🌱 More Omicron Cases Confirmed + Man Sentenced For Shooting Teen

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Morning, neighbors! It's me again, Amber Fisher, your host of the Denver Daily. I'm bringing you news about new local cases of the omicron variant, a prison sentence for a deadly shooting, a small march for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos and an update on Teddy Bridgewater's Sunday injury.

First, today's weather:

Yet another mostly sunny and mild day. High: 60 Low: 36.

Here are the top stories in Denver today:

  1. Two cases of the omicron variant have been confirmed in Denver. A man who was boosted tested positive for the variant, and a woman who was fully vaccinated but not boosted also tested positive, public health officials said. Both reported mild symptoms, and no known close contacts tested positive. (CBS Denver)

  2. A Denver man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for shooting an unarmed teenager to death at an Aurora mall in 2019. Nathan Poindexter, Jr.,was only 17 years old when he was killed. The two had an ongoing dispute, and the teen was shot in front of two family members, Poindexter's family said. (9News.com KUSA)

  3. VIDEO: There was a small turnout of people who showed up for a march outside the State Capitol on Monday to show their support for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the semi driver who caused a deadly crash on I-70 in 2019. The marchers are calling for a reduction in his 110-year sentence. (CBS Denver)

  4. Broncos' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was released from the hospital and he's "doing well," team officials said. He was hospitalized after a crushing tackle on Sunday that drove him shoulder-first into the turf. (CBS Denver)

  5. Happy winter solstice! The celestial holiday celebrated through the ages as the beginning of light arrives in Colorado today at 8:59 a.m. Here's a bonus: The Ursid meteor shower is likely to peak tomorrow morning. (Denver Patch)

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Today in metro Denver:

  • Real Estate Investment Hour in Denver (12 p.m.)

  • Winter Solstice - Denver Online High School (All Day)

  • Buffalo Rose Tuesday Team Trivia in Golden (6:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Monday's 6:30 p.m. performance of Disney’s The Lion King was canceled, and now Tuesday performances have also been canceled. Although negative PCR testing allowed the company to move safely forward Monday with the matinée performance, breakthrough COVID-19 cases were then detected. (Facebook)

  • Denver police are looking for David Harris, who's wanted for child abuse resulting in serious injury, the Denver Police Department said. Anyone with information is asked to call 720-913-7867. (Facebook)

  • New trash and recycling routes begin Jan. 3 for many City and County of Denver trash and recycling customers. The new routes aim to make operations more efficient and trash collection services more reliable and consistent, city officials said. (Facebook)

  • Lost pup: A Belgian Malinois was last seen near Hampden and Federal. She’s "very elusive and a runner," owners said. Answers to Khalessi. If seen or found, call 303-718-1505. (Nextdoor)

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Amber Fisher

About me: I'm a Patch editor covering news in Denver's metro area and Boulder. I've spent the past nine years working for various news outlets across North America, including Chicago Patch, Global News and WBEZ. I've covered high-profile court cases, civil rights abuses, mass shootings, natural disasters and major crimes — but also countless happy news stories about kindness, innovation and resilience. When I'm not writing articles, I can be found hiking, snowboarding, debating politics with my husband and attempting to be a sci-fi and astronomy geek.

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

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