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Police and sheriff’s deputies move into the scene after a Weld County woman was killed east of Longmont on Monday afternoon. Times-Call/Richard M. Hackett

Police shoot woman

By Amanda Arthur and Jenn Ooton
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — A Longmont police officer shot and killed a Weld County woman Monday afternoon after she threatened her landlord with a gun, authorities said.

Officers were called to a home at 11145 Bluff Lodge Drive in the Longview Estates subdivision at Weld County Road 3 1/2 and Colo. Highway 119 at 3:21 p.m. after a witness called 911 to report a 61-year-old woman was brandishing a gun, said Margie Martinez, Weld County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

When officers arrived, the woman — identified on a police scanner as Dianne Carlsten — fired a gun from her doorway and ignored attempts for her to drop her weapon before officers returned fire, investigators said.

Taking cover behind a nearby tan pickup truck, houses and garages, Weld County Sheriff’s deputies and Longmont, Frederick and Firestone officers aimed lethal and non-lethal weapons back at her.

“It was a high, tense situation,” Martinez said.

Other officers surrounded the area, keeping passers-by away from the range of gunfire. Traffic slowed on Colo. 119 as motorists stared at the scene. WCR 31/2 was closed for the duration of the incident.

The woman had been depressed and distraught as of late because of an illness, Martinez said. A woman who identified herself as Carlsten’s sister arrived at the scene and said Carlsten had called her repeatedly Monday, in the hours before officers swarmed her neighborhood.

“She’s been calling me all day,” the woman told officers. “She’s suicidal. Please tell me she’s not shot.”

About 40 minutes after police arrived at the scene — and after they had reported Carlsten fired two shots from her handgun — a shotgun blast reverberated in the neighborhood.

At 4:08 p.m., firefighters carried Carlsten on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to Longmont United Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m.

A hospital spokesman later confirmed that.

While Martinez said the woman was depressed, neighbor Liza Carter, 19, said her friend laughed and smiled all the time.

“She never seemed that depressed to me,” Carter said from her home across the street from Carlsten’s, as investigators continued to survey the scene.

Recalling a recent tea party the pair had with other neighbors, Carter said Carlsten seemed happy despite the issues she’d been through in recent months.

She said Carlsten’s husband recently died of lung cancer, adding that 21/2years ago Carlsten suffered a stroke that left her unable to work.

Carlsten spent time making Carter and other friends cookies, as she worked to regain her speech and mobility after her stroke.

“She was always forgetting some ingredient,” Carter recalled. “They were always mush on the plate.”

Carter added:

“She was a very frail woman. For all that she’s gone through, she seemed happy. And she’d gone through a lot.”

It is unknown where the shotgun blast struck the woman or if she fired directly at the officers, Martinez said. An investigative team will determine how and at where each shot was fired, she said.

Investigators closed Bluff Lodge Drive for hours after the incident, keeping residents from their homes for more than six hours.

As they did that, Carlsten’s son, Michael and Carter searched the neighborhood for Carlsten’s 13-year-old golden retriever. The dog, which is nearly blind, according to Carter, ran away during the stand-off.

A few hours after the shooting, officers stood by waiting for a search warrant so they could enter Carlsten’s home. Investigators said they would process the scene through the night.

The identity of the officer who shot Carlsten is being withheld, according to Longmont police department spokesman Cmdr. Craig Earhart.

“We want to respect the officer’s privacy,” he said, noting the decision to use deadly force is one no officer wants to make.

Police Chief Mike Butler said the officer who fired the sole shot will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

While the Weld County District Attorney’s Office will make a final determination about the shooting, Butler said preliminary evidence shows that the officer acted in self-defense.

“This kind of incident is devastating for the officers involved,” he said. “These are tragic circumstances that no one wants to have happen.”

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No bail set in murder arrest

By Brad Turner
The Daily Times-Call

BOULDER — A judge on Monday refused to set bond for a man arrested last week on suspicion of murdering an 86-year-old gas station attendant in Longmont in February 2003.

Ervey Ivan Delval, 21, will be formally charged with the first-degree murder of Charles Wilson on Thursday morning, Boulder County Judge Noel E. Blum ruled during a hearing at the jail Monday afternoon.

Police found Wilson shot dead in the attendant’s booth at Peerless Tyre, 1380 S. Main St., around 4:45 a.m. Feb. 13, 2003. Investigators said Wilson had been shot between 9 p.m. and midnight the night before.

Delval nodded and smiled at several supporters who attended Monday’s hearing but showed no emotion as Blum advised him of his rights.

