Colorado man arrested in 1994 Texas killing
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado police have arrested a 73-year-old man wanted in Texas for a killing that happened 25 years ago.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says deputies and federal...
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Gradisar on track to become Pueblo’s first mayor in decades
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Pueblo is getting its first mayor in decades.
Ballots in Tuesday's runoff mayoral election are still being counted in the southern Colorado city but there aren't expected to be enough votes to erase the lead of attorney Nick Gradisar.
Pueblo has had a city council and city manager form of government. The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Gradisar led the charge to switch back to a mayoral form of government in 2017.
The Latest: Interstate 70 in Colorado reopens after storm
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a snowstorm in the Rockies (all times local):
Transportation officials have reopened a 185-mile (298-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 70 between Denver and the Kansas border that was closed because of ice and blowing snow.
1 killed, 1 injured in chase and police shooting in Colorado
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado police say one person is dead and another injured after they fired on a car that attempted to run over an officer during a chase.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday west of Pueblo. No officers were injured.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that the vehicle pursuit began in neighboring Fremont County where a patrol vehicle was struck.
Inmate found dead in Pueblo County jail cell
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — An investigation is underway after a 58-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the Pueblo County jail.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports detention officers were serving food Wednesday morning when they discovered Mauro Hernandez unresponsive in his bed. Deputies and medical staff were unable to revive the man.
Mother arrested for child abuse in 10-week-old son’s death
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse following her 10-week-old son's death.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says Jannie Gatlin was arrested at home Friday after police an autopsy found the infant died of extreme malnourishment.
Gatlin, who is 24, is being held in the Pueblo County Jail. Online records do not indicate if she has an attorney to comment on the arrest.
Pueblo program helps ex-prisoners, others rejoin workforce
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — After leaving the correctional system, Alexander Guytan said being accepted into a local halfway house was the first step to a new life.
"I didn't know anybody out here in Colorado but it was something new," Guytan said. "A chance for me to start over."
A critical part of beginning anew, however, is securing stable employment with a living wage.
And with a criminal record, Guytan quickly discovered the challenge he was facing wasn't going to be an inconsequential one.
Southern Colorado sheriff’s deputy killed in crash eulogized
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Friends, family and fellow officers gathered in Pueblo to pay their respects to a southern Colorado sheriff's deputy who was killed in a car crash while responding to a disturbance.
Pueblo County Commission rejects solar energy project
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — An application to build a solar farm in southern Colorado has been denied by Pueblo County commissioners.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports the application by Invenergy to build 750 acres of solar panels failed on a 3-0 vote Wednesday.
Area residents had opposed the facility, fearing it would be a fire risk and devalue their property.
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Pueblo’s election for mayor heads to January runoff
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The race to elect Pueblo's first mayor in decades will head to a runoff in January.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports the 16-candidate mayoral election has been whittled down for the runoff to two candidates, attorney Nick Gradisar and former city council president Steve Nawrocki.
EPA to test for lead, arsenic at Pueblo baseball fields
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will test for lead and arsenic at the Runyon Sports Complex, Pueblo's main baseball fields.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports the Pueblo County commissioners gave the EPA permission Tuesday to access the Runyon Field Study area for activities related to the Colorado Smelter Superfund Site.
Man’s body found in Colorado ditch in suspicious death
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say an unidentified man's body has been found in a ditch east of Pueblo in southern Colorado.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's office says the case is being treated as a suspicious death, but there were no obvious signs of trauma.
A witness on Saturday morning reported seeing what he believed to be a body in the Bessemer Ditch in eastern Pueblo County. A dive team was brought in to help recover the body.
US plan for destroying chemical weapons clears legal hurdle
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Army's plan to change the way it destroys some chemical weapons stored in Colorado has met one regulatory requirement, but other steps remain.
The Army said Friday a review concluded there would be no significant environmental impact from using closed detonation chambers to destroy problematic chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
New Colorado Democrat Senate majority selects leaders
DENVER (AP) — Pueblo's Sen. Leroy Garcia will serve as president of a Colorado Senate taken over by Democrats in this week's election.
Garcia was chosen Thursday by the 19-member Democratic Senate caucus.
Democrats eliminated an 18-17 GOP majority in the 35-member chamber.
Man found dead after blaze erupts at home in Pueblo
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 76-year-old man died after an accidental fire erupted at a home in Pueblo.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports police and firefighters arrived at the home in the Belmont neighborhood Monday, finding most of the flames were already extinguished by the man's adult son.
CSU-Pueblo finds $7.9M deficit from unfunded accounts
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State University-Pueblo officials say annual bond payments were being paid from unfunded accounts causing a $7.9 million deficit.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports the payments dating back to 1998 created negative account balances that accumulated. The issued was not discovered until earlier this year.
Ex-Pueblo DA investigator sentenced in gambling ring
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado judge has sentenced a former investigator in the Pueblo District Attorney's Office to four years of probation for assisting a nationwide bookmaking ring and using the office to facilitate the illegal gambling.
Inmate killed in altercation at federal prison in Colorado
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Officials say an inmate has died following a confrontation with another inmate at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports 37-year-old Maxie Graham was pronounced dead at a hospital following the altercation Sunday morning.
