<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:17:19 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Lawsuit filed by father of slain toddler alleges Colorado Springs police failed to report abuse]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-by-father-of-slain-toddler-alleges-colorado-springs-police-failed-to-report-abuse/article/1569403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-by-father-of-slain-toddler-alleges-colorado-springs-police-failed-to-report-abuse/article/1569403?custom_click=rss

A slain toddler could have been spared "weeks of ongoing torture" had Colorado Springs police pursued repeated requests for help by the father's family, according to a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

The allegations involve the case of Luis Daniel "Danny" Juarez Molina, a 2 1/2-year-old Colorado Springs boy who authorities say died Jan. 17, three days after he was allegedly beaten unconscious by his mother's boyfriend, Raul Alvarado.

For six weeks leading up to his death, police ignored requests to investigate the boy's injuries, according to the lawsuit, filed Dec. 27 in El Paso County District Court by the child's father.



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:37:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man gets maximum prison sentence in DUI manslaughter guilty plea]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-gets-maximum-prison-sentence-in-dui-manslaughter-guilty-plea/article/1569360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-gets-maximum-prison-sentence-in-dui-manslaughter-guilty-plea/article/1569360?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs drunken driver killed his domestic partner of 38 years and critically injured another man when he slammed into a turning vehicle on North Nevada Avenue at upwards of 90 mph, prosecutors say.

Michael Friedlander, 71, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, the maximum he faced after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, both felonies.

Police say Friedlander was driving a Corvette that slammed into a Volkswagon on North Nevada Avenue at East Jackson Street on July 12. Witnesses estimated his speed at between 80-100 mph, and a Colorado Springs police accident reconstruction specialist determined he traveled at least 86 mph at the time of impact.

His blood-alcohol content



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:13:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Police: Enjoy Broncos' Super Bowl experience, but don't drink and drive]]> http://gazette.com/police-enjoy-broncos-super-bowl-experience-but-dont-drink-and-drive/article/1569350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-enjoy-broncos-super-bowl-experience-but-dont-drink-and-drive/article/1569350?custom_click=rss

It's expected some will celebrate the Broncos' appearance in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with themed parties and alcoholic beverages. But add driving to the mix and the fun will come to a screeching halt. Law enforcement agencies across the state are beefing up patrols this weekend to crack down on drunk drivers.

"We'll be out this entire weekend, not just during the Super Bowl," Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol said.

The State Patrol, Colorado Springs Police, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and all departments in between will saturate roads with officers, whose sole goal is to prevent crashes related to impaired driving.

Colorado Springs police will be out from 6 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Monday, Lt. Catherine



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:08:23 -0700
<![CDATA[1 dead, suspect detained in shooting at north Boulder trailer park]]> http://gazette.com/1-dead-suspect-detained-in-shooting-at-north-boulder-trailer-park/article/1569351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-suspect-detained-in-shooting-at-north-boulder-trailer-park/article/1569351?custom_click=rss

One man is dead and another man is in custody following a shooting at a mobile home park in north Boulder this morning, sheriff's officials said.

Around 8:15 a.m., Boulder dispatchers received multiple reports of two shots being fired and a woman screaming at Ponderosa Mobile Home Park north of Broadway and Violet Avenue.

Boulder sheriff's Cmdr. Heidi Prentup said that when deputies arrived, they found a man outside a trailer with multiple gunshot wounds and transported him to Boulder Community Health, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials have not yet released his name.

Around 8:50 a.m., deputies could be seen taking a male into custody at gunpoint.



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:16:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Colorado Springs teacher pleads guilty to coercing sex from 17-year-old]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-teacher-pleads-guilty-to-coercing-sex-from-17-year-old/article/1569306?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-teacher-pleads-guilty-to-coercing-sex-from-17-year-old/article/1569306?custom_click=rss

A former Colorado Springs high school teacher admitted in court Wednesday that he coerced sex from a 17-year-old student.

Christopher Brett Markham, 31, pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, averting an April trial that would have detailed hundreds of sexually graphic text messages between him and the victim.

