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Friday
Jan042013

Boulder Cops in Hot Water for Role in Elk Shooting

Thinkstock/Getty Images(BOULDER, Colo.) -- Two police officers in Boulder, Colo., have been suspended and are now under criminal investigation for their role in killing a large bull elk that wandered into a residential neighborhood.

On Tuesday, a Boulder police officer was on patrol when he spotted a large male elk that appeared to be limping and had broken antlers, according to a department press release.

“In his judgment, he believed the elk needed to be humanely euthanized,” the release said. “The officer dispatched the elk with one shot from his shotgun and called another off-duty officer to come pick up the elk carcass.”

The off-duty officer, the release said, took the animal to process for meat for his own personal use.

The killing of the large trophy animal then became a bit of a mystery, after Boulder police initially denied that their officers were involved. That’s because the department says the two unidentified officers never told anyone about the shooting, as required.

“In this case it appears that the officers involved did not follow standard procedures in alerting police dispatch, contacting a supervisor about how to deal with the injured elk or following up with a written incident report,” Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner wrote Friday in a letter to the community.

Both officers are now off the streets and Beckner has apologized.

“Two officers involved in Elk shooting incident have been placed on Admin Leave w/pay pending the outcome of investigations,” Beckner tweeted Friday morning.

The cops are now the focus of an internal affairs probe in addition to a criminal investigation being conducted by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Samson’s Law, named after a massive bull elk that was killed in the Colorado town of Estes Park in 1995, carries fines up to $10,000 for illegally hunting trophy animals.

A family who lives at the home where the elk was shot Tuesday told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH-TV that the Elk they nicknamed “Big Boy” was a bit of a neighborhood legend, often coming into their yard to snack on a crabapple tree.

“Everyone had different names for him, we called him Big Boy, other people called him Rufus or Humphrey,” Lara Koenig told KMGH.

“He was a little aggressive at times, I think he just really wanted to eat,” Koenig said. “He was a little bit lost sometimes. He used to wander down the back of all our backyards.”

 

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Friday
Dec142012

Mammoth Boulder Crashes into California Home

KGTV/ABC News(POWAY, Calif.) -- A boulder, estimated to weigh 12 tons, rolled into a house in Poway, Calif. Thursday, wiping out its garage, crushing gas and electric lines, and barely missing a propane tank.

Poway Fire Department officials said the boulder was apparently dislodged during heavy rains Thursday, and traveled about 300 feet before crashing into the San Diego County home.

“I heard a loud booming sound and the walls of my house were shaking … I rushed to the patio and then the garage and that’s when I saw a big hole,” said Janielle Gendelman, who lived alone in the house with her dog and two cats.  “My gosh! Pieces of the siding of the garage were sticking… It was a disaster! I saw the washing machine upside down.”

Kevin Hitchcock, fire division chief for the Poway fire department, told ABC News, “It is not clear what caused the boulder to come loose, but it could have been the torrents of rain.”

Poway firefighters said they put a rescue plan into effect. “First, we made sure there were no injuries, we secured the leaks in the propane and electric lines and sent out a MATS [Mercury and Air Toxics Standards] unit to contain the toxic leaks from pesticides and gasoline products stored in the garage,” said Hitchcock.

“This is my family home,” Gendelman said in an interview with ABC News. “I grew up here.”

Deanna McGough, who has lived nearby for 10 years, said that rolling boulders are not new in the area. “Three years ago a boulder rolled into a house in this neighborhood,” McGough told ABC News. “And occasionally I see boulders on the sides of the street.”

Hitchcock said the rock that hit Gendelman’s house was more than 5 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. It was made of granite. “We’re still not sure how it will be removed from the garage,” he said.  “Most likely it will have to be pulled out of the garage with a cable because it can’t be drilled where it is.”

Gendelman said she is not sure if her home insurance would cover all the expenses to repair the damage. “I was told by my agent that they might not cover the damage. This is really upsetting because this is my only home and I had to pay extra to insure against damage from natural disasters like earthquakes,” she said tearfully.  “I mean, what will I do with this big rock in my garage? Can’t they at least seal the walls?”

ABC News contacted Gendelman’s insurer. The company confirmed that it is aware of Gendelman’s claim and is looking into it.

 

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