<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:52:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police shoot 'aggressive' dog during disturbance call]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-shoot-aggressive-dog-during-disturbance-call/article/1536625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-shoot-aggressive-dog-during-disturbance-call/article/1536625?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs police shot and wounded a dog Sunday afternoon while investigating a reported disturbance near the intersection of South 8th Street and Cimarron.

Just before 12:30 p.m., police approached the back door of a residence to check on the alleged trouble.

"While doing so, a large pit bull aggressively and quickly ran from the house and towards the officers," police said in a news release. "Noting the dog's aggressive behavior and stance, one of the officers fired several rounds at the animal as it continued approaching them."

The dog was hit in the leg and stopped its advance before again becoming aggressive, police said. The dog's owner, identified as 49-year-old Patrick Lawrence, contained the dog in a

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]]> Colorado Springs police shot and wounded a dog Sunday afternoon while investigating a reported disturbance near the intersection of South 8th Street and Cimarron.

Just before 12:30 p.m., police approached the back door of a residence to check on the alleged trouble.

"While doing so, a large pit bull aggressively and quickly ran from the house and towards the officers," police said in a news release. "Noting the dog's aggressive behavior and stance, one of the officers fired several rounds at the animal as it continued approaching them."

The dog was hit in the leg and stopped its advance before again becoming aggressive, police said. The dog's owner, identified as 49-year-old Patrick Lawrence, contained the dog in a]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Man shoots self during traffic stop in Colorado Springs]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-shoots-self-during-traffic-stop-in-colorado-springs/article/1536622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shoots-self-during-traffic-stop-in-colorado-springs/article/1536622?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself.

Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire.

"Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded like a gunshot," police said in a news release. "The male driver then fell out of the driver's seat onto the ground, stating he had shot himself."

The man, identified as 22-year-old Geordan Morris, was taken to a hospital for treatment of wounds that police say were not life threatening.

Police say after the hospital, he'll be headed to jail on suspicion of drug possession and



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Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself.

Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire.

"Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded like a gunshot," police said in a news release. "The male driver then fell out of the driver's seat onto the ground, stating he had shot himself."

The man, identified as 22-year-old Geordan Morris, was taken to a hospital for treatment of wounds that police say were not life threatening.

Police say after the hospital, he'll be headed to jail on suspicion of drug possession and

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man accidentally fires gun, nearly hits neighbor]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-accidentally-fires-gun-nearly-hits-neighbor/article/1536621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-accidentally-fires-gun-nearly-hits-neighbor/article/1536621?custom_click=rss Police say a man who accidentally fired a gun inside a South Academy Boulevard residence nearly hit his neighbor with the shot.

Police say they were told of the shooting at about 9 p.m. Saturday and traced the gunfire to a residence on the 3000 block of South Academy.

"The firearm discharged, with the bullet traveling out of the residence and into a neighbor's window," police said in a news release. "The bullet just missed striking the neighbor, who at the time was walking outside by that window."

Police got a search warrant for the place and turned up several firearms, officers said.

Officers arrested Jeremiah Arbuckle, 24, on investigation of weapons charges.

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]]> Police say a man who accidentally fired a gun inside a South Academy Boulevard residence nearly hit his neighbor with the shot.

Police say they were told of the shooting at about 9 p.m. Saturday and traced the gunfire to a residence on the 3000 block of South Academy.

"The firearm discharged, with the bullet traveling out of the residence and into a neighbor's window," police said in a news release. "The bullet just missed striking the neighbor, who at the time was walking outside by that window."

Police got a search warrant for the place and turned up several firearms, officers said.

Officers arrested Jeremiah Arbuckle, 24, on investigation of weapons charges.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:50:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police searching for convenience store robber]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-convenience-store-robber/article/1536620?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-convenience-store-robber/article/1536620?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs police on Sunday were hunting for a robber who held up a Platte Avenue convenience store.

