<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:43:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Prosecutor describes Colorado gunman's path to carnage]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/prosecutor-describes-colorado-gunmans-path-to-carnage/article/1550461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutor-describes-colorado-gunmans-path-to-carnage/article/1550461?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could slaughter more people.

"Boom!" District Attorney George Brauchler said as he showed pictures of the victims and the weapons Holmes used to kill them on a TV screen. "Boom!" he repeated, describing in detail how bullets pierced organs and destroyed limbs.

Holmes' public defender, Daniel King, countered that 20 doctors who examined him in custody as well as the therapist who saw him before the shootings all agree he suffers from schizophrenia, a psychotic brain disease



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CENTENNIAL — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could slaughter more people.

"Boom!" District Attorney George Brauchler said as he showed pictures of the victims and the weapons Holmes used to kill them on a TV screen. "Boom!" he repeated, describing in detail how bullets pierced organs and destroyed limbs.

Holmes' public defender, Daniel King, countered that 20 doctors who examined him in custody as well as the therapist who saw him before the shootings all agree he suffers from schizophrenia, a psychotic brain disease

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:56:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Prosecutor describes Colorado gunman's path to carnage]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/prosecutor-describes-colorado-gunmans-path-to-carnage/article/1550449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutor-describes-colorado-gunmans-path-to-carnage/article/1550449?custom_click=rss

Video: Opening Statements: Theater Shooting Trial of James Holmes Day 1

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CENTENNIAL — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage."

"Meticulous" was how Holmes twice described his plans during the exams, District Attorney George Brauchler said at the start of a long-awaited trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane.



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Video: Opening Statements: Theater Shooting Trial of James Holmes Day 1

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CENTENNIAL — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage."

"Meticulous" was how Holmes twice described his plans during the exams, District Attorney George Brauchler said at the start of a long-awaited trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Graffiti spree leads to arrest of Colorado Springs man]]> BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/graffiti-spree-leads-to-arrest-of-colorado-springs-man/article/1550452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/graffiti-spree-leads-to-arrest-of-colorado-springs-man/article/1550452?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man was arrested Monday on suspicion of placing more than 245 graffiti tags throughout the city over an eight-month period, causing $13,000 in damage, police said.

Kale Odonnell, 25, allegedly committed the crimes from last August to April, police said.

Police said they used social media to link Odonnell to the graffiti and obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was cited with felony criminal mischief.

Odonnell is connected to the tagger moniker BEYOG, and his alleged offenses included marking graffiti with spray paint, markers and "slaps," which are stickers glued to surfaces, police said.

The monikers CEO and DEKA were also found in the same locations as BEYOG.

Each tag costs $53.11 to

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Kale Odonnell, 25, allegedly committed the crimes from last August to April, police said.

Police said they used social media to link Odonnell to the graffiti and obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was cited with felony criminal mischief.

Odonnell is connected to the tagger moniker BEYOG, and his alleged offenses included marking graffiti with spray paint, markers and "slaps," which are stickers glued to surfaces, police said.

The monikers CEO and DEKA were also found in the same locations as BEYOG.

Each tag costs $53.11 to]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:26:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Vandals hit Security-Widefield neighborhood]]> KKTV - http://gazette.com/vandals-hit-security-widefield-neighborhood/article/1550438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vandals-hit-security-widefield-neighborhood/article/1550438?custom_click=rss

Vandals have hit the Security-Widefield neighborhood by spray painting vulgar words and images on vehicles and one home garage, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

Deputies are investigating at least 10 cases on Lindstrom Drive that took place between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday on two side streets, KKTV said.

If anyone has information on the vandalism, call the sheriff's office at 390-5555.



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Vandals have hit the Security-Widefield neighborhood by spray painting vulgar words and images on vehicles and one home garage, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

Deputies are investigating at least 10 cases on Lindstrom Drive that took place between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday on two side streets, KKTV said.

