Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.
  • Deputy cleared in shooting at Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    An El Paso County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a man this month inside a Hobby Lobby store in west Colorado Springs, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said Friday. Sgt. Shane Mitchell's use of force was "reasonable, appropriate and justified" during the May 8...

  • Head of building department could become El Paso County administrator

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The head of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department could take over as interim El Paso County administrator when the post becomes vacant in June. Henry Yankowski, the regional building department's chief executive, has been tabbed to possibly fill the void left by Jeff Greene, who...

  • Plan announced to streamline pediatric services at Memorial Hospital in wake of investigation

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Children's Hospital Colorado employees will stay at Memorial Hospital Central, but most other signs of the Aurora-based hospital system will disappear after a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal regulators. Memorial Hospital will take full control of its pediatric unit...

  • Victim gesture eases Colorado Springs woman's pain at sentencing in crash that killed 5-year-old

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Raphael Hameed wheeled up to the woman who killed his 5-year-old son and placed his hand on her back. The simple gesture of comfort as Xyrjah Goldston wept inside a Colorado Springs courtroom on Tuesday epitomized "one of the most unusual cases" ever before 4th Judicial District...

  • Children's Hospital pauses plans for new hospital in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Children's Hospital Colorado's vague plans for a new hospital on 80 partially developed acres in north Colorado Springs are "sort of paused" and could change over the summer, the hospital system's president and chief executive said Tuesday. "We continue to evaluate that," said Jena...

  • UPDATE: Road near Rainbow Falls remains closed after rockslide along with others in Manitou Springs

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A rockfall specialist for the Colorado Department of Transportation is expected to evaluate a U.S. 24 off-ramp on Tuesday after a rockslide forced officials to close the road near Rainbow Falls. The eastbound off-ramp at milemarker 297 leading into Manitou Springs remained closed...

  • Colorado Springs Trader Joe's shoppers come to the rescue after man robs woman, police say

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A man accused of snatching a purse from a woman inside Trader Joe's was arrested Sunday evening, shortly after a group of shoppers ran after him in the grocery store's parking lot. Shortly after 5 p.m., the shoppers chased the man out of the store, 5342 N. Nevada Ave., and into the...

  • Colorado Springs blood center in need of donors

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A nonprofit that supplies blood to more than 100 hospitals across Colorado is seeking donations due to a blood shortage. Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply...

  • One dog, three cats die in Colorado Springs house fire

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A dog and three cats died Tuesday afternoon when a fire tore through a northeast Colorado Springs house. Colorado Springs firefighters pulled up around noon to find flames shooting out of a back wall of the house at 2925 Haystack Drive, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a Colorado Springs Fire...

  • LIVE UPDATES: Flash flood watch expires; Red Rock Canyon Open Space closed

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A flash flood watch for El Paso and Teller counties was lifted at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The region had been under a flash flood warning earlier in the day, but as rain subsided, all warnings were lifted except a flood warning for Fountain Creek that could last until Wednesday...

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