<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:22:05 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Family of teen killed by Denver police want federal probe]]> SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press http://gazette.com/family-of-teen-killed-by-denver-police-want-federal-probe/article/1545498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-of-teen-killed-by-denver-police-want-federal-probe/article/1545498?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The family of a 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car is calling for a federal civil rights investigation into her death.

Jessica Hernandez was killed Monday after police say she drove the car toward an officer, an account disputed by one of the teens in the car.

In a statement Friday, Hernandez's parents said they want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate her death and for U.S. Attorney John Walsh in Colorado to oversee the criminal investigation of the officers involved.

The family says it doesn't trust Denver police to conduct a fair and timely investigation, and that the department has a history of exonerating its officers.



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DENVER — The family of a 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car is calling for a federal civil rights investigation into her death.

Jessica Hernandez was killed Monday after police say she drove the car toward an officer, an account disputed by one of the teens in the car.

In a statement Friday, Hernandez's parents said they want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate her death and for U.S. Attorney John Walsh in Colorado to oversee the criminal investigation of the officers involved.

The family says it doesn't trust Denver police to conduct a fair and timely investigation, and that the department has a history of exonerating its officers.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:46:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver police solve 18-year-old murder case; killer's mom had role]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-police-solve-18-year-old-murder-case-killers-mom-had-role/article/1545497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-solve-18-year-old-murder-case-killers-mom-had-role/article/1545497?custom_click=rss DENVER — The killer in an 18-year-old murder mystery was shielded by his mother until his own death, Denver police said Friday.

Police said Jonathan Clinton, then 20, was a suspect at the time in a case that drew wide public attention in Denver, The Denver Post reported (http://tinyurl.com/mefz6lm). But his mother, whose name was not released Friday, told investigators that he was home with her the night 67-year-old Surle Goldfogel surprised a burglar at her home and was beaten to death.

Years after Clinton's death of a drug overdose in 2003, his mother told a neighbor the truth.



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DENVER — The killer in an 18-year-old murder mystery was shielded by his mother until his own death, Denver police said Friday.

Police said Jonathan Clinton, then 20, was a suspect at the time in a case that drew wide public attention in Denver, The Denver Post reported (http://tinyurl.com/mefz6lm). But his mother, whose name was not released Friday, told investigators that he was home with her the night 67-year-old Surle Goldfogel surprised a burglar at her home and was beaten to death.

Years after Clinton's death of a drug overdose in 2003, his mother told a neighbor the truth.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:41:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Convicts in $100 billion tax fraud skipped sentencing to play golf]]> Denver Post http://gazette.com/convicts-in-100-billion-tax-fraud-skipped-sentencing-to-play-golf/article/1545488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/convicts-in-100-billion-tax-fraud-skipped-sentencing-to-play-golf/article/1545488?custom_click=rss One defendant was escorted out of court by marshals while yelling at the judge. Another boasted he shot a 49 in golf instead of attending his sentencing hearing the day before. And a third pleaded to be set free — again.

During the carnival-like atmosphere in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello granted a request by convicted tax cheats George Brokaw and John Pawelski to postpone their sentencing hearings then threatened extreme measures against Mimi Vigil if she didn't behave.

"If you are disruptive next time, I'm going to have you gagged," Arguello said sternly as three U.S. Marshals handcuffed Vigil and escorted the grinning woman out of the courtroom.



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One defendant was escorted out of court by marshals while yelling at the judge. Another boasted he shot a 49 in golf instead of attending his sentencing hearing the day before. And a third pleaded to be set free — again.

During the carnival-like atmosphere in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello granted a request by convicted tax cheats George Brokaw and John Pawelski to postpone their sentencing hearings then threatened extreme measures against Mimi Vigil if she didn't behave.

"If you are disruptive next time, I'm going to have you gagged," Arguello said sternly as three U.S. Marshals handcuffed Vigil and escorted the grinning woman out of the courtroom.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:53:57 -0700
<![CDATA[6 teens suspected in teen sex assault at suburban Denver party]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/6-teens-suspected-in-teen-sex-assault-at-suburban-denver-party/article/1545487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-teens-suspected-in-teen-sex-assault-at-suburban-denver-party/article/1545487?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Police in suburban Denver say six male teens are accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a party.

Englewood police said Friday that five teens, ranging from 16 to 19, have been arrested and they expect to arrest a sixth soon.

Police say the girl was assaulted at a party attended by about a dozen teens, where there was alcohol and marijuana.

The girl and some of the suspects are students at Englewood High School. The others are students at other schools in the city.

The school district says it's working to keep the victim safe in school and offering support and counseling to students.

Police say the investigation started Sunday after the girl, who had been reported missing, was found



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ENGLEWOOD — Police in suburban Denver say six male teens are accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a party.

Englewood police said Friday that five teens, ranging from 16 to 19, have been arrested and they expect to arrest a sixth soon.

