<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:31:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Son sent to prison after Colorado woman festered in filth]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/son-sent-to-prison-after-colorado-woman-festered-in-filth/article/1539922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/son-sent-to-prison-after-colorado-woman-festered-in-filth/article/1539922?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Valley man has been sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting his mother so severely authorities say her life was in danger.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Monday sentenced Keith Rohracker to one year less than the maximum for his actions that allowed his mother to live in filth so great that nurses accustomed to dealing with neglect were shocked.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/pdvsfoz ) the only reason the judge didn't sentence Rohracker to the full time in prison was because his mother survived.

Relatives say the woman has gained weight and is recovering.



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GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Valley man has been sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting his mother so severely authorities say her life was in danger.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Monday sentenced Keith Rohracker to one year less than the maximum for his actions that allowed his mother to live in filth so great that nurses accustomed to dealing with neglect were shocked.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/pdvsfoz ) the only reason the judge didn't sentence Rohracker to the full time in prison was because his mother survived.

Relatives say the woman has gained weight and is recovering.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:02:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Jogger who died after he was hit by SUV in Falcon identified]]> By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jogger-who-died-after-he-was-hit-by-suv-in-falcon-identified/article/1539919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jogger-who-died-after-he-was-hit-by-suv-in-falcon-identified/article/1539919?custom_click=rss The jogger who died after being struck Saturday by an SUV in Falcon has been identified as Michael Copote, 38, of Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday in a release.

The State Patrol said Copote was jogging with his back to approaching traffic on the east side of Eastonville Road about 8:15 p.m. when he abruptly turned and ran into the path of the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda CRV was identified as Brook Hill, 18, of Falcon. Hill was northbound on Eastonville Road. The patrol said Tuesday that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash and no charges are pending.



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The jogger who died after being struck Saturday by an SUV in Falcon has been identified as Michael Copote, 38, of Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday in a release.

The State Patrol said Copote was jogging with his back to approaching traffic on the east side of Eastonville Road about 8:15 p.m. when he abruptly turned and ran into the path of the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda CRV was identified as Brook Hill, 18, of Falcon. Hill was northbound on Eastonville Road. The patrol said Tuesday that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash and no charges are pending.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:28:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Cañon City man pleads guilty to child porn charge]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/caon-city-man-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-charge/article/1539904?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caon-city-man-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-charge/article/1539904?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine — A Cañon City man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

David William Burkman, of Cañon City, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to sexually exploiting a child and transporting child pornography.

Prosecutors say in March, Burkman took pictures of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 6-year-old girl. The next month, he sent an email message to the undercover account of a Homeland Security Investigations agent in Maine that included one of the photos.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A Cañon City man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

David William Burkman, of Cañon City, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to sexually exploiting a child and transporting child pornography.

Prosecutors say in March, Burkman took pictures of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 6-year-old girl. The next month, he sent an email message to the undercover account of a Homeland Security Investigations agent in Maine that included one of the photos.

The 30-year-old Burkman faces up to 50 years in prison on the sexual exploitation

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:38:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Man identified in Colorado Springs shooting; suspect arrested]]> Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-identified-in-colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-arrested/article/1539843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-identified-in-colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-arrested/article/1539843?custom_click=rss A man who was fatally shot Saturday night has been identified and a suspect has been arrested, Colorado Springs police said.

The victim, 18-year-old Nickolas Vera of Colorado Springs, was shot around 8 p.m. Saturday night at a home on the 1000 block of Norwood Ave., near Southgate Road and Lake Avenue.

He was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Estevan Meehan, 19,also of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, police said. Meehan was arrested Sunday, according to court documents.

Police have not released Meehan's photo, citing an on-going investigation.

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A man who was fatally shot Saturday night has been identified and a suspect has been arrested, Colorado Springs police said.

The victim, 18-year-old Nickolas Vera of Colorado Springs, was shot around 8 p.m. Saturday night at a home on the 1000 block of Norwood Ave., near Southgate Road and Lake Avenue.

