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  • Voigt doesn't win stage, but he wins the crowd

    Jens Voigt went out a champion Thursday night - even though he lost Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge Thursday afternoon. The two-time Tour de France stage winner received multiple standing ovations from more than 225 people at the event's gala at Broadmoor Hall. He ignored handlers' quiet reminders that he needed some rest before Friday's...

  • Teen killed in crash on Garden of the Gods Road

    A teenage girl was killed in a fatal crash that shut down westbound lanes of Garden of the Gods Road near Nevada Avenue for several hours Thursday evening, Colorado Springs police said. Police said four teenagers were in a 1993 brown Honda Accord traveling east on Garden of the Gods Road when the driver hit a curb and lost control of the car....

  • Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    WASHINGTON — Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC, ordered $1 million in ads to run for the next two weeks, the group's first advertising to...

  • 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...

  • Colorado won't see gay marriage yet

    DENVER — Gay marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed an analogous ruling...

  • Police rule Thornton house explosion a suicide

    THORNTON — Thornton authorities say a June house explosion was an act of suicide. The Thornton Police and Fire investigation announced Thursday that 59-year-old Gary Lee Pine detached the natural gas line to the furnace. His action caused the home to fill with natural gas, which resulted in the eventual ignition and subsequent explosion of...

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

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

  • Colorado Springs may look for event to replace Balloon Classic

    Colorado Springs city officials will likely look for another event next Labor Day weekend to replace the Colorado Balloon Classic, after the organization behind the Classic announced last Friday it would be leaving the city. Karen Palus, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director for the city, the city is in the process of putting...

  • Rate hike likely on the horizon for Colorado Springs Utilities

    Hefty price tags on emission control projects and possible fuel price increases could force the Colorado Springs City Council to increase electric rates, defer maintenance on water main lines and make staff cuts at Colorado Springs Utilities in 2015. The projected budget is expected to be about $77 million less in 2015 than in 2014. Part of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Downtown Colorado Springs business owner cites vagrants, parking for store's closure

    Rhonda McDonald looked out through the window of Fabulous Finds Wednesday, as a crew cleaned feces from the sidewalk in front of her downtown business and construction vehicles filled up nearby parking spots. Since spring, she had considered closing the 4 1/2-year-old home-decor retail store at 130 N. Tejon St. because sales were struggling....

  • 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...

  • 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...

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