<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:47:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Panel discussion pushes need for help fighting human trafficking]]> http://gazette.com/panel-discussion-pushes-need-for-help-fighting-human-trafficking/article/1558544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panel-discussion-pushes-need-for-help-fighting-human-trafficking/article/1558544?custom_click=rss Even as southern Colorado residents become more informed about the horrors of human trafficking and law enforcement goes after criminals with more vigor, it remains exceedingly difficult to prosecute the perpetrators, experts said during a panel discussion Tuesday night.

Shannon Gerhart, chief deputy district attorney of the 4th Judicial District, said during a Forum for Civic Advancement panel discussion hosted by the El Pomar Foundation, that victims often don't want to cooperate with prosecutors or testify against people who have forced them into sexual slavery or abused them.

Gerhart coordinates the Prostitution/Human Trafficking Victim Diversion Program at the DA's office.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:16:46 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County Woman found not guilty by insanity in killing of mother]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-woman-found-not-guilty-by-insanity-in-killing-of-mother/article/1558526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-woman-found-not-guilty-by-insanity-in-killing-of-mother/article/1558526?custom_click=rss

It took less than an hour Tuesday for 4th Judicial District Court Judge David Gilbert to rule Rae Lena Stanley not guilty by reason of insanity in the December 2013 brutal killing of her mother, Charlas Stanley.

Gilbert's decision was not popular with members of the Stanley family who worry that Rae Stanley may one day be deemed rehabilitated and released from the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

"Yes, that is my sister," Mara Jefferson said after the bench trial. "But she's not the sister I grew up with. The thought of her getting out of the mental hospital is scary."

Stanley, 57, will be turned over to the state's Department of Human Services and sent to Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for treatment.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Affidavit: Administrator used Colorado Springs doctor's office accounts for groceries, child's dentist]]> http://gazette.com/affidavit-administrator-used-colorado-springs-doctors-office-accounts-for-groceries-childs-dentist/article/1558521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-administrator-used-colorado-springs-doctors-office-accounts-for-groceries-childs-dentist/article/1558521?custom_click=rss

Michelle Lisanne Reynolds apparently used credit cards, business accounts and payroll funds from the Strode Family Practice to make personal purchases online, at Walmart, Sam's Club, Target and even at her child's dentist, an arrest affidavit says.

Reynolds, who turned herself in to police Thursday, is accused of stealing more than $56,000 from Dr. Lloyd Strode and his wife Catherine Strode. The couple owned the practice until January 2014, when they sold it to University of Colorado Health.

The affidavit says that Reynolds, 33, was hired by the Strode's in April 2004 and eventually became the practice administrator. Reynolds stayed on after the practice was sold.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:18:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Rescue crews reach fallen climber on Pikes Peak]]> http://gazette.com/rescue-crews-reach-fallen-climber-on-pikes-peak/article/1558492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rescue-crews-reach-fallen-climber-on-pikes-peak/article/1558492?custom_click=rss

A 21-year-old man suffered head injuries after he fell about 50 feet in the Bottomless Pit on Pikes Peak on Tuesday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

The man, who was conscious and breathing, had been reached by a rescue team by 4:20 p.m., said Larry Borland, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

El Paso County Search and Rescue tweeted about the fall just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Borland said at about 5 p.m. that a rescue team was with the climber and they were working their way toward the trail system. The climber was conscious, stable and alert, Borland said, and is expected to survive.

"It ended as well as it could have," Borland said.

A second rescue team is at the summit of Pikes Peak.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:24:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado state trooper hit by possible DUI driver on I-25]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-state-trooper-hit-by-possible-dui-driver-on-i-25/article/1558505?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-state-trooper-hit-by-possible-dui-driver-on-i-25/article/1558505?custom_click=rss DENVER — A state trooper is recovering after being hit by a possible drunken driver on Interstate 25 in Denver.

