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CNN fires Chris Cuomo after helping with brother's scandal

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 17:54

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has fired anchor Chris Cuomo after details emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the politician faced sexual harassment allegations earlier this year.

The network suspended Chris Cuomo earlier in the week to investigate his involvement with his brother's defense.

"We have retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," CNN said in a statement. "While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate."

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The network did not immediately release additional details.

Chris Cuomo said on Twitter that he was proud of the work he did at the network.

"This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN's #1 show in the most competitive time slot," he said.

As women came forward accusing former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, his brother, despite being a CNN anchor, pressed sources for information on the accusers and reported back to the governor's staff on what he was learning.

He was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women.

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Chris Cuomo previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the governor faced harassment charges. But more detail has emerged about the help he gave. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.

CSFD rescuing injured climber at Red Rock Canyon

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:20

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Fire Department is working to rescue an injured climber at Red Rock Canyon.

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The climber was injured approximately 60 feet up. As such, CSFD is having to perform a high-angle rescue.

#ColoradoSpringsFire is on scene at Red Rock Canyon Open Space for a climber that was injured approx 60’ up. FF’s from our #highangle and heavy rescue teams are on scene working to get them down now. Climber is stable with moderate injuries. Be aware of activity in the area pic.twitter.com/YXnwXIBrKv

— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) December 4, 2021

At last report, the climber was in stable condition and has moderate injuries.

Pueblo police investigating after man was stabbed Saturday morning

There are several first responders at the scene.

This is a developing story. FOX21 will update as more information is released.

Opioid overdoses strain Colorado hospitals alongside pandemic

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:18

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) -- Medical experts across Colorado and the nation are battling an epidemic alongside the COVID-19 pandemic: opioid addiction.

In Colorado, fentanyl overdoses have surged since the pandemic and are eight times higher than in 2019.

Dr. Donald Stader, an emergency room and addiction doctor at Swedish Medical Center said they are doing all they can to help curb opioid addiction.

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“We have to give people an off-ramp,” Stader said.

Stader, who founded the Naloxone Project, said medical staff is trained to spot the signs of addiction and send home naloxone with discharged patients who may be struggling. 

Naloxone is a lifesaving tool in an overdose.

“Oftentimes, the first (opioid) exposure is through the medical system,” Stader said.

In recent months, Strader said the practice has expanded to its maternity ward, and an estimated 100 patients have been sent home with naloxone since.

Stader noted Swedish Medical Center has drastically reduced using opioids to treat pain in its ER, curbing its opioid use by 70%.

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Stader said Swedish Medical Center has connected more than 200 patients with peer support specialists since 2019. The peer support-specialist effort is a pilot program connecting those who may be struggling with those who have overcome addiction.

Parents captured after son charged in deadly Michigan high school shooting

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:12

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at a Michigan high school were caught early Saturday, several hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against them, officials said.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were captured in a commercial building in Detroit that housed artwork, Detroit Police Chief James E. White told a news conference. White said the couple “were aided in getting into the building,” and that a person who helped them may also face charges.

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A Detroit business owner spotted a car tied to the Crumbleys in his parking lot late Friday, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said in a statement. A woman seen near the vehicle ran away when the business owner called 911, McCabe said. The couple was later located and arrested by Detroit police.

A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the Crumbleys on Friday, accusing them of failing to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — “blood everywhere” — that was found at the boy’s desk.

The Crumbleys committed “egregious” acts, from buying a gun on Black Friday and making it available to Ethan Crumbley to resisting his removal from school when they were summoned a few hours before the shooting, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

Authorities had been looking for the couple since Friday afternoon. Late Friday, U.S. Marshals announced a reward of up to $10,000 each for information leading to their arrests.

The Crumbley’s attorney, Shannon Smith, said the pair had left town earlier in the week “for their own safety.” Smith told The Associated Press they would be returning to Oxford to be arraigned.

However, White said the Crumbleys “appeared to be hiding” in the building where they were found. He added that the parents appeared to be “distressed” when they were captured.

“Head down... just very upset,” he said of one of the parents.

