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Beer, firefighters and golf combine at 2nd annual Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters' Golf Tournament

0 - Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Sunny skies, golf, and beer are about to come together Saturday for a good cause: the 2nd annual Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters’ Golf Tournament at Pine Creek Golf Course.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Colorado...

Mobile sheriff: El Paso County Sheriff's Office launches app
By: Kassondra Cloos 0 Wed, Jul 22, 2015

One simple download and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will deliver info right to your pocket.

Or your purse, or backpack. Wherever...

Not the best stick-up plan (allegedly)
0 Wed, May 6, 2015

When a man held up a Fountain Pizza Hut last week, an employee punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground and making him lose control of the...

Computer shooter gives CSPD, The Gazette a much-needed laugh
0 Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Let's be real.

Who hasn't daydreamed about shooting their desktop a couple times or casually tossing their laptop out a window?

I once...

Blog: The dangers of texting and walking
0 Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Ever text while crossing the street?  You’re not the only one.

In January, the Pew Research reported that more than half of all cell...

Blog: CBI uses social media to spread the word about scams
0 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Want to stay up date on the latest fraud and identity theft scams?

It’s as easy as hitting the ‘like’ button, according to the Colorado Bureau...

Blog: Female troopers come together for conference
0 Tue, Sep 30, 2014

This month, state troopers took to social media to showcase the the Colorado State Patrol's Women’s Resource Network 2014 conference, which was held...

Colorado Springs police CAPS Volunteer Program recognized with international award
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Colorado Springs police's Community Advancing Public Safety (CAPS) Volunteer program will be presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement in...

#heardonthescanner – July 31
0 Fri, Aug 1, 2014

Bits and pieces of some odd calls for service were #heardonthescanner in June and July.  

Here’s a roundup:

Officer was pulling...

Sheriff has more to say about “mystery account”
0 Thu, Jul 31, 2014

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has more to  say about several allegations made about a  sheriff’s  account that reportedly went...

Cops take “Tweeters” on a virtual ride-along
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Ever been on a police ride-along? How about a virtual one? On Friday night, Colorado Springs police gave people in Twitterverse an opportunity to see...

Colorado Springs police helps Teens with Promise get ready for school
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

The Colorado Springs police will collaborate with Teens with Promise, a local non-profit dedicated to providing disadvantaged teens with the supplies...

Colorado Springs police cruisers get new look
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Tue, Jun 3, 2014

With the goal of helping the public readily identify patrol cruisers and create a highly visible profile in the community, Colorado Springs police cars...

Did you get pulled over by a trooper this weekend?
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Apr 28, 2014

If you did, you’re not the only one. Troopers in Colorado Springs reported that  17 DUI/DUID drivers were arrested and more than 400 traffic...

Got leftover prescription drugs? Get rid of them this Saturday
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Apr 25, 2014

If unused or expired prescription meds are cluttering up your medicine cabinet, local enforcement agencies around the country and here in Colorado...

LeadsOnline helps officers, victims recover stolen items
By: Lisa Walton 0 Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Since March, at least 15 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in two separate burglary rings in Colorado Springs and El Paso County....

Colorado Springs fire donates protective gear to Isla Mujeres firefighters
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Ten years ago, a Colorado Springs Fire Department employee and his wife went to Isla Mujeres, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, on...

Colorado schools on high alert this week
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Feb 14, 2014

Unfounded threats and suspicious incidents prompted schools officials to heighten security at schools across the state from Pueblo to Woodland Park to...

State patrol will address trooper-involved wrecks
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Feb 12, 2014

Careless or impaired drivers have caused wrecks throughout the state that resulted in serious injuries to Colorado State Patrol troopers, and the agency...

Weekend Crime Recap - Jan. 20
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Jan 20, 2014

Today’s crime news :A  car believed to be involved in a hit-and-run Saturday night in Fountain was recovered and a person of interest was...

Crime Roundup - Jan. 17
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Jan 17, 2014

This week in crime: Tuesday, Jan. 14A Colorado Springs man was arrested  after a DNA analysis connected him to a rape that happened in June, police...

