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Woman who shot service dog during Wheat Ridge motel armed robbery sentenced

Jefferson County SheriffJasmine Martinez
A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in an armed robbery at a Wheat Ridge motel in which a service dog was shot.
Jasmine Nicole Martinez  pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, a felony, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. She was sentenced Oct. 31.
On Nov. 10, 2017, Martinez and co-defendant Jemelle Adams knocked on the door to room 504 at the American Motel, 10101 W. I-70 Frontage Road, giving false names in an attempt to gain entry, according to a news release.
Two women inside the room didn’t recognize the names and refused to open the door.
Jefferson County SheriffJemelle Adams
Adams, armed with a handgun, broke through the door and demanded “pills and money.” Martinez also entered the room and brandished a handgun during the robbery.
Both victims were assaulted, and one woman’s service dog became aggressive in defense of her owner. The dog bit Adams in the leg. That’s when Adams shot the 10-year-old dog named Nalla.
Nalla had to have a leg amputated because of the shooting.
Adams’ case is ongoing. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.
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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 letters: Road woes, California East? setbacks message, ozone optimism

Roads won’t fix themselves
Re: “Voters hit brakes by rejecting proposals,” Nov. 7 news story
Colorado’s roads are falling apart and people say they want them fixed. With the defeat of propositions 109 and 110, they have also said that they don’t want to pay for the repairs and upgrades. When will Coloradans realize that this form of magical thinking just won’t work? If you want something, you have to be prepared to pay for it.
Guy Wroble, Denver

R.I.P Colorado, now known as California East.
Brian Mayard, Parker

Well people of Colorado, I guess you really want to be California East.
Democrat governor and both houses of the legislature will try to do it for you. Thank heavens for TABOR, it may be the only thing that saves us.
Jim Miller, Arvada

Prop 112 effort sends clear message to legislators
Re: “Drilling setbacks fall short,” Nov. 7 news story
Wake up politicians! Your constituents care about the environment.
We are horrified by what the world’s leading scientists and economists are telling us loud and clear.
Climate change is real, it’s now, it’s us, it’s bad . . . real bad.
Let’s write even better climate legislation that will pass next election and give our planet a chance.
Leave ancient hydrocarbons in the ground.
Zero degrees warming is our only hope. Let’s let the market decide — pass carbon pricing!
Lesley LeFevre, Centennial

Embrace good news on ozone, let it be a motivation
Re: “U.N. says Earth’s ozone layer is healing,” Nov. 6 news story
What does it take to solve a global problem? Scientific data, public recognition of the problem, an international agreement, monitoring of the environment, and patience. From the recognition of the ozone problem in the 1970s to a predicted recovery in 2060 lies a span of almost a century. Phasing out the release of manmade gases required the negotiation of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 and watchfulness since that time.
And so it is with the excessive release of another gas, carbon dioxide. The data are there, the scientific community has issued warnings for 30 years, and environmental warnings come in weekly in the form of extreme weather events.
An international agreement was reached then breached by the United States. Energy replacements now exist for hydrocarbon fuels but the transition to solar and wind energy must be encouraged by public policy. We need realistic prices for hydrocarbons, prices that reflect the damage caused by their release. The pricing mechanism was revealed 15 years ago by one of this year’s recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, William Nordhaus. We know the problem only too well. The time is here to implement a carbon pricing protocol.
Phil Nelson, Golden

Hopefully the United Nations report that the ozone is healing, due to the worldwide phasing out of ozone-depleting chemicals, will jolt willful climate change deniers in the Republican party into get on board with policies that can blunt if not reverse climate change. If an entire planet can summon the will to reverse a global calamity like ozone depletion, then surely America alone can summon the will to transform itself into a nation that runs mostly on renewable and sustainable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. It has to start with Republicans abandoning their fealty to the energy industry and accepting the science of climate change and the human cause of it.
Steve Coppola, Denver
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Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored, expert says

NEW YORK — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said Thursday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking a question to President Donald Trump on Wednesday as the intern tries to take his microphone away. But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows that the one tweeted by Sanders appears to have been altered to speed up Acosta’s arm movement as he touches the intern’s arm, according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the footage at the AP’s request.
Earlier, Shapiro noticed that frames in the tweeted video were frozen to slow down the action, allowing it to run the same length as the AP one.
The alteration is “too precise to be an accident,” said Shapiro, who trains instructors to use the software. The tweeted video also does not have any audio, which Shapiro said would make it easier to alter.
Sanders, who has not said where the tweeted video came from, said it clearly shows Acosta made contact with the intern.