The couple was expected to be booked into the Oakland County Jail, McCabe said.

Earlier, the prosecutor offered the most precise account so far of the events that led to the shooting at Oxford High School, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, emerged from a bathroom with a gun, shooting students in the hallway, investigators said. He’s charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.

Under Michigan law, the involuntary manslaughter charge filed against the parents can be pursued if authorities believe someone contributed to a situation where there was a high chance of harm or death.

Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts.

School officials became concerned about the younger Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.

Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” McDonald said.

There also was a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above it: “Blood everywhere.”

Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding. He also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.

The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, McDonald said.

The Crumbleys failed to ask their son about the gun or check his backpack and “resisted the idea of their son leaving the school at that time,” McDonald said.

Instead, the teen returned to class and the shooting subsequently occurred.

“The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable — it’s criminal,” the prosecutor said.

Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.

James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and that Ethan might be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.

Ethan accompanied his father for the gun purchase on Nov. 26 and posted photos of the firearm on social media, saying, “Just got my new beauty today,” McDonald said.

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer Crumbley wrote on social media that it is a “mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present,” the prosecutor said.

Asked at a news conference if the father could be charged for purchasing the gun for the son, McDonald said that would be the decision of federal authorities.

In a video message to the community Thursday, the head of Oxford Community Schools said the high school looks like a “war zone” and won’t be ready for weeks. Superintendent Tim Throne repeatedly complimented students and staff for how they responded to the violence.

He also acknowledged the meeting of Crumbley, the parents and school officials. Throne offered no details but summed it up by saying, “No discipline was warranted.”

McDonald was asked about the decision to keep Crumbley in school.

“Of course, he shouldn’t have gone back to that classroom. ... I believe that is a universal position. I’m not going to chastise or attack, but yeah,” she said.

Asked if school officials may potentially be charged, McDonald said: “The investigation’s ongoing.”

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White reported from Detroit. Associated Press journalist Mike Householder in Detroit and David Eggert in Lansing, Mich., also contributed to this report.

Woman found shot to death in Highlands Ranch, suspect found dead

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:50

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KDVR) – UPDATE: The woman found dead and the suspect believed to have shot her have been identified.

Jamie Sullivan, 49, is the deceased woman. Art Valentine, 55, has been identified as the suspect who shot her.

EARLIER STORY: A woman was found shot to death in her car and the suspect was later found dead Saturday.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Captain Darren Weekly said it is believed that the suspect "died by his own hands" and that the victim and suspect were "known to each other."

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DCSO said officers were at an “active crime scene” in the area of Park Central Drive in Highlands Ranch Saturday morning.

Police told FOX31 they received a call at 8:55 a.m. about a woman found shot and killed in her car in a parking lot in the Central Park shopping complex.

Officers added they were looking for a suspect who may be dangerous. The only description they gave of the suspect is that he was a white male driving a silver SUV.

Photo credit: KDVR

The area has many restaurants, including Mad Greens, Starbucks and Shake Shack. It is also located next to a hospital.

One person at the complex said, "Should we be here? That was the first thing that came to mind."

On Twitter, the sheriff’s office said to avoid the area, and if anyone was in the area, they should shelter in place and report "anything that may seem suspicious.”

"Kind of stopped and took pause. I thought I was coming to work then obviously the day kind of changed," another person at the scene said.

The identities of the deceased have not been released.

Aurora police investigating deadly shooting

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:24

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Detectives from the Aurora Major Crimes Homicide Unit were on scene Saturday morning at a shooting incident that left one man dead.

Aurora police tweeted that they have no suspect information, but there was not a threat to the public.

#APDAlert:Shooting investigation in the area of N Akron St/E 14th Ave. Adult male was pronounced dead on scene. Unknown suspect info & no threat to the public. Additional details are limited at this time. Updates here. pic.twitter.com/wZ12qX7gL6

— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) December 4, 2021

The shooting happened in the area of North Akron Street and East 14th Avenue, police said.

