Today: Boardwalk driver’s reported Colo. ties, terror threat, DougCo schools start

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1. Los Angeles hit-and-run boardwalk driver reportedly has Colorado ties

A man who sped down Venice Beach’s crowded boardwalk Saturday killing one woman who was reportedly on her honeymoon and injuring 12 more reportedly has ties to Colorado. According to the Los Angeles Times, Nathan Campbell, the man who turned himself in to police hours after the incident, is a Colorado native. KNBC reported that Campbell had recently lived in Littleton. The story including that information has since been removed.

As of Monday morning, FOX31 Denver had found inconsistencies in both reports, and was looking further into Campbell’s reported connection to Colorado.

2. School starts for many in Douglas County

With three Douglas County schools on modified schedules heading back into session on Monday, a new safety program modeled on federal air marshal patrols is getting under way. Undercover officers are set to visit these schools unannounced twice each day. Find out more about the program.

3. Areas recovering from weekend weather damage

Residents in Greeley and Erie experienced extensive wind and rain damage over the weekend. Residents near the Black Forest Fire area experienced a good deal of flooding. Temperatures and weather patterns were expected to be more seasonal Monday, with highs near 90.

4. U.S. 6 reopens after fatal accident with casino bus

One person was killed when a SUV collided with a casino bus in Clear Creek Canyon Sunday morning. The casino bus had about 40 people on board. They were employees headed to their jobs at casinos in Central City and Black Hawk. Eight were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. U.S. 6 was closed for cleanup for most of the day Sunday, but it has since reopened.

5. Woman accused of killing Annie Meyers has court appearance rescheduled

The state is concerned that Melissa Miller is a flight risk. Miller’s defense attorney insists the higher-than-normal cash-only bond is keeping their client unfairly imprisoned. It’s an argument that was originally scheduled to play out Monday in the case of Miller, who is accused of killing her ex-roommate Annie Meyer. However, a judge has rescheduled that hearing for August 26.

6. Officials: 3 arrested in case of CU grad missing in Nepal

Three people have been arrested in connection with missing University of Colorado Boulder graduate Aubrey Sacco, according to the U.S. State Department. However, Sacco’s family remained a tad skeptical of the reports as of Monday morning, due to misreporting that they say has come out of the region about their daughter’s disappearance in the past.

7. US Embassies to remain closed through this week

What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack. Read more about a trio of factors, including an intercepted al Qaeda message, that prompted officials to extend most of its embassy and consulate closures until this coming Saturday.

8. MLB to hand down suspensions to A-Rod, others

Major League Baseball will reportedly move Monday to suspend New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, among others, amid allegations involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs. A number of news outlets reported Sunday night that Rodriguez’s suspension will be for at least 214 games, meaning it would end in the 2015 season.

9. Virginia gun crime drops, as state’s firearms sales soar

Amid calls nationwide for stricter gun control laws, Virginia is experiencing a unique trend: the state’s gun-related crime is declining but firearms sales are increasing. Firearms sales reportedly rose 16 percent to a record 490,119 guns purchased from licensed gun dealers in 2012. During the same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

10. Colorado Vietnam vet gets helmet returned decades later

It’s a story of a Colorado soldier who savored nearly every minute of a career spent fighting for his country, and a citizen determined to return a relic to its rightful owner. Click here for the full story about James Randall’s flight helmet, which was discovered and returned to him by Nebraska native Gary Gregg 24 years after it went missing over Vietnam.

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