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  • Body of man found in field near I-25 in Colorado Springs identified

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The body of a man found dead in a Colorado Springs field last week has been identified by the El Paso County Coroner. After some difficulty contacting the man's family, he was identified as Paul Benson, 54. Benson was found in an open field near Interstate 25 and the Martin Luther...

  • Walsenburg cop sentenced in federal drug case, faces state charge brought while on bond

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A jailhouse phone call from a man to his police officer ex-wife tipped off authorities that the couple was hoarding heroin and drug money in their Pueblo apartment, according to a press release from the United States attorney's office. Former Walsenburg police officer Gloria Suazo,...

  • Fountain man to pay $130k for taking disability money from Veterans Affairs

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A Fountain man who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison and ordered to repay the government. Albert Kenneth Lender, 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17 in Denver and pleaded guilty to two counts of...

  • Monitor to probe shootings into moving cars by Denver police; officers involved in fatal teen shooting named

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    DENVER — An independent city official who monitors the Denver Police Department said he will investigate its policies and practices related to shooting at moving vehicles after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed. Nicholas Mitchell said Tuesday that such shootings pose unique...

  • Dalai Lama to visit Colorado later this year

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Dalai Lama plans to visit Colorado in the fall. The University of Colorado and the Tibetan Association of Colorado announced Tuesday that the spiritual leader will visit Boulder on Oct. 20 and 21. The association says the "Compassion in Action" visit will...

  • Creation by Colorado Springs company helps health insurance shoppers

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Connect for Health Colorado, which operates the state's health insurance exchange, has begun using a virtual assistant developed by Colorado Springs-based CodeBaby Corp. to help consumers navigate its website and purchase health care coverage. The assistant, named Kyla, appears on...

  • How to vote in the 2015 Colorado Springs Municipal Election

    The Gazette
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The April 7 Colorado Springs Municipal Election is a mail-in only election with ballots being mailed as early as March 13. Ballot drop-off locations will be open to accept ballots Monday through Friday from March 13 through Election Day April 7. On Election Day, drop-off locations...

  • Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    DENVER — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver International Airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with...

  • Child who started grassfire in Colorado Springs was under 10 years old

    By Sue McMillin sue.mcmillin@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The child who started a fire Tuesday in the Stratton Open Space won't be charged because he or she is under 10 years of age, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Wednesday in a release. Fire investigators said the child was playing with a lighter. The nearly 6-acre fire in...

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