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Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Snowless streak continues; watch for cold front coming on Saturday night

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 10:39

DENVER (KDVR) – A mild Saturday with sunshine as Denver’s snowless streak continues. 

There is a front sliding through tonight. That will cause gusty winds for the central and northern mountains and Foothills.  A high wind warning is up for those areas with gusts of 60-80 mph possible. 

A High Wind Warning will be in effect from 11pm tonight until 11am Sunday. Very strong wind gusts up to 80 mph are possible across the northern mountains and foothills. Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and a few power outages may result. #COwx pic.twitter.com/Kk7qjDFzNi

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 4, 2021

Sunday will be a few degrees cooler and windy. 

It will be turning much colder on Monday with highs only in the low 40s. There is a slight chance of light snow Monday night into early Tuesday, but mainly for the mountains. 

Another system moves in Thursday for snow in the mountains and a chance for snow along the Front Range Thursday night into Friday.

Police investigate deadly shooting in Thornton

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 00:49

THORNTON, Colo. (KDVR) — UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Fernando Perez.

Police said Saturday Perez initially appeared to have a stab wound, but it was later found out to be a gunshot wound.

Perez was transported to a hospital where was later pronounced dead.

EARLIER STORY: Police were investigating a deadly stabbing Friday night in Thornton.

The Thornton Police Department tweeted about the homicide just before 10 p.m.

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They said it happened in the 10100 block of Elizabeth Street.

"A male stabbing victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased," according to the tweet.

They said there was no danger to the community.

No further updates were immediately available.

Residents at 'nasty' Aurora apartment building see improvements after FOX31 story

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 00:07

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — A resident of an Aurora apartment building sent FOX31 photos of damage they say had been lingering for months: a toilet that apparently fell through the ceiling of another unit.

On Friday, FOX31 learned maintenance crews were at the Bahamas Apartments taking care of some issues that had been bothering folks for months.

"My garbage disposal gave out, put in a work order for it, it just got fixed today," Herman Jones said.

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Jones is counting down the days to the end of his lease next April at the Bahamas Apartments in Aurora.

On Friday, he and other residents told the Problem Solvers they're seeing work get done that had taken months to resolve.

"They're starting to fix the railings, which also have damage to them — rust, broken," Jones said.

Jones sent photos that show damage to his neighbor's ceiling, from "probably about middle of July, or end of June, beginning of July," he said.

Just what caused the damage to a ceiling in this building?

"A toilet had fallen through their ceiling, in their bathroom," Jones said.

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Jones, like others who have reached out to the Problem Solvers about this building said issues like this usually take months to get fixed.

"Can't trust it here because they don't do hardly anything, maintenance-wise," Jones said.

FOX31 tried again on Friday to reach property managers with CBZ Management and received the same message residents told us they get: no answer, and that the number is not receiving calls at this time.

FOX31 took these complaints to the City of Aurora. They said in the last six months, they received a list of complaints about this property, all of which have been addressed by management.

"I believe they went out there after you guys first aired the story last night on your news," Jones said.

A small victory for these residents, but they say more work remains to be done.

"Because nothing, since I've been here, has been touched as far as maintenance," Jones said.

The City of Aurora acknowledged the complaints by residents against the Bahamas Apartments.

Officials told FOX31 the building is up for an inspection in early 2022.

Lab that detected Colorado's first omicron case monitoring for new variants

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 23:04

DENVER (KDVR) — The team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s laboratory was the first to sequence and confirm a case of the omicron variant in the state.

"It was a bit of a flashback to when we were the first laboratory in the country to find the alpha variant, the B-117 variant," lab director Emily Travanty said.

The lab can process as many as 13,000 PCR tests per day when running at full capacity. 

"If COVID is in the sample, it then moves on to the second level of testing, which is our genomic sequencing," she said.

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Sequencing is the process that determines which type of COVID person has. 

"Every time the virus infects someone, it is making copies of itself. When it makes copies of itself, that’s when it can mutate, and so it’s very important for us to be continually sampling the viruses that are out there circulating and looking for what’s new," Travanty said. 

Right now, the state’s lab sequences every positive COVID test. However, when they began looking for the omicron variant, they began prioritizing tests from COVID-positive patients with a travel history to South Africa.

"Knowing that there was travel associated with this, that contact tracing level epidemiological work that was done by the CDPHE teams and Tri-County teams really allowed us to take the sample and push it to the front of the line, and ensure that it got sequenced as quickly as possible if it did have the variant or not, because it was high risk,” Travanty said. 

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On average, once a PCR test yields a positive result, it can take two days to a week to complete the sequencing.

“We can usually do over 200 samples every few days in the laboratory,” Travanty said. 

While the data answers what kind of COVID is present in the community, it can also help answer questions about how it got there and where it may be going next. 

“We do a second layer of this sort of surveillance testing on them to understand how the samples that affect various people are related to each other,” Travanty said. 

The surveillance can also help detect new strains of the virus that have not yet been detected. 

“Any lab that’s doing sequencing could find a new variant,” Travanty said. 

A look around 'lawless' Union Station

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 22:57

DENVER (KDVR) — Union Station is known as "Denver's Living Room," but transit employees say it’s slowly dwindling into disrepute. This week, the FOX31 Problem Solvers have seen images of drug use, violence and other illegal activities.

Friday night, the Problem Solvers caught up with several people who admit to using drugs here.

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"It's a meth pipe," one man showed us his paraphernalia, admitting he does drugs on the station's property. "Like I said, I use methamphetamines for ADHD."

This is all still happening in the wake of Mayor Michael Hancock’s statement on Friday surrounding the station’s recent stigma.

"Illegal drug use, public urination and unsafe loitering must not be allowed to continue," he said. He also said police are increasing patrols in the area.

FOX31 saw that increase in presence there on Friday, even witnessing police arresting a man.

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"There is a lot of, like, drug dealers and drug users and all that," said Marcus Atencio, a frequent passenger of trains that go through Union Station. He said drug use there is tough to see but typical.

"I don’t mind it…that's them doing them, and I know most of them come from a tough background," Atencio said.

Another passenger who lives nearby said his safety has never been compromised, and he isn’t scared when walking through the station.

"I mean, they kind of keep to themselves," said the man, who did not want to reveal his name.

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FOX31 reached out to the Denver Police Department asking for an on-camera interview. They wouldn’t talk on camera but they did send us this statement saying in part: "DPD is committed to working with our City partners, residents, and visitors in the Union Station area to create and implement effective solutions to these challenges and address illegal activity."

Ball Arena to host vaccine clinics through December

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 21:41

DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado will host 15 vaccine clinics at Ball Arena through the month of December.

The clinics start Dec. 4 and will continue through the month, including during events like Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games, the state announced on Friday.

Vaccines are free and no identification, proof of residency or insurance is required.

The clinics are in partnership with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

"Our commitment to the health, safety and wellness of our fans, staff, athletes and performers remains our top priority at KSE, and we will continue to do our part to help combat the pandemic and make our community safer," Matt Bell, senior vice president of venue operations for KSE, said in a statement.

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The clinics come amid another renewed push to get people vaccinated and boosted after the omicron variant was confirmed in Colorado.

Ball Arena COVID vaccine clinics

The COVID vaccine bus will be in the arena parking lot just north of Chopper Circle and Ninth Street.

Parking will be free on non-event days. On event days, parking will be free before doors open (usually two hours before the event).

Here are the scheduled dates:

  • Dec. 4: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (family ice skating show)
  • Dec. 5: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (family ice skating show)
  • Dec. 6: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (no event)
  • Dec. 7: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (no event)
  • Dec. 10: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Avalanche game)
  • Dec. 11: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Mammoth game)
  • Dec. 12: Noon - 7:30 p.m. (Avalanche game)
  • Dec. 13: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Nuggets game)
  • Dec. 14: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Avalanche game)
  • Dec. 15: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Nuggets game)
  • Dec. 18: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Avalanche game)
  • Dec. 23: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Nuggets game)
  • Dec. 29: 1-9:30 p.m. (Avalanche game)
  • Dec. 30: Noon - 8:30 p.m. (Nuggets game)
  • Dec. 31: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Mammoth game)
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Colorado has more than 1,700 vaccine providers across the state. Find a vaccine location here.

