Condo Residents Evacuated as Police Search for Suspect
Residents at a northwest Colorado Springs condominium complex were kept from their homes for several hours Friday as police searched for a man who they say drove his vehicle over an officer. The incident began near the intersection of Chuckwagon Rd. and Centennial Blvd., when a Col. Springs police officer on motorcycle pulled over a vehicle driven by Robert L. Denhartog. Instead of waiting for the officer to approach, Denhartog allegedly backed over the officer and his bike, then sped off. Three passengers in Denhartog's vehicle were taken into custody a little while later, but Denhartof fled to a condo in the nearby Saddleback Ridge complex. A standoff of about three hours ensued before police were able to locate and apprehend the suspect, who was charged with attempted murder and other charges. Duri9ng the search, a number of Saddleback Ridge residents were evacuated and those who weren't home when the search began were not allowed in the complex. Parts of Chuckwagon and Centennial were closed off during the search as well.
Here's an interview with Kreator guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö conducted by Superskum, on September 18th. The band was in Denver, Colorado on their "Teutonic Terror Attack" tour, playing the Gothic Theatre, with fellow German-metallers ACCEPT. The video can be viewed below, along with some high quality footage of the live show from the same night.
When asked about the differences in the audience, referring to the fact that Kreator and Accept have two different fanbases, Sami says, "thinking about Accept, that the crowd might be older, mustn't forget that Kreator is a very old band as well (laughs), of course they have only people who come to see Accept, some people come to see more Kreator but usually they stick around until the end of the evening, which is good."
A second person was declared dead as a result of a ravenous fire that destroyed 347 homes in a Colorado Springs neighborhood on Tuesday, making it the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. As firefighters had succeeded in pushing the fire back into the mountains, President Obama visited the city, stopping in to see some of the 32,500 evacuees across El Paso County and taking a tour of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, where numerous homes were consumed by flames, leaving nothing but gray rubble surrounded by seared, black lawns. Obama then stopped in to visit with some firefighters before Air Force One departed from Peterson Air Force Base.
Police in Monument, Colorado arrested a pair of alleged burglars on Thursday afternoon, who were trying to break into a home in an evacuation zone for the Waldo Canyon wildfire, which destroyed 346 homes on Tuesday and Wednesday. 38 year-old Belinda Yates and 36 year-old Shane Garrett were arrested and charged with charges including second degree burglary and theft. The two were also reportedly in possession of methamphetamine and a weapon, and will be charged for them accordingly.
For the last six days, residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado have watched in horror as a wildfire started about ten miles to the northwest and then eventually made its way into the city, burning more homes than any wildfire in the state's history. Dubbed the Waldo Canyon Fire, after the canyon in which it began, the now 16,000-acre wildfire has destroyed at least 346 homes, most of those going up in flames on Tuesday, when thunderstorms generated wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, driving flames down the side of the mountains west of the city at alarming speed.
In response to considerable public criticism of an earlier design, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled a new logo for the city on Monday after an arduous four-month design process. The new logo was created by Fixer Creative Co, a local design team composed of Sara and Troy DeRose. The proposed tagline “Live It Up,” meanwhile has been separated from the logo and will only be used in advertising campaigns in which it is appropriate.
The Colorado unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in February, according to a report issued Friday by the state's Department of Labor and Employment, as the state's economy gained just over 33,000 jobs on a year-over-year basis. According to the report, total employment across the state rose to 2.49 million, based on survey of Colorado households.
Thousands of Colorado workers got a raise yesterday, when the state increased its minimum wage to $7.64 an hour, an increase of 28 cents, or 3.8 percent, based on inflationary pressures. It's the largest such increase to the state minimum wage since 2006, when Colorado joined a number of other states in linking it minimum wage requirement to inflation. For an employee working full-time for minimum wage, the increase amounts to an extra $582 over the course of the year, a significant windfall for those struggling to make ends meet.