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  • Colorado Springs cellphone store robbed at gunpoint

    A cellphone store employee called police on Sunday evening after she was held at gunpoint and forced to hand over money and phones to a man, Colorado Springs police said. Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, the man came into the store in the 6900 block of North Academy Boulevard and demanded the money and the phones before getting into a car with a...

  • Colorado Springs police looking for Subway robber

    Colorado Springs are searching for a man who robbed an eastern Colorado Springs Subway restaurant at gunpoint on Sunday night. The man entered the restaurant at 1825 North Circle Drive just after 7:30 p.m. and brandished the gun at two employees. His face was covered, and he escaped on foot carrying an undisclosed amount of money. Officers and...

  • Fight over Palmer Lake could end to court

    When Palmer Lake resident Cynthia Graff took her seat in front of the Monument board of trustees last week, she was one in a long line of area residents who came to plead for a timeless western right - water. Water, specifically in Palmer Lake itself, is part of what drew Graff and others to the Tri-Lakes region. Even after development cut off...

  • NAACP president delivers impassioned sermon at Fountain church

    Although Cornell William Brooks came to Colorado Springs to address a population shaken by a potential hate crime, the NAACP president took some time off on Sunday to be a minister, and encouraged his temporary flock to put aside their fears and anger. Brooks delivered an impassioned sermon to hundreds of people on Sunday at the New Jerusalem...

  • Divide fire department's improved rating could lower property insurance rates

    A fire department with no paid workers may pay dividends for Divide residents. Property insurance premiums in the tiny Teller County town may decrease this year because the Divide Fire Protection District, staffed completely with volunteer firefighters, has improved its fire protection rating. The protection district has two stations and...

  • Plane crash reported near Rabbit Ears Pass

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A pilot called emergency dispatchers Sunday and said he was injured after his single-engine plane crashed south of the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. Routt County officials say the pilot asked for a rescue team. The man said he was conscious and breathing and reported back pain. According to Steamboat Today...

  • Colorado Springs group wants citizens to wear green in support of Fort Carson

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts. Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    Colorado Springs City Council will discuss at its Monday work session a proposed April ballot question that would ask voters to change the city's charter to give the City Council hiring and firing power over its employees. The council also will discuss placing a recall question on the April 7 ballot. Residents in District 4 were successful in...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Buyer beware when it comes to used cars

    One of the most common Call for Action complaints we get are about used cars. The most important thing to remember is that Colorado does not have a lemon law for used vehicles. Once you sign the papers and drive off, the car is yours, with all its baggage. Another misconception is that you have three days to cancel a car purchase. For 16...

  • Pueblo suspect killed after reported home invasion attempt

    PUEBLO — Authorities say one person is dead after an attempted home invasion in Pueblo. Witnesses reported seeing two men on Sunday kicking in a door of a home. They said one of the men was armed. Police were called and saw two men jump into a vehicle and try to flee. The suspects got into an accident with another vehicle and fled on foot....

  • Woman dies after being hit by car while chasing stray dog in Pueblo

    PUEBLO — A woman has died after she was hit by a car while trying to rescue a stray dog. The accident happened Saturday evening in Pueblo. The woman has not been identified. The Colorado State Patrol says investigators do not believe drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.

  • 5 Things To Know at the Colorado statehouse

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are heading into the third week of the 2015 legislative session, and their workload is beginning to increase. Five things to watch for this week: POWDERED ALCOHOL It's not available in stores yet, but Colorado lawmakers are considering joining a handful of states that have already banned powdered alcohol until...

  • One dead in Sunday morning rollover in Colorado Springs

    One person is dead as a result of crash that involved three vehicles early Sunday morning in Colorado Springs. A male was driving north on N. Nevada Avenue when the vehicle collided with two parked vehicles and rolled, according to police. The crash happened around 1:20 a.m. near Espanola Street. The driver, who has not been identified, was...

  • Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals

    The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces. All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad. Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the...

  • Air Force Academy glider squad keeps its place as national champs

    While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special. "No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."...

