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Feb. 20

Gov. announces boards and commissions appointments

DENVER — On Feb. 20, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced several Boards and Commissions appointments. The appointments were to the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities; the Colorado Commission on Low Income Energy Assistance; the Early Childhood Leadership Commission; and the Juvenile Parole Board.

The Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities coordinates with state boards, advisory councils, and commissions established for or related to persons with disabilities. The council advises the governor and General Assembly on legislation and state policy affecting persons with disabilities and monitors the state’s implementation of Title II of the federal “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.” The council acts as an additional entry point for public grievances regarding disability issues and referring those grievances to the appropriate state agency or personnel and develops procedures relating to the council’s internal operations. The member appointed for a term expiring Oct. 7, 2018:
     • James Callaway Smallwood of Parker, to represent persons with disabilities from business and industry, disability advocacy organizations and other nonprofit organizations.

The Colorado Commission on Low Income Energy Assistance collects and distributes money to eligible recipients for use in the payment of electric and gas utility bills. The members appointed for terms expiring Dec. 2, 2015:
     • Howard O. Brooks of Colorado Springs, to serve as a designee from the private sector, reappointed.
     • Diedra K. Howard of Aurora, to serve as a designee from the private sector, reappointed
     • H. Brian Martens of Windsor, to serve as a designee from the private sector, reappointed
     • Jennifer Smith Gremmert of Centennial, to serve as a designee from the private sector.
     • Jeffrey Keen Black of Denver, to serve as a designee from the private sector.

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission promotes the coordination of policies and procedures that affect the health and well-being of Colorado children. A bipartisan public-private partnership of state leaders and decision makers, the Commission seeks to improve outcomes for young children ages birth to eight and their families by advancing the alignment, coordination and efficiency of programs and services. The member appointed for a term expiring July 1, 2016:
     • Amy Lynn Wineland of Dillon, to serve as a representative of the local public health community, and occasioned by the resignation of Patricia Marie Smith Perry.

The Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, one of six in the country, grants, denies, modifies, suspends or revokes parole for juvenile delinquents committed to the Department of Human Services. The appointment must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate. The member appointed for a term expiring Nov. 15, 2017:
     • Patricia J. Kelly of Franktown, to serve as a public member/not employed by state government.

Barricaded subject surrenders

ARAPAHOE COUNTY — On Feb. 20, at approximately 12 a.m.., hotel staff from the Drury Inn located at 9445 East Dry Creek Road requested a welfare check on a hotel guest. When deputies arrived, the subject threatened to shoot deputies and damage the hotel. Deputies were able to determine the subject had barricaded himself using the furnishings in the room. The SWAT Team, Bomb Squad and additional resources responded to the scene. Surrounding hotel rooms were evacuated as a precaution. After several hours of negotiations, the subject voluntarily exited the hotel room and was taken into custody. Significant damage to the room was discovered.

The subject was identified as Michael Alan Connell, 26.

Connell was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility for the following charges:
     • Criminal Mischief, a Class 4 Felony;
     • False Reporting of Explosives Device, a Class 6 Felony; and
     • Obstructing a Peace Officer, a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

Bond was set at $6,000