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of corporal nate kerrigan in fairplay. >> he was trying to serve an eviction notice yesterday, two other deputies were hurt. mark boyle is live in bailey. >> corps kerrigan was not a stranger anywhere. >> reporter: that's right. everywhere we went including his favorite coffee spots, shows there are many memories and stories of him around town. not just of him in his uniforms and driving around town, it as well. he was a bus driver, it paid the bills while training to be a deputy. he drove a bunch of school kids around. then he was a school resource officer at platte canyon high school. he was a longtime baseball and football coach at the high school where he also graduated, played football and wrestled. current and past students, classmates and teachers are all now stunned by the loss. >> i think he really tried to
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focus on the development of their skills or really, as the student -- as they developed their character. >> reporter: just one more story, the sheriff even said today that kerrigan had come and given him a baseball cap earlier this week. obviously very excited for the high school baseball season. the season starts monday. coming up at 6:00, we'll hear from one woman as to why she got visits from kerrigan several times a week. that story coming up. mark boil, denver 7. the park county sheriff said today he considered nate kerrigan like one of his own kids. he was with deputies when they went to evict martin worth yesterday. >> how the sheriff described the danger they were up against, they knew it would be difficult. >> but didn't expect deadly. they knew martin worth didn't want to leave his home. they tried to evict him before in 2014 and nothing like this happened.
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more about his violent history. the sheriff says they went in yesterday and had no reason to think he would start shooting. >> the sheriff has to know his community and how they will react. >> reporter: you just don't know what every member of your community its capable of, yesterday's encounter with martin worth a painful reminder of that fork 9 park county sheriff -- for the park county sheriff fred wagner. he said his deputy were doing something law enforcement officers do all the time. >> they were simply there to effect an eviction. and, peacefully. >> reporter: at the same time wegener said his team knew worth was high risk but in park county it's not unusual to send in one deputy to do a job a swat team might be called to do in other cities. he added there is a closeness in his department that the sheriff hopes will help them through this tragedy.
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kids off, want them to come back the same condition you sent ttem in. nate was one of my kids. didn't want this to happen. not supposed to. >> reporter: the sheriff also read a statement from nate kerrigan's family. they said they hope the shooting doesn't deter other law enforcement members, they hope rather it strengthens their resolve to defend their communities. there thank you. some good news today -- the othhr deputy seriously hurt in the shooting is improving. the sheriff says deputy kolby martin is still in the hospital, in serious condition but up and moving around now. the third deputy, captain mark hancock was grazed in the ear, treated and released yesterday. another shooting involving police officers, this time in evans. thankfully no overs were hurt or killed. but a suspect was shot and killed by police as officers were investigating a trespassing. this was near highway 85 and evans. two greeley officers and la salle officer shot the officer killing him. they say he raised a gun on them.
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had already been shot at while chasing the man and another suspect. the other man was taken into custody. a gym teach accused of having child porn. parents we talk to who have kids at cedar elementary school are angry, they had no idea. sally is live with the latest. >> reporter: as a result of this arrest the school has a counselor available for students but students and parents are shocked and surprised to see a well nope and -- well known and well liked teacher is now facing children. a surprising e-mail for mother of two stella peterson to read. >> i was shocked and sad. >> reporter: in the e-mail the jefferson county school district alerted parents that this man, lucas young, once her chhldren's gym teacher arrested for what police say three counts of child exploitation. >> my 7-year-old was sad.
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of mr. young. and is still -- in a shock. she doesn't quite understand what is going on. >> reporter: in this 50-page incident report police say the investigation started back in december when young himself first claimed through a tip he provided police that child porn images popped up on his computer, but further investigation revealed young had images on his personal e- mail ann his district-issued laptop. we knocked on his door in lafayette, he didn't answer but this man did. >> no comment. >> reporter: during the investigation back in december the district placed young on administrative leave without notifying parents of the ongoing investigation. and even though the district couldn't legally do so, stella peterson wishes the school would have communicated something to the children. >> there ssould be discussions about, what is appropriate, what is not. >> reporter: we also learned that young was a swim teacher at the lafayette recreation
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the investigation was going on, they stopped him from teaching. right now young is on administrative leave without pay. the district tells me if convicted of the charges he will be let go. in arvada, denver 7. highway 7, south st. vrain canyon closed as troopers clear up this mess. a cement truck rolled pinning the driver this afternoon. the driver who is seriously the hospital. what will state lawmakers do to stop what surgical tech rocky allen is accused of doing from happening again? >> allen possibly exposed thousands of patients here and other states to hiv and hepatitis when he allegedly switched out syringes to steal powerful narcotics. jenniffr went to the state capitol to get answers. >> reporter: we found his case is changing the way some lawmakers are looking at state law. the way it's written now, surgical techs are only
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state and self-report bad behavior. as we saw allen lied and it's now the second time in five years a surgical tech has put thousands of patients at risk. rocky allen's days in the operating roommmay be over. >> it's a wake-up call. >> reporter: over the long history of the drug abuse at three other hospitals. two in arizona, one in california. questions now swirling, how he was ever able to find work here. >> you can't fix it so it's going to be foolproof but we have to make this a stronger bill so that people like rocky cannot get through this system as easily as he did. >> reporter: state representative joanne janl is sponsoring a bill that will keep the only regulation colorado has which requires surgical techs to register and report bad behavior. the bill passed in 2010 after a
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syringe at rose medical center infecting hundreds of patients withhhepatitis c. >> the law was supposed to prevent this from happening. it failed. does the regulation need to go further? >> we're in talks now, in regards to how much further do we need to go. >> reporter: one thing considered to make the law tougher, adding account -- accountability to the information techs are required to report. right now there's none. we found allen lied about previous employers and drug abuse problems on his state registration >> right now it's self- reporting, who is going to self- report that they have a substance or drug problem? >> reporter: we wanted to know in light of what happened why colorado doesn't really get tough. and require certification and education requirements for surgical techs llke nine other states do. that would have prevented stop gaps that could have prevented allen from getting hired at swedish.
