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  • Trial delayed for Colorado man accused of pushing wife off cliff

    DENVER — The murder trial for a man accused of shoving his second wife off a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park has been delayed. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1BA7n5i ) 58-year-old Harold Henthorn's trial has been pushed back until Sept. 14 so his attorneys have more time to review evidence and interview possible witnesses....

  • Second recreational marijuana shop to open in Manitou Springs

    The tight-knit Manitou Springs community coupled with the streams of tourists that pass through for the Incline, Pikes Peak and small mountain-town relaxation make the city a prime spot for a new recreational marijuana shop, a spokeswoman for an emerging business says. Owners of Emerald Fields, a Glendale recreational marijuana shop, plan to...

  • Employees seek damages for 'evil,' 'outrageous' behavior by former El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa

    A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims former El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley kept a "missing" Internal Affairs file on the current sheriff at her house during a highly publicized controversy. The suit seeks damages for "evil" and "outrageous" behavior on behalf of Presley and former Sheriff Terry Maketa, naming them in their...

  • 20 people to undergo shots after stray kitten tests positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs

    Twenty people must undergo a series of preventative shots after a kitten tested positive for rabies in northeast Colorado Springs. It's the first confirmed case of rabies in a domesticated cat in El Paso County since 1966, according to county public health officials. A family living near Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard took in the...

  • New vehicle registrations in El Paso County hit the slow lane in February

    After hitting a 10-year high last year, the automobile and truck market in El Paso County has gone into reverse. According to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, the number of new vehicles registered in the county last month fell 15.4 percent from February 2014 to 1,662. It marks the third decline in the past four months and the...

  • Colorado Springs kitchen fire causes minor injuries

    A kitchen grease fire sent two people to the hospital Monday afternoon with minor injuries, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said. The fire, on the 1600 block of Acacia Drive, was reported around 2:15 p.m. but was extinguished by people on scene before the fire department arrived. No one was displaced because of the fire.

  • Klingenschmitt's 'dead bureaucrats' bill goes to graveyard

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt unveiled "Mr. Bones" in a House committee Monday, a miniature fake skeleton he said represents all of the dead bureaucrats responsible for some of the 40 bound volumes of administrative rules he would like to see reviewed. But after a few skeletal puns from committee members, the bill proposing a new...

  • Colorado's Second Lady to speak on women and race during International Women's Day event

    The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present an International Women's Day program on Women, Race and Global Minorities on Monday. The guest speaker will be Claire Oberon Garcia, an English professor and director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program at Colorado College. She also is the Second Lady of Colorado, as her husband is Lt....

  • Troop honors 7 teens who stuck it out to earn Eagle Scout rank

    When 16-year-old John Gaebler got up to thank his parents for supporting him along the road to becoming an Eagle Scout, he decided to start with a little honesty. "I almost quit Boy Scouts when I was in the sixth grade," said Gaebler. "And I'm so glad I didn't." Gaebler, the son of Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, was one of...

  • Colorado revenue department sees increase in fraud

    DENVER — Concerns about increasing fraud by thieves using filing software and stolen identification information here and in at least one other state mean the Colorado Department of Revenue will this year issue some refunds by slower-but-surer check to taxpayers who had wanted electronic payments, the department's top tax official said Monday....

  • Investigation turns up bullet holes in fence rather than car

    Further investigation into a report of a car being shot five times in a Colorado Springs hotel parking lot turned up no such car, Colorado Springs police said Monday night. Although a caller on Monday afternoon reported bullet holes riddling a car in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 1410 Harrison Road in south Colorado Springs, police say...

  • Everyone in Colorado may get a marijuana tax refund

    DENVER — Thanks to Colorado’s new marijuana tax and a quirky state law, residents may get a special one-time tax refund next year. The total could be about $59 million, according to Fox 31. That’s how much the state expects to collect from taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana, which Colorado legalized last year. Some of that money...

  • Judge lambastes Colorado Springs prosecutor after third courtroom error in 6 months

    While a woman experiencing a panic attack sobbed outside a courtroom, the case against a man suspected of sexually assaulting and kidnapping her was falling apart. A defense attorney for Daniel Christian August said an argument by prosecutor Jennifer Darby during her closing statements the previous day was part of a strategic move to gain an...

