VA Nurse Accused Of Swapping Fentanyl Syringes

By Dominic Garcia DENVER (CBS4)– A former nurse at the Denver VA has been charged with stealing fentanyl. Investigators say it happened in 2016 and on several occasions, Lisa Marie Jones removed fentanyl from a vial and replaced it with another substance. The VA released a statement reading, “We can confirm the individual had been employed as a contracted agency nurse at the Denver VAMC for approximately one month when the allegations were investigated. The employee was removed immediately and has not worked at the hospital since then.”
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The VA added that no patients were harmed. Jones faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted and has a tentative jury trial set for December. A call to her lawyer wasn’t returned.
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This isn’t the first time a Colorado medical professional has been in trouble for stealing fentanyl. In 2010 Kristen Parker, a surgery tech at Rose Medical Center was sentenced to 30 years in prison for swapping fentanyl syringes and infecting more than a dozen people with hepatitis C.
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Last year Rocky Allen, a surgery tech at Swedish Medical Center was sentenced to 6-and-a-half years for similar crimes.
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Donald Witte is an addiction counselor at Arapahoe House and says fentanyl is about 100 times more powerful than morphine and dramatically more potent than heroin.
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“Fentanyl is a dramatically addictive substance. Opioids tend to be one of the more difficult substances to get clean from. The relapse potential is very high,” he told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia. Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

Albuquerque police look to identify shoe thieves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – At first glance, the damage outside the Famous Footware store at Winrock looks like your basic smash-and-grab, but these thieves took their time picking out certain sizes and brands. Albuquerque police are trying to nab the thieves who drove their vehicle into the shoe store. However, these thieves weren’t after money — they were after shoes, and lots of them. The alarm blared across the empty parking lot for minutes as police arrived at the scene just after midnight on Friday. Officers called in a K-9 to help clear the building. APD didn’t find anyone inside. However, the entire front door was shattered and part of the door frame was found on the ground. Police said they believe whoever burglarized the place didn’t walk into the store, but drove in. An officer even found a side mirror on the floor. According to police, when the store manager arrived she told officers the store had been burglarized a few times in recent months. It was all captured on police lapel. Officers offered to walk her through the store to asses the damage and merchandise taken. The first thing she noticed was a stand full of Nikes, and that about a dozen select pairs were missing. The thieves left the store in disarray after they picked through the shoes, but the real mess was the front of the store where they left a hole big enough to drive a pickup truck through. The manager told police the thieves caused more than $5,000 in damage with the vehicle. She’s needed to do an inventory to see how many boxes of shoes they stole. APD said they don’t have much to go on. They took fingerprints but there’s no surveillance video because there was a power outage that night.
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’60 Minutes,’ ‘Frontline,’ Rachel Maddow Among News and Documentary Emmy Winners

“60 Minutes,” “Frontline,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “Nightline” were among the big winners Thursday night at the 38th annual News and Documentary Awards. PBS led the network pack with 12 wins, followed by nine for CBS, five apiece for ABC and HBO and three apiece for CNN and Univision. The ceremony was held at […]

‘Just Pay The Man’: Lawyers For Only Legitimate Lottery Winner After Scam

By Jamie Leary BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– A Boulder man is suing the Colorado Lottery, claiming the organization owes him the full jackpot from a 2005 win, in which he had the only legitimate ticket. There were three winners in the 2005 lottery with a total pot of $4.8 million. Two of the winners happened to be part of a massive conspiracy to rig the system. As it turned out, Amir Massihzadeh, 62, did have the only legitimate winning ticket.
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A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty in June to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars.
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Eddie Tipton admitted in court that he provided cohorts with the winning numbers for jackpots in Colorado in 2005, Wisconsin in December of 2007, Kansas in December of 2010 and Oklahoma in 2011. His brother was also in on the deal.
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“He was an innocent bystander in a very large scheme that was eventually uncovered,” said Sean Duffy, a spokesperson for Massihzadeh. “All he’s saying now is that this has been settled and the Tipton brothers have admitted… and the state’s getting its money back. So it’s a question of basic fairness.” Accounting for 12 years of interest, Amir is seeking about $4 million from the lottery for what he calls a breach of contract. His legal team has one big question for the state of Colorado.
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“We said, ‘Why can’t you just pay the man?’” said Duffy. CBS4 had the same question but the state said it could not comment on ongoing litigation.
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“It’s pretty simple, you know, if I have a ticket in my hand and it’s got the numbers that match, I am owed a prize and I think most people believe that to be true. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the Colorado Lottery is now saying that’s not true. We hope a judge helps them think differently,” said Duffy. Jamie Leary joined the CBS4 team in 2015 and currently works as a reporter for CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. She couldn’t imagine a better place to live and work and will stop at nothing to find the next great story. Jamie loves learning about and hearing from her fellow community members, so connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @JamieALeary.

