Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Advocates of convicted Colorado Springs killer stunned by his arrest

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Advocates for a teen killer whose life sentence was commuted two decades after he gunned down his mother expressed shock and despair Thursday amid new allegations that he seriously injured a motorist while fleeing a crash. "Chuck had really done a really good job of turning his life...

  • Hundreds turn out to voice concerns about possible Colorado Springs Senior Center deal

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Concerns about class changes at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, staff job security and the fast-approaching deal to find a new facility operator highlighted a meeting on the center's future Wednesday. Nearly 275 people, mostly seniors, braved snowy roads to learn more about...

  • Giving stray cat a home turned into 'scary' experience for Colorado Springs family

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A 6-month-old kitten that recently was diagnosed with rabies had been checked by a veterinarian and received rabies shots a couple of weeks before showing symptoms of the deadly virus, its owner said Tuesday. But the checkup came too late. The kitten, named Jello, was a stray found...

  • Affidavit: Fort Carson soldier siphoned refund money from inflated tax returns

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of pilfering thousands of dollars through inflated tax refunds appeared to carry out the scheme through an off-post side business, according to an arrest affidavit. Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for...

  • Man pleads guilty to kidnapping teen in Colorado Springs park

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping for helping someone kidnap a teen from a Colorado Springs park to get information about some stolen items, said a 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee...

  • 20 people to undergo shots after stray kitten tests positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Twenty people must undergo a series of preventative shots after a kitten tested positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs. It's the first confirmed case of rabies in a domesticated cat in El Paso County since 1966, according to county public health officials. A family...

  • Investigation turns up bullet holes in fence rather than car

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Further investigation into a report of a car being shot five times in a Colorado Springs hotel parking lot turned up no such car, Colorado Springs police said Monday night. Although a caller on Monday afternoon reported bullet holes riddling a car in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn...

  • Colorado Springs police: Man suspected of breaking up possible drug deal with rifle

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A man was arrested Sunday evening after police suspect he fired a rifle while breaking up a possible drug deal outside his house. Damien Heitzer, 33, was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of felony menacing, according to Colorado Springs police. Shortly after 8 p.m.,...

  • Colorado Springs medical team braves snowstorm to help Alamosa newborns

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Sleeping soundly on Friday morning, Kolton neared the moment when doctors could remove a tube that had helped him breathe for five days. Call it a moment of calm after the storm of his nearly week-old life. On Sunday, Kolton, who suffers from a respiratory disorder, was one of two...

  • Kaiser Permanente joins list of insurers for some care at UCCS' Lane Center

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A new insurance company has agreed to cover care offered at the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, but only for a portion of its HealthCircle. Kaiser Permanente clients ages 18 and older will be covered for visits to the center's Primary Care Clinic, the company and the...