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5 Things to Know: August 28, 2019

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Posted at 5:21 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 07:33:10-04

Good morning southern Colorado! Here are the five things you need to know to start your Wednesday morning.

Tropical Storm Dorian nears Puerto Rico, other Caribbean islands

Tropical Storm Dorian is gathering strength as it takes aim at the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico and is expected to become a hurricane as it approaches Florida this weekend. It has already brought heavy rainfall and gusty winds to parts of the Caribbean, but Puerto Rico should feel the brunt of Dorian throughout the day today.

Shawnee Peak Fire reduces to 37 acres

Officials reduced the size of the fire from 40 acres to 37 acres and they said the change is because of better mapping. Crews set up a spike camp near the fire last night to continue their efforts this morning. No structures are currently threatened and the nearest town, Shawnee, is about three miles away.

Man charged in Manitou Springs homicide in May to appear in court

Freddie Crespo will be in court today for a preliminary hearing. He is one of two men charged in the beating death of a man who was found unresponsive in a kiddie pool back in May. According to an arrest affidavit, Crespo told investigators that he came home and found the victim sexually assaulting a woman, but he never hit the victim. The other suspect, John Swinehart, told investigators a similar story, but he said he and Crespo did beat the man. We'll let you know if there are any major developments during this hearing.

Back to some late August heat today and tomorrow

Sunny weather comes back to southern Colorado with light winds, few clouds and highs between the 80s and 90s east of the mountains. Dry skies are expected today across the forecast region and tonight we'll see clear skies with lows falling to the mid 50s.

1 man injured in drive-by shooting while walking to store

Colorado Springs Police Department responded to the shooting in the 5400 block of N. Nevada Ave. just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when the victim told police he was walking to a store. The suspects fled the area in a white sedan.