<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:21:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Prosecutors: Meth was sold from Colorado taco wagon]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/prosecutors-meth-was-sold-from-colorado-taco-wagon/article/1538056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutors-meth-was-sold-from-colorado-taco-wagon/article/1538056?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Authorities say a Colorado drug ring was selling methamphetamine out of a taco wagon after importing it from Mexico through California.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office said Monday 15 people were arrested and two others are being sought on charges including racketeering, drug possession, money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy.

The ring was allegedly selling meth out of a trailer serving tacos and other food in southwest Denver as well as distributing it elsewhere in the Denver metro area.

Attorney General John Suthers says buyers could "order a side of meth with their taco."

Authorities say they seized 55 pounds of meth in the investigation, some of which was hidden in the floor of a



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
DENVER — Authorities say a Colorado drug ring was selling methamphetamine out of a taco wagon after importing it from Mexico through California.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office said Monday 15 people were arrested and two others are being sought on charges including racketeering, drug possession, money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy.

The ring was allegedly selling meth out of a trailer serving tacos and other food in southwest Denver as well as distributing it elsewhere in the Denver metro area.

Attorney General John Suthers says buyers could "order a side of meth with their taco."

Authorities say they seized 55 pounds of meth in the investigation, some of which was hidden in the floor of a

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:16:01 -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/1538043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1538043?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.

Gary Davis, 30, is described as a 150-pound man, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Davis is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II substance, identity theft, vehicular eluding, domestic violence and second-degree burglary.

Tiffany Tearra Post, 29, is described as a 5-4, 190-pound woman with black hair and brown eyes. Post is being sought on suspicion of conspiracy to commit intimidation of a witness.

Roy Clarence Rose, 61, is described as a 5-8, 150-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Rose is being sought on suspicion of



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
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.

Gary Davis, 30, is described as a 150-pound man, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Davis is being sought on suspicion of possession of a schedule II substance, identity theft, vehicular eluding, domestic violence and second-degree burglary.

Tiffany Tearra Post, 29, is described as a 5-4, 190-pound woman with black hair and brown eyes. Post is being sought on suspicion of conspiracy to commit intimidation of a witness.

Roy Clarence Rose, 61, is described as a 5-8, 150-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Rose is being sought on suspicion of

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:39:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Attempted armed robbery at south Colorado Springs Walgreens]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/attempted-armed-robbery-at-south-colorado-springs-walgreens/article/1538040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attempted-armed-robbery-at-south-colorado-springs-walgreens/article/1538040?custom_click=rss An unidentified man tried to rob a Walgreens store at gunpoint in south Colorado Springs Sunday, according to police reports.

The robber entered the Walgreens at 1855 Southgate Road, off East Cheyenne Road, about 10:50 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register, police said.

The man did not fire the weapon and no one was injured, but he fled before police arrived.

There was no suspect information available, police said.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> An unidentified man tried to rob a Walgreens store at gunpoint in south Colorado Springs Sunday, according to police reports.

The robber entered the Walgreens at 1855 Southgate Road, off East Cheyenne Road, about 10:50 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register, police said.

The man did not fire the weapon and no one was injured, but he fled before police arrived.

There was no suspect information available, police said.]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Question of race creeps into Macyo January trial]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/question-of-race-creeps-into-macyo-january-trial/article/1537905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/question-of-race-creeps-into-macyo-january-trial/article/1537905?custom_click=rss

Questions about race briefly crept into the trial of Macyo Joelle January on Friday, three days after defense attorneys successfully argued a man back onto the jury panel amid concerns he was being dismissed because he is black.

The issue first arose Tuesday, when 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs struck down prosecutor Jeff Lindsey's attempt to remove the panel's lone black juror during jury selection.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys can remove any number of jurors if they state their reasons. But Henson's challenge came as Lindsey tried keeping his reason secret, which he can do 12 times as long as there is no discrimination in regards to race, ethnicity or gender.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
Questions about race briefly crept into the trial of Macyo Joelle January on Friday, three days after defense attorneys successfully argued a man back onto the jury panel amid concerns he was being dismissed because he is black.

The issue first arose Tuesday, when 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs struck down prosecutor Jeff Lindsey's attempt to remove the panel's lone black juror during jury selection.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys can remove any number of jurors if they state their reasons. But Henson's challenge came as Lindsey tried keeping his reason secret, which he can do 12 times as long as there is no discrimination in regards to race, ethnicity or gender.

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:39:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Update: Macyo January trial continues Friday]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -By jakob rodgers - the gazette http://gazette.com/update-macyo-january-trial-continues-friday/article/1537839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/update-macyo-january-trial-continues-friday/article/1537839?custom_click=rss

The trial of a teen accused of gunning down a couple amid a botched burglary continued Thursday again Friday.

You can follow @JakobRodgers for live courtroom updates.

Here's the latest:

The trial: Macyo Joelle January faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his 
pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, on Jan. 14, 2013 in their home at 222 Bassett Drive. Though January was 17 at the time of the killings, prosecutors charged him as an adult.

What's happened so far: Prosecutors claim January broke into the couple's home and shot the couple while they checked on a burglar alarm. January fled the house, prosecutors say, only to return minutes later as cops



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
The trial of a teen accused of gunning down a couple amid a botched burglary continued Thursday again Friday.

You can follow @JakobRodgers for live courtroom updates.

Here's the latest:

The trial: Macyo Joelle January faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his 
pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, on Jan. 14, 2013 in their home at 222 Bassett Drive. Though January was 17 at the time of the killings, prosecutors charged him as an adult.

What's happened so far: Prosecutors claim January broke into the couple's home and shot the couple while they checked on a burglar alarm. January fled the house, prosecutors say, only to return minutes later as cops

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:35:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver deputies on trial in preacher's jail death]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/denver-deputies-on-trial-in-preachers-jail-death/article/1538026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-deputies-on-trial-in-preachers-jail-death/article/1538026?custom_click=rss DENVER — Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the civil trial of five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of causing the death of a homeless street preacher in jail.

Marvin Booker died in 2010 after deputies shocked him with a Taser after he was handcuffed, put him in a sleeper hold and lay on top of him.

The FBI and the district attorney declined to pursue charges against the deputies, stirring public outrage. The rare civil trial comes amid calls for a federal investigation of the department over other abuse cases and after the largest jail-abuse settlement in the city's history.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
DENVER — Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the civil trial of five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of causing the death of a homeless street preacher in jail.

Marvin Booker died in 2010 after deputies shocked him with a Taser after he was handcuffed, put him in a sleeper hold and lay on top of him.

The FBI and the district attorney declined to pursue charges against the deputies, stirring public outrage. The rare civil trial comes amid calls for a federal investigation of the department over other abuse cases and after the largest jail-abuse settlement in the city's history.

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:30:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Courtroom cameras sought in Aurora theater shooting trial]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/courtroom-cameras-sought-in-aurora-theater-shooting-trial/article/1538025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courtroom-cameras-sought-in-aurora-theater-shooting-trial/article/1538025?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL — News organizations are asking a judge to allow one video camera and one still photographer in the courtroom during the Colorado theater shootings trial, but prosecutors and the defense object.

The judge will hear arguments Monday.

Attorneys for news organizations including The Associated Press say cameras would improve public access to an important trial and wouldn't be disruptive.

Prosecutors say victims would be subjected to unwanted and hurtful attention and that witnesses might change the way they behave.

Defense attorneys say cameras would violate defendant James Holmes' right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
CENTENNIAL — News organizations are asking a judge to allow one video camera and one still photographer in the courtroom during the Colorado theater shootings trial, but prosecutors and the defense object.

The judge will hear arguments Monday.

Attorneys for news organizations including The Associated Press say cameras would improve public access to an important trial and wouldn't be disruptive.

Prosecutors say victims would be subjected to unwanted and hurtful attention and that witnesses might change the way they behave.

Defense attorneys say cameras would violate defendant James Holmes' right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to

]]>
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:01:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office mounted unit assumes investigation of dead horses]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-mounted-unit-assumes-investigation-of-dead-horses/article/1537964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-mounted-unit-assumes-investigation-of-dead-horses/article/1537964?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office mounted unit has taken over an investigation into several dead horses discovered Friday in a barn in Black Forest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said Saturday.

The dead horses were discovered after a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, the woman isn't the owner, said Cmdr. Jeff Kramer, another Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn, and White said that the mounted unit is working with the property owner to ensure the care of those animals.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office mounted unit has taken over an investigation into several dead horses discovered Friday in a barn in Black Forest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said Saturday.

The dead horses were discovered after a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, the woman isn't the owner, said Cmdr. Jeff Kramer, another Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn, and White said that the mounted unit is working with the property owner to ensure the care of those animals.

]]>
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:15:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Fugitive arrested in Colorado Springs, drugs found]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fugitive-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drugs-found/article/1537940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fugitive-arrested-in-colorado-springs-drugs-found/article/1537940?custom_click=rss A man wanted by police was arrested Friday after he was located inside of a parked car, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was in front of a home at 1826 Carmel Drive, which police said they were conducting surveillance on because they believed a fugitive may be living there. Police released a name of the man arrested, but The Gazette could not independently confirm the correct spelling.

The arrest occurred about 6 p.m., and police said the man was wanted but did not provide details on the warrant. Police also said a K-9 found narcotics in the vehicle, but they did not specify what kind.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> A man wanted by police was arrested Friday after he was located inside of a parked car, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was in front of a home at 1826 Carmel Drive, which police said they were conducting surveillance on because they believed a fugitive may be living there. Police released a name of the man arrested, but The Gazette could not independently confirm the correct spelling.

