Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

Lance Benzel reports on outdoor recreation along with feature stories - occasionally dipping into hard news. Benzel is a former courts reporter at The Gazette.

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Colorado Springs woman accused in fatal crash had .22 blood-alcohol level


A Colorado Springs woman accused of killing a fellow motorist after speeding through a stop sign had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, Colorado State Patrol troopers testified Monday.


Former Colorado Springs teacher pleads guilty to coercing sex from 17-year-old

By: lance benzel

A former Colorado Springs high school teacher admitted in court Wednesday that he coerced sex from a 17-year-old student.

Christopher Brett Markham, 31, pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child by one in...

Mother who allegedly failed to intervene in fatal abuse of 2-year-old sentenced to prison

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Two months shy of his third birthday, Luis Daniel Juarez Molina died covered in bruises, scratches and bite marks.

"He was the most marvelous thing, the most loved thing," his grandmother, Blanca Martinez,...

Experts: Give skis and snowboards a good once-over before hitting slopes

By: lance benzel

You can drive a car without regular oil changes, but eventually the engine seizes up.

Same goes for the skis and snowboards that propel you down the mountain, except the consequences of ignoring basic...

Colorado Trail hike inspires Colorado Springs family to author book

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Forget wet boots, annoying blisters and muscle fatigue. For Sandi and Tom Yukman of Colorado Springs, a nearly 500-mile journey on the awe-inspiring, physically demanding Colorado Trail pounded home a more humbling...

Colorado Springs police officer accused of assault waives hearing


A Colorado Springs police sergeant arrested on suspicion of punching, kicking and choking a handcuffed man waived a reading of his rights in court on Wednesday.

Sgt. Steven Biscaro, who is free on bond, was...

Colorado Springs judge denies accused mugger lookout's bond request


A judge on Wednesday rejected an appeal to lower bond for a man accused of acting as a "lookout" during a trio of armed holdups in north-central Colorado Springs, including one where a woman was shot in the...

Former deputy's murder trial scheduled for June


A former El Paso County sheriff's deputy learned his trial date Thursday after pleading not guilty in the shooting death of his wife.

Nikolas Anthony Gianes, 32, will face a jury June 13 on second-degree...