Woman At Center Of Abuse Case Involving Former CU Coach Files Objection

By Rick Sallinger

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s a case that rocked the University of Colorado football program. A former assistant coach accused of repeatedly beating his girlfriend.

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Now, the alleged victim fears Joe Tumpkin is going to get off easy, so she’s filed an objectiosn to a proposed plea deal.

Pamela Fine spoke with CBS4 on Tuesday night. She says she is not happy with what she believes may happen in court on Wednesday.

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“He would become enraged and throw me up against walls and tell me I wasn’t going anywhere and (he would) get on top of me and strangle me and bite my face,” Fine said.

Tumpkin was charged with numerous felony counts, but the case stalled in a dispute over evidence from Fine’s cellphone that went to the Colorado State Supreme Court. Tumpkin has maintained his innocence in court.

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She says she was told of the plea deal which he would plead guilty to one misdemeanor count.

“I feel angry and betrayed, I feel frightened,” Fine said.

When CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked her why she stayed with Tumpkin, she says when she threatened to leave after the abuse, he would give her flowers and other things, so she stayed.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

4-Year-Old Girl Takes Over Town As ‘Mayor For The Day’

By Kelly Werthmann

FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) – It was a big day for a little girl in Frederick, even if she can’t quite remember.

“What did you do today?” CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann asked.

“I don’t know,” 4-year-old Hailey Bogle quietly replied.

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On Tuesday, Hailey became the mayor of the Town of Frederick as part of a local contest. There’s a lot of construction happening in the small town that, according to town staff, is deterring people from going to Frederick’s unique shops and business.

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To encourage people to keep visiting, the town came up with a contest and tiny Hailey won a grand prize — becoming the “Mayor for a Day.”

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“First thing we did today, we went and had lunch, which is very important. You can’t be mayor on an empty stomach,” the real Frederick mayor Tony Carey said of his day with Hailey.

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Hailey Bogle with Mayor Tony Carey (credit: CBS)

With a full tummy, the honorable Hailey made her way to the Town Hall. She took time to visit with members of Frederick’s planning and engineering departments, stopped to play with the town dog Mason, and carried on mayoral duties with a few police officers.

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The little leader also took a seat in the big mayor’s chair, smiling ear to ear with a gavel in hand.

With bedtime looming, the pint-sized mayor finished her special day by kicking off a town meeting. She may not remember all of her busy day, but the real mayor hopes it’s one she can look back on and treasure.

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“It’s just a nice way for us to engage people so they understand what’s going on and have some fun with it,” Carey said.

“Even a four year old?” CBS4’ Kelly Werthmann questioned.

“Even a four year old,” he said.

Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team as the morning reporter in 2012. After serving as weekend morning anchor, Kelly is now Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10. Connect with Kelly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @KellyCBS4.

Several Stolen Guns Found In Vallejo From Slew Of Nevada Burglaries

RENO, Nev. (CBS SF) — The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who has information pertaining to a slew of gun store robberies in the areas of Reno and Sparks in Nevada.

Several of the stolen firearms were recovered in Vallejo by law enforcement after being trafficked from Nevada; they were found in the possession of gang members.

Below are tweets from ATF San Francisco showing surveillance footage of the suspects involved and the vehicle they used:

The two suspects (shown above) burglarized Juggernaut Arms in Sparks, Nevada on Monday, December 10. They broke into the store using a sledgehammer to smash the front window and enter the business. The suspects stole 27 guns from the store and fled the scene.

At a previous incident on September 29, four suspects burglarized the same store with the same tactics, stealing 17 firearms at the time.

Surveillance footage shows that a vehicle of interest (also shown in the Tweets) is believed to be a dark Dodge Journey.

Two other larger burglaries happened even before the ones mentioned previously, apparently by the same suspects.

On September 29, four suspects stole 69 firearms from RAC Guns & Ammo in Reno, and on August 13, four suspects stole 46 pistols and a shotgun from Hi-Cap Pawn World in Reno.

