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COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – A former town marshal in Green Mountain Falls faces charges of illegally selling guns from an evidence room and falsifying police reports.Joshua David Patsch, 24, was arrested Friday on suspicion of selling nine handguns, shotguns and rifles from the town’s evidence room and keeping the money.Patsch was first arrested June 30 on charges of perjury, attempting to influence a public servant and official misconduct. Investigators said he had falsified police reports to arrest a friend’s daughter outside his jurisdiction.Patsch was fired in August. He was arrested in the firearms case when he arrived in court for a hearing in the previous case. He was freed on $2,000 bond.Green Mountain Falls, a town of about 900, is 10 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base will send 220 soldiers and airmen to duty in the Middle East over the next few weeks.Fort Carson’s 10th Combat Support Hospital will send 200 soldiers to Iraq. The unit, which will deploy in stages through November, can run an 84-bed hospital capable of surgery and intensive care.On Sunday, 20 airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing, a reserve unit, will leave for Qatar. The wing has 200 airmen in the Middle East and Europe, managing airports and piloting C-130 transport planes carrying supplies and troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.The Army’s 3,600-soldier 3rd Brigade is scheduled to deploy from Fort Carson this fall, but the military has not said when or where it will go.Fort Carson now has more than 6,000 soldiers in Iraq, including the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 43rd Area Support Group.

DENVER (AP) – As drums and chants echoed in the background, demonstrators briefly staged a mock death scene in the street Saturday before a Columbus Day Parade passed by.About 15 people laid down in an intersection before the parade was in view. Other protesters covered them with blankets and carried them away just before police moved in to make arrests.Police were out in force for the Denver parade, which has a troubled history of arrests and confrontations between supporters and detractors of Christopher Columbus.Protesters have called him a slave trader who touched off centuries of genocide and oppression against native people. Parade supporters say he was a brave explorer who opened a new world. Colorado is credited with being the first to make Columbus Day a state holiday.Police said there was no violence and no one was arrested Saturday.Police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez declined to say how many police were along the parade route but said the number was “adequate.” At least 150 officers were visible at the intersection where the demonstration took place, including Chief Gerry Whitman.Some protesters spilled red liquid to signify blood. Others held banners reading “Genocide,” “Columbush” and “1492.”University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill, who caused a nationwide uproar when he likened some Sept. 11 victims to Nazis, was standing along the parade route. He said earlier in the week he wouldn’t participate in the protest as he has in the past because he didn’t want to be a distraction.Churchill declined comment Saturday. He was accompanied by a man wearing a jacket identifying him as an American Indian Movement security guard, who turned away reporters.