Salvation Army kettle stolen in Denver
CENTENNIAL – Authorities say someone stole a red Salvation Army kettle from a grocery store parking lot in suburban Denver on Christmas Eve.
KMGH-TV reported Thursday that the bell ringer and several King Soopers customers chased after the thief but could not retrieve the kettle. No one was hurt, but bell ringer Phil Ray called the situation heart-wrenching.
It’s unclear how much money was in the kettle. Ray estimates the thief could have made off with as much as $1,000.
People exchange gunfire in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE – Police say people in two cars exchanged gunfire while driving down a downtown Albuquerque street with bullets narrowly missing bystanders.
The shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. Thursday near 2nd Street and Marble. Officer Simon Drobik says an officer happened to hear the gunfire and rushed to the scene. He saw two vehicles speeding away.
Drobik says several bullets hit a uniform store, including one that almost struck a woman in the head. Police say they do not know if anyone in either vehicle was struck by gunfire but are asking hospitals to report any gunshot wounds.
Police find Western museum’s stolen guns
GRAND JUNCTION – Authorities say they have found three prized pistols stolen last month from a Western museum in Grand Junction.
The guns included two Glock handguns carried by former Mesa County sheriffs and a gold-plated Colt Bisley .38 caliber revolver. The revolver was carried by Leo Carillo as he played Pancho in the 1950s television Western “The Cisco Kid.”
The guns were stolen from a shattered glass case on Nov. 2. Police are investigating a series of burglaries that took place around the same time. But authorities say no one has been charged with taking the firearms.
3 hurt in multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 40
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State Police say several people were hurt after a rear-end collision in Bernalillo County triggered a chain reaction involving other cars.
Authorities say the accident happened around 4 p.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the I-25 interchange.
According to police, 28-year-old Gerald Hernandez was the driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit the back of another car. The impact led to a three-vehicle crash. Police say three people suffered serious injuries.
Hernandez was arrested and booked on three counts of great bodily harm by vehicle.
Attorneys in fetus case sought out donor info
BOULDER – Attorneys for a woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from another woman’s womb unsuccessfully tried to subpoena information on people who donated money to the victim.
The Longmont Times-Call reports that a judge tossed the subpoenas earlier this month. The attorneys also sought unedited footage from victim Michelle Wilkins’ September appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show.
Dynel Lane is charged with attempted murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and multiple counts of felony assault. Prosecutors say she attacked Wilkins and removed the unborn baby girl from her womb March 18.
Lane’s trial is scheduled to start in February.