Anyone with any information about these crimes should contact ATF at 1-(800)-ATF-GUNS or visit www.reportit.com.

 

High School Wrestlers Raise Cancer Awareness In Unique Way

By Karen Morfitt

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Rival wrestling teams in Longmont are coming together to “pin cancer.” They are using their first dual of the season Wednesday night to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.

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Longmont High School sophomore Logan Novara says when it comes to wrestling there are no excuses.

“You can’t put the blame on anyone else it’s all on you,” he said.

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Success in the sport means giving everything you have for six minutes straight.

“It shows up if you’ve worked hard that week, or you have done your extra. You’re going to get the success you are looking for,” Assistant Coach Johnny Brennan said.

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It is a lesson he expects his team at Longmont High School to carry with them on and off the mat.

“We are leaders in the community, you know wrestlers kind of get a bad rap of being meatheads and what not so to show kind of the softer side that ‘Hey, there’s a little bit more that goes on,’ has been nice,” he said.

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The team’s first dual of the season on Wednesday night will be about more than the score at the end of the matchup, it is about pinning cancer.

“Wrestle for A Cure” is a national campaign designed to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Novara got started last year. For him, it is not about one person in his life, but everyone impacted by a disease he summed up using just one word.

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“It just sucks,” he said. “Being able to raise money for it feels really good.”

Now his team is on board, and their first opponent Skyline High School, a rival from the other end of town, has signed up to help too.

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Each team will be vying for a win, but both will also be sporting special pin cancer singlets. The hope is they’ll be doing more than raising money.

“So people can be more aware of it is the main thing,” Novara said.

If you would like to support the team’s effort, you can do so by visiting the campaign’s website or by attending the dual at on Wednesday at Skyline High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Suspects Who Vandalized San Francisco Restaurant During Santa Con Arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two women who were caught on camera trashing a Pakistani restaurant on Polk Street in San Francisco during Santa Con over the weekend turned themselves in to authorities Tuesday, according to police.

Police in San Francisco said they were called to the restaurant on the 1400 block of Polk Street at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th regarding a vandalism incident.

An employee at the Pakistani restaurant named Shalimar said the two unknown women, who appeared to be intoxicated, came into the restaurant. One of the women claimed that she had paid for food but not received it. The employee denied her claim and refused to serve her because she was too intoxicated, police said.

The woman became angry and began knocking items off of the restaurant counter and shelves, including the cash register and a sound system. The employee confronted the woman and she punched him in the face, according to police.

The employee ran to safety while the first woman continued to throw items to the floor in the restaurant. According to the employee, the second woman grabbed a chair outside the restaurant and shattered the front glass door before the two women left.

Video of the incident was posted on social media and was shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter. Several news outlets including KPIX 5 covered the story.

Police said after seeing news reports featuring the footage, both women surrendered themselves at the SFPD Northern Police Station on Tuesday.

21-year-old Pacifica resident Hannah Baughman — the woman who hit the restaurant employee and knocked items off of the counters — was booked at San Francisco County Jail for felony vandalism and battery.

21-year-old San Francisco resident Natalie Alcantar — the woman who smashed the glass door at the restaurant — was also booked at San Francisco County Jail for felony vandalism.

A worker at Shalimar told KPIX 5 Monday night that he just wanted the two women to pay for the damages. He said he would also like for there to be more of a police presence during next year’s Santa Con.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is encouraged to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

Woman Reunited With Firefighter Who Helped Her From Burning Building

By Rick Sallinger

LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Rosamond Muise lost her apartment in a fire that tore through the Windermere Apartments in Littleton in November. One man was killed, and the rest of the seniors were unable to return due to smoke and asbestos.

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One thing Rosamond wanted to do was say thank you to one of the firefighters who helped her on that terrible day.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Rosamond Muise. (credit: CBS)

“He made me laugh really hard. This was the best thing anybody could do for you in a situation like that,” she said.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger tracked him down: Littleton Fire Capt. Mike Simon.

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“I think everybody gets into this line of work because we are compelled to help,” he said.

