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Posted on May 25, 2010 at 5:37 AM

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MONUMENT — The search for a couple that may be connected to a decomposing body found in Monument town house has led to a Los Angeles homeless shelter.


DALLAS — A Colorado congressman wants Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to provide answers on how a Texas man apparently tricked the Army into allowing him to enter the reserves as a noncommissioned officer. Rep. Mike Coffman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered a letter to Gates' office on Monday asking him to address issues raised by an Associated Press story last Friday detailing the case of Jesse Bernard Johnston III.

By Danny Robbins.


DENVER — Penalties for some illegal drug use and possession will decrease in Colorado, with more focus placed on treatment and rehabilitation under a bill expected to be signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Ritter.

By P. Solomon Banda.


DENVER — Anti-tax advocates are facing legal questions over who is bankrolling their efforts to put three tax-cutting measures on Colorado ballots. But the advocates testified in a Denver court Monday that they aren't sure.

By Steven K. Paulson.


— WIND-SOLDIERS HURT — A powerful gust of wind during a Fort Carson training session injured soldiers when a tent flew off the ground.

— CHEATING CYCLIST — It's not quite like doping before an international cycling races. But one Colorado bicyclist has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for cheating in a bike race.

— HORSES KILLED — An arson arrest has been made in a barn fire that killed 12 horses, several chickens and a goat in Adams County.

— JURY TAMPERING — A Boulder woman accused of trying to bribe a juror is back in Colorado after allegedly trying to flee the country.

— GOP SENATE — Republican Tom Wiens is dropping out of Colorado's primary Senate contest. The former state senator is backing Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck over former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Those weren't trade winds blowing through Dove Valley on Monday. On a blustery day when a 45-foot pine tree next to one of the team's practice fields was blown over by wind gusts that reached 70 mph, coach Josh McDaniels emphatically denied the Denver Broncos were trying to deal one of their four quarterbacks.

By Arnie Stapleton.

AP Photos CODZ111-0524101008, CODZ107-0524101000, CODZ103-0524100948, CODZ104-0524100951.


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