Today: Prison inmate escapes, fire shuts down major rail line, Castro dead

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1. Elderly man escapes from prison in Cañon City

The Department of Corrections has confirmed that a 65-year-old man has escaped from a prison complex near Cañon city early Wednesday morning. Jerry Chase, 65, was missing during a 5 a.m. formal count. He is in the fourth year of serving three consecutive four-year sentences after being convicted of stalking and harassment in Grand County.

2. Convicted Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in jail cell

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years for kidnapping and raping three women in Ohio, committed suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night, the Frankin County coroner’s office said.

3. Two Denver metro-area schools close due to persistent heat

As unseasonably hot temperatures in the 90s continue to rage throughout Denver, two schools decided to amend their schedules to help students and staff cope. Mrachek Middle School in Aurora cancelled classes Wednesday due to the fact that the school has no air conditioning, and Beach Court Elementary in Denver said it would close at 11:30 a.m., also citing heat as the reason.

4. Family says off-duty sheriff’s deputy killed their 16-year-old dog

A family in Park County is looking for answers after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy shot and killed their dog. They accused the deputy, who lives nearby, of killing their pet and then hiding the dog’s body.

5. One of two Boulder officers accused in elk killing accepts plea

One of two Boulder police officers accused of planning and executing the fatal shooting of an elk without the proper authority or licensing pleaded guilty on Tuesday. The other, who has been called “more culpable” in the animal’s death, was expected to appear in court Wednesday morning.

6. Fire destroys bridge on main train line between Denver, Kansas City

A fire that broke out on a bridge along the main train line between Denver and Kansas City rendered the structure a total loss Wednesday morning. Union Pacific confirmed that the damage will likely shut down rail traffic for at least two days.

7. One of three charged with murder of 13-year-old to appear in court

Police arrested one adult and two juveniles Tuesday night in connection with the homicide of a 13-year-old boy in Montbello. One of those suspects was expected to appear in court Wednesday morning.

8. Toyota recalls 369,000 vehicles

Toyota announced two recalls Wednesday to fix problems with some of its Highlander Hybrid SUVs and Lexus IS 350 models. The recalls cover a total of 369,000 Toyota vehicles.

9. Women selling positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist

They say you can buy everything on the Internet. The latest item appears to be positive pregnancy test results. Women across the country are selling — and buying — them on Craigslist.

10. Possible Syria strike: White House makes its case in Round II

The White House’s case for a military strike on Syria enters Round II Wednesday. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to Capitol Hill, this time to be grilled by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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