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Eight years, endless questions: A look back at Kelsie Schelling's disappearance
Almost eight years to the day a pregnant Denver woman disappeared in 2013, opening statements are starting in the murder trial of her ex-boyfriend. 21-year-old Kelsie Schelling was two months pregnant when she drove from Denver to Pueblo to see her former boyfriend Donthe Lucas. February 4, 2013, was the last time Schelling was seen.
This morning at the Dennis Maes Judicial Building in Pueblo, opening statements will begin. The jury selection process started on Jan. 25, picking the 12 jurors and four alternates who will serve during the trial. It could last until early March. There are no cameras allowed in the building and no live reporting from the courthouse. There are also limits on the number of people who can be in the courtroom because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Colette Bordelon will be there every day and will have coverage both online and over the air.
District 49 releases additional statement over lesson plan involving Black Lives Matter
District 49 officials have released another statement after families raised concerns over the context of a lesson plan centered around Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movements.
According to the district, students in the Art Explore class at Bennett Ranch Elementary engaged in the lesson on January 19. While the contents of the lesson met state academic standards related to culture, the material over Black Lives Matter was presented without following district policy of notifying parents about potentially controversial topics.
Really warm and windy today before quick-moving light snow early Thursday morning
We're in for a wild ride of weather over the next 24 hours here in southern Colorado. Temperatures will be really warm today thanks to strong westerly winds blowing between 30 to 40 mph out of the west. Overnight we'll see a cold front push temperatures down into the 20s with more strong winds, and light snow will follow.
Feb. 3 is last day to submit feedback on $5 million '2021 Action Plan'
Today is the last day for folks living in Colorado Springs to share feedback on the draft 2021 Action Plan, which outlines how the city will spend $5 million in federal funding. The funding will support affordable housing, homelessness prevention, economic development, non-profit assistance and neighborhood improvements for low-income populations.
Pueblo native one of 2 FBI agents killed Tuesday in Florida
Two FBI agents were killed and three others were wounded Tuesday morning while servicing a search warrant at a south Florida home, according to Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. Special agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in the shooting, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
The FBI also said during a press conference that Schwartzenberger was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. News5 has learned that she graduated from South High School in Pueblo. She was also a mother of two.
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