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that option is not off the table buu it's a question of money. live from the state capitol, jennifer kovalevki, denver 7. and another lawyer, representing several of his patients shared this update with denver 7, says more tests are needed to figure out how his three clients were infected. there are changes to the weekend's politics unplugged. denver 's oscar special will be at the normal time, sunday 4:00 p.m. so catch "politics unplugged" saturday night at 9:30 and sunday morning again at 11:30. millions who live along the gulf coast and up along the northeast are cleaning up after severe storms ripped through the u.s. virginia is in a state of emergency now, following tornadoes and thunderstorms that killed at least four people. a tornado cut a five-mile path of destruction through one town. the national weather service confirmed at least 27 tornadoes
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our chief meteorologist mike nelson now. >> the thunderstorms are over off to the east but still snow all the way into tennessee and all the way toward maine. in colorado the radar screen completely quiet as the skies are clear. it's been a comfortable day. temperatures still upper 40s to low 50s. with 30s to low 40s in the mountains. as far as conditions for tonight, clear and cool, a really fine forecast for friday. in the 7-day forecast there's a 70-degree day, also a chance of snow. details coming up. great news for drivers along i-70. >> more lanes are finally opening up to traffic in time for the weekend. after this massive rockslide that shut down the interstate. we'll bring you up to date. >> parents will pay anything to make sure their children stay safe on the football field but if you're buying expensive helmets you may be wasting
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in heston, kansas, multiple people shot in a business north of wichita. we don't know how many deaths there are. down. a nearby college is also on lockdown. there are nearly 400 students there. we are working to damager more details, we'll bring them to you as soon as we get them. a outbreak of mumps in the metro area is keeping colorado doctors busy. so far seven confirmed cases in the state. usually we see fewer than half that number, even if you got the vaccine and booster therees no guarantee you're immune. it's highly contagious. last year more than 1,000 cases of mumps were reported across our country. so far there's nearly 70 cases this year. generally we say if you stand within three feet of someone for over a minute that is when we think you potentially could be getting it. >> while the vaccine doesn't guarantee immunity doctors say its best to make sure that your shots are up to date. it appears more people who
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to try marijuana in our emergency rooms. there's new research that was just published by the new england journal of medicine that shows marijuana relaaed yard trips for out of state visitors actually rose by 109% between 2012 and 2014. for people who live here the trips rose 44%. the study reviewed er visits at more than 100 hospitals. experts say the results show more education is needed for consumers at pot retailers. the gop candidates running for president are preparing for another high stakes debate. tonight's debate in houston will be the last time they face off before votes are cast in super tuesday next week. republican voters in 11 states will have their say about who should get the party's nomination. frontrunner donald trump could take a lot of fire after winning three straight big wins. >> every attempt to take on donald trump has failed spectacularly. the problem that ted cruz and
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each other's enemies as much as donald trump's. >> and the democratic side, hillary clinton holds a double digit lead over bernie sanders in the palmetto state. south carolina. super tuesday is next week and that is when there will be primary elections, march 1st, korl is one of the states -- colorado is one of the states. new details emerging about the uber driver accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage. today his family's attorney spoke exclusively to abc news. jason dalton's parents expressed not only shock but sympathy for the victims. six people killed, two others injured in the shooting last weekend. dalton married father two of began driving for uber just two weeks before the shooting. his motive remains a mifltry, even to his family. >> jason by all accountt was a fairly gregarious character, good father..
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and there was nothing to indicate that something like this would occur. dalton is in jail facing six counts of murder. major drug bust in nebraska and colorado ut dozens of states. a federal prosecutor says a yearlong investigation ended with drug indictments of 63 people. nearly all of them have already been arrested in an area ranging from south central colorado. the investigation mostly focused on meth but it did involve other drugs. the denver performing arts center could be getting a makeover. the city's arts and venues department unveiled a new plan to tear down the concert hall and add a new 1,200 seat venue, residential towers and more parking. it would also add another floor to the convention center. no price tag yet. officials are hoping to get a design proposal by next year. a major intersection in aurora partially shut down for
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air tracker 7 over quincy and buckley as crews fixed a leaky gas pipe this morning. the intersection remains closed through sunday. only one lane of traffic on buckley will be open in each direction while this work is being done. i-70 and ggenwood canyon now open in both directions but still expect delays. cdot reopened the interstate to two-way traffic this afternoon. you recall that massive rockslide shut it down over a week ago. until today traffic was only going through one way with a pilot car leading drivers through. another warm day in colorado. our chief meteorologist mike nelson has your first alert forecast. >> bright sunshine. i like this sun halo thing. wow. let me show you denver looking to the other direction now. this is toward the northwest. it's 50 downtown. 47 degrees dia. 21% humidity.
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and top temperature at dia was 48. 17 the low. the normals are 49 and 21. 74 the record high and the record low is an oldie, 1874, down to 11 below zero. we did have a little cooler air just slipping into eastern colorado behind the storm system. that is still producing snow in the ohio valley. aalow pressure system to the east is moving away from us. we have warmth for tomorrow. delightful temperatures are expected across the region heading into the weekend. low temperatures tonight, around 5 at gunnison. 27 salida. 26 out of the plains and akron. tomorrow the high up to 50 to 55 degrees at lower elevations. 60s expected across southern colorado. it's going to be a very nice day. front range lows tonight dropping down into the teens. over the higher elevations, 25 to around 32 depending on elevation at lower parts of the state. then tomorrow it's going to be
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even a couple of spots in the low 60s. with 40s to the west. keep in mind that it will be even warmer than that as we head into saturday. tonight clear and 25. light winds, good air quality. very nice night. tomorrow temperatures bounce back a little, we get up to the mid to upper 50s under mostly sunny skies. very pleasant conditions. looking ahead, i have the big hockey game outside on saturday. 70 degrees, that is our right spot. a beautiful -- bright spot, a beautiful day under mostly. a minor front comes through sunday. down here maybe a sprinkle of rain, snow in the mountains, just cooler, 55. monday, dry and 60. then a slightly stronger system for tuesday. with some snow for the mountains, maybe 5 to 10 inches, light mix of rain an snow here but doesn't last long. moves out by wednesday, thursday back to 50 and 60. more great days on the way. i still maintain march and april and probably the first week of may will remind us.
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>> thank you. warm temperature are good news for us in denver 7, because many of us are taking the polar plunge to benefit special olympics. colorado this weekend, my team, denburr7 could use your help. the plunge is saturday at the denver zoo, admission is free if you're doing the plunge. parent of football players, that extra cash you should be shelling out for more expensive football helmets may not be giving added safety. >> a free cup of joe for the
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with 13 high school football players dying last season more and more parents are buying helmets to protect kids. but a new study shows the higher rated helmets don't add extra protection. >> parents think if they buy the most pensive helmet or the one with the highest rating they must are safer. it's not true. >> the kids' helmets should have the seal meaning it's been approved by a national committee. we've all heard it countless times, sugary drinks are bad for our health. turns out a lot of us are listening to the warnings. new data from the cdc shows sugary drinks are becoming less of a popular choice. a 2013 survey shows one in
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one drink containing sugar a day. previous research showed half of americans used to trunk one daily. a local coffee shop is saying thank you to police with a kind gesture. >> amethyst coffee offering free coffee to cops. the owner said he got the idea after talking to an air force pilot friend. after talking it over with the business opener the idea grew into what you see today. he says it's just a simple way to say thank you. and to develop a good relationship. >> right now in the united states it mmy be the toughest time ever in the history to be a police officer. and i think they have one of the most difficult jobs. there are in the world today. >> he tells as many officers are -- many officers are too busy to drink it so they enjoy it on the go. have a cool stash may be
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a new home. meet "sally ann," mustache kitten found in a salvation army bin in california. she that be ready for adoption in a few days. she's pretty cute. >> it's great. john is a big fan of that kitty. we're looking at a nice 7- day forecass. >> especially saturday with a high of 70 degrees. by next tuesday though a chance of a little snow. >> more coming up for you on
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bernie sanders -- people before polluters. sanders: i'm bernie sanders and i approve this message. breaking news. we're on the scene, the deadly tornado outbreak. at least eight dead, including a 2-year-old. homes destroyed. this truck blown over on the gw bridge in new york. the coast guard trying to save this boat. the showdown tonight. is this the last chance for the other candidates to try and take down donald trump before super tuesday? and the eye-opening new poll tonight from marco rubio's own state of florida. is trump unstoppable, even there? just 24 hours after our exclusive with apple's ceo, tim cook, the fiery moments on capitol hill today. and just in tonight, apple

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