<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:34:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs killer gets 28-year prison sentence]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-killer-gets-28-year-prison-sentence/article/1538640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-killer-gets-28-year-prison-sentence/article/1538640?custom_click=rss The man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death last year in Colorado Springs was sentenced to nearly three decades in prison at the El Paso County courthouse Wednesday.

Preston Deangalo Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will serve 28 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections with a mandatory five-year parole, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

Johnson was convicted of shooting 26-year-old Ivan Ortiz at a townhouse on the 2500 block of King Street, off Mesa Road in March 2013. Johnson, 28, was arrested April 12 in Cheyenne, Wyo., following a traffic stop.

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Preston Deangalo Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will serve 28 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections with a mandatory five-year parole, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

Johnson was convicted of shooting 26-year-old Ivan Ortiz at a townhouse on the 2500 block of King Street, off Mesa Road in March 2013. Johnson, 28, was arrested April 12 in Cheyenne, Wyo., following a traffic stop.]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Cremated remains from Colorado found in drug suspect's car]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/cremated-remains-from-colorado-found-in-drug-suspects-car/article/1538561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cremated-remains-from-colorado-found-in-drug-suspects-car/article/1538561?custom_click=rss LOUISIANA, Mo. — A former Colorado funeral home worker tasked with spreading cremated ashes in the Rocky Mountains instead kept four people's remains in the trunk of his car for several years, police said.

A Pike County sheriff's deputy found the ashes in four plastic boxes after police in the northeast Missouri town of Louisiana arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, on methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia charges.

Lee went to Louisiana City Hall on Sept. 23 and told officers his GPS system indicated he was being followed. He was arrested at his parents' home after again calling police. Bob Jenne, the town's police chief, said Lee was behaving erratically, had dilated pupils and repeatedly scratched himself — all



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LOUISIANA, Mo. — A former Colorado funeral home worker tasked with spreading cremated ashes in the Rocky Mountains instead kept four people's remains in the trunk of his car for several years, police said.

A Pike County sheriff's deputy found the ashes in four plastic boxes after police in the northeast Missouri town of Louisiana arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, on methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia charges.

Lee went to Louisiana City Hall on Sept. 23 and told officers his GPS system indicated he was being followed. He was arrested at his parents' home after again calling police. Bob Jenne, the town's police chief, said Lee was behaving erratically, had dilated pupils and repeatedly scratched himself — all

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:53:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Jury: Colorado Springs teen guilty in killing of Fort Carson soldier, wife]]> By jakob Rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jury-colorado-springs-teen-guilty-in-killing-of-fort-carson-soldier-wife/article/1538554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-colorado-springs-teen-guilty-in-killing-of-fort-carson-soldier-wife/article/1538554?custom_click=rss

A reluctant witness claiming to forget a murder confession left Maryln Dunlap weeping and in tears last week, scared that her son's alleged killer would walk free.

Her eyes grew moist once more Tuesday as she texted her younger son the verdict: He's guilty.

After deliberating only 31/2 hours, a jury found that Macyo Joelle January murdered Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, as the newlyweds checked on their home burglary alarm in early 2013.

January - charged as an adult despite being 17 at the time of the killings - showed no emotion after the 12 jurors replied "yes" in affirming their decision to 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs and a packed courtroom.



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A reluctant witness claiming to forget a murder confession left Maryln Dunlap weeping and in tears last week, scared that her son's alleged killer would walk free.

Her eyes grew moist once more Tuesday as she texted her younger son the verdict: He's guilty.

After deliberating only 31/2 hours, a jury found that Macyo Joelle January murdered Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, as the newlyweds checked on their home burglary alarm in early 2013.

January - charged as an adult despite being 17 at the time of the killings - showed no emotion after the 12 jurors replied "yes" in affirming their decision to 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs and a packed courtroom.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:18:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police arrest Department of Corrections fugitive]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-department-of-corrections-fugitive/article/1538588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-department-of-corrections-fugitive/article/1538588?custom_click=rss Officers and police dogs nabbed a man wanted on a Department of Corrections fugitive warrant Tuesday, Colorado Springs police said.

Police arrested 30-year-old Gary Davis after responding to reports of a wanted person spotted near Bijou Street and North Circle Drive shortly after 5 p.m.

Davis fled on foot, but was later found several blocks away on East Hills Road. Police said Davis had a small amount of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested. 
According to online inmate records, Davis was a community corrections walkaway.



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Officers and police dogs nabbed a man wanted on a Department of Corrections fugitive warrant Tuesday, Colorado Springs police said.

Police arrested 30-year-old Gary Davis after responding to reports of a wanted person spotted near Bijou Street and North Circle Drive shortly after 5 p.m.

