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    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CB4) — At least three teenage girls reported being grabbed by men in Fort Collins in the past few months. (credit: CBS) The first happened on Aug. 21 at Overland Park. A teen girl was walking by herself when a man refused to leave her alone and grabbed her wrist. She pepper sprayed him — and ran. On Oct. 13, another girl went out to her car in a parking lot at West Drake Road and Dunbar Avenue. An unknown man grabbed her from behind. She pulled away, but was grabbed again –before she fought him off and escaped. A third girl reported an got away on Nov. 23. She was jogging outside the Edora Pool Ice Center when a man came out from behind a bush and grabbed her wrist. She kicked him and ran into the building. Police say there are similarities but no evidence to connect these three incidents. They want the community to be aware. “Stay safe… And report any information on these cases,” investigators stated.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – During the COVID-19 pandemic donations of blood dropped, an issue which still hasn’t been fully resolved. At the same time donations historically drop during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. In an effort to combat those shortages one woman in northern Colorado hosted a blood drive which was rooted from her own experience. READ MORE: 6 Teenagers Shot At Nome Park In Aurora, Witness Says He Heard '30-50 Shots' (credit: CBS) Linda Maher’s life was nearly cut short six years ago after a car crash in Fort Collins. “I was completely crushed from my shoulder down to my pelvis,” Maher told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. “They told my family I was probably not going to survive this.” Maher was t-boned in a crash which she was told was caused by careless driving by the person who hit her. She was rushed to a local hospital and needed more than 22 units of blood transfusions. (credit: CBS) Fortunately, for Maher, there was plenty of blood on hand when she needed it. But, lately the...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Fort Collins police urge pedestrians to use designated crosswalks after a man was hit and seriously hurt. Officers responded to Prospect Road near Whitcomb Street at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Officers say the pedestrian was crossing mid-block when they were hit by a Hyundai Sonata. Three adults were in the vehicle; none were hurt. The driver stayed at the scene. Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash on the part of the pedestrian. They don’t believe the driver was under the influence. Anyone who has information regarding this crash who has not already spoken to police are asked to call Officer Ken Koski at (970) 416 2229.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — A series of mountain lion sightings in central Fort Collins have become the talk of the town. Multiple people, including a Fort Collins Police Services officer, reported seeing at least one mountain lion roaming neighborhoods along the Drake corridor through the heart of Fort Collins on Monday morning. (credit: Ring) READ MORE: Colorado Ski Resorts Eager To Welcome Back J-1 Visa WorkforceOne person, who shared video of one of the lions walking across his patio in the early hours of Monday morning, told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas he was shocked when he saw his doorbell recording. His doorbell sent a notification to his phone saying motion was detected. When the video was checked, a large mountain lion could be seen walking up the stairs and across his patio. Jason Clay, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said mountain lions in Front Range neighborhoods are not as uncommon as many believe. It’s just humans are getting better at noticing them. “Mountain lions are incredibly elusive animals,” Clay said. “We’re starting to see mountain lions...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Fort Collins Police Department tweeted Monday a mountain lion was seen near Mathews Street and Tulane Drive early in the morning. This was in the area of homes, as well as an elementary school. “Please be aware of your surroundings in that area and keep an extra eye on small pets & children. If the mountain lion is sighted, you can contact [Colorado Parks & Wildlife,” the police department tweeted in part. Early this morning, there was a mountain lion sighting near Mathews/Tulane. Please be aware of your surroundings in that area and keep an extra eye on small pets & children. If the mountain lion is sighted, you can contact @COParksWildlife — Fort Collins Police (@FCPolice) November 8, 2021 CPW responded to the Fort Collins PD tweet and also shared advice to anyone who encounters a mountain lion. If you see a mountain lion: – Stay calm, do not run.