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.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder, right, gives Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey a tour of the remodeled kitchen Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs. The country remodeled the kitchen after May's heavy rainfall damaged the roof and ceiling. The $1.529 million project included a new roof, ceiling, and floor with trench drains. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa ducks under a microphone cord as he avoids reporter's questions on his way to speak to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Centennial Hall. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Staff Sgt. Cory Griffin (Photo courtesy:
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