Police say the girl was assaulted at a party attended by about a dozen teens, where there was alcohol and marijuana.

The girl and some of the suspects are students at Englewood High School. The others are students at other schools in the city.

The school district says it's working to keep the victim safe in school and offering support and counseling to students.

Police say the investigation started Sunday after the girl, who had been reported missing, was found

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:41:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Man arrested after leading police on chase through northwest Colorado Springs]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-leading-police-on-chase-through-northwest-colorado-springs/article/1545466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-leading-police-on-chase-through-northwest-colorado-springs/article/1545466?custom_click=rss A 24-year-old man was arrested after a lengthy foot chase Thursday afternoon after Colorado Springs police responded to a report of an assault.

Jonathan Hall was arrested on suspicion of multiple unspecified felony charges around 4 p.m. after leading officers on a chase through a hilly part of northwest Colorado Springs. An adult female told police he sexually assaulted and tried to strangle her.



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A 24-year-old man was arrested after a lengthy foot chase Thursday afternoon after Colorado Springs police responded to a report of an assault.

Jonathan Hall was arrested on suspicion of multiple unspecified felony charges around 4 p.m. after leading officers on a chase through a hilly part of northwest Colorado Springs. An adult female told police he sexually assaulted and tried to strangle her.

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:47:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs residents arrested after defrauding IRS, skipping sentencing]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-residents-arrested-after-defrauding-irs-skipping-sentencing/article/1545454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-residents-arrested-after-defrauding-irs-skipping-sentencing/article/1545454?custom_click=rss 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 defraud the IRS. They were found to have filed false 1040 tax returns that claimed more than $24 million in refunds in their names.

They also filed liens and other documents claiming IRS employees trying to collect taxes from them owed them millions or billions of dollars.

The sentencing hearing held Thursday afternoon in US. District Court in Denver was continued to Feb.

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George Thomas Brokaw, John J. Pawelski and Mimi M. Vigil, all in their 60s, were convicted in November on tax charges and conspiring to defraud the IRS. They were found to have filed false 1040 tax returns that claimed more than $24 million in refunds in their names.

They also filed liens and other documents claiming IRS employees trying to collect taxes from them owed them millions or billions of dollars.

The sentencing hearing held Thursday afternoon in US. District Court in Denver was continued to Feb.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:25:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Brothers from Kansas, Colorado pay hefty fines in Teller County poaching case]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/brothers-from-kansas-colorado-pay-hefty-fines-in-teller-county-poaching-case/article/1545427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brothers-from-kansas-colorado-pay-hefty-fines-in-teller-county-poaching-case/article/1545427?custom_click=rss

Two brothers have pleaded guilty and paid hefty fines in connection to myriad wildlife charges stemming from a more than three-year poaching investigation into illegal bait sites near the Pike National Forest.

Officials found six bait sites on private property and federal lands near Gold Camp Subdivision and the Pike National Forest, according to a Thursday news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Hunting wildlife lured by bait is illegal in the state, the agency said, and animals killed over bait is considered poaching.

Wildlife officials were tipped to the actions of William Hessman, a 55-year-old Kansas man who owns property in Teller County, and his 47-year-old brother Torry Hessman, who lives in Pagosa

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Officials found six bait sites on private property and federal lands near Gold Camp Subdivision and the Pike National Forest, according to a Thursday news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Hunting wildlife lured by bait is illegal in the state, the agency said, and animals killed over bait is considered poaching.

Wildlife officials were tipped to the actions of William Hessman, a 55-year-old Kansas man who owns property in Teller County, and his 47-year-old brother Torry Hessman, who lives in Pagosa]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:25:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs man allegedly stole Fort Carson soldiers' identities to file tax returns, police say]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-allegedly-stole-fort-carson-soldiers-identities-to-file-tax-returns-police-say/article/1545457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-allegedly-stole-fort-carson-soldiers-identities-to-file-tax-returns-police-say/article/1545457?custom_click=rss 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 civilians were victimized, too.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating Roberson, and have issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of felony charges of theft, identity theft and computer crimes.



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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 civilians were victimized, too.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating Roberson, and have issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of felony charges of theft, identity theft and computer crimes.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:55:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Prosecutors say Colorado man gave varying accounts in deaths of wives]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/prosecutors-say-colorado-man-gave-varying-accounts-in-deaths-of-wives/article/1545447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutors-say-colorado-man-gave-varying-accounts-in-deaths-of-wives/article/1545447?custom_click=rss

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.

Harold Henthorn is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of his wife, Toni Henthorn. In that case, authorities found a map in Henthorn's Jeep with an X marking the cliff near where she fell on an anniversary hike.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh's office filed a motion in U.S.



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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.