Under terms of a plea bargain, his penalty will be left to 4th Judicial District Judge Scott A. Sells, who is scheduled to impose sentence April 24.

If the judge chooses prison, Markham would be eligible for an indeterminate sentence of up to 12 years, meaning he could be held longer - up to the rest of his life - if prison officials determine he is a continuing risk to the



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:09:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Barroom arrestee tries to punch Colorado Springs officer]]> http://gazette.com/barroom-arrestee-tries-to-punch-colorado-springs-officer/article/1569342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/barroom-arrestee-tries-to-punch-colorado-springs-officer/article/1569342?custom_click=rss It took a stun gun and two officers to wrestle a drinking man to the ground Thursday night.

Police said they were trying to remove Levi Manzanares, 31, from O'Furry's Sports Bar and Grill about 7 p.m. Thursday when Manzanares allegedly started fighting them.

A stun gun had little effect calming Manzanares, police said, so two officers wrestled him to the ground. One of the officers injured his hand in the confrontation, and was treated and released.

Manzanares was treated before being taken to the El Paso County jail on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer.

Officers were called to remove Manzanares from the bar because he was harassing patrons and refused to leave when asked, police said.



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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:34:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado chef accused threatening to stab server]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-chef-accused-threatening-to-stab-server/article/1569272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-chef-accused-threatening-to-stab-server/article/1569272?custom_click=rss SNOWMASS VILLAGE — A chef at a restaurant on Snowmass Mountain has been accused of threatening to stab a waiter who delivered food to the wrong table.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/23L834u ) that the 32-year-old Carbondale man was arrested Tuesday on investigation of felony menacing with a deadly weapon.

Police say the chef and waiter were in a disagreement over food being delivered to the wrong table at Lynn Britt Cabin. The server was called to the kitchen after the mix up, where he says the chef began yelling and throwing plates of food into the dishwashing station. The waiter said the chef stalked closer to him and held a knife while saying he would stab the waiter.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:44:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police officer accused of assault waives hearing]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-officer-accused-of-assault-waives-hearing/article/1569221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-officer-accused-of-assault-waives-hearing/article/1569221?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs police sergeant arrested on suspicion of punching, kicking and choking a handcuffed man waived a reading of his rights in court on Wednesday.

Sgt. Steven Biscaro, who is free on bond, was represented at an advisement hearing by his attorney, John Newsome. The officer did not personally appear.

Biscaro was ordered to return to court Feb. 11, when he is expected to be charged with menacing, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in a Dec. 2 confrontation that came after Biscaro was summoned to provide backup at a traffic crash.



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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:38:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs judge denies accused mugger lookout's bond request]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-judge-denies-accused-mugger-lookouts-bond-request/article/1569209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-judge-denies-accused-mugger-lookouts-bond-request/article/1569209?custom_click=rss

A judge on Wednesday rejected an appeal to lower bond for a man accused of acting as a "lookout" during a trio of armed holdups in north-central Colorado Springs, including one where a woman was shot in the arm.

Manuel Jordan-Griffin, 19, will remain held on $35,000 bond, 4th Judicial District Judge Robin Chittum ordered.

Prosecutors say Jordan-Griffin made sure no witnesses were close by when his accomplice - identified by authorities as Barry Good - used a pistol to mug three people in a residential area near Austin Bluffs and Academy Boulevard during a weeklong span in December.

During the first robbery, on Dec. 1, one robber brandished a gun. During the second, which occurred roughly an hour later, a robber fired



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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:49:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Former owner of Denver pot shop pleads guilty to possession]]> http://gazette.com/former-owner-of-denver-pot-shop-pleads-guilty-to-possession/article/1569208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-owner-of-denver-pot-shop-pleads-guilty-to-possession/article/1569208?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A former owner of a Denver medical marijuana dispensary has pleaded guilty in connection with federal raids on Colorado pot businesses.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/208MEhe ) Gerardo Uribe pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to marijuana possession and conspiracy to possess marijuana. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a money-laundering charge.

Prosecutors will recommend Uribe serve one year on probation, with 90 days of that to be served in prison.

