<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:06:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Former El Paso County water manager arrested, held on $1 million bond]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-el-paso-county-water-manager-arrested-held-on-1-million-bond/article/1548704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-el-paso-county-water-manager-arrested-held-on-1-million-bond/article/1548704?custom_click=rss

The former manager of the Cascade Metropolitan District was arrested Friday on suspicion of embezzlement and theft, according to court records.

Terry Malcom, 66, was booked in the El Paso County jail on $1 million bond, records show. He has a court hearing Monday.

In 2013, the district's board of directors asked the El Paso County District Attorney's Office to launch an investigation after it was believed that approximately $800,000 were embezzled from the agency, according to documents from a recent board of county commissioner meeting.

Almost $500,000 of the money was earmarked to pay for the district's treated water provided by Colorado Springs Utilities, according to the documents.



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The former manager of the Cascade Metropolitan District was arrested Friday on suspicion of embezzlement and theft, according to court records.

Terry Malcom, 66, was booked in the El Paso County jail on $1 million bond, records show. He has a court hearing Monday.

In 2013, the district's board of directors asked the El Paso County District Attorney's Office to launch an investigation after it was believed that approximately $800,000 were embezzled from the agency, according to documents from a recent board of county commissioner meeting.

Almost $500,000 of the money was earmarked to pay for the district's treated water provided by Colorado Springs Utilities, according to the documents.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:11:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man to get fourth mental competency evaluation]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-to-get-fourth-mental-competency-evaluation/article/1548676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-to-get-fourth-mental-competency-evaluation/article/1548676?custom_click=rss

After state statutes and case law were debated among lawyers Friday, an El Paso County judge faced a choice: Would she grant another competency evaluation for Marcus Smith?

Smith, 24, is accused of killing 87-year-old Katherine "Kit" Grazioli in November 2011 while he was on probation for second-degree burglary. He is suspected of breaking into a gated Colorado Springs gated community, strangling Grazioli and setting her body on fire.

Prosecutor Margaret Vellar argued that Smith has been evaluated and ruled competent three times, and his behavior has not changed.

"There's nothing new here," Vellar told 4th Judicial District Judge Barbara Hughes.

But defense attorney Josh Tolini said a sealed motion filed showed



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After state statutes and case law were debated among lawyers Friday, an El Paso County judge faced a choice: Would she grant another competency evaluation for Marcus Smith?

Smith, 24, is accused of killing 87-year-old Katherine "Kit" Grazioli in November 2011 while he was on probation for second-degree burglary. He is suspected of breaking into a gated Colorado Springs gated community, strangling Grazioli and setting her body on fire.

Prosecutor Margaret Vellar argued that Smith has been evaluated and ruled competent three times, and his behavior has not changed.

"There's nothing new here," Vellar told 4th Judicial District Judge Barbara Hughes.

But defense attorney Josh Tolini said a sealed motion filed showed

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:30:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado law kept Boulder DA from charging Lane with murder]]> BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-law-kept-boulder-da-from-charging-lane-with-murder/article/1548672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-law-kept-boulder-da-from-charging-lane-with-murder/article/1548672?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A woman accused of brutally cutting an unborn child from the womb of a woman who was 7 months pregnant will not face homicide charges - even though the infant did not survive the attack.

Republican lawmakers say the lack of a homicide charge in the case proves there is a gap in state law. News that a bill to create fetal homicide charges in Colorado was being drafted prompted a swift response from Democrats, who say they addressed the issue in 2013 without risking prosecution for decisions women make for both prenatal medical care and elective abortions.

Dynel Lane, 34, was charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of pregnancy, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett announced Friday.

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Republican lawmakers say the lack of a homicide charge in the case proves there is a gap in state law. News that a bill to create fetal homicide charges in Colorado was being drafted prompted a swift response from Democrats, who say they addressed the issue in 2013 without risking prosecution for decisions women make for both prenatal medical care and elective abortions.

Dynel Lane, 34, was charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of pregnancy, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett announced Friday.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Man wanted in Wisconsin arrested in Colorado Springs]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-wanted-in-wisconsin-arrested-in-colorado-springs/article/1548678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-wanted-in-wisconsin-arrested-in-colorado-springs/article/1548678?custom_click=rss A 50-year-old man wanted in Wisconsin was arrested with the help of a K-9 dog Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said.

Ross Wilson is suspected of committing four felonies, police said, for distributing/manufacturing amphetamines and failing to appear in court.

Officers followed Wilson to a home on the 6600 block of Holt Drive, near Barnes Road and North Powers Boulevard. The K-9 dog was used after Wilson hid in the basement of the home and did not comply with officers, police said.