Police say a man walked into the Western Convenience Store in the 2500 block of East Platte just after 4 a.m. and demanded cash and cigarettes. Police say the man kept one hand in a pocket and threatened to shoot a clerk unless his demands were met. The robber never showed a gun, police said.

The robber, clad in a hooded sweatshirt fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers searched the neighborhood, but didn't track down the robber.

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]]> Colorado Springs police on Sunday were hunting for a robber who held up a Platte Avenue convenience store.

Police say a man walked into the Western Convenience Store in the 2500 block of East Platte just after 4 a.m. and demanded cash and cigarettes. Police say the man kept one hand in a pocket and threatened to shoot a clerk unless his demands were met. The robber never showed a gun, police said.

The robber, clad in a hooded sweatshirt fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers searched the neighborhood, but didn't track down the robber.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:50:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Man arrested after allegedly choking woman in Colorado Springs]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-allegedly-choking-woman-in-colorado-springs/article/1536619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-allegedly-choking-woman-in-colorado-springs/article/1536619?custom_click=rss A man was arrested and a woman was hospitalized after an early Sunday morning incident on the 2900 block of Muleshoe Drive in eastern Colorado Springs.

Police say they were called to a report of domestic violence just before 3:30 a.m. and found a woman who had been choked.

"The victim had serious bodily injury and was taken to an area hospital," Colorado Springs police said in a news release. "The Special Victims Section was notified and responded to assist with the investigation."

Police say their investigation led them to 30-year-old Todd Powell of Colorado Springs. He was booked into El Paso County jail on investigation of assault.

He was held without bond Sunday afternoon.

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]]> A man was arrested and a woman was hospitalized after an early Sunday morning incident on the 2900 block of Muleshoe Drive in eastern Colorado Springs.

Police say they were called to a report of domestic violence just before 3:30 a.m. and found a woman who had been choked.

"The victim had serious bodily injury and was taken to an area hospital," Colorado Springs police said in a news release. "The Special Victims Section was notified and responded to assist with the investigation."

Police say their investigation led them to 30-year-old Todd Powell of Colorado Springs. He was booked into El Paso County jail on investigation of assault.

He was held without bond Sunday afternoon.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:50:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman sexually assaulted while walking through Colorado Springs park]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woman-sexually-assaulted-while-walking-through-colorado-springs-park/article/1536560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-sexually-assaulted-while-walking-through-colorado-springs-park/article/1536560?custom_click=rss

A woman said she was approached by a male, grabbed and sexually assaulted while walking through Prairie Grass Park on Friday evening, Colorado Springs Police said.

The assault occurred around 8:45 p.m., police said. No suspect has been identified. The woman told police she was walking through the park when she was approached by the male and taken to a nearby car, where she was sexually assaulted. The park is on the 900 block of Chapman Drive.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing.

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]]> A woman said she was approached by a male, grabbed and sexually assaulted while walking through Prairie Grass Park on Friday evening, Colorado Springs Police said.

The assault occurred around 8:45 p.m., police said. No suspect has been identified. The woman told police she was walking through the park when she was approached by the male and taken to a nearby car, where she was sexually assaulted. The park is on the 900 block of Chapman Drive.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Courts Roundup: Colorado Springs man in court after fatal shooting]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-colorado-springs-man-in-court-after-fatal-shooting/article/1536553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-colorado-springs-man-in-court-after-fatal-shooting/article/1536553?custom_click=rss

A man accused of fatally shooting another man at a southeast Colorado Springs business Aug. 19 made his first appearance in court 
Friday.

David Barker, 32, is accused of shooting Kenneth Bentley, 39, of Colorado Springs in the Lawn Guys store.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers found Bentley on the sidewalk in front of the store at 1730 Monterey Road.

Four other people were in the building at the time of shooting, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that Bentley, whom they called "Cricket," walked from the back of the business holding his throat and attempting to speak, then collapsed outside.

Barker told investigators the victim approached him with something in his hand.