Colorado Springs police want drivers to obey handicap parking laws
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Colorado Springs police issued 1,749 tickets to drivers who parked illegally in handicap spaces in 2013, according to police records. This year, they...

Crime Roundup - Jan. 13
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Jan 13, 2014

Today’s crime news:One man suffered minor injuries during a domestic disturbance at an apartment on the east side of the city where a  gun was...

Crime Roundup - Jan. 10
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Today’s crime news: A man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly attempted to rob a bowling alley and then called to tell on himself hours...

Weekend Crime Recap
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Friday, Dec. 27A man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping two people in Colorado Springs  earlier in December was arrested late Friday in Teller County....

New director of parole appointed at Colorado Department of Corrections
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Mon, Dec 30, 2013

The Colorado Department of Corrections announced Monday the appointment of a new director of parole by executive director Rick Raemisch. Walt...

Crime Roundup - Dec. 23
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Dec 23, 2013

Today’s  crime recap: A 14-year-old girl mistaken for a burglar was fatally shot by her stepfather Monday at their home in northeast Colorado...

Crime Roundup - Dec. 13
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Friday crime recap: Police said an officer was the victim of a hit-and-run  while directing traffic at the scene of a head-on collision. Read more here....

Crime Roundup - Dec. 9
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Dec 9, 2013

Monday crime recap:Police are on the lookout for two men who held up a video game store on Sunday night. Update:  The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday...

Crime Roundup - Dec. 6
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Friday Prosecutors are pursuing witness intimidation charges against a man accused of telling the mother of a Colorado Springs slaying victim:...

Crime Roundup - Dec. 2
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Dec 2, 2013

Today’s  crime recap:Colorado Springs police arrested a teenage girl who they suspect was high on LSD when she broke into a home early Monday....

Crime Roundup - Nov. 29
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Nov 29, 2013

Friday crime news: Colorado Springs police caught a man trying to break into the safe of Laser Quest early Friday morning.  Read more here. Recap: The...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 20
By: Lisa Walton 0 Wed, Nov 20, 2013

Wednesday Nigh Crime Recap Police are looking for three men who robbed a  Denny’s restaurant at gunpoint in east Colorado Springs early Wednesday...

Colorado Springs man convicted for poaching
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Tue, Nov 19, 2013

A small tip about  something slightly out of the ordinary turned out to be a much bigger deal, leading Parks and Wildlife officials to catch a Colorado...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 18
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Around the city: A Colorado Springs mother was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for her role in shootings that targeted players in a child...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 15
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Nov 15, 2013

Friday Crime Recap A Fort Carson officer linked by DNA to a string of sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother  at...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 14
By: Lisa Walton 0 Thu, Nov 14, 2013

Thursday Night Crime Recap: A search for a wanted man on probation Wednesday lead to the discovery of a dead body and a suspected meth lab in a house...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 11
By: Lisa Walton 0 Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Monday Night Crime Recap An off-duty Colorado Springs police officer who was involved in a crash on Sunday was arrested Monday on suspicion of tampering...

Crime Roundup - Nov. 8
By: Lisa Walton 0 Fri, Nov 8, 2013

In case you missed it: Police are investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy who died in an apartment fire Friday morning.  Read more here. Police have...

Colorado Springs Fire veteran laid to rest in Castle Rock
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Thu, Oct 24, 2013

  Cary Sloan, 52, a 29-year-veteran driver engineer with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, will be laid to rest Saturday after a long battle with...

Colorado Springs police K-9's get recognition
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Oct 23, 2013

Human police officers seem to get all the attention, but sometimes it’s the four-legged officers who deserve the spotlight. After considerable...

National Teen Driver Safety Week sheds light on rise in teen driver fatalities
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Teenage drivers face a particular set of challenges behind the wheel, mostly because of their lack of experience. According to the Colorado Department...

Search continues for Kara Nichols one year after disappearance
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Oct 9, 2013

Kara Nichols, 20, disappeared exactly one year ago, last seen in her home in east Colorado Springs. Her family and friends, as well as  the El Paso...

