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  • Colorado Springs man, 22, dies in motorcycle-SUV collision

    A 22-year-old man died Thursday when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in west Colorado Springs, Colorado State Patrol said. Nicholas R. Uberecken, of Colorado Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene of a wreck that shut down all westbound lanes of U.S. 24 and all southbound lanes of 31st Street for about three hours, state patrol said....

  • Humane Society pleased despite possibility it will miss lofty adoption goal

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region may not meet its ambitious goal of saving nearly 4,000 cats and dogs to win the ASPCA's $100K Rachael Ray Challenge this summer, but a spokeswoman said the shelter still came out on top. In May, the nonprofit was chosen along with 50 shelters across the country to compete for a $100,000 grant from...

  • Lankford pleads guilty to double murder, will serve life in prison

    A 47-year-old man on Thursday pleaded guilty to killing his wife and another woman during a shooting rampage in Black Forest last November. Kenneth Lankford pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, and burglaryThursday, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office said....

  • Injury crash could delay traffic on Garden of the Gods for hours

    An injury crash on westbound Garden of the Gods Road west of Nevada Avenue may be closed four to five hours, according to the Colorado Springs Traffic Twitter feed. All westbound traffic from Austin Bluffs Parkway, which becomes Garden of the Gods, is being diverted to northbound Nevada Ave.

  • County may ask voters to give $2M in extra cash to parks

    The El Paso County Commissioners could ask voters this November to approve using more than $2 million in extra money on parks, including a proposed acquisition of Jones Park in the forest west of Colorado Springs. The ballot question concerning the $2,044,078 in excess revenue from 2013 will be discussed at Tuesday's regular board meeting. If...

  • Police: Masked men robbed west Colorado Springs Mexican restaurant

    Two masked men held up a restaurant in west Colorado Springs Thursday, getting away with some cash and prompting an investigation by police. Officers were dispatched to Alfonso's Mexican Food at 1022 South 21st Street, off U.S. 24, about 12:20 a.m. for a robbery, police said. Investigators discovered two masked men had confronted an...

  • Colorado Springs native battles it out on Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race'

    Colorado Springs native Nicole Hoffman, a graduate of Doherty High School, moves on to the second stage of "The Great Food Truck Race." The fifth season airs Sunday on the Food Network channel. Hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence, the series features eight teams of rookie food truck operators who travel from California to Florida. Each...

  • Colorado prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

    DENVER — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday in the case of Rene Lima-Marin also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish...

  • East Colorado Springs apartment complex patrol leads to two arrests

    A nightly patrol of an east Colorado Springs apartment complex led to a short pursuit and the arrests of a man and a woman wanted on felony warrants, police said. Kyle William Sutcliffe, 23, and Leah Paige Barnett, 22, were arrested Wednesday about 10:30 p.m. when officers patrolling the Cedar Creek Club Apartments, off South Chelton Road and...

  • Vehicle crashes into west Colorado Springs home, police search for driver

    Police said a man got a surprise Thursday morning when he woke up to find a pickup truck crashed and abandoned at his west Colorado Springs home. The homeowner reported the incident about 8:30 a.m. and told police he had noticed a large crack on a wall inside his house on the 2000 block of King Street, off Mesa Road. When he went outside to...

  • Truck with raised dump crashes into I-70 overpass

    GRAND JUNCTION — The Colorado State Patrol says a dump truck driver was seriously injured after the raised dump on his truck slammed into an overpass on Interstate 70. The accident happened Tuesday night near Dotsero as 53-year-old Steven Bounds was headed east on the highway. The State Patrol says the dump broke off the truck and the truck...

  • Colorado Springs man in jail after balcony fall

    A Colorado Springs man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly caused a woman to fall from a second-story balcony during a fight, police said. Terrance Michael Sexton, 20, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, menacing and violation of a protection order, records show. Police rushed about 5 a.m. to a residence on the 900 block...

  • Colorado on the Web: Ex-Colorado Springs detective's TV show returns

    I want to shadow Joe Kenda for a day or two. Yes, that Joe Kenda, the retired Colorado Springs police detective-turned-TV star. Kenda's show, "Homicide Hunter," returned Tuesday night to Investigation Discovery. The show recounts Colorado Springs homicide investigations Kenda worked through re-enactments. I didn't know about Kenda or the...

  • Drake 7 should work by end of August; utilities rate reduction could be coming

    Colorado Springs Utilities officials hope to have a second boiler at Martin Drake Power Plant running by the end of the month. If Unit 7 is working, the Colorado Springs City Council could vote on an electric rate reduction at its first meeting in September. In May, the council increased residential electric rates by 7.4 percent to cover the...

  • SEC alleges Colorado Springs woman defrauded investors of $800k

    A Colorado Springs woman and two companies she started have been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly defrauding more than 40 investors of nearly $800,000. The suit, filed last week in a federal court in Atlanta, alleges that Heidi Ann Gamer, 41, Gamer Economic Systems LLC of Colorado Springs and Gamer Media...

  • Black Forest fire chief's status remains muddled although board hasn't heard from Harvey in 11 weeks

    Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey has not officially resigned, but his actions, including his refusal to communicate with the board, have amounted to a public resignation, fire district board members said Wednesday night. At its monthly meeting, the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District board reiterated that it will begin searching...

  • Road work schedule change will close I-25 ramps in Colorado Springs

    Milling and paving on southbound Interstate 25 will cause ramp closures on InterQuest Parkway and North Academy Boulevard over the next few evenings. The job, which involves closing the off- and on-ramps separately, will take about five hours, said Barry Grossman, a spokesman for Kiewit Infrastructure Co. The milling - grinding the road -...

  • Threatened Colorado fish gets new lease on survival

    A unique subspecies of trout that spawned a legal battle over public access in the Bear Creek Basin is getting another shot at long-term survival in the wild. About 1,200 greenback cutthroat trout raised from fish captured in Bear Creek, which is west of Colorado Springs, were introduced Aug. 8 in Zimmerman Lake in the Roosevelt National...

  • Man arrested for DUI on bike-race course

    ASPEN — A Carbondale man is accused of driving drunk on a road closed for the USA Pro Challenge bike race. The incident happened Monday afternoon when 47-year-old Steven Hugill allegedly drove past a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy who was keeping traffic off the McLain Flats section of the race. The Aspen Daily News reports...

  • Senior citizen allegedly takes scooter for a test ride and never returns to Colorado Springs shop

    A Colorado Springs scooter shop owner says his red, genuine Stella automatic scooter was stolen by an old man with a cane Wednesday afternoon. Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the owner of Sportique Scooters on 1834 E. Platte Ave. said a balding, white-haired man took the $3,800 scooter on a test ride around noon, but never came back. "He looked to be...

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