Man injured when tree falls on railroad tour
DENVER A man was injured when part of a tree blew down and fell onto a train car during the Georgetown Loop Railroad tour in Clear Creek County.
Railroad spokesman Tom Hill said the top portion of the tree fell on the last car of the train shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday during the first tour of the day. The falling timber was about 5 inches in diameter and hit an open car that can hold up to 40 people.
The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Hill said the tree was pushed off the car and the conductor continued the tour, which runs between Silver Plume and Georgetown.
Trail Ridge Road reopens after weather improves
DENVER Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park has reopened after snow and poor driving conditions forced rangers to turn people away.
The road was closed Wednesday but reopened at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The road reaches more than 12,000 feet at its highest point and is billed as the highest continuous paved road in the United States.
Historically, it closes in late October and reopens on Memorial Day weekend. Last year, after heavy snowstorms continued well into the spring, the road didnt open until June 6. This year, it opened May 14.
Group: Sept. 11 widow died of natural causes
DENVER The 52-year-old widow of the man who captained a United Airlines flight that crashed into a Pennsylvania field after being taken over by terrorists on Sept. 11 has died of what the fundraising group she founded says was natural causes.
The Captain Jason M. Dahl Scholarship Fund said on its website that Sandy Dahl died near Denver, and family friend David Dosch said she passed away in her sleep. Her body was found Friday.
Dahls husband was the captain of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.
Dahl, who lived in Colorado, became a public face for all grieving Sept. 11 families and founded a scholarship fund in her husbands honor to provide money for young pilots to receive their education.
Jefferson County coroners officials have confirmed Dahls death, but the exact cause has not been released.
Murder charges filed in 15-year-old case
AURORA A Colorado man serving a 48-year prison sentence for the death of his 2-year-old son now faces a murder charge stemming from the disappearance of his wife.
The Aurora Sentinel reports that 41-year-old Michael Jim Medina is expected to appear in court this week for the presumed death of Kimberly Greene. The Aurora woman disappeared in 1996, and her family has long suspected Medina was involved.
Police declined to say what changed in the case and led to Medinas indictment, and a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County District Attorneys Office says documents in the case are sealed.
Medina is in prison for the 2005 killing of his son Degan in Rio Blanco County.
Court: Student death lawsuit can proceed
SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Supreme Court has paved the way for a lawsuit over the November 2008 death of a St. George high school student to proceed in federal court.
In a 3-2 decision handed down Friday, justices ruled school districts cant avoid such litigation under a state law that provides immunity to government agencies.
The parents of 15-year-old Tucker Thayer filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the Washington County School District and others after he was killed while handling a blank-firing prop pistol before a school play.
Ron and Cathie Thayer are seeking more than $2 million in damages for the death that occurred before a presentation of Oklahoma at Desert Hills High School.
Manhunt continues for fugitive from Ariz. jail
PHOENIX The search continues for a fugitive who walked out of a Maricopa County jail using another inmates identification two weeks ago.
Matt Hershey, a deputy U.S. marshal in Arizona, said the U.S. Marshals Service is still collecting information and following up on leads on Rocky Marquez. He offered no xpecifics about where investigators believe Marquez might be staying, though the Marshals service continues to work with authorities in Mexico.
Investigators said Marquez, 33, walked out of the sheriffs Lower Buckeye Jail with a group of other inmates who were being released earlier this month. Officials said Marquez took the identification of another inmate who was scheduled for release, shaved his head and dressed in the other inmates civilian clothes.
Surveillance footage shows Marquez calmly waiting with other inmates and walking out the door.
Investigators believe he was picked up after leaving the jail.