Police ask public for help in locating missing 14-year-old Woodland Park girl
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Fri, Sep 6, 2013

Police are asking the public for help in finding a 14-year-old Woodland Park girl who has been missing since Wednesday night. Alexandra “Ali” Point left...

Crime committed against Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Sep 5, 2013

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers now has first-hand experience in what it’s like to be the victim of a crime. During the Colorado Balloon Classic,...

Tweet this: Colorado Springs police officer has been called a twit
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Social media has led to the creation of a bunch of new words, from hashtag and cloud computing to tweeting and tweetups. Not everybody knows the new...

Newest member of Colorado Bureau of Investigation has nose up on arsonists
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

The newest member of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is going to take a bite out of crime. Her name is Pippa. The Goldador – a Labrador Retriever...

Colorado Springs on the lookout for embezzlement suspect
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

A man Colorado Springs police say is suspected of embezzling a large sum of money is on the run, and they have asked for the public’s help to...

Mayor Steve Bach swears in four newly promoted Colorado Springs police officers
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Mayor Steve Bach swore in four newly promoted Colorado Springs police officers to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and commander Wednesday, according...

Wife of man killed by Colorado Springs police files $950,000 claim against city
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Aug 27, 2013

The common-law wife of a man killed by two Colorado Springs police officers in a hail of gunfire last year has filed a $950,000 claim against the city....

Pistol-packing motorcyclist who fought knife-wielding robber is Fort Carson soldier
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Fri, Aug 23, 2013

When a knife-wielding robber demanded his money and cell phone, Deryns Giraldo-Villacis, a Fort Carson soldier, simply refused. Not only did he refuse,...

Top 10 speed trap ranking for Colorado Springs based on reports from public
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Aug 21, 2013

An organization that ranked Colorado Springs among the top 10 cities with the most speed traps said the report isn’t based on a scientific study but...

Police: Man may be headed to Colorado Springs to kill estranged wife, children
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Police across Colorado received a warning Tuesday about a 31-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill his estranged wife and children, who live in...

Suspect bitten by police dog, zapped by Taser at the same time
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Aug 20, 2013

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s K-9 Unit shared the following story Tuesday night on Facebook: On 08/18/2013, at approximately 1922...

Maketa: Hickenlooper example of failed leadership
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Aug 20, 2013

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa shared a Denver Post story on his Facebook page Tuesday about two more counties in northern Colorado placing a...

"Speak Now" encourages comfortable, honest talks with teens about dangers of alcohol
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Mon, Aug 19, 2013

One in four Colorado high school students reported binge drinking, equating to five or more drinks at a time, according to the most recent data...

Report: Colorado Springs among top 10 cities with the most speed traps
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, Aug 19, 2013

A story on ABC News Monday evening claims Colorado Springs is among the cities with the most speed traps. The story cites the National Motorist...

List of businesses blacklisted by Fort Carson
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, Aug 19, 2013

A nightclub in downtown Colorado Springs that was the scene of a shooting early Sunday that left a Fort Carson soldier dead is the latest business to be...

Public invited to Saturday event for college student whose death remains unsolved
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Aug 14, 2013

Family and friends of a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student killed in May will mark her 21st birthday Saturday with a balloon release at...

El Paso-Teller County Enhanced 9-1-1 Authority launches new 'reverse 911' system
By: Andrea Sinclair 0 Wed, Aug 14, 2013

The El Paso-Teller County Enhanced 9-1-1 Authority has launched a new Emergency Notification System, commonly referred to as reverse 911, that allows...

Interim fire chief isn't the first Colorado Springs official to head to Redmond, Wash.
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Aug 6, 2013

When Tommy Smith leaves Colorado Springs to become fire chief in Redmond, Wash., at least he’ll be around one familiar face at work. The police...

'Heavily intoxicated' man found behind strip club in only his underwear
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Fri, Jul 19, 2013

A “heavily intoxicated” man was found in his underwear last night behind Deja Vu, a strip joint south of Colorado Springs. “I guess...

Men sought for questioning in Oklahoma murder may be in Colorado Springs
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Two men who may have information about the June 12 shooting death of a 77-year-old man in Oklahoma may be in Colorado Springs, authorities said....

Colorado Springs has third highest number of DUI arrests over July 4th enforcement period
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Law enforcement agencies across Colorado arrested about 535 motorists for driving drunk over the long Fourth of July weekend. Police arrested 32 people...

Image in flash flood video sparks speculation of person in the water
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Jul 11, 2013

A Gazette video of a flash flood on U.S. 24 has sparked speculation that a body is in the water in one brief part of the nearly 6-minute video. Numerous...

Imposters posing as county employees target residents in the Black Forest fire area
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Jul 3, 2013

El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman is warning residents in the Black Forest fire area that imposters posing as county employees are going after them...

Police plan increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints over Fourth of July weekend
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Jul 2, 2013

Drinking and driving is always a risk, not only to yourself but to the innocent people on the road. The risk will be even greater over the long Fourth...

Dozens of weapons recovered after home invasion, high-speed pursuit in Pueblo
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Jun 25, 2013

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office took two men into custody and recovered more than 60 weapons that were stolen during a home invasion Tuesday morning...

Television ignites rapid response from law enforcement in Black Forest Fire area
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Jun 18, 2013

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies are investigating six burglary cases so far in the areas affected by the Black Forest Fire. “You heard the district...

Memorable moments: From weather control satellites to that tweet thing
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Wildfires are no laughing matter. But there are moments of levity even in difficult times. Last year, during the Waldo Canyon Fire, it happened during a...

Rank and File: Colorado Springs Police Department Sgt. Jim Jeffcoat
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Fri, Jun 7, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles about the men and women who work in the Colorado Springs police and fire departments....

Colorado Springs to swear in 25 new firefighters Friday
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Jun 6, 2013

After a rigorous 14-week academy, Colorado Springs’ first firefighter class of 2013 will graduate Friday. The class of 25 includes people from...

Task force to launch campaign against 'professional panhandlers'
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, Jun 3, 2013

A group of west-side residents and business owners will kick off a multimedia campaign Thursday that encourages people to give money to charities rather...

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa calls people behind gun bills 'criminals'
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, May 29, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this blog erroneously reported who Sheriff Terry Maketa had called a criminal. We apologize for the error,...

Colorado Springs firefighters will give Mitchell graduates a safety lesson, goody bags
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Tue, May 14, 2013

Before they go out in the real world, Mitchell High School’s graduates will be getting a safety lesson from Colorado Springs firefighters Wednesday....

DEA collected 1,799 pounds of prescription medications in El Paso County in April
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, May 13, 2013

The Drug Enforcement Administration collected 742,497 pounds — or 371 tons — of prescription medications nationwide during its sixth...

Colorado Department of Corrections says one in 10 inmates are active gang members
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, May 1, 2013

About one in 10 of Colorado’s prisoners are active gang members, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. As of March 31, Colorado’s prisons...

Burglaries at medical marijuana dispensaries declining
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Fri, Mar 29, 2013

The number of break-ins at medical marijuana dispensaries has been falling since a high of 40 burglaries in 2010, according to documents obtained by The...

Police: $36K worth of marijuana stolen over weekend
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Mar 27, 2013

A combined $36,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana-infused product was stolen from two dispensaries over the weekend. Sunday morning, an estimated...

Police chief weighs in on new gun laws
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Mar 21, 2013

While El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said he’s going to stand firm against new gun laws, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey is taking a...

Sheriff's office disappointed in anonymous leaks
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Anonymous sources who linked a “specific suspect” to the shooting death of Colorado’s prison chief undermined an active investigation and may have...

Three Colorado Springs K-9s get free life-saving vests
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Wed, Mar 20, 2013

Three Colorado Springs police dogs are among 100 across the country selected to receive a specially made ballistic vest for free. In the past week,...

Tip on missing aspiring model doesn't pan out
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, Mar 18, 2013

A tip in the disappearance of a 19-year-old aspiring model from Colorado Springs didn’t pan out. On March 8, the sheriff’s office received a...

Maketa's gun law comments trigger tense exchange
By: Daniel Chacon 0 Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Comments that Sheriff Terry Maketa made last week about a package of gun bills have sparked a tense email exchange between a Manitou Springs woman and...

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