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  • Colorado Springs man allegedly stole Fort Carson soldiers' identities to file tax returns, police say

    A Colorado Springs man is wanted on suspicion of stealing the identities of 14 Fort Carson soldiers to file for their tax returns. Jeremy Lamar Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing about $22,000 in federal and state tax returns in 2013 and 2014, according to Colorado Springs police. In addition to 14 military victims, an unspecified number of...

  • Colorado Springs residents arrested after defrauding IRS, skipping sentencing

    Three Colorado Springs residents who tried to defraud the Internal Revenue Service out of millions of dollars were arrested and taken to court Thursday after they failed to show up for sentencing on Wednesday. George Thomas Brokaw, John J. Pawelski and Mimi M. Vigil, all in their 60s, were convicted in November on tax charges and conspiring to...

  • Academy D-20 to provide community more information on board agenda

    Parents, teachers and community members now will be able to better understand what's going on at Academy School District 20's board of education meetings. The board decided to make some supporting materials for agenda items available to the public before and during school board meetings, board president Linda Van Matre said Thursday. "We're...

  • Colorado State Patrol DUI stats for 2014 show nearly 20 percent involved marijuana

    The legalization of marijuana in Colorado brought with it a "new era" of impaired driving, the Colorado State Patrol said on Thursday. Of more than 5,500 drug- and alcohol-related tickets served to impaired drivers in 2014, 354 of them involved only marijuana. CSP released statewide data late Thursday; no county or city breakdown was...

  • Pueblo Chemical Depot inches toward destruction of mustard gas weapons

    PUEBLO - The day when the first chemical weapon was set to be destroyed here has come and passed, again. But leaders at the Pueblo Chemical Depot said Thursday they're inching toward destroying America's largest stockpile of Cold War-era mustard gas shells. In March, the depot expects to blast a shell with its explosive destruction system -...

  • Thousands of high-paying jobs coming to Colorado Springs?

    In one of the more upbeat business forecasts in recent years, a top economic development official said Thursday that Colorado Springs is in the running to snag employers who could bring as many as 2,000 high-paying jobs to town - part of a recent upswing in interest in the Pikes Peak region by companies big and small. Andy Merritt, the...

  • Colorado Springs mortgage lender gives up 'Freedom' for new name

    Freedom Financial Services, a Colorado Springs mortgage lender and division of Mortgage Solutions of Colorado, has changed its name to Mortgage Solutions Financial, the company said Thursday. The change takes effect immediately and will be finalized by April 30 as the company updates its logos and signs. The company said it chose the...

  • Colorado lawmakers headed toward big fight over funding for teens' IUDS

    DENVER — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate. Legislation expected to be introduced Friday would allocate $5 million to continue a program that...

  • Missing hiker who fled Rocky Mountain National Park rangers is located

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — A New York man who disappeared while hiking a closed snow-covered highway in Rocky Mountain National Park has been found and flown to a hospital. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said 34-year-old Jay Starr Jr., of Cohoes (co-HOSE), New York, was found Thursday afternoon on Trail Ridge Road. Patterson said Starr...

  • Prosecutors say Colorado man gave varying accounts in deaths of wives

    DENVER — Federal prosecutors say a man charged with shoving his second wife over a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park told varying stories about her death and the death of his first wife. According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/jvto924), prosecutors asked a judge on Thursday to allow them to present more evidence at trial....

  • Colorado Springs company has second layoff in three months

    Diamond Wire Material Technologies, a Colorado Springs-based diamond-wire cutting business, laid off 43 employees Wednesday, its second major cutback in the past three months. The reduction leaves Diamond Wire with about 150 employees who develop and manufacture the wire, which is used in the solar, optical and semiconductor industries, said...

  • $4 million in mitigation work being done on Colorado Springs roads

    Close to $4 million in mitigation work is underway along Austin Bluffs Parkway to address erosion and future damage from rain. Construction on the project, which aims to stabilize the Greencrest Channel stream bed located south of Austin Bluffs and north of the Greencrest Subdivision, is not expected to impact traffic. The work is an...

  • C.B. & Potts opens its first restaurant, brewery in Colorado Springs

    C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery, a Fort Collins-based chain since 1974, opened its first Colorado Springs location at 261 Kaycee Case Place in the Polaris Pointe retail complex Monday. In addition to seasonal beers the extensive menu offers, steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas and soups. Details: 351-9144,...

  • New bike-trail funding plan fails in Colorado legislature

    DENVER — Colorado needs more recreational bike trails — just not a change to how they're paid for, lawmakers from both parties agreed Thursday as they voted down a bill to direct more Colorado Lottery money to bike trails along state highways. A senator from rural Alamosa County suggested a bill to use Colorado Lottery money for recreational...

  • Clouds over Colorado Springs area Thursday, but how about precipitation?

    Despite the gray skies, precipitation is not likely to hit the Pikes Peak region over the next few days. The National Weather Service in Pueblo forecasts that Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake and Woodland Park will be mostly cloudy Thursday, with highs near 40 degrees. There is a slight chance that Woodland Park could see rain Thursday, about...

  • Colorado man arrested on 12th DUI charge

    LONGMONT — Longmont police have arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving for the 12th time since 1986. Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett says the arrest serves as an example why the state needs a felony DUI law. According to the Longmont Times-Call (http://tinyurl.com/og7nneb), a police report said Dan Brooks failed a...

  • Mother of girl shot by Denver police seeks separate autopsy

    DENVER — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn't trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter. The demand by Laura Sonya Rosales Hernandez came as the Denver Police Department and an independent city official who monitors...

  • El Paso County formally takes Jones Park ownership

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Wednesday formally accepted ownership of the 1,200-acre Jones Park west of Colorado Springs. The transfer ended more than a century of ownership by Colorado Springs Utilities, which purchased the land in the 1890s for a water project that never materialized. The land is home to a trail network...

  • Riders voice displeasure with proposed change to Colorado Springs bus route

    Jennifer Holt and others who work on Peterson Air Force Base may need to find a new way to get to work. She and a group of five others who work there gathered at a public meeting Wednesday evening to voice their concerns about a specific aspect of the Mountain Metropolitan Transit agency's proposed service changes, one of which would...

  • Governor pledges to help Colorado Springs attract young professionals

    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in his State of the State address that courting millennials will be part of his plan to boost Colorado's economy. In a Wednesday address in front of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Hickenlooper made it clear that Colorado Springs - which has been losing high-tech jobs...

  • Solar power firm to develop 5 'garden' projects, including one in Colorado Springs

    Denver-based solar power firm SunShare is looking at brighter prospects with a big financial boost from utility powerhouse NRG Energy. On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal enabling SunShare to grow its community solar portfolio about eightfold. Under the transaction, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy,...

  • Colorado Springs charter schools have had busy winter

    District 11 ruled Wednesday night that STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, a Colorado Springs charter school, will have to close at the end of the school year, making it one of several area charter schools that have seen changes in recent months. Other recent local charter school news: - After reviewing academic programs, finance,...

  • Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn Long, board president. "I'm sorry for all the staff and...

  • Those possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed incubation period

    More than 330 people possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed their incubation period, the county public health department said Wednesday. A Colorado woman sickened with measles in an outbreak linked to two Disney theme parks in California was treated Jan. 3 at Penrose Hospital and possibly exposed hundreds to the virus. In a...

  • Man, woman arrested in connection with Colorado Springs child death

    A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy earlier this month. Raul Alvarado, 20, was arrested on suspicion first-degree murder in the death of the boy, who police say was injured Jan. 14, and was unresponsive when officers arrived. The boy was taken to Memorial Hospital Central, police said, and...

  • Fast food robbery suspect arrested in Colorado Springs drive-thru

    A man accused of stealing a sandwich while robbing a Colorado Springs Subway last week was caught Wednesday morning in a drive-thru at another fast food joint in the city. Darrell Flynn, 42, was arrested around 10 a.m. Wednesday at an unnamed fast food restaurant near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Barnes Road, according to Colorado Springs...

  • Coquette's Bistro & Bakery expanding its downtown Colorado Springs location

    Coquette's Bistro & Bakery has come a long way from the 1,600-square-foot location that opened more than five years ago in Manitou Springs. The family-run business, whose gluten-free offerings and homemade products have developed a loyal following, is growing again - expanding its nearly year-old downtown Colorado Springs location and...

  • Body of man found in field near I-25 in Colorado Springs identified

    The body of a man found dead in a Colorado Springs field last week has been identified by the El Paso County Coroner. After some difficulty contacting the man's family, he was identified as Paul Benson, 54. Benson was found in an open field near Interstate 25 and the Martin Luther King Jr. Bypass on the afternoon of Jan. 19. A passerby saw...

  • Walsenburg cop sentenced in federal drug case, faces state charge brought while on bond

    A jailhouse phone call from a man to his police officer ex-wife tipped off authorities that the couple was hoarding heroin and drug money in their Pueblo apartment, according to a press release from the United States attorney's office. Former Walsenburg police officer Gloria Suazo, 32, was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison...

  • Fountain man to pay $130k for taking disability money from Veterans Affairs

    A Fountain man who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison and ordered to repay the government. Albert Kenneth Lender, 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17 in Denver and pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to the government on Aug. 22, according...

  • Monitor to probe shootings into moving cars by Denver police; officers involved in fatal teen shooting named

    DENVER — An independent city official who monitors the Denver Police Department said he will investigate its policies and practices related to shooting at moving vehicles after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed. Nicholas Mitchell said Tuesday that such shootings pose unique safety risks to officers and the community. The shooting of...

  • Dalai Lama to visit Colorado later this year

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Dalai Lama plans to visit Colorado in the fall. The University of Colorado and the Tibetan Association of Colorado announced Tuesday that the spiritual leader will visit Boulder on Oct. 20 and 21. The association says the "Compassion in Action" visit will focus on incorporating compassion and ethics into daily life....

  • Creation by Colorado Springs company helps health insurance shoppers

    Connect for Health Colorado, which operates the state's health insurance exchange, has begun using a virtual assistant developed by Colorado Springs-based CodeBaby Corp. to help consumers navigate its website and purchase health care coverage. The assistant, named Kyla, appears on the exchange homepage (connectforhealthco.com) and at key...

  • How to vote in the 2015 Colorado Springs Municipal Election

    The April 7 Colorado Springs Municipal Election is a mail-in only election with ballots being mailed as early as March 13. Ballot drop-off locations will be open to accept ballots Monday through Friday from March 13 through Election Day April 7. On Election Day, drop-off locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and all ballots must be in the...

  • Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

    DENVER — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver International Airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state's image. Marijuana possession and any pot-related...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with young athletes. "Youth sports are growing so fast in Colorado,...

  • Child who started grassfire in Colorado Springs was under 10 years old

    The child who started a fire Tuesday in the Stratton Open Space won't be charged because he or she is under 10 years of age, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Wednesday in a release. Fire investigators said the child was playing with a lighter. The nearly 6-acre fire in southwestern Colorado Springs was reported just after 1 p.m....

  • Suspected car thieves nabbed after chase through Colorado Springs neighborhood

    Mountain Ridge Middle School in northeastern Colorado Springs was locked down for 10 minutes on Wednesday morning while Colorado Springs police chased two suspected thieves through the neighborhood. The two had allegedly stolen a car and then crashed it near the middle school, near Dynamic and Lexington drives, according to police radio...

  • Congress asked to raise spending cap for Denver VA hospital

    DENVER — Colorado's congressional delegation is asking the House and Senate to raise the spending limit on Denver's new veterans hospital from $800 million to $1.1 billion so the troubled project can be completed. Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Mike Coffman introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the cap. The project has...

  • Colorado Springs council says no to ballot measure, yes to stormwater promise

    There will be no Colorado Springs bond election in April for capital improvement projects. Instead, the City Council made a promise to residents that it will spend $19 million a year from the city's general fund and Colorado Springs Utilities on stormwater projects. It was the City Council's final word on a monthslong campaign by Mayor...

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