The state's largest community vaccination sites will also offer up to 1,000 doses a day from Friday-Sunday each week:

  • Douglas County Fairgrounds: 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
  • Chapel Hills Mall: 1710 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs
  • Pueblo Mall: 3201 Dillon Dr., Pueblo

Walk-ups are accepted each day at these sites while inventory is available. Advance appointments are also available.

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Do not call clinic locations for information about the vaccines. Instead, call the state COVID-19 hotline.

  • Number: 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
  • Operating hours:
    • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT
    • Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT

Colorado has resources to help people get access to the COVID vaccine, including free rides to get a shot and resources in multiple languages. Learn more here.

Hit-and-run victim left for dead on I-70

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 19:44

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Left for dead and struggling weeks later, a hit-and-run victim is sharing his story with the FOX31 Problem Solvers after a driver struck him on the side of Interstate 70.

At 6-foot-4-inches tall and 270 pounds, Michael Beers is convinced his size saved his life. 

"I'm lucky I'm the size I am," Beers said. "I was hit at highway speeds. It wasn’t like they just came by and nudged me, they hit me at full speed."

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On Oct. 22 around 8 p.m., Beers said his phone came off of his motorcycle mount and flew into the left shoulder on I-70, about 16 miles west of Bennett. Shortly after pulling onto the left shoulder and stepping off his bike, Beers said the driver struck him.

"I heard a horn blaring at me and I saw the lights crossing at a steep angle into the shoulder so I turned to look to see what was coming at me and as I got about three quarters turned, I was knocked many feet," Beers said.

Knocked, hurt and left to die, Beers said he had to then force himself back up and try flag help for about 20 minutes.

"I'm not used to be unable to take care of myself," Beers said. "I felt extremely vulnerable when I realized my arm was dangling around and no one would stop. I was in the hospital for over 12 days with five broken ribs, a broken vertebrae. This arm, the ulna came out the side of the arm and the radius at the head."

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Beers' profession as a mover is impossible at this point and because he's sober, he hasn't been able to take any of the pain medication prescribed to him.

"I’m in constant pain I can't lay in bed at night," Beers said. "Just the simplest things like opening a jar, opening a bottle of medicine, lifting a coffee cup."

A GoFundMe has been set up for Beers.

If you have any information on who did this, call the Colorado State Patrol dispatch line at 303-239-4501.

How Colorado is watching wastewater to spot COVID variants

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 19:43

DENVER (KDVR) -- With another case of the omicron variant found in Colorado, the Problem Solvers wanted to get a better understanding of how the state is looking for it.

While the variants have been spotted through PCR samples for the positive patients so far, the state is also looking at our waste to track it down.

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So far, the state found omicron in two different people who recently traveled to South Africa, but once the strain reaches the community, the state plans to find out through water.

"Essentially, the wastewater utilities are providing samples of the wastewater, which is the water from houses and buildings and includes feces," said Rachel Jervis, CDPHE Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Programs. "They are submitting that laboratory to our partners at CSU and then we look for the RNA, the genetic material of COVID in that wastewater and then we look for the genetic markers of the variant."

The state will not see these types of samples from every county. CDPHE said only 21 utility companies are participating right now.

The state says they are trying to get more people on board, but for now, it serves as a good partner for traditional PCR sampling.

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"We see our wastewater monitoring program as a complement to our clinical surveillance. So, we really, from wastewater, don't try to identify the individual. We use it to identify trends in a community. Now, in the future, we have plans to do building-level surveillance," Jervis said.

They say they are looking to partner with more schools and state prisons. In the meantime, they have their hands full with omicron.

"You know, we were kind of in an informal race to see if we'd find this in people or wastewater first and this time, we found it in an individual first. But our lab is actively looking for omicron in wastewater, and we anticipate we will find it very soon," Jervis said.

