• Colorado Springs police chief talks drugs, body cameras and more at town hall

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey held a town hall meeting with about 100 neighborhood watch volunteers Wednesday night, fielding questions about crime in the city and how the department plans to address certain issues. Carey and some members of his staff addressed drugs,...

  • Negotiator 'Very disappointed' at deadly outcome of Tuesday standoff

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    The El Paso County man who pulled a gun on himself in the back of a sheriff's deputy's car Tuesday has been identified by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Carlos Alberto Mendoza, 36, died Tuesday night from injuries sustained when he shot himself in the back of a deputy's car...

  • Man injured while throwing fireworks from car, Colorado Springs police say

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A man was hospitalized Wednesday night after a firework exploded on him while he was lighting them and throwing them out the window of a car, Colorado Springs police said. The incident happened at Afternoon Circle and Dawn Break Loop, in the area of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton...

  • Affidavit: Colorado Springs police detective had sex with victim in ongoing kidnap case

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A Colorado Springs homicide detective had a sexual relationship with a kidnapping victim whose case has not concluded, and lied to investigators about it, according to an arrest affidavit for Det. Paul Patton. The affidavit alleges Patton, 39, had graphic sexual conversations with...

  • Mother of murdered toddler seeks ashes stolen in Colorado Springs purse theft

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Four years after her 2-year-old son was killed by his father in their Fountain home, Shannon Paolini carried a memento of Gavin with her everywhere - she kept a rosary and bracelet with some of his ashes in her purse. But on Wednesday morning, Paolini's purse was stolen near the...

  • Pueblo mourns teen who died playing Russian roulette

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    PUEBLO — Friends and relatives of a Pueblo teen who died playing Russian roulette say the boy was sweet but also a daredevil. Seventeen-year-old Cruisito Leiba died Monday at an apartment party in northeast Pueblo. Friends and relatives tell KKTV (http://bit.ly/1D9lcdR ) that...

  • Police investigate robberies at two city parks

    BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Three masked men - armed with a handgun and stun gun - robbed several people at two city parks, injuring two of the victims before they got away with money and personal items early Wednesday, Colorado Springs police said. Around 4 a.m., officers responded to the gravel pit area of...

  • Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CENTENNIAL — James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told...

  • Judge: Oil field work caused Colorado man's death

    Associated Press
    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    LOVELAND — A judge's decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry. Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of "tank gauging." That's the practice of measuring...

  • Affidavit: Driver who hit, killed Colorado Springs man was racing, drunk

    BY ELLIE MULDER ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    John Marvel, 21, was allegedly racing another vehicle and had a blood alcohol content of .133 percent when he hit and killed 22-year-old Andrew Shada with his car early Saturday morning, according to Marvel's arrest affidavit. Marvel was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide,...

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