Midday News Update

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  • (Denver) Some 150 police officers, most of them in uniform are gathered at Denver's police administration building in search of answers.

    The officers plan to march to the Denver City and County Building to protest the suspension of an officer who shot and killed a disabled teenager. Officer James Turney was suspended last week for ten months for the July 2003 shooting death of 15 year old Paul Childs.

    Police Protective Association president, Sergeant Mike Mosco,
    says the group will ask Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for some
    guidance on what Turney did wrong, and how officers can avoid such
    situations in the future.

    Members of the police union think the punishment is too harsh with some saying Turney shouldn't have been suspended at all.

  • (Littleton) Security is tighter today at Columbine High School, one day before the fifth anniversary of the country's worst school shooting.
    But, other than that, the only hint of Tuesday's anniversary is a sign hanging in front of the school, reading "A Time to Remember, A Time
    to Hope.''

    It was April 20th, 1999, that Columbine seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attacked the school, killing 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

    No classes will be held at the school tomorrow.

    Students today said this is just like any other day at Columbine, but admitted the upcoming anniversary will likely cause students and teachers to talk more about the tragedy.

    A memorial including a candlelight vigil is planned for tomorrow

  • (McAlester, Oklahoma) Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. On this day in 1995, Timothy McVeigh set off a bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people.

    Terry Nichols was convicted on federal charges for helping McVeigh carry out the attack. Today, prosecutors in his state murder trial say they expect to finish their case in early May. Sandra Elliott made the announcement before the start of testimony today in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    Nichols' attorney Brian Hermanson says the defense will begin
    presenting its case on May sixth.

    Nichols is already serving life in prison after his Denver convictions
    for the deaths of eight federal agents in the blast. He's now facing state murder charges for 160 other victims plus a victim's fetus.

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

  • (Evergreen) Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on Larry Walker's property near Evergreen.

    Jefferson County sheriff's officials say the Colorado Rockies star found the body in a wooded area on his property yesterday while riding an all-terrain vehicle. Police say he body of the unidentified man appears to have been on the property for some time. A preliminary investigation shows the death could be a homicid, but the cause of death isn't known.

    A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's office says Walker is not a suspect but is being questioned as a witness. Walker was not in St. Louis with the Rockies because of an injury.

  • (Cheyenne, Wyoming) A former Wyoming priest has been sentenced to jail for molesting a teenage boy more than 20 years
    ago at a church in Guernsey, Wyoming. Sixty nine year old Anthony Jablonowski pleaded no contest to one count of taking indecent, immodest or immoral liberties with a minor. His attorney says he denies the charge but wanted to avoid prosecution.

    The victim recently stepped forward and told authorities Jablonowski fondled him at least once during the early 1980s at the Catholic church in the eastern Wyoming town. The boy was 17 at the time.

    During an investigation, according to The Denver Post, authorities
    learned of rituals in which Jablonowski took men to the church
    basement, where they stripped naked and were blindfolded, gagged
    and hung upside down from the ceiling.

    Jablonowksi's attorney says his client never admitted to the
    rituals and cites an oath of confidentiality about what goes on
    during prayer and confession.

  • (Pueblo) No injuries have been reported after a minor chemical spill at a Pueblo manufacturing plant. The spill occurred Sunday morning at Pueblo's B-F Goodrich plant.

    Authorities say byproduct from the company's brake manufacturing
    process was being pumped into containers when about 100 gallons of
    it spilled into a containment pit inside the plant. The solution contained hydrogen cyanide, an alarm system sounded immediately and the pumps were shut down.

    Assistant Fire Chief John Zupancic says fire officials determined a hazardous materials response team wasn't needed because the waste wasn't leaving the site and wasn't posing a risk to anyone.

    B-F Goodrich contacted a cleanup company, which had the entire
    spill removed by last night.

  • (Pueblo) Pueblo police are looking for an apologetic robber who held up a convenience store.

    Early Sunday morning the man held up a 7-11 store and demanded money. Police say the man was holding two kitchen knives and a stick.
    After the clerk handed over the money from the cash register, the suspect reportedly apologized before leaving.

    The suspect is described as an Hispanic male in his mid to late 20's, 5'5" and 140 pounds. He was wearing a black trench coat with a hood, dark pants, a black plaid shirt, gray stocking hat and black shoes.

    Police continue to investigate.

  • (Denver) The state Supreme Court has ruled that the state Legislature overrules the governor when it comes to spending
    discretionary federal funds.

    Lawmakers requested the ruling after a dispute with Governor
    Owens over the right to spend a multi-million dollar federal windfall last year. The state received 146.3 million dollars as part of President Bush's tax-cutting plan. Owens said the money came with no strings attached, then spent it on programs including heating-bill help for the poor and aid to Colorado's high-tech industry.

    Owens has threatened to veto any bill that would take away his
    ability to spend federal funds, and hasn't said whether he'll
    accept the court's decision.