He was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Estevan Meehan, 19,also of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, police said. Meehan was arrested Sunday, according to court documents.

Police have not released Meehan's photo, citing an on-going investigation.

Vera's death is the 20th homicide this year. There were 27 homicides in Colorado Springs at this

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:32:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder/article/1539857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder/article/1539857?custom_click=rss One man was arrested over the weekend after police responding to a physical disturbance heard a gunshot.

Aaron Wallace, 25, of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Officers responded to the 3300 block of Verde Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday and heard a single shot fired as they arrived on scene, police said. A man police believe Wallace was trying to shoot did not get hit and left the scene unharmed as officers were arriving.

A second man, Jaleel Gbolo, 30, of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant after police say he tried to mislead their

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Aaron Wallace, 25, of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Officers responded to the 3300 block of Verde Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday and heard a single shot fired as they arrived on scene, police said. A man police believe Wallace was trying to shoot did not get hit and left the scene unharmed as officers were arriving.

A second man, Jaleel Gbolo, 30, of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to influence a public servant after police say he tried to mislead their]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Lockdown of Colorado Springs schools lifted]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lockdown-of-colorado-springs-schools-lifted/article/1539859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lockdown-of-colorado-springs-schools-lifted/article/1539859?custom_click=rss The secure perimeter put in place at nine Widefield schools has been lifted, according to Widefield School District 3.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office asked the schools to lock their doors and monitor who entered and left because of a suspected armed burglar in the neighborhood.

A burglary was reported in the 7000 block of Harding Street, and a witness observed a male suspect with a handgun, Sgt. Greg White said. The Sheriff's Office was looking for the man Monday morning and afternoon and said students were not in danger.

King, Webster, Talbott, Venetucci and Sunrise elementary schools, Janitell and Watson junior high schools, Mesa Ridge High School and James Madison Charter Academy were placed on lockout mode



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The secure perimeter put in place at nine Widefield schools has been lifted, according to Widefield School District 3.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office asked the schools to lock their doors and monitor who entered and left because of a suspected armed burglar in the neighborhood.

A burglary was reported in the 7000 block of Harding Street, and a witness observed a male suspect with a handgun, Sgt. Greg White said. The Sheriff's Office was looking for the man Monday morning and afternoon and said students were not in danger.

King, Webster, Talbott, Venetucci and Sunrise elementary schools, Janitell and Watson junior high schools, Mesa Ridge High School and James Madison Charter Academy were placed on lockout mode

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:02:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman sentenced to 45 years for plotting stepfather's murder]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woman-sentenced-to-45-years-for-plotting-stepfathers-murder/article/1539864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-sentenced-to-45-years-for-plotting-stepfathers-murder/article/1539864?custom_click=rss

A woman guilty of plotting her stepfather's murder has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Dawn Michelle Richburg, 34, was sentenced Monday morning for her role in the murder of Miguel Barajas, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. She pleaded guilty to second-
degree murder Aug. 15.

Barajas, 47, a mechanic in Security-Widefield, was found shot to death in his bedroom in the 100 block of Judson Street in February 2013 after an apparent break-in. Investigators later determined the break-in was staged.

Richburg's mother, Sandra Marion Barajas, was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-
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Dawn Michelle Richburg, 34, was sentenced Monday morning for her role in the murder of Miguel Barajas, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. She pleaded guilty to second-
degree murder Aug. 15.

Barajas, 47, a mechanic in Security-Widefield, was found shot to death in his bedroom in the 100 block of Judson Street in February 2013 after an apparent break-in. Investigators later determined the break-in was staged.

Richburg's mother, Sandra Marion Barajas, was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-
degree murder and accessory to crime in February. She was later sentenced to life in]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Indiana man's confession leads to 7 bodies; one victim from Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/indiana-mans-confession-leads-to-7-bodies-one-victim-from-colorado/article/1539860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indiana-mans-confession-leads-to-7-bodies-one-victim-from-colorado/article/1539860?custom_click=rss

GARY, Ind. — Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday.

The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a woman whose body was found Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. He then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday that the suspect is a sex offender from Austin, Texas.



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GARY, Ind. — Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday.

The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a woman whose body was found Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. He then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday that the suspect is a sex offender from Austin, Texas.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:02:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputy on leave for alleged racist Facebook post]]> By andrea sincleair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/deputy-on-leave-for-alleged-racist-facebook-post/article/1539858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputy-on-leave-for-alleged-racist-facebook-post/article/1539858?custom_click=rss A Teller County Sheriff's Office deputy remained on administrative leave Monday after a Facebook comment launched an internal investigation, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Eric Voigt was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint alleging Voigt made a comment on Facebook derogatory to Muslims, Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Marc Porcelli said.

Voigt could be fired if the Facebook comment is determined to violate Sheriff's Office policies, Porcelli said. He said Undersheriff Stan Bishop and Sheriff Mike Ensminger have not disclosed the results of the investigation or made a decision regarding Voigt's future within the department.



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A Teller County Sheriff's Office deputy remained on administrative leave Monday after a Facebook comment launched an internal investigation, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Eric Voigt was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint alleging Voigt made a comment on Facebook derogatory to Muslims, Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Marc Porcelli said.

Voigt could be fired if the Facebook comment is determined to violate Sheriff's Office policies, Porcelli said. He said Undersheriff Stan Bishop and Sheriff Mike Ensminger have not disclosed the results of the investigation or made a decision regarding Voigt's future within the department.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted in the Colorado Springs area]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1539803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1539803?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.


James Gallegos, 34, is described as a 5-foot-7, 160-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Gallegos is being sought on suspicion of menacing, domestic violence.

Larry Garduno, 45, is described as a 5-7, 175-pound man, bald with brown eyes. Garduno is being sought on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, forgery, possession of schedule I-IV controlled substance.

Michael Henry Jessup, 51, is described as a 5-8, 150-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Jessup is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary.



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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.


James Gallegos, 34, is described as a 5-foot-7, 160-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Gallegos is being sought on suspicion of menacing, domestic violence.

Larry Garduno, 45, is described as a 5-7, 175-pound man, bald with brown eyes. Garduno is being sought on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, forgery, possession of schedule I-IV controlled substance.

Michael Henry Jessup, 51, is described as a 5-8, 150-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Jessup is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:15:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs taco shop robbed at gunpoint]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-taco-shop-robbed-at-gunpoint/article/1539846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-taco-shop-robbed-at-gunpoint/article/1539846?custom_click=rss Two men robbed a Taco Express at gunpoint Saturday night, according to Colorado Springs police.

Officers were dispatched to the Taco Express at 1750 S. Circle Drive around 8 p.m. One man pointed a gun at the restaurant's employees, police say, but no one was injured. The men left after taking an undetermined amount of money.



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Two men robbed a Taco Express at gunpoint Saturday night, according to Colorado Springs police.

Officers were dispatched to the Taco Express at 1750 S. Circle Drive around 8 p.m. One man pointed a gun at the restaurant's employees, police say, but no one was injured. The men left after taking an undetermined amount of money.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:10:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man charged after fatal Teller County crash]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-charged-after-fatal-teller-county-crash/article/1539822?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-charged-after-fatal-teller-county-crash/article/1539822?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man faces criminal charges after a car wreck killed a Divide man Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Preston Wells, 20, was cited for careless driving causing death, said Sgt. Scott Hophan. Jonathon Schrein, 35, of Divide, died of the injuries he suffered when his 1994 Saturn coupe was struck by Wells's 2012 Nissan Titan about 12:50 p.m., near the intersection of Teller County Road 5 and Teller County Road 51, north of U.S. 24, state patrol said.

Wells was initially ticketed with careless driving causing injury, Hophan said, but Schrein died shortly after arriving at Penrose Main Hospital.

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A Colorado Springs man faces criminal charges after a car wreck killed a Divide man Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Preston Wells, 20, was cited for careless driving causing death, said Sgt. Scott Hophan. Jonathon Schrein, 35, of Divide, died of the injuries he suffered when his 1994 Saturn coupe was struck by Wells's 2012 Nissan Titan about 12:50 p.m., near the intersection of Teller County Road 5 and Teller County Road 51, north of U.S. 24, state patrol said.

