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  • Colorado woman guilty of kidnapping newborn nephew

    MADISON, Wis. -€” A Colorado woman was convicted Thursday of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures outside an Iowa gas station as police closed in. A federal jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Kristen Smith, 31, guilty of kidnapping, a charge that carries a sentence of 25...

  • Hit-and-run driver steals vehicle to avoid Colorado Springs police

    A hit-and-run crash quickly escalated to a pursuit Thursday when the unidentified driver tried to steal three cars to flee from Colorado Springs police. A green Chrysler was involved in a hit-and-run crash about 10:20 a.m. at the Boulder Street and Cascade Avenue intersection near Colorado College, police said. The same Chrysler fled north...

  • Colorado Springs woman threatened at gunpoint while taking out the trash

    Police say a woman was threatened at gunpoint by three men when she was taking the trash out at her northeast Colorado Springs home Thursday morning. The victim was placing garbage cans at the curb of her home about 6:50 a.m. on the 6800 block of Bartlet Court, off Stetson Hills Boulevard, when three men jumped out of an old red pickup truck,...

  • Prize-winning goat disappears from Greeley fair

    GREELEY — Greeley police are investigating who has the goat — the Grand Champion who vanished from the Weld County fair this week. The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1m0UCoU) says that the red-colored Boer goat was reported missing Monday, hours before it was scheduled to appear at the Junior Livestock Auction. Two of its halters were also...

  • Colorado Springs boy could face attempted murder charge after grocery store altercation

    A 16-year-old could be charged with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a handgun during an altercation Tuesday at a Colorado Springs Safeway store. The alleged teen shooter was also arrested on suspicion of accessory to attempted first-degree murder and possession of a handgun by a juvenile, according to police reports. A 14-year-old...

  • No injuries after shots fired in east Colorado Springs

    Police are looking for a man who shot at a moving car from a Colorado Springs apartment complex parking lot Wednesday morning. Around 11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs police received reports that a man armed with a rifle had fired several rounds at a dark colored sedan as it traveled near the Shannon Glen Apartments on the 200 block of Murray...

  • 46 charges for man accused in wild car-theft chase

    GOLDEN - A man accused of hijacking one car, stealing two others and trying to take more during a wild chase west of Denver has been charged with a list of felonies, including aggravated robbery and assault. Prosecutors on Wednesday formally charged Christopher Sullivan, 37, in connection with the July 23 crime spree, which they say started...

  • Man sentenced for sex assault of at-risk woman

    BRIGHTON — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 55-year-old woman at a group home for mentally ill patients in Aurora has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison. The Adams County District Attorney's Office says 50-year-old William Jesse Rattler was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted in May of sexually assaulting an at-risk adult....

  • Colorado Springs woman arrested on suspicion of assault

    A woman who allegedly fired a handgun during an altercation was arrested on suspicion of assault Tuesday, according to Colorado Springs police. Jessica McInvale, 28, could also face felony menacing and reckless endangerment charges, police said. McInvale and a former boyfriend were arguing about the ownership of computer equipment about 10...

  • Two juveniles in custody, one sought for home burglary

    Police said two juveniles were arrested and a third is being sought in connection to the burglary of a southeast Colorado Springs home on Tuesday. Video surveillance footage from a neighbor's home showed three juveniles leaving the home on the 4400 block of Melville Drive, off South Chelton Road, carrying items from inside the house about 5:50...

  • Man accused of stealing garbage truck in Boulder arrested

    BOULDER — Police have arrested a 26-year-old man accused of stealing a garbage truck in Boulder and leading officers on a slow-speed chase. Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel says Daniel Morkert stole the truck at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and drove it onto U.S. 36. The Western Disposal worker had left his keys in the vehicle and was emptying trash...

  • Suspect arrested for stabbing in northeast Colorado Springs

    An arrest has been made in a stabbing that sent one man to the hospital early Saturday morning. Rick Thifault, 40, of Colorado Springs, was arrested for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon on Monday, Colorado Springs police said. According to police, Thifaultallegedly stabbed the victim, 39-year-old Jerry King, multiple times near the...

  • Suspected drug dealer arrested after traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    A suspected drug dealer was caught with guns, meth, pot and cash during a traffic stop Tuesday morning,police said, Police said the suspect, 32-year-old Casey Harridge, was driving under the influence of drugs when he allegedly struck a light pole near Circle and Carlsbad drives, just north of Fountain Boulevard. He drove away from the crash,...

  • Colorado Springs man works with police to recover property listed on Craigslist

    Colorado Springs police say a man saw his stolen property listed for sale on Craigslist and set up a meeting with the people he believed had taken his goods The man told police he had two blowers stolen on July 21 in the 700 block of Chapman Drive. On July 28, he called police and told them he was about to meet the alleged thiefs near the...

  • Police: Two Colorado Springs Subway robberies not related

    Police said two robberies at Colorado Springs Subway that were 40 minutes apart on Monday night are likely not related. No one was injured in either robbery and an unidentified man displayed a handgun in both incidents, according to police reports. A man wearing a mask entered the Subway at 116 E. Fillmore St., off North Nevada Avenue, about...

  • Kelsey Grammer forgives man who killed his sister in Colorado Springs, but doesn't want him released

    BUENA VISTA — Actor Kelsey Grammer on Tuesday offered his forgiveness to the man who raped and killed his sister in 1975, but he said he wants to see him remain behind bars. Grammer, speaking via video conference from Denver, testified at the parole board hearing for inmate Freddie Glenn. Glenn was convicted of killing two men and...

  • Kitten killer sentenced in Pueblo

    The only thing the defense attorney and prosecutors disagreed on at a sentencing hearing Monday for an admitted animal abuser was how long he should be on probation. But District Judge Victor Reyes determined that Robert Heckmann’s past criminal behavior and second and third chances on probation suggested prison was a better option....

  • Woman robbed at knife point in Citadel Mall parking lot

    Colorado Springs police are on the lookout after a woman reported being robbed at knife point in the Citadel Mall parking lot Saturday. The victim was approaching her car about 2:10 p.m. when a man armed with a knife demanded her property, police said. The robber then got into a silver-colored four-door sedan driven by another man and fled...

  • Homeless Colorado Springs man emboldened by Occupy effort appeals jail time

    Nearly three years ago, Steven Bass' tent led to a police ticket - a ticket that led to a trial, an appeal denied and 160-day sentence in El Paso County jail. Bass, the first person cited under Colorado Springs' camping ban, remains mired in a legal battle backed by a University of Denver assistant professor working for free. He represents...

  • 63-year-old Colorado Springs man suspected of meth possession

    A 63-year-old man remained in jail Monday after police said a traffic violation stop led to the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and cash from the vehicle he was driving. John Chew was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, driving after revocation prohibited and traffic violations,...

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