News, August 24th

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A University of Colorado spokeswoman says a criminal background check was done on theater shooting suspect James Holmes before the July 20 attack. Jacque Montgomery’s statement is believed to be the first explicit public confirmation that a check was done on Holmes’ background before the shootings that killed 12 people and wounded 58.

DENVER (AP) – A Chicago man accused of groping a pregnant woman and not following crew instructions on a JetBlue flight that made an emergency landing in Denver over the weekend is due back in court today. A grand jury has indicted 32-year-old Marcus Covington on federal charges of interference with a flight attendant and abusive sexual contact on an aircraft.

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – A Weld County grand jury has indicted an Englewood man on theft and forgery charges related to an alleged mortgage scheme. The indictment accuses Kawika Morelli of causing federal mortgage documents to be falsely completed, making false statements in closing documents and agreeing to give kickbacks to buyers based on inflated appraisals.

DENVER (AP) – Denver-based natural gas and oil company QEP Resources Inc. has paid a $1.2 million fine for inaccurate royalty and production reports for oil and gas wells in Colorado and Utah. The U.S. Department of the Interior said yesterday that QEP failed to correct reports for 35 leases after assuring the government that it would.

FAIRPLAY, Colo. (AP) – A battle is brewing between an Aurora utility and federal officials over a decision by the BLM to open South Park to oil and gas drilling near a major water source. Aurora Water wants a one-mile buffer around Spinney Reservoir over concern drilling could contaminate the water surface.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – The Larimer County Farmers’ Market has launched a program to give food stamp recipients a little extra money to spend there. People in the program can use their SNAP cards at the market to withdraw money, and the market will provide a match of up to $10 that recipients can spend there on produce, baked goods, meats, dairy products, and plants and seeds grown for food.