Freeway-Crossing Mountain Lion Dies In Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that managed to cross a Southern California freeway and make its home in the mountains north of Los Angeles has died. The National Park Service says the 10-year-old male dubbed P-41 was found dead Wednesday on the edge of the Verdugo Mountains, a small range surrounded by urban sprawl. Spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall says the carcass had deteriorated so the cause of death is unclear but it’s possible a recent wildfire may have been a contributing factor. She says other cougars have died in fire areas after burning their paws on hot ground and being unable to hunt. A necropsy will determine how P-41 died. Biologists have been tracking P-41 since 2015. They believe he crossed State Route 2 — the Glendale Freeway — to reach his territory.

Blackhawks Trounce Penguins 10-1 In Chicago Season Opener

CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Saad scored three times in his return to Chicago and Ryan Hartman had a goal and four assists, helping the Blackhawks pound the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1 on Thursday night. Nick Schmaltz added two goals and an assist as Chicago kicked off its season in style with a runaway victory against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Patrick Kane also had a goal and three assists in the Blackhawks’ highest scoring game since a 10-1 win against Winnipeg on Oct. 12, 1988. Pittsburgh was coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to St. Louis in its season opener on Wednesday, and it looked every bit like a team on the second half of back-to-back nights. Antti Niemi was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots in his Penguins debut, forcing Matt Murray to come in after he took the loss against the Blues. Sidney Crosby found Phil Kessel for a power-play goal at 2:05 of the second period, but Chicago already had a 5-0 lead at that point. It was the most goals allowed by Pittsburgh since a 10-8 loss to San Jose on Jan. 13, 1996. The Blackhawks won the Central Division last season and finished with the most points in the Western Conference. But they were swept by Nashville in their second consecutive first-round loss, leading to a flurry of moves by admittedly angry general manager Stan Bowman. Chicago, which won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, scored three goals in 13 periods in the series against Nashville. It got four in the first 9:16 against Pittsburgh. Ryan Hartman scored off a slick pass from Kane at 6:21. After Saad got his first off a rush with Richard Panik, Kane made another great pass to set up Schmaltz’s backhander at 7:34. Saad then beat Niemi with a well-placed shot through a crowd in front, and the rout was on. The 24-year-old Saad began his career with Chicago and helped the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups before he was traded to Columbus after the 2015 season. Bowman got him back in a blockbuster trade with the Blue Jackets in June, parting with dynamic winger Artemi Panarin in a multiplayer deal. For one night at least, it looked like a smart move. Saad finished off his hat trick at 5:21 of the third, and Brent Seabrook made it 10-1 with a rebound goal with 6:15 remaining. Hartman set a career high for points and assists in a game in Chicago’s highest-scoring opener, topping an 8-6 victory at Nashville on Oct. 5, 2006. Patrick Sharp also scored in his return to Chicago after signing a team-friendly, one-year deal with the Blackhawks in the offseason. The one downer for the Blackhawks was an injury for Schmaltz in the third. He skated off gingerly at 7:49 and was helped to the locker room. NOTES: Sharp’s first-period goal was his 600th career point. … Blackhawks F Marian Hossa was greeted with a huge roar when he was introduced with the team before the game. Hossa has been ruled out for the season due to a progressive skin disorder, and it’s unclear if he will be able to play again. … Former Blackhawks F Bryan Bickell received a standing ovation when he took one more skate with the team during the pregame festivities. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last November and signed a one-day contract Wednesday to retire with the Blackhawks.   UP NEXT   Penguins: Host Nashville on Saturday night.   Blackhawks: Host Columbus on Saturday night. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Security Firm For Chicago Marathon Had Regulatory Problems In Minnesota

(CBS) – Questions have surfaced about the Chicago-based security company charged with keeping people safe at this Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The security company,  known for its red windbreaker-wearing employees, lost its contract with the Minnesota Vikings, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports. Along with the Marathon, Monterrey Security works at a number of major venues across Chicago, including Soldier Field. The company has gone the past 10 years in Illinois without a negative citation. Monterrey, however, just lost its contract with the Vikings, who have a brand-new stadium. It is alleged the company double-billed the team and failed to properly do background checks and train employees — and hired workers with criminal records. Minnesota’s licensing board recently grilled Monterrey’s CEO, Juan Gaytan, Jr., who denied wrongdoing. Chicago Marathon organizers say they are satisfied with the security firm’s explanations to officials here. “Our operations team asked for a comprehensive explanation from Monterrey when we learned of the Minnesota situation, and we were satisfied with their response,” a statement issued Thursday said. Last year at Soldier Field, two Monterrey security guards were arrested for selling stadium access wristbands to undercover officers before a Bears game. One of those security guards was later acquitted. Both men had previous criminal records. They were later fired, but Monterrey’s CEO said he will continue giving people second chances and hiring former convicts. Some 40,000 athletes are expected to participate in this weekend’s Chicago Marathon, which is the 40th. One million spectators will watch along the route.