  • Your photos: A Colorado Springs sunset

    Colorado sunsets are mesmerizing, especially here in Colorado Springs. We asked readers to show us their photos. Here's a photo gallery from Saturday. Enjoy.

  • National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt

    Just weeks after a makeshift bomb exploded outside the NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, the national leader of the organization came to the city to call for persistence in the face of injustice. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the national branch of the NAACP, passionately told hundreds of people at a regional conference not to...

  • One man dead, landlord arrested after Friday night fight in Colorado Springs house

    A man shot dead late Friday in northeast Colorado Springs was killed by his landlord after an argument, the men's roommates said Saturday. Residents of the home on the 4300 block of Northridge Place said John Lorenz, who owns the house, shot their roommate in the abdomen. Lorenz was booked into the El Paso County jail at 4:30 a.m. Saturday on...

  • Report: Man shot at Colorado Springs convenience store parking lot

    A man was seriously injured shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday when shots were fired after a fight broke out in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven off of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road, according to a report from Gazette news partner KKTV 11 News. Officers responded to a large disturbance involving multiple people at the 7-Eleven lot. The man...

  • High winds cause long delays for Colorado skiers returning east

    Skiiers and snowboarders coming down from the mountains Saturday night might want to stop for hot chocolate or grab some dinner before heading east, because it's going to be a long ride home. U.S. 285 was closed indefinitely around 3:45 p.m. Saturday between Kenosha Pass and Fairplay because of high winds and many crashes and slide-offs,...

  • Man cited for drone near Colorado airport

    ASPEN — A 20-year-old man is being accused of reckless endangerment after he allegedly flew a drone from a bus stop outside of the Buttermilk Ski Area near the Aspen airport. Auguin Maurcio Christian is accused of flying the drone in the vicinity of private aircraft on Thursday. The drone was confiscated as evidence and there were no reports...

  • Colorado snowpack struggling in some river basins

    DENVER — The latest numbers for statewide snowpack show northwest and southwest Colorado are running behind where they should be for this time of year. Some of the driest conditions can be found in the Upper Rio Grande and the San Juan-Dolores-San Miguel-Animas river basins. According to KCNC-TV (http://tinyurl.com/o68yp9t), the South...

  • Bye-bye semiprivate rooms: Memorial-UCHealth central campus to get $40 million facelift

    University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment. The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning...

  • Colorado Springs hair salon robbed at gunpoint

    A hair salon was robbed of cash Friday night by a male with gun, Colorado Springs police said. Employees at the Supercuts at 1207 N. Circle Drive told police that the armed robber demanded money about 7:30 p.m. and he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The robber got into a vehicle waiting in a nearby parking lot, police...

  • Man hit with stun gun, others arrested, after disturbance outside Colorado Springs sports bar

    A male was hit with a stun gun, and two others were arrested, after a disturbance outside of a sports bar, Colorado Springs police said. Officers were investigating an unrelated call for service Saturday around 1:45 a.m., when they heard a disturbance from a parking lot in front of Kelly O'Brians sports bar at 239 N. Academy Blvd., police...

  • Man allegedly hits female with car during argument

    A man was arrested after he allegedly struck and seriously injured a female with his vehicle during an argument early Saturday, Colorado Springs police said. Derek Wilson, 50, and the female were arguing just after midnight Friday in the parking lot of a business on the 200 block of north Academy Boulevard, police said. The parking lot is...

  • Woman arrested after verbal argument

    A woman was arrested after allegedly obstructing officers as they tried to investigate an argument she was involved in, Colorado Springs police said. While investigating an unrelated incident at the 2500 block of Verde Drive, near the intersection of east Fountain Boulevard and south Circle Drive, police heard screaming around 11:40 p.m. from...

  • Check cashing business robbed Saturday morning

    A man armed with a "long gun" threatened employees and demanded cash at a check-cashing business about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs police said. The robber fled through the back door of United Check Cashing, at 3275 E. Platte Avenue, police said. Few other details were available, police said. The business is near the intersection of...