Police say 46-year-old Trooper Clinton Stanton was stopped on I-25 near Interstate 70 in his patrol car Tuesday morning when he was hit from behind by another vehicle. The vehicle continued to drive away and then the driver ran. He was later captured.

Stanton was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries and released later in the day. He had stopped along the highway to help a driver who had lost part of their load.

The crash came four days after a Denver police officer was hit by a suspected drunken driver while arresting another DUI suspect on I-25.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:00:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado man facing charges for shooting bear cubs in trash]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-man-facing-charges-for-shooting-bear-cubs-in-trash/article/1558478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-facing-charges-for-shooting-bear-cubs-in-trash/article/1558478?custom_click=rss

EVERGREEN — A homeowner is facing charges after shooting two bear cubs rummaging through his trash.

One cub was killed instantly in Tuesday morning's shooting in Evergreen in the foothills near Denver. The other was wounded and later euthanized. The mother black bear ran across the street and into a tree.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says the man first fired rubber rounds from his shotgun to try to scare the bears away but then fired one live round to protect his dog after it ran outside.

It's the latest in a series of encounters between people and bears in recent weeks as bears look for food to prepare for hibernation.

Last month, a Fort Collins man shot and killed a bear

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:29:10 -0600
<![CDATA[One dead in officer-involved shooting at northern Colorado pizza restaurant]]> http://gazette.com/one-dead-in-officer-involved-shooting-at-northern-colorado-pizza-restaurant/article/1558473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-dead-in-officer-involved-shooting-at-northern-colorado-pizza-restaurant/article/1558473?custom_click=rss

LOVELAND — Authorities say a Loveland police officer has shot and killed a man who reportedly had a knife and threatened a customer at a pizza restaurant.

The Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XaWWic ) police responded to a report Monday that a man had been throwing a bicycle at nearby traffic. When officers arrived, the suspect ran from them into the restaurant.

Police say the man was carrying a knife and had grabbed one of the customers. An officer then fired his weapon, hitting the suspect. The man was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The names of the deceased man and the officers have not yet been released.

The officer who shot the suspect and two other officers at the scene have been

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:26:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Douglas Bruce probation hearing continued until October]]> http://gazette.com/douglas-bruce-probation-hearing-continued-until-october/article/1558405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/douglas-bruce-probation-hearing-continued-until-october/article/1558405?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Douglas Bruce and Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins were advised to seek legal counsel in a probation violation hearing Monday afternoon after a state prosecutor said there was a chance they could incriminate themselves for a potential criminal case.

Bruce was in Denver District Court on accusations that he violated the terms of his probation for a 2012 felony conviction. Collins attended the hearing. Toward the end of the four-hour hearing, Judge Sheila A. Rappaport told Bruce that he and Collins should seek counsel after Assistant Attorney General Robert Shapiro filed a motion that said the pair could face a felony charge stemming from a real estate transaction between Bruce and Collins.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:19:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Marijuana grow found in national forest in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-grow-found-in-national-forest-in-colorado/article/1558455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-grow-found-in-national-forest-in-colorado/article/1558455?custom_click=rss STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Federal authorities say they arrested two people suspected of having a large marijuana growing operation in the Routt National Forest northeast of Steamboat Springs.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver says the suspects are Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa, who are both from Mexico and in the country illegally. They made their first court appearance Monday in federal court.

Authorities say they seized about 1,000 plants and found camping gear on the site of the grow operation.

Federal prosecutors, the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Homeland Security Investigations responded after a citizen contacted the U.S. Forest Service

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:27:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Man dies after fall near Manitou Springs]]> http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-fall-near-manitou-springs/article/1558426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-fall-near-manitou-springs/article/1558426?custom_click=rss

A man died Monday afternoon when he fell an estimated 70 to 80 feet from the cliffs above a U.S. 24 exit on the west end of Manitou Springs, an El Paso County sheriff's spokesman said.

Sgt. Cliff Porter said Sheriff's Office detectives found a campsite at the top of the ridge where the man had fallen. It is unknown whether he was merely camping or a homeless person living at the site. A witness saw the fall from about 100 yards away, Porter said.

