Police Investigate Shooting Death Involving RTD Officer

DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver are working to determine how one person was killed Wednesday night in a shooting at an RTD Light Rail station.

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The shooting happened at 7 p.m. and police said it appears an armed RTD officer was involved but apparently not hurt. The victim was taken to a hospital but died soon afterwards.

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Officers closed off an area outside the parking garage at the station with crime tape and referred to the case as a death investigation. The station is located at 9th and Sheridan Boulevard in Denver.

A police spokesman said it wasn’t clear if the shooting happened in the parking area or closer to the light rail trains pickup and dropoff areas.

Police say there is no ongoing search for a suspect.

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Train service wasn’t disrupted by the investigation.

This isn’t the first shooting recently at this RTD station. A man was killed there during a robbery last February. One of the suspects is an illegal immigrant who was out on bond and should have been in ICE custody.

WATCH: Burglars Steal Guns From Indiana Sports Store

(CBS) — The search continues for two burglars — and the load of stolen guns they swiped from a store in Northwest Indiana.

CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports the act was caught on video.

The Valparaiso storefront glass door was no match for two hooded thieves, one swinging a hammer, the other busting in with a rock.

Early Tuesday, Blythe’s Sport Shop was broken into. While the store  provides sports equipment for high schools and fishing fare, firearms were the target.

The ATF and local police are still in the process of determining how many guns were part of their getaway, some spilling on the floor in the process.

Federal authorities say a Blythe’s store in Griffith, Ind. was also burglarized — twice. It’s unclear if those break-ins were related to this week’s burglary.

The company declined comment.

No one is in custody.

Friends Remember Teen Slain On Cicero Basketball Court

(CBS) — Friends say you’d often find 17-year-old Irving Estrada on a neighborhood basketball court, playing the sport he loved.

Cicero police say it’s where he was Tuesday night when he was fatally shot. Many believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, that court is where dozens came to grieve the following night.

It began quietly. A small group of Estrada’s friends sitting on the Cicero basketball court where he died. They felt compelled to be there — together.

Jose Garcia came at sunrise after hearing his friend was killed while playing basketball.

Cicero police believe at least one person walked onto the court after 8 p.m. Tuesday and, at some point and for some reason, opened fire.

The gathering had grown by Wednesday evening. Dozens now surrounding Estrada’s picture, personal items and his devastated mother, who openly sobbed as others tried to comfort her.

“We do not accept this type of crime in our community,” Cicero Chaplain Ismael Vargas said.

Police hope to find security video of the suspect, perhaps from a nearby home. Meantime, they say they have good leads in the killing.


Hundreds Of Homes At Risk After Questionable HVAC Work

By Jeff Todd

(CBS4) – A company that fixed or installed furnaces, air conditioners and hot water heaters is no longer allowed to operate in Colorado.

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office has been investigating Mile High Heating and Cooling LLC for two years, and last week a Denver judge issued a temporary restraining order against the company, its owners Kevin Dykman and Kasey Dykman and their Colorado Springs subsidiary Pikes Peak Heating and Cooling.

Investigators say the company was run in a “fly by night” fashion and technicians were frequently untrained, their work was not permitted and city inspectors rarely checked the work to make sure it was safe.

The state started investigating after a furnace was installed in a dangerous fashion at the home of a 94-year-old woman. The woman’s family repeatedly called and asked the company to fix the mistakes and eventually had to have someone else fix the issue.

“It’s supposed to be mounted to the wall, so you can’t move it, it can’t be jostled around or knocked out of place. And it was completely loose, you could pull it off the wall,” said Boyd Anders from Arapahoe Heating Service, Inc, who fixed the issue. “The danger was where the vent goes through the roof to get rid of the carbon dioxide or the burnt gas it wasn’t connected at all.”

“She’s very lucky we had warm weather at that time because if it was running for a long period of time definitely, it would have killed her for sure,” Anders said.

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The issue could affect thousands of homes throughout the Front Range and Colorado Springs area who had work done by Mile High Heating and Cooling.

Anders recommends having a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace and hot water heater. He also says it’s vital for customers to investigate companies.

The Attorney General’s office has created a special webpage information for customers of Mile High Heating and Cooling who may want to have their work double checked to ensure it’s safe.

NOTE: While they share similar names, Englewood-based business MileHi HVAC is not associated in any way with the company Mile High Heating and Cooling.

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

White Sox Rally To Beat Twins, 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Avisail Garcia from second base and give the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Chicago tied the game at 3 in the eighth inning on back-to-back one-out doubles by Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada.

Avisail Garcia led off the ninth with a single and was sacrificed to second. Following an intentional walk to Yolmer Sanchez, Anderson produced the first walk-off hit of his career.

Jorge Polanco homered for the fourth straight game and drove in two runs for the Twins.

Danny Farquhar (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Trevor Hildenberger (2-2) took the loss.

Minnesota starter Ervin Santana allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in seven strong innings and appeared headed for his 14th win before Chicago rallied.

White Sox starter James Shields allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. It was his fourth straight start allowing three earned runs or less.

The first 17 batters were retired before Alen Hanson hit a hard grounder down the right-field line with two outs in the bottom of the third. Hanson slid in safely with a triple and then raced home as Polanco’s relay throw couldn’t be handled by third baseman Eduardo Escobar.

Polanco, who was charged with a throwing error for allowing Hanson to score, atoned in the fourth with a solo homer to tie the score. Polanco has seven homers this season.

Polanco gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead in the sixth with a single to drive in Brian Dozier from third base. One out later, Joe Mauer scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

Chicago got a run back in the sixth on a solo homer by Leury Garcia and then tied it in the eighth off reliever Taylor Rogers.


The Twins promoted RHP John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester before the game. Curtiss, 24, had a 1.28 ERA and 19 saves with 68 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings between Triple-A and Double-A this season. “John’s had a nice year,” manager Paul Molitor said. “The numbers kind of jump out at you.”

To make room on both the active roster and 40-man roster, the Twins designated RHP Tim Melville for assignment, meaning that Dillon Gee will assume the fifth starter role for now.


Twins: C Jason Castro left after the fifth inning with concussion-like symptoms. . RHP Hector Santiago (upper back pain) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday. If that goes well, he could make a rehab start on Tuesday.


Minnesota RHP Jose Berrios (11-5, 3.99 ERA) faces LHP Derek Holland (6-13, 6.28) in the finale of the five-game series Thursday night. Berrios has 10 quality starts in 18 starts this season. Holland is 0-2 with a 27.00 ERA (14 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings) in his last two starts.

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Driverless Shuttle Makers To Open U.S. Headquarters In Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Just days after showing off its driverless shuttles in Colorado, a French company announced it will open its U.S. headquarters in Denver.

EasyMile, makers of the EZ10 shuttle, will open an office on the Panasonic campus near DIA.

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EasyMile offered rides in the Pepsi Center parking lot last week. The EZ10 can carry about a dozen passengers.

The company says the vehicles aren’t going to replace public transportation. Instead, they’ll take people to routes that already exist.

EasyMile says it is just waiting on renovations to be finished on its new Denver office. Once it opens, they’ll have about 20 employees working there.