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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.

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Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa walks out of the courtroom hand in hand with his wife, Vicki Maketa, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Maketa was back in court for a motions hearing. (Photo Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Law Judge And Justice Symbol, gavel
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Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa walks out of the courthouse with his wife, Vicki Maketa, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Maketa was back in court for a motions hearing. (Photo Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
A rendering of the upper lobby view of the new Pikes Peak Summit House. Photo courtesy RTA Architects and GWWO Inc./Architects