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Broken Code: AFA superintendent calls for investigation of athletic transgressions
Colorado Springs police strive for elusive goal in minority hiring
Gazette exclusive: El Paso County jail medical care was 'dysfunctional' for years
'Ugly trend' in Colorado TCAP scores; education officials seek meaningful change
Gazette investigation raises new questions about multimillion-dollar Aurora tax giveaway
Teen drinking a timeless problem

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  • Third-party candidates likely won't win, but they can make difference in gubernatorial election

    His campaign slogan - The Most Interesting Politician in the World - explains it all. Mike Dunafon, the mayor of Glendale who is running as an independent candidate in the heated two-way governor's race between Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bob Beauprez, is backed by rappers Wyclef Jean and Snoop Dog. His get-out-the vote events are focused on...

  • Man gets 32 years in prison for killing mother

    CENTENNIAL — A man who stabbed his mother to death during a drug-fueled argument at a Littleton home has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 33-year-old Darin Allen Ninneman was sentenced for the May 5, 2012, death of 52-year-old Lorri Denice Ninneman. Darin Ninneman...

  • Colorado Springs City Council lauds mayor's budget, but wants change process changed

    Mayor Steve Bach's proposed 2015 budget sailed through a City Council markup session Thursday with hardly a change to spending. However, the City Council is expected to propose a series of changes to the overall budget process that would increase the number of budgeted departments, require council approval before spending money on outside...

  • Investigation of Sheriff's Office substantiates claims against Maketa

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa offered an endorsement to a candidate for sheriff in exchange for personal favors, mishandled internal affairs investigations along with Undersheriff Paula Presley, and had inappropriate relationships with three female subordinates resulting in special treatment and their ability to ignore and abuse Sheriff's...

  • Three-car crash backs up traffic for 7 miles on I-25

    A three-car crash at Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 slowed traffic for 7 miles Thursday evening, Colorado Springs police said. Police said two lanes of traffic were closed while the crash was cleaned up. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to police, one car rear-ended another car, causing it...

  • Teen arrested after running away from police during traffic stop

    Police said a 17-year-old girl led them on a lengthy foot chase Thursday afternoon after she failed to stop during a traffic stop. Police said an officer tried to pull over a grey SUV at Templeton Gap Road and Dublin Boulevard, just east of North Powers Boulevard. Instead of stopping, the teen driver sped off in "an evasive manner" before...

  • County clerk: Ballots should be mailed by Thursday

    If you still haven't voted, time is running out. Election Day is Tuesday, but the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Office said voters should mail their ballots - with a recommended 70 cents postage - by Thursday to ensure that they will be received by 7 p.m. Voters also can drop off their ballots at any voting center. For a complete list...

  • Prescribed burns planned northwest of Colorado Springs

    Authorities plan to take advantage of good weather conditions to set prescribed burns near Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Friday that one burn — weather permitting — is set for late this week on U.S. Forest Service land nine miles north of Woodland Park off Highway 67. Others are planned near Lake George. The agency says...

  • 2 charged in 1996 killing of gang trial witness

    DENVER — Nearly two decades after a Denver gang member was killed after testifying at a murder trial, two men are being prosecuted in his death. Antonio Domena, 44, and Sheldon Long, 41, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and retaliation against a witness in the death of Darryl Givens following a review as part of the city's Cold...

  • Probation for Fort Carson soldier convicted in solicitation case

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation. Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was...

  • Police cite Colorado day care worker over melatonin

    MONTROSE — A day care worker in southwestern Colorado allegedly gave over-the-counter melatonin sleep-aid tablets to as many as 35 children last week, police said. No children were harmed, but Dedrie Womack, 44, of Montrose was issued a misdemeanor summons for giving medication to children without parental consent, The Montrose Daily Press...

  • Side Streets: Hello, is this Colorado Springs City Hall? Is anybody there? Hello?

    Mitch Logue wants to get his fence fixed. Problem is he can't get his neighbor to cooperate. If a homeowners association were involved, there would be threatening letters, liens and all sorts of activity. But that's not the case with Mitch. He's not dealing with an HOA. The neighbor that won't cooperate is the city. Maybe you remember...

  • Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion

    DENVER — As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by...

  • Rocky Mountain low: John Denver bust missing after heavy-metal ball

    Police in Broomfield are investigating after the John Denver bust at the 1stBank Center was stolen. The bust was stolen from the main concourse at the event center on Tuesday night during the Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball. The bust is part of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and owned by John Denver’s family. Anyone who has information...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes new arrival

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed its newest resident Wednesday when Hadiah, an 18-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth just before midnight. The baby, whose sex is not known, is the second for parents Hadiah and 20-year-old Tujoh. Fewer than 10 orangutans are born each year at Association of Zoos and Aquariums member institutions, said the...

  • 5 places for trick-or-treating in Pikes Peak region

    As ghouls and goblins roam the streets Friday night, there also are other places besides homes to take youngsters trick-or-treating on Halloween. Here are a few ideas to keep your princesses and pirates smiling like a jack-o-lantern. - Mall-Oween at The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 5-7 p.m., free trick-or-treating throughout the...

  • 2 women dead after shooting in Denver, man arrested by Castle Rock police

    Police in Denver have arrested a man in connection with a shooting late Wednesday that left two women dead at an apartment complex off Parker Road in the southeast part of the city. Jose Gabriel King, 22, was arrested by the Castle Rock Police Department and is being held at the Denver County jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree...

  • US 85 to close temporarily between Colorado Springs, Denver

    A temporary detour around a closure on U.S. 85 near Castle Rock will start Friday, as construction on a project there nears completion. The closure is planned for 7 p.m. Friday with a reopening planned for 6 a.m. Monday, a release from the Colorado Department of Transportation said, and is part of the North Meadows Extension project. Crews...

  • Human remains found in Gunnison National Forest

    DENVER — A search team has discovered human remains in an area of southwestern Colorado's Gunnison National Forest where a pack belonging to a missing woman was recently found by hunters. Mount Crested Butte Police spokeswoman Marjorie Trautman tells The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1wGA4rX ) the discovery, relative to where the waist pack...

  • 1st responders questioned about fatal Colorado crash theft

    LONGMONT — The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether any first responders stole the contents of a purse from the scene of a crash that killed two women in Longmont. Cmdr. Heidi Prentup told the Longmont Times-Call (http://bit.ly/1ti4uSk ) that investigators are interviewing all people who responded to September's crash...

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