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  • Colorado Springs man to police: Pipe bombs for 'home protection'

    A Colorado Springs man arrested after pipe bombs were found in his apartment unit Wednesday night told police he made the bombs for "home protection" and that he had mental problems, according to court documents. According to Andy Marrero's arrest affidavit, police officers searching the unit found 12-gauge shotgun shells, a 19-inch "homemade"...

  • Fort Carson solider arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, soliciting prostitution

    A Fort Carson soldier who allegedly strangled a 21-year-old woman he met for escort services last month has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police. Nilark Bates, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and soliciting prostitution, according to court records. Police said the victim posted an escort advertisement...

  • Colorado audit finds background check problems when placing children

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the homes of relatives who have been asked to take care of children removed...

  • $3M settlement reached in Colorado inmate's death

    DENVER — The Colorado Department of Corrections has reached a $3 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill inmate who died after guards ignored his seizures. Christopher Lopez's ordeal was captured on a six-hour video after guards at the San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo removed him from his cell on March 17, 2013. Guards...

  • I-25 interchange project gets hefty cash infusion

    For the second time in a little over a month, the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Interchange project received a multi-million dollar infusion. Colorado's transportation commission approved $19.55 million for the project Thursday to help fill a budget shortfall. That follows a decision in mid-November to approve $20 million for the project from...

  • Having pets in classroom remains tradition for Colorado Springs school

    Draco won't have to fight traffic and airport lines Friday like the millions heading out on holiday. Instead, the bearded dragon will be wrapped in a warm beige towel and stuffed into a blue bag for the short ride to Palmer Elementary School teacher Laura Wirsig's home. It's a packing ritual repeated in schools everywhere as classroom pets...

  • Holocaust Survivor Hauptman dies; will be buried in Colorado Springs

    Holocaust survivor, lion tamer and longtime Colorado Springs resident Sara Hauptman died Wednesday in El Paso, Texas. She was 96. Described by her son as "feisty," Hauptman was born Aug. 15, 1918 in Brussels, Belgium. Hauptman lost several family members to the Holocaust, including her mother and younger brother, who were both killed in a...

  • Maketa puts in retirement paperwork to leave office before term ends

    Sheriff Terry Maketa submitted his notice of retirement and plans to leave office Dec. 31, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday. His retirement comes two weeks before the end of his third term. Maketa did not give a reason for cutting his term short, spokesman Sgt. Greg White said. The sheriff did not want to speak to reporters about his...

  • Colorado Springs man testifies in sex assault case

    What a victim described in court as a night of terror and sexual assault was remembered fondly Thursday as an evening of consensual romance by the alleged attacker. Justin Hatfield, 39, is on trial for sex assault charges brought in April when a then-19-year-old man who works at a Colorado Springs convenience store, claimed Hatfield had...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Catholic Charities helps single mom bridge gaps

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Victoria Stone became a single mom when she was 20. "All I had was a high school education," she said. She moved around, using government subsidized housing when...

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