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Lawlor Quietly Submitting FOIAs During His Investigation

Chicago (CBS) — It remains one of the biggest election cycle bombshells. Aaron Lawlor, the former Chairman of the Lake County Board, abruptly resigned, entered rehab for drug abuse and is now under criminal investigation for misspending county money. He may also have run afoul of campaign laws.

All that, and all have really been mum at a recent board meeting.

“As you well know, there is an ongoing investigation by the Illinois State Police,” board member Carol Calabresa stated. “At this time with an ongoing investigation, we should not be talking about it.”

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No one’s talking about it, but CBS 2 investigated Lawlor’s recent activity. He’s apparently been using the Freedom of Information Act to try to find out who was trying to find out about him. CBS 2 submitted FOIA requests for those Lawlor submitted. We found out that Lawlor submitted a FOIA on Sept. 25 for Lake County spokesperson Jennie Vana looking for a number of things including emails pertaining to FOIA, “P-card”, statements and Lawlor.

Lake County Administrator Barry Burton said he has no idea if Lawlor will face criminal charges for what he did.

Burton didn’t sign off on Lawlor’s county-issued “P-card” expense card, because there were unreconciled expenses for the months of July, August and September. The county brought in a firm to look at the “P-card” issue — the card issued to some county employees, like a debit card.

“They did identify a few areas where we need to tighten up our policies, but what they did not find was widespread misuse,” Burton said.

CBS 2 reached out to Lawlor today but has not received a response. Illinois State Police are handling the ongoing investigation.

Republican Committee Cuts Spending For Rep. Mike Coffman

DENVER (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has lost the financial support of the National Republican Congressional Committee in his race against Democrat Jason Crow.

The Colorado Sun reported Friday that the committee confirmed it is withdrawing support for Coffman’s bid for a sixth term.

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Coffman represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Aurora and Denver’s southern suburbs. Democrats see the district as key to winning a Democratic majority in the House.

The Sun says the NRCC had pledged more than $2.1 million for TV ads for Coffman. It’s pulling some $1 million remaining.

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The committee works to elect and re-elect GOP representatives.

Crow is a Denver attorney and first-time candidate. He’s outraised and outspent Coffman.
Coffman spokesman Tyler Sandberg tells the Sun that Coffman is counting on his supporters to rally.

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Bridge Of Life Volunteers Help Haitians With Medical Care, Supplies

By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– It took two tries, but a team from Colorado made it to Haiti to provide dental and medical assistance to people living outside the capital city of Port Au Prince.

It was a display of international benevolence and caring that almost didn’t happen.

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Gas price hikes touched off riots in Haiti’s capital in July.

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Volunteers from Colorado and elsewhere were already on the way and had to be turned back.

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“Our volunteers were incredibly disappointed everybody was so passionate about going to serve in Haiti,” said Greta Walker with Bridge of Life.

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They were able to try again a few months later. They delivered supplies, care and medical attention for people living outside of the capital Port Au Prince.

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Valerie Zanon of Denver speaking in Haiti said, “The events that happened in July made me more determined to see the project through and i was relieved that it was rescheduled.”

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A total of 20 volunteers joined staff members to see 1,900 Haitians. Among those who came from Colorado was Spencer Hodge.

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He and the rest of the volunteers are employees of Davita, the kidney treatment firm based in Denver.

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“This is one of the few times free medical services come out to them where they live,” he said.

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Some of the stations helped residents with vital signs, blood tests, doctor visits and dental care.

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“Health care despite how difficult it may be you have an obligation to provide it to people around the world,” said Hodge.

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Those who came from the U.S. were there to give but they also received a lesson about how similar all humans area.

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Bridge of Life serves 28 countries. It was founded by Davita which helps fund the trips in which volunteers also raise money.

LINK: Bridge of Life

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.

Daly City Police Investigate Report Of Armed Person At High School Campus

DALY CITY (CBS SF) — A high school in Daly City was briefly on lockdown Friday afternoon following reports of a person with a gun on campus, police said.

Around 3:02 p.m., police said on Twitter they have contained the school’s campus, located at 6996 Mission Blvd.

Police, however, said they couldn’t confirm whether the reports were true. About a half an hour later, police confirmed that the school was clear of weapons. The school was taken off lockdown and the students released.