– Do all you can to appear larger.– Haze it away with loud noises (set off your car alarm).– Call our Fort Collins office...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The woman at the center of a controversial takedown in Fort Collins has died. The Fort Collins Police Services tells CBS4’s Dillon Thomas Cynthia Wales was hit by a car while walking through traffic and passed away at the hospital last weekend. (credit: Fort Collins Police) On Aug. 22, paramedics responded to a call for medical assistance at a Mennonite church. The woman involved reportedly became “disruptive” and a police officer was requested. The officer is seen on body camera and surveillance video approaching the woman as she raised her fist in a reportedly threatening way to the officer. Chief Jeff Swobdoa says what happened next was justified and necessary. “After a brief interaction, the officer used a trained takedown technique to safely take her into custody. Once in custody, she was transported by medical personnel to an area hospital for evaluation of the medical issue that prompted the initial call for service. No injuries were reported in connection with the arrest,” Swoboda released in a statement. (credit: Fort Collins Police) The pastor of the church,...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The woman at the center of a controversial takedown in Fort Collins has died. The Fort Collins Police Services tells CBS4’s Dillon Thomas Cynthia Wales was hit by a car while walking through traffic and passed away at the hospital last weekend. (credit: Fort Collins Police) READ MORE: Denver Film Festival Kicks Off Wednesday Night With 'Spencer'On Aug. 22, paramedics responded to a call for medical assistance at a Mennonite church. The woman involved reportedly became “disruptive” and a police officer was requested. The officer is seen on body camera and surveillance video approaching the woman as she raised her fist in a reportedly threatening way to the officer. Chief Jeff Swobdoa says what happened next was justified and necessary. “After a brief interaction, the officer used a trained takedown technique to safely take her into custody. Once in custody, she was transported by medical personnel to an area hospital for evaluation of the medical issue that prompted the initial call for service. No injuries were reported in connection with the arrest,” Swoboda released...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Fort Collins Police say a man caught looking inside a window shot at the group of people that confronted him. Police say it happened at around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at a home on Heritage Circle near Stuart and Shields Streets. Investigators say the group confronted the suspect who then took off on a dark blue bike. That’s when they say the suspect shot at the group. No one was hurt, but some property sustained minor damage. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man between 18 and 24 years old. He had a mustache and was wearing black clothing and a white bandana. The man is also described as being medium or heavy set. Anyone with more information is asked to call Detective David Guy at 970-416-2026.
    DENVER (CBS4) – The first college football games since 2019 with fans in the stands will be played in Boulder and Fort Collins Friday evening. A few showers or thunderstorms could impact both games. The chance of rain for CU’s home opener against Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. is about 30%. If rain moves over Folsom Field, it’s most likely to happen during the first half. Temperatures will start in the lower 70s in Boulder and end in the mid 60s. (source: CBS) Farther north in Fort Collins, the CSU Rams are set to play South Dakota State at the same time with slightly warmer temperatures compared to Boulder. There is also a slightly higher chance for rain at Canvas Stadium with a 40% chance for showers or a quick thunderstorm during the game. (source: CBS) As the thunderstorms move east of the urban corridor Friday evening, some of them could turn severe on the Eastern Plains with hail up to 1 inch, damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, and minor street flooding from heavy rain. Most of Colorado’s Eastern...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Fort Collins is taking to the streets Thursday evening to tackle West Nile virus. It will start spraying for mosquitos that carry the virus in the southeast part of the city. The spraying will start at 8 p.m. Thursday evening and Sunday evening. Crews will spray the areas from Prospect Road to Harmony Road and Interstate 25 to Lemay Avenue as well as the area west of Timberline Road to Lemay Avenue from Prospect Road to Harmony Road. Follow their progress at www.fcgov.com/westnile.