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  • Teller County deputy disciplined for racist remark, apology issued

    Disciplinary action was taken against a Teller County sheriff's deputy who posted a derogatory comment about Muslims on social media, but the deputy will not be fired, department officials said Wednesday. Deputy Eric Voigt became the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint about a comment...

  • Colorado Springs teen sentenced for killings of Fort Carson soldier and pregnant wife

    Macyo Joelle January’s defining act after escaping a juvenile offenders’ halfway house involved gunning down newlyweds while ransacking their home. In all likelihood, he will never walk free again. Calling the case “heartbreaking,” 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs on Wednesday sentenced the teen to back-to-back life sentences...

  • No workplace injuries mean another award for MechOne Inc.

    For a company whose employees make and install sheet metal in commercial air conditioning and heating systems, you'd expect at least one on-the-job injury a year. But MechOne Inc. of Colorado Springs has never had an injury that caused an employee to miss work in its 14-year history. It's a feat that resulted in MechOne receiving its 12th...

  • Colorado Springs Health Partners gets new owner; patients unlikely to see changes

    Denver-based kidney care giant DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. announced Wednesday it has acquired Colorado Springs Health Partners, the largest health care practice in Colorado Springs - a deal that could change the face of local health care. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed by year's end, were not disclosed. Colorado...

  • Peterson Air Force Base commands monitor attack in Canada

    Leaders of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs were warily monitoring an attack on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, but had not increased security across the continent. The Peterson Air Force Base command represents the largest permanent foreign deployment of Canadian troops who work alongside American forces...

  • Vandalism investigated at 10 national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park

    The National Park Service says it is investigating reports of vandalism in at least 10 national parks in Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon and Utah. "While we can’t discuss details of a case under investigation, we take the issue of vandalism seriously," the park service said in a press release. "National parks exist to preserve and...

  • Winter homeless shelters get permits to open in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs city planners approved permits Wednesday for two winter homeless shelters, clearing the way for each facility to operate every night from Nov. 1 through April 15, the head of the city's housing division said. The permits, approved by the city's Downtown Review Board, mean that a 50-bed winter shelter at the Springs Rescue...

  • Side Streets: Readers add to list of Colorado Springs standouts

    Who knew so many famous people once lived in the Pikes Peak region? Clearly not me, judging by the flow of emails and calls from readers nominating more names for the list I began compiling a couple of weeks ago. While I didn't learn of any more scandalous singers, I did learn more about Ruth Etting, the Depression-era singer who lived the...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park proposes fee increase

    FORT COLLINS — Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public feedback on a proposal to increase the cost of entrance passes and camping fees. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports ( ) the park wants to add a $20 single-day pass to its existing options of entrance passes. Most visitors' least-expensive option now is to...

  • Fired Denver schoolteacher charged in lab fire

    DENVER — A Denver school chemistry teacher who was fired after four students were burned in a science experiment gone wrong now faces a criminal charge. Prosecutors filed a third-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, against 22-year-old Daniel Powell on Wednesday. Powell couldn't be located for comment. School officials say a fire erupted...

  • Colorado boy's 'best shirt ever' found after social media plea

    The Best Shirt Ever has been located. The family of 12-year-old Joe Archibold, of Longmont, recently sent out a social media solicit, looking for a specific blue, white and gray polo shirt — in the same style Joe has worn for every school picture since second grade. He outgrew the hand-me-down shirt in small size, and then in medium. He...

  • Police: 3 men, 1 woman team up to rob Colorado Springs convenience store

    Colorado Springs police say three men and a woman robbed a Western Convenience Store at gunpoint just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. The four robbers threatened the clerk at the store, at 1905 W. Uintah St., with two pistols and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. No one was injured and no shots were fired, police...

  • Hatchet-toting Colorado Springs burglary suspect arrested

    A wanted man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a hatchet has been arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Austin Joseph Hood, 25, of Colorado Springs, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday by members of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team in cooperation with other local agencies. Hood was is alleged to have burglarized a home...

  • One Colorado city: No thanks to 5-cent bag fee

    FORT COLLINS — Fort Collins is bagging plans to charge shoppers for using disposable bags. In the face of a grassroots opposition effort, city councilors voted Tuesday to repeal the 5 cent fee set to take effect in April. The Coloradoan ( ) reports that a citizens group opposed to the fee had collected about...

  • Rep. Doug Lamborn may cruise to reelection with 'non-campaign' strategy

    Voters in the El Paso County-centered 5th Congressional District likely won't see a slew of yard signs for U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. He hasn't purchased TV ad time leading up to Election Day on Nov. 4. And he's refused to debate Democratic challenger Irv Halter. In fact, Lamborn has been conspicuously absent this election season despite the...

  • I-25 crash sends three to hospital; morning commute slowed

    A Wednesday morning crash on the southbound entrance ramp at Interstate 25 and Circle Drive sent three people to the hospital on Wednesday. Details about the crash were few as police continued their investigation. Two vehicles were involved with at least one rollover, and least one individual was extracted from a vehicle. Police did not...

  • State Patrol's Zero Tolerance weekend yields thousands of citations, but one goal not met

    You may have noticed more state troopers on the road over the weekend or a road sign or two encouraging drivers to buckle up, drive sober and put the phone down. That's because from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday, troopers hit the roads for the Colorado State Patrol's second "Zero Fatalities, Zero Tolerance" campaign of the year. Every...

  • Jogger who died after he was hit by SUV in Falcon identified

    The jogger who died after being struck Saturday by an SUV in Falcon has been identified as Michael Copote, 38, of Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday in a release. The State Patrol said Copote was jogging with his back to approaching traffic on the east side of Eastonville Road about 8:15 p.m. when he abruptly turned and ran into...

  • FBI: 3 Colorado girls may have tried to join Islamic jihadis

    DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions. A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend...

  • Study: Walking and texting can have dangerous consequences

    Left, right, left, text. Simply looking both ways before crossing the street isn't enough to keep kids safe anymore - a new study found 40 percent of teens have been hit or nearly hit by cars, bikes or motorcycles while crossing the street. The study, "Teens on the Move," conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, and recently released by Colorado...