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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.

Left to right: Diego "Casper" Chacon, Joseph "Chino" Rodriguez and Marco "Diablo" Garcia-Bravo
Top row from left to right: Gustavo Marquez, 19; Diego Chacon, 18; Joseph Arthur Rodriquez, 18; Marco Antonio Garcia-Bravo, 20; Alexandra Marie Romero, 21. Bottom row from left to right: Endo Velarde, 17; Carlos Meza, 28; Breeana Dahlbert, 20; Angelita Prado, 21; Alander Wilson, 43. (By KKTV)
Juan "John" San Agustin, a former Sheriff's Office commander (Photo courtesy: El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
children hit
Multiple children were taken to the hospital after they were struck at the corner of Pikes Peak Ave. and Chelton Rd. on Thursday, January 12, 2017. CSPD officers investigate the scene. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
Michael Fay
James Woo.