We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018

While the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead.
The White House News Photographers Association decried the sharing of the video.
“As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating truth,” said Whitney Shefte, the association’s president. “It’s deceptive, dangerous and unethical. Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country’s highest office with vast influence over public opinion.”
“The irony of this White House video involving Jim Acosta is that if it is found to be doctored, it will show the administration to be doing what it accuses the news media of doing — engaging in fake information,” said Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University.
CNN has labeled Sanders’ characterization of Acosta’s exchange with the intern as a lie. Its position has been supported by witnesses including Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who was next to Acosta during the news conference and tweeted that he did not see Acosta place his hands on the White House employee. Rather, he said he saw him holding on to the microphone as she reached for it.
Several journalists and organizations — including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association — demanded Acosta’s press pass be reinstated.
“It is the essential function of a free press in every democracy to independently gather and report information in the public interest, a right that is enshrined in the First Amendment,” said Julie Pace, AP’s Washington bureau chief. “We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist’s access to the White House.”
The New York Times editorialized in favor of restoring Acosta’s pass, saying it signaled Trump’s view that asking hard questions disqualifies reporters from attending briefings. The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, “what did she have to say when her boss praised as ‘my kind of guy’ Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?”
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It’s unusual for the White House to pull the so-called hard passes from journalists. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, the Secret Service denied clearance to Robert Sherrill, a reporter for The Nation who had gotten into physical fights with government officials. During the George W. Bush presidency, Trude Feldman, who worked for various news outlets, was suspended for 90 days after security cameras recorded her looking through a press aide’s desk late one night. In the 1970s, President Nixon tried to get Washington Post reporters banned from the White House.
Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under George W. Bush, said on Fox News Channel Thursday that it appeared Acosta had made incidental contact with the intern and that it didn’t appear to be a justifiable reason to pull his pass.
Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta is expected to travel to Paris this weekend to cover Trump’s trip to meet with world leaders.
Calvin Woodward reported from Washington. Associated Press reporters Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller, Padmananda Rama and Deb Reichmann contributed from Washington.


Six-time felon sentenced for his part in Lakewood shooting, attempted robbery

Jefferson County District AttorneyDominic Pacheco-Donelson
A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for his part in a Lakewood shooting.
Dominic Pacheco-Donelson appeared Monday in Jefferson District Court where he was sentenced for his role in an April 4 shooting and attempted robbery in an apartment complex parking lot at West 14th Avenue and Garrison Street, according to the district attorney’s office.
On the day of the incident, Pacheco-Donelson and co-defendants Damon Porter and Yazmine Hunter were in a stolen car when they followed the victim who had driven into his apartment lot. Pacheco-Donelson was driving the stolen vehicle, according to a news release.
As the victim got out of his car, Porter and Hunter approached him. Porter, who was armed, demanded the victim’s property. Porter grabbed the victim’s phone and demanded his car keys. At first, the victim did not see Porter’s gun, according to the release, and Porter shot the man from close range, about two-feet away.
Jefferson County District AttorneyYazmine Hunter
Porter and Hunter jumped back into the stolen car, and Pacheco-Donelson drove off. Porter and Pacheco-Donelson were arrested two days later. Hunter, 25, is at-large, and a warrant is outstanding for her arrest.
Pacheco-Donelson pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, both felonies, and one violent crime count. He had provided the gun used in the shooting and was on federal parole for gun trafficking at the time of the shooting, prosecutors said. This was his sixth felony conviction.
Porter has been charged with attempted murder and other criminal counts in this case. He has a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 9.
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NFL Week 10 Picks: Game, lock and upset of the week from the Denver Post