The arrest occurred about 6 p.m., and police said the man was wanted but did not provide details on the warrant. Police also said a K-9 found narcotics in the vehicle, but they did not specify what kind.]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Courts Roundup]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/courts-roundup/article/1537912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courts-roundup/article/1537912?custom_click=rss A woman indicted in May on charges of attempted murder received a 15-year suspended prison sentence and six years of probation Thursday for first-degree burglary, according to court records and the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Michelle Heaston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary last month. Tammy Lynn Fritz and Richard Lagoe, also charged in the 2009 attempted-murder case, are facing charges after authorities said they were part of an attempt to kill a man and collect on life insurance.

According to the indictment, Fritz tried to kill the man twice, first with fire in 2005, and then again in an apparent ambush involving a baseball bat. According to court documents, Fritz enlisted Heaston and her boyfriend,

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> A woman indicted in May on charges of attempted murder received a 15-year suspended prison sentence and six years of probation Thursday for first-degree burglary, according to court records and the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Michelle Heaston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary last month. Tammy Lynn Fritz and Richard Lagoe, also charged in the 2009 attempted-murder case, are facing charges after authorities said they were part of an attempt to kill a man and collect on life insurance.

According to the indictment, Fritz tried to kill the man twice, first with fire in 2005, and then again in an apparent ambush involving a baseball bat. According to court documents, Fritz enlisted Heaston and her boyfriend,]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Crime scene details emerge in Colorado Springs double murder trial]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/crime-scene-details-emerge-in-colorado-springs-double-murder-trial/article/1537907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-scene-details-emerge-in-colorado-springs-double-murder-trial/article/1537907?custom_click=rss

Pieces of a home security system lay across the living room, ripped from a wall and scattered.

Cords led to electronics no longer there amid a house littered with toppled furniture and video games strewn across the floor.

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife lay in the middle of it all, face down and lifeless.

A series of crime scene photos painted a bloody picture of their deaths Jan. 14, 2013 - the focus of testimony Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Macyo Joelle January.

For the first time, jurors saw in vivid detail the place where the couple intended to start a family.

Pregnant with their first child, Whitney Butler died beside her husband in a house ransacked everywhere

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Pieces of a home security system lay across the living room, ripped from a wall and scattered.

Cords led to electronics no longer there amid a house littered with toppled furniture and video games strewn across the floor.

Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife lay in the middle of it all, face down and lifeless.

A series of crime scene photos painted a bloody picture of their deaths Jan. 14, 2013 - the focus of testimony Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Macyo Joelle January.

For the first time, jurors saw in vivid detail the place where the couple intended to start a family.

Pregnant with their first child, Whitney Butler died beside her husband in a house ransacked everywhere]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:54:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Several horses found dead in Black Forest barn]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/several-horses-found-dead-in-black-forest-barn/article/1537902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/several-horses-found-dead-in-black-forest-barn/article/1537902?custom_click=rss Several dead horses were discovered inside a barn in Black Forest, the El Paso County's Sheriff Office said.
Around 3 p.m. Friday a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, she isn't the owner, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Kramer.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn. Kramer said the health of the other horses is being checked.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> Several dead horses were discovered inside a barn in Black Forest, the El Paso County's Sheriff Office said.
Around 3 p.m. Friday a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, she isn't the owner, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Kramer.

Several other horses were found alive on the property outside the barn. Kramer said the health of the other horses is being checked.]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[New details about Fort Carson soldier accused of burning house]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-details-about-fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-burning-house/article/1537830?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned debris in the 
kitchen.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of a truck driving near the home in central Colorado Springs seven minutes before the fire was reported, court documents state.

The suspect, Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, was arrested Wednesday after investigators learned he borrowed the truck seen in the surveillance footage hours before the fire was reported.

]]>
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:41:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspect in 1999 killing waives extradition]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/suspect-in-1999-killing-waives-extradition/article/1537836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-in-1999-killing-waives-extradition/article/1537836?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Colorado man charged with killing his wife 15 years ago agreed Thursday to return to Montana to face trial amid indications that authorities had long harbored questions about his possible involvement in the case.

Brian David Laird, 46, waived extradition during a first court appearance in Fort Collins, Colorado, before Judge Daniel Kaup, according to minutes of his appearance.

Montana authorities want Laird to face trial in Big Horn County in the death of Kathyrn Laird, whose badly bruised body was found floating in a bay downstream of Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith on July 31, 1999.

If convicted, Brian Laird, a former Montana fly fishing guide and attorney, could face the death penalty or a



Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]>
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Colorado man charged with killing his wife 15 years ago agreed Thursday to return to Montana to face trial amid indications that authorities had long harbored questions about his possible involvement in the case.

Brian David Laird, 46, waived extradition during a first court appearance in Fort Collins, Colorado, before Judge Daniel Kaup, according to minutes of his appearance.

Montana authorities want Laird to face trial in Big Horn County in the death of Kathyrn Laird, whose badly bruised body was found floating in a bay downstream of Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith on July 31, 1999.

If convicted, Brian Laird, a former Montana fly fishing guide and attorney, could face the death penalty or a

]]>
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:17:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Calhan homicide victim identified]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/calhan-homicide-victim-identified/article/1537777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calhan-homicide-victim-identified/article/1537777?custom_click=rss

The victim of a fