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Auto break-ins at Colorado Springs park on the rise

News: Crime & Justice Updated: 6 hr ago

Lorraine Elger loved walking her dogs at Palmer Park in northeast Colorado Springs until her car got broken into and her purse was stolen - in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, Elger is only one of many people who have had their vehicle's burglarized since the weather started warming up,...

Video chat REWIND: The Gazette's Dave Philipps, Michael Ciaglo answer questions on Pulitzer Prize win

News: Local News Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

The Gazette was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Other Than Honorable,” Dave Philipps’ three-day investigative series last year that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged without benefits.

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  • Two more alleged victims come forward in Coronado sex assault case

    Two additional alleged victims have been identified in a sex assault case involving a former Coronado High School education assistant who was arrested in February, Colorado Springs police said. Benjamin Wilkerson, 26, was arrested Feb. 18 after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student, police said. During the course of...

  • Colorado on the Web: Lessons of Columbine strengthen community

    For some in Colorado, April 20 is not known for marijuana. April 20 is a harsh reminder of one of the most infamous days in Colorado history. Fifteen years ago this month, Columbine High School was attacked by two teenagers who killed 12 fellow students and a teacher and injured almost two dozen others before taking their own lives....

  • Fort Carson 'incident' causes evacuation; woman detained

    A building on Fort Carson was evacuated Wednesday after a woman displayed threatening behavior and suggested she had weapon during a medical appointment, Fort Carson officials said. The incident was initially reported as a shooting by one news station, but sources at Fort Carson described the incident as minor, and confirmed that there was no...

  • Former Colorado police officer accused of stealing from dead man

    ALAMOSA — A former Antonito police officer faces charges of theft and official misconduct in connection with the alleged theft of money from a dead man. Authorities say Don Mendoza of Alamosa was on duty in Antonito Jan. 4 when he responded to assist a coroner. Authorities found about $2,200 in cash, but when family members arrived to...

  • Man suspected in Colorado Springs attack, robbery

    A man remained in jail Thursday after police said he attacked and robbed an employee closing up a business in east Colorado Springs Wednesday night. Amata Marshall, 34, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and booked into the El Paso County jail, records show. An employee of Weber Wright Moving, 250 S. Academy Blvd., was closing...

  • Colorado vacation rentals allowing marijuana

    DENVER — A company looking to cash in on all the marijuana-smoking visitors that come to tour Colorado is offering visitors a chance to rent a home where they can smoke pot. AirTHC is spinoff of AirBNB, which provides vacationers with bed-and-breakfast rentals. According to KUSA-TV ( ), the concept allows people...

  • Colorado woman sues police for false imprisonment

    GREELEY — The Tribune reports a woman jailed for 49 days before forgery charges against her were dismissed is suing the city of Greeley, its police department and a police officer for false arrest and imprisonment. The Tribune, in a story Thursday ( ), cited the suit filed last month by 39-year-old Alma Rubi...

  • Gazette wins Best of the West awards

    The Gazette has won four awards in the annual Best of the West journalism contest for newspapers, magazines and news websites in 14 Western states. Stephanie Swearngin took first place for her page design for the "Other than Honorable" series that recently won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. "Amazing storytelling skills," the judge...

  • Udall, Gardner about even in Colorado Senate race

    DENVER — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is about even with his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, according to a poll released Thursday that confirms Colorado's Senate race is one of the nation's most competitive. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Udall has the support of 45 percent of voters, compared with Gardner's 44...

  • GOP governor hopefuls debate in Denver

    DENVER — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez is making his first live pitch to Republican voters Thursday at a Republican gubernatorial debate. Three of the four candidates challenging Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will participate in the KUSA debate — Beauprez, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Sen. Mike Kopp. Former U.S....

  • How you can volunteer to give Colorado Springs parks, trails some TLC

    Most of us don't spend a lot of time admiring well-designed trails. And while these trails can last for decades, all of them can use a little love from time to time. This is a great time of year to pick a park or open space and find a project. Going online to check out is a good way to start. Parks and open spaces...

  • Azerbaijan touts itself as alternative to Russian energy as Ukraine crisis deepens

    America has a pint-sized ally that's working on a solution for easing tensions with Russia in coming years. Azerbaijan, a country on the Caspian Sea with legendary oil wealth, is building a natural gas pipeline to feed the riches of the Baku oil field to Europe in a move that will make other American allies less dependent on Russian supplies...

  • Hickenlooper has comfortable lead over challengers

    DENVER — A new poll suggests that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a comfortable lead over his potential Republican challengers, backed by support from women and unaffiliated voters. The poll from Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University released Wednesday said that 52 percent of Colorado voters approve of the job Hickenlooper is...

  • Colorado lawmaker pushes for school arrest stats

    DENVER — A Colorado state senator says she'll be pushing law enforcement agencies to report statistics showing what happens when trouble at school leads to the arrests of young people, but police see the new requirement as just one more unfunded burden. The Smart School Discipline Law requires police and sheriffs officers and district...

  • Bill prohibiting jail for fines heads to governor

    DENVER — A proposal to stop jailing poor people for being unable to pay municipal court fines is expected to be signed into law in Colorado. A spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday the governor is expected to agree to the measure, which got final approval from the Colorado Legislature. With the bill, defendants must now be...

  • 13-year-old rapper touts environmental message at Pikes Peak Community College

    Think recycling one plastic bottle or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth doesn't matter? Think again, challenges 13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. "How does one college kid make a difference on a global scale? It's simple things in everyday life. It's always going to start small, with each and every one of us as individuals, and...

  • Athena Award goes to Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Jan Martin

    City Councilwoman Jan Martin has followed women who have been role models for her in politics and in the community, and she takes pride in mentoring young people who now follow her. For her mentoring efforts, community work and service to others, Martin was honored as the 2014 Athena Award winner during a luncheon Wednesday at The Broadmoor...

  • Parents of Aurora victims slam Rep. Mike Coffman

    AURORA — Parents of two people killed in the Aurora theater shooting are calling on Rep. Mike Coffman to support universal background checks. Coffman opposes a bill in Congress that would expand background checks to almost anyone purchasing a firearm. The parents of Jessica Ghawi (GAH'-wee) and Alex Sullivan on Wednesday said that Coffman...

  • 4th grader tries to sell marijuana in northern Colorado

    GREELEY — School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus. John Gates, director of safety for Weld County School District 6, said Wednesday that the students involved, three 10-year-old boys...

  • Colorado Springs City Council gives green light to private marijuana club

    City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open. The city administration had sought to close the club - Studio A64 at the corner of Colorado and Wahsatch avenues - but the...


Red Cross seeks to honor community heroes

News: Local News Updated: Tue, Jan 21, 2014