Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Red Cross Hometown Heroes: Colorado Springs nurse honored for aid to Nebraska crash victim

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Eileen Sasse never flinched while pressing her fingers into the bloody, sliced face of a young boy on the brink of shock from a horrific highway crash. She simply spoke slow and sweet for a half-hour, maybe 45 minutes. "To me, it seemed like an eternity," Sasse said. Waiting for...

  • Colorado Springs files motion to dismiss PERA lawsuit

    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A lawsuit alleging that Memorial Hospital employees were forced from a lucrative pension program failed to prove Colorado Springs officials did anything wrong, city attorneys argued in a motion filed this week. The motion - which sought to dismiss the lawsuit - marked the city's first...

  • Hit-and-run sends skateboarder to a Colorado Springs hospital; vehicle description released

    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A 19-year-old skateboarder was hospitalized early Tuesday after a hit-and-run crash northwest of The Citadel mall. The teen, whose name was not released, was hit around 1:30 a.m. by a vehicle going west on Galley Road just west of Chelton Road, according to Colorado Springs police....

  • School bus hit by car near Colorado Springs school

    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A car slammed into the back of a school bus Tuesday morning near Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. No one appeared to be injured from the crash, which happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Galley Road near Potter Drive, said Colorado Springs police Lt. Jane Anderson. A...

  • Warm temperatures melt snow, muddy trails around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Standing on squishy dirt, Kris Truesdell's cream-colored cockapoo escaped her walk at Palmer Park with only muddy paws resembling sneakers - until she lay down in the parking lot. "Oh, no. She's ready for a grooming," Truesdell said. After weeks of low temperatures and snow, people...

  • Colorado Springs human trafficking unit investigating alleged escort case

    Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Colorado Springs police were called Monday evening to help a woman who said she was scared for her life after driving to Colorado Springs to work as an escort. The Colorado Springs Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit is investigating the case after officers received a call at...

  • 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...

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