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]]> A man accused of fatally shooting another man at a southeast Colorado Springs business Aug. 19 made his first appearance in court 
Friday.

David Barker, 32, is accused of shooting Kenneth Bentley, 39, of Colorado Springs in the Lawn Guys store.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers found Bentley on the sidewalk in front of the store at 1730 Monterey Road.

Four other people were in the building at the time of shooting, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that Bentley, whom they called "Cricket," walked from the back of the business holding his throat and attempting to speak, then collapsed outside.

Barker told investigators the victim approached him with something in his hand.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:05:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs TCF bank robbed]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tcf-bank-robbed/article/1536540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tcf-bank-robbed/article/1536540?custom_click=rss Two men held up a TCF Bank in northern Colorado Springs Friday afternoon, police said.

One of the men was armed, said Colorado Springs police.
Officers responded to the bank at 4330 N. Academy Blvd., near Montbello Drive, around 2 p.m.

No one was injured and both suspects fled with cash.

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]]> Two men held up a TCF Bank in northern Colorado Springs Friday afternoon, police said.

One of the men was armed, said Colorado Springs police.
Officers responded to the bank at 4330 N. Academy Blvd., near Montbello Drive, around 2 p.m.

No one was injured and both suspects fled with cash.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Former soldier awaiting mental evaluation after pleading insanity in alleged deadly car crash]]> By lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-soldier-awaiting-mental-evaluation-after-pleading-insanity-in-alleged-deadly-car-crash/article/1536536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-soldier-awaiting-mental-evaluation-after-pleading-insanity-in-alleged-deadly-car-crash/article/1536536?custom_click=rss A former soldier facing civil and criminal charges in a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy almost a year ago will undergo a mental evaluation next month after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept. 23.

Four children, including a 2-year-old and a 5-week-old, were in the back seat of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped at a red light when Marsh rear-ended the car in his 2005 Dodge Ram truck, which sent the Chevrolet slamming into a Toyota Tundra. Jamie Steckler died of blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept. 23.

Four children, including a 2-year-old and a 5-week-old, were in the back seat of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped at a red light when Marsh rear-ended the car in his 2005 Dodge Ram truck, which sent the Chevrolet slamming into a Toyota Tundra. Jamie Steckler died of blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Hitchhiker accused of killing fellow homeless man]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hitchhiker-accused-of-killing-fellow-homeless-man/article/1536532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hitchhiker-accused-of-killing-fellow-homeless-man/article/1536532?custom_click=rss

Detectives suspect a man who befriended a homeless couple during their cross-country trip to Colorado Springs later killed the husband in a hotel parking lot while his wife slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael Ray, 32, remained in the El Paso County jail without bond Friday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Patrick Hampton, 31, outside the Comfort Suites, 1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

The killing Sunday morning came after Hampton, his wife and his mother ended a trip from Erwin, Tenn., to Colorado Springs, all while living in a two-door 1997 Honda Accord.

Somewhere along the way, the family met Ray, who had offered gas money in exchange for a seat in their car.

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]]> Detectives suspect a man who befriended a homeless couple during their cross-country trip to Colorado Springs later killed the husband in a hotel parking lot while his wife slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael Ray, 32, remained in the El Paso County jail without bond Friday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Patrick Hampton, 31, outside the Comfort Suites, 1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

The killing Sunday morning came after Hampton, his wife and his mother ended a trip from Erwin, Tenn., to Colorado Springs, all while living in a two-door 1997 Honda Accord.

Somewhere along the way, the family met Ray, who had offered gas money in exchange for a seat in their car.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Man allegedly shot while taking car for joyride]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-shot-while-taking-car-for-joyride/article/1536523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-shot-while-taking-car-for-joyride/article/1536523?custom_click=rss One man was shot in the arm late Friday afternoon after he drove his car recklessly through an apartment complex parking lot, Colorado Springs police said.

Police believe the car he was driving was stolen.

The shooting was reported at the 4300 block of N. Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m..