  • Colorado Springs police: Man suspected of breaking up possible drug deal with rifle

    A man was arrested Sunday evening after police suspect he fired a rifle while breaking up a possible drug deal outside his house. Damien Heitzer, 33, was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of felony menacing, according to Colorado Springs police. Shortly after 8 p.m., officers suspect Heitzer tried to confront people who he...

  • Hearing set for Monday to scrutinize petitions for recall Colorado Springs councilwoman

    The recall petition against Councilwoman Helen Collins will be scrutinized in a public hearing Monday. The city scheduled the hearing to review the petition after southeast resident Robert Blancken filed a protest Feb. 17 questioning the validity of the petition - specifically the signatures. The hearing will be at 1 p.m. in the City...

  • Alzheimer's patient in Colorado won't be charged in killing before exam

    LAKEWOOD — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial. A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death...

  • 5 things to know at the Colorado statehouse this week

    DENVER — Here's what will be keeping Colorado lawmakers busy this week: ___ FAMILY LEAVE FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Democrats want to expand the types of school activities for which parents are able to leave work. Currently, employers with more than 50 workers have to allow up to 18 hours of leave annually for employees to attend school...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    Colorado Springs City Councilman Don Knight will host a community meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Fire Station 14, 1875 Dublin Blvd. Knight will be joined by Travis Easton, the city's public works director, who will give updates on the city's streets division. Other topics include Colorado Springs Utilities governance and stormwater. Uriel...

  • Interstate 25 back open between Colorado Springs and Denver after multiple crashes

    UPDATE Colorado State Patrol says that all northbound lanes near the Greenland exit, between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, have re-opened after multiple crashes Monday morning. State patrol tweeted shortly before 9 a.m. CDOT crews were working to de-ice the highway after winds and blowing snow were partly to blame for wrecks early...

  • New hearing set for Air Force Academy cadet in sexual assault case

    A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate. The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him face courts-martial. Now the academy has a hearing set for...

  • Mugshot Monday: 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. Brendan Phillip Camous, 21, is described as a 160-pound man, 5-feet-7 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Camous is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender....

  • Get a Job Monday: Spice up your career with Discover Goodwill

    Discover Goodwill is a hidden gem that is being spotlighted on our Get a Job Monday segment for careers and job futures. The nonprofit operates not only retail and donation centers throughout southern and western Colorado, but also has more than 20 community-based programs and services. Discover Goodwill is hiring for a wide variety of...

  • Remains of missing 18-year-old found in Mesa County

    GRAND JUNCTION — The remains of a Grand Junction teen missing since December have been found. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers were recovered Saturday in Cactus Park — a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre (uhn-kuhm-PAH'-gray) Plateau. Investigators say her death is...

  • Wintry weather to linger along Colorado's Front Range, heavy snow forecast for mountains

    Snow started to fall in Colorado Springs early Sunday evening - the first flakes of a storm that is expected to drop 1 to 3 inches on the ground and linger into Monday. The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted that light snow would cover the Pikes Peak region and the Interstate 25 corridor Sunday night, potentially making the Monday...

  • Colorado landscape marred by oil and gas boom scars

    DENVER — Oil and gas companies have yet to fully restore land around half of the 47,000 inactive wells in Colorado and 72 percent of those unrestored sites have been in the process for more than five years, The Denver Post reported Sunday. The state requires oil and gas companies to restore all sites completely to reduce erosion, loosen...

  • Fort Carson lieutenant could be first female Army Ranger

    A Fort Carson lieutenant could become the first female Ranger, the Army said on its website. The woman, whose name wasn't released, is a Fort Carson helicopter pilot and the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment Course last month. Completing the course is a requirement for Ranger training. The elite...

  • 3rd mayoral bid for Tony 'The Truth' Carpenter

    Tony Carpenter is an unlikely mayoral candidate in many respects. In others, he's the likeliest guy in town to seek the mayor's seat. Carpenter has run for Colorado Springs offices five times - for mayor in 2003 and 2007 and for the City Council in 2005, 2009 and 2011. Now the perennial candidate is seeking the mayor's seat a third time in the...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Phone scams no laughing matter

    This scam is taking southern Colorado by storm, again. In the last two weeks I have heard from more than 50 people who have received recorded messages from a man with an accent claiming to be Steve Martin. It's not the comedian or a law enforcement officer, but a crook who's trying to scare you into coughing up cash. Don't listen to his...

