DENVER (AP) – Colorado is proposing tighter rules for taking oil and gas pipelines out of service after a fatal explosion was blamed on gas leaking from a line that was thought to be abandoned but was still connected to a well. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released the first draft of the rules on Monday. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11-12. The rules govern flow lines, which carry oil, gas and wastewater from wells to tanks and other gathering equipment. The rules are in response to an April 17 explosion in Firestone that killed two people and destroyed a house. Investigators blamed the explosion on gas leaking from a flow line that was believed to be out of service but was still connected to a well. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
By Brian Maass GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A registered nurse who worked at North Colorado Medical Center was charged Thursday with stealing fentanyl and morphine from the hospital’s stockpile. A federal magistrate informed registered nurse Marlene Tighe Gilmore she was facing one count of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge. Gilmore, 28, pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance. Gilmore “has been proactive in terms of public health concerns. Her family and their well being was second. Putting public health first was her main concern with this,” Gilmore’s attorney David Miller said. Miller said he could not say more about Gilmore’s case. State nursing records show that in March 2016, authorities at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley suspected Gilmore of diverting drugs after noticing a high number of withdrawals and returns to the hospital’s medication dispensing system. They say an audit showed the RN had canceled or removed 143 transactions between January 7,2016 through March 4, 2016. The audit showed the orders Gilmore had been handling were for fentanyl, morphine, and hydromorphone. In a statement to CBS4, Banner Health, the parent company of North Colorado Medical Center, said “Banner Health has cooperated with local, state and federal authorities regarding the theft of injectable narcotic medications by a former nurse at North Colorado Medical Center. Patient safety is Banner’s first priority. Based on our own investigation, and investigations by state and federal agencies, it was concluded that patients were not harmed or exposed to infection as a result of these events. On March 8, 2016, Gilmore underwent a drug screen which came back positive for Fentanyl and another opiate. She resigned the next day. State nursing authorities said last October that Gilmore “excessively used or abused a controlled substance”. She entered into a drug rehabilitation program according to state records. Federal Magistrate Michael Hegarty allowed Gilmore to be released on a personal recognizance bond. He said she faces a maximum of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine. CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud, and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.
WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A nurse who was accused of sexually assaulting patients has pleaded guilty in the case. Thomas Moore is expected to be sentenced to 12 years behind bars. He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual assault. The cases stem from when he worked at the University of Colorado Hospital emergency room in west Greeley. Moore also faces charges in Larimer and Adams Counties, as well as in Nebraska. In many of the cases, according to court documents, Moore is accused of touching and kissing the women while they were heavily medicated, in and out of consciousness, and alone in emergency rooms. Some women reported to police that after they left the hospitals, Moore tracked them down on social media and sent them Facebook friend requests.
By Shawn Chitnis DENVER (CBS4) – School district leaders investigating claims of a Confederate flag displayed during a football game are still trying to figure out what happened and how both communities should move forward while teams from Manual High School and Weld Central High School did not meet on Monday. “I heard it through social media,” said Manual High School student Alejandro Martinez. “I heard about it from my great uncle,” De’Angel Banks said, another student at Manual. The varsity football game between both teams ended Friday night with many in both communities unaware of any controversy. Over the weekend, the accusation that someone brought a Confederate flag from the crowd cheering for Weld Central and players made racial slurs toward the Manual team spread across the state. “One of the coaches noticed there was a Confederate flag with a rebel,” Tay Anderson said on Sunday. He is a 2017 graduate of the school and was at the game. “A Confederate soldier, in the middle of it, as they were walking in.” Students returned to school on both campuses Monday and did not mention the topic coming up in class and told CBS4 they weren’t discussing it with friends either. Three days after the game, there is still no evidence of a photo or video of a flag. “In today’s day when we take a photo of our food to put on a social media site nothing was taken of such of situation,” Tim Watts said on Sunday, a fan of Weld Central that has relatives working and attending the school. Those that reported seeing the flag after spotting it in the first quarter say it changed the mood of the game for the rest of the night. But the crowd in the Weld Central section say they experienced a totally different game. “It created a hostile environment because of the political environment we’re in,” Anderson said. “I saw a good game, I saw good