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado State University has joined the list of colleges requiring masks for everyone indoors regardless of vaccine status. The University of Colorado Boulder campus, University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus and Metro State University of Denver are also requiring those indoor masks. Colorado State University in Fort Collins (credit: CBS) In most cases, people do not have to wear face masks if they are alone in their office or alone in dorm rooms. At CSU, screening will also be required two times a week for those who are unvaccinated. At CSU, classrooms, laboratories and research spaces will be at 100% capacity. The university will also continue to return remote employees to university spaces. The mask mandate was made considering the increase in COVID-19 cases of the Delta variant.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — Fort Collins police need help identifying a suspect in a recent homicide. Investigators believe the attack on the victim, 58-year-old Todd Stout, happened around 1 a.m. on July 5. (credit: Fort Collins Police) Video shows a light-colored compact SUV that pulled up to the bridge where Stout was temporarily living. READ MORE: NWS Warns Of Significant Flash Flood Threat For Cameron Peak Burn Scar Friday Afternoon The suspect got out of the car, and a short time later returned to the car and took off… going west on Harmony Road then turning south on Shields Street. READ MORE: Evergreen Rower Makes Olympic Dreams Come True If you have any information, call police. MORE NEWS: Deputies Patrolling Highway 285 Friday For Speeding And Aggressive Driving  
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– One person was injured in a house fire in Fort Collins early Wednesday morning. Crews from Poudre Fire Authority rushed to put out the fire at 317 Stover around 3 a.m. (credit: Poudre Fire) The fire caused a lot of damage to the home, leaving the back of the house covered in burned areas. One person was rushed to the hospital. It is unclear how seriously that person was hurt.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Fort Collins are asking for the public’s help in identifying the gunman in Monday morning’s shooting outside a McDonald’s. Investigators have released a suspect description and images in the homicide. (credit: CBS) The shooting happened about 10:40 a.m. Monday outside the McDonalds in the 2400 block of South College Avenue near Drake Road. When officers arrived, they found the deceased person outside the restaurant. READ MORE: Denis Guenther Of Colorado Drowns When Storm Capsizes Canoe In Minnesota (credit: Fort Collins Police) It is unclear whether the suspect was known to the victim at the time of the shooting. Detectives are also investigating whether the shooting is connected to a homicide that occurred on July 5. In both cases, the victims were experiencing homelessness. READ MORE: Aurora Targets Youth In Mission To Combat Gun Violence The suspect is described as a male, 5-foot-9 with a thin build, a shaved head and burn scaring on his face. The suspect was last seen driving a stolen Silver 2014 Honda CRV with Missouri license plate TE5Y1P. Anyone...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – One person was killed in a shooting near a fast food restaurant in Fort Collins on Monday. Police said they are searching for the person that fired the shots. (credit: CBS) It happened at approximately 10:40 a.m. outside the McDonalds on College Avenue near Drake Road. Caution tape surrounded the area afterwards, and police closed one lane of southbound College Avenue while they investigated. (credit: CBS) So far the person who was killed hasn’t been identified, and there hasn’t been any mention of a motive.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A Fort Collins man was arrested for allegedly having explosive devices, and this isn’t the first time he has apparently been found with them. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says Nicholas Dice, 24, was arrested after local and federal investigators found three improvised explosive devices and a molotov cocktail in his home on Wednesday. (credit: Larimer County) They made the discovery in the morning on the 100 block of Meadow Lane. Firearms and other weapons were also found that violated his bond conditions from his May arrest. In that incident, Dice was pulled over and deputies said they found an explosive device, a stolen handgun, drugs and other weapons. In June, Larimer County investigators were contacted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in Kansas about Dice having an explosive device detonate while he was working on it in the basement of a home in August 2020. That’s what led investigators to obtaining a warrant to search his Colorado home.
