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  • Colorado Springs couple accused of decorating yard with stolen holiday decorations

    lisa walton lisa.walton@gaztte.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Police said they thwarted two Grinches on Friday. A husband and wife were arrested around 5 p.m.after allegedly stealing holiday decorations, and then displaying the pilfered goods in their own front yard, police said.
Jeremy Lewallan, 18, and his wife, Carrie Lewallan, 42,, were...

  • Court roundup: Springs man pleads guilty in killing; man in court hate-crime case

    by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    One of two men accused of stabbing a man to death in July pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this week, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. David Harris, 31, of Colorado Springs on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing 39-year-old Edward Futch....

  • Colorado Springs man convicted of sexual assault

    by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A Colorado Springs man was found guilty Friday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man in April. A jury convicted Justin Hatfield, 39, of sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact after a weeklong trial. During opening statements Tuesday, the victim, now 20, told the...

  • El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    El Paso County social workers failed to properly document or run 43 percent of mandatory background checks needed for adults in homes taking in children from social services in August, according to a state-led review released this week. Colorado officials said work is underway to...

  • Let the sun shine: Colorado Springs Utilities adding solar capacity

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A ray of sunshine came out of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board meeting this week as the panel OK'd two projects that will add 20 megawatts of solar power and credits to the area's energy portfolio. "It's very exciting," John Romero, Utilities general manager of energy...

  • Criminal investigation continues as El Paso County prepares for sheriff switch

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    As the third term for El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa ends, an open criminal investigation lingers. Working on behalf of the 4th Judicial District, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has led a review of allegations made against Maketa since July and few details have been...

  • From UCCS to Microsoft: Alumnus shares his story of success with new grads

    By debbie kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Hard work, the ability to learn from his mistakes and sheer gumption led one of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' most notable graduates to become one of Bill Gates' right-hand employees at Microsoft. Students who graduated from UCCS on Friday have the same ability to...

  • Most clogged roadways in Pikes Peak region has traffic backups for hours

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    For commuters who regularly drive near Peterson Air Force Base, this should come as no surprise: Congestion at Powers Boulevard and Airport Road is the worst in the region for drivers. Traffic is backed up at the location more than 3 hours and 20 minutes a day on average, and drivers...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: REACH Pikes Peak helps single mom excel

    By Ellie Cole Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Shellonda Reeves moved from North Carolina to Colorado Springs looking for a change and a clean start....

  • Colorado Springs native to head Catholic Charities

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A Colorado Springs native has been tabbed to lead Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Andy Barton was named the nonprofit's new president and chief executive, a role he will assume on Jan. 12, according to the organization. He replaces Mark Rohlena, who left this year to become...

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