<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sun, 04 Oct 2015 05:15:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Bomb squad called to Garden of the Gods to investigate pressure bombs]]> http://gazette.com/bomb-squad-called-to-garden-of-the-gods-to-investigate-pressure-bombs/article/1560541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bomb-squad-called-to-garden-of-the-gods-to-investigate-pressure-bombs/article/1560541?custom_click=rss

The regional bomb squad went to Garden of the Gods Park in western Colorado Springs on Saturday morning to investigate reports of pressure bombs in one of the park's parking lots.

According to Colorado Springs police, the pressure bombs, made when chemicals are combined in plastic bottles, were found in the park at about 9 a.m. Police sent the regional explosives team to investigate. The bombs did not explode and only one parking lot had to be temporarily closed, police said.

The area was deemed to be safe and reopened by about 11:30 a.m. Police said they did not know how the pressure bombs got there. By early afternoon, officers were not sure who left the home-made explosives at the park.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:19:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Survivor: Gunman spared student to take package to police]]> http://gazette.com/survivor-gunman-spared-student-to-take-package-to-police/article/1560539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-gunman-spared-student-to-take-package-to-police/article/1560539?custom_click=rss

ROSEBURG, Ore. — As a 26-year-old killer gunned down victims inside a college classroom, he spared one student and gave him a package to deliver to authorities, according to the grandmother of a student who witnessed the deadly rampage in Oregon.

The grandmother, Janet Willis, said her granddaughter Anastasia Boylan was wounded in the Thursday attack and pretended to be dead as Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer kept firing, killing eight students and a teacher.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:42:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver police ordered to stop enforcing panhandling ban]]> http://gazette.com/denver-police-ordered-to-stop-enforcing-panhandling-ban/article/1560531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-ordered-to-stop-enforcing-panhandling-ban/article/1560531?custom_click=rss

DENVER — In the wake of a federal court ruling a Grand Junction panhandling ordinance unconstitutional, Denver police officers have been told by the police chief to stop enforcing the city's panhandling ban.

On Thursday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Grand Junction's panhandling ordinance was too broad and curbed constitutionally protected speech.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1j62R8J ) that the permanent injunction in Grand Junction prompted Denver Police Chief Robert White to instruct all officers that they may not charge people for panhandling. The Denver City Council is considering a formal amendment to the ordinance.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has also suspended enforcement

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:38 -0600
<![CDATA[2 police cruisers hit in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/2-police-cruisers-hit-in-colorado-springs/article/1560530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-police-cruisers-hit-in-colorado-springs/article/1560530?custom_click=rss

Several Colorado Springs police officers escaped injury when a car ran into their cruisers while the officers were investigating a domestic disturbance on the side of the road.

The accident happened about 1 a.m. Saturday. The cruisers were stopped in the roadway with their emergency lights flashing.

The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Jason Pope, was charged with careless driving, driving while texting and DUI.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:44:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Vehicle crashes into two Colorado Springs homes]]> http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-two-colorado-springs-homes/article/1560532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-two-colorado-springs-homes/article/1560532?custom_click=rss

"It was the scariest sound I've ever heard," Springs resident Javonte Nunm told 11 News after a car crashed into two homes Saturday morning.

The crash was reported shortly before 6 a.m. on the 1500 block of North Murray, near Palmer Park Boulevard.

"I was standing in my backyard, and all I heard was a loud sound, like a jet engine, and then a loud 'boom,'" Nunm said. "I come around the corner of the house, and all I see is dust and debris everywhere. I immediately get on the phone with 911."

Firefighters had to extricate one person from the vehicle, who was then taken to the hospital. Authorities say it's unclear if there was a second person in the vehicle who fled the scene, or if the occupant located in the vehicle

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:42:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado teen killed after being hit by vehicle fleeing police]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-killed-after-being-hit-by-vehicle-fleeing-police/article/1560534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-teen-killed-after-being-hit-by-vehicle-fleeing-police/article/1560534?custom_click=rss GREELEY — A teenager has died after a vehicle fleeing a police officer crashed into his car Friday night.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said in a statement that the incident began when a Greeley officer attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation.

Police say the driver of the vehicle drove off and police called off the chase when it got too dangerous.

Tymkowych says the SUV hit another vehicle at a high rate of speed about four minutes later.

The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Riley Young, of Strasburg. A passenger was critically injured.

The suspect was also critically injured. He has not been identified.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:41:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Standoff at Arvada Police Department HQ ends peacefully]]> http://gazette.com/standoff-at-arvada-police-department-hq-ends-peacefully/article/1560517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/standoff-at-arvada-police-department-hq-ends-peacefully/article/1560517?custom_click=rss

ARVADA — Authorities have arrested an armed man who barricaded himself in the lobby of the Arvada Police Department headquarters.

Police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan tells The Denver Post that the man, who was armed with a gun and a knife, walked into the building about 6:15 p.m. Friday and began making suicidal threats. One woman was in the lobby when he entered, but she was able to leave.

The man held officers at bay for more than three hours before putting the gun down and surrendering to police outside with his hands on his head.

The man, whose name has not been released, did not take any hostages.

Officers contained the standoff to the lobby, but residents in the area were asked to stay inside their

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:16:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Authorities: Man arrested in Detroit for decades-old Fort Carson shooting]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-man-arrested-in-detroit-for-decades-old-fort-carson-shooting/article/1560459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-man-arrested-in-detroit-for-decades-old-fort-carson-shooting/article/1560459?custom_click=rss

Authorities say a Fort Carson deserter wanted for a 1990 shooting on the post has been captured in Detroit.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 44-year-old Pvt. Maurice Crutchfield was caught Thursday hiding in a house on Detroit's east side.