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More than 100 seniors lost their homes, and many still can’t get to their belongings. Rosamond wanted to deliver her gratitude in person. Simon walked in the door of the Littleton United Methodist Church where Rosamond was getting help.

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“How are you. Do I get a hug?” Simon asked as they met for the first time after the fire.

What he did on that day may not sound like much, but to Rosamond making her laugh meant everything.

“I said, ‘You need your teeth,’ so we sent some guys back in so she had her choppers,” the fire captain explained.

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Bringing them back together after a tragedy was like reuniting a family.

Rosamond told Simon, “Okay, you can be my adopted son.” He took the bait and replied, “Okay, you’ll be mine too. Thanks mom.”

Rosamond is among the many looking for a new place to live faced with a tight and expensive housing market.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Colorado Woman’s Backpacking Meals Becoming A Big Hit

By Jamie Leary

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A food startup had been on her mind, but Lillian Hoodes never imagined after a year, a major retailer would be calling. Hoodes, with two co-founders, dove headfirst into a company totally dedicated to camping meals.

Hoodes launced TrailFork, in June of 2017.

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“So we did kind of this grassroots marketing thing, but we didn’t have a budget. We didn’t have any investors. I had kind of blown through my initial investment on inventory, so we just had to be really creative,” she said.

The goal was ambitious, Hoodes wanted to create healthy food that appeased all types of diets. Living in Boulder, she found there were many.

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“People have like the wackiest dietary restrictions here, and it seemed like there was food that would cater to everybody.”

She also noticed that healthy diets weren’t the only thing unique to her Boulder community. It was a startup community. She recalled living in Silicon Valley where everyone owned or was part of one.

“I found that the same sort of thing was happening here [in Boulder], it’s just that it wasn’t software. People were doing it with food. Everybody had a food business.”

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She was in a competitive market, but with regard to camping food, there wasn’t a lot of variety that fit her ambitious criteria — environmentally friendly packaging while catering to the wide array of dietary needs.

Hoodes uses her fiancé and friends to try new recipes she created in her kitchen. She introduced CBS4’s Jamie Leary to the Paleoats breakfast currently on shelves.

“So, it’s 520 calories, um, 14 grams of protein and it’s completely vegan and grain free.”

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Her meals exist in 10 REI stores currently, but will soon be in 40 across the country. All accomplished with no investors and little to no marketing.

“It’s exciting that we’re operating under the assumption that we’re going to exist, that we can plan that far out.”

It was confidence she discovered in the Longmont kitchen she shares with other food startups. It’s hard to imagine now, but one year ago, she almost gave up.

“I mean, it was terrifying, frankly. I wasn’t making any money. I was blowing through my savings.”

Hoodes said those in the shared kitchen encouraged her to stick with it.

“I think without that vote of confidence from the people around me I might have just abandoned the project.”

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Her tenacity has paid off. Hoodes recently received a $250,000 small business loan which will help her expand the brand.

“There are points, I mean for every successful business, there have been points along the way where it looks like it’s just going to crash and burn, and getting through those is probably more important than anything.’

There are nine meals on shelves right now including Coconut Chana Masala, Loaded Veggie Hummus and Apricot Almond Hummus. The TrailFork website also enables people to customize meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pouches range in cost from $8.50 to $11.50. Custom meals are $30 per day.

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Hoodes will have two more in 2019: pizza casserole and a thai peanut noodle dish. All are vegetarian, most are totally vegan and gluten free.

Hoodes says not only is the compostable packaging unique, but she also made it a goal to give a percentage of proceeds to help save the planet. The TrailFork website says:

TrailFork is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an organization that facilitates financial donations from corporations to environmental organizations. Think of it as a self-imposed environmental tax: our business relies on the environment for its success, so we pledge to give 1% of sales back to the environment. Through 1% for the planet we’ve chosen to partner with Friends of Cedar Mesa. As part of our partnership with FCM, our 100% compostable packaging features a line drawing of Valley of the Gods, by none other than Co-Founder/Creative Director Cristyn Hypnar.

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.