<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:07:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs student wounded in shooting near Doherty High School after fight breaks out]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-student-wounded-in-shooting-near-doherty-high-school-after-fight-breaks-out/article/1611730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-student-wounded-in-shooting-near-doherty-high-school-after-fight-breaks-out/article/1611730?custom_click=rss

A teenager was shot Friday after a fight broke out between three students and at least two other people in a car in a parking lot near Doherty High School, Colorado Springs police said.

The wounded student, whose name and age were not released, was shot twice, police said. He was in serious and stable condition at a local hospital Friday evening. He is expected to recover, police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said.

Another student had minor injuries from running into a tree while fleeing the



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:39:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Ax-wielding man reportedly threatening cyclists in area where Palmer Lake mountain biker killed]]> http://gazette.com/ax-wielding-man-reportedly-threatening-cyclists-in-area-where-palmer-lake-mountain-biker-killed/article/1611703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ax-wielding-man-reportedly-threatening-cyclists-in-area-where-palmer-lake-mountain-biker-killed/article/1611703?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of a man threatening mountain bikers with a hatchet in the same area north of the Air Force Academy where a cyclist, Timothy Watkins, of Palmer Lake, was killed.

Both incidents happened over the weekend near Mount Herman Road west of Monument.

The Sheriff's Office would not say if they believe the crimes are related.

"Things have happened in that area that are a public safety concern, but we also don't want to prohibit people from doing the activities they love and they actually come to Colorado for," sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby told Gazette news partner KKTV. They're asking hikers and bikers to use the buddy system and be aware of their



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:15:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Cops: Intoxicated man forced 8-year-old to drive him around]]> http://gazette.com/cops-intoxicated-man-forced-8-year-old-to-drive-him-around/article/1611744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cops-intoxicated-man-forced-8-year-old-to-drive-him-around/article/1611744?custom_click=rss

DARLINGTON, Pa. — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.

WPXI-TV reports the bizarre incident involving 24-year-old Kevin Cook happened on Sept. 3 in Darlington Township, Beaver County.

That’s where township police say in a criminal complaint that someone reported seeing the child driving and almost wrecking the car twice about 7:30 p.m.

Police say the girl stopped the car when another motorist became upset and got out of his car, yelling at her and Cook. That’s when the girl told police Cook made her switch seats so he could get behind the wheel before police arrived.

Police say Cook was so



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:15:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputy involved in Denver-area shooting]]> http://gazette.com/deputy-involved-in-denver-area-shooting/article/1611740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputy-involved-in-denver-area-shooting/article/1611740?custom_click=rss

An investigation is underway after a deputy was involved in a shooting.

It happened around 12:15 p.m. Friday in the area of 88th Avenue and Brighton Road in Commerce City.

That’s off Interstate 76.

The shooting is involving an Adams County sheriff’s deputy.

Copter4 flew over the scene.

Details on the shooting are not yet available, including who was struck or the extent of their injuries, but the information officer with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office says the scene is contained.



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:56:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Maserati crash in Colorado Springs transforms Oriental medicine master into hit-and-run suspect]]> http://gazette.com/maserati-crash-in-colorado-springs-transforms-oriental-medicine-master-into-hit-and-run-suspect/article/1611621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maserati-crash-in-colorado-springs-transforms-oriental-medicine-master-into-hit-and-run-suspect/article/1611621?custom_click=rss

A man whose online bio describes him as an abused child who grew up to be an outlaw biker and drug dealer, then became a practitioner of ancient Chinese healing arts, appears to have gone rogue again, according to Colorado Springs police.

Seth Vanderiet was racing a Maserati on East Platte Avenue around 9:15 p.m., police said, when he rammed the luxury Italian sports car into the rear of a pickup near North Chelton Road, flipping the truck onto its top and seriously injuring two of its three occupants.

He tried to get away on foot, but was caught by officers nearby, police said in an online report.

