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Ryan Handy

Fire/Flood/Drought Reporter

  • No perfect formula to determine how many homes were destroyed in Black Forest fire

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The nature of the Black Forest neighborhood - its isolation amid thick stands of old pine trees - made calculating the fire's losses difficult as county officials struggled to find destroyed homes in the woods. More than a year after the state's most destructive blaze, the number of...

  • Colorado Springs police: Mother may have helped convicted felon buy guns

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The Saturday arrest of a suspected shoplifter turned into the booking of a twice-convicted felon and his mother, who police say helped her 28-year-old son buy firearms illegally. Phinehas McNeal and his mother, Ann McNeal, 54, were booked into the El Paso County jail after police...

  • Man seriously injured after hit by car in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    A man remains in serious condition Sunday after he was struck by a car while crossing Marksheffel Road Saturday evening, Colorado Springs police said. The man, who police had not been able to identify as of Saturday, was crossing Marksheffel at the Dublin Boulevard intersection when...

  • Black Forest Fire recovery process has been long and diverse

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    There are 154 new homes in the Black Forest neighborhood, and nearly 18 months after the devastating fire more than half of the hundreds of houses destroyed are on track to being rebuilt. But home construction is a small part of how Black Forest residents measure recovery, a process...

  • Black Forest Fire announces finalists for new chief

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Four months after its fire chief resigned following a prolonged sick leave, the Black Forest Fire Department board has narrowed its search for a new chief to three finalists, including current acting Chief Jim Rebitski. The new chief, who will be announced Dec. 10, will replace...

  • Colorado Springs street crews on full call-out as snow falls; Monday commute slowed

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    UPDATE: Multiple wrecks have been reported Monday morning in the Colorado Springs area. Colorado State Patrol reported multiple crashes near mile marker 156 on Interstate 25 north of Colorado Springs. Click here for a map with live traffic updates. --- Sunday's blast of winter...

  • Black Forest fire started by humans, but how or by who still unknown, says new report

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The trail leading to the cause of the Black Forest fire has officially gone cold. After more than a year of investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that how the state's most destructive fire started remains a mystery. "We don't have any further leads,"...

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