If anyone has information on the vandalism, call the sheriff's office at 390-5555.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:43:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Break-ins at Colorado Springs businesses bring little cash]]> BY CHHUN SUN chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/break-ins-at-colorado-springs-businesses-bring-little-cash/article/1550439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/break-ins-at-colorado-springs-businesses-bring-little-cash/article/1550439?custom_click=rss Three businesses in the Colorado Springs area were broken into Sunday morning after someone apparently used a crowbar to get in the front windows, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

All the businesses are located off of Platte Avenue near Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs, KKTV said.

About $300 was missing from a cash box found outside of PPS Distribution Center; nothing was taken from Beem's Collision Center or Elite Auto, KKTV reported.

The sheriff's office is still investigating, KKTV said.

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All the businesses are located off of Platte Avenue near Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs, KKTV said.

About $300 was missing from a cash box found outside of PPS Distribution Center; nothing was taken from Beem's Collision Center or Elite Auto, KKTV reported.

The sheriff's office is still investigating, KKTV said.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:18:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1550425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1550425?custom_click=rss

Wanted:

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Seth O'Ryan Baskall, 22, is described as a 6-foot, 155-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Baskall is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

Ashley Joann Pierce, 24, is described as a 5-7, 140-pound woman with blond hair and blue eyes. Pierce is being sought on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Thomas Vance Shifflet, 30, is described as a 6-4, 165-pound man with brown hair and blue eyes. Shifflet is being sought on suspicion of providing false information to a pawnbroker.

Conner Andrew Wilson, 20, is described as a 5-9, 127-pound



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Wanted:

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Seth O'Ryan Baskall, 22, is described as a 6-foot, 155-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Baskall is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

Ashley Joann Pierce, 24, is described as a 5-7, 140-pound woman with blond hair and blue eyes. Pierce is being sought on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Thomas Vance Shifflet, 30, is described as a 6-4, 165-pound man with brown hair and blue eyes. Shifflet is being sought on suspicion of providing false information to a pawnbroker.

Conner Andrew Wilson, 20, is described as a 5-9, 127-pound

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:01:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Friend backs over woman in fatal crash in parking lot in north Colorado Springs]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/friend-backs-over-woman-in-fatal-crash-in-parking-lot-in-north-colorado-springs/article/1550307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friend-backs-over-woman-in-fatal-crash-in-parking-lot-in-north-colorado-springs/article/1550307?custom_click=rss

A 69-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon when a good friend backed into her in a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released Friday pending notification of her family, was critically injured about 1:30 p.m. when her friend suddenly backed up at high speed and struck her in the parking lot of the Ironwood at Palmer Park complex. She died at the scene, Colorado Springs police said.

The man who police say hit her is 77 years old; his name was not released Friday.

The two had gone to lunch together earlier in the day and had been good friends for many years, said police Lt. Scott Schwall.

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A 69-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon when a good friend backed into her in a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released Friday pending notification of her family, was critically injured about 1:30 p.m. when her friend suddenly backed up at high speed and struck her in the parking lot of the Ironwood at Palmer Park complex. She died at the scene, Colorado Springs police said.

The man who police say hit her is 77 years old; his name was not released Friday.

The two had gone to lunch together earlier in the day and had been good friends for many years, said police Lt. Scott Schwall.

Police were questioning the man around 4 p.m. and said that while he

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:01:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Long odds for insanity defense in Aurora theater shooting trial]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/long-odds-for-insanity-defense-in-aurora-theater-shooting-trial/article/1550433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/long-odds-for-insanity-defense-in-aurora-theater-shooting-trial/article/1550433?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee.

James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers will argue that he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.

And unlike most other states, Colorado puts the burden on prosecutors in insanity cases: They must convince jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Holmes was sane.



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CENTENNIAL — The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee.

James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers will argue that he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.

