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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Civil case underway against Colorado Springs liquor store owner who shot shoplifter

    Updated: Wed, Jan 8, 2014

    The price for shoplifting vodka from one Colorado Springs liquor store: A .357 slug to the face, fired at point-blank range. That's the claim at the heart of a lawsuit playing out before an El Paso County jury, which must decide whether the vodka thief, Bryson Dewberry, deserves to...

  • Former Fort Carson soldier sentenced to 32 years in baby death

    Published: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    An ex-Fort Carson soldier was sentenced to 32 years in prison Tuesday in the beating death of his 10-month-old stepson. Zachary Ryan Doggett, 21, agreed to serve the penalty as a condition of his guilty plea in October to child abuse resulting in the death of the baby. Colorado...

  • Former Colorado Springs auto shop owner sentenced for bilking customers

    Updated: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    The owner of a defunct Colorado Springs auto garage was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last year to bilking customers. Greg Ehnes, owner of the shuttered Springs Transmission and Automotive, must serve 90 days in jail and 10 years on intensive probation, 4th Judicial District...

  • Colorado Springs high school coach charged in sex crimes

    Updated: Tue, Dec 31, 2013

    A former Liberty High School football coach faces the potential of mandatory prison time after authorities say he coaxed a 15-year-old female student into an intimate relationship and encouraged her to keep it a secret from her parents. Among the four child sex charges filed against...

  • AdAmAn addition admires New Year's Eve tradition on Pikes Peak

    Updated: Tue, Dec 31, 2013

    Hiking a frozen Pikes Peak courts primal dangers - subzero winds, volatile weather, and brutal terrain made worse by snow and ice. But for mountaineers in Colorado Springs' AdAmAn Club, which has bagged the peak nearly every New Year's Eve since 1922, the lure is no less elemental....

  • Stepdad who shot teen girl is decorated Fort Carson officer

    Updated: Thu, Dec 26, 2013

    A man who told police he shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after mistaking her for a burglar is a 29-year-old Fort Carson officer with multiple deployments behind him and a Bronze Star for service. Sources on Wednesday confirmed that 2nd Lt. Daniel R. Meade is at the...

  • Hoopla digital adds high-tech options for Pikes Peak Library District

    Updated: Wed, Dec 25, 2013

    You've heard of Netflix. You know Hulu. Now lovers of film and television in the Pikes Peak region have a free alternative for their online streaming habit. It's called hoopla digital - and anyone with a library card and high-speed Internet may want to get acquainted. The service...

  • Judge: No immunity for city in Smokebrush suit

    Published: Tue, Dec 24, 2013

    Governmental immunity will not shield the city of Colorado Springs from a pending lawsuit alleging that workers at a downtown arts organization were sickened by a poorly contained environmental hazard, a judge has ruled. The decision by 4th Judicial District Judge Timothy J. Schutz on...

  • Trial in murder and burning of body delayed again

    Updated: Sat, Dec 21, 2013

    Prosecutors on Friday decried yet another delay in the case of a 23-year-old man whose bizarre courtroom antics have kept him from being tried in a grisly murder. "This case just keeps going on and on," lead prosecutor Margaret Vellar complained before a judge granted a defense...

  • Appeals court: Judge right to order return of medical pot to Colorado Springs cancer patient

    Updated: Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a 4th Judicial District judge was correct to order Colorado Springs police to return more than 60 pounds of pot to a man who was acquitted at trial of drug charges. Attorneys for Robert Crouse say the victory adds teeth to a pending...

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