Colorado’s News Roundup: Trial of man accused of killing State Patrol cadet underway (09.22.16)
September 22, 2016
LONGMONT, Colo. — The trial of a man accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injuring a trooper while fleeing a traffic stop near Longmont is underway.
The Daily Times-Call reports that testimony in 28-year-old Christopher Gebers' murder trial began Wednesday, with the trooper he injured, Clinton Rushing, sitting front and center.
In addition to the murder charge connected to the death of cadet Taylor Thyfault, Gebers is facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of vehicular eluding, one count of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and a number of drug charges.
Prosecutors say he was fleeing a traffic stop when he came upon an unrelated traffic crash west of Longmont and struck Rushing and Thyfault. Gebers blames a mechanical malfunction on his car for the crash.
Driver sought in Larimer County crash that killed bicyclist
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Authorities are looking for a hit-and-run suspect in a crash that killed a bicyclist in Larimer County.
The Coloradoan reports that 43-year-old Jason Holden, of Berthoud, died at the scene of the Tuesday night crash near Carter Lake.
The Colorado State Patrol says a white sedan or SUV may have made contact with the bicycle while passing it, causing Holden to lose control and fall onto the road. The victim was then struck by a pickup truck.
The driver of the truck was uninjured and remained at the scene after the crash.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating the driver of the white vehicle.
Holden's death marks the county's 37th traffic fatality this year. Records show there were 31 deaths at the same time last year.
Mike Pence, Trump children campaigning in Colorado
DENVER — Representatives of Donald Trump are campaigning around Colorado on Thursday.
Ivanka Trump spoke to the Colorado Women's Alliance at a breakfast in Denver and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence was set to appear at a town hall meeting in Colorado Springs in the afternoon Thursday.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to visit Grand Junction in the evening to talk to sportsmen about wildlife conservation and management.
Trump himself campaigned in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Confidential Army records found in field in Fountain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Army records containing personal information and health information have been found in a field in Fountain.
The Gazette reports that Fort Carson officials say the records have been recovered by military police investigators and a suspect has been identified.
The records were related to 2008-2014 legal actions in the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and were scheduled for destruction.
Officials say it appears the records being stolen is an isolated incident, but an investigation is ongoing.
Patients at USAFA clinic warned of possible contamination
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officials are notifying 267 patients who underwent gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures at an Air Force Academy clinic that they might have been exposed to contaminated medical equipment.
The Veterans Affairs Department announced Wednesday an airman at the clinic skipped a step in cleaning endoscopes between June and September. The Gazette reports 61 veterans are being notified of the mistake, and the Air Force Academy is contacting another 206 patients who might be at risk of infection.
Endoscopy procedures, used to check the digestive tract for abnormalities, have been canceled.
Academy officials say the 19 scopes involved were checked and found to be free of any infectious material. But the school acknowledges there's still a risk.
The clinic opened five years ago after the Air Force and the VA agreed to pool resources.