Fort Carson was tracking down records on Crutchfield's past on Friday. He'll likely face justice in Colorado Springs at the post he fled a quarter-century ago.

"Pvt. Maurice Crutchfield is a Fort Carson Soldier who was declared absent without leave in September 1990 then a deserter in October 1990," Fort Carson said in a statement. "We are working with authorities to have him returned to Fort Carson. The soldier is being restored to a full duty status at this time.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:06:22 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County agrees on two more claims against former sheriff]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-agrees-on-two-more-claims-against-former-sheriff/article/1560515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-agrees-on-two-more-claims-against-former-sheriff/article/1560515?custom_click=rss

Two El Paso County Sheriff's Office employees will have leave time restored, some records expunged and receive monetary compensation if settlement agreements for claims are approved by the county next week.

The proposed settlements for current Sheriff's Office employees Cliff Porter and Wendy Habert are the third and fourth to come in front of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners because of claims against former Sheriff Terry Maketa.

The agreements total $120,000 and will be voted on by commissioners Tuesday.

If approved, the totals paid out as a result of claims against Maketa and other former Sheriff's Office employees would surpass $300,000.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:56:48 -0600
<![CDATA[US to review Colorado prisons for Guantanamo detainees]]> http://gazette.com/us-to-review-colorado-prisons-for-guantanamo-detainees/article/1560480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-to-review-colorado-prisons-for-guantanamo-detainees/article/1560480?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A team from the U.S. Defense Department will visit both a state and a federal prison in Colorado to assess their possible use for housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior U.S. officials said Friday.

The visit comes as the Obama administration struggles to shut down the Guantanamo detention center and find a location within the U.S. to house its detainees. Within the next two weeks, the team will visit the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and a medium-security federal prison in Florence, officials said.

The Pentagon team also has surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:49:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Man accused of stealing from homes of Colorado Springs military members]]> http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-stealing-from-homes-of-colorado-springs-military-members/article/1560511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-stealing-from-homes-of-colorado-springs-military-members/article/1560511?custom_click=rss

A man accused of burglarizing soldiers' homes in Colorado Springs has been arrested by Colorado Springs police.

Kenneth Dawson was arrested about 4 a.m. Friday on suspicion of stealing large quantities of military equipment from homes around Colorado Springs.

Dawson was arrested while committing a burglary, police said.

The victims of two burglaries Friday were able to recover all their belongings.

Dawson was booked into jail on suspicion of 12 counts of burglary.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:19:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Affidavit: Colorado Springs Couple lured babysitter into sexual relationship]]> http://gazette.com/affidavit-colorado-springs-couple-lured-babysitter-into-sexual-relationship/article/1560509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-colorado-springs-couple-lured-babysitter-into-sexual-relationship/article/1560509?custom_click=rss

The first time Jacob Rahricht kissed a 14-year-old girl, his wife watched and spoke up - saying they could be "sister wives" and have their own families with him, according to arrest affidavits.

Those plans ended about two weeks later when the girl's mother discovered a series of messages on the girl's Facebook account.

Rahricht and his wife, Cortney Rahricht, remained Friday in the El Paso County jail on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Neither were allowed to bond out of jail due to administrative holds.

The girl told her mother that she had sex with Jacob Rahricht about eight times while working as a babysitter, according to the couple's arrest affidavits.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:20:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Teen arrested in sex assault at Colorado Springs high school homecoming event]]> http://gazette.com/teen-arrested-in-sex-assault-at-colorado-springs-high-school-homecoming-event/article/1560499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-arrested-in-sex-assault-at-colorado-springs-high-school-homecoming-event/article/1560499?custom_click=rss

A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection to the sexual assault of another teen during a Coronado High School homecoming event last month, Colorado Springs police confirmed Friday.

Police refused to release the time, date and location of the assault on a 17-year-old.

The Coronado High homecoming festivities and dance were scheduled Sept. 19, a day after the school's homecoming football game, according to the school's online activities calendar.

A Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident because of the ongoing investigation.

Police did not release further information about the incident.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:55:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Coming Sunday: Youth lockups: Trouble behind bars]]> http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-youth-lockups-trouble-behind-bars/article/1560475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coming-sunday-youth-lockups-trouble-behind-bars/article/1560475?custom_click=rss

In an exclusive story Sunday, The Gazette will show what is occurring behind locked doors at the state's 10 juvenile corrections facilities.

More than 1,600 critical incident reports spanning almost 18 months were obtained by The Gazette after a year-long struggle to open the records that concluded with local lawmakers changing state law.

The records document violent youth fights and assaults as well as how guards responded to those incidents and treated juveniles in their custody.

The Gazette began looking into conditions in Colorado's youth corrections facilities in May 2014, after teachers revealed they were afraid to go to work at Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs due to increasing violence.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:12:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman's donation brings protective vest to Colorado Springs police dog]]> http://gazette.com/womans-donation-brings-protective-vest-to-colorado-springs-police-dog/article/1560478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/womans-donation-brings-protective-vest-to-colorado-springs-police-dog/article/1560478?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs police dog named Remme will get a ballistic vest that provides protection in a shooting or stabbing thanks to a donation from a Falcon woman, police said in a news release Friday.

Kristen Miller made a donation to Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit in East Taunton, Mass., that provides vests to police dogs throughout the country. It is valued between $1,795 and $2,234, has a five-year warranty and weighs about 5 pounds. The company suggests a donation of $1,050 for each vest, police said.

Established in 2009, the program has provided more than 1,580 protective vests to K9s in 49 states at a cost of $1.5 million through private and corporate donations.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:10:01 -0600