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1. Denver police looking for sex offender who escaped police HQ

Denver police are looking for a man who escaped police custody Wednesday. Eugene Martinez, who is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender, reportedly escaped from custody at Denver Police Headquarters around noon. A source told FOX31 Denver he was able to get out his handcuffs.

2. Police warns parents about kids using social media site

The state DA’s office says they’ve received more than 30 calls in the past three weeks from adults who are concerned about the social media site  It’s been linked to nearly a dozen teen suicides in Europe and at least one in the United States.

3. Government shutdown hurting flood recovery in Estes Park

First it was the devastating floods that hit Estes Park. Now it’s the government shutdown that threatens to sink some small businesses for good. Trail Ridge Road through the RNMP is one of the more popular routes to Estes Park. Since the park is closed, Trail Ridge is closed, cutting Estes Park off from the Front Range and tourists.

4. Oskar Blues becomes 1st restaurant to reopen in Lyons after floods

While some business struggle to survive, at least one in Lyons is attempting to show strength as it becomes the first restaurant in the small town to open its doors since the flooding began. As one of the state’s oldest breweries, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew says its important to at least partially reopen in time for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

5. Frontier passengers arrive in Denver after emergency landing

A Frontier Airlines flight on its way from Washington, D.C. to Denver made an emergency landing in Indianapolis Wednesday night. Most passengers transferred to another plane and landed in Denver around 1 a.m. Thursday

6. Holmes lawyers want ‘character evidence’ thrown out

At a court hearing scheduled for Thursday, James Holmes’ lawyers are expected to ask for seven pieces of “character evidence” that relate to the surrounding circumstances of the Aurora theater shooting to be thrown out ahead of next year’s trial — a trail that could last six to eight months.

7. Rockies to begin construction Coors Field rooftop deck for next season

Coors Filed will undergo an extensive redesign to the upper rightfield seating area to include a rooftop patio for next season. Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort said the new structure will be the biggest of its kind in professional sports.

8. CSU student arrested for waving knife at roommates

Police confirmed that a CSU student was arrest late Wednesday night after waving a knife at his roommates while he was discussing a Halloween costume.

9. Early blizzard crippling South Dakota

An early blizzard caught ranchers off guard this week in South Dakota, killing as many as 20,000 head of cattle. But ranchers say they are the real victims, considering the government shutdown has left them with no farm bill, leaving them largely helpless in the wake of the disaster.

10. You’re still dead, Ohio court tells man trying to overturn death filing

A living, breathing Ohio man who has been legally dead since 1994 will remain so in the eyes of the law after losing his complaint to overturn his death filing. “In over 40 years, I’ve never come across a case like this,” the judge said.

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