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Temperatures in the Denver area
Temperatures in the Denver area dropped as low as negative 19 degrees in the recent cold snap, tying Denver’s record low for that day.
Due to the harsh weather conditions, several major roads had to be closed on Tuesday.
The affected roads were US 6, US 40, Colorado 125 and US 285 according to 9News.
As of Tuesday evening, parts of US 40 and US 6 will still be closed.
Overnight shelters stay open through Friday
Overnight shelters in the city and county of Denver will stay open from 7pm to 7am until Friday due to the cold weather conditions.
There will be buses transferring people from the St. Francis Center to the night shelters until 9pm, and back to day- and warming shelters in the mornings.
Denver City Council Delays Shelter Sweeping
Denver city council delayed a vote last night over whether to halt homeless encampment sweeps during temperatures that drop below freezing.
The bill, which passed its initial vote 9-4 last week, left some members of Council with more questions.
The decision promoted protracted debate last week which split the council’s progressive and more moderate members.
Informally known as the freezing sweeps bill, the proposed legislation has been rescheduled for a second and final reading vote on January 29th.
DMV services back online
Colorado DMV online services are back to normal today. The agency experienced a statewide outage yesterday, affecting most of its services.
According to a news release, the state fixed the issue by mid-afternoon and has not yet determined the cause.
Club Q Shooter Hate Crimes Plea
The individual convicted in the mass shooting at the Club Q nightclub is expected to plead guilty to Federal hate crime and weapons charges.
23-year-old Anderson Aldrich pled guilty to five counts of first degree murder and 46 counts of attempted first degree murder last summer, for the November 2022 shootings at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
In a video court appearance yesterday, Aldrich pled not guilty to the hate crime charges.
But the Associated Press says Aldrich’s attorney is asking for a change-of-plea hearing. Pleading guilty could help Aldrich avoid the death penalty.
Aldrich’s attorneys argue that the attack at the gay nightclub was not a hate motivated crime. They point to Aldrich’s own non-binary gender identity.
Prosecutors say there’s No evidence that Aldrich identified as non-binary before committing the mass murders.
Nathan Woodyard Resigns
One of the Aurora police officers involved in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain has resigned.
Nathan Woodyard, who was acquitted of the charges against him last year, requested to rejoin the police department.
However, instead of completing a reintegration process, he quit last Friday. This means that none of the three officers involved in McClain’s death will be returning to the police department.
Woodyard was suspended from the police department before his trial. After his acquittal in November, the city of Aurora stated that he would receive back pay.