Following the hearing, a woman who identified herself as a member of Delval’s family told a reporter she was outraged that Delval’s picture was being printed in the paper.

Reporters need to “give respect” to Delval and his family, the woman said.

However, she repeatedly refused to comment when asked to give Delval’s side of the story.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Delval last Wednesday and arrested him in Boulder on Friday. Blum sealed the warrant within hours of his arrest.

Longmont police Cmdr. Craig Earhart on Monday said police had information suggesting Delval went to Mexico, “and other places,” before returning to Longmont “within the last month.”

While Delval is the first person police have arrested in the Wilson case, he was not the first man they named as a suspect.

A few days after Wilson’s murder, police said they were eyeing David Rodriguez, who was pulled over in his Chevrolet Suburban at a Longmont convenience store around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 13, as a suspect. Delval was a passenger in the Suburban.

But in November 2003, police told the Daily Times-Call they were investigating the theory that Delval shot Wilson and Rodriguez drove the getaway car — a Chevrolet Silverado — to a relative’s house before driving away in a Suburban.

Police would not say Friday whether Rodriguez is still a suspect in the case. A grand jury investigating the case is still meeting.

Daniel Rott, Wilson’s pastor at Boulder Seventh-Day Adventist Church, said he learned of Delval’s arrest after he came home from church Saturday .

“The general response that I’ve heard through the church is relief,” he said. “For a long time, we’ve been waiting for someone to be apprehended. Hopefully it’s the right guy.”

Rott, who officiated Wilson’s memorial service, remembered him as “a wonderfully dear man.”

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Angela Wolfrum, 13, plays the flute during band practice at Heritage Middle School on Monday. This is the first year CU has held auditions for an all-state middle school honor band, said Allan McMurray, director of bands and chair of the conducting faculty at CU-Boulder. Times-Call/Hunter McRae

Note Worthy

By Paula Aven Gladych
The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — Seven St. Vrain Valley middle schoolers are taking their musical talents to the University of Colorado at Boulder in February.

The students auditioned for the CU Middle School Honor Band, which performs Feb. 26 at Macky Concert Hall on the CU campus. Out of 95 students who sent in audition tapes, 67 were chosen from middle schools across the state.

Michael Ulm, 13, an eighth-grade percussionist, auditioned because he thought it would be “interesting” to play with other middle school students from around the state.

“I also was interested to see CU because I’ve never been there before,” he said.

Each student who applied had to play the same music and scales on their audition tape.

For percussion, Michael said, the audition was “very complicated and it took a lot of practice to do. When I first saw it, I thought, ‘This is too complicated,’ but it was worth a shot.”

Michael and five classmates — Emma Bailey, Daniel Stechman, Karl Strope, Jessica Janney and Angela Wolfrum — received their acceptance letters around Christmas.

Garrett Lloyd from Longs Peak Middle School also made the cut as a percussionist.

“I thought it would be a great experience,” said Daniel, 14, who also plays percussion. “Although I didn’t think I would make it in, I thought I would try.”

Each student had to work out his or her own piece by themselves or with the help of their private music teachers, said Gary Lloyd, band director at Heritage Middle School.

“The difficulty of the music scared some (students) off,” said Lloyd.

All Heritage six eighth-graders who auditioned got in.

This is the first year CU has held auditions for an all-state middle school honor band, said Allan McMurray, director of bands and chair of the conducting faculty at CU-Boulder.

“We’re really excited about it. We’ve got our fingers crossed and are knocking on wood,” McMurray said. “The first time is always the biggest mystery. We hope we are doing it right.”

CU is hosting its High School Honor Band the same day. Both groups will attend rehearsals at the CU music school and will then perform together Feb. 26.

The middle school band is being directed by Angela Woo, co-founder and principal conductor of the Pacific Blue Music Camp in Southern California.

Students paid $10 to audition for the honor band. In return for their fee, they will receive their audition tapes back with comments and suggestions from professional musicians. The fee also helped pay to have Woo come to Colorado and lead the band, said McMurray.

“We hope this will be something that will excite those kids and give them the opportunity to ... supplement the experience they are getting in their own schools,” he said.

Emma, 14, a clarinet player at Heritage, said her “family was more excited that I was” about the honor band.

“It was scary. It was hard, but I did it with a lot of help from my private teacher, my parents and my older brother,” she said.

Jessica, 13, a flute player, had to redo her audition tape at the last minute because it got lost in the mail.

Although the students know Feb. 26 will be hectic, rehearsing new pieces and preparing to perform, “It will be fun, meeting people from all around the state,” Jessica said.

Paula Aven Gladych can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 211, or by e-mail at pavengladych@times-call.com.

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