Vanderiet was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, vehicular assault and reckless driving



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:36:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police estimate more than 100 victims of alleged identity thief]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-estimate-more-than-100-victims-of-alleged-identity-thief/article/1611681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-estimate-more-than-100-victims-of-alleged-identity-thief/article/1611681?custom_click=rss

Police estimate that more than 100 people fell victim to a 32-year-old man's alleged pattern of identity theft in Colorado Springs.

Armando Gallegos allegedly manufactured checks using others' account information and then used the checks at local businesses. He was arrested Aug. 23 in one of the five cases of identity theft police were looking into involving him.

After his arrest, officers found several forged IDs, checks and credit cards in his vehicle, as well as a firearm and narcotics.

When police officers and postal inspectors interviewed him, he reportedly admitted to altering and manufacturing checks, as well as stealing mail in Black Forest and Colorado Springs, police said.



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:16:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Ornate, wrought-iron fence stolen from 138-year-old grave in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/ornate-wrought-iron-fence-stolen-from-138-year-old-grave-in-colorado-springs/article/1611666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ornate-wrought-iron-fence-stolen-from-138-year-old-grave-in-colorado-springs/article/1611666?custom_click=rss

One of the oldest graves in Colorado Springs was desecrated recently, Evergreen Cemetery caretakers said.

The headstone on the 1879 grave of an early settler in the cemetery's pioneer was toppled and the wrought-iron fence around it is missing.

"It's a piece of history that is gone, and goodness knows where," said Dianne Hartshorn, director of the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society. Hartshorn did not know who was buried in the plot.

The police have been contacted, she said, and security has been increased at the cemetery.

"There's really, unfortunately, not a whole lot more the cemetery can do," Hartshorn said.

Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, was established shortly after Colorado Springs



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:14:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Pueblo Police Department investigating an officer for shooting at a stolen vehicle while off duty]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-department-investigating-an-officer-for-shooting-at-a-stolen-vehicle-while-off-duty/article/1611642?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-department-investigating-an-officer-for-shooting-at-a-stolen-vehicle-while-off-duty/article/1611642?custom_click=rss

The Pueblo Police Department is investigating one of its officers for shooting while off duty at a stolen vehicle that belonged to the officer's son.

The department has temporarily relieved Sgt. Eric Gonzales, the department's public information officer, of his duties as the investigation continues, Capt. Kenny Rider said.

On Aug. 10, Gonzales used social media to locate his son's pickup truck, which had been stolen a few days earlier at his son's wedding, said Rider, who is taking over Gonzales' duties until the investigation is over. Gonzales called Pueblo police dispatch and told them the car was in a prairie behind the city's Harley Davidson store.

When officers arrived, they were unsure whether the vehicle was



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:23:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Marco Polo charged with fleeing police]]> http://gazette.com/marco-polo-charged-with-fleeing-police/article/1611656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marco-polo-charged-with-fleeing-police/article/1611656?custom_click=rss

A man named Marco Polo is accused of leading police on a blind chase.

Bismarck Police stopped Polo late Monday night for a missing headlight and fleeing a traffic stop. Polo told officers he left a hotel after an argument with his girlfriend, who he said had thrown water on him.

Polo reportedly couldn't provide any contact information for police to corroborate his story. 

Polo, 39, of Bismarck, is charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Last year, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of the same amid other theft- and drug-related offenses.



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:04:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Tips about killing of Palmer Lake man pour into El Paso County Sheriff's Office]]> http://gazette.com/tips-about-killing-of-palmer-lake-man-pour-into-el-paso-county-sheriffs-office/article/1611581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tips-about-killing-of-palmer-lake-man-pour-into-el-paso-county-sheriffs-office/article/1611581?custom_click=rss

Tipsters have left more than 150 messages with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office about Tim Watkins' killing.

Watkins, 60, was found shot to death Sunday in the Mount Herman area, days after he left for a mountain bike ride and never returned. The Palmer Lake man's death is being investigated as a homicide.