Davis fled on foot, but was later found several blocks away on East Hills Road. Police said Davis had a small amount of methamphetamine on him when he was arrested. 
According to online inmate records, Davis was a community corrections walkaway.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:07:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge allows video of theater shooting trial]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/judge-allows-video-of-theater-shooting-trial/article/1538580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-allows-video-of-theater-shooting-trial/article/1538580?custom_click=rss

 

DENVER — News organizations will be allowed to broadcast the Colorado theater shooting trial using a closed-circuit TV camera already in the courtroom, but they won't be allowed to have their own cameras in court, the judge said Tuesday.

Still images can be captured from the video, but still cameras will also be barred from the courtroom, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in a written order.

The small camera is mounted on the courtroom ceiling and will show the witness stand, a video screen where evidence will be displayed, the judge, the defense table and part of the prosecution table. Jurors will not be visible.

It was not immediately clear whether defendant James Holmes would be in the camera's



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DENVER — News organizations will be allowed to broadcast the Colorado theater shooting trial using a closed-circuit TV camera already in the courtroom, but they won't be allowed to have their own cameras in court, the judge said Tuesday.

Still images can be captured from the video, but still cameras will also be barred from the courtroom, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in a written order.

The small camera is mounted on the courtroom ceiling and will show the witness stand, a video screen where evidence will be displayed, the judge, the defense table and part of the prosecution table. Jurors will not be visible.

It was not immediately clear whether defendant James Holmes would be in the camera's

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:23:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: 1 child hurt, school evacuated in Kentucky]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/police-1-child-hurt-school-evacuated-in-kentucky/article/1538555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-1-child-hurt-school-evacuated-in-kentucky/article/1538555?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One child was injured and a high school was evacuated after a report of weapons seen on the campus in Louisville, police said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the child sustained non-life threatening injuries and that a parent was with the child.

Smiley would not say if the child was a student or describe the nature of the injuries.

Students were led from Fern Creek Traditional High School in the southern part of the city. Video from television stations showed police escorting students with their hands over their heads to a nearby softball field.

Police cars surrounded the 91-year-old school.



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One child was injured and a high school was evacuated after a report of weapons seen on the campus in Louisville, police said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the child sustained non-life threatening injuries and that a parent was with the child.

Smiley would not say if the child was a student or describe the nature of the injuries.

Students were led from Fern Creek Traditional High School in the southern part of the city. Video from television stations showed police escorting students with their hands over their heads to a nearby softball field.

Police cars surrounded the 91-year-old school.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:04:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Woman found in car in El Paso County identified, homicide ruled out]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woman-found-in-car-in-el-paso-county-identified-homicide-ruled-out/article/1538545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-found-in-car-in-el-paso-county-identified-homicide-ruled-out/article/1538545?custom_click=rss The death of a woman whose body was found in an SUV Sunday in east Colorado Springs will not be investigated as a homicide, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Dawn Frank, 28, of Simla, was identified as the victim but the cause and manner of death were pending a toxicology analysis, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White.

The death was initially investigated as "suspicious," but there were no signs of foul play at the scene and no evidence to suggest a homicide, White explained.

Frank's body was found about 6 p.m. near Seneca Road and Ford Street, off Galley Road and Powers Boulevard, by an area resident.

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The death of a woman whose body was found in an SUV Sunday in east Colorado Springs will not be investigated as a homicide, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Dawn Frank, 28, of Simla, was identified as the victim but the cause and manner of death were pending a toxicology analysis, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White.

The death was initially investigated as "suspicious," but there were no signs of foul play at the scene and no evidence to suggest a homicide, White explained.

Frank's body was found about 6 p.m. near Seneca Road and Ford Street, off Galley Road and Powers Boulevard, by an area resident.

Check www.gazette.com for updates.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:33:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Jury to begin deliberating fate of man suspected in Colorado Springs couple's slaying]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jury-to-begin-deliberating-fate-of-man-suspected-in-colorado-springs-couples-slaying/article/1538514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-to-begin-deliberating-fate-of-man-suspected-in-colorado-springs-couples-slaying/article/1538514?custom_click=rss

Did Macyo Joelle January value a yellow Hyundai car, a few guns and a stash of spare change over the lives of a newlywed couple expecting their first child?

Or did police shortcut their investigation while arresting the wrong person?

Eight men and four women will begin deliberating those two questions Tuesday morning to determine whether January killed Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, in a botched break-in on Jan. 14, 2013.

The prosecution and defense rehashed their theories Monday during more than two and a half hours of closing arguments, wrapping up a trial marked by backpedaling witnesses, refusals to testify and the surprise defense theory that January happened upon the



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Did Macyo Joelle January value a yellow Hyundai car, a few guns and a stash of spare change over the lives of a newlywed couple expecting their first child?