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Ross Wilson is suspected of committing four felonies, police said, for distributing/manufacturing amphetamines and failing to appear in court.

Officers followed Wilson to a home on the 6600 block of Holt Drive, near Barnes Road and North Powers Boulevard. The K-9 dog was used after Wilson hid in the basement of the home and did not comply with officers, police said.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Charges filed under new Colorado law in attack on pregnant woman]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/charges-filed-under-new-colorado-law-in-attack-on-pregnant-woman/article/1548615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charges-filed-under-new-colorado-law-in-attack-on-pregnant-woman/article/1548615?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Colorado woman accused of cutting a baby from an expectant mother's belly was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy — but not murder.

The lack of the more serious charge for Dynel Lane, 34, angered activists and led Republican lawmakers in the state to vow to reopen a charged debate over the point at which a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

The unlawful termination charge was filed under a new law intended to be a compromise between opponents and supporters of abortion rights. The maximum punishment for the felony is 32 years in prison, whereas a person convicted of homicide in Colorado could face the death penalty or life in prison



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DENVER — The Colorado woman accused of cutting a baby from an expectant mother's belly was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy — but not murder.

The lack of the more serious charge for Dynel Lane, 34, angered activists and led Republican lawmakers in the state to vow to reopen a charged debate over the point at which a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

The unlawful termination charge was filed under a new law intended to be a compromise between opponents and supporters of abortion rights. The maximum punishment for the felony is 32 years in prison, whereas a person convicted of homicide in Colorado could face the death penalty or life in prison

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:53:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Man head-butts Colorado Springs officer while in custody, police say]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-head-butts-colorado-springs-officer-while-in-custody-police-say/article/1548644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-head-butts-colorado-springs-officer-while-in-custody-police-say/article/1548644?custom_click=rss A man head-butted a Colorado Springs police officer in the face early Friday morning while detained on suspicion of assaulting a man with a chain, police say.

Bobby Joe Harris Jr., 48, swung a metal chain into the face of a man walking his dog near the intersection of North Academy Boulevard and East Uintah Street around 1 a.m. Friday, according to police. The victim fought back, punching Harris in the face, and both men received minor injuries. A police sergeant witnessed the fight and detained both men for further investigation. While at the Sand Creek substation in southeast Colorado Springs, Harris head-butted an officer in the face, injuring him. He was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer and second-degree



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A man head-butted a Colorado Springs police officer in the face early Friday morning while detained on suspicion of assaulting a man with a chain, police say.

Bobby Joe Harris Jr., 48, swung a metal chain into the face of a man walking his dog near the intersection of North Academy Boulevard and East Uintah Street around 1 a.m. Friday, according to police. The victim fought back, punching Harris in the face, and both men received minor injuries. A police sergeant witnessed the fight and detained both men for further investigation. While at the Sand Creek substation in southeast Colorado Springs, Harris head-butted an officer in the face, injuring him. He was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer and second-degree

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:11:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Man accused of threatening girlfriend, children in Colorado Springs]]> BY STEpHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-threatening-girlfriend-children-in-colorado-springs/article/1548608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-threatening-girlfriend-children-in-colorado-springs/article/1548608?custom_click=rss

A 33-year-old man is accused of telling his girlfriend he would "kill her children" and threatening her with a knife and gun, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael David Young was taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and felony assault. He is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail after officers arrested him near Barnes Road and Oro Blanco Drive on a warrant related to the accusations. Young is suspected of threatening his girlfriend to pick him up in the area of 7755 Kaleb Grove, near the south gate of the Air Force Academy, and smashing her cellphone when she arrived, according to the affidavit. The woman said Young accused her of calling police for a previous incident, the affidavit says.

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Michael David Young was taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and felony assault. He is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail after officers arrested him near Barnes Road and Oro Blanco Drive on a warrant related to the accusations. Young is suspected of threatening his girlfriend to pick him up in the area of 7755 Kaleb Grove, near the south gate of the Air Force Academy, and smashing her cellphone when she arrived, according to the affidavit. The woman said Young accused her of calling police for a previous incident, the affidavit says.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Eagle man arrested in Vail in connection with Colorado Springs crime]]> BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eagle-man-arrested-in-vail-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-crime/article/1548613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagle-man-arrested-in-vail-in-connection-with-colorado-springs-crime/article/1548613?custom_click=rss A 33-year-old man was arrested in Vail on suspicion of a recent sexual assault committed in Colorado Springs, police said.

Oscar Saucedo Lopez, of Eagle, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault, Colorado Springs police said. An investigation involving officers from Colorado Springs, Avon, and Vail led to his arrest, police said.

Lopez was booked into the Eagle County jail, police said.

