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Corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens expected to bloom in September

1 hour 43 min ago

DENVER  — The Denver Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower is expected to bloom in all its rotting-corpse-smelling glory in early to mid-September.

The Denver Post reports horticulturalists at the Gardens warned there is always the possibility that the bloom will be a bust, but the 18-year-old plant is enough of an anomaly to draw crowds.

The pungent flower blooms only once every 3 to 15 years. The bloom lasts for up to 48 hours.

The Botanic Gardens will be open for regular hours during the bloom, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On bloom day, members can turn up an hour early to get the first sniffs.

The bloom boasts a stench said to smell like rotting flesh. The smell, intended to attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination, gets stronger in late evening.

Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to survive

2 hours 27 min ago

WASHINGTON — The former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has a dire warning for Republicans.

Bannon tells The Associated Press that he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he’s convinced will pursue impeachment.

He argues there’s still time to turn that around and is launching a group, Citizens of the American Republic, to pitch the election as a vote to protect Trump from that outcome.

Democrats need to flip 24 Republican seats to retake the House and have grown bullish about their chances.

Bannon says his venture will focus on rapid response and polling.

Hiker rescued by helicopter after falling 100 feet down Maroon Peak

3 hours 10 min ago

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. – A hiker was airlifted and treated after becoming stranded on Maroon Peak near Aspen on Sunday.

A call for help came into authorities just before 1 p.m. reporting a hiker in distress. The hiker, Keith Brewer of Austin, TX, reportedly fell 100 feet off of Maroon Peak and into a gully.

The passerby reported that the hiker was injured severely enough that they would not be able to climb out of the gully without help.

A helicopter from Flight for Life and a Blackhawk helicopter were used to evacuate the hiker.

The hiker was airlifted out of the gully at 3:28 p.m. and taken to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Mountain Rescue Aspen says hikers should hike with a partner or have a device such a personal locator beacon in reach while hiking in the backcountry.

Dry and mild weather to start the week

3 hours 27 min ago

It has been a cool day and gusty day on the Front Range and plains with high temperatures only reaching the 60s and 70s. Winds will calm down after sunset tonight. A few isolated showers and storms will continue this evening on the plains before wrapping up late tonight.

Monday's weather will be great for outdoor activities. Eastern Colorado will stay dry with a high temperature of 77 degrees  in Denver.

Temperatures will stay in the upper 70s on Tuesday with storm chances returning in the afternoon and evening. Denver will have a 20 percent chance of storms Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.

By Thursday, high temperatures will climb back into the upper 80s and will stay warm into the weekend.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Firefighters rescue 14-year-old husky from Pennsylvania sinkhole

3 hours 58 min ago

OLD FORGE, Pa. – Emergency crews rescued a dog after the senior pup tumbled into a sinkhole in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Thursday.

Tom Borthwick, of Old Forge, said he was surprised to see the hole that had opened up on his family's property, and even more surprised when he got close to the edge and saw his son's dog at the bottom.

"I saw a hole in the yard and I thought, 'What's that?' I walked over and saw that my son's dog was in the hole. He's a 14-year-old husky, he's got a little arthritis, so I hope he's OK. He looks like he's OK," Borthwick said.

Damon the dog was about eight feet below ground in a sinkhole that was likely caused by the previous week's heavy rain.

The Borthwicks called the police and then the fire department, which came equipped with a ladder truck, a pulley system, and a few of Damon's favorite treats.

Firefighters lowered Lt. Ron Coles into the hole, who managed to secure Damon and bring the unharmed husky to the surface.

"(Damon) seemed tired, he didn't want to fight," Lt. Coles said. "It was really easy to put (on) the harness (and) attach him to me."

The fire department has run a few pet rescue operations but a dog in a sinkhole was admittedly a new one for Old Forge.

It's been a rough week for many in Old Forge after the area was hit hard by flooding. For the first responders, a happy ending was long overdue.

"The firemen, they've been running nonstop from road closures, and flooding roadways, to pumping hundreds and hundreds of basements throughout the borough. So, you got to give a lot of credit to them for them to find the time to pick a dog out of a hole," said Old Forge Police Chief Jason Dubernas.

Damon won't be allowed in the backyard for a while, the family said.

Officials from the Office of Surface Mining plan to come out on Friday to check out the sinkhole and try to figure out how to fix it.

