State Briefs

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK | Searchers have recovered the body of a Colorado man who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park officials say 25-year-old Peter Jeffris’ body was spotted by a helicopter search crew Thursday about 200 feet below a popular route up […]

PUEBLO | A judge has reduced bail from $1 million to $150,000 for a Rocky Ford police officer who was charged with second-degree murder after he shot and killed a 27-year-old man. KRDO-TV reports ( ) 41-year-old officer James Ashby’s bail was reduced Wednesday, and he is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 22. Ashby was […]

GRAND JUNCTION | Mesa County authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy in the shooting death of another 15-year-old over the weekend. The Daily Sentinel reports ( ) the boy faces a felony count of manslaughter and two misdemeanor charges. His arrest was announced Wednesday. The victim, Brandon Crawford, died Sunday of a single gunshot wound to the […]

COLORADO SPRINGS | An El Paso county man faces 60 charges animal cruelty, neglect and mistreatment — one for each of the 60 cats that died on his property or were euthanized shortly after rescue. The Gazette reports ( ) that 54-year-old Dennis Craven was charged with the misdemeanor counts earlier this month. The Humane Society of […]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK | A search continues Wednesday for a Broomfield man who didn’t return from a climbing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. More than 30 rescuers found no clues Tuesday in their search for 25-year-old Peter Jeffris. Jeffris reportedly left Sunday to summit Longs Peak, then did not arrive at work Monday. His car […]

“The only clear established fact was that no natural causes existed and thus the fire was human-caused,” the Black Forest Fire Investigation executive summary concluded.