    (CBS4) – People who want to celebrate Indepence Day in Larimer County can do so at the Ranch Events Complex on the 4th of July. There will be a drive-in fireworks show there for the second straight year. It’s an event that Fort Collins and Loveland are putting on jointly. Entry is free. Vehicles can make their way in through the south entrance starting at 6 p.m. Food trucks will be on site and the fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. Officials shared the following information about the event: Adjacent properties should be available as alternate viewing locations. Visit parking lots outside of the Ranch first, as wait times for entry and exit will be significantly less. Get more information at lovgov.org. LIST: 4th Of July Fireworks Shows Near Denver
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman died after falling about 40 feet at an indoor climbing gym in Fort Collins, police confirmed. It happened Saturday at Ascent Studio Climbing & Fitness on Joseph Allen Drive. Investigators say it appears the woman possibly became unhooked from the auto-belay system that prevents a climber from falling. Fort Collins Police Services spokesperson Brandon Barnes said their investigation found no faulty equipment or foul play. On Thursday morning, the auto-belays were listed as “currently unavailable” on the gym’s website. Back in 2014, a man died after a fall at a climbing gym in Boulder. Staff members found 63-year-old Mark Hesse unconscious on the floor at the Boulder Rock Club after hearing a loud noise. The coroner’s office determined Hesse died from blunt trauma to the chest and ruled the incident an accident. The gym owner told the Daily Camera that Hesse had not been using one of the auto-belay devices.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – After two more rescues, the Poudre Fire Authority is telling people to stay out of the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, especially between Legacy Park and the Whitewater Park. Officials say the combination of high, fast water and debris from upriver are making that stretch too dangerous. As it starts to feel like summer, the river is getting busier and busier, and on Monday, Nathan Hoy and his friends were among the many people looking to cool off. READ MORE: High School Football Team Helps Weld County Rancher Hit By Tornado “It’s 90 degrees, the sun’s out, so we thought it would just be a good day to get in the water and float down the river,” Hoy said. That float wasn’t as long as it could have been. Near Legacy Park, a warning sign urged the group to get out. (credit: CBS) Brandon Garcia, interim operations chief with PFA, says past that bridge his crews have made 18 rescues this year. There have also been at least 10 citizen rescues. “Usually, we’re maybe 18 to...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Crews rescued four tubers stranded along the Poudre River on Saturday. The tubers were stuck in debris that had accumulated under a railroad crossing just west of College Avenue. (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) Poudre Fire Authority responded to the scene around 12:45 p.m. and found the tubers stranded under the railroad trestle. All four people were separated from their tubes and one person was submerged nearly to her chin, according to responders. (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) Using a rope system, a swiftwater technician directed the PFA boat to the tubers and pulled them onboard. One person suffered rope burns and bruises, but no other injuries were reported. (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) Crews also removed the tubes and large logs along the river to prevent more debris from building up. Officials remind tubers to stay safe on the water by wearing a life vest. PFA is on the scene of a river rescue at the railroad crossing just west of College Ave. Four tubers were stranded and have been brought safely to shore. Responders are retrieving...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall is on display in Fort Collins this weekend. The 360-foot wall was escorted into town by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 3-6. (credit: CBS) The wall is on display at Veterans Plaza located at 2626 West Horsetooth Road in Fort Collins. An official ceremony is planned on Sunday to celebrate the service and sacrifice of Vietnam War era veterans. (credit: CBS) “Every time this wall comes to Colorado I go look at it and stand in front of it and explain to the younger generation that this is a result of us going to war and they are the consequences of that Vietnam war,” said Edward Aitken, a veteran who served two years in Vietnam. “I believe that I’m their spokesman. I was fortunate to come home, they were not. ” (credit: CBS) The memorial will be up through Monday for anyone who wants to visit and pay their respects.
    THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – The City of Thornton is running out of drinking water for its residents as the population surrounding Denver continues to swell. The city’s decades-old plan to combat that forecasted problem is now breaking ground. (credit: CBS) Crews have started installing a 42-inch welded steel pipeline through portions of northern Colorado with the goal of bringing clean water to Thornton through 2065. READ MORE: Westminster Police Locate Stolen Car, $7,000 Reward Offered For Dog Named Solo Still Missing However, even though Thornton legally purchased the water rights from the Cache la Poudre River northwest of Fort Collins in the 1980s, the counties it needs to pump water through are preventing the pipeline from becoming a full reality, for now. “We got the water in 1985. That is all done. We have the permission to move the water, we just need the facilities to move it,” said Mark Koleber, Water Supply Director for Thornton. Thornton spent decades purchasing properties and water rights throughout northern Colorado, as well as reservoirs north of Fort Collins. The plan since the 1980s...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — Fort Collins police say a group of four suspects targeted Asian families and  stole roughly $1.4 million in cash, jewelry and other valuables during daylight burglaries Colorado and Wyoming in 2019. In each case, suspects would go to the home in the middle of the day, knock on the front door for a few minutes to make sure no one was home, then force their way in through a door or window. READ MORE: Missions Over For Awe Inspiring Global Supertanker, Which Never Got To Fight A Wildfire In Colorado (credit: Fort Collins Police) Once inside, the suspects ransacked the home and took cash, jewelry, and safes. (credit: Fort Collins Police) Five of the families were in Larimer County. When Fort Collins police started investigating, they learned cases with the same pattern were occurring across the country — reportedly being carried out by organized criminal groups with ties to South America. A total of 26 Asian families were victimized in Colorado and Wyoming between January and July of 2019. “Today’s announcement highlights the increase in...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A Jefferson County district court sentenced Darrell Wall to 24 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting five women in Lakewood. Wall lured the victims, at different times, to his van or RV by offering them a ride or a place to sleep. Darrell Wall (credit: Lakewood Police) A woman contacted Lakewood police in October of 2019. She says she was sexually assaulted and identified Wall as her attacker. Police launched an investigation which yielded more woman saying their were attacked by Wall between June 2018 and November 2019. Darrell Wall’s van (credit: Lakewood Police) It was on Nov. 29, 2019 when an off-duty Lakewood police officer was in Fort Collins and recognized Wall’s van. With the help of Fort Collins police, Wall was then arrested.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Fort Collins police were called to an urgent care just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after a 3-year-old boy was brought in by a family member. The child was unconscious and not breathing. Despite lifesaving efforts by medical staff, the child did not survive. The Larimer County Coroner reports the child died of asphyxiation by manual strangulation/choking. READ MORE: Art Therapy Becomes Focus At Boulder Arts Week Days After Mass Shooting Jaime Rodriguez (credit: Larimer County) Investigators with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office were contacted because the child lived in unincorporated Larimer County. READ MORE: Airliner Diverts To Denver After Passenger Attempts To Open Door Mid-Flight During the joint investigation with Fort Collins police and investigators with Larimer County, it was learned that less than 2 hours before, the child was allegedly assaulted by his mother’s boyfriend, Jaime Omar Rodriguez, for misbehaving while inside a business in Fort Collins. The child was taken home from the business and later taken to the urgent care. MORE NEWS: Colorado Law Enforcement Escort Mother Of Officer Eric Talley Into Colorado...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Firefighters rushed to rescue a horse that fell into a pool in Fort Collins on Friday. The horse fell into the pool filled with snow and icy water in the 6500 block of Kyle Ave. about 6:40 p.m. (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) Fire crews said that the horse had escaped its enclosure before falling into the pool. READ MORE: Denver City Councilwoman Calls For Show Of Support For Asian American Community After Deadly Spa Shootings (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) Some of the firefighters kept the horse calm while keeping its head above water. After about 40 minutes, the horse was removed from the pool. (credit: Poudre Fire Authority) The horse was taken to the Colorado State University Vet Hospital after a veterinarian checked it out once on solid ground. READ MORE: Eligibility Does Not Equal Availability: Coloradans Frustrated As Phase 1B4 Begins, Vaccine Supply Doesnt Meet Demand FINAL UPDATE: The horse was successfully removed from the pool at about 7:20 pm. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and others worked to warm the horse while it was attended...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Two days after wrapping up a big snow storm, Fort Collins still looks a little rough around the edges and pudgy with snow in the middle. “We’re not on a bus route so they never plow our street,” said CSU graduate Gabriel Hyde. READ MORE: Called All Day: Drivers Left To Pay Hundreds Of Dollars To Retrieve Abandoned Cars Hyde and friends along Myrtle Street had been helping people get out. The street showed no signs of plowing. “If they get stuck it’s kind of weird to me to not help.” (credit: CBS) Around the corner, Mike Key and Adam Derosa hooked up a tree in the street in front of their home and tried to use a Jeep to pull it out of the way of traffic. “We figured there was plenty for the city to do. It might take them a couple days to get around here.” People have been understanding given the power of the storm. Savannah Encinias is waiting for the city to remove a massive tree limb from on top...