And unlike most other states, Colorado puts the burden on prosecutors in insanity cases: They must convince jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Holmes was sane.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:11:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Three teens arrested after Colorado Springs carnival brawl]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/three-teens-arrested-after-colorado-springs-carnival-brawl/article/1550396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-teens-arrested-after-colorado-springs-carnival-brawl/article/1550396?custom_click=rss

Three juveniles were arrested after a Saturday night brawl at a Colorado Springs carnival, where El Paso County sheriff's deputies and Colorado Springs police officers struggled to control a crowd of more than 150 people.

Deputies were called to the Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival at Powers and Palmer Park Boulevards just before 9 p.m. to break up a 15-person fight.

"When deputies arrived, it ended up being more like 75," said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Noelle Drobny was getting ready to leave the carnival with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and Drobny's 11-year-old stepsiblings when she saw the fight break out.

"Groups of teenagers were trying to fight each other and

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Deputies were called to the Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival at Powers and Palmer Park Boulevards just before 9 p.m. to break up a 15-person fight.

"When deputies arrived, it ended up being more like 75," said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Noelle Drobny was getting ready to leave the carnival with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and Drobny's 11-year-old stepsiblings when she saw the fight break out.

"Groups of teenagers were trying to fight each other and]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:15:17 -0600 <![CDATA[1 dead after Larimer pursuit in Fort Collins]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/1-dead-after-larimer-pursuit-in-fort-collins/article/1550414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-dead-after-larimer-pursuit-in-fort-collins/article/1550414?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS — One person is dead after a high-speed chase ended when the driver being chased hit a tree.

Authorities say a Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to contact the driver of vehicle that was blocking an intersection and three people got out of the car.

The driver took off and hit speeds in excess of 100 mph early Sunday, eventually losing the deputy.

Fort Collins police said in a statement the vehicle lost control and went into the center median, hitting a cement pillar. The driver continued west and hit two small trees and a bus stop before coming to rest against a large tree.



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FORT COLLINS — One person is dead after a high-speed chase ended when the driver being chased hit a tree.

Authorities say a Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to contact the driver of vehicle that was blocking an intersection and three people got out of the car.

The driver took off and hit speeds in excess of 100 mph early Sunday, eventually losing the deputy.

Fort Collins police said in a statement the vehicle lost control and went into the center median, hitting a cement pillar. The driver continued west and hit two small trees and a bus stop before coming to rest against a large tree.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:44:55 -0600
<![CDATA['Batman' killer studied brain disorders before Colorado theater shooting]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/batman-killer-studied-brain-disorders-before-colorado-theater-shooting/article/1550400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/batman-killer-studied-brain-disorders-before-colorado-theater-shooting/article/1550400?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

He was a sought-after neuroscientist-in-training, but he was falling apart. He told a classmate he wanted to kill people, prosecutors say. He fell out of favor with his professors, who suggested he find a new career. He stopped seeing his psychiatrist, then sent her text messages so threatening that she alerted University of Colorado campus police. He even mailed her his journal, in a package with burned $20 bills.



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CENTENNIAL — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

He was a sought-after neuroscientist-in-training, but he was falling apart. He told a classmate he wanted to kill people, prosecutors say. He fell out of favor with his professors, who suggested he find a new career. He stopped seeing his psychiatrist, then sent her text messages so threatening that she alerted University of Colorado campus police. He even mailed her his journal, in a package with burned $20 bills.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:43:15 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Elder abuse a focus of Silver Key, Colorado's mandatory reporting system]]> By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-elder-abuse-a-focus-of-silver-key-colorados-mandatory-reporting-system/article/1550160?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-elder-abuse-a-focus-of-silver-key-colorados-mandatory-reporting-system/article/1550160?custom_click=rss

The elderly aren't cute like babies and puppies, but they deserve care, dignity and respect.

Elisabeth Almond's words brought soft smiles and knowing head nods from 400 guests at Silver Key Senior Services' Silver Linings fundraising breakfast.

The subject of the morning on April 14: elder abuse.