Authorities said they would continue their investigation into the report of the weapon on campus.

Testimony Begins At Napa Man’s Trial For Brutal Sexual Assault Of Teen

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Testimony began Friday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court at the trial of a Napa man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on the Sonoma Coast last year.

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Timothy Marble, 51, is charged with six counts that include forcible rape and oral copulation and committing a lewd act on a minor. The charges include enhancements of tying and binding the victim, aggravated kidnapping and furnishing a drug to a victim.

In her opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Laura Passaglia told the jury the teen snuck out of her father’s house on March 30 and went to a gas station in Napa where she encountered Marble. They smoked marijuana and Marble invited her into his truck, Passaglia said.

Marble and the girl drove around listening to music and Marble pretended to be nice to gain control, Passaglia said. He also injected her with methamphetamine, and as the two lay on a blanket under the stars, Marble said he wanted sex, Passaglia said.

The girl was not willing and Marble bound her hands and forced oral copulation on his victim, Passaglia said. Marble told the girl to call him ‘daddy,’ raped her, punched her and carved the words ‘Timothy’ and ‘die’ in the girl’s arm, Passaglia said.

When Marble stopped the truck at a Bodega Bay gas station, some patrons spoke with the girl, but Marble remained close by and drove away. Realizing that her chance to get help at the gas station was lost, the girl jumped out of Marble’s truck as he drove about 45 mph on state Highway 1, Passaglia said.

Marble borrowed a cell phone and called 911 to report a missing girl. When a sheriff’s deputy arrived, the girl emerged limping and crying from the bushes where she had been hiding, Passaglia said.

Marble was arrested and a sheriff’s deputy collected evidence of the assaults from the truck, Passaglia said.

Marble’s attorney Jeff Mitchell told the jury video of Marble and the girl is inconsistent with the charges and evidence, and he asked the jury to take note of what was not proven at the trial.

There are 11 women on the 16-member jury that includes four alternates.

Walmart Shooter Sentenced To 3 Life Sentences Plus 48 Years

BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) — The man who admitted to opening fire in a crowded Walmart in Thornton last November, killing three people, was sentenced on Friday.

Scott Ostrem, 48, was found mentally competent to stand trial earlier this summer. Ostrem agreed to plead guilty to three counts of first-degree murder to avoid the possibility of the death penalty earlier this month.

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An Adams County judge sentenced him on Friday to three consecutive life sentences in prison without parole plus 48 years.

The courtroom became emotional during the victims’ families’ testimony.

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He shot and killed Pamela Marques, 52, of Denver, Carlos Moreno, 66, of Thornton, and Victor Vasquez, 26, of Denver.

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Ostrem was initially charged with with 37 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree murder extreme indifference and 30 counts attempted first-degree murder.

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Walden Harnesses The Power Of The Sun With Floating Solar Panels

By Matt Kroschel

WALDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– One small Colorado town is harnessing the power of the sun in a unique way, with floating solar panels.

Walden in Jackson County unveiled their new floating solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Town Water Treatment Facility on Friday morning.

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The floating panels are the first of its kind in Colorado and only the fifth in the U.S.

Working together, the Town of Walden, Johnson Controls, Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives Colorado were able to pull of the first-of-its-kind project.

With a $400,000 price tag, the panels were made possible through a Performance Contract between Johnson Controls and the Town of Walden and was supported by the Colorado Energy Office.

The floating solar array was designed and constructed by GRID Alternatives Colorado, a non-profit with a mission of making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities.

Town leaders say it will provide a renewable and supplemental energy source to treat water in the town, school district and Jackson County offices.

“There’s not many times Walden gets to lead the rest to state at anything,” Mayor Jim Dustin told CBS4’s Matt Kroschel on Friday.

At an electricity savings of about $10,000 per year, Dustin says the town’s investment of $200,000 will be paid back in 20 years.

Floating solar refers to a system of PV modules that are mounted to pontoons and float on a body of water such as an artificial pond.

A floating solar PV array was a practical and efficient choice for the water treatment plant, which is surrounded by bodies of water and requires a good portion of the town’s overall power.

According to designers In some months, the array could completely power the town’s drinking water facility.

GRID Colorado designed and installed the 75 kW floating system.

