TODAY: No Murder Charge for Dynel Lane; Pilot Had ‘Existing Illness;’ Cellphone Thief’s Taunts
DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Friday, March 27, 2015.
1. Suspect accused in stabbing, abduction of fetus in Longmont will not face murder charges
The suspect accused of stabbing a pregnant woman and cutting her fetus out of her womb will not be charged with murder for the baby’s death, according to Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.
2. State representative won’t apologize for calling baby’s death an ‘act of God’
Facing rising outrage from Democrats and his fellow Republicans, State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt refused to apologize for his comments on his evangelical YouTube program attributing the death of an unborn child, cut out of a pregnant woman’s stomach, to an act of God.
3. $12 million Colorado-based pot distribution ring busted; 32 face charges
The Colorado Attorney General shut down a Colorado-based marijuana smuggling ring with a massive 67-page indictment. In all, 32 people have been charged with illegal interstate cannabis distribution.
4. CU Denver student claims her diploma is ‘held hostage’
A University of Colorado Denver student says the university is holding her diploma hostage because she refuses to pay for a class she never took.
5. Prosecutors: Germanwings co-pilot had ‘existing illness,’ medical leave note for day of crash
Documents found in the apartment of Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz “indicate an existing illness as well as adequate medical treatment thereof,” the Dusseldorf public prosecutor’s office said.
6. Businesses along stretch of Colfax Avenue in Denver hire safety manager
Businesses along a 22-block stretch of East Colfax Avenue have hired a safety manager in an attempt to cut down on crime in the area.
7. Coroner: Man who shot himself in Keystone had eaten large amounts of pot edibles
A 22-year-old man who died after an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound had consumed a “large amount” of marijuana candies immediately before his death, investigators said.
8. Buildings collapse after explosion at New York’s East Village
A fiery blast injured several people after an explosion leveled a structure and a neighboring store in New York’s East Village. At least one person is unaccounted for.
9. Generous donations replace camping gear stolen from Littleton Boy Scout troop
A Boy Scout Troop that had its trailer and $25,000 worth of camping gear stolen from a church parking lot will be able to go on its camping trip thanks to the generosity of a Boulder camping equipment company and many others.
10. Cellphone thief taunting owner with selfies that sync on Facebook
A woman who had her cellphone stolen is being taunted by the alleged thief, who has taken numerous selfies, only for the photos to end up on a Facebook page that syncs with the phone.