<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:14:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Maketa defends himself against reports of financial impropriety]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/maketa-defends-himself-against-reports-of-financial-impropriety/article/1538008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maketa-defends-himself-against-reports-of-financial-impropriety/article/1538008?custom_click=rss

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said in a television interview that controversy surrounding supposed Sheriff's Office "mystery accounts" is unfounded.

Maketa told Betty Sexton of Gazette news partner KKTV, in an interview that aired Sunday, that he feels the Sheriff's Office has been "singled out," and that the accounts are legitimate.
"There's a lot of hype about secret accounts, mystery accounts, million dollar mystery accounts," he said. "That is really nothing more than people running around telling lies and then the media buying into it and never asking the questions, 'can we see your accounts?'"

Details of a supposed mystery account emerged earlier in the summer after conflicting reports.



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El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said in a television interview that controversy surrounding supposed Sheriff's Office "mystery accounts" is unfounded.

Maketa told Betty Sexton of Gazette news partner KKTV, in an interview that aired Sunday, that he feels the Sheriff's Office has been "singled out," and that the accounts are legitimate.
"There's a lot of hype about secret accounts, mystery accounts, million dollar mystery accounts," he said. "That is really nothing more than people running around telling lies and then the media buying into it and never asking the questions, 'can we see your accounts?'"

Details of a supposed mystery account emerged earlier in the summer after conflicting reports.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:38:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office mounted unit assumes investigation of dead horses]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-mounted-unit-assumes-investigation-of-dead-horses/article/1537964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-mounted-unit-assumes-investigation-of-dead-horses/article/1537964?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office mounted unit has taken over an investigation into several dead horses discovered Friday in a barn in Black Forest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said Saturday.

The dead horses were discovered after a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, the woman isn't the owner, said Cmdr. Jeff Kramer, another Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn, and White said that the mounted unit is working with the property owner to ensure the care of those animals.



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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office mounted unit has taken over an investigation into several dead horses discovered Friday in a barn in Black Forest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said Saturday.

The dead horses were discovered after a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, the woman isn't the owner, said Cmdr. Jeff Kramer, another Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn, and White said that the mounted unit is working with the property owner to ensure the care of those animals.

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Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:15:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Fugitive arrested in Colorado Springs, drugs found]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fugitive-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drugs-found/article/1537940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fugitive-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drugs-found/article/1537940?custom_click=rss A man wanted by police was arrested Friday after he was located inside of a parked car, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was in front of a home at 1826 Carmel Drive, which police said they were conducting surveillance on because they believed a fugitive may be living there. Police released a name of the man arrested, but The Gazette could not independently confirm the correct spelling.

The arrest occurred about 6 p.m., and police said the man was wanted but did not provide details on the warrant. Police also said a K-9 found narcotics in the vehicle, but they did not specify what kind.

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]]> A man wanted by police was arrested Friday after he was located inside of a parked car, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was in front of a home at 1826 Carmel Drive, which police said they were conducting surveillance on because they believed a fugitive may be living there. Police released a name of the man arrested, but The Gazette could not independently confirm the correct spelling.

The arrest occurred about 6 p.m., and police said the man was wanted but did not provide details on the warrant. Police also said a K-9 found narcotics in the vehicle, but they did not specify what kind.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Courts Roundup]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/courts-roundup/article/1537912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courts-roundup/article/1537912?custom_click=rss A woman indicted in May on charges of attempted murder received a 15-year suspended prison sentence and six years of probation Thursday for first-degree burglary, according to court records and the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Michelle Heaston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary last month. Tammy Lynn Fritz and Richard Lagoe, also charged in the 2009 attempted-murder case, are facing charges after authorities said they were part of an attempt to kill a man and collect on life insurance.