Colorado Classic pedals through downtown Denver

5 hours 34 min ago

DENVER — With mural-lined buildings dotting the road to the finish line, the best cyclists in the world whizzed through downtown Denver Sunday for the final leg of the Colorado Classic.

Now in its second year, the race has drawn worldwide attention, allowing men and women to tackle some of the toughest terrain in the country.

“Not a lot of women get opportunities to race with the men at this high of a level,” said professional cyclist Nicole Bresstrich. “So it means a lot to cyclists, and it’s awesome to see the community come together and put on an event like this.”

The 4 day race started in Vail, before moving to the front range for the final 2 days.

Saturday’s leg included a trek up Lookout Mountain, a route local cyclists know well.

“Some of the rides that we’re used to doing, it’s fun to compare yourself to those guys going up those climbs,” said Devin Rhinehart.

On Sunday, they circled Coors Field and City Park, before finishing near 30th and Blake.

“When those guys go by, just the feel of the wind, you can tell they’re really moving,” says Rhinehart.

Organizers have not announced a location or route for 2019.

Get the full results on their website.

Man bites off another man’s finger in golf course brawl

5 hours 44 min ago

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A man has bitten off another man’s finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course.

WCVB-TV reports a 47-year-old man was arrested at the Southers Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth Friday after he apparently got into a fight with another golfer and bit off a part of his thumb.

The station reports the victim’s thumb had been bitten off to his knuckle and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The incident happened around sunset.

The attacker was arrested and charged with mayhem. A police dispatcher declined to comment Saturday and Chief Michael Botieri didn’t immediately return a call seeking more information.

Marquez, LeMahieu help Rockies complete sweep of Braves

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ATLANTA — German Marquez and DJ LeMahieu added to their impressive road success, leading Colorado to a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday for the Rockies’ first four-game sweep in Atlanta.

LeMahieu gave Colorado the lead with his third-inning homer to left field, his second in two days. He has hit nine of his 11 homers on the road, including the shot that gave Colorado the 10th-inning lead in Saturday night’s 5-3 win.

Marquez (11-9) won his fourth straight road decision. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings and has not lost away from home since June 14 at Philadelphia.

Marquez allowed a run in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johan Camargo’s single. He then threw four straight scoreless innings before Camargo’s single in the sixth again drove in Freeman.

The Rockies, battling Arizona for the NL West lead, completed a 5-1 road trip to improve to 37-29 away from Coors Field. They have won their last four series in Atlanta; the Braves won two of three in Colorado from April 6-8.

Trevor Story led off the second with a tying homer off Anibal Sanchez (6-4) into the Colorado bullpen behind the left-field wall.

Following LeMahieu’s homer in the third, David Dahl doubled and scored on Nolan Arenado’s single.

Sanchez allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez hit a run-scoring single off Brad Brach in the ninth to drive in Ryan McMahon, who singled and moved to second on Brach’s balk. Gerardo Parra, who hit a one-out single, was thrown out at third by center fielder Ender Inciarte while trying to advance on McMahon’s bouncer up the middle.

Wade Davis gave up a one-out single to Inciarte but had three strikeouts in the ninth for his NL-leading 35th save.

Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0 for 4. His team-record streak of reaching safely in nine consecutive plate appearances leading off a game ended with his fly ball to center in the first.

The Braves, trying to protect their slim NL East lead, fell to 9-18 against the NL West this season. They are 40-19 against NL East teams.

Colorado’s only previous sweep in Atlanta was in a three-game series Sept. 12-14, 1997.

Analysts project Colorado could get additional congressional seat after 2020 census

7 hours 16 min ago

DENVER — Colorado could gain additional congressional seat following the 2020 census, according to the latest estimates by analysts at The Washington Post.

The seat would be Colorado’s eighth seat in Congress, up from the current seven. According to the data by The Post, Colorado would be one six states projected to gain at least one additional seat in Congress following the next census.

If it happens, the first election for the seat would take place in 2022.

The possible eighth seat will make the competitive race for governor and state legislative elections even more important in Colorado. That’s because the districts are drawn by the state legislative and then the governor approves them.

The governor can also choose to veto the lines.

Other states that are projected to gain seats, according to The Post, include Texas with three, Florida with two, while Arizona, North Carolina and Oregon are projected to join Colorado with one more additional seat.

Former doctor guilty of raping heavily sedated patient will serve no prison time

7 hours 24 min ago

HOUSTON — A former doctor found guilty of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve prison time, according to the Houston Chronicle.