Almond, the violence prevention regional planner for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, said she would have been more comfortable giving everyone flu shots that morning but needed to stand in front of a microphone to share the story of "Harry," brought into the ER with bruises, filthy clothes, a leaking catheter and dirty diaper. His caretaker, a family member, took "good care of me," he assured the staff. Instead, he

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Elisabeth Almond's words brought soft smiles and knowing head nods from 400 guests at Silver Key Senior Services' Silver Linings fundraising breakfast.

The subject of the morning on April 14: elder abuse.

Almond, the violence prevention regional planner for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, said she would have been more comfortable giving everyone flu shots that morning but needed to stand in front of a microphone to share the story of "Harry," brought into the ER with bruises, filthy clothes, a leaking catheter and dirty diaper. His caretaker, a family member, took "good care of me," he assured the staff. Instead, he]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:35:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Nephew killed as people gather for homicide victim's funeral]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/nephew-killed-as-people-gather-for-homicide-victims-funeral/article/1550355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nephew-killed-as-people-gather-for-homicide-victims-funeral/article/1550355?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The nephew of a homicide victim was fatally shot Saturday as people gathered to form a procession to drive to the funeral.

Denver police say the dead man was related to Abdul Rahim Muhammad, who was shot and killed in his yard earlier this month.

The shooting happened outside the Denver Gospel Hall, two blocks from Muhammad's home.

According to the Denver Post, the delayed procession re-formed for its trip to Fairmount Cemetery while police investigated the latest shooting.



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DENVER — The nephew of a homicide victim was fatally shot Saturday as people gathered to form a procession to drive to the funeral.

Denver police say the dead man was related to Abdul Rahim Muhammad, who was shot and killed in his yard earlier this month.

The shooting happened outside the Denver Gospel Hall, two blocks from Muhammad's home.

According to the Denver Post, the delayed procession re-formed for its trip to Fairmount Cemetery while police investigated the latest shooting.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:09:18 -0600
<![CDATA[As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles]]> NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press http://gazette.com/as-theater-shooting-trial-opens-gun-debate-dwindles/article/1550341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-theater-shooting-trial-opens-gun-debate-dwindles/article/1550341?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs. It helped revive the national debate over gun control.

That argument gained intensity in the state five months later when a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut.

Democrats in the state legislature in 2013 muscled through new laws requiring universal background checks and banning magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

Gun control advocates boasted that they had found the formula to enact their policies in a libertarian swing state. Then furious gun rights supporters recalled two state



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DENVER (AP) — When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs. It helped revive the national debate over gun control.

That argument gained intensity in the state five months later when a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut.

Democrats in the state legislature in 2013 muscled through new laws requiring universal background checks and banning magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

Gun control advocates boasted that they had found the formula to enact their policies in a libertarian swing state. Then furious gun rights supporters recalled two state

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:12:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Wagon Man gets between father, son in hammer attack at Colorado Springs motel, wife says]]> By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wagon-man-gets-between-father-son-in-hammer-attack-at-colorado-springs-motel-wife-says/article/1550321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wagon-man-gets-between-father-son-in-hammer-attack-at-colorado-springs-motel-wife-says/article/1550321?custom_click=rss

Phillip Cargile, aka Wagon Man, had just wrapped up another day of pulling his wagon train down Colorado Springs streets with a sign reading "Be Positive" around his neck. He's been doing this since 2013, and his wife, who handed him a cold glass of Coca-Cola, wanted to know about his day.

They were chatting Thursday evening in their red van parked at the Garden of the Gods Motel on West Colorado Avenue, when they heard three loud honks from a car across the lot.

"We both looked through the back window and we knew something was up," said Phillip's wife, Cheryl "Wagon Lady" Cargile.

It was a fight that sent one man to the hospital and brought police to the motel around 6:45 p.m.

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They were chatting Thursday evening in their red van parked at the Garden of the Gods Motel on West Colorado Avenue, when they heard three loud honks from a car across the lot.

"We both looked through the back window and we knew something was up," said Phillip's wife, Cheryl "Wagon Lady" Cargile.

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