  • Man charged in fatal Colorado Springs shooting is convicted

    Jason Romeo Forbes was convicted of murder Friday in last year's shooting death of David "DJ" Johnson in what appeared to be a drug deal gone bad. In a verdict announced by 4th Judicial District Judge Barbara Hughes, the jury found Forbes guilty of first-degree murder in Johnson's death and guilty of the attempted murder of Javar Harrison,...

  • Air Force Academy will take to the skies Saturday, but don't expect much noise

    Cadet pilots will work overtime this Saturday - and possibly others - to make up for flying time lost to bad weather. A snowstorm that rolled in Wednesday grounded the Air Force Academy's fleet of gliders and single-engine trainers, delaying training that must be completed before the school year wraps up in May. "Additional make-up days may...

  • Delivery truck hits, kills woman in wheelchair

    AURORA - Police are investigating after a 50-year-old woman in a motorized wheelchair was hit and killed by a meat delivery truck in Aurora. Witnesses told investigators the driver of the truck was making a right turn out of a shopping center at about 1:45 p.m. Friday when the vehicle hit the woman, who was on the sidewalk. The victim, whose...

  • Courts Roundup: Trial underway in attempted murder, kidnapping in Colorado Springs

    A jury trial began Tuesday for a man accused in the kidnapping, sex assault and shooting of a woman in December 2013. Hamilton Lee Sullivan is facing several charges, including attempted first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping. The woman was found alive Dec. 28 near Old Colorado City. Colorado Springs police said her black 2001...

  • Social Security's Colorado Springs office will expand hours in March

    Beginning March 16, the Social Security Administration will open for an extra hour four days a week at its Colorado Springs office as part of a nationwide increase in the agency's customer service hours. The Springs office at 1049 N. Academy Blvd. will be open from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the federal...

  • El Paso County DHS to require drug testing, and more for some clients to continue benefits

    El Paso County welfare recipients suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol soon will be required to enter and comply with a substance abuse treatment plan to keep benefits. Beginning Monday, people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as Colorado Works, must be screened by a certified addiction counselor for...

  • Councilman Snider won't seek re-election, guaranteeing three new council members in April

    Colorado Springs City Councilman Val Snider will not seek re-election, and that means at least three new faces on the council in April. Snider broke the news Friday morning on Facebook. "After much thought and personal reflection I have decided I'd like to take my life in a new direction, other than running for another four years on City...

  • Mayor honors five Colorado Springs young leaders

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach presented five people with Mayor's Young Leader awards on Wednesday, honoring individuals for efforts in their field while making a positive impact in the community. The event raised $9,000, which will be used for projects led by young leaders. Twenty-one people were nominated. The winners are: - Creative...

  • Police nab laundry room coin thieves after traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    A man and woman were arrested Friday morning after police said they admitted to breaking into coin operated washers and dryers at hotel laundry rooms and apartment complexes across Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs police did not identify the 34-year-old manor the 30-year-old woman,who were arrested after they were pulled over in a car that...

  • One dead in crash near Waldo Canyon in El Paso County

    A 42-year-old Cascade man died in a single car crash on U.S. 24 near Waldo Canyon on Friday afternoon, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A 1995 Toyota Camry was westbound on Highway 24, about five miles west of Colorado Springs, when it lost control shortly before 1:30 p.m. and went off the left side of the road, state troopers said....

  • Platte Ave. lanes reopen after girl struck by car west of Circle Dr. in Colorado Springs

    A crash that sent an 11-year-old girl to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, shut down westbound lanes of Platte Avenue, west of Circle Drive for about three hours Friday evening. Police said the girl, who suffered a broken leg, was crossing Platte Avenue in a crosswalk on the west side of the intersection when she...

  • TSA: Denver International Airport top-5 in nation for checkpoint gun seizures

    DENVER - Denver International Airport ranks fifth among the nation's airports when it comes to firearms seized at security checkpoints. The Denver Post reported Friday (http://dpo.st/1yNQfaS ) that of the 2,212 guns recovered from carry-on bags in 2014, 70 were found at DIA. TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein told the newspaper in December...

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