“It demonstrates Colorado’s efforts to bring the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency to communities across the state through innovative programs and policies,” said Grid Alternatives Colorado executive director Adrienne Dorsey.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

Parolee Arrested In San Jose Road Rage Stabbing On Highway 87

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The California Highway Patrol has arrested a parolee in connection with a road rage stabbing of an Uber driver that occurred last month in San Jose.

Adam Whitney Stone, 34, of San Jose, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the CHP.

Officers responded on Sept. 26 at approximately 8:50 a.m. to northbound state Highway 87 at Capitol Expressway to a vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway and learned a stabbing had occurred.

The 24-year-old victim was driving passenger when he became involved in the road rage incident with a woman driving a white-colored sedan, according to the CHP.

The woman eventually left the area without contacting the Uber driver, but within minutes a male driver in another car pulled up next to his vehicle, asking that he pull over to the highway shoulder, the CHP said

When the man and the Uber driver emerged from their vehicles, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the stomach, and then kicked him after he fell to the ground before fleeing, the CHP said.

The victim was transported to the hospital.

The CHP’s Golden Gate Division’s Special Investigations Unit was able to identify and track down the suspect vehicle involved in the incident, which led to officers identifying Stone as the suspect, according to the CHP.

Stone is on active parole and was arrested Thursday. He faces charges of attempted murder.

 

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Four Injured When Car Slams Into Building On Pioneer Court Of Michigan Avenue

CHICAGO (CBS) — A car lost control on Michigan Avenue Friday, driving across Pioneer Court and slamming into a building.

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Four people were injured when a car slammed into a building on Pioneer Court off North Michigan Avenue. (Credit: Vince Flores)

There were reports of at least four injuries, including three children and one adult.

The car apparently drove across the courtyard, between the former Chicago Tribune building and the Apple Store, just north of the Chicago River.

One of the children was seriously hurt, officials said.

Video from witnesses shows bystanders comforting one of the injured.

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Kamala Harris Blasts GOP In South Carolina Political Debut

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris came to South Carolina with the stated intent of boosting turnout for the midterm elections, but many voters here wanted to talk to the California senator about her role in the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and her next political moves.

Perhaps that’s no surprise for Harris’s first trip as a potential presidential candidate to the state that hosts the South’s first presidential primary.

“This is an inflection moment in the history of our country,” she told Democratic Party volunteers at a phone bank Friday, adding that the November midterms are about “fighting for the best of who we are.”

At an afternoon rally, Harris bemoaned Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, blasted the GOP’s tax overhaul for being tilted to the rich and cited unnamed forces trying to sow “hatred and division” in American society. But the former prosecutor invoked the language of the legal profession to “reject the premise” that the U.S. actually is as divided as it often appears.

“We have so much more in common than what divides us … let’s speak that truth,” she said to a crowd that would later serenade her with “Happy Birthday.” Harris turns 54 on Saturday.

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Harris is among several potential Democratic presidential contenders in the state this week. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Friday finished a two-day swing in South Carolina. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2016, is scheduled to be in the state Saturday. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was here Thursday. Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for South Carolina Democrats last weekend.

South Carolina has proven critical in Democratic politics, offering the first opportunity for would-be president to face a significant number of black voters. Harris and Booker are the only two black Democratic senators. The state helped propel both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to the 2008 and 2016 nominations, respectively.

Harris steered clear of White House campaign talk in her first stops, though she’s expected to make a decision about 2020 sometime soon after the Nov. 6 midterms.

The senator also did not focus on her — and Booker’s — appearances in the national spotlight as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But several women thanked Harris for how she handled Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Harris said from the outset that she believed Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusation.

Bridgette Watson, 33, shed tears as she met with Harris. “I just appreciate so much that she treated Dr. Ford with respect,” Watson told The Associated Press afterward, describing herself as a sexual assault survivor. “The way she addressed her was empowering for women who have never told their stories…I didn’t tell mine until this year.”

Harris said she has experienced many such encounters since the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings, despite Kavanaugh’s eventual confirmation. “People who might have said hello (to me) are now telling their story,” she said.

In Charleston, Booker finished a South Carolina itinerary that he called an “empowering experience.”

“I came down here to help, and folks in South Carolina really gave me a gift of spirit while I’m here,” he said.

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