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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.

Officer Matthew Fleming, left, and his fellow graduating officers listen to Mayor John Suthers speech during the 67th Colorado Springs Police Department commencement ceremony that took place at Village Seven Presbyterian Church on Friday January 12, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The class was the largest one thus far for the department. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Benjamin Rose. Photo courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department.
Former Sheriff Indicted
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, center, exits the courthouse after closing arguments in his trail Monday, July 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jurors began deliberating Monday. The former lawman is accused of trying to undermine the credibility of three deputies and threatening to terminate a $5.3 million contract with the jail's health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support then-Undersheriff Paula Presley's candidacy to succeed him. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
Daniel James Nations, 32, is being held on a $500 bond awaiting a Jan. 24 court appearance in Clear Creek County Court for missing a court appearance, a representative of the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office confirmed on Monday. (Courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
Desmond Alvis Martin.
Erik Mattyasovsky (Photo courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)