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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Small eastern Colorado town banking on the birds

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    KARVAL - Filled with tumbleweeds, cow patties and dust, the fields surrounding this century-old homesteaders' outpost harbor an unlikely secret. They're where a rare bird goes to get busy. Every April, a migration of mountain plover on the prowl turns tiny Karval - population 30 -...

  • Spring season key for Colorado ski areas' bottom lines

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    As spring breakers make their annual trek to Colorado's ski areas, hungry for adventure on white-capped peaks, the operators of regional favorite Monarch Mountain will be setting their sights on more earthbound concerns. They're watching the bottom line. "Here at Monarch, it is a...

  • 29-year-old convicted of murder in Fort Carson soldier's death

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    An El Paso County jury convicted a man of first-degree murder Friday in the Aug. 18 shooting death of a Fort Carson soldier. Larry E. Spencer Jr., 29, was sentenced to life in prison without parole immediately following the jury's verdict. The panel found that Spencer fatally shot...

  • Several popular Colorado Springs-area trails at risk of being closed, rerouted

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A 4-mile stretch of Bear Creek Basin, a shallow mountain brook west of Colorado Springs, is the last known habitat of Colorado's native greenback cutthroat trout. Protecting it would mean deep sacrifices for hikers, cyclists and dirt bikers under a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close...

  • Trail on Pikes Peak still closed despite not being home to native trout

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    In 1999, U.S. Forest Service officials closed the Severy Creek Trail on Pikes Peak to protect what they called the only pure greenback cutthroat trout in existence. Sound familiar? Here's what happened next: New testing in 2006 found that rather than being the last of their kind,...

  • Appeals court overturns perjury conviction against Nozolino

    Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    The Colorado Court of Appeals this month overturned a jury's 2012 perjury conviction against revenge-shooter Bruce J. Nozolino. The reversal, announced Thursday, does not affect Nozolino's murder conviction, for which he was sentenced to life without parole plus 288 years. It does,...

  • Nozolino guilty on all counts, sentenced to life without chance of parole

    Updated: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    With a placid expression reflecting little outward emotion, Bruce J. Nozolino on Friday was convicted of all 31 counts against him, including first-degree murder, in a decade-spanning series of sniper attacks that jurors linked to a bitter divorce. Presiding Judge Victor I. Reyes...

  • Deliberations in Colorado Springs sniper-shooting case to enter fourth day on Friday

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Jurors at the revenge-shooting trial of Bruce J. Nozolino completed their third day of deliberations Thursday without reaching a verdict. The six-man, six-woman panel is expected to return Friday morning to resume deliberating. Nozolino, 52, is charged in a 2008 murder and three...

  • Nozolino trial: Jury to resume deliberations Thursday in Colorado Springs sniper-shootings case

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    Jurors deliberating the fate of sniper-suspect Bruce J. Nozolino were released Wednesday evening after their second day of deliberations. The six-woman, six-man panel is expected to resume deliberations on Thursday morning. The jury began deliberating about 10 a.m. Tuesday....

  • Jury now weighing murder, other charges against Nozolino

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    After roughly two months of trial, the revenge-shooting case against Bruce J. Nozolino is in the hands of a jury. The case went to the panel of six men and six women about 10 a.m. Tuesday, after a fiery rebuttal in which lead prosecutor Donna Billek urged the jury to declare "Game...

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