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Grand Junction- There is trouble brewing in one downtown Grand Junction neighborhood. Neighbors are speaking out against what they claim is gangs of homeless people taking over Hawthorne Park along Fifth Street.
City leaders said they know about the problem and working on how to figure out some sort of plan for the future.
Homeless people hanging out in the park Friday afternoon told NewsChannel Five they do not have anywhere else to go. They said the problem is transient people who come through town cause problems and leave, not them. In recent months the Grand Junction Police Department has created a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT TEAM) to deal with these issues.
Hawthorne Park, Grand Junction
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Pueblo- Five suspects are on the run and 24 more are behind bars following a major drug bust in southeastern Colorado.
Police told NewsChannel Five those who were arrested are facing various drug charges in Colorado State District Court in Pueblo.
Authorities said The nine month investigation focused on a heroin trafficking organization headed by Juan Ramon Rocha Rodriguez. Rocha Rodriguez was responsible for the transport of large quantities of heroin from Southern California into Colorado for distribution and sale in Pueblo.
The investigation culminated August 5 when investigators seized 10.3 pounds of black tar heroin from a vehicle. The heroin was concealed in a hidden compartment. Also seized during the investigation were $43,131 cash, 2 handguns, and 12 vehicles.
Acting Special Agent in Charge Merrill said, "What is disturbing to me about this case is the fact that the bulk of the seized heroin was to be sold in the Pueblo area - not destined for some major city."
UPDATE: The three Dougherty siblings dubbed the Dougherty Gang have been captured after a short high speed chase near Walsenburg. Go to www.krextv.com for the very latest.
Colorado Springs- Police say they have received ``credible information'' that people matching the description of three siblings connected to crimes in Florida and Georgia were spotted in Colorado.
The possible sighting near downtown Colorado Springs was reported around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. A nationwide manhunt
for the three began Aug. 2 after they allegedly shot at police and robbed a bank. Police say they are considered very armed and very dangerous.
The FBI in Colorado issued a warning that they may be hiding in rural areas and if you spot them to contact 911 right away. Do not attempt to approach the suspects.
Grand Junction- Mesa State College unveiled the new logo and wordmark that will be used when the college officially becomes Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
“This is truly an exciting time to be on campus and to see a new visual identity that reflects the growth and maturation the institution has experienced in the last few years,” said Mesa State President Tim Foster.
The logo is a stylized representation of the mesas and rivers in our region. The design communicates the optimistic, active and aspirational nature of the University to continue our growth in outstanding faculty, quality academic programs, student enrollment, and state-of-the-art facilities and technology. The logo also reflects the attitude – individualistic and independent – of the school and its students.
The design team used those descriptors as a foundation while working on the new look, said Jeremy Smith, MSC Graphic Designer, leader of the design team and a Mesa State graduate.
“We wanted to blend the geography of the regions with the Colorado Mesa brand identity, attributes and values. This logo is futuristic, streamlined and shows the progress the school has made in technology and facilities as well as reflecting the attitude on campus,” Smith said.
The design team included Smith, recent MSC graduate Andrea Wilkins and MSC graphic design student Melanie Butler.
“The cool thing is we kept it in-house,” Smith said. “The school can take pride in having a logo designed by alumni and students.”
The design team began its project the week after graduation and quickly created about 50 concepts that were narrowed to 16 choices. Those choices were shared with representatives of various departments, a group of faculty members and a student focus group.
The final selection came after gathering input from the MSC Board of Trustees.
The overarching goal was to find the perfect marriage between both visuals and the written word to create an identity that will best represent the university for decades to come.
Mesa State will officially become Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The missing mother and child from an Olathe shelter have been located safe and sound in the midwest. Police say they are "OK" .
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According to the president with the Haven House shelter in Olathe, 39 year-old Delilah Brundidge and her three year old son have been missing since Sunday. They told NewsChannel Five Brundidge had told other residents at the shelter she was going to help a hitchhiker she met coming back from Denver, but has not been heard from since she left the shelter Sunday.
Olathe Police tell us they have put out an all points bulletin in Colorado and Kansas. The Haven House belives the unidentified hitchhiker may have been trying to get to Kansas.
Brundidge was last seen driving a 1999 red suburban with a license plate number of 884DLX.
If you have seen these two people or have any information contact police immediately.