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  • Man assaulted with fireplace poker in Colorado Springs

    Police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked another man with a fireplace poker in northeast Colorado Springs on Monday night. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 6100 block Gunshot Pass Drive, west of Powers Boulevard, just after 6 p.m. Police said the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Eric Chacon, had been arguing inside...

  • Septic tank argument may have led to fatal Calhan shooting

    A 59-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in Calhan on Monday afternoon, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Heather Marie Neville allegedly shot and killed the man during an altercation. The victim had apparently been in a heated argument over a septic...

  • Jury selection underway in trial of teen accused in Colorado Springs double-slaying

    Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a teen accused of slaying a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary at their Colorado Springs home. Macyo Joelle January, 19, was 17 years old when he allegedly fatally shot Sgt. David Dunlap and his wife, Whitney Butler, on Jan. 14, 2013. He was bound over for trial nearly a...

  • Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted in the Colorado Springs area

    Wanted: Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued. Casey Foreman, 23, is described as a 5-foot-7, 135-pound man with blond hair and blue eyes. Foreman is being sought on suspicion of theft. Anthony Ricardo Johnson, 23, is described as a 5-7,...

  • Double-homicide, sexual assault trials begin in El Paso County courthouse Monday

    Jury trials for a Colorado Springs teen accused in the slayings of a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife, and a man who turned himself in to police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman will begin Monday at the El Paso County courthouse. Macyo Joelle January, now 19, was 17 years old when he allegedly shot and killed...

  • Colorado Springs man accused of driving into building, pedestrians

    A man was taken into custody after he allegedly crashed a car into a building and struck two pedestrians Sunday in east Colorado Springs, police said. Joshua Lee Roybal, 23, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular assault, then booked into the El Paso County jail, records show. Roybal allegedly lost control of his vehicle in a...

  • Homemade explosives cache found in dead Chaffee County man's home

    A 92-year-old man may have died when a homemade explosive went off in his house, leading Chaffee County Sheriff's Office investigators to find a large cache of explosive devices and chemicals used for their manufacture, a sheriff's spokesman said Sunday. Edwin Bartheld's body was found Friday in the crawl space of his home in Turret, 13 miles...

  • Colorado woman threatens clarinet-playing boy with gun

    Guess she’s not a music fan. A Colorado woman, sick of the neighbor kid’s clarinet practice, aimed her rifle at the boy and shouted “fire in the hole!” authorities said. Cheryl Pifer, 60, seemed to have been drinking before she threatened the 11-year-old and his friends, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies said. The boy and six buddies were...

  • Peterson case creates new crisis for NFL

    MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players. It also has touched off a national debate about the role of corporal punishment in...

  • Man sues after losing 5 toes in Colorado jail

    CENTENNIAL — A man who lost five toes to diabetes while incarcerated at Arapahoe County jail has filed a lawsuit claiming the loss was due to lack of medical care. The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that Correctional Healthcare Companies failed to properly provide medical treatment to James Neisler. The Denver Post reported Saturday...

  • Man arrested for trying to steal the surveillance camera of a pot store

    A would-be burglar was caught early Saturday morning in the parking lot of a medical marijuana store at 586 S. Academy Blvd., after he tried to steal the store's surveillance camera, police reports said. Colorado Springs police were called about a burglary in progress at Rocky Road Remedies. Police were told that a man put gloves on and...

  • Nurse assistant gets 15 years for sex assault

    CENTENNIAL — A 34-year-old man who acknowledged sexually assaulting a patient at a health care center in Englewood has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Paul Bugarcic, of Denver, was a certified nursing assistant at the Cherry Hills Health Care Center when prosecutors say he assaulted a patient who had suffered a brain injury and was only...

  • Courts Roundup: Woman sentenced for machete attack

    A woman accused of holding a machete to a man's neck while two other men allegedly beat, threatened and held him against his will in December was sentenced to two years in prison for robbery, with credit for time served, according to court documents. Suzanne Capretz, 40, pleaded guilty to the robbery charge in August and was sentenced...

  • One escaped prison inmate caught in Colorado Springs; another may have been found

    A man who was barricaded himself inside a residence in southeast Colorado Springs for about six hours Friday night was one of two Colorado Department of Corrections inmates who walked away from a job site in Denver Thursday afternoon. Officials identified the man as Adolfo Lopez, 38. He was previously convicted in El Paso County on drug abuse...

  • Latest Colorado Springs phone scam claims to be from tax office

    A new phone scam is making the rounds in Colorado Springs. This scam involves a caller claiming to be from the city's sales tax office. Callers have told people they will be indicted on tax evasion charges if they don't make a payment immediately, city officials said. City officials do not request nor accept payments by phone, and they do...

  • Deputies searching for men suspected of break-ins

    El Paso County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men suspected in a string of home break-ins in the Cimarron Hills area, east of Colorado Springs. Deputies have surveillance footage of two suspects who used a credit card stolen in one of the break-ins to purchase electronics from a store in Falcon last month. Anyone with information is...

  • Five people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

    Five people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly beating a man with a shovel and a hammer, Fountain police said. The suspects are also accused of burglarizing the man's home and stealing a work van containing tools, police said. The victim, identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Otto, was contacted by police several...

  • Baillie sentenced to life in prison for 1976 murder

    Robert Baillie sat bound in handcuffs and emotionless Friday as Judge Timothy Schutz sentenced him to life in prison for the 1976 rape and murder of a housekeeper at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs. Baillie chose not to speak to the court before the sentencing was handed out. But three sons of Janet K. Conrad asked 4th Judicial District...

  • Adrian Peterson indicted on child injury charge

    Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports. Montgomery County sheriff investigators said they received the case earlier this year and that Peterson has been cooperative with them. The...

  • Colorado woman accused of aiming gun at kids over clarinet

    CLIFTON — A western Colorado woman is accused of pointing a rifle at several children in a neighboring backyard because she was upset that an 11-year-old boy was playing his clarinet outside. Mesa County sheriff's deputies believe 60-year-old Cheryl Ann Pifer of Clifton had been drinking before allegedly threatening the children Wednesday....

  • Man involved in fight on I-270 hit, killed by SUV

    DENVER — Authorities say a man was hit and killed by an SUV while he was fighting another man following an accident on an interstate in Commerce City. Police say the victim was hit after the accident on Interstate 270 at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. His name and age have not been released. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1xR8ZqG ) the...

  • Police searching for inmates who walked away from job site

    Authorities are searching for two inmates who walked away from a job site in Denver around 3 p.m. Thursday. Manual Rodriguez, approximately 32,and Adolfo Lopez, 38, are both convicted of offenses committed in El Paso County, the Colorado Department of Corrections reports. Both men left a work vehicle that was stopped at an intersection near a...

  • Police searching for kidnapping suspects

    A vehicle connected to a kidnapping has been recovered, but two suspects are still on the run, Colorado Springs police said. Dustin Paul Nelson, 29 and Anthony Ricardo Johnson, 23 are wanted on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, police said. Police did not say where the suspect's vehicle, a 2008 dark blue Toyota Tacoma with Washington...

  • Colorado Springs police investigate overnight stabbing

    A man told police he was stabbed twice Thursday at an apartment in east Colorado Springs, according to police reports. Officers found the man, who had suffered two apparent stab wounds to the stomach, in a residence on the 4100 block of Airport Road about 4:15 a.m., police said. The man was treated for non life-threatening injuries at a...

  • Man dead after incident at Pueblo bar

    A night at the Pixie Inn in Pueblo ended violently for bar patrons after a man was fatally injured. Pueblo police initially told Gazette news partners KKTV 11 News a man was stabbed outside the bar early Thursday morning, but have since walked back on that and now say it was either a stabbing or a shooting. Officers were called to the bar,...

  • Colorado Springs police searching for man suspected of deadly child abuse

    A toddler who died of suspected child abuse Sunday reportedly suffered a brain bleed and had multiple bruises on her body, according to court documents. Police are searching for 23-year-old Kevin Diaz, who is suspected in her death. Emergency personnel found the 2-year-old, identified as Maddilynn Hernandez, unresponsive on the bathroom floor...

  • Man sentenced to life in prison for Colorado Springs killing, robbery

    After more than two years of delays and frustration, the family of a man found stabbed and strangled in a room at a Colorado Springs motel room has received closure. Santos Joseph Torres, one of two people convicted in the murder of 59-year-old Michael Ramirez, was sentenced Wednesday by 4th Judicial District Judge Scott Sells to life in...

  • Media: Allow cameras at Colorado theater shooting trial

    DENVER — Attorneys for news organizations said there is no evidence that courtroom cameras would intimidate witnesses in the Colorado theater shooting trial or violate defendant James Holmes' rights. In a court filing dated Tuesday and released Wednesday, the attorneys said objections raised by prosecutors and the defense to video and still...

  • Colorado Springs parents accused of child abuse

    A husband and wife were held at the El Paso County jail Wednesday on accusations of abusing their 13-year-old son, according to Colorado Springs police. Grant Clayton Idle, 54, was arrested on suspicion of crimes against an at-risk juvenile and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, records show. Michele Dawn Idle, 49, was arrested...

  • Colorado house explosion thought to be suicide attempt

    CANON CITY — Authorities say a 32-year-old man sparked a natural gas explosion at his Canon City home in an attempt to commit suicide. Police say the Sept. 4 explosion was caused by a natural gas detonation, and investigators are reviewing the case with the district attorney's office to determine if charges should be filed against the man,...

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