<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:59:45 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woman who faked son's cancer gets probation]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/woman-who-faked-sons-cancer-gets-probation/article/1542019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-who-faked-sons-cancer-gets-probation/article/1542019?custom_click=rss

 

CENTENNIAL — A suburban Denver woman who lied about her son having cancer to collect tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions will serve five years of probation and spend 90 nights in jail on work release.

KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/1rpwgbb) reports that Sandy Nguyen (WIN) of Aurora was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count each of charitable fraud and child abuse.

Police say she convinced her 6-year-old son, family and others in the community that the boy had cancer and had been receiving treatment since about September 2012. The scheme began to unravel after a doctor overheard her talking about her son.



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CENTENNIAL — A suburban Denver woman who lied about her son having cancer to collect tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions will serve five years of probation and spend 90 nights in jail on work release.

KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/1rpwgbb) reports that Sandy Nguyen (WIN) of Aurora was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count each of charitable fraud and child abuse.

Police say she convinced her 6-year-old son, family and others in the community that the boy had cancer and had been receiving treatment since about September 2012. The scheme began to unravel after a doctor overheard her talking about her son.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:29:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man pleads guilty to pimping charge]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-pleads-guilty-to-pimping-charge/article/1542027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-pleads-guilty-to-pimping-charge/article/1542027?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs man originally accused of child prostitution pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pimping charge that won't require him to register on a sex offender list.

Kavion Powell, 28, also pleaded guilty in a drug case. He told Judge Barbara Hughes on Tuesday that he had taken and lived on money from prostitution, but did not share any other details about what he had done.

Powell was arrested by Colorado Springs police in February on suspicion of advertising sex with underage girls from Colorado Springs, transporting them across the Front Range to complete the acts and then collecting the money.

Powell is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 20 and will receive probation rather than prison time.



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A Colorado Springs man originally accused of child prostitution pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pimping charge that won't require him to register on a sex offender list.

Kavion Powell, 28, also pleaded guilty in a drug case. He told Judge Barbara Hughes on Tuesday that he had taken and lived on money from prostitution, but did not share any other details about what he had done.

Powell was arrested by Colorado Springs police in February on suspicion of advertising sex with underage girls from Colorado Springs, transporting them across the Front Range to complete the acts and then collecting the money.

Powell is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 20 and will receive probation rather than prison time.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:09:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Mother of slain UCCS student offers reward for information about killer]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mother-of-slain-uccs-student-offers-reward-for-information-about-killer/article/1541968?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-slain-uccs-student-offers-reward-for-information-about-killer/article/1541968?custom_click=rss

Some mornings, Pam Lively wakes up to lovely, peaceful memories of her daughter.

Other days, it's violent images of the way in which Angelina Sicola was slain last year in her apartment.

"Every morning when I wake up, I think of her," Lively said Monday.

The grief will never go away, she said, but it would help her family to have the peace of knowing their loved one's killer is behind bars.

Lively said Monday morning that she and Sicola's loved ones have raised $10,000 to reward anyone who will come forward with information leading to her killer.

Sicola was found dead in May 2013, strangled in her Colorado Springs apartment. The killing of the 20-year-old University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student



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Some mornings, Pam Lively wakes up to lovely, peaceful memories of her daughter.

Other days, it's violent images of the way in which Angelina Sicola was slain last year in her apartment.

"Every morning when I wake up, I think of her," Lively said Monday.

The grief will never go away, she said, but it would help her family to have the peace of knowing their loved one's killer is behind bars.

Lively said Monday morning that she and Sicola's loved ones have raised $10,000 to reward anyone who will come forward with information leading to her killer.

Sicola was found dead in May 2013, strangled in her Colorado Springs apartment. The killing of the 20-year-old University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:06:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests, dozens arrested]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/ferguson-businesses-torched-in-overnight-protests-dozens-arrested/article/1541961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferguson-businesses-torched-in-overnight-protests-dozens-arrested/article/1541961?custom_click=rss

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Smoke billowed from some businesses Tuesday morning and shattered glass covered the sidewalks in front of others, but the streets in Ferguson were mostly clear.

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Smoke billowed from some businesses Tuesday morning and shattered glass covered the sidewalks in front of others, but the streets in Ferguson were mostly clear.

Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings, with more than a dozen

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:46:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Man dies after altercation at Colorado corrections facility]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-altercation-at-colorado-corrections-facility/article/1541996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-altercation-at-colorado-corrections-facility/article/1541996?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL — The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 33-year-old man died following an altercation at a community corrections facility in Englewood.

Deputies who were called to the Arapahoe Community Treatment Center on Thursday say they encountered John Rotzin bleeding from the face and yelling incoherently as he was being restrained by staff. He went into cardiac arrest while he was being treated by paramedics and died at a hospital Saturday.

Investigators say that before deputies arrived, Rotzin came out of his room into a common area where other inmates and their families were visiting and began punching female visitors in the face. He was restrained and carried to the entryway.



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CENTENNIAL — The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 33-year-old man died following an altercation at a community corrections facility in Englewood.

Deputies who were called to the Arapahoe Community Treatment Center on Thursday say they encountered John Rotzin bleeding from the face and yelling incoherently as he was being restrained by staff. He went into cardiac arrest while he was being treated by paramedics and died at a hospital Saturday.

Investigators say that before deputies arrived, Rotzin came out of his room into a common area where other inmates and their families were visiting and began punching female visitors in the face. He was restrained and carried to the entryway.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:10:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Timeline of events in the shooting death of Michael Brown]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-in-the-shooting-death-of-michael-brown/article/1541987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-in-the-shooting-death-of-michael-brown/article/1541987?custom_click=rss

FERGUSON, Mo. — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer, who is white, are involved in a scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene, and his body remains in the street for four hours in the summer heat. Neighbors later lash out at authorities, saying they mistreated the body.

AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores.



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FERGUSON, Mo. — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer, who is white, are involved in a scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene, and his body remains in the street for four hours in the summer heat. Neighbors later lash out at authorities, saying they mistreated the body.

AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:20:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Denver bar shooting victim ID'd as popular rapper; no suspects]]> By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/denver-bar-shooting-victim-idd-as-popular-rapper-no-suspects/article/1541977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-bar-shooting-victim-idd-as-popular-rapper-no-suspects/article/1541977?custom_click=rss Authorities in Denver on Monday identified a man killed in a shooting at a bar near Sports Authority Field early Sunday that also left several injured.

Kevie Durham, 24, of Denver, was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. at Denver Health Medical Center after the shooting, the medical examiner's office said in a news release. Durham was a well-known Denver rapper.

Police responded to the bar, called The Beach, after someone reported shots fired in the 1600 block of Federal Boulevard. Durham was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.

"There were multiple victims," Denver Police Det. Mary McIver said.

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Authorities in Denver on Monday identified a man killed in a shooting at a bar near Sports Authority Field early Sunday that also left several injured.

Kevie Durham, 24, of Denver, was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. at Denver Health Medical Center after the shooting, the medical examiner's office said in a news release. Durham was a well-known Denver rapper.

Police responded to the bar, called The Beach, after someone reported shots fired in the 1600 block of Federal Boulevard. Durham was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.

"There were multiple victims," Denver Police Det. Mary McIver said.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:43:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Armed robbery overnight at Mexican restaurant]]> By JERRY HERMAN The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-armed-robbery-overnight-at-mexican-restaurant/article/1541935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-armed-robbery-overnight-at-mexican-restaurant/article/1541935?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs police are looking for a man after an alleged armed robbery early Monday morning at a local restaurant.

Police say a man walked into the Albertacos restaurant at 4494 Austin Bluffs Parkway at about 4:30 a.m., pointed a gun at another man and demanded cash.

Police were not able to locate a suspect who fled with cash. No one was injured, according to police.



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Colorado Springs police are looking for a man after an alleged armed robbery early Monday morning at a local restaurant.

Police say a man walked into the Albertacos restaurant at 4494 Austin Bluffs Parkway at about 4:30 a.m., pointed a gun at another man and demanded cash.

Police were not able to locate a suspect who fled with cash. No one was injured, according to police.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:03:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most Wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1541930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1541930?custom_click=rss

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.

Jahser Resto Ferrer, 31, is described as a 146-pound man, 5-feet-7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Ferrer is being sought on suspicion of escape.

Ronnie Lee Kennedy, 48, is described as a 175-pound man, 6-1 inch tall, with brown hair and green eyes. Kennedy is being sought on suspicion of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Laura Mariah Mounts, 30, is described as a 110-pound woman, 5-6 inches tall, with red hair and brown eyes. Mounts is being sought on suspicion of ID theft.

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Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Jahser Resto Ferrer, 31, is described as a 146-pound man, 5-feet-7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Ferrer is being sought on suspicion of escape.

Ronnie Lee Kennedy, 48, is described as a 175-pound man, 6-1 inch tall, with brown hair and green eyes. Kennedy is being sought on suspicion of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Laura Mariah Mounts, 30, is described as a 110-pound woman, 5-6 inches tall, with red hair and brown eyes. Mounts is being sought on suspicion of ID theft.]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:55:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Pedestrian cited after being hit by car on North Academy]]> Ryan Maye Handy, The Gazette http://gazette.com/pedestrian-cited-after-being-hit-by-car-on-north-academy/article/1541919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pedestrian-cited-after-being-hit-by-car-on-north-academy/article/1541919?custom_click=rss A 27-year-old man was ticketed early Sunday after he was hit by a car while dashing across a North Academy Boulevard intersection against the traffic light, Colorado Springs Police said.

Around 12:45 a.m., the man crossed the intersection of North Academy and Village Road South and was hit by a car; he was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police found that the driver was not at fault, and investigators suspect the pedestrian had been drinking. He was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. The incident closed northbound Academy for about 40 minutes.



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A 27-year-old man was ticketed early Sunday after he was hit by a car while dashing across a North Academy Boulevard intersection against the traffic light, Colorado Springs Police said.

Around 12:45 a.m., the man crossed the intersection of North Academy and Village Road South and was hit by a car; he was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police found that the driver was not at fault, and investigators suspect the pedestrian had been drinking. He was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. The incident closed northbound Academy for about 40 minutes.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:06:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Cancer-stricken Colorado Springs killer Jennifer Reali denied parole]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/cancer-stricken-colorado-springs-killer-jennifer-reali-denied-parole/article/1541912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cancer-stricken-colorado-springs-killer-jennifer-reali-denied-parole/article/1541912?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Board of Parole has denied a convicted murderer's request to be released because she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Jennifer Reali was convicted of killing her lover's wife in Colorado Springs in 1990. She is now in a Lakewood halfway house.

According to KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.com/ppsfz8f ), the board took less than 30 minutes to unanimously deny Reali's request.

Reali was denied release during a regular parole hearing in October. She then asked the Colorado Board of Parole for a special needs hearing. The board could have granted her early release on the basis of her cancer diagnosis.

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The Colorado Board of Parole has denied a convicted murderer's request to be released because she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Jennifer Reali was convicted of killing her lover's wife in Colorado Springs in 1990. She is now in a Lakewood halfway house.

According to KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.com/ppsfz8f ), the board took less than 30 minutes to unanimously deny Reali's request.

Reali was denied release during a regular parole hearing in October. She then asked the Colorado Board of Parole for a special needs hearing. The board could have granted her early release on the basis of her cancer diagnosis.

The decision means that Reali will continue to be held at the halfway house where she has

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:55:27 -0700
<![CDATA[1 dead, 2 hurt in Denver bar shooting]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/1-dead-2-hurt-in-denver-bar-shooting/article/1541908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-2-hurt-in-denver-bar-shooting/article/1541908?custom_click=rss DENVER — One person is dead and at least two people are hurt after a shooting in a Denver bar.

The shooting happened early Sunday at a bar called The Beach.

Police tweeted that the other victims had non-life threatening injuries.

There were no details on suspects.



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DENVER — One person is dead and at least two people are hurt after a shooting in a Denver bar.

The shooting happened early Sunday at a bar called The Beach.

Police tweeted that the other victims had non-life threatening injuries.

There were no details on suspects.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:48:00 -0700
<![CDATA[911 caller: Boy shot by police had likely fake gun]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/911-caller-boy-shot-by-police-had-likely-fake-gun/article/1541876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/911-caller-boy-shot-by-police-had-likely-fake-gun/article/1541876?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND — A man who called 911 just before a 12-year-old boy was shot and injured by a Cleveland police officer told dispatchers that the boy was at a recreation center pointing a pistol at everybody.

The man told dispatchers that gun was "probably fake" but also said that the boy was scaring everyone.

A police union official tells The Plain Dealer newspaper that the boy grabbed the replica semi-automatic pistol and put it in his waistband when officers arrived.

He says an officer told the boy to raise his hands, but he instead reached into his waistband and grabbed the pistol.

The officer fired two shots, hitting the boy at least once in the stomach.

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CLEVELAND — A man who called 911 just before a 12-year-old boy was shot and injured by a Cleveland police officer told dispatchers that the boy was at a recreation center pointing a pistol at everybody.

The man told dispatchers that gun was "probably fake" but also said that the boy was scaring everyone.

A police union official tells The Plain Dealer newspaper that the boy grabbed the replica semi-automatic pistol and put it in his waistband when officers arrived.

He says an officer told the boy to raise his hands, but he instead reached into his waistband and grabbed the pistol.

The officer fired two shots, hitting the boy at least once in the stomach.

Cleveland media outlets say the orange

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:38:39 -0700
<![CDATA[DEA agent arrested in Douglas County domestic violence incident]]> By David Migoya, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/dea-agent-arrested-in-douglas-county-domestic-violence-incident/article/1541875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dea-agent-arrested-in-douglas-county-domestic-violence-incident/article/1541875?custom_click=rss Douglas County sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Special agent Stephen Conor, 47, is in the county detention center through the weekend, a sheriff's spokesman said, and is expected to appear before a judge Monday.

Conor allegedly slashed a car tire, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.



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Douglas County sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Special agent Stephen Conor, 47, is in the county detention center through the weekend, a sheriff's spokesman said, and is expected to appear before a judge Monday.

Conor allegedly slashed a car tire, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:10:52 -0700
<![CDATA[CU-Boulder facing Title IX lawsuit from male student suspended in sex assault case]]> By Sarah Kuta, Boulder Daily Camera http://gazette.com/cu-boulder-facing-title-ix-lawsuit-from-male-student-suspended-in-sex-assault-case/article/1541868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-boulder-facing-title-ix-lawsuit-from-male-student-suspended-in-sex-assault-case/article/1541868?custom_click=rss An anonymous male student is suing the University of Colorado for violating his civil rights under Title IX, the federal gender equity law, after he was found guilty of sexual assault by the Boulder campus last year.

The student, identified in court documents only as "John Doe," says he was wrongfully accused and suspended for three semesters after a night of consensual sex.

The lawsuit comes amid an unrelated U.S. Department of Education investigation into CU-Boulder, which began last summer when a female sexual assault victim complained CU didn't do enough to protect her.



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An anonymous male student is suing the University of Colorado for violating his civil rights under Title IX, the federal gender equity law, after he was found guilty of sexual assault by the Boulder campus last year.

The student, identified in court documents only as "John Doe," says he was wrongfully accused and suspended for three semesters after a night of consensual sex.

The lawsuit comes amid an unrelated U.S. Department of Education investigation into CU-Boulder, which began last summer when a female sexual assault victim complained CU didn't do enough to protect her.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:30:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Castle Rock deaths ruled murder-suicide]]> http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people whose bodies were found in a Castle Rock home died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team

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The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:45:53 -0600