No suspects have publicly been identified.

The Sheriff's Office follows up on every tip, a release says, but is not able to contact every person who leaves one.

"Every tip is important," the release said.

While it's not necessary to avoid the Mount Herman area, it is important to take precautions when hiking or biking anywhere, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby.

The Sheriff's Office released the



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:16:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs 7-Eleven clerk fends off robbers with box cutter]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-7-eleven-clerk-fends-off-robbers-with-box-cutter/article/1611623?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-7-eleven-clerk-fends-off-robbers-with-box-cutter/article/1611623?custom_click=rss

A 7-Eleven clerk fended off four robbers in a late-night shoplifting attempt in downtown Colorado Springs.



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:09:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Colorado travel group owners told to pay state $7M]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-travel-group-owners-told-to-pay-state-7m/article/1611626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-travel-group-owners-told-to-pay-state-7m/article/1611626?custom_click=rss

BROOMFIELD — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman has announced that a court ordered four owners of a former travel group to pay more than $7 million to the state for defrauding consumers, which is an upped price that follows an appeal filed by one of the owners.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports that Stephen Wunder, Andrew Wunder, Bethany Wunder and Christian Wunder were ordered to pay the state on Wednesday for allegations that they promised members of their travel club deep discounts at exotic hotels and time shares around the world, but actually did nothing more than search online travel websites to book their clients' travels.

Coffman says consumers paid the Wunders thousands of dollars for a



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:41:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Downtown Colorado Springs pedestrian gets caught with his pants down]]> http://gazette.com/downtown-colorado-springs-pedestrian-gets-caught-with-his-pants-down/article/1611577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/downtown-colorado-springs-pedestrian-gets-caught-with-his-pants-down/article/1611577?custom_click=rss

A man likely will be cited after police found him with his pants down around his ankles Wednesday afternoon in downtown Colorado Springs.

The man was taken into custody near the corner of East Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street shortly after 3 p.m., police said.

No further information was immediately available.



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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:10:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Downtown hit-and-run damages three vehicles, sends one to the hospital]]> http://gazette.com/downtown-hit-and-run-damages-three-vehicles-sends-one-to-the-hospital/article/1611523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/downtown-hit-and-run-damages-three-vehicles-sends-one-to-the-hospital/article/1611523?custom_click=rss

One person was sent to the hospital after a car barrelled through downtown Colorado Springs early Wednesday.

At about 1 a.m., Colorado Springs police responded to a hit-and-run crash in the area of 100 East Kiowa Street. A black Kia sedan hit a pedestrian, a white Subaru and a black Volvo, police said. The pedestrian left the scene but was later found at a local hospital with a minor injury. The Kia and the Volvo were seriously damaged, and one city parking meter will need repairs.

Police said they are looking for two drivers, but witnesses say that "numerous" people fled the scene.

Sgt. Jason Otero told Gazette news partner KKTV that it was too early to tell whether drugs and alochol were involved in the incident.



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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:59:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Missing 15-year-old and her one-year-old son were found, police say]]> http://gazette.com/missing-15-year-old-and-her-one-year-old-son-were-found-police-say/article/1611484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missing-15-year-old-and-her-one-year-old-son-were-found-police-say/article/1611484?custom_click=rss

Englewood police are looking for a 15-year-old mother and her one-year-old son, who went missing from the Denver area.

Englewood Detective Glee said they believe Temple may be in Colorado Springs, Corpus Christi, Texas or Houston, Texas. Family members of Temple that live in Colorado Springs said she made contact with them, but none of them know where she is now or where she might be heading. Temple is a Corpus Christi-native and has family in Houston.

Temple and her son, Nicholas, have been missing since Sept. 8. Alexandria is 5-foot 8-inches, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has a scar on her chin. Her son also has brown hair and blue eyes.

Detectives consider her a runaway and do not believe she is in



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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:59:31 -0600