On Friday, Shafeeq Sheikh was sentenced to 10 months of probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The judge, Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken, was required by law to follow the sentencing recommended by jurors, according to the paper.

In 2013, a woman checked into Ben Taub Hospital after complaining of wheezing and shortness of breath. The woman, who was not one of Sheikh’s patients, was sedated and kept overnight at the hospital.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Sheikh initially entered the woman’s room “after he noticed her breast implants.”

Police said Sheikh entered the victim’s room several times and sexually assaulted her. In court, Sheikh admitted to sexual contact but claimed it was consensual.

The victim reportedly tried to press a nurse’s button to get help but it was unplugged.

Sheikh’s medical license was revoked in 2015, according to KIAH. A rape kit and hospital security cameras led to his arrest and conviction.

Proposed Wyoming wind farm could power several northern Colorado cities

9 hours 16 min ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposed wind energy project in southern Wyoming could provide power to more than 70,000 homes in several communities in northern Colorado.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project, which would be operated by Utah-based Enyo Renewable Energy, would use 75 turbines to generate 150 megawatts of energy annually for homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park.

If approved, the wind farm would become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power.

The Fort Collins City Council, as well as the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s industrial siting council, must approve the project, which could be completed as early as 2020.

The total projected cost of the wind farm has not been released.

ICE detains man who was driving pregnant wife to hospital to give birth

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Joel Arrona was heading to a California hospital with his pregnant wife for a planned cesarean section when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained him, forcing his pregnant wife to complete the journey and deliver the baby without him.

Arrona, 35, is “a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States” and has an outstanding warrant for homicide charges in Mexico, ICE said in a statement.

His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, 32, says the charges are “a misunderstanding” in Mexico.

His detention took place Wednesday, when Arrona was driving to the 10 a.m. appointment and decided to stop for gas. In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Venegas said people who “looked like security” knocked on her window.

“I never imagined they were from ICE,” Venegas said, adding that the officers didn’t identify themselves as ICE and that she was unaware of their presence before they came knocking.

The officers then asked for identification from both Arrona and his wife. Venegas says she is undocumented, but was able to provide a driver’s license. Arrona, however, had left home “in a hurry,” according to his attorney, Emilio Amaya García, so he was unable to present ID.

Venegas said she began pleading with officers because the couple was three blocks from their home and were on the way to the hospital. She started worrying when the officers cuffed her husband.

“I was going crazy,” she said. The agent reassured her not to worry and that her husband would be able to join her at the hospital in two hours and gave her a business card. That’s when she realized it was ICE, she said.

The encounter was captured on the gas station’s security camera.

Venegas waited at the gas station for a while, she said. Then she decided to leave, and pick up and drop off her children with someone, before heading to the hospital around 5 p.m.

She had her baby boy, the couple’s fifth child, on Friday, García said. The couple has five children, three of whom were born in the US. She said she went back home Saturday night.

“I’m well healthwise, but emotionally bad,” she said. The whole ordeal for her has been a nightmare, she said. “I had wanted it to be a dream.”

ICE said in a statement that Arrona is in custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy,” the statement said. “ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

Saturday was the first day Venegas spoke with her husband since his detention. Both she and her husband are from Guanajuato, Mexico, she said. They knew each other as kids and got married in Mexico. Her husband came to the US 12 years ago, and she followed him two years later.

Houston school takes down ‘sexist’ quote from school hallway after social media controversy

11 hours 4 min ago

HOUSTON -- A Houston school has removed a quote popularized by a former New York madam after social media controversy over the saying, which was posted in a hallway above school lockers, according to KIAH.

The controversial quote read: "The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman."

The Houston Independent School District says the quote was removed Friday evening. They also issued a statement:

"The Houston Independent School District acted swiftly to remove a quote at one of our schools that does not support our values. The input of our community is invaluable, and we appreciate that this was brought to our attention."

The saying had been on a wall above lockers in Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for the Performing and Visual Arts for five years, according to KTRK, but it was removed after a mother posted an image of the quote to social media.

Some saw it as sexist or misogynistic. Some saw it as a way of reminding young people about respect.

"It's perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It's sexist, mysogonistic, and discriminatory!" Lisa H. Beckman, who first shared the image of the quote, wrote on Twitter Friday.

Beckman told CNN Saturday that her children attend school in the Houston Independent School District but not the school where the quote was displayed. She saw the photo on a friend's Facebook page and asked permission to share it.

"As soon as I saw it I was outraged," she said.

Beckman said the quote perpetuates a "misogynistic society."

"It's a bigger problem than just a quote on a wall, it's how women in this country are treated," Beckman said. "My goal by posting it to Twitter was to get the school to take it down before any other children saw it."

Beckman said the school the quote was taken down within 10 hours of her tweeting the photo Friday.

Other Twitter users also reacted.

"Why would that be disgusting? I think it's true in BOTH senses. If you act more like a gentleman, she will act more like a lady. This is to say- if you show nobility, more people will follow suit. I believe people are looking too much into this and CREATING an issue," Michael Waters tweeted.

A famed former New York madam said she used the quote to guide her "girls" in the 1980s.

The quote has been attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows, whose arrest in 1984 was national news because of her upscale clients inspired a made-for-TV movie starring Candice Bergen.

In an 1987 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Barrows, a descendant of two passengers of the Mayflower and who came to be known in media as "the Mayflower Madam," said she would tell her workers the quote was a "basic rule that you should always keep in mind."

The quote was on a wall of the Gregory-Lincoln PK-5 Education Center, according to the Houston Independent School District.

CNN reached out to Gregory-Lincoln school, a combined elementary and middle school, for comment but didn't get an immediate response.

Backstreet Boys concert canceled after 14 injured when metal structure blown over during storm

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. — At least 14 people were sent to the hospital Saturday after a storm knocked over concert entrance trusses at an Oklahoma outdoor concert venue hosting the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, according to KFOR.

The staff at the venue had begun evacuating fans after lightning was spotted, Kym Koch Thompson, a spokeswoman for WinStar World Casino and Resort, said.

But about 150 people in line “did not heed staff’s warnings.”

Thompson said the area was pounded by heavy rain and winds as strong as 80 mph.

Prior to the incident, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson tweeted that the bands were expecting a sold-out concert with about 12,000 attendees. Richardson later tweeted that the concert had been canceled because of the storm and injuries to fans.

Linda Tesfatsion was waiting for the concert to start at the venue in Thackerville when the storm went through, she said.

“Hundreds of Backstreet Boys fans playing chicken with an Oklahoma storm right now. Giant metal entrance structure, portable toilets, blew over. A handful of people left in ambulances,” she wrote on Twitter with a picture of the structure that fell.

She said she saw four people put on gurneys and taken away by ambulances. A few of the injured had bandages on their heads but were able to walk, she said.

The metal structure that fell was holding up a purple banner that read “The Colosseum at WinStar,” she said.

Two of the people who were hospitalized have been released, Thompson said Saturday night.

In a tweet, the Backstreet Boys said they will attempt to reschedule the concert at a later date.

“We never want to put our fans in harm’s way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!”

Richardson tweeted, “unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety is always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!”

Members of the band 98 Degrees tweeted they were disappointed that Saturday’s show was canceled due to the weather.

“We know many of you traveled to be here today. Sending you all our love and hope to see you soon.”

Emergency personnel had to use a forklift to remove the metal sign from on top of people waiting in line at the @backstreetboys concert. #oknews #okwx #WinStarCasino #BackstreetBoys pic.twitter.com/jOcR18sffa

— Sydney Stavinoha (@SydneyStavinoha) August 18, 2018

Current scene at #WinStarWorldCasino. My stomach is in knots. A pavillion collapsed in front of us on people waiting in line at the @backstreetboys concert. #oknews #BSB #okwx pic.twitter.com/7Km54rfbg7

— Sydney Stavinoha (@SydneyStavinoha) August 18, 2018

Hey folks! Severe weather, high winds and rain just passed thru here in Thackerville, OK. Emergency crews are on the seen as tent calapsed and some folks who were seeking shelter were injured. Waiting to determine damage to our stage and production. Status of show TBD.

Rockies comeback to score 3 in 9th, LeMahieu homer in 10th tops Braves 5-3 on Saturday night

13 hours 17 min ago

ATLANTA — The Rockies struck for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning before DJ LeMahieu homered over the center field wall in the 10th Saturday night in a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.

LeMahieu’s drive off Luke Jackson cleared the 400-foot mark — the deepest part of the park.

“I hadn’t really hit the ball hard all night,” he said. “I was just trying to get on base.”

Carlos Gonzalez followed with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s single to complete a frustrating blown save for fill-in closer A.J. Minter.

Minter came in with a 3-0 lead to begin the ninth and retired the first two Colorado batters. But the Rockies followed with four straight hits, including a two-run double by Ian Desmond and a tying single by pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra.