Game of the week
Detroit at Chicago
The Bears (5-3) are a 6 1/2-point favorite over the Lions (3-5) and must not look ahead to next week’s Sunday night game against Minnesota. Tough not to be impressed with second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has a 96.2 passer rating and has also rushed for 302 yards.
Bears 28, Lions 23
Lock of the week
Dallas at Philadelphia
Talk about a scheduling gift. The Eagles will have had 15 days to rest up/prepare for the Cowboys, who are traveling on a short week (Monday night home loss to Tennessee). Philadelphia (a six-point favorite) begins its second-half surge with a convincing win over the free-falling Cowboys.
Eagles 27, Cowboys 13
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Upset of the week
Atlanta at Cleveland
The Browns have hit a familiar skid — four consecutive losses, including the last two games by a combined 31 points. But as a four-point underdog, they will get interim coach Gregg Williams his first win. The Falcons have climbed back to 4-4 after a 1-4 start, but are due for a hiccup.
Browns 20, Falcons 14


Plans to drill under Westminster’s Standley Lake and dog park abruptly dropped

An oil and gas company that recently applied to the state to drill 14 wells that would extend underneath Standley Lake in Westminster, which provides drinking water to 300,000 people in the metro area, withdrew its application on Thursday amid rising outcry over the possibility.
Highlands Natural Resources Corp. also dropped an application for 14 proposed wells under the nearby 420-acre Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park, which is just north of the lake.
In a statement sent to The Denver Post Thursday afternoon, Highlands CEO and chairman Robert Price said, “Through the process of communicating with various stakeholders and upon further consideration of its development plans in Jefferson County, Highlands Natural Resources has withdrawn” its applications for all 28 wells near Standley Lake.
He said the withdrawals were effective for the “foreseeable future.”
The decision came just hours after the Post published a story online about Highlands’ plans.
Highlands’ plans to drill up to 31 wells near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which the company submitted plans for with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Oct. 18, are not affected by Thursday’s announcement.
The withdrawal announcement came as public comments began to pour in to the COGCC lambasting the company’s plans.
“NO No NO No No NO No NO!!!!!,” wrote one resident on the COGCC site. “This is public open space set aside for peace and public use. Plus every home … is on a well that works with water aquifers that would be connected to the drilling. NO WAY!”
Before the withdrawals were announced, Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison  said the city was “scrambling” to come up with a plan to deal with the situation.
“We’re trying to figure out what kind of authority we have,” Atchison told The Post. “What rights do we have?”
The mayor said Westminster’s main concern is protecting 1,063-acre Standley Lake, which ranks as the metro area’s third-largest reservoir. Aside from providing most of Westminster with drinking water, Standley Lake holds water for Thornton and Northglenn.
“First and foremost is to protect the water for the city,” Atchison said.
On its website, Westminster said it “will always work to protect the interests of its citizens, its water supplies and open spaces.” But it also noted that the COGCC has the exclusive authority for reviewing and approving permit applications, “not the City of Westminster.”
Community after community in Colorado that has tried to put restrictions on drilling within their borders has found itself at the losing end of court battles, with judges consistently ruling that oil and gas development is the exclusive purview of the state. In 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down fracking bans in Longmont and Fort Collins, concluding that cities and counties do not have the authority to stop drilling.

Provided by City of WestminsterA map showing locations of the proposed wells. Click to enlarge.
The proposed wells in Westminster bucked a trend of oil and gas companies drilling primarily on the east side of the Denver metro area and highlight the high tensions that have arisen in the last few years between an industry eager to access valuable minerals that often lie under homes and neighborhoods.
But energy operators have been submitting applications to the COGCC for new wells at a furious pace in recent weeks, especially as the specter of a ballot issue that would severely restrict drilling loomed. That measure, Proposition 112, was defeated by more than 10 percentage points on Tuesday.
Tom and Sandi Rossman, who were walking their Alaskan husky Rowdy at the lake on Thursday, said they just moved from Crested Butte to Arvada’s Candelas neighborhood west of Standley Lake a week ago.
They weren’t happy about the news that they might be looking out over a drilling rig and a multi-well pad in the next few weeks. In its application to the state, Highlands said it wanted to begin drilling next to the lake on Dec. 17.
“You just see the sprawling lake in its natural beauty and this would detract from that,” Tom Rossman said. “It would be awful.”
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The applications for both sites were submitted during a tumultuous week leading up to Tuesday’s midterm election, in which voters were asked whether they wanted setbacks for new oil and gas wells extended to nearly half a mile from buildings and water sources. Proponents of bigger setbacks say they are necessary to protect people from noxious emissions associated with drilling and fracking and to keep water sources from being contaminated.
Standley Lake reaches a maximum depth of 96 feet at its dam. It’s not clear how deep Highlands would have drilled its horizontal wells under the lake, but typically oil and gas wells go thousands of feet underground.