Wells was initially ticketed with careless driving causing injury, Hophan said, but Schrein died shortly after arriving at Penrose Main Hospital.

"The victim died less than 15 minutes after he was rushed to the hospital, but we didn't think it was

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:48:21 -0600
<![CDATA[38-year-old man dies in auto-pedestrian crash in Falcon]]> By Sue McMillin sue.mcmillin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/38-year-old-man-dies-in-auto-pedestrian-crash-in-falcon/article/1539773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/38-year-old-man-dies-in-auto-pedestrian-crash-in-falcon/article/1539773?custom_click=rss A 38-year-old man who was apparently jogging was struck and killed by an SUV Saturday evening in Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The man died at the scene, State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden said. The driver of the Honda CRV that struck the man was an 18-year-old woman, who remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, Madden said.

No on else was injured in the 8:15 p.m. crash at the intersection of Eastonville and Tompkins roads, he said.

The incident was reported by an El Paso County Sheriff's deputy driving in the area, the patrol said.



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A 38-year-old man who was apparently jogging was struck and killed by an SUV Saturday evening in Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The man died at the scene, State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden said. The driver of the Honda CRV that struck the man was an 18-year-old woman, who remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, Madden said.

No on else was injured in the 8:15 p.m. crash at the intersection of Eastonville and Tompkins roads, he said.

The incident was reported by an El Paso County Sheriff's deputy driving in the area, the patrol said.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:46:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Rally held for man shot in southern Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/rally-held-for-man-shot-in-southern-colorado/article/1539802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rally-held-for-man-shot-in-southern-colorado/article/1539802?custom_click=rss ROCKY FORD — A crowd of about 200 people attended a rally in Rocky Ford for a man shot to death a week ago by a police officer.

The event was held Saturday to remember 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, who was shot in his home by Rocky Ford Police officer James Ashby on Oct. 12.

The event drew a number of people protesting the shooting. A memorial was set up in Barnes Park next to the police station.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is handling the case while Ashby is on administrative leave.



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ROCKY FORD — A crowd of about 200 people attended a rally in Rocky Ford for a man shot to death a week ago by a police officer.

The event was held Saturday to remember 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, who was shot in his home by Rocky Ford Police officer James Ashby on Oct. 12.

The event drew a number of people protesting the shooting. A memorial was set up in Barnes Park next to the police station.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is handling the case while Ashby is on administrative leave.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:16:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs mom finds new way to solicit leads in son's killing]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mom-finds-new-way-to-solicit-leads-in-sons-killing/article/1539770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mom-finds-new-way-to-solicit-leads-in-sons-killing/article/1539770?custom_click=rss

It has been almost nine years since 20-year-old Tommy Kinslow was gunned down in front of his Colorado Springs home on Constitution Avenue.

With no one in custody, no suspect and no leads, the case has gone cold. Pam Kinslow, mother of the slain college student, is working to change that.

"When it's been this long, you just reach for ways to get leads. Anything you can think of you try and do," she said.

A billboard on the back of a taxi cab struck her as a way to put the case back in the public eye, so she called the local Yellow Cab company.

After hearing her story, the company offered to donate a spot on the back of a cab if she could provide a sign. The company referred her to the Signshop for the billboard,



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It has been almost nine years since 20-year-old Tommy Kinslow was gunned down in front of his Colorado Springs home on Constitution Avenue.

With no one in custody, no suspect and no leads, the case has gone cold. Pam Kinslow, mother of the slain college student, is working to change that.

"When it's been this long, you just reach for ways to get leads. Anything you can think of you try and do," she said.

A billboard on the back of a taxi cab struck her as a way to put the case back in the public eye, so she called the local Yellow Cab company.

After hearing her story, the company offered to donate a spot on the back of a cab if she could provide a sign. The company referred her to the Signshop for the billboard,

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:00:35 -0600