Or did police shortcut their investigation while arresting the wrong person?

Eight men and four women will begin deliberating those two questions Tuesday morning to determine whether January killed Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, in a botched break-in on Jan. 14, 2013.

The prosecution and defense rehashed their theories Monday during more than two and a half hours of closing arguments, wrapping up a trial marked by backpedaling witnesses, refusals to testify and the surprise defense theory that January happened upon the

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:19:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Death of Colorado Springs woman investigated as 'suspicious']]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/death-of-colorado-springs-woman-investigated-as-suspicious/article/1538467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/death-of-colorado-springs-woman-investigated-as-suspicious/article/1538467?custom_click=rss The death of a woman whose body was found in an SUV Sunday in east Colorado Springs will be investigated as "suspicious," the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

An area resident reported the discovery about 6 p.m. near Seneca Road and Ford Street, off Galley Road and Powers Boulevard, said Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg White.

White said an autopsy was completed Monday by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, but did not release any details about the victim's identity, citing an ongoing investigation and that next-of-kin notification had not been completed.

Check www.gazette.com for updates.



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The death of a woman whose body was found in an SUV Sunday in east Colorado Springs will be investigated as "suspicious," the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

An area resident reported the discovery about 6 p.m. near Seneca Road and Ford Street, off Galley Road and Powers Boulevard, said Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg White.

White said an autopsy was completed Monday by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, but did not release any details about the victim's identity, citing an ongoing investigation and that next-of-kin notification had not been completed.

Check www.gazette.com for updates.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:35:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Fremont County man who killed ex-girlfriend, 2 children handed life sentences]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fremont-county-man-who-killed-ex-girlfriend-2-children-handed-life-sentences/article/1538468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fremont-county-man-who-killed-ex-girlfriend-2-children-handed-life-sentences/article/1538468?custom_click=rss

A man who pleaded guilty to killing his former girlfriend and her two young children and sexually assaulting her teenage daughter in Cañon City, was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison without parole at the Fremont County courthouse Monday.

Jaacob Van Winkle, 31, pleaded guilty to all 36 charges against him for the triple slaying and rape, including three counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. A judge accepted the guilty plea June 30 to avoid the death penalty.

Mandy Folsom, 35, her 9-year-old daughter Marissa and 5-year-old son Mason were found stabbed to death March 9 after Folsom's 16-year-old daughter ran to a neighbor's house for help, records show.

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Jaacob Van Winkle, 31, pleaded guilty to all 36 charges against him for the triple slaying and rape, including three counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. A judge accepted the guilty plea June 30 to avoid the death penalty.

Mandy Folsom, 35, her 9-year-old daughter Marissa and 5-year-old son Mason were found stabbed to death March 9 after Folsom's 16-year-old daughter ran to a neighbor's house for help, records show.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:46:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Priest with Colorado connection charged in Michigan with child porn crimes]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/priest-with-colorado-connection-charged-in-michigan-with-child-porn-crimes/article/1538496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/priest-with-colorado-connection-charged-in-michigan-with-child-porn-crimes/article/1538496?custom_click=rss DETROIT — A priest who taught chemistry years ago at a Detroit Catholic school has been charged with child pornography crimes.

The FBI says the Rev. Richard Kurtz secretly recorded hockey players in the locker room at University of Detroit Jesuit High School during the 1998-99 season.

The 69-year-old Kurtz was arrested Monday in Dittmer, Missouri, and will appear in St. Louis federal court Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer. He'll eventually be transferred to Detroit.

The FBI says the Detroit case is based on child pornography discovered by priests in 2011 at Kurtz' residences in Chicago and Clarkston, Michigan. He was arrested in Chicago that year on a sexual assault charge in Douglas



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DETROIT — A priest who taught chemistry years ago at a Detroit Catholic school has been charged with child pornography crimes.

The FBI says the Rev. Richard Kurtz secretly recorded hockey players in the locker room at University of Detroit Jesuit High School during the 1998-99 season.

The 69-year-old Kurtz was arrested Monday in Dittmer, Missouri, and will appear in St. Louis federal court Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer. He'll eventually be transferred to Detroit.

The FBI says the Detroit case is based on child pornography discovered by priests in 2011 at Kurtz' residences in Chicago and Clarkston, Michigan. He was arrested in Chicago that year on a sexual assault charge in Douglas

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:41:24 -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/1538466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1538466?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.

Zechariah Richard Cain, 31, is described as a 5-7, 150-pound man with brown hair and green eyes. Cain is being sought on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Marrio Cardenas, 39, is described as a 5-8, 185-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Cardenas is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II substance.

