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  • FBI investigating prank Colorado SWAT call

    LITTLETON — Federal authorities are helping investigate a prank that spawned a SWAT response in suburban Denver last week. Authorities say someone called 911 saying he had shot two co-workers and was holding hostages at an office building, but police found no evidence of a shooting. Dave Joly, a spokesman for the FBI's Denver office, said...

  • Man shoots self during traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself. Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire. "Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded...

  • 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.
 Shaun Gill, 29, is described as a 170-pound man, 5 feet 6 inches, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Gill is being sought on suspicion of theft by receiving. Benny Lucero, 56, is described as...

  • Colorado Springs police shoot 'aggressive' dog during disturbance call

    Colorado Springs police shot and wounded a dog Sunday afternoon while investigating a reported disturbance near the intersection of South 8th Street and Cimarron. Just before 12:30 p.m., police approached the back door of a residence to check on the alleged trouble. "While doing so, a large pit bull aggressively and quickly ran from the house...

  • Colorado Springs man accidentally fires gun, nearly hits neighbor

    Police say a man who accidentally fired a gun inside a South Academy Boulevard residence nearly hit his neighbor with the shot. Police say they were told of the shooting at about 9 p.m. Saturday and traced the gunfire to a residence on the 3000 block of South Academy. "The firearm discharged, with the bullet traveling out of the residence and...

  • Colorado Springs police searching for convenience store robber

    Colorado Springs police on Sunday were hunting for a robber who held up a Platte Avenue convenience store. Police say a man walked into the Western Convenience Store in the 2500 block of East Platte just after 4 a.m. and demanded cash and cigarettes. Police say the man kept one hand in a pocket and threatened to shoot a clerk unless his...

  • Man arrested after allegedly choking woman in Colorado Springs

    A man was arrested and a woman was hospitalized after an early Sunday morning incident on the 2900 block of Muleshoe Drive in eastern Colorado Springs. Police say they were called to a report of domestic violence just before 3:30 a.m. and found a woman who had been choked. "The victim had serious bodily injury and was taken to an area...

  • Woman sexually assaulted while walking through Colorado Springs park

    A woman said she was approached by a male, grabbed and sexually assaulted while walking through Prairie Grass Park on Friday evening, Colorado Springs Police said. The assault occurred around 8:45 p.m., police said. No suspect has been identified. The woman told police she was walking through the park when she was approached by the male and...

  • Courts Roundup: Colorado Springs man in court after fatal shooting

    A man accused of fatally shooting another man at a southeast Colorado Springs business Aug. 19 made his first appearance in court 
Friday. David Barker, 32, is accused of shooting Kenneth Bentley, 39, of Colorado Springs in the Lawn Guys store. According to an arrest affidavit, officers found Bentley on the sidewalk in front of the store at...

  • Colorado Springs TCF bank robbed

    Two men held up a TCF Bank in northern Colorado Springs Friday afternoon, police said. One of the men was armed, said Colorado Springs police.
Officers responded to the bank at 4330 N. Academy Blvd., near Montbello Drive, around 2 p.m. No one was injured and both suspects fled with cash.

  • Former soldier awaiting mental evaluation after pleading insanity in alleged deadly car crash

    A former soldier facing civil and criminal charges in a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy almost a year ago will undergo a mental evaluation next month after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept....

  • Hitchhiker accused of killing fellow homeless man

    Detectives suspect a man who befriended a homeless couple during their cross-country trip to Colorado Springs later killed the husband in a hotel parking lot while his wife slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael Ray, 32, remained in the El Paso County jail without bond Friday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Patrick Hampton,...

  • Man allegedly shot while taking car for joyride

    One man was shot in the arm late Friday afternoon after he drove his car recklessly through an apartment complex parking lot, Colorado Springs police said. Police believe the car he was driving was stolen. The shooting was reported at the 4300 block of N. Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m.. Police said the man was shot in the arm after the...

  • Police find senior citizen who allegedly stole scooter during test drive

    A man suspected of stealing a $3,800 scooter during a test ride more than a week ago was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said. A balding, white-haired man with a cane and a limp had taken the red genuine Stella automatic scooter on a test ride around noon but never came back, said Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the...

  • Driver sentenced in crash that killed Denver-area deputy

    GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined. Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give...

  • Convicted elk poacher, a former Boulder cop, avoids prison

    BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year. Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew....

  • Colorado Springs man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

    A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Wednesday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance. According to Colorado Springs Police, officers went to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate the report that the woman was "forcefully sexually assaulted." Police then tracked down John Jacobs...

  • Prank suspected of launching Colorado SWAT call

    LITTLETON — A prank caller is suspected of launching a SWAT response in suburban Denver that locked down several schools. The suspected "swatting" incident started when someone called 911 Wednesday to report that he had shot two co-workers and was holding hostages at a Littleton, Colorado office building. Police found no evidence of a...

  • Colorado Springs massage parlors busted in sting operation

    A sting operation conducted at two southeast Colorado Springs massage parlors led to the arrest of several people Tuesday, police said. Arworn Hamilton, Misook Sledge, and Sang White were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, pandering and providing a place for prostitution, Colorado Springs police said. The...

  • Police: 'Very intoxicated' man punches lights of community service officer's vehicle

    An intoxicated man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he jumped on top of a community service officer's cruiser and began punching at the overhead lights, Colorado Springs police said. Police said 37-year-old Ben Gonzalez was "very intoxicated" when he was contacted by police officers near Union Boulevard and St. Vrain Street around 11...

  • Colorado Springs couple accused of trying to elude police in stolen car

    A couple remained in jail Thursday after allegedly trying to run from police in a stolen car, according to police reports. J.D. Sutcliffe, 24, was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, eluding and five felony warrants, records show. Amanda Dillehay, 20, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant out of Douglas County, police...

  • Police: Suspected drunken driver backs over man in south Colorado Springs

    A man suffered life-threatening injuries when a car backed over him Wednesday morning in south Colorado Springs, according to police. The victim was listed in stable condition at a hospital Thursday morning and was expected to recover , said police Lt. Catherine Buckley . The driver, idenfitied as 47-year-old Michael Taylor , of Colorado...

  • Man attacked by woman in Colorado Springs park

    A man was assaulted by a woman Wednesday morning at Dorchester Park south of downtown Colorado Springs, according to police. The victim told police he was speaking with a woman about 1:30 a.m. on the 1100 block South Nevada Avenue, off East Las Vegas Street, when she pulled out a sharp-edged weapon and attacked him, police said. The woman...

  • Trial underway in 1976 Colorado Springs murder case

    The manner of Janet Conrad's death almost 40 years ago is not in dispute. The 38-year-old hotel housekeeper was found naked from the waist down in a laundry room on the 10th floor in the Antlers Hotel. Her hands were tied behind her back with a vacuum cleaner cord and her mouth gagged with a washcloth. An autopsy found she had been sexually...

  • Death of man in Colorado Springs apartment appears to be accidental

    The death of a 56-year-old man at an apartment complex for low-income residents appears to have been accidental, Colorado Springs Police said. Police from the Sand Creek substation responded to a call from Bentley Commons Apartments, near Hancock Parkway and Academy Boulevard, about 10 p.m. Monday, where they found the man's body in one of...

  • Man stabbed several times in Colorado Springs, expected to survive

    Colorado Springs Police are searching for a suspect involved in a westside stabbing early Tuesday morning. A 37-year-old man was stabbed several times over various parts of his body, then walked to a business in the 500 block of West Colorado Avenue, seeking help, police said. Authorities received a call for assistance about 12:35 a.m....

  • Man suspected of stealing van jumps from Colorado Springs bypass

    A man allegedly stole a van from a doughnut shop parking lot before jumping from a 20-foot ledge to escape police during a foot pursuit, Colorado Springs police said. The suspect, 36-year-Adam Borrego, allegedly stole a white Chevrolet van from the parking lot, near Circle Drive and Fountain Boulevard, around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect...

  • Man arrested on suspicion of stalking girl, 10

    A 67-year-old man suspected of stalking a 10-year-old girl was arrested Saturday, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and court documents. Louis D. Pico of Green Mountain Falls was arrested on suspicion of stalking, obscenity, indecent exposure, and public indecency, the Sheriff's Office said. Authorities said Pico allegedly...

  • Pair arrested after standoff with Colorado Springs police

    Two people were arrested Monday night after an hours-long standoff with the Colorado Springs SWAT team, police said.
Colorado Springs police said Austin Hood and Alexander Romero allegedly stole from the Burlington Coat Factory inside the The Citadel mall around 3:30 p.m. 
According to witnesses, the suspects fled the store in a white van, and...

  • The verdict is in: Beware of jury duty scam

    A jury duty phone scam is making the rounds in El Paso County again. Scammers claiming to be with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office are calling people and telling them to pay up for purported warrants issued for missed jury duty, the District Attorney's Office said. According to the office, the scammers tell their intended...


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