Michael Gamble Reveals Anthem Mass Effect Javelin Skin For N7 Day

Micheal Gamble of BioWare has shown off an Anthem Mass Effect Javelin skin in celebration of N7 Day (November 7), showing off one of the more notable ways that we can customize our power armor in the game when it comes out. Anthem will be coming out on February 22, next year.
Anthem’s entire method of gameplay focuses around players suiting up in Iron Man-like power armor suits called Javelins to go adventuring, and BioWare already showed us that you can customize your Javelin any way you like, and Michael Gamble has decided to show us the Anthem Mass Effect Javelin skin option.
Commander Shepard’s red and white N7 stripe was one of the most notable parts of his armor and served as a symbol of the entire original Mass Effect trilogy, and considering it’s one of BioWare’s best-known games it’s not surprising that BioWare is putting in the option as a love letter to one of its best-known series.
Mass Effect also, however, hangs a dark shadow over all of Anthem. With Mass Effect Andromeda’s lackluster reception and technical fiasco back in 2017, many are worried that BioWare will be shut down by its publisher EA if Anthem fails despite BioWare’s assurances, yet at the same time are unenthusiastic about Anthem’s release to begin with.
While the fans clamor for more Dragon Age and Mass Effect games, Gamble also said that they have more stories that they want to tell in Mass Effect, and there have been hints of a new Dragon Age game being developed, not to mention Mass Effect Andromeda was recently enhanced for the Xbox One X, so there’s no telling what exactly will happen for each series.
Either way, hopefully Anthem will subvert expectations and become a classic BioWare game, even if it’s just Destiny or The Division under a different name, and the fact that you can make an Anthem Mass Effect Javelin skin will just be a bonus to an already great game.
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Denver politics, Chicago style: The Chamber’s shakedown for Prop 110

To absolutely no one’s surprise Proposition 110, the sales tax increase for mystery transportation projects, went down in flames Tuesday.
Considering that voters put progressives in every crevasse of state government, you’d think a tax hike for centrally-planned transit, bike paths and roads would have been appealing. But once we at the Independence Institute put the competing initiative, Prop 109, Fix Our Damn Roads (which didn’t raise taxes), on the ballot, Prop 110 was finished. And everyone knew it. Really. Everyone.
And still they put over $7 million into pimping the tax increase. Why?
Voters didn’t want to raise taxes, at least not on a state-wide basis. And by the equal shellacking our Prop 109 got, they don’t want to go into debt for roads either. Of course, I would have preferred 109 won, but that’s not the main reason we put it on the ballot.
I’ve been a political activist for nearly 30 years in Colorado, and I’ve won and lost political battles and learned something new every time. What has struck me this year is the incredible power of cronyism and go-along-ism inside the Denver power structure. I mean, I’ve always known it was bad, but I’ve never seen anything like this year.

Colorado Election Results

No one inside this club of special interests and inside money wanted to stand up and say, “the emperor has no clothes, your tax increase has NO chance, I’m not wasting my money on it.”
The emperor in this case is the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the myriad of organizations, consultants and politicians that orbit it.
There are very few secrets in politics. Like in most of life, pretty much everybody knows just about everything. And when it comes to polling everyone is looking over everyone else’s shoulder to see what their poll says.
So, what surprised me about Prop 110 is that almost all of the supporters seemed to know it had no chance of winning. Not a single polling firm showed this tax increase passing, not even the polling firm the Denver Chamber itself used. But “supporters” still funneled millions to the effort, because, as I’ve learned, that’s just the cost of doing business in Denver.
How do I know so many financial backers of the Chamber’s tax increase knew it didn’t have a chance? Well, because a lot of them told me personally. Politically speaking, Denver is still a small town.
I am still trying to wrap my mind around a power structure that is so intimidating that associations, contractors, bond dealers, political consultants and reporters all recognize political reality — that a state-wide tax increase for unspecified road and transit projects had no chance of passage while a competing measure was on the ballot — yet refused to stand up and just say so because they feared the Chamber and its strong ties with the governor’s office and city governments around the metro area.
But then again when your bread and butter comes from governmental spending, why risk upsetting the system? When the Chamber demands you put money into their cause, you do, or risk hurting your business.
It’s called a shakedown.
Denver has never been more like Chicago. You pay your tribute or risk falling out of favor. The difference may be that in Chicago the shakedowns happen behind closed doors. In Denver it happens out in the open. It’s just business as usual.
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Twenty years ago Gov. Bill Owens successfully spearheaded an effort similar to our Fix Our Damn Roads which bonded existing revenue to fund specified road projects around the state. In fact, adjusted for inflation, it was the same amount of debt. The major difference is that today we have so much extra revenue flooding into state coffers that the debt could be paid back without any threats to the budget.
So just how nutty is it that in 1999 the Denver Chamber of Commerce and its official newsletter, The Denver Post editorial board, were the leading champions for Owens’ version of Fix Our Damn Roads? This year they said the same thing, Prop 109, was “too risky” and the only way to go was a tax increase that they knew couldn’t pass.
But a multi-million-dollar campaign itself is its own public works program. Chicago style.
Jon Caldara is president of the Independence Institute, a libertarian-conservative think tank in Denver.
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Hitman Remasters Implied With Absolution And Blood Money By Europe Rating

