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  • Man shoots self during Colorado Springs standoff, dies

    An hourslong standoff on Powers Boulevard near the Colorado Springs Airport ended Tuesday evening when a man inside a patrol car shot himself. The man later died at a hospital. The confrontation began after the man slipped out of handcuffs, pulled a gun and pointed it at his head while in the back of an El Paso County sheriff's deputy's car...

  • Lamborn legislation would ban acquisition of some fetal tissue

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced legislation Tuesday aimed at banning the acquisition of fetal tissue from induced abortions - meaning researchers might only be able to get it from stillborns or fetuses lost in miscarriages. The legislation comes amid scrutiny of Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists secretly captured video of the...

  • Flood risk sparks Manitou Springs debate about relocation of city hall, police station

    The consequences of a serious flash flood in Manitou Springs could be so severe, its fleet of police vehicles could be washed down the main drag, rendering police unable to provide emergency response services. Police Chief Joe Ribeiro told Manitou Springs City Council members Tuesday night that when the city gets a flash flood warning, his...

  • Colorado board's history class review leads to recall effort

    GOLDEN — Critics of a suburban Denver school board that considered reviewing a U.S. history course to emphasize patriotism turned in signatures Tuesday to force a recall election for three conservative members responsible for the push. The clash in Colorado's second-largest school district — and one of the state's fiercest political swing...

  • Hammer-wielding man robs Aspen marijuana store

    ASPEN — Police say a hammer-wielding man who robbed an Aspen marijuana store of $11,000 worth of the drug was friends with the employees and known by local authorities. The Aspen Times reports (http://goo.gl/GYzpia ) the man came into "Stash" on Tuesday afternoon acting like he was a customer, then waited for other customers to leave. Store...

  • Affidavit: Driver who hit, killed Colorado Springs man was racing, drunk

    John Marvel, 21, was allegedly racing another vehicle and had a blood alcohol content of .133 percent when he hit and killed 22-year-old Andrew Shada with his car early Saturday morning, according to Marvel's arrest affidavit. Marvel was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and other...

  • Council resolution will funnel Colorado Springs money to Fountain Creek Watershed

    Take heart, water users downstream of Colorado Springs. A City Council resolution approved Tuesday lets Mayor John Suthers start funneling city money to the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District. "It's a big deal," says district Executive Director Larry Small. It's a big deal because farmers and ranchers along...

  • New problem on El Paso County's wildfire burn scars: noxious weeds

    Noxious weeds are still noxious weeds, even where nothing grows. In the years since the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, noxious weeds have taken hold on the fires' two burn scars in western and eastern El Paso County, particularly in Black Forest, where rain and good soil provide a welcoming environment. While burn scars, denuded of...

  • Lockheed reduces lay-off projections for Colorado Springs workers

    Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday it sent out just 115 layoff notices to employees in Colorado Springs due to "a change in business projections." The defense giant had initially planned to tell 270 local employees they would lose their jobs in September when a key contract ends and moves to Raytheon Co., unless the Government Accountability...

  • Firstsource adding 200 employees to Colorado Springs call center

    Firstsource Solutions Ltd. announced plans Tuesday to add 200 workers at its northern Colorado Springs call center by the end of September after adding a second major health insurer as a client. Cara Brubaker, the company's human resource manager in Colorado Springs, said Firstsource wants to fill the full-time positions in the next eight...

  • Fountain police officer involved in Colorado Springs traffic crash

    A Fountain police officer was involved in a traffic crash Tuesday afternoon in Colorado Springs, according to an agency spokesman. The crash, which occurred on Tejon Street near the interchange with Interstate 25, involved two vehicles, he said. It is unclear if anyone was injured in the crash. - Check back with gazette.com for more on...

  • Water main break cuts water for more than 100 Colorado Springs homes

    A water main break Tuesday shut down a northeast Colorado Springs road and cut off water for 120 households, a Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman said. The section of Montebello Drive between Tomah Drive and Descanso Circle is closed indefinitely for repairs, the spokeswoman said. A large hole formed in the road and it is unclear what...

  • California-based payroll company to bring 1,700 jobs to Denver

    DENVER - ZenPayroll, a California-based firm that helps small businesses manage payroll, will bring about 1,700 jobs to Denver in the next few years as part of an expansion announced Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol. The state and city teamed up to offer the company a multi-million dollar incentive package to help encourage the move...

  • Veteran Colorado Springs police officer arrested, accused of misconduct

    A veteran Colorado Springs police officer was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant, first-degree official misconduct and false reporting to authorities, according to a police release. Officer Paul Patton, 39, has been with the police department since August 2000. He was assigned as a homicide...

  • Progressive hiring 193 by year's end at Colorado Springs call center

    Insurance giant Progressive Corp. announced Monday plans to hire 193 sales representatives and claims adjusters for its Colorado Springs call center by the end of the year. The company, which employs 1,200 in the call center and 400 more in an information technology operation at the same location, said the jobs are a mix of new positions and...

  • Teen in southern Colorado shoots self during Russian roulette-type game

    Police say a 17-year-old boy was playing a game similar to Russian Roulette when he fatally shot himself, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The victim was one of 10 people younger than 18 at the Pueblo apartment on the 2100 block of E. 14th St. late Monday night when the shooting happened. Police say they were able to piece together...

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