The state says the PCR and wastewater samples do not compete. Instead, they use the two to make sure data from both are aligning with what's happening in the community.

El Paso County Sheriff says Twitter pic is of Santa getting concealed handgun permit

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 19:03

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – A tweet from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office with a photo of a man resembling Santa getting his concealed handgun permit prompted several opposition replies on Twitter.

The sheriff’s office sent the tweet around noon on Friday, along with a link to a web page with more information on how to obtain a concealed handgun permit in the county.

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“Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?” the tweet asked with an emoji of Santa’s face. “Did you know the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has issued 49,750 Concealed Handgun Permits with another 2,560 awaiting to be issued?”

Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?

Parents charged in Michigan school shooting vanish; attorney says they aren't on the run

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 18:26

PONTIAC, Mich. (NEXSTAR) – Two Michigan parents facing manslaughter charges after their son, Ethan Crumbley, allegedly killed four students at Oxford High School earlier this week, went missing on Friday.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard said an attorney for James and Jennifer Crumbley, Shannon Smith, had agreed to arrange their arrest if charges were filed but hasn't been able to reach them.

“The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy,” Bouchard said in a written statement.

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Smith, however, said the Crumbleys weren’t on the run and had left town earlier in the week “for their own safety.”

“They are returning to the area to be arraigned,” Smith told The Associated Press.

Several hours later the Crumbleys had yet to turn themselves in, and the U.S. Marshals announced that they had adopted the case. The Marshals added in a statement that their Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team was working in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office to find the couple.

A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the Crumbleys, saying they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — “blood everywhere” — that was found at the boy’s desk.

The Crumbleys committed “egregious” acts, from buying a gun on Black Friday and making it available to Ethan Crumbley to resisting his removal from school when they were summoned a few hours before the shooting, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

“I expect parents and everyone to have humanity and to step in and stop a potential tragedy,” she said. “The conclusion I draw is that there was absolute reason to believe this individual was dangerous and disturbed.”

Earlier, the prosecutor offered the most precise account so far of the events that led to the shooting, three days after four students were killed and others were wounded at the high school, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, emerged from a bathroom with a gun, shooting students in the hallway, investigators said. He’s charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes.

Under Michigan law, the involuntary manslaughter charge filed against the parents can be pursued if authorities believe someone contributed to a situation where there was a high chance of harm or death.

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Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts.

The couple’s court appearance was pending. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys who could comment.

School officials became concerned about the younger Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.

Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” McDonald said.

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There also was a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above it: “Blood everywhere.”

Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding. He also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.

The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, McDonald said.

The Crumbleys failed to ask their son about the gun or check his backpack, McDonald said. The teen returned to class and the shooting subsequently occurred.

“The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable — it’s criminal,” the prosecutor said.

“I fully support Prosecutor McDonald’s issuance of charges against Jennifer and James Crumbley. Demanding accountability of a child’s parents under the circumstances presented is not just appropriate, it’s crucial. Justice demands no less.

“My heart continues to go out to the families who lost their child in this unfathomable tragedy. We must not let this pass without properly addressing gun violence and responsible gun ownership.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.

James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and that Ethan might be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.

Ethan accompanied his father for the gun purchase on Nov. 26 and posted photos of the firearm on social media, saying, “Just got my new beauty today,” McDonald said.

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In a video message to the community Thursday, the head of Oxford Community Schools said the high school looks like a “war zone” and won’t be ready for weeks. Superintendent Tim Throne repeatedly complimented students and staff for how they responded to the violence.

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He also acknowledged the meeting of Crumbley, the parents, and school officials. Throne offered no details but summed it up by saying, "No discipline was warranted.”

McDonald was asked about the decision to keep Crumbley in school.

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“Of course, he shouldn’t have gone back to that classroom. ... I believe that is a universal position. I’m not going to chastise or attack, but yeah," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

4th teen charged in connection with Hinkley HS parking lot shooting

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 18:24

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) -- Police in Aurora say they have arrested a fourth teenager in relation to a shooting that took place in the parking lot of Hinkley High School.