According to the indictment, Fritz tried to kill the man twice, first with fire in 2005, and then again in an apparent ambush involving a baseball bat. According to court documents, Fritz enlisted Heaston and her boyfriend,

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]]> A woman indicted in May on charges of attempted murder received a 15-year suspended prison sentence and six years of probation Thursday for first-degree burglary, according to court records and the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Michelle Heaston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary last month. Tammy Lynn Fritz and Richard Lagoe, also charged in the 2009 attempted-murder case, are facing charges after authorities said they were part of an attempt to kill a man and collect on life insurance.

According to the indictment, Fritz tried to kill the man twice, first with fire in 2005, and then again in an apparent ambush involving a baseball bat. According to court documents, Fritz enlisted Heaston and her boyfriend,]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Crime scene details emerge in Colorado Springs double murder trial]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/crime-scene-details-emerge-in-colorado-springs-double-murder-trial/article/1537907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-scene-details-emerge-in-colorado-springs-double-murder-trial/article/1537907?custom_click=rss

Pieces of a home security system lay across the living room, ripped from a wall and scattered.

Cords led to electronics no longer there amid a house littered with toppled furniture and video games strewn across the floor.

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife lay in the middle of it all, face down and lifeless.

A series of crime scene photos painted a bloody picture of their deaths Jan. 14, 2013 - the focus of testimony Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Macyo Joelle January.

For the first time, jurors saw in vivid detail the place where the couple intended to start a family.

Pregnant with their first child, Whitney Butler died beside her husband in a house ransacked everywhere

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Cords led to electronics no longer there amid a house littered with toppled furniture and video games strewn across the floor.

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife lay in the middle of it all, face down and lifeless.

A series of crime scene photos painted a bloody picture of their deaths Jan. 14, 2013 - the focus of testimony Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Macyo Joelle January.

For the first time, jurors saw in vivid detail the place where the couple intended to start a family.

Pregnant with their first child, Whitney Butler died beside her husband in a house ransacked everywhere]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:54:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Question of race creeps into Macyo January trial]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/question-of-race-creeps-into-macyo-january-trial/article/1537905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/question-of-race-creeps-into-macyo-january-trial/article/1537905?custom_click=rss

Questions about race briefly crept into the trial of Macyo Joelle January on Friday, three days after defense attorneys successfully argued a man back onto the jury panel amid concerns he was being dismissed because he is black.

The issue first arose Tuesday, when 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs struck down prosecutor Jeff Lindsey's attempt to remove the panel's lone black juror during jury selection.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys can remove any number of jurors if they state their reasons. But Henson's challenge came as Lindsey tried keeping his reason secret, which he can do 12 times as long as there is no discrimination in regards to race, ethnicity or gender.

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]]> Questions about race briefly crept into the trial of Macyo Joelle January on Friday, three days after defense attorneys successfully argued a man back onto the jury panel amid concerns he was being dismissed because he is black.

The issue first arose Tuesday, when 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs struck down prosecutor Jeff Lindsey's attempt to remove the panel's lone black juror during jury selection.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys can remove any number of jurors if they state their reasons. But Henson's challenge came as Lindsey tried keeping his reason secret, which he can do 12 times as long as there is no discrimination in regards to race, ethnicity or gender.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Several horses found dead in Black Forest barn]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/several-horses-found-dead-in-black-forest-barn/article/1537902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/several-horses-found-dead-in-black-forest-barn/article/1537902?custom_click=rss Several dead horses were discovered inside a barn in Black Forest, the El Paso County's Sheriff Office said.
Around 3 p.m. Friday a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, she isn't the owner, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Kramer.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn. Kramer said the health of the other horses is being checked.

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Around 3 p.m. Friday a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, she isn't the owner, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Kramer.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn. Kramer said the health of the other horses is being checked.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Update: Macyo January trial continues Friday]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -By jakob rodgers - the gazette http://gazette.com/update-macyo-january-trial-continues-friday/article/1537839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/update-macyo-january-trial-continues-friday/article/1537839?custom_click=rss

The trial of a teen accused of gunning down a couple amid a botched burglary continued Thursday again Friday.

You can follow @JakobRodgers for live courtroom updates.

