting $10,000 bond.
Maketa and Presley are accused of threatening to terminate a contract with a company if the company didn't fire an employee.
Maketa, Presley and San Augustin also are accused of coercing a woman who was involved in a domestic dispute with a deputy to recant her story. The woman was then arrested.
No attorney was listed for Maketa in court records.