Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

Haley Leslie-Bole, a field instructor with Rocky Mountain Field Institute, works on the new Mount Buckhorn connector trail between Trail 667 (Upper Captain Jack's) and Bear Creek Trail Thursday, July 22, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear, right, talks during a court appearance in Colorado Springs. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Signs with the Colorado Springs logo were posted at Strawberry Hill open space earlier this year.
Attorneys for disgraced ex-sheriff Terry Maketa have lost their bid to get charges against him thrown out. Gazette file photo.