  • Colorado Springs woman accused of biting cop's finger

    A Colorado Springs woman reportedly bit a police officer on the finger early Sunday after she was taken to a hospital following a domestic disturbance, Colorado Springs police said. Sueanna Harris, 29, was arrested in connection with the disturbance about 6 a.m. at a residence in the 800 block of South Circle Drive, police said.

  • Fort Carson soldier accused of firing gun into neighboring apartment

    A Fort Carson soldier was jailed Saturday night on suspicion of firing a shot into a neighboring apartment, Colorado Springs police said. Ryun Haugaard, 31, was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a weapon, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon, police said. No one was injured in the 9:50 p.m. incident at an...

  • Man accused of attempted murder after lunging at Colorado Springs police

    A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Saturday night after he allegedly lunged at police officers with a 15-inch "edged weapon," Colorado Springs police said. Jeffrey Bricker was jailed on a $50,000 bond, according to El Paso County jail records. The encounter occurred in a business in the 300 block of South Academy...

  • Truck smashes into Security home Sunday morning

    The Colorado State Patrol is investigating an early Sunday morning crash that involved a truck smashing into a Security house. The truck, a blue Chevy pickup, caused significant damage to the house in the 4800 block of Sebring Drive. The truck, driven by a 22-year-old Colorado Springs man, was traveling east around 3 a.m. on Maribou Way when...

  • Colorado theater shooting survivor wonders: Will trial bring closure?

    It arrives in a plain white envelope, just like any other bill come due, and Marcus Weaver grabs it from his mailbox with dread. For 2½ years, he's tried to find the right way to be ready for what's in this envelope. He tried talking about his nightmares in public, then grieving them in private. He tried toughing out the pain in his shoulder,...

  • Colorado Springs nurse-turned-student keeps running fun by transitioning to shorter distances

    When Paulette Painter decided to boost her career by pursuing a bachelor's degree, the longtime nurse realized she had much less time to devote to running. With that, the joy of the sport had begun to fade. Fortunately, she also decided to trim back her mileage to counter the added time of hitting the books, and it seems to have paid off....

  • Winter returning to Pikes Peak region after brief reprieve; blizzard warning issued in southern Colorado

    Note: Click here for an updated list of school, military and other closings/delays. Click here for flight information at Colorado Springs Airport. Click here for information at Denver International Airport.  Click here for Colorado Springs area traffic cameras   Temperatures that climbed to the...

  • Leadership change takes place at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

    Jack Damioli takes over today from Steve Bartolin as only the seventh president and CEO in the nearly 97-year history of The Broadmoor hotel. But Damioli isn't just following in Bartolin's footsteps; he has practically been wearing the same shoes as Bartolin for much of his life. Both grew up in small towns near Youngstown, Ohio. Both were...

  • 'Freezin' for a Reason' - Polar Plungers brave icy waters in Colorado Springs

    Clad in plastic hula skirts, red- sequined accessories and bizarre outfits aplenty, more than 300 people took the Polar Plunge into Prospect Lake on Saturday, "freezin' for a reason" in 23-degree weather. The water looked even frostier, prompting the obvious question: Are they crazy? "I asked myself that this morning," said Tracy Benton,...

  • Retiring El Paso County veterans services chief loves helping clients

    It took 29 years for Jim Tackett to finish his internship with El Paso County's Department of Veteran Services. Tackett, an Army veteran, wound up at the office while he was in college and stuck around to start a career there in 1988. He rose to head the department and watched the number of veterans it cares for annually more than double....

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs' official flag still fighting obscurity a century after adoption

    High on a pole outside the Colorado Springs City Administration Building is an unusual flag, flying along with the Stars and Stripes and the Colorado state flag. The strange flag has a blue border and a field of white bearing a six-sided shield that's ringed in green, with rays of sun bursting behind a mountain spotted with gold. On a...

  • Colorado Springs Election 2015: Readers wants to know stance on recreational marijuana sales

    The way Andreas Nilsson sees it, Colorado Springs voters favored Amendment 64 and sent a message that they wanted recreational marijuana sales in the city. He feels that the Colorado Springs City Council has thumbed its nose at the voters by banning the sale of marijuana for recreational use. "I want to know where the candidates stand on...

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