James David Joshua Driscoll, 33, is described as a 5-11, 190-pound man with brown hair and hazel eyes. Driscoll is being sought on suspicion of escape.

Andrew Michael Schwartz, 34, is described as a 6-2, 220-pound man with brown hair



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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.

Zechariah Richard Cain, 31, is described as a 5-7, 150-pound man with brown hair and green eyes. Cain is being sought on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Marrio Cardenas, 39, is described as a 5-8, 185-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Cardenas is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II substance.

James David Joshua Driscoll, 33, is described as a 5-11, 190-pound man with brown hair and hazel eyes. Driscoll is being sought on suspicion of escape.

Andrew Michael Schwartz, 34, is described as a 6-2, 220-pound man with brown hair

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver bank robbery suspect hams it up in mug shot]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-bank-robbery-suspect-hams-it-up-in-mug-shot/article/1538469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-bank-robbery-suspect-hams-it-up-in-mug-shot/article/1538469?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A man captured after authorities say he tried to flee a bank robbery in Denver doesn't seem too upset about his arrest.

The mug shot taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington's Sept. 23 arrest shows him with a broad, toothy smile and his eyes open wide.

Police say he robbed a bank on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall and then tried to get away on a light-rail train. Officers stopped the train a few blocks away and arrested him.

He has been charged with one count of robbery and is due to appear in court on Tuesday to be advised of the charge.

He's being held in jail, and it's not clear whether he has a lawyer yet.



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DENVER — A man captured after authorities say he tried to flee a bank robbery in Denver doesn't seem too upset about his arrest.

The mug shot taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington's Sept. 23 arrest shows him with a broad, toothy smile and his eyes open wide.

Police say he robbed a bank on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall and then tried to get away on a light-rail train. Officers stopped the train a few blocks away and arrested him.

He has been charged with one count of robbery and is due to appear in court on Tuesday to be advised of the charge.

He's being held in jail, and it's not clear whether he has a lawyer yet.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:53:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Husband, wife robbed at gunpoint in Colorado Springs apartment complex]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/husband-wife-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-colorado-springs-apartment-complex/article/1538445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/husband-wife-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-colorado-springs-apartment-complex/article/1538445?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs reported that three males robbed them at gunpoint Sunday morning in the parking lot of their apartment complex, police said.

The husband and wife arrived home about 2 a.m. at the Pine Creek Village Apartments on the 800 block of Chapman Drive, off South Academy Boulevard, when three unknown males, possibly teenagers, stole their belongings and punched the husband repeatedly.

One of the robbers pulled a handgun and possibly struck the male victim in the head with it, police said. The robbers fled on foot from the apartment complex before police could find them and no arrests were made.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.



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A Colorado Springs reported that three males robbed them at gunpoint Sunday morning in the parking lot of their apartment complex, police said.

The husband and wife arrived home about 2 a.m. at the Pine Creek Village Apartments on the 800 block of Chapman Drive, off South Academy Boulevard, when three unknown males, possibly teenagers, stole their belongings and punched the husband repeatedly.

One of the robbers pulled a handgun and possibly struck the male victim in the head with it, police said. The robbers fled on foot from the apartment complex before police could find them and no arrests were made.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:14:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Two men injured in southeast Colorado Springs drive-by shooting]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/two-men-injured-in-southeast-colorado-springs-drive-by-shooting/article/1538444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-men-injured-in-southeast-colorado-springs-drive-by-shooting/article/1538444?custom_click=rss A reported shooting Sunday morning in southeast Colorado Springs resulted in two injuries but no arrests, police said.

Several residents in the area of the 1400 block of East Cheyenne Road, off U.S. 85/87, reported hearing shots fired about 4 a.m.. Officers in the area found no evidence of gunfire, police said.

About 5 a.m., two men with non life-threatening gunshot wounds were admitted at Memorial Hospital Central. The victims were traveling west in the 1400 block of East Cheyenne Road when someone in an unknown vehicle passed them and fired several shots from the passenger side, police said.

At least three bullets entered the victims' car, causing damage to the driver's side and injuring two men inside, police said.

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Several residents in the area of the 1400 block of East Cheyenne Road, off U.S. 85/87, reported hearing shots fired about 4 a.m.. Officers in the area found no evidence of gunfire, police said.

About 5 a.m., two men with non life-threatening gunshot wounds were admitted at Memorial Hospital Central. The victims were traveling west in the 1400 block of East Cheyenne Road when someone in an unknown vehicle passed them and fired several shots from the passenger side, police said.

At least three bullets entered the victims' car, causing damage to the driver's side and injuring two men inside, police said.]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:50:13 -0600