Harold Henthorn is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of his wife, Toni Henthorn. In that case, authorities found a map in Henthorn's Jeep with an X marking the cliff near where she fell on an anniversary hike.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh's office filed a motion in U.S.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:59:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver police chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-police-chief-not-clear-how-officer-was-hurt-when-teen-was-killed/article/1545437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-chief-not-clear-how-officer-was-hurt-when-teen-was-killed/article/1545437?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Denver police chief says it is not clear from a preliminary investigation how an officer was injured when a 17-year-old girl driving a stolen car was killed by police.

Chief Robert White initially said the officer was struck by the car as it was driven toward him.

However, he said Thursday that it is not clear whether the officer was hurt by the car or while trying to get out of its way.

Police shot and killed Jessica Hernandez on Monday after finding her and four other people in the car in an alley.

White would not comment further on Thursday about the sequence of events.

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DENVER — The Denver police chief says it is not clear from a preliminary investigation how an officer was injured when a 17-year-old girl driving a stolen car was killed by police.

Chief Robert White initially said the officer was struck by the car as it was driven toward him.

However, he said Thursday that it is not clear whether the officer was hurt by the car or while trying to get out of its way.

Police shot and killed Jessica Hernandez on Monday after finding her and four other people in the car in an alley.

White would not comment further on Thursday about the sequence of events.

Department policy allows officers to shoot at moving vehicles if they have no other reasonable way to prevent

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:20:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado man arrested on 12th DUI charge]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-man-arrested-on-12th-dui-charge/article/1545414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-arrested-on-12th-dui-charge/article/1545414?custom_click=rss

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 field sobriety test following a traffic stop and was driving on a suspended license at the time of his arrest.

Brooks is charged with DUI and being in a possession of an open container.

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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 field sobriety test following a traffic stop and was driving on a suspended license at the time of his arrest.

Brooks is charged with DUI and being in a possession of an open container.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:12:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Mother of girl shot by Denver police seeks separate autopsy]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/mother-of-girl-shot-by-denver-police-seeks-separate-autopsy/article/1545408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-girl-shot-by-denver-police-seeks-separate-autopsy/article/1545408?custom_click=rss

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 the agency disclosed that separate investigations were underway into policies regarding officers shooting at moving vehicles.

The Monday shooting of Jessica Hernandez was the fourth time in seven months that a Denver officer fired at a vehicle after perceiving it as a threat.

Police have said two officers fired after Hernandez drove a stolen car into one of them.



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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 the agency disclosed that separate investigations were underway into policies regarding officers shooting at moving vehicles.

The Monday shooting of Jessica Hernandez was the fourth time in seven months that a Denver officer fired at a vehicle after perceiving it as a threat.

Police have said two officers fired after Hernandez drove a stolen car into one of them.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:41:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Man, woman arrested in connection with Colorado Springs child death]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-woman-arrested-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-child-death/article/1545366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-woman-arrested-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-child-death/article/1545366?custom_click=rss

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 later taken to Denver Children's Hospital. The boy died Jan. 17, police said.

Mayra Juarez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Police said no other arrests were anticipated.

The child's name was not released.

It was the first homicide in Colorado Springs this year, police said.



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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 later taken to Denver Children's Hospital. The boy died Jan. 17, police said.

Mayra Juarez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Police said no other arrests were anticipated.

The child's name was not released.

It was the first homicide in Colorado Springs this year, police said.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:07:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Fast food robbery suspect arrested in Colorado Springs drive-thru]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fast-food-robbery-suspect-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drive-thru/article/1545378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fast-food-robbery-suspect-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drive-thru/article/1545378?custom_click=rss 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 police.

Detectives located a stolen car believed to be associated with a business robbery pattern, and followed it when two people got in and drove to the restaurant. Police blocked the car from both sides of the drive-thru after Flynn ordered, and arrested him after a brief struggle, police said. No one was injured.

A female passenger in the car was released.

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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 police.

Detectives located a stolen car believed to be associated with a business robbery pattern, and followed it when two people got in and drove to the restaurant. Police blocked the car from both sides of the drive-thru after Flynn ordered, and arrested him after a brief struggle, police said. No one was injured.

A female passenger in the car was released.

Flynn is suspected in

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:15:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Walsenburg cop sentenced in federal drug case, faces state charge brought while on bond]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/walsenburg-cop-sentenced-in-federal-drug-case-faces-state-charge-brought-while-on-bond/article/1545376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walsenburg-cop-sentenced-in-federal-drug-case-faces-state-charge-brought-while-on-bond/article/1545376?custom_click=rss 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 and three years of supervised release for aiding and abetting possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Suazo's husband, Jeromy, 33, called her from Pueblo County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a gun as a felon, the release states. Police were monitoring the call and searched the Suazos' Pueblo home, where they found cash and heroin. Gloria Suazo was later

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Former Walsenburg police officer Gloria Suazo, 32, was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for aiding and abetting possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Suazo's husband, Jeromy, 33, called her from Pueblo County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a gun as a felon, the release states. Police were monitoring the call and searched the Suazos' Pueblo home, where they found cash and heroin. Gloria Suazo was later]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:02 -0700