The man was taken to Memorial Hospital Central. Paramedics told the Sheriff's Office that he died en route to the hospital.

The exit ramp was closed in both directions from about 2:30 p.m. to just before 5 p.m.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:52:26 -0600 <![CDATA[CU sororities' 'Go Greek' chalk writings vandalized with 'Get Raped' messages]]> http://gazette.com/cu-sororities-go-greek-chalk-writings-vandalized-with-get-raped-messages/article/1558434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-sororities-go-greek-chalk-writings-vandalized-with-get-raped-messages/article/1558434?custom_click=rss

An unknown person wrote about the sexual assault of sorority members on several chalk advertisements for the University of Colorado's Greek life programs on campus Monday.

The original chalk writings read "Go Greek," advertising rush week for CU's sororities, which takes place later this week. But next to some of the writings, a person wrote, "Get raped! Sorority girls have triple the probability of sexual assault!"

Ryan Huff, a spokesman for CU, said the university was aware of some of the writings, but did not say how many were vandalized or whether they were all already cleaned.

"We're aware of it," Huff said.

Read more at dailycamera.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:29:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputies find home for 8 horses seized in Black Forest cruelty case]]> http://gazette.com/deputies-find-home-for-8-horses-seized-in-black-forest-cruelty-case/article/1558435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputies-find-home-for-8-horses-seized-in-black-forest-cruelty-case/article/1558435?custom_click=rss

Eight horses seized in Black Forest last year by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office have a new home in Springfield, the agency said.

The horses were taken from 63-year-old Sherri Brunzell who was sentenced Aug. 13 to 60 days behind bars on animal cruelty charges. As part of the case, the horses were ordered into custody of the sheriff's office. Since then, deputies have worked to find the horses a place to roam.

After a vetting process that included checks with eastern Colorado police agencies and the American Quarter Horse Association, deputies picked Blue Rose Ranch, a working ranch that specializes in horse rescue.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:28:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Man injured in Colorado Springs motorcycle crash upgraded to serious condition]]> http://gazette.com/man-injured-in-colorado-springs-motorcycle-crash-upgraded-to-serious-condition/article/1558433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-injured-in-colorado-springs-motorcycle-crash-upgraded-to-serious-condition/article/1558433?custom_click=rss The status of a 31-year-old man who was involved in a single-motorcycle crash in east Colorado Springs has been upgraded to serious, a Memorial Hospital Central spokeswoman said.

Stephen Rolph suffered life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle veered into the northbound lanes on Tutt Boulevard around 1:45 a.m. Friday, hitting a curb and throwing himself and a passenger off the motorcycle.

The 32-year-old female passenger suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, police said.

Police said neither person was wearing a helmet.

Rolph is suspected of vehicular assault and other traffic-related offenses, police said.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:53:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1558406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1558406?custom_click=rss


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

Matthew Cimino, 42, is described as a 5-foot-6, 155-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Cimino is being sought on suspicion of attempted escape, possession of marijuana. 

Dwayne Lashane Clayton, 26, is described as a 5-10, 170-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Clayton is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender.

Curtis Sewell, 43, is described as a 5-8, 170-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Sewell is being sought on suspicion of attempted escape, menacing.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:56:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman struck in Colorado Springs Walmart crosswalk has died]]> http://gazette.com/woman-struck-in-colorado-springs-walmart-crosswalk-has-died/article/1558420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-struck-in-colorado-springs-walmart-crosswalk-has-died/article/1558420?custom_click=rss

A 67-year-old woman who was hit last week by a vehicle at a Walmart in east Colorado Springs has died, police said Monday.

Kathleen McDermott was struck Wednesday morning in a crosswalk at the store on East Platte Avenue and was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. She died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs police said.

Gary Frenzel, 78, was cited on suspicion of careless driving resulting in an injury and released, police said.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:49:32 -0600