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‘Ho-Hum Bandit’ may have hit Colo. bank

DENVER (AP) — The FBI believe a bank robber who has held up banks on the West Coast has struck in Colorado.

Authorities have dubbed him the "Ho-Hum Bandit" because of his bland appearance.

The FBI says a man fitting his description held up a Chase Bank in Edgewater, just outside Denver, on Wednesday.

He's described as a white male in his early 30s. He's five-foot-five and weighs about 150 pounds.

The FBI says the "Ho-Hum Bandit" has robbed banks in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Child porn suspect jailed without bail

A suspect in a child pornography case previously allowed to leave jail on his own recognizance has been ordered held without bail after a federal indictment.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, faces up to 30 years in prison for five charges that include two counts of production of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ruled Monday that the charges were too serious to allow Monzingo out of custody. He does not have a stable address and he has not undergone a mental health assessment, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Monzigno was arrested Dec. 16 after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance the next day; the suspect was arrested on the federal charges last week. He has pleaded not guilty.

Man charged w/ producing child porn

A Spokane man arrested on child pornography charges in December has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

The charges allege Monzingo filmed the sexual abuse of a minor on two occasions in July and August, then distributed child pornography through his computer on Oct. 28 and Nov. 30.

Police found explicit materials during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16.  The home is about a block from an elementary school.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance after his arrest, but he was taken into custody on the federal indictment Thursday and remains in jail. A hearing to decide if he should be allowed bail is set for Jan. 24.

Spokane police began investigating Monzingo after undercover Colorado detectives said they’d received pornographic files from him over the Internet.

Child porn probe leads to Spokane man

A 44-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police connected him to hundred of images of child pornography.

Darrel W. Monzingo was taken into custody at his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave., after detectives served a search warrant there about 9 a.m.

Spokane police Detective Jan Pofacher developed Monzingo as a suspect after Colorado detectives said they'd shared files with a Spokane man, according to a news release.

Investigators found pornographic videos and photos on Monzingo’s computers. His home is about a block from an elementary school.

Now he’s in jail on one count of possession of child pornography. Police say more charges are expected.

Buffs would like to bolt earlier

Colorado would like to join the WSU Cougars and the rest of the Pac-10 a year earlier than planned. And there is a chance the Big 12 would let them. Now the Buffaloes wait to see how much it will cost. Associated Press writer Arnie Stapleton takes a look at Colorado’s situation in the article below.

Daily News: Utes, Buffs Upgrade Pac-10

The last two weeks saw a virtual hurricane blow through college athletics. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big 10, the Pac-10 nearly destroyed the Big 12 by taking four schools and Boise State left the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott had a hand in most of it, and he nearly changed the landscape of college athletics. A week ago many football fans throughout the Palouse had visions of going to Martin Stadium to watch the Cougars take on the Texas Longhorns in conference play. It was an intriguing idea, and one that nearly came to pass, but last-minute wrangling by the old guard of the Big 12 halted Scott’s vision of a super Pac-16 conference. Now Coug fans can look forward to playing Colorado and Utah instead of Texas and Oklahoma, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing/Sandra Kelly, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

  • Cutline: University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, left, attends a news conference to announce the acceptance of an invitation to join the PAC-10 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Deseret News,Mike Terry)

Question: Is the Pac-10 that much better with the addition of Utah & Colorado?

In The News: Colorado Jumps To Pac-10

Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins gesturing at a news conference during Big 12 Media Day in Irving, Texas, in this 2009 file photo. The Pac-10 conference says Colorado has accepted an invitation to become the league’s 11th member. The conference announced its first expansion since adding Arizona and Arizona State in 1978 this morning. Story here. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)

Question: Does Washington State belong in the Pac-10, Pac-11, or a possible Pac-16?

Balloon Boy’s Parents to Plead Guilty

In this image rendered from video and released by KMGH-TV in Denver, a hot-air balloon is seen over Colorado, near Fort Collins. A 6-year-old boy climbed into a hot-air balloon aircraft and floated away Thursday, forcing officials to scramble to figure out how to rescue the boy. Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the device, which is shaped like a flying saucer, has the potential to rise to 10,000 feet. (AP Photo/KMGH-TV )

“The Colorado parents who reported their 6-year-old son floated away aboard a helium balloon will plead guilty to some charges in an attempt to keep the family together, the attorney for the boy’s father said Thursday. Richard Heene will plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, his attorney David Lane said.” http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/12/lawyer-colo-balloon-boy-parents-plead-guilty/

What do you think would be the appropriate punishment in this case?

Gonzaga-Colorado in Maui opener

Pairings were announced Tuesday for the Maui Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday. Gonzaga will take on Colorado in the tourney opener.

More here, here and here