Uribe and three other men were accused of transferring money from Colombia to invest in a marijuana-cultivation warehouse and also of attempting to deposit proceeds from VIP Cannabis dispensary into a bank account.



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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:18:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Oklahoma man pleads guilty to taking lewd photos of Colorado girls]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-man-pleads-guilty-to-taking-lewd-photos-of-colorado-girls/article/1569109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-man-pleads-guilty-to-taking-lewd-photos-of-colorado-girls/article/1569109?custom_click=rss ASPEN — An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to following two teenage girls in Aspen and taking cellphone pictures up their skirts.

Stephen Moore on Monday pleaded guilty to a felony stalking charge, invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and child abuse causing great bodily harm. The abuse charge stems from a 9-year-old boy Moore ran over while running from police.

According to court documents, Moore repeatedly followed a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl on Aug. 10 in downtown Aspen. The girls grew concerned and told police about the man following them.

Moore initially denied the photos, but fled from police on foot while in handcuffs. He crashed into the boy and pushed him into the ground



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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:55:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Man killed in hostage standoff allegedly wielded scissors]]> http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-hostage-standoff-allegedly-wielded-scissors/article/1569096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-hostage-standoff-allegedly-wielded-scissors/article/1569096?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Larimer County authorities say a man fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy at a mobile home park near Fort Collins had been armed with a pair of scissors.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/1UEKDYE ) a Fort Collins Police Services release says deputies reported seeing 38-year-old Philip B. Salazar wielding a large pair of scissors, which was allegedly found at the scene of the Saturday shooting.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office had responded to the mobile home park on a domestic disturbance call. Lt. Bobby Moll says the incident escalated when Salazar took a woman hostage and did not comply with commands from members of a SWAT team.

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:51:52 -0700
<![CDATA[9-1-1 woes cause El Paso County dispatchers to ask for call-back]]> http://gazette.com/9-1-1-woes-cause-el-paso-county-dispatchers-to-ask-for-call-back/article/1569036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/9-1-1-woes-cause-el-paso-county-dispatchers-to-ask-for-call-back/article/1569036?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County 911 dispatch system was down for more than seven hours Monday, as callers struggled to connect properly following the El Paso County Sheriff's Office's move to temporarily relocate their dispatch center while their home office is remodeled.

Dispatchers could see a call coming in but could not hear callers on the other end, spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said early Monday.

For most of the day, starting at around 9 a.m., the Sheriff's Office was asking callers to hang up and try 911 again if they're not hearing a response from dispatchers, Kirby said. Or they could call 719-390-5555, Kirby said. The system was up and running again by 4:30 p.m.

The glitch was a Century Link issue, Kirby said.



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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:59:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Police: Colorado Springs mugger took woman's purse, phone at gunpoint]]> http://gazette.com/police-colorado-springs-mugger-took-womans-purse-phone-at-gunpoint/article/1569031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-colorado-springs-mugger-took-womans-purse-phone-at-gunpoint/article/1569031?custom_click=rss A woman leaving a liquor store on Colorado Springs southeast side said she was robbed at gunpoint.

The 29-year-old woman said she had just left Angie's Liquor, 1109 S. Chelton Rd., around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and was getting into her vehicle when a man prevented her from closing her car door, police said. The man pointed a gun at the woman and took her purse and cell phone while another man watched, police said.

The woman described the first perpetrator as being 18-20 years old, police said.



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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:47:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Coroner IDs man killed at Denver motorcycle expo]]> http://gazette.com/coroner-ids-man-killed-at-denver-motorcycle-expo/article/1569038?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coroner-ids-man-killed-at-denver-motorcycle-expo/article/1569038?custom_click=rss

Denver's coroner on Monday identified the 46-year-old man slain in a shooting during a motorcycle club melee on Saturday that also left seven others injured.

Victor Mendoza was killed by a gunshot wound and his manner of death has been ruled homicide, the city's medical examiner said.

Lawyers for two biker groups involved in the brawl have traded sharply conflicting stories about the deadly confrontation at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo.



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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:04:56 -0700