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators released new photos of the crawl space of a Fort Collins home where Jonathan Crossley hid for over 24 hours before attacking his ex-girlfriend. Jonathan Crossley (credit: CBS) According to police records, Crossley, 25, broke in to Eilish Poe’s home while she was at work on Nov. 3, 2020. READ MORE: Fort Collins Teacher Lucky To Be Alive After Ex-Boyfriend Hides In Crawl Space & Attacks Her (credit: Fort Collins Police Services) The photos show a backpack and a jug of water Crossley brought with him. Investigators say Crossley also brought snacks, a blanket and reading material. (Other items in the crawl space belong to the residents.) (credit: Fort Collins Police Services) Poe said she was walking down the stairs on Nov. 4 when Crossley attacked her from behind. Poe told officers she pleaded with Crossley to stop, but he stabbed her repeatedly with no comment. Eventually, Poe decided to play dead. Detectives say the decision may have saved her life. She had been stabbed 16 times in her neck, torso and arms. (credit:...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Two people were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday morning after a disturbance at a hotel in Fort Collins. Deputies with the Larimer County sheriff’s Office rushed to the Clarion Inn at 3836 East Mulberry Street at 7:22 a.m. (credit: choicehotels.com) Two adults were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and another adult was treated by medical personnel at the scene. Deputies are conducting an investigation and have not released details on how the adults were injured or what happened leading up to the disturbance call. Investigators said that there is no threat to the public.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police say a Fort Collins teacher is lucky to be alive after a man hid in her basement for 26 hours before stabbing her 16 times. Detectives with Fort Collins Police Services said Eilish Poe, the victim, is likely only alive today because she decided to play dead while her ex-boyfriend attacked her. According to police records obtained first by CBS4’s Dillon Thomas, 25-year-old Jonathan Crossley broke in to Poe’s home while she was at work on Nov. 3, 2020. Investigators believe he camped out in her crawlspace for at least 24 hours while Poe and her roommate were at home at times. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Lakeside Amusement Park Wants To Reopen, But Limited Capacity Levels Wont Work Jonathan Crossley (credit: CBS) On Nov. 4, 911 dispatchers in Fort Collins received a call for help from Poe soon after she returned home from work. She was pleading for help and told dispatch that her ex-boyfriend, Crossley, had just stabbed her multiple times. When officers arrived on scene in the recently-built home in northeastern...
    Facebook Danielle Hopton Danielle Hopton is a Colorado teenager and animal shelter volunteer who was beaten to death in a parking lot, police said. Authorities said they responded to a report of an “unconscious, injured woman” in an apartment building’s parking lot in Fort Collins, north of Denver, on February 6, 2021. Fort Collins Police said when they arrived, 18-year-old Hopton had “life-threatening injuries consistent with an assault.” She was brought to the hospital where she died of her injuries. The Larimer County Coroner ruled Hopton’s death a homicide and the Fort Collins Police stated in a press release that they arrested two individuals in connection with her beating death, including her ex-boyfriend. Stephen McNeil, 20, was identified as the suspect who knew Hopton. He was arrested on February 7 and charged with first-degree murder, domestic violence, violation of a protection order and violation of bail bond conditions. Fort Collins Police added that Ian Rayas was also arrested on February 11 and charged with attempting to influence a public servant and accessory to a crime, two felonies.Authorities Said...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — A woman who was found fatally injured in a Fort Collins parking lot last weekend has been identified by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office as 18-year-old Danielle Hopton of Fort Collins. The man arrested by police following her death, 20-year-old Stephen McNeil, appeared in Larimer County District Court on Friday morning. RELATED: Boulder Bank Robbery Suspect Told Teller He Had A Bomb Friday afternoon, Fort Collins Police Services announced the arrest of a second person, Ian Rayas, also 20, of Timnath. The three were among a group of friends who drove to the Whispering Pines Apartments at 525 East Drake Road late Saturday night, according to a press release from Fort Collins Police Services. Investigators learned Hopton and McNeil, who had been in a relationship, stepped out of the car to talk. McNeil then allegedly assaulted Hopton. Other members of the group called 9-1-1 as McNeil left the scene, according to police. Hopton died at the hospital. Police arrested McNeil at noon the next day. Rayas was questioned by investigators but denied knowing either McNeil...