Here's the latest:

The trial: Macyo Joelle January faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his 
pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, on Jan. 14, 2013 in their home at 222 Bassett Drive. Though January was 17 at the time of the killings, prosecutors charged him as an adult.

What's happened so far: Prosecutors claim January broke into the couple's home and shot the couple while they checked on a burglar alarm. January fled the house, prosecutors say, only to return minutes later as cops



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The trial of a teen accused of gunning down a couple amid a botched burglary continued Thursday again Friday.

You can follow @JakobRodgers for live courtroom updates.

Here's the latest:

The trial: Macyo Joelle January faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his 
pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, on Jan. 14, 2013 in their home at 222 Bassett Drive. Though January was 17 at the time of the killings, prosecutors charged him as an adult.

What's happened so far: Prosecutors claim January broke into the couple's home and shot the couple while they checked on a burglar alarm. January fled the house, prosecutors say, only to return minutes later as cops

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:31:01 -0600
<![CDATA[New details about Fort Carson soldier accused of burning house]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.



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A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:41:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspect in 1999 killing waives extradition]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/suspect-in-1999-killing-waives-extradition/article/1537836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-in-1999-killing-waives-extradition/article/1537836?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Colorado man charged with killing his wife 15 years ago agreed Thursday to return to Montana to face trial amid indications that authorities had long harbored questions about his possible involvement in the case.

Brian David Laird, 46, waived extradition during a first court appearance in Fort Collins, Colorado, before Judge Daniel Kaup, according to minutes of his appearance.

Montana authorities want Laird to face trial in Big Horn County in the death of Kathyrn Laird, whose badly bruised body was found floating in a bay downstream of Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith on July 31, 1999.

If convicted, Brian Laird, a former Montana fly fishing guide and attorney, could face the death penalty or a



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BILLINGS, Mont. — A Colorado man charged with killing his wife 15 years ago agreed Thursday to return to Montana to face trial amid indications that authorities had long harbored questions about his possible involvement in the case.

Brian David Laird, 46, waived extradition during a first court appearance in Fort Collins, Colorado, before Judge Daniel Kaup, according to minutes of his appearance.

Montana authorities want Laird to face trial in Big Horn County in the death of Kathyrn Laird, whose badly bruised body was found floating in a bay downstream of Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith on July 31, 1999.

If convicted, Brian Laird, a former Montana fly fishing guide and attorney, could face the death penalty or a

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:17:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police searching for sandwich shop robbers]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-sandwich-shop-robbers/article/1537834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-sandwich-shop-robbers/article/1537834?custom_click=rss Two masked men held up a Subway sandwich shop Wednesday night, Colorado Springs police said.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., police received reports of an armed robbery at the Subway on the 2900 block of W. Colorado Avenue. Police said the robbers brandished a black handgun, demanded money and took off on foot through an alley, police said. Police and police dogs search the area, but did not find the two men.

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Shortly after 9:30 p.m., police received reports of an armed robbery at the Subway on the 2900 block of W. Colorado Avenue. Police said the robbers brandished a black handgun, demanded money and took off on foot through an alley, police said. Police and police dogs search the area, but did not find the two men.]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:05:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Calhan homicide victim identified]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/calhan-homicide-victim-identified/article/1537777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calhan-homicide-victim-identified/article/1537777?custom_click=rss

The victim of a fatal shooting in Calhan was identified Thursday as 30-year-old Michael Mackey, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The El Paso County coroner determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide, the fourth in El Paso County this year.

Heather Marie Neville, 59, remains at the El Paso County jail without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, records show.

Authorities said Neville allegedly shot and killed Mackey during an altercation. A neighbor told The Gazette that Mackey had been in a heated argument over a septic tank hookup before his death.

The shooting was reported about 12:20 p.m. Monday from a home on the 9800 block of Calhan Highway,

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The El Paso County coroner determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide, the fourth in El Paso County this year.

Heather Marie Neville, 59, remains at the El Paso County jail without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, records show.

