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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.

Mel Bernstein, AKA Dragon Man, poses with a modern machine gun among machine guns from World War I and newer Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Dragon Land east of Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Mel Bernstein, AKA Dragon Man, poses with a modern machine gun among machine guns from World War I and newer Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Dragon Land east of Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Clothes and shoes remain in a pile on the ground where Mel Tolbert was hit by a vehicle driven by Trevor Dierdorff on March 28 on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. Tolbert died April 2, and all charges against Dierdorff were dismissed. (Kaitlin Durbin, The Gazette)
A hiker walks through the frosty trees line at the head of the trail of Blodgett Peak Open Space on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette