Pueblo West residents consider name change
PUEBLO WEST – About 30,000 residents of Pueblo West are debating whether to form their own town or change its name, with many of them upset over being associated with the nearby city of Pueblo.
The community is run by a metropolitan district board. Metropolitan board officials say it’s just a survey and not binding.
Some residents are concerned their community is being confused with Pueblo, which they say has a high crime rate, high unemployment and problems with school tests. Pueblo City Manager Sam Azad says Pueblo is proud of its name and reputation.
New names that have been suggested for the community include Wild Horse, Soaring Eagles, Turkey Creek and West Lake.
Man dies trying to cross Interstate 40
ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque police say a man died trying to cross I-40 after his vehicle became involved in a collision.
Police spokesman Daren DeAguero says the incident occurred Friday just west of 98th Street. He says the man’s vehicle rear-ended a truck traveling in the eastbound lanes. The vehicle came to a stop in the median.
The man, whose identity has not been released, then left his car and tried to cross the interstate on foot. He was struck by another vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Man who shot at officer given 24 years
LOVELAND – A man convicted of second-degree attempted murder for shooting at a Fort Collins police officer has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Jose Ornelas-Licano was found guilty after he shot at the officer, crashed a truck and set off a manhunt. No one was hit.
Police tried to arrest Ornelas-Licano in 2014 on outstanding warrants for failing to appear on separate drug and fraud cases. He then sped off and shot through his windshield at a marked patrol vehicle.
Mayor sends support for burial at Arlington
ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque’s mayor has signed a formal letter in support of a burial with full military honors for Officer Daniel Webster at Arlington National Cemetery.
Webster was shot and killed in October during a traffic stop.
He was 47 years old and an eight-year veteran with the Albuquerque Police Department. Before becoming a police officer, he was an Army Ranger, with deployments to Bosnia, South Africa and Iraq.
Mayor Richard Berry on Friday signed the letter in support of having him laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, with his office saying it’s the wish of his family for him to be buried there.
El Paso County, Guard practice rescue plans
COLORADO SPRINGS – Emergency management officials practiced their rescue plans Saturday in the event of a major blizzard across northern El Paso County.
The county Office of Emergency Management conducted an exercise called “Deep Freeze 16” on Saturday. The exercise includes the National Guard, fire departments, ambulances and rescue shelters. About 400 people took part. Some acted as stranded motorists and others needed rescuing.