Authorities said Neville allegedly shot and killed Mackey during an altercation. A neighbor told The Gazette that Mackey had been in a heated argument over a septic tank hookup before his death.

The shooting was reported about 12:20 p.m. Monday from a home on the 9800 block of Calhan Highway,]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:04:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Authorities: Nebraska slaying victim from Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/authorities-nebraska-slaying-victim-from-colorado/article/1537785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-nebraska-slaying-victim-from-colorado/article/1537785?custom_click=rss NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Authorities in western Nebraska say a man whose body was found on a riverbank was from Colorado.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified the man as 43-year-old Lonnie Sanchez, of Hoehne, Colorado.

The office says two people reported seeing the body late Tuesday along the South Platte River. Officers say the body was wrapped in a tarp and had facial wounds. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

Officers have arrested a 45-year-old man and a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of being an accessory. Online court records don't yet list the cases or show that the three have been formally charged.



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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Authorities in western Nebraska say a man whose body was found on a riverbank was from Colorado.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified the man as 43-year-old Lonnie Sanchez, of Hoehne, Colorado.

The office says two people reported seeing the body late Tuesday along the South Platte River. Officers say the body was wrapped in a tarp and had facial wounds. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

Officers have arrested a 45-year-old man and a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of being an accessory. Online court records don't yet list the cases or show that the three have been formally charged.

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:35:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Witness claims he watched Macyo January steal from home]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/witness-claims-he-watched-macyo-january-steal-from-home/article/1537755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/witness-claims-he-watched-macyo-january-steal-from-home/article/1537755?custom_click=rss

Testifying with the aid of a sign language interpreter, Frankie Meyers needed no translation when asked who emerged from his neighbors' ransacked and bloodied house.

"Macyo January," he said in a hoarse-sounding voice.

While repeatedly pointing his finger at the teen, Meyers, who is hearing impaired, said he watched January flee the burglarized house only to return five minutes later as cops sped to the scene. His testimony highlighted Wednesday's proceedings in January's first-degree murder trial, which focused heavily on the moment neighbors and police realized something went wrong at 222 Bassett Drive.

Prosecutors allege January gunned down Army Staff Sgt.



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Testifying with the aid of a sign language interpreter, Frankie Meyers needed no translation when asked who emerged from his neighbors' ransacked and bloodied house.

"Macyo January," he said in a hoarse-sounding voice.

While repeatedly pointing his finger at the teen, Meyers, who is hearing impaired, said he watched January flee the burglarized house only to return five minutes later as cops sped to the scene. His testimony highlighted Wednesday's proceedings in January's first-degree murder trial, which focused heavily on the moment neighbors and police realized something went wrong at 222 Bassett Drive.

Prosecutors allege January gunned down Army Staff Sgt.

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Elway son pleads guilty in domestic violence case]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/elway-son-pleads-guilty-in-domestic-violence-case/article/1537776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elway-son-pleads-guilty-in-domestic-violence-case/article/1537776?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, has pleaded guilty in a domestic violence case involving his girlfriend.

Court records show the 25-year-old John Albert Elway on Tuesday pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was sentenced to one year of probation that includes domestic violence counseling. Prosecutors withdrew an assault charge.

Elway was arrested in May after his girlfriend told Denver police that he pulled her from a car by her hair and shoved her to the ground when she tried to get back inside, causing scrapes. Police say Elway then fled the scene.

Court records show Elway is forbidden from possessing firearms and from having contact with the woman in the case.



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DENVER — Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, has pleaded guilty in a domestic violence case involving his girlfriend.

Court records show the 25-year-old John Albert Elway on Tuesday pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was sentenced to one year of probation that includes domestic violence counseling. Prosecutors withdrew an assault charge.

Elway was arrested in May after his girlfriend told Denver police that he pulled her from a car by her hair and shoved her to the ground when she tried to get back inside, causing scrapes. Police say Elway then fled the scene.

Court records show Elway is forbidden from possessing firearms and from having contact with the woman in the case.

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:39:24 -0600