The shooting happened on Nov. 19 during a lunch break for some students.

Three juveniles were shot and injured following a fight that escalated to gun violence. Police said a security guard at the school witnessed the shooting and reacted, possibly stopping further injuries.

The teen, whose arrest was announced Dec. 3, is 17 years old. He is being held on an attempted first-degree murder charge, but due to his age, his name is not being released.

Mild, dry weekend before rain and snow chances return next week

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 18:10

DENVER (KDVR) -- We are expecting dry conditions across metro Denver and the Front Range for your Saturday, along with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Our seasonal average at this time of year is around 46 degrees.

There will be some snow in the northern Colorado mountains on Saturday, but accumulations look to be on the light side with just a few inches possible.

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Your Sunday will still be above average, but in the mid-to-upper 50s as we begin a slow cool down. It will be a little breezy to windy at times.

There is much cooler (more seasonal) temperatures in the lower 40s arriving on Monday into Tuesday along with much more cloud cover and a low chance for a rain or snow shower on Tuesday. At this point, accumulation in Denver is not looking good as most of the snow will stay in the Colorado mountains.

We will be dry and mild again on Wednesday and Thursday. We then turn our attention to another chance for much-needed moisture on Friday. At this time, there is a low possibility that we could see light accumulation late Friday in Denver. This could be an end to our streak of consecutive no-snow days, which stands at 225 today.

Possible serial sexual assault suspect charged with kidnapping, strangulation and more

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:56

DENVER (KDVR) -- A man who Denver police believe is involved in multiple sexual assaults is now facing 10 counts related to one alleged attack.

Abiye Adamu, 31, is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman on Nov. 28 in an attack that began in the downtown Denver area.

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The charges include:

  • Sexual assault by overcoming will with a deadly weapon (two counts)
  • Sexual assault by force or threat (two counts)
  • Sexual assault by threat of kidnapping (two counts)
  • Kidnapping a victim for sex (one count)
  • Kidnapping a victim with a deadly weapon (one count)
  • Second-degree assault – strangulation (one count)
  • Menacing with a real or simulated weapon (one count)

The affidavit for this alleged attack remains sealed because investigators said there may be additional victims. Specific details are not available at this time, but police did release the locations where this alleged attack and three other attacks he is believed to be involved in began.

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  • 17th Street and Wynkoop Street (near Union Station)
  • East 16th Avenue and North Logan Street
  • 17th Street and North Broadway
  • East Colfax Avenue and North Clarkson Street

Adamu was charged with soliciting prostitution in March of 2020. At the time, it was noted that he was driving a black Honda Civic with a Lyft sticker. Lyft told FOX31 he has not worked with the company for more than a year.

Denver police said the recent attacks also involved a black Honda Civic, but there was no mention of the Lyft sticker in publicly available documents.

Adamu's arrest was announced on Dec. 2, but he was not formally charged until Dec. 3.

Police said they believe there may be additional victims who are asked to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000. Victims from outside of Denver are asked to contact the department where the assault occurred.

Denver mayor boosts police presence at Union Station to curb drug use, public safety concerns

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 17:08

DENVER (KDVR) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is overseeing an investigation from city officials into reports of public safety concerns at Union Station and said additional Denver officers will be on hand.

A union representing employees at Union Station’s RTD train and bus stops alerted the community of disturbing incidents and conditions, including drug use, violence and trash out in the open.

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“Passengers at and residents around Union Station have contacted my office over the last several weeks with concerns about public safety at Union Station. In response to these concerns, I have directed our Public Safety Director and my Chief of Staff to meet with RTD management and the ATU today, and have sent senior level city staff down to the area to assess conditions and report back to me,” Hancock said in a press statement released Friday.

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“Illegal drug use, public urination and unsafe loitering must not be allowed to continue. Union Station is an important public transit and commercial space and we will redouble our efforts to ensure it is clean and safe for all those you use and enjoy it. To commence immediately, Police Chief Pazen will increase police presence around Union Station to augment RTD in its effort to address illegal and unsafe behavior within the terminal,” Hancock continued.