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Denver Weather: Scattered Showers, Few Storms Expected This Afternoon

DENVER (CBS4) – A new weather system will move into Colorado today and it will bring another shot for mountain snow along with showers and a few thunderstorms in Denver and on the eastern plains. If the showers last long enough we could even see a brief change to snow on the Palmer Divide.

There are no weather advisories in effect if you have plans to travel around the state today. Snow totals in the high country will amount to just a few inches.

Monday could start off with some patchy fog and low clouds along and east of Interstate 25 as this area of low pressure moves away. High pressure will quickly take over by Monday afternoon with plenty of sunshine statewide.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature very mild temperatures for this time of year with highs in Denver, for instance, climbing into the 70 degree range. That will be the warmest weather since last October.

Things will change again by the upcoming weekend with a cool down and the potential for more rain and snow.

Two Fort Carson Soldiers, One From Colorado, Killed In Afghanistan

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Two soldiers deployed from the Fort Carson Army Base died from wounds sustained Friday during combat in the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan, the U. S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colo., and Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancsater, Ohio, passed away.

Sgt. Lindsay was a member of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Carson. Spc. Collette was assigned to base’s 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group.

Spc. Joseph P. Collette (credit: Fort Carson Army Base)

The DOD did not provide details of the incident other than to say the pair was among the American military supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. But a press release from Fort Carson stated Collette’s unit “encountered enemy fire.”

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Both Fort Carson and the Department of Defense said the incident is under investigation. The Army’s Special Operation Command had not yet released a photo of Sgt. Lindsay due to the nature of his Special Forces position.

RELATED: Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper On Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal: ‘Sooner The Better’

King Soopers Makes Another Offer To Union Amid Strike Talks

DENVER (CBS4) – Negotiations between King Soopers and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 7 resumed on Saturday. The union was prepared to strike after their vote to strike passed earlier this month.

King Soopers’ current offer invests $117.5 million in wages, healthcare and pension benefits over a three-year term.

For a full-time checker with 4 years of service, that means:
• Current wage $18.41 an hour
• 2019 +.35 cents = $18.76
• 2020 +.35 cents = $19.11
• 2021 +.35 cents = $19.46

King Soopers/City Market’s offer also includes incremental contributions for healthcare and pension:
• Plus Healthcare at $3.98 per hour = $23.44
• Plus Pension at $1.60 per hour = $25.04

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“We have offered a contract that respects our associates by significantly investing in their total compensation and seeks zero concessions,” said Dennis Gibson, president of King Soopers and City Market.

The union posted on their Facebook page saying the most recent offer fails to address basic concerns of workers.

The union represents about 12,000 King Soopers and City Market employees. Both parties have been trying to agree on a new union contract since December.

State’s Cops Watchful Of Seat Belt Infractions By Rural Drivers

DENVER (CBS4) — Law enforcement agencies across Colorado will conduct targeted enforcement of seat belt use starting Monday, focusing on drivers in the state’s rural areas.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign, coordinated between the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and local police departments and sheriff’s offices, will last six days.

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According to CDOT, about 72 percent of Colorado’s drivers were using their seat belts in 2002 when the first “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period was initiated. Last year, that rate had increased to 86 percent. But that is still below the national average of 90 percent.

Seat belt usage is more lax in rural areas. But the consequences are move severe, too, for accident victims in those areas, according to authorities.

“Hospitals are often few and far between in rural areas, so emergency vehicles have more distance to travel to help those involved in serious crashes,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP’s chief.

During last year’s spring enforcement period, 1,279 citations were issued to drivers in the state’s rural communities.

There are three “Click It or Ticket” enforcement periods each year.

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“One of CDOT’s core values is safety, and seat belt use is crucial to keeping drivers and passengers safe on the roads,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “We hope the Click It or Ticket rural campaign will encourage people to buckle up, especially in areas with the most opportunity to increase usage rates and save lives.”

In 2018, 410 people died in passenger vehicle accidents statewide, per CDOT’s statistics. More than half (215) were unbuckled.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release Friday it received grant money to staff increased patrols in mountain communities – such as the Bergen Park area, downtown Evergreen, and Conifer – for its part of the enforcement effort.

Fines for not buckling up in Colorado start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.

