The Colorado news roundup: The state’s next lieutenant governor, Olympic wear and a road-rage golfer (04.27.16)
Here’s what’s happening across Colorado today:
US Olympians get nautical look for Rio’s closing ceremony
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic athletes from the United States will look ready to sail back home when they attend the closing ceremony at this year’s games in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic Committee debuted the parade uniforms made by Polo Ralph Lauren during NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday. American athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics will wear red, white and blue button-down shirts worn over a striped T-shirt, white chino shorts and boat shoes.
And don’t forget the red, white and blue striped belt that completes the nautical-themed look described as “crisp, sporty and classic” in a USOC news release.
Also Wednesday, South Korea’s Olympic committee announced Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants to help protect athletes from the mosquito-borne virus. The USOC doesn’t seem quite so worried with the shorts-and-rolled-up-sleeves look.
Four years ago, the USOC and Ralph Lauren heard criticism from members of Congress when it was revealed Team USA apparel such as berets, blazers and pants were made in China instead of in the U.S. for the London Games.
The company said apparel for U.S. Olympic athletes would be made in America for the 2014 Sochi Games. Apparel for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Rio Games will also be made in the U.S.
Swimmers Ryan Lochte and Haley Anderson, and wrestler Jordan Burroughs modeled the men’s and women’s uniforms for Wednesday’s reveal.
Body of man who jumped from Royal Gorge Bridge recovered
PUEBLO, Colo. — Authorities have recovered the body of a Colorado Springs man who jumped from the Royal Gorge Bridge in southern Colorado.
Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller tells The Pueblo Chieftain that 26-year-old Jordan Loriss’ body was pulled from the Arkansas River late Saturday, 18 days after he jumped from the bridge.
The body was spotted in swift water Saturday afternoon.
Several people saw Loriss jump from the bridge April 6. The suspension bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 956 feet.
DA: Northglenn officer justified when he shot armed suspect
DENVER — Prosecutors say a Northglenn police officer was justified when he shot and injured a man who fired at him at a gas station.
The Denver Post reports 24-year-old Adrian Moya shot the officer in the abdomen and chest during a traffic stop Dec. 19. The officer, who was saved by his ballistic vest, returned fire and wounded Moya in the right and left upper shoulders, the chin and in both legs.
District Attorney Dave Young wrote in a letter to Police Chief Jim May on Tuesday that the officer had no choice but to shoot.
Moya, who was a passenger in the car and was wanted on an arrest warrant, was charged with attempted first-degree murder. A call to his attorney in the state public defender’s office was not returned Tuesday night.
Man charged with running down golfer with golf cart
DENVER — Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has filed assault charges against a 57-year-old man accused of running down a golfer with a golf cart.
Richard Ponds is accused of second-degree assault. There was no attorney listed for Ponds in court files.
Ponds is accused of running down the unidentified man on April 3 at Wellshire Golf Course after the two men got into an argument.
According to the Denver Post, the victim told police he got into a dispute because the suspect refused to get off the golf course after he was finished.
Morrissey says Ponds ran the man down with a golf cart, causing injuries that required stitches.
Ponds is due back in court May 17.
Student injured when science project causes small explosion
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A student at Hidden Lake High School has been injured after a science project caused a small explosion on Wednesday.
The Westminster Fire Department says the student was taken to a hospital and the school was evacuated.
The student has not been identified and classes have been canceled.
Firefighters say the situation is under control and investigators are trying to determine the cause.
Man dead after officer shooting
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Police in Colorado say a man has been killed in a shooting that involved officers.
The Denver post reports that Lakewood police spokesman Detective Ty Countryman says officers had been monitoring a suspicious vehicle in a Motel 6 parking lot on Tuesday. Countryman says a man approached the car and officers tried to question him, but he ran off on foot.
After a foot chase, the man fired at officers and they returned the shots. The man was declared dead on the scene.
Three officers have been put on pay administrative leave. Countryman says that is a standard policy.
Officers also questioned a woman who was a passenger in the car.
Former Mancos marshal gets probation for DUI
CORTEZ, Colo. — The former marshal of the southwestern Colorado town of Mancos who pleaded guilty to drunken driving has been sentenced to probation.
The Cortez Journal reports that 55-year-old John Cox was also ordered Tuesday to complete community service and stay away from alcohol for 12 months.
Cox had been charged with a DUI after losing control of his pickup and sliding into a guardrail near the La Plata-Montezuma county line in November.
He was placed on leave after the incident and eventually resigned.
Cox also pleaded guilty to official misconduct in March and was sentenced to probation. Prosecutors say he falsified a woman’s speeding ticket and abused his power as a law officer. He was ordered to pay $224 in restitution to the victim.
2016 wildfire season expected to be less severe
DENVER — The nation’s top wildfire-fighting official says the 2016 season isn’t expected to be as bad as last year, when a record 15,800 square miles burned nationwide.
But U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that Southern California, other parts of the Southwest, Alaska and Montana could face severe fires.
Tidwell spoke to The Associated Press four days before the federal government issues its wildfire outlook for the summer season. He was in Denver for a conference on forest health.
Much of California remains in a long-term drought, despite an El Nino weather system that brought near-average snowfall to its mountains.
Tidwell says Montana and Alaska also suffered through dry winters.
The Forest Service is the nation’s primary wildfire-fighting agency. Last year it spent a record $1.72 billion fighting fires.
Proposed Colorado lieutenant governor clears 1st hurdle
DENVER — The nominee for Colorado’s next lieutenant governor sailed through her first legislative test Wednesday, when Democratic health care executive Donna Lynne won bipartisan support in her first confirmation hearing.
Lynne told lawmakers she’s work to improve government efficiency and called on Colorado to consider multi-year budgeting, more like the private sector. She said she’d work on improving employment and protecting small hospitals in rural areas, and she vowed that state agencies in the executive branch would do a better job telling lawmakers what they’re up to.
The House committee approved Lynne’s nomination 6-2. She now awaits confirmation by the full House and then the Senate.
Current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is leaving state government on Friday to run a private higher-education group. Hickenlooper nominated Lynne last month.
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