<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:33:12 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Jewish centers cope with bomb threats; graves vandalized]]> http://gazette.com/jewish-centers-cope-with-bomb-threats-graves-vandalized/article/1597798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jewish-centers-cope-with-bomb-threats-graves-vandalized/article/1597798?custom_click=rss

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia made plans to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. No bombs were found. All 21 buildings — 13 community centers and eight schools — were cleared by Monday afternoon and had resumed normal operations, the association said.

It was the fifth round of bomb threats against Jewish institutions since January, prompting outrage and exasperation among Jewish leaders as well as calls for an aggressive federal response to put a stop

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:05:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police searching for third person involved in home invasion]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-third-person-involved-in-home-invasion/article/1597794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-third-person-involved-in-home-invasion/article/1597794?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police are searching for a third person in connection with an attempted home robbery last week following the arrest of two others who also were allegedly involved.

Just after 3 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a home invasion in the 1900 block of Seclusion Point, in north-central Colorado Springs. Police arrested an armed suspect at the scene, whom they identified as 39-year-old Jake Ricker.

However, a man and woman who also were allegedly involved got away. On Saturday, police arrested 39-year-old Anna Chamberlin at a residence in the 1000 block of Cheyenne Boulevard.

Chamberlin and Ricker were arrested on warrants for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy,

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:39:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to rape, faces 40 years to life in prison]]> http://gazette.com/convicted-sex-offender-pleads-guilty-to-rape-faces-40-years-to-life-in-prison/article/1597768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/convicted-sex-offender-pleads-guilty-to-rape-faces-40-years-to-life-in-prison/article/1597768?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man on parole for sexual violence admitted Monday that he returned to old habits in dramatic fashion: slipping into a woman's Ivywild neighborhood home last summer and raping her as he choked her unconscious.

In pleading guilty to the July home-invasion rape, Gary Vernon Powell, 45, also acknowledged a different attack two months earlier in which he reached through an open window and groped a sleeping woman.

The attacks occurred within a few blocks of each other south of downtown Colorado Springs.

A sex offender who pleaded guilty to a similar crime nearly two decades ago, Powell faces an indeterminate sentence of 40 years to life in prison as a result of his plea bargain.

He is due to be

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:59:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Pueblo police find drugs, guns during traffic stop]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-find-drugs-guns-during-traffic-stop/article/1597772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-find-drugs-guns-during-traffic-stop/article/1597772?custom_click=rss

Fewer guns and drugs are on Pueblo streets Monday following a weekend arrest.

Officers who stopped a suspicious vehicle at East Orman Avenue and Lake Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Sunday uncovered a bag of suspected methamphetamine and three handguns, two of which were stolen, according to Pueblo police.

The vehicle's occupants, Julian Trujillo, 33, and William Whitebear, 31, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, special offender, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, restraining order violation and two counts of theft, police said.

Trujillo also was accused of criminal impersonation after he gave a false name to officers and then tried to runaway,

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:48:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Deadly shooting at Pueblo motel may be accidental]]> http://gazette.com/deadly-shooting-at-pueblo-motel-may-be-accidental/article/1597739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deadly-shooting-at-pueblo-motel-may-be-accidental/article/1597739?custom_click=rss

A shooting in Pueblo that killed a 21-year-old man early Monday may have been accidental.

Pueblo police said they're not searching for a suspect and, though they're doing a "thorough" investigation, they do not suspect criminal intent.

The shooting was reported about 2 a.m. at Motel 6, 4103 North Elizabeth St., police said.

A group of people had been drinking at the motel and handling guns when the 21-year-old accidentally shot himself, police said. He has not been identified.

No other information was provided.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:46:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1597736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1597736?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.

Benjamin Scott Blair, 37, is described as a 180-pound man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, bald with brown eyes. Blair is being sought on suspicion of prohibited acts.

David Fernandez, 34, is described as a 188-pound man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Fernandez is being sought on suspicion of possession of schedule I and II controlled substance.

Brandi R. Freilinger, 31, is described as a 120-pound woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. Freilinger is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:02:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Two suffer serious injuries in I-25 pileup]]> http://gazette.com/two-suffer-serious-injuries-in-i-25-pileup/article/1597723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-suffer-serious-injuries-in-i-25-pileup/article/1597723?custom_click=rss

Two people suffered serious injuries after a three-vehicle crash in Fountain on Sunday night, according to Colorado State Patrol.

A Nissan Altima attempted to drive between a semi-truck and a pickup truck when it struck the rear tires of both vehicles on southbound Interstate 25 - just south of Colorado Springs - near exit 128, said State Patrol spokesman Tim Sutherland.

Speeding is suspected in the crash, which was reported about midnight Sunday.

The passenger and driver of the Altima were hurt and taken to the hospital, State Patrol said. Their names were not released.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:58:34 -0700
<![CDATA[DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade ]]> http://gazette.com/dwi-suspected-in-crash-that-hurt-28-at-new-orleans-parade/article/1597681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dwi-suspected-in-crash-that-hurt-28-at-new-orleans-parade/article/1597681?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS — A man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said.

The accident came during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch the elaborate floats and clamor to catch beads and trinkets tossed from riders.

"We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated," Police Chief Michael Harrison said on Saturday evening.