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — A comedy club is set to open Friday in Old Town Fort Collins. It’s been almost 30 years since the city has had a comedy club. This one is called The Comedy Fort. (credit: CBS) Local comedians and founders David Rodriguez and Patrick Lowrie say there is a huge boom in the popularity of stand-up comedy. They say tickets for opening weekend sold out in about 35 minutes and they added shows on Thursday. They say there are some 60 to 70 local comics who will help get things off the ground in Fort Collins.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package in Fort Collins on Friday afternoon. The squad sent out a robot to take a closer look at the package. (credit: CBS) Crews have closed College Avenue from Vine to Conifer. The area is expected to be closed for several hours during the investigation. Drivers are urged to use an alternate route to avoid traffic delays. (credit: CBS) According to Fort Collins police, surrounding businesses have been evacuated. They are asking the public to avoid the area. The robot appeared to be scanning a mailbox. (credit: CBS) Surrounding businesses have been evacuated to ensure the safety of community members. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route to avoid traffic delays if youre traveling in the area this afternoon. — Fort Collins Police (@FCPolice) February 5, 2021
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – One person is recovering after getting injured in a fire on Thursday at a senior living facility in Fort Collins. Fire crews were able to rush to the scene of the fire on the 4,000 block of McMurry Avenue. (credit: CBS) They found one unit with fire damage. The crew was able to quickly stop the fire from spreading. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Five people were arrested in Fort Collins after their alleged role in a drug bust. Those arrested have been identified as Aaron Cole, Korie Goss, William Backhoff, Leray Smith and Beth Reeves. Aaron Cole, Korie Goss, William Backoff (credit: Larimer County) Authorities seized more than 1,000 black market Xanax pills, 16 grams of heroin and 144 grams of meth. Leray Smith and Beth Reeves (credit: Larimer County) The drug bust focused on four hotel rooms and one car at the Wyndham Hotel.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Firefighters from Poudre Fire Authority and Loveland rushed to a 2nd alarm fire in Fort Collins on Tuesday morning. The fire was burning at an apartment complex at 5080 Fossil Blvd. (credit: Poudre Fire) When fire crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from a window. They quickly extinguished the blaze on the fourth floor. (credit: Poudre Fire) No one was injured. Damage was confined to one unit. What caused the fire is being investigated. Fire quickly extinguished on fourth floor. No injuries. Fire damage in one apartment. @LovelandFRA, @poudrefire, @FCPolice and @uchealth remain on scene. pic.twitter.com/UjfzPCIwAt — poudrefire (@poudrefire) February 2, 2021
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Students at Colorado State University can expect more testing than ever before during the spring 2021 semester. Most students and staff will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests in order to continue their studies or work on the Fort Collins campus. (credit: CBS) “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of months looking at how we can keep the campus as safe and healthy as possible,” said Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President of Colorado State University. Pedersen told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas the university worked tirelessly to create a plan that would make in-person learning at the campus safer and more feasible. “Because of the environment where the pandemic is, we feel it is critical to have a weekly testing cadence for people on campus,” Pedersen said. (credit: CBS) Colorado State University has an on-campus lab which has already been running saliva and fecal samples from the campus for months. The in-house lab has already been credited with helping stop the spread of COVID-19 on the campus as it allows the university...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A pedestrian who ran across College Avenue in Fort Collins died after being hit by a truck on Friday night. Police say the victim, a man, was not in a crosswalk. The driver, a woman, stopped after the crash. Investigators say she had a green traffic light and was driving north near East Prospect Road. Investigators say alcohol or speed are not suspected on the part of the driver. Anyone with information or witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Drew Jurkofsky at (970) 416-2224.
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Police have found the Jeep belonging to a woman who went missing in Fort Collins. Christine Cummings was last known to be at her home on Dec. 29 and hasn’t been seen since. Christine Cummings (credit: Fort Collins Police) The Jeep was located in the Pingree Park area of Poudre Canyon, according to detectives. A search in the area is ongoing for Cummings. Authorities said that the terrain in the area is steep and rugged and for this reason they are not asking for people to volunteer to help with the search effort. Christine Cummings (credit: Fort Collins Police) With the Pingree Park area now the central focus of the investigation, authorities are asking anyone who might have seen Cummings in that area since Dec. 29 to contact them. RELATED: Christine Cummings’ Friend Says Her Disappearance Is ‘Very Out Of Character’
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