Minter has been Atlanta’s closer since Arodys Vizcaino went on the disabled list last month with shoulder trouble.

Braves trainer George Poulis visited Minter on the mound early in the ninth to examine a cut on Minter’s left thumb. Minter said a fingernail caused the cut on his second pitch.

“It had nothing to do with the outcome of the game,” Minter said, adding the blown save was “just pretty pathetic on my part. My job was to come in and get three outs, especially in a three-run game, and I didn’t get the job done.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker described Minter, a rookie, as “still a work in progress” while mastering the command of pitches.

“It hasn’t been great for a few outings, really,” Snitker said. “He has continued to make pitches and not give in and get through it.”

LeMahieu hit his 10th homer with one out in the 10th off Jackson (1-1).

3 runs in the 9th, 2 in the 10th.

Tonight the @Rockies refused to lose. pic.twitter.com/1mZcpo9dZE

— MLB (@MLB) August 19, 2018

The Braves stranded a runner at third base in the ninth when Adam Ottavino (5-2) struck out Dansby Swanson to end the inning. Wade Davis pitched the 10th for his 34th save.

The Rockies have won the first three games of the four-game series to stay close to NL West-leading Arizona.

The NL East-leading Braves remained one-half game ahead of second-place Philadelphia.

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up four hits in seven innings and struck out nine.

Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the third inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits and a walk, scored twice and stole a base. Acuna singled, stole second and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single off Bryan Shaw in the eighth.

A fall-like Sunday with cooler temps, chance of showers

13 hours 24 min ago

DENVER — Temperatures will be significantly cooler as we end our weekend, with highs only making it into the low 70s.

Expect a mix of sun and clouds through the morning hours, with cloud cover gradually increasing by midday. An isolated shower or two will be possible throughout the afternoon, but the severe risk is lower compared to Saturday.

Pinpoint Weather: Forecast highs for Aug. 19, 2018

Unseasonably cool temperatures will stay with us through Monday, with highs in the upper 70s with mainly dry conditions.

Changes will start to move in by Tuesday, as the chance of rain returns. We’ll keep the chance of isolated showers in the forecast Tuesday through Thursday as temperatures steadily climb closer towards average, in the upper 80s.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado’s Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We’re tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News – and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Keenum rebounds, Chad Kelly continues to play well but Bears beat Broncos 24-23 in preseason game

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DENVER — The Broncos first-team offense and defense showed signs of improvement, but the Broncos lost, 24-23, in the final two minutes in their second preseason game of the season at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Saturday night.

Following last weeks 42-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Keenum and the first team offense needed to show Broncos Country what they were made of.

“Scoring points always feels better,” said Keenum, who led two scoring drives in three possessions one week after his dud of a Denver debut. “We executed. I think I finally got into a rhythm.”

Although the offense went three and out on their first series, the first-team defense backed up Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense to the goal line.  Following a bad snap to Trubisky, Bradley Chubb was there to force the safety.

The first-team offense also started looking good during their second series as Keenum and the Broncos got their first first down of the preseason. The Broncos made it to the red zone where Keenum overthrew Emmanuel Sanders on first and goal and then missed the fingertips of DaeSean Hamilton open in the end zone.

The Broncos settled for a 26-yard field goal from Brandon McManus to make it 5-0.

Trubisky passed to Trey Burton for a touchdown to give the Bears the lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

The first-team offense continued to find their groove and score their first touchdown of the preseason. The offense marched down the field in nine plays, 82 yards and topped it off with Royce Freeman running it in for the touchdown

Case Keenum hit Jeff Heuerman for the two-point conversion to make it 13-7.

Right up the middle.#CHIvsDEN | @rolls_royce21 pic.twitter.com/ZzHRYSqzKH

— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 19, 2018

Keenum would finish the night with 8/13 passing for 78 yards and a 78.4 rating.

Justin Simmons picked off Trubisky as Chad Kelly took over at quarterback near the 45 yard line. That would lead to a beautiful touchdown pass from Kelly to Courtland Sutton to put the Broncos up 20-7.

What a LASER from @Chadkelly_6 to @SuttonCourtland! #CHIvsDEN pic.twitter.com/Hlv1zvHq6D

— NFL (@NFL) August 19, 2018

Kelly continued to look comfortable as he made big plays throughout the third quarter. Kelly was named the second-string quarterback over Paxton Lynch following his performance in the preseason opener.

