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In Case You Missed It: Weekend news roundup

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of hot Pueblo-area news from over the weekend:

SUSPECTED SHOOTER KILLED BY SWAT TEAM ON PUEBLO’S SOUTH SIDE

Frankie Martinez, 66, who is suspected of shooting Alvino Hidalgo, 43, was shot to death by SWAT team officers after holing himself up in an apartment close to where he allegedly shot Hidalgo. Hidalgo was shot in the chest. He was picked up by an ambulance and taken to a local hospital where he’s in the intensive care unit in critical condition. Here’s the full story: http://bit.ly/1gB5nxp

TOMMY CHONG VISITS MARIJUANA SHOP IN PUEBLO

“This is one small stagger for a stoner and one giant leap for stonerkind,” Chong quipped with a laugh during a visit to Marisol Therapeutics on Saturday, where hundreds of his fans gathered to meet him. Chong, half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong and proud cannabis user, said he wanted to be part of history. Read reporter Anthony Mestas’ full story here: http://goo.gl/ujZXF1

LONGTIME PUEBLO COUNTY CORONER JAMES KRAMER CALLING IT QUITS

James Kramer, who is entering his 37th year as Pueblo County coroner, announced Saturday he will not seek re-election in November. Kramer is believed to be, in recent times, the longest serving local elected official. Since becoming coroner, Kramer has investigated more than 20,000 deaths, nearly 400 homicides, 1,200 suicides, 1,500 accidents and multiple child deaths. Reporter Gayle Perez has the story: http://goo.gl/ANwXX5

STABBING VICTIM ANGRY WITH DECISION

Matt DeHerrera, who, along with two others, was stabbed in the parking lot of Sports Authority Field after a Denver Broncos game on Dec. 12, is upset the Denver District Attorney’s office is declining to file charges against Justin Manzanares — the man who was arrested and suspected of the crime. Read his take here: http://goo.gl/AE4OiG

FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT PUEBLO

An Arctic blast of cold air blew into Pueblo on Saturday as light snow fell over the city.

Icy roads contributed to car crashes that closed portions of Interstate 25 in town and to the north. On Sunday there was less snowfall but it was just as cold, with temperatures in the single digits. Temperatures are expected to warm back up again this week beginning on Tuesday. Full story: http://goo.gl/QTty5T

1 KILLED, 2 INJURED IN ASPEN PLANE CRASH

A fiery plane crash at the Aspen airport Sunday afternoon killed one person and injured two others, one severely, Colorado authorities said. The three were the only ones aboard the plane, said Thomas Wright, a dispatcher with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. One of those hurt had injuries that were not serious. Read more here: http://goo.gl/jn3kw9

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