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  • Man arrested in alleged sexual assault near Colorado Springs swim area

    A 41-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman near the swim area of Prospect Lake. William Graham Jr., Colorado Springs police said, allegedly assaulted a 32-year-old woman sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Graham was taken to the El Paso County jail, police said.

  • Texas woman drowns while rafting the Arkansas River, extending fatality record on Colorado waterways

    Another rafter died Thursday after the vessel that a 57-year-old Texas woman was riding became lodged in a suck hole and capsized, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said. Mary Johnson, who was on a rafting expedition on the Arkansas River about 14 miles north of Buena Vista, became the latest victim in a record-setting whitewater rafting...

  • Forecast: Likely 'quiet' Friday night after storms roll through area

    Scattered thunderstorms, lightning and gusting winds could make their way to the Colorado Springs area Friday night, but it will likely be a "fairly quiet" night. Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist for Gazette news partner KKTV/Channel 11, said the most direct threat over the Waldo Canyon burn scar has already passed over the area. Storms in...

  • Crews keep northwest Colorado fire from growing

    CRAIG — Firefighters have kept a 32-square-mile blaze from spreading in northwestern Colorado as scattered showers fall in the area. Lynn Barclay of the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit said Friday the Alkali Fire remained 50 percent contained with full containment expected Sunday. Barclay says some rain fell in the area overnight...

  • Colorado Springs man gets life in prison for murder of his pregnant wife

    A Colorado Springs man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday morning. Jurors found Andre Jones guilty in the murder of his pregnant wife earlier this week in 4th Judicial District Court. The only option for his sentence was life without the possibility of parole, a spokeswoman for the District...

  • Marijuana may be legal, but Colorado homeowner agreements can ban

    DENVER — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it. Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners' associations. Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate for legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more...

  • Analysis: Colorado gun law based on flawed estimate

    DENVER — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the...

  • Passenger attempts to board plane with loaded gun at Colorado Springs Airport

    A passenger trying to board a plane Thursday evening at the Colorado Springs Airport was found with a loaded gun, according to the Transportation Security Administration. A TSA employee discovered the loaded firearm at 7:15 p.m. at the checkpoint of the airport. TSA discovered a .22 caliber Derringer revolver, loaded with five rounds,...

  • Body found in desert north of Grand Junction

    GRAND JUNCTION — Deputies are investigating whether a body found in the desert north of Grand Junction is that of a woman reported missing on Tuesday. A passer-by reported finding the body Thursday afternoon. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports ( Mesa County sheriff's deputies are investigating whether the...

  • El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer reassigned

    Lt. Jeff Kramer will no longer be public information officer for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Kramer, who was the primary spokesman for Sheriff Terry Maketa for more than two years, announced Thursday that he is moving to a job in the Sheriff's Office patrol division. Kramer was in the spotlight with the Sheriff's Office during such...

  • Colorado Springs medical center gets trauma treatment upgrade

    St. Francis Medical Center has moved up a notch in its ability to treat trauma patients. The hospital in northeast Colorado Springs has received a Level IIIcq trauma designation from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the hospital announced Thursday. The designation, which goes into effect Aug. 1, could allow more...

  • Weekend will see traffic holdups in Colorado Springs, statewide - partially due to cone zones

    Drivers should expect delays this weekend and next week due to construction zones throughout the region. As part of construction on Austin Bluffs Parkway, the right eastbound lane from Mallow Road to the west entrance of UCCS will be closed for paving from 7 a.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday. Eastbound traffic on Austin Bluffs Parkway will...

  • Moderate job growth forecast for Colorado

    BOULDER — The University of Colorado business school is predicting moderate job growth in the state for the rest of the year. The Leeds School of Business forecast released Friday was based on business registration data from the Secretary of State's Office. Nearly 25,000 new businesses filed with the secretary of state in the second...

  • Man accused of bar hopping on mower facing DUI

    GREELEY — A 53-year-old Weld County man accused of bar hopping in Garden City on a lawnmower is facing a DUI charge. The Greeley Tribune reports ( ) Kenneth Welton was arrested at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after visiting two area bars. A deputy said the man had bloodshot and watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath,...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs neighborhood sends messages into future, teaches us about community

    The dining room table in Vic Appugliese's Old North End home is covered with the history of the neighborhood north of downtown Colorado Springs. There are dozens of photos and typed stories of neighbors past and present. On the floor, by the table, is a 6-foot-long PVC tube that Appugliese is filling with similar photos and stories. On...

  • State Patrol asks drivers to slow down in wake of recent construction-zone incidents

    The circumstances of the death in the Interstate 25 expansion project construction zone last Friday was exactly what Colorado State Patrol Corporal Ryan Novotny feared. At about 1:30 a.m. on July 18, a 36-year-old Monument man driving a 2007 Ford truck swerved into the middle lane of the interstate, which was closed at the time, near Academy...

  • Colorado wildfire quadruples to 32 square miles

    Crews are battling a small, four-acre wildfire Wednesday northeast of Steamboat Springs in the Routt National Forest, according to a the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Campers and hikers in the area have been evacuated as the lightning-sparked blaze burns, forest officials said. Some trails near the fire, which is centered...

  • Thursday evening weather may be preview of next week's storms

    Thursday's thunderstorms and heavy rain may be a small preview of the weather to come for the Pikes Peak region. Monsoon weather patterns could bring heavy storms Sunday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo said, increasing the chances of flash flooding, especially at burn scars. On Thursday evening, the National Weather Service issued a...

  • Judge could approve $3.3M Denver jail-abuse payout

    DENVER — A federal judge says he will likely accept a proposed $3.3 million settlement offer from the city of Denver to a former inmate who said a sheriff's deputy encouraged other inmates to beat him. But U.S. District Judge John Kane said after a closed hearing Thursday unresolved issues remain in the case involving Jamal Hunter....

  • Man held after wild car-theft spree near Denver

    GOLDEN — A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said. No major injuries were reported in the Wednesday drama, which unfolded as a news crew shot...