Harrison was asked twice by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn't say "No" he did say it looks like a case of DWI.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized after the crash with

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:16:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Teenage car thief in 3 Sunday chases]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-teenage-car-thief-in-3-sunday-chases/article/1597712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-teenage-car-thief-in-3-sunday-chases/article/1597712?custom_click=rss

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stole a vehicle and led officers on car and foot chases through parts of Colorado Springs, police said.

The ordeal started when someone reported a car theft just before 8 a.m. in the area of Derby and Laurel Wreath drives near Meadowlark Park, police said. Officers later spotted the stolen vehicle driving through several locations in southeast and southwest Colorado Springs.

The boy led officers on two short car chases and escaped each time because of high speed or "dangerous driving behavior," police said in a written report.

"Officers then set up surveillance in an area where stolen vehicles are known to be left," police said, declining to release the address.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:00:40 -0700
<![CDATA[State Patrol searching for pickup that deliberately hit parked cars in east Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/state-patrol-searching-for-pickup-that-deliberately-hit-parked-cars-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1597677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-patrol-searching-for-pickup-that-deliberately-hit-parked-cars-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1597677?custom_click=rss

Colorado State Patrol is looking for a blue pickup that hit multiple vehicles Saturday in the Cimarron Hills area of east Colorado Springs.

At least six cars were reportedly struck around 5 p.m., said Tim Sutherland, a State Patrol spokesman.

In a tweet, the State Patrol said the suspected vehicle was "intentionally hitting parked vehicles."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call State Patrol at *277.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:49:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Crime Stoppers appeals for donations to keep getting tips for Colorado Springs police]]> http://gazette.com/crime-stoppers-appeals-for-donations-to-keep-getting-tips-for-colorado-springs-police/article/1597670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-stoppers-appeals-for-donations-to-keep-getting-tips-for-colorado-springs-police/article/1597670?custom_click=rss

There's a reason crimes publicized in El Paso County almost always include a plea for potential witnesses to call Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers.

"It's because they do (call). It works," program president Bonnie Johnson said.

About 2,000 people called the anonymous hotline last year to tip off law enforcement on wanted persons, stolen property, drugs, and even homicide suspects. All but about 16 of those tips led to an arrest, Johnson said.

In December, a caller led police to a homicide suspect, Johnson said, declining to elaborate. It was the second time in her seven years with Crime Stoppers that the program played a direct role in the capture of a suspected killer, she said.

"Crime Stoppers makes a huge difference

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:57:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Warrant issued for Ebert County deputy in poaching felonies]]> http://gazette.com/warrant-issued-for-ebert-county-deputy-in-poaching-felonies/article/1597642?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warrant-issued-for-ebert-county-deputy-in-poaching-felonies/article/1597642?custom_click=rss KIOWA — A nationwide warrant has been issued for a former Colorado sheriff's deputy wanted for poaching deer near Elbert.

Former Elbert County deputy Steve Few was arrested December 20 in Georgia on multiple felonies following a citizen's report of illegally-harvested deer.

Authorities say Few bonded out of custody in Georgia but has not returned to Colorado for a court appearance.

Charges against him include two counts of destruction of wildlife, trespassing, shooting from a road, hunting with a light and two counts of attempting to influence a public servant.

Few had been with the sheriff's office for about 2-1/2 months at the time of the alleged incident.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:47:19 -0700
<![CDATA[One in custody in armed home invasion in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/one-in-custody-in-armed-home-invasion-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1597603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-in-custody-in-armed-home-invasion-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1597603?custom_click=rss

Police were investigating a home invasion in northeast Colorado Springs on Friday afternoon.

Officers were called to the 1900 block of Seclusion Point just after 3:10 p.m., said Lt. Steve Noblitt with Colorado Springs police.  

Authorities had blocked off part of the street near the home, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

Police were still on scene at 4:10 p.m. No further details were available.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:20:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Family: Domestic violence suspect killed in police pursuit feared return to jail]]> http://gazette.com/family-domestic-violence-suspect-killed-in-police-pursuit-feared-return-to-jail/article/1597596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-domestic-violence-suspect-killed-in-police-pursuit-feared-return-to-jail/article/1597596?custom_click=rss

A domestic violence suspect shot and killed while fleeing from Colorado Springs police this week feared returning to jail, according to his family.

Misael Macias Cano had became "deathly ill" and lost feeling in part of his face during a six-month stay behind bars on a DUI charge in 2013, his niece Anais Flores said Friday.

"That was his fear, going back to jail," Flores said. "He suffered from that (first time in jail) and didn't want to suffer in jail longer."

Family members think that fear drove him to flee from police Tuesday when they came to arrest him on accusations he brutally beat his ex-girlfriend two months ago. The woman had requested a protection order against him following the attack.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:20:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Shoplifter eludes police officer after breaking into Colorado Springs home]]> http://gazette.com/shoplifter-eludes-police-officer-after-breaking-into-colorado-springs-home/article/1597615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shoplifter-eludes-police-officer-after-breaking-into-colorado-springs-home/article/1597615?custom_click=rss A shoplifting suspect broke into a south Colorado Springs home while escaping from a police officer on Friday.

Just after noon on Friday, the officer spotted two men acting suspiciously at a store on the 1800 block of South Nevada Avenue. One of the men entered the store and later emerged, pulling items out from under his jacket and placing them in a backpack, according to Colorado Springs police.

When the officer tried to approach him, he and the second man ran away. As the officer pursued the suspect, he entered a nearby residence and stole several items. Witnesses pointed the officer in the direction of the suspect, but the officer was unable to find him.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:23:29 -0700