Anti-Obama billboard on I-70 taken down
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) A billboard in western Colorado that used caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man has been taken down.
The billboard along an Interstate 70 business loop in Grand Junction had drawn fire from both local Republican and Democratic officials. Artist Paul Snover of Loma said he has received what he calls very hateful e-mails and phone calls.
Snover has said he couldnt reveal who paid for the sign. The Daily Sentinel reported he couldnt be reached Friday to explain why it was removed.
Paraglider collides with balloon in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) A motorized paraglider ran into a hot air balloon Saturday morning in central Arizona, sending two of the four people onboard to the hospital.
It happened during an airport open house in Cottonwood, which is about 100 miles north of Phoenix.
Ian Gregor with the FAA said the two aircraft were at an altitude of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. The balloon landed in a parking lot about half a mile east of the airport.
Two of the three people onboard the balloon were taken to a hospital. Cottonwood police Sgt. Gareth Braxton said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Another balloon passenger and the pilot of the paraglider appeared to be uninjured.
Braxton said the two aircraft became entangled, the balloon ripped open and both fell to Earth quickly.
Ponzi schemer negotiating plea deal
DENVER (AP) A former hedge fund manager accused of running a $71 million Ponzi scheme and whose investors included former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is negotiating a plea agreement.
Sean Mueller waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Friday in Denver District Court. The 42-year-old is charged with theft, securities fraud and violating Colorados organized crime law.
Muellers attorney, Rick Kornfeld, said a plea agreement is in the works. The details are expected to be released at a Nov. 1 hearing.
Court records show that Elway and his business partner gave $15 million to Mueller.
Authorities say 65 people invested $71 million with the company over 10 years and it only had $9.5 million in assets in April and $45 million in liabilities.