sportsmanship by both teams,” Watts said. “I saw both sides helping each other up after they were tackled.” Administrators have limited their comments since the game on Friday but the principal of Manual High School did release a letter to the community on Saturday. (See below.) “On Sunday night, the Weld Central High School team — which has a Rebel mascot — displayed a Confederate flag during the first quarter of the game, offending many members of the Manual community,” principal Nick Dawkins said in part in his letter. “We asked them to remove the flag and they did so. However, the tension created by the flag led to conflict on and off the playing field.” The principal of Weld Central, Dan Kennedy, and the superintendent of the Weld County Re-3J school district, Greg Rabenhorst, released a statement together. “We are not certain what may have led to what currently appears to be false accusations toward our team and spectators. Our administration will continue to investigate what happened,” a portion of the statement said. Denver Public Schools did not release a formal statement over the weekend but said on Monday they were working to release more beyond what they shared Sunday. “We are reaching out to the Weld Central High School community to jointly discuss the events of Friday night and how we can all move forward in a collaborative and positive spirit,” a DPS spokesperson emailed Sunday. Manual High School students shared sentiments on Monday that could easily have come from both campuses on either side of this issue. “People come to games and schools to learn,” said Banks “And to games to have fun.” “I feel like we need evidence to see if the flag was there,” said Martinez. “I haven’t seen any pictures, somebody holding a flag.” The Colorado High School Activities Association says it is aware of the issue related to the game but is letting the two districts work out the situation. The junior varsity football teams from both schools were set to play in Keenesberg on Monday but both districts agreed to cancel that game. The new week will give school leaders a chance to keep investigating what happened and ask questions of their students and staff. But until they reach some consensus, the very different views of the same game from over the weekend will remain. “I am certain I saw the flag,” Anderson told CBS4 on Sunday. “It was a Confederate flag with a rebel, a confederate soldier in the middle.” “It was upsetting to me because I didn’t see any of this take place,” said Watts on Sunday to CBS4. “I didn’t see a flag, anything of that nature.” STATEMENT FROM WELD COUNTY Re-3J School District and WCHS Principal: Weld Central and all Re-3J families, Many have heard the reports about the WCHS football game against Denver’s Manual High School this past Friday. We have been asked to make an official statement by several media sources. While the investigation is not complete, we feel it is important to update our community on the matter and to strongly denounce any form of racism. As of today, evidence supports that our team and community were unfairly represented with what appears to be significantly inaccurate information presented to the Manual community and the media. The facts as we know them today do not support the claims reported by Manual officials. It was reported that our spectators displayed a confederate flag during the first quarter of the game. Our eyewitness staff and community members present at the game report that this did not occur. Multiple school officials have viewed a video recording of the game which contains footage of the Weld Central crowd. From our viewings, no signs of a confederate flag exist. Further, we have no evidence at this point that any of our student athletes displayed racially motivated inappropriate behavior on or off the field. High school administration was present and monitored student and crowd behavior throughout the game. At no point was any behavior displayed that required intervention. We are not certain what may have led to what currently appears to be false accusations toward our team and spectators. Our administration will continue to investigate what happened, work collaboratively with Manual administration, and seek intervention from CHSAA as appropriate. At this point we have unilaterally cancelled future competitions with Manual High School until further notice. The Re-3J Board of Education and administration do not condone any form of racism, including symbols of racism and hatred and racial slurs toward or about others. That type of behavior is unacceptable and far beneath the standards and expectations of our student code of conduct. As we investigate the incident to its completion, any behavior of this form found to be true will be subject to discipline. In the event any accusations are substantiated, we as a district will take full responsibility in condemning such behavior and disciplining students as appropriate. We want to assure all of our community members and those communities we interact with that we do not tolerate racism of any form. The confederate flag and any other symbols of hate and racism play no role in our district. We hope that you will join us in condemning racism in all communities, including our own. Thank you for your support of our students, the Weld Central community, and students across Colorado. Greg Rabenhorst
Superintendent of Schools Dan Kennedy
Principal, Weld Central High School MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL
Sept. 23, 2017 Dear Manual High School Community, I hope you are enjoying this wonderful first fall weekend! I apologize for the Saturday email but I want to ensure you are updated about what occurred at our Friday night football game with Weld Central High School. What occurred is extremely concerning and I want to share the facts as I know them at this time. Last night, the Weld Central High School team, which has a Rebel mascot, displayed a Confederate flag during the first quarter of the game, offending many members of the Manual community. We asked them to remove the flag and they did so. However, the tension created by the flag led to conflict on and off the playing field. Three of our players were injured during the game, including a student who suffered a concussion and a student who was transported to the hospital for a leg injury. I want to emphasize that the players received treatment and will be fine. In addition, some of our players reported that, when tackled, players from the opposing team taunted them with racial slurs. I spoke with one of the team’s coaches at the game and am following up with their high school principal. Our superintendent, Tom Boasberg, and our Board of Education have been notified and Supt. Boasberg is reaching out to the Weld County superintendent to express our concerns that such symbols of racism and hatred, and racial slurs, ought to have no place in athletics or in any part of our students’ experiences. We are all very concerned about what occurred and are trying to gather as much information as we can so we can determine next steps. Please know that we are not aware of similar issues occurring when we played the Weld Central High School team last season. However, based on the information we have been able to gather, what happened at Friday night’s game is unacceptable. I will keep you updated as we move forward and please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you,
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GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – Greeley Police made two arrests and declared a third suspect still at large in the murder of a man in August. Kelly Lynn Baker, 48, of Greeley, and Carol Lyn Baker, 63, of Kersey, were both arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder. An arrest warrant for those same charges has been issued for 37-year-old Kelly Robert Raisley, a Westminster resident who has ties the 211 Crew gang, according to police. Police describe Raisley as armed and dangerous. “The public is cautioned not to approach,” Greeley Police warned in a news release, “but contact the Greeley Police Department at 970-350-9600, or law enforcement” if Raisley’s is located. Raisley’s criminal records indicate he was acquitted of First Degree Murder by a Greeley jury in 2006. He was most recently arrested in July by Greeley PD on felony drug and weapons violations. Randy Gene Baker, 59, was found dead August 16th inside a home in the 1900 block of 44th Avenue in Greeley. Police immediately described his death as suspicious and asked for the public’s help in locating a stolen Pontiac G6. Kelly Baker is the deceased man’s wife. Carol Baker is his sister. Kelly Raisley, the wanted man, is listed in a Greeley Tribune obituary as the deceased’s nephew.
By Dillon Thomas GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – In an effort to promote tourism, business and education, the City of Greeley recently celebrated the opening of the Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center in Downtown Greeley. The hotel created more than 100 extra rentable rooms, while also developing a 14,000 square foot convention center. “Everybody here has been anxious for this project to start coming out of the ground,” said David Kennedy, General Manager at the Double Tree in Greeley. City Manager Roy Otto told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas the need for a convention center, and hotel, in Downtown Greeley was first noted in 1999. “Until now, Greeley hasn’t had anything like that,” Kennedy said. The hotel, which also features a restaurant, was opened at the end of August. It is located across the street from Lincoln Park, in the center of the city. “The project leaders built this for Greeley,” Kennedy said. “We believe a Greeley hotel and events center has some specific Greeley demand.” Otto said the timing of the project’s completion also comes at the beginning of a potentially large population boom in the city, which currently has more than 100,000 residents. “For a long time, Greeley was by far the largest and most dominant community in northern Colorado,” Otto said. Now that the project has been completed, the city hoped local businesses that used convention halls in nearby cities, such as Fort Collins, would consider relocating their events to Greeley. The city also said the design of the facility could encourage outside businesses to consider hosting their events in the new building as well. As the Double Tree was completed, the city also explored future options for further development of the Downtown Greeley area. “This facility, and (The University of Northern Colorado) on the other side, are the two parts of the barbell of downtown,” Otto said. “We are going to connect it all together with redevelopment.” Otto said some projections suggested the City of Greeley could one day be home to more than 400,000 people. He said this project will be just one of many down the road, that help encourage positive growth in the community. “We think we are positioning our downtown to be a part of that future growth that happens here,” Otto said. The Double Tree hotel also created a training center, where they will employ UNC students with paid internships, as they study hospitality. Management said they hoped an event center like this will allow local students to better understand how the business works, while also encouraging them to stay in Greeley after graduation. Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.