News, September 17th

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a man who fell more than 600 feet to his death while hiking Maroon Bells near Aspen. The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified the man yesterday as 34-year-old Derek Kelley of Colorado Springs. The Aspen Daily News reports Kelly did not have a harness.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado marijuana stores operating near schools have until midnight to discontinue sales or face legal action. U.S. Attorney John Walsh has warned 10 marijuana stores they will be shut down if they do not comply. Walsh says those who do not comply could face prosecution.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A Fort Carson soldier accused of poaching has a court date today. Tyrel Weber was picked up on a warrant in Albuquerque. KKTV-TV reports court documents indicate Weber told authorities it felt good to have a gun in his hands and do what he was trained to do. Court documents indicate Weber confessed to killing at least 10 antelope in eastern El Paso County on private property.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Federal investigators are trying to find the cause of a small plane crash at the Pueblo airport that led to the cancellation of a campaign stop by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The experimental plane crashed while landing at Pueblo Memorial Airport yesterday, killing the pilot, the only person on board. The pilot is identified as 68-year-old George McHenry Jr. of Pueblo.

DENVER (AP) – A national nonprofit is forming a new chapter in Colorado and is working with several groups to promote the use of red light cameras in an effort to prevent traffic accidents. The Denver Post reports the Traffic Safety Coalition says cameras have helped cut the number of crashes caused by failure to stop at red lights in several cities. Critics say the cameras are used by cities merely to collect revenue from traffic tickets.

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