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  • Heightened DUI enforcement underway statewide in Colorado

    DENVER — Law enforcement agencies across Colorado are increasing DUI enforcement during the Halloween weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol, along with local police across the state, are increasing enforcement through Monday. Last year's Halloween enforcement resulted in 427 DUI arrests. The most...

  • Probation for Fort Carson soldier convicted in solicitation case

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation. Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was...

  • Side Streets: Readers respond to family in need; mayor responds to neglect

    Time for a couple of updates, and I'll start with a big thank-you to Side Streets readers. It never seems to fail. I mention a Colorado Springs resident facing tough times and immediately hands are raised to help. In this case, it was the story of the Pfennigs family. You might recall 15-year-old Jonah Pfennigs, the Doherty High School...

  • Investigation of Sheriff's Office substantiates claims against Maketa

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa offered an endorsement to a candidate for sheriff in exchange for personal favors, mishandled internal affairs investigations along with Undersheriff Paula Presley, and had inappropriate relationships with three female subordinates resulting in special treatment and their ability to ignore and abuse Sheriff's...

  • Third-party candidates likely won't win, but they can make difference in gubernatorial election

    His campaign slogan - The Most Interesting Politician in the World - explains it all. Mike Dunafon, the mayor of Glendale who is running as an independent candidate in the heated two-way governor's race between Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bob Beauprez, is backed by rappers Wyclef Jean and Snoop Dogg. His get-out-the-vote events are focused on...

  • Man gets 32 years in prison for killing mother

    CENTENNIAL — A man who stabbed his mother to death during a drug-fueled argument at a Littleton home has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. The Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 33-year-old Darin Allen Ninneman was sentenced for the May 5, 2012, death of 52-year-old Lorri Denice Ninneman. Darin Ninneman...

  • Regulators urge doctors, pharmacists to clamp down on prescription drug abuse

    Colorado regulators told more than 600 pharmacies and prescribers Thursday that at least one of their clients might be "doctor shopping." The notices are designed to nudge doctors and pharmacists to clamp down on prescription drug abuse. The messages were the first sent to people prescribing and dispensing powerful medications since...

  • Senate candidate has a plan, but 2-party system makes him largely unknown

    Steve Shogan and his campaign team hit Colorado Springs and Pueblo this week trying to let voters know there is a third option in the ugly battle between U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. There are actually fourth, fifth and sixth choices as well. But as Shogan and his fellow minor-party and...

  • Colorado Springs City Council lauds mayor's budget but wants change to process

    Mayor Steve Bach's proposed 2015 budget sailed through a City Council markup session Thursday with hardly a change to spending. However, the council is expected to propose a series of changes to the budget process that would increase the number of budgeted departments, require council approval for spending money on outside legal counsel and...

  • Three-car crash backs up traffic for 7 miles on I-25

    A three-car crash at Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 slowed traffic for 7 miles Thursday evening, Colorado Springs police said. Police said two lanes of traffic were closed while the crash was cleaned up. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to police, one car rear-ended another car, causing it...

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