Kelly would finish the game with seven of nine passing for 90 yards and a touchdown with a 145.4 rating.

With the Broncos in control of the game at 23-10, Lynch entered the game with about a minute left in the third quarter as the crowd at Broncos Stadium booed the quarterback.

“Well, I feel bad for Paxton, but our fans want to win,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “That’s what it’s about, it’s about passion, I should say. But I feel bad for Paxton. But he has to ignore it and go play. It’s professional football. No one’s going to hold your hand, so he has to go out there and perform.”

Lynch played poorly again.

Just one week after his 24-yard performance that led to his demotion, he threw for just 5-of-11 for 39 yards and was sacked twice.

But as Bears backup quarterback Chase Daniel led the Bears to a pair of touchdowns and a 24-23 lead with less than two minutes left in the game, Lynch would have the Broncos in field goal range.

Lynch hit Isaiah McKenzie on a short slant route and the receiver, who fumbled six times as a rookie, coughed up the football at the Chicago 37 and a Bears linebacker recovered it with 58 seconds left.

Denver police officers save baby from apparent suffocation

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:48

DENVER — The Denver Police Department is crediting its officers with saving the life of an infant who was suffering from apparent suffocation.

On July 31, police received a call regarding someone needing medical attention on the 1100 block of North Syracuse Street in the Montclair neighborhood. The caller said an infant was not breathing.

Corporal Mark Hart and Officer Matthew Wolfe were heading to a nearby call and redirected to the home to cover for the ambulance. When they arrived, the pair could hear residents crying inside the home.

Hart and Wolfe entered the home and found a crying mother who was holding a baby.

“The infant was not moving and had a foamy substance coming from her mouth. Corporal Hart took the infant from the mother and began first aid,” DPD said on its Facebook page.

Hart detected a heartbeat but no breath sounds from the baby.

“He administered a back blow and then swept the infant’s mouth, which resulted in him removing a large mass of congealed matter from the infant’s mouth and airway,” DPD wrote.

The infant then relaxed and began to cry.

Wolfe directed fire and EMS crews to the scene, who arrived shortly after to begin caring for the baby.

“Emergency medical technicians on scene commended the officers for their work — without their quick actions, it is probable that the child would not have survived,” DPD said.

Shooting on RTD bus injures one in west Denver

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:01

DENVER — At least one person was injured when shots were fired on an RTD bus in west Denver Saturday night.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

RTD said around 7:40 p.m., a Route 31 bus was going southbound on Federal when someone was shot on the bus. The bus driver immediately pulled over, which RTD said is standard policy.

Both the person shot and the suspected shooter fled the area.

Denver police said that the same people suspected in the shooting may have also been involved in a nearby carjacking.

The vehicle taken in the carjacking was a maroon-colored Scion small SUV.

Investigators are interviewing anyone they can find who knows about the incident.

While there were other passengers aboard the bus, it is unclear how many.

Judge denies defense’s DNA request in deaths of Shanann Watts, daughters

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:53

FREDERICK, Colo. — A judge has denied a request by a defense attorney for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the young girls.

The judge said in an order Friday he would not tell the medical examiner’s office involved in the case how to do its job, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Autopsies were completed Friday on Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. The cause of their deaths has not been made public. The motion seeking the DNA samples from the girls’ necks suggested that they may have been strangled.

Police arrested Chris Watts, 33, late Wednesday on suspicion of killing his wife and children. Their bodies were found on Thursday on property owned by Andarko Petroleum, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas drillers, where Watts worked as an operator. Court documents filed by defense lawyer James Merson said the girls had been submerged in crude oil for four days.

Weld County prosecutors said Watts was jailed in protective custody and that charges were expected to be filed on Monday.

Outside the family’s home in Frederick, north of Denver, a memorial of stuffed animals, balloons, flowers and messages grew and a candlelight vigil drew dozens of people Friday night.

“This is to celebrate, mourn and get closure for a family that didn’t deserve this,” said vigil organizer Kelley Trippy. “This is a horrible, horrible, horrible story. It’s affected us all whether you do know them or don’t know them.”

Christine Gentert said a prayer, adding that she wanted Shanann Watts to be remembered for her smile and her love for others.

“I don’t want the horror to replace how beautiful she was,” Gentert said.

Ashley Bell, a friend of Shanann Watts, said Shanann had planned a party Saturday to reveal the gender of her baby. Frankie Rzucek said his sister planned to name her baby boy Niko.

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