A recent European rating announcement for Hitman: Absolution and Hitman: Blood Money might be implying that we’ll be getting two Hitman remasters at some point in the near future. While nothing is confirmed yet, it would be a big boost to IO and the Hitman series in general before the sequel’s release.
Hitman recently got a reboot with the first new Hitman game that came out back in 2016. Despite a rocky start it soon gained a high degree of success due to a constant flow of content, an interesting story, and multiple events to play through, despite its episodic release schedule and always-online requirement.
Hitman Absolution and Hitman Blood Money were two of the biggest and most well-known Hitman games, coming out in 2012 and 2006, respectively. Both will be getting upgraded to modern standards as part of their Hitman remasters, being upgraded to the current graphics engine Glacier 2 along with keeping their old features.
At the same time, however, there’s no release date for either game or any indication of when they might be coming out, so players would be better off focusing on Hitman 2 as it comes out on November 13 for the Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4. That game, while still being always-online like the original, will be a full game, allowing players to go nonstop through the story.
That story will pick up from the last episode of the first Hitman game, where 47 and his handler, Diana, discovered that a shadowy organization known as Providence had been behind a great deal of the ICA’s assassinations over the years, and that the head of the ICA, Erich Soders, was an agent of theirs.
The Hitman remasters of Blood Money and Absolution might be coming in order to allow players a better connection to such a story like this in order to get them more invested, but once again that will depend on when these games are released.
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Denver sheriff’s deputy used an insulting slur when addressing an autistic jail inmate. Now, he’s been suspended.

A Denver Sheriff Department deputy was suspended for 30 days after using a slur to question an inmate’s intellect.
Deputy Ryan Bosveld already served 20 days of the suspension without pay in October. Bosveld will be docked 10 percent of his wages for 10 pay periods for the remainder of the penalty.
Bosveld violated a departmental policy by harassing a prisoner and when asked to recount the incident on paper he gave a misleading statement that left out his calling an inmate a slur, according to a copy of Bosveld’s disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post.
The incident happened on Nov. 10, 2017. The inmate, identified only by the initials W.W., said Bosveld asked him, “What are you (slur)?” W.W. explained that he has autism and that he is “slow.” The inmate filed a grievance, saying he was offended by the name calling.
Bosveld’s report of the incident said that he repeatedly had to tell W.W. at 8 p.m., that he was not allowed to use the phone because his jail pod was locked down for the night, the letter said.
When an investigator later questioned Bosveld about the incident, he readily admitted calling the inmate a slur and that he knew he had made a mistake. Bosveld said his sergeant told him to leave out that part, according to the disciplinary letter.
But the sergeant who Bosveld had accused of a cover-up denied the allegation, saying he ordered Bosveld to write down the incident as it happened and warned, “Your mouth is going to get you fired.” Another sergeant, who witnessed the discussion about the incident, corroborated the sergeant’s version.
The incident wasn’t the first time Bosveld had gotten into trouble for verbal exchanges with inmates.
In 2016, Bosveld had been suspended for 10 days after telling an inmate who was shouting obscenities at him that he would rather have sexual intercourse with that inmate’s mother.
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A suicidal inmate also had claimed that Bosveld told him to “just die.” That suspension later was overturned during an appeals hearing.