By Chris Spears
DENVER (CBS4) – Something is missing this Labor Day along the Front Range of the Rockies. It’s our view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
Thick smoke from dozens of western wildfires settled into eastern Colorado overnight on northerly winds.
In fact a large part of the country is experiencing hazy skies due to out of control fires in states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The layer of smoke was shallow, only hanging a few thousand feet off the ground. It could be seen from the top of Pikes Peak Monday morning.
The smoke made for some brilliant views of the setting moon and rising sun Monday morning but was miserable for those with allergies and sensitive respiratory systems.
Time outside on Monday should be limited and it’s a good idea to keep doors and windows closed until the thick smoke retreats.
A cool front is expected to arrive in eastern Colorado sometime late Monday and it should bring a little bit of relief from not only the heat but also the smoke as winds help clear the air.
Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a Tucson man was arrested and removed from a Southwest Airlines flight about to depart Phoenix for Denver after he repeatedly ignored requests to fasten his seat belt and shoved a flight attendant.
Police say 58-year-old David Clyne Dutson was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault Wednesday night at Sky Harbor International Airport.
A police probable-cause statement says all passengers on the plane were taken the flight after Dutson refused to get off and that police then arrested him.
Dutson was released from jail Thursday after making an initial court appearance, during which the case was dismissed. It was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be refiled.
Court records don’t list a defense attorney who could comment on the allegation and there’s no phone listing under his name.
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DENVER (CBS4) – Local artists donated their time and talents to brighten up a dark underpass in Denver on Saturday.
More than two dozen artists helped transform the I-70 East viaduct that runs through the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.
It’s all part of the “Denver Urban Arts Fund Project.”
All of the artwork is free for the public to enjoy until the Central 70 project removes the viaduct.
ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A warrant has been issued for 43-year-old Sergio Hernandez after he walked out of the Adams County Courthouse Thursday afternoon prior to his conviction on sex assault charges.
Without the defendant present in court, a jury returned guilty verdict on charges of Sexual Assault on a Child, Sexual Assault on a Child by one in a Position of Trust, and Aggravated Incest.
A warrant was issued shortly after the jury’s decision.
The Adams County District Attorney’s Office says Hernandez has ties to Fort Lupton, Denver, and Commerce City. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police officers responded to a crash involving a pedestrian late Friday night.
It happened at Federal Blvd. and Center Ave., near Alameda Ave.
Police say the pedestrian was hit by a motorcycle and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Investigators believe the pedestrian may have been intoxicated.
The investigation shut down part of the road, but it has reopened.
DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are asking for the public help’s locating a vehicle — and, ultimately, its driver — that ran over a pedestrian near downtown Denver early Saturday morning.
The Denver Police Department says a black Range Rover struck and killed a pedestrian at 20th and Blake streets just before 2 a.m.
The vehicle bore a Colorado license plate, VXQ-677, according to witness, and should also have heavy front end damage.
It was last seen southbound on I-25.
People with information about the incident are asked to call the Denver Police Department, 720 913-2050. If the vehicle is spotted, please call 9-1-1.
DENVER (CBS) – Cheerleading coaches and school administrators are on leave, and the police are investigating, after videos show high school cheerleaders screaming in pain while being pushed into splits during practice.
The videos show cheerleaders at Denver’s East High School forced into painful poses – held in place by their peers – while a coach pushed them down.
A mother whose daughter had just gotten on the cheerleading squad told CBS Denver she was horrified at what the video showed her.
The mother of a 13-year-old freshman on the squad says the forced splits happened in June, and she’s spent months trying to resolve what she saw as abuser-victim behaviors on the squad without any resolution from administrators.