Teen killed in Pueblo shooting Thursday night
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in Pueblo and have taken another 17-year-old into custody.
KKTV in Colorado Springs reports that Pueblo Police Capt. Kenny Rider says an altercation between two groups of people occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday and led to shots being fired.
Authorities uncover massive illegal pot grow operation
PEUBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office uncovered an illegal marijuana grow operation involving a Cuban syndicate.
Colorado chemical weapons destruction plant gearing back up
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado plant destroying obsolete U.S. Army chemical weapons has taken a step toward resuming full operations.
Officials said Monday the Pueblo Chemical Depot restarted one of the final steps in the process, using bacteria to treat liquid hazardous waste.
The plant is destroying 780,000 shells containing 2,500 U.S. tons (2,270 metric tons) of mustard agent under an international treaty.
Colorado man who set friend on fire seeks sentence reduction
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of setting his friend on fire is seeking a sentence reduction.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports 35-year-old Michael Scavarda of Canon City was sentenced in July to 15 years in prison after a Fremont County jury found him guilty of assault, arson and menacing charges.
Judge orders mental evaluation in roadside shooting case
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental health competency evaluation for a man accused of a 2015 roadside killing in northern Colorado.
Former sheriff’s deputy sentenced for theft from crime scene
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former Fremont County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from the scene of a still-unsolved homicide and arson.
Christopher Pape, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to felony evidence tampering and official misconduct and theft for taking nearly $6,000 worth of silver ingots, coins and other items while helping to investigate the May 22 beating death of 76-year-old Kenneth Orchard of Canon City.
DA: Police were justified in fatal shooting of Pueblo man
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Officials ruled that officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a Pueblo man who led police on a cross-city chase.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office says Joe Delira-Alires was shot more than 30 times Jan. 22 after he fired numerous rounds at pursuing officers.
Large trash fire burns at Pueblo waste disposal facility
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters on Saturday battled a large trash fire at a waste disposal facility at Pueblo in southeastern Colorado.
Pueblo County officials say no structures were threatened and there were no reported injuries from the fire at the C&C Disposal Transfer Station.
The fire was reported at about 4 a.m. Saturday by a passer-by who reported seeing large flames in the area. Flames were reported to be as high as 44 feet (13.4 meters).
He remembers the fallen on their 100th birthday
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — As a young boy in Pueblo, Don Milne searched the library shelves for stories of military heroes, of Americans in battle.
"I'd read any military book I could find in the children's section and then, one day, I found 'A Soldier's Story' by Gen. Omar Bradley on the shelf," the Salt Lake City banker recalled. "I loved it and never went back to the children's section."
Those stories of American men and women at war made an indelible mark on Milne's life.
More chemical weapons wastewater sent from Colorado to Texas
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army is again shipping liquid hazardous waste from a chemical weapons destruction plant in Colorado for disposal in Texas.
The Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado began loading tanker trucks on Tuesday. They were bound for an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas.
The waste would normally be processed at the Colorado facility, but officials say that part of the plant is undergoing modifications and isn't operating.
Colorado-based firm aims to create 600 jobs in west Georgia
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Colorado-based company says it plans to create 600 jobs in Georgia over the next five years.
Global Callcenter Solutions will occupy temporary space in downtown Columbus before moving to a 46,000-square-foot (4,271-sqare-meter) structure that used to be a Winn-Dixie supermarket, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported .
Man admits shipping gun parts to Saudi Arabia, Columbia
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has acknowledged illegally shipping rifle barrels, gun magazines and other firearms parts to Saudi Arabia and Columbia on multiple occasions.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports Valentino Lopez pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to outbound smuggling, which happened in 2014 and 2015.
Colorado police make arrest in 30-year-old slaying of woman
DENVER (AP) — Colorado police arrested a man in a 30-year-old murder case Thursday, alleging he sexually assaulted, stabbed and beat a woman to death in an alley when he was 15.
Investigators said DNA testing helped lead them to James Edward Papol, 46, but did not share more details to avoid compromising the case against him. The arrested Thursday in Pueblo faces murder charges in the death of 24-year-old Mary Lynne Vialpando.
Colorado Marine killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified
DENVER (AP) — The remains of a Marine from Colorado have been identified nearly 80 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Pfc. Alva J. Cremean, who served on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, was accounted for as part of a project to identify the remains of service members killed on the ship on Dec. 7, 1941.
Former credit union manager given jail time for theft
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a woman to two years in prison, after she admitted stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly woman while managing a Colorado credit union.
Judge R. Brooke Jackson on Thursday sentenced Claudette Retana for taking $134,650 from an 80-year-old woman's account at a credit union in Pueblo. Retana pleaded guilty in May to financial institution fraud.
Colorado man charged in girlfriend’s death pleads not guilty
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man charged in the death of his pregnant girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.
Donthe (DON'-tay) Lucas pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in court in Pueblo on Tuesday. A judge scheduled his trial for April.
Defense attorneys said they would ask for the trial to be moved because of the attention the disappearance of Kelsie Schelling has received.