eBikes Go Where Traditional Bikes, Cars Can’t

By Shawn Chitnis DENVER (CBS4)– Electronic assisted bicycles or “eBikes” are seeing a large increase in sales, according to retailers and they think Colorado will be a leader in making the product more common as local cities and counties still work out the right rules and regulations for the popular new trend. “It gets a lot of people outside that otherwise might not think about it,” said Matt Bennett of Riese & Müller, one of the companies selling eBikes in Colorado.
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Bennett says common activities like traveling through the park, grabbing groceries, meeting friends for brunch, and commuting to work might require some people to walk, bike, or drive depending on the distance. But with an eBike someone could plan on doing all of the above without worrying about the distance of their destination.
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Batteries attached to the frame run the motor and controls on the handle give eBikes the power to increase the added acceleration a rider gets while they pedal. There are different models and classes of the product but “pedal assist” is often the type of eBike used on trails and to get around town. “What that does is you start to pedal, it essentially amplifies your pedal stroke,” explained Bennett. “So right away when you start pedaling you feel the boost from the electric motors kick in.”
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Models can reach speeds of 20 to 28 mph and a fully charged battery set could travel 100 miles before running out of power. Mary Ann Bonnell is the Visitor Services Manager for Jefferson County Open Space. The agency is researching the interest and knowledge of the public when it comes to eBikes at parks and trails. They noticed eBikes popping up in the area and wanted to investigate what policies might be needed in the county.
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“EBikes are getting people on bikes that haven’t been on bikes in 15 or 20 years,” she said. Initial research collected by Bonnell and her colleagues shows two thirds of the public couldn’t detect an eBike when one was riding by them. The agency provided demonstrations of how a certain class of eBikes work and found most people changed their opinion about the product after learning more about it. The number of participants unsure if eBikes should be allowed on any or all trails dropped and overall got more people to support the idea.
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Those in favor grew from 53 percent to 69 percent on certain or all trails in Jefferson County. But staff have already heard concerns about eBikes before they even decide if there should be regulations. “Trails are already crowded,” Bonnell said was one complaint from the public. “Are we going to have more people because of these bicycles?”
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The agency will ultimately have to decide if they can even create policies that would make a difference for eBikes and one aspect they’ll consider is if an eBike would damage their property above and beyond a regular bike. “Is this new visitor group of eBike enthusiasts, are they going to create conflict?” Bonnell added. “Where it lowers acceptable levels of even cyclists in general?”
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Traditional bicyclists told the agency it was difficult enough to get their ride accepted by others on trails and in parks. They worry this new take on a bike will affect their reputation. Issues for Jefferson County and other jurisdictions across Colorado to consider as more people buy eBikes. But some cities have already decided to embrace or restrict the product.
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Boulder allows eBikes on multi-use paths that include some trails in town and are often used by traditional bicycles. City staff say it’s popular for seniors and commuters that don’t want to deal with a car. But Denver has prohibited eBikes in all parks and trails. Parks and Recreation staff says they do not see too many in those areas and have not had to enforce the policy so far. Rules may not matter for some that are not ready to make the investment needed for an eBike. Models can cost above $5,000 depending on the brand and features. But retailers say if you use one in place of your car on a regular basis, riders will make up the difference quickly. “Everyone’s looking for different ways to get around,” said Bennett. LINKS: Riese & Müller Electronic Bicycle Mega Store Shawn Chitnis reports for CBS4 News at 10 on weekends and CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the week. Email him story ideas at and connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.

Scrutiny Of ‘Bump Stocks’ Intensifies In Wake Of Vegas Massacre

(CBS) – Debate continues about “bump stocks” – the special pieces of equipment that can be added to a semi-automatic weapon to increase its rate of fire. The products are legal for now but maybe not for long, CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports. At least one of the devices is believed to have been used during the Las Vegas Massacre. If bump stocks are banned, it wouldn’t concern Matthew Nadolski of Gary, Ind.’s Westforth Sports. He says the aftermarket products weren’t selling, anyway. That has changed in recent days, with gun users showing an interest now that the devices may be outlawed. The NRA signals it may be open to “additional regulations” on bump stocks. Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says the ATF should re-evaluate them, because they devices seem to contradict the federal ban on civilians purchasing fully automatic weapons. “Does it violate the spirit of the law? Probably,” Nadolski, the gun seller, says. He says the bigger issue is this: “Untrained people, disturbed people getting ahold of firearms in general — that’s going to be your biggest problem.” A bill has been introduced in the Illinois House that would, among other things, stop the sale, purchase or possession of a trigger-modification device.
Steve Popovich owns Popovich Sporting Arms in south suburban Beecher.  He said he is a “100 percent” backer of President Trump, and wants him to end the debate now. “I would actually urge him to come up with an executive order tomorrow, to sign this thing and get it out of the way,” he tells WBBM’s Bob Roberts. “There’s really no reason for bump stocks, slide fires or fully-automatic guns.” Popovich says all bump stocks do is “give a bad name to law-abiding sportsmen.”