November 29, 2022
Boulder Police Close Major Intersection After Standoff
The Boulder Police Department closed the intersection at Iris Avenue and Broadway overnight due to what they described as a possible hostage situation at a nearby residence.
Police say they rescued two people from the North Boulder home Monday night before a man barricaded himself inside. One officer reportedly discharged a weapon without injuring anyone. The suspect was taken into custody just before 1AM. Police reopened the intersection at around 6:30 am.
38 Twitter Boulder Employees Resign
The Boulder office of Twitter has lost another 38 employees; this time due to resignations.
Days after billionaire Elon Musk acquired the company, layoff notices went out to 87 employees. The number of employees at the Boulder Twitter locations is currently unknown, but the office once had an estimated workforce of around 300 prior to the change of ownership at the social media company.
Grand Jury Determines Christian Glass Posed No Threat
Newly unsealed Court documents show that 22-year-old Christian Glass did not pose a threat to two former Clear Creek County sheriffs, who are charged with fatally shooting Glass last June. The Fifth Judicial District’s grand jury indicted the deputies last week. Deputy Andrew Buen faces charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct, and reckless endangerment. Sgt. Kyle Gould is charged with criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment for pulling Glass from his vehicle.
Glass, who lived in Boulder, was shot and killed after crashing his car and calling 911. He was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis. After the deputies responded, Glass would not get out of the car, and after about an hour the deputies decided to forcibly remove him. According to the indictment, Glass had a knife, but the deputies were never in danger.
The two deputies were fired after the charges were announced last week, and are scheduled to appear in court December 12.
Mother of Alleged Club Q Shooter Arrested
The mother of the man suspected of killing five people at Club Q in Colorado Springs was detained and ticketed the night of the shooting. According to the Denver Post, online court records show that Laura Voepel was detained for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
According to police, Voepel became combative during the interaction when officers tried to arrest her. A hearing on her case is scheduled in El Paso County Court on Jan. 25.
Arvada Opens Its First New Fire Station In 40 Years
Arvada inaugurated Fire Station No. 9 Monday–the first newly built fire station there in over 40 years.
Fire officials invested in Fire Station No. 9. to better serve the growing Candelas neighborhood Arvada’s largest master plan neighborhood, which has grown exponentially in the past decade. According to fire officials, the new location will cut emergency response rates from 5 minutes to 30 seconds. It will also lighten the load on other stations to serve the northwest part of the city. The new firehouse will provide a wildfire brush truck, a fire engine, and four firefighters. According to The Denver Post, Arvada fire’s 911 incident response calls have risen every year in the past decade and the Candelas neighborhood has not been the exception. In 2021 the Arvada fire department reported over 17 thousand calls, compared to around 12 thousand in 2013. The Candeles neighborhood is located south of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility. Environmental groups have expressed concern that the radioactive and toxic contaminants from the plant continue to pollute the area.
Fort Collins – Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations
A Fort Collins environmental group is calling for revisions to proposed oil and gas regulations in the city. Fort Collins is considering new regulations for oil and gas development within City limits, an authority it gets from a law passed in 2019.
According to the Fort Collins City website, the City Council indicated support of rezoning and modifying setback standards at a meeting in October. But in a press release, The Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety, & the Environment says the regulations are flawed, and the city is moving too fast.
The group says the proposed new regulations don’t do enough to protect public health and safety, or the environment. They say they would be inconsistent with the City’s new Land Development Code to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Alliance is calling on the City Council to revise and strengthen the regulations before adopting them. They also want the city to allow more time for public input. The Fort Collins City Council is expected to vote on the new regulations on December 6th.
Case Against Murder Suspect Moves Forward
A Boulder District judge has cleared the way for a 19-year-old man to stand trial on first degree murder charges. The judge ruled on Monday that Yahir Solis will likely face felony charges. Police arrested Solis in Longmont last August, just minutes after a midday drive-by shooting in Kensington park that killed a thirteen-year-old boy, and wounded a fifteen-year-old .
Deion Sanders Weighs CU Coaching Offer
NFL Hall of Famer and current Jackson State University Head Football Coach Deion Sanders reports that he has been offered CU Buffalo’s head coaching job.
Coach Sanders confirmed the job offer from the University of Colorado at a news conference Monday. Sanders also said that CU is not the only school trying to recruit him.
This year Jackson State is off to an 11 and 0 start. Last year, after his team went eleven and two, Sanders was named the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to the top Football Championship Subdivision head coach.
If Sanders accepts the offer, he would replace interim head coach Mike Sanford, who finished the season 1 and 5 after taking over for Karl Dorrell, who was fired after a 0 and 5 start to the 2022 season.
Sanders is currently coaching two of his sons at Jackson State. This puts a question mark on how eager he would be to leave Jackson State at this time.