ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – Fire investigators in Arvada are trying to figure out what triggered a fire that damaged an apartment building overnight. The blaze broke out early Thursday morning at Grace Place Condos, located near the intersection of Oak Street and West 63rd Avenue. That’s a few blocks away from Ralston Road. The fire started on a third story balcony and quickly spread to other units. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze quickly. No one was hurt.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– A three-car crash in Arvada turned deadly on Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened in the 7100 block of Simms Street. Simms was closed in both directions from 68th Avenue to 72nd Avenue.
It is unclear what led up to the crash. Copter4 flew over the crash which appeared to include a red sedan, a white sedan and a white bus. Drivers are urged to take an alternate route.
By Melissa Garcia DENVER (CBS4) – Citizens groups gathered at Colorado’s Capitol Saturday in protest of the proposed opening of a recreational facility at Rocky Flats. The rally came one day after a major court decision regarding the area’s future. The former nuclear weapons plant site sits 16 miles northwest of Denver. On Friday, a U.S. district court dismissed a lawsuit alleging environmental violations in the planning of Rocky Flats’ future use. The court will allow plaintiffs to reopen the case if government agencies do not follow through in properly analyzing the risks of opening Rocky Flats to the public. Some of the protesters said they have experienced the risks first hand. “I found out through a Google search that I lived near Rocky Flats. I was having health problems at the time,” said Tiffany Hansen, who grew up in Arvada. Although she spent the first 18 years of her life in the area, Hansen only recently learned of the nuclear weapons production facility that operated for close to 40 years near her childhood home. “I started to reach out to people that I went to school with and found out there was a lot of illness in the area,” Hansen told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia. “A lot of people were sick. People had cancer. People had passed away.” Hansen said that the findings, based on preliminary information from a survey by Rocky Flats Downwinders and Metropolitan State University of Denver, call for more research. She and others rallying want the research to be conducted before Rocky Flats opens to the public. The site of the plant that used plutonium to build hydrogen bomb triggers is now home to a national wildlife refuge that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders in the summer of 2018. “You can breathe a plutonium particle in today and you won’t wake up sick tomorrow. It takes a long time,” said Bonnie Graham-Reed, who co-founded Rocky Flats Right to Know and organized Saturday’s rally. After years of cleanup efforts and periodic monitoring, federal and state agencies deemed the land safe for human use. Graham-Reed disagrees with the agencies’ determination. “They would have to exhume the entire site, in which case it would not be a wildlife refuge anymore, to get all of the contamination up to make it safe for humans,” Graham-Reed said. RELATED: Watch CBS4’s Special Reports ‘Rocky Flats – Colorado’s Nuclear Shadow’ A map of proposed construction shows an 8.7 mile greenway and other trails stretching through the refuge, along with a visitors’ center that would welcome tens of thousands of people every year. “People are at risk and especially children,” Graham-Reed added. Randall Weiner, the attorney who filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said that if federal agencies do not do adequate testing before opening the refuge to the public, he will bring the case back to court. The agency expects to break ground on the public facilities at Rocky Flats this winter. Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to email@example.com.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators say the driver who caused a deadly crash earlier this month had methamphetamine in his system. Christopher Farr collided with a Ford pickup truck. Farr then lost control causing seven vehicles to crash at 61st Avenue and Ward Road. Judith and Alan Peterson died in the crash along with Lorene Hicks who was riding a motorcycle with her husband. Farr was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries. RELATED: ‘If I See You Driving Drunk, You’re Mine’: Nurse Vows After Helping Crash Victims
By Jamie Leary ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – RTD has reached out the the Federal Railroad Administration and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission asking for a permanent waiver to operate the A Line and B Line free from testing and strict regulations. They said in their request last Friday that the new technology, which was causing problems at its crossing gates, is now working. “We haven’t had issues for a long time on this and so they’re coming in and (saying) ‘Okay this is the first system of its kind in the U.S., so what are the regulations? What should they be? Because it’s going to be precedent setting for the rest of the U.S.,” said Nate Currey, spokesman for RTD. The opening of the highly anticipated G Line, connecting Denver to Arvada and Wheat Ridge with commuter rail, is contingent upon the progress of the A Line. State regulators will need to test all 12 of the A Line crossing gates before RTD can turn its attention to the G Line. “With the state, we have actually submitted the first three crossings so far with them so they’re out testing them right now and the commissioners will actually give us a ruling on it late this month or early October, so that’s significant progress,” said Currey. There are a total of 12 crossing gates the PUC has to inspect. There are not enough resources to inspect all at once so it’s being done three at a time, which takes about a month and a half. Once this is complete and the permanent waiver is in place, RTD will begin daily testing of the G Line. “We know that it’s going to make Olde Town Arvada (more vibrant) and to have that connection with Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Adams County, it’s going to change the whole corridor. We’re excited to facilitate that and it’s just a little bit longer (to wait),” said Currey. Currey said he’s confident the G Line will be carrying passengers in 2018. He expects to have more specific answers on the A, B and G lines when RTD talks with regulators over the next two weeks. 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.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– The community came together on Thursday to honor a firefighter who served for more than 20 years before he lost his battle with cancer. Arvada Fire Lt. Jim Schaefer died over the weekend after a year-long battle with cancer. Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff Thursday. On Thursday, hundreds of firefighters lined the streets for the procession leading to and from his celebration of life service that began at at Faith Bible Chapel near Ward Road and 64th Avenue and ended at the Arvada Fire Training Center. Copter4 flew over the procession. Schaefer is survived by his wife and three children. Friends say he had a passion for life and loved serving people.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A funeral procession is scheduled to take place Thursday morning for an Arvada firefighter who passed away earlier this week. Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of Lt. Jim Schaefer. Schaefer died after a year-long battle with cancer. The procession starts at Faith Bible Chapel near Ward Road and 64th Avenue and ends at the Arvada Fire Training Center. Schaefer served in the Arvada Fire Department for more than 20 years. Friends say he had a passion for life and loved serving people.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – The 43-year-old driver accused of causing an accident in Arvada that left several people dead has died in the hospital. Investigators believe Christopher Farr was drunk at the time. Seven vehicles were involved in the crash Sunday evening at 61st Avenue and Ward Road. Married couple Pete and Judy Peterson, who were both in their 70s, died in the crash. Another victim, Lorie Hicks, 59, also died.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A nurse, who stopped to help during the triple fatal crash involving several vehicles in Arvada Sunday evening, has vowed to keep drunk drivers off the road. Kay Hogue posted her story of arriving to the crash scene before any emergency vehicles on Facebook. That post has nearly reached viral status. Seven cars were involved in the crash just after 6 p.m. Sunday on Ward Road near 61st Avenue. In the post, she commends a teenager who held the hand of one of the two people who died in a white SUV. It also criticizes other onlookers who didn’t stop to help. In the end, Hogue says she’s learned a lot from crash and now wants to work to decrease drunk driving incidents. She also says public opinion on teenagers isn’t true after the compassion she saw first-hand. According to police, the suspect, driving a silver SUV, was heading southbound on Ward Road when he crossed into oncoming traffic, first crashing into a small SUV.
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– One person was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Arvada. That driver stayed on scene and cooperated with investigators. The crash happened about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at 80th and Wadsworth. The victim was located north of the intersection. What happened leading up to the crash is being investigated. Neither the victim nor the driver have been identified.