Click It or Ticket is a nationwide campaign created by the Natioinal Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Law Enforcement Honor Memory Of Firefighter & CDOT Employee

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Law enforcement agencies from across the state honored a fallen Colorado Department of Transportation employee on Saturday. Eric Hill died while at a construction zone exactly a week ago.

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Hill also worked as a firefighter with the Gypsum and Greater Eagle Fire Departments. He was killed after being hit by a front end loader. An investigation is underway.

RELATED: Gypsum Honors Firefighter Eric Hill Killed In CDOT Accident

Agencies traveled in a procession starting at a CDOT maintenance yard on Highway 6. They then traveled eastbound to Eagle and ended at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

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Gypsum Fire, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and several other agencies took part.

A memorial service followed at The Eagle River Center where the public was invited to remember Hill.

More information from CDOT:

Mr. Hill was with Gypsum Fire Protection District for 19 years as a volunteer and paid Lieutenant and EMT-B. He also served as a Lieutenant with Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. A lifelong native of Gypsum, Mr. Hill graduated in 1986 from Eagle Valley High School. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, two grown children, Kasie Reynolds-Vasquez and Tyler Dohman, and a nine-year-old son, Brodie Hill, as well as two granddaughters. Mr. Hill worked as a Transportation Maintenance employee in Gypsum.

Colorado State Patrol Looking For Sedan Involved In Hit & Run

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado State Patrol troopers hope there are some witnesses of a hit and run crash near Pecos Street and 76th Avenue. It happened Friday night at around 8:35 p.m.

Investigators say a red four-door sedan hit a 43-year-old man as he crossed the street. The man was taken to the hospital.

Officials believe the car will have heavy front end damage and a broken windshield. It was last seen heading north near Pecos and El Paso Boulevard.

Anyone with information related to the crash or vehicle is asked to call CSP at 303-239-4501, reference case # 1D191240.

Police, Firefighters Respond To Plane Crash Near Boyd Lake

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Emergency responders rushed to an area near Boyd Lake in Loveland for a single-engine plane crash. The lake is several miles away from the Northern Colorado Regional Airport, however it is not known whether the aircraft departed from that airport.

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The plane clipped a power line causing it to flip and land on its roof. Rural Electric Association officials tell CBS4 the lines were not active.

A small fire then started but was extinguished.

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Airport officials say there were no fatalities, but three people were taken to the hospital.

Three staff members at the lake rushed to help the passengers until emergency responders arrived.

The plane was reportedly flying southwest and landed perpendicular to the runway. Details about whether the pilot filed a flight plan have not been confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.

You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.

Police Try To Save Man’s Life After Hit & Run In Lakewood; Police Search For Truck

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Lakewood police say a man died after a truck hit him in the crosswalk at Colfax Avenue and Carr Street. The crash happened Friday night at 10:20 p.m.

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Witnesses tell investigators they saw white Toyota truck with an extended cab hit the man and continue heading east on Colfax.

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Investigators say the truck will have front end damage on the passenger side.

Officers responded to the crash and tried to save the man’s life, but the victim died at the scene. Details about the victim have not been released.

Call police if you know more about the suspect vehicle or the driver.

Water Shut Off To Hundreds Of Homes In Evergreen After Water Main Break

EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Evergreen town officials say water will be shut off at 11 a.m. for 300 homes and a few businesses on Saturday. They say there is a large water main break at Evergreen Parkway and Stage Coach Road.

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“It’s one of our major lines in the area,” said Dave Lighthart, the General Manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, of the 12 inch transmission line.

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Officials tell CBS4 crews have repaired 18 breaks during the winter season because of the freezing then thawing effect on the pipes.

In December, a large water main break forced Highway 74 to close through downtown.

Water main break in December. (credit: CBS)

Crews are working today to repair a section of the pipe — work that could take eight hours.

Missing Girl Spotted With Other Juveniles Returned Home

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police say they found a 12-year-old girl who disappeared Friday. They say the girl was returned home on Saturday morning.

Investigators say the girl, Enita, ran away from home and was spotted with other children in a car in which one stole from their parents.

A police officer tried to stop them on Friday morning, but they drove away.

Police thanked the public for their help in the search for Enita.