Police said the man was shot in the arm after the alleged parking lot joyride. A man who lived at the complex shot at him, police said, and the driver sped off.

Officers searched for the driver before contacting him at the hospital.

According to police, both men know each other, and the alleged shooter has been detained.



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One man was shot in the arm late Friday afternoon after he drove his car recklessly through an apartment complex parking lot, Colorado Springs police said.

Police believe the car he was driving was stolen.

The shooting was reported at the 4300 block of N. Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m..

Police said the man was shot in the arm after the alleged parking lot joyride. A man who lived at the complex shot at him, police said, and the driver sped off.

Officers searched for the driver before contacting him at the hospital.

According to police, both men know each other, and the alleged shooter has been detained.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:45:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Police find senior citizen who allegedly stole scooter during test drive]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-find-senior-citizen-who-allegedly-stole-scooter-during-test-drive/article/1536520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-find-senior-citizen-who-allegedly-stole-scooter-during-test-drive/article/1536520?custom_click=rss

A man suspected of stealing a $3,800 scooter during a test ride more than a week ago was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said.

A balding, white-haired man with a cane and a limp had taken the red genuine Stella automatic scooter on a test ride around noon but never came back, said Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the owner of Sportique Scooters on 1834 E. Platte Ave. He said Friday that the scooter is still missing.

The suspect, 63-year-old William Skolout, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft about 1 p.m. near Cresta and Stardust drives, police said.

A surveillance video taken of Skolout at the shop's counter the day of the theft shows him pocketing his liability form.

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]]> A man suspected of stealing a $3,800 scooter during a test ride more than a week ago was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said.

A balding, white-haired man with a cane and a limp had taken the red genuine Stella automatic scooter on a test ride around noon but never came back, said Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the owner of Sportique Scooters on 1834 E. Platte Ave. He said Friday that the scooter is still missing.

The suspect, 63-year-old William Skolout, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft about 1 p.m. near Cresta and Stardust drives, police said.

A surveillance video taken of Skolout at the shop's counter the day of the theft shows him pocketing his liability form.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Driver sentenced in crash that killed Denver-area deputy]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/driver-sentenced-in-crash-that-killed-denver-area-deputy/article/1536518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/driver-sentenced-in-crash-that-killed-denver-area-deputy/article/1536518?custom_click=rss

GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give speeches on reckless driving.

The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Baldwin. Authorities say Hosch was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into the motorcycle of the 27-year veteran of the department.

The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time.



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GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give speeches on reckless driving.

The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Baldwin. Authorities say Hosch was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into the motorcycle of the 27-year veteran of the department.

The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time.

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<![CDATA[Convicted elk poacher, a former Boulder cop, avoids prison]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/convicted-elk-poacher-a-former-boulder-cop-avoids-prison/article/1536496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/convicted-elk-poacher-a-former-boulder-cop-avoids-prison/article/1536496?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year.

Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew.

After a week-long trial, Carter was convicted in early June of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony; one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony.

Prosecutors say Carter shot the trophy elk in the residential area while on duty on Jan.



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BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year.

Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew.

After a week-long trial, Carter was convicted in early June of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony; one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony.

Prosecutors say Carter shot the trophy elk in the residential area while on duty on Jan.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:37:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault]]> By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexual-assault/article/1536500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexual-assault/article/1536500?custom_click=rss A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Wednesday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance.

According to Colorado Springs Police, officers went to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate the report that the woman was "forcefully sexually assaulted." Police then tracked down John Jacobs Cooley of Colorado Springs and took him into custody.

Cooley is being held at the El Paso County jail and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Sept. 11. Bail has been set at $25,000.



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A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Wednesday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance.

According to Colorado Springs Police, officers went to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate the report that the woman was "forcefully sexually assaulted." Police then tracked down John Jacobs Cooley of Colorado Springs and took him into custody.

Cooley is being held at the El Paso County jail and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Sept. 11. Bail has been set at $25,000.

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