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Oscar Saucedo Lopez, of Eagle, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault, Colorado Springs police said. An investigation involving officers from Colorado Springs, Avon, and Vail led to his arrest, police said.

Lopez was booked into the Eagle County jail, police said.]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado officials, pot industry support more regulation in wake of massive bust]]> by Megan Schrader megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-pot-industry-support-more-regulation-in-wake-of-massive-bust/article/1548584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-pot-industry-support-more-regulation-in-wake-of-massive-bust/article/1548584?custom_click=rss

DENVER - As Colorado grapples with a loophole in medical marijuana laws, state and federal prosecutors on Thursday unveiled details of a large-scale illegal grow that trafficked tens of thousands of pounds of pot out of Colorado.

The 32-person indictment is being called the largest and most elaborate illegal marijuana bust since voters approved medical marijuana in Colorado in 2000.

It involves 13 grow warehouses in Denver, a Boulder-based skydiving company and several front companies that included a massage parlor and property management firm used to launder millions of dollars. A nearly two-year investigation involved the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Denver Police Department, U.S.



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DENVER - As Colorado grapples with a loophole in medical marijuana laws, state and federal prosecutors on Thursday unveiled details of a large-scale illegal grow that trafficked tens of thousands of pounds of pot out of Colorado.

The 32-person indictment is being called the largest and most elaborate illegal marijuana bust since voters approved medical marijuana in Colorado in 2000.

It involves 13 grow warehouses in Denver, a Boulder-based skydiving company and several front companies that included a massage parlor and property management firm used to launder millions of dollars. A nearly two-year investigation involved the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Denver Police Department, U.S.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:40:46 -0600
<![CDATA[3 families displaced, 4 dogs killed by Colorado Springs house fire]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/3-families-displaced-4-dogs-killed-by-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1548551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-families-displaced-4-dogs-killed-by-colorado-springs-house-fire/article/1548551?custom_click=rss

A house fire on Constitution Avenue displaced three families and killed four dogs on Wednesday evening.

The fire, which began shortly before 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave. in eastern Colorado Springs, started in the basement and spread to the upper levels of the home.

The fire was initially reported as a chimney fire.

Firefighters and Colorado Springs police officers shut down Constitution between North Murray Boulevard and Oro Blanco Drive while firefighters attacked the blaze. Four engines responded to the fire, which was out within 40 minutes, but not before it severely damaged the inside of the home, said Lt. Kriss Soppe.



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A house fire on Constitution Avenue displaced three families and killed four dogs on Wednesday evening.

The fire, which began shortly before 6 p.m. at 4806 Constitution Ave. in eastern Colorado Springs, started in the basement and spread to the upper levels of the home.

The fire was initially reported as a chimney fire.

Firefighters and Colorado Springs police officers shut down Constitution between North Murray Boulevard and Oro Blanco Drive while firefighters attacked the blaze. Four engines responded to the fire, which was out within 40 minutes, but not before it severely damaged the inside of the home, said Lt. Kriss Soppe.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:33:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Facebook fight apparently led to northern Colorado stabbing]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/facebook-fight-apparently-led-to-northern-colorado-stabbing/article/1548577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/facebook-fight-apparently-led-to-northern-colorado-stabbing/article/1548577?custom_click=rss

LONGMONT — Police in Longmont are investigating a stabbing that was apparently sparked by an argument that started on Facebook.

The Longmont Times-Call (http://dpo.st/1HMHiA1 ) reports that a man was found in an apartment Wednesday night with multiple stab wounds. He is expected to survive.

Police say he posted something on Facebook earlier in the day which angered another man, who called the victim to argue about it. Police suspect that man, joined by a friend, drove up from the Denver area and attacked the victim.

Police were looking for those two men Thursday and believe they are back in the Denver area.

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LONGMONT — Police in Longmont are investigating a stabbing that was apparently sparked by an argument that started on Facebook.

The Longmont Times-Call (http://dpo.st/1HMHiA1 ) reports that a man was found in an apartment Wednesday night with multiple stab wounds. He is expected to survive.

Police say he posted something on Facebook earlier in the day which angered another man, who called the victim to argue about it. Police suspect that man, joined by a friend, drove up from the Denver area and attacked the victim.

Police were looking for those two men Thursday and believe they are back in the Denver area.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:24:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Victim of Tuesday shooting identified by Colorado Springs police]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/victim-of-tuesday-shooting-identified-by-colorado-springs-police/article/1548535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/victim-of-tuesday-shooting-identified-by-colorado-springs-police/article/1548535?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs woman who was shot to death on Tuesday has been identified by police as 26-year-old Shelley Dorsey.

Dorsey was found with gunshot injuries in the parking lot of the Mountain Country Estates apartment complex in southeast Colorado Springs early Tuesday morning. She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police have not identified a suspect.

Dorsey's death marks the third homicide in the city this year.



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A Colorado Springs woman who was shot to death on Tuesday has been identified by police as 26-year-old Shelley Dorsey.

Dorsey was found with gunshot injuries in the parking lot of the Mountain Country Estates apartment complex in southeast Colorado Springs early Tuesday morning. She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police have not identified a suspect.

Dorsey's death marks the third homicide in the city this year.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:42:35 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Fun on the Safe Passage Boardwalk helps victimized children]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-fun-on-the-safe-passage-boardwalk-helps-victimized-children/article/1548549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-fun-on-the-safe-passage-boardwalk-helps-victimized-children/article/1548549?custom_click=rss

Shades of New Jersey, walking the Boardwalk, playing carnival games, winning kitschy little prizes.

This was the Boardwalk Safe Passage style, circa the 1930s, down the hallways and in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on March 7.

In true Safe Passage fundraiser gala fashion, the 20th annual event to benefit the nonprofit providing forensic and healing services for child victims, had an enticingly fun theme.

Bean bags were tossed, selfies were offered in photo-booth style, arms were tattooed, hot popcorn was the appetizer and a psychic was spot-on with some of her readings.

Let go of the past, reader Becky Rae told Judge Barney Iuppa.



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Shades of New Jersey, walking the Boardwalk, playing carnival games, winning kitschy little prizes.

This was the Boardwalk Safe Passage style, circa the 1930s, down the hallways and in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on March 7.

In true Safe Passage fundraiser gala fashion, the 20th annual event to benefit the nonprofit providing forensic and healing services for child victims, had an enticingly fun theme.

Bean bags were tossed, selfies were offered in photo-booth style, arms were tattooed, hot popcorn was the appetizer and a psychic was spot-on with some of her readings.

Let go of the past, reader Becky Rae told Judge Barney Iuppa.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:20:01 -0600
<![CDATA[32 indicted in Colorado illegal marijuana operation]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/32-indicted-in-colorado-illegal-marijuana-operation/article/1548536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/32-indicted-in-colorado-illegal-marijuana-operation/article/1548536?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A Colorado grand jury has indicted 32 people on charges that they illegally grew and shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana to other states, most often Minnesota.

The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1Oz2dvs ) reported Wednesday that authorities believe the group made about $12 million during the four years it operated. The indictment came after authorities raided several Denver marijuana warehouses in October.

The indictment says growers were not licensed with the state and falsely posed as medical marijuana caregivers. Authorities accuse them of exploiting Colorado's commercial pot industry to hide in plain sight. But the indictment says the organization received no help from the



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DENVER — A Colorado grand jury has indicted 32 people on charges that they illegally grew and shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana to other states, most often Minnesota.

The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1Oz2dvs ) reported Wednesday that authorities believe the group made about $12 million during the four years it operated. The indictment came after authorities raided several Denver marijuana warehouses in October.

The indictment says growers were not licensed with the state and falsely posed as medical marijuana caregivers. Authorities accuse them of exploiting Colorado's commercial pot industry to hide in plain sight. But the indictment says the organization received no help from the

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:18:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Driver arrested in crash that hurt Denver cop during protest]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/driver-arrested-in-crash-that-hurt-denver-cop-during-protest/article/1548545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/driver-arrested-in-crash-that-hurt-denver-cop-during-protest/article/1548545?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A driver who struck and seriously injured a Denver police officer during a protest over police killings would not have been issued a driver's license if he had been honest about his history of seizures, police wrote in an affidavit supporting the man's arrest Wednesday.

Christopher Booker, 42, apparently suffered a seizure on Dec. 3, when he struck John Adsit and other officers who were monitoring a protest of hundreds of high school students through the streets of Denver, authorities said.

The case rattled nerves because it came at a time of heightened tensions over attacks on police elsewhere in the country after grand juries declined to indict white officers in the killings of unarmed black men.



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DENVER — A driver who struck and seriously injured a Denver police officer during a protest over police killings would not have been issued a driver's license if he had been honest about his history of seizures, police wrote in an affidavit supporting the man's arrest Wednesday.

Christopher Booker, 42, apparently suffered a seizure on Dec. 3, when he struck John Adsit and other officers who were monitoring a protest of hundreds of high school students through the streets of Denver, authorities said.

The case rattled nerves because it came at a time of heightened tensions over attacks on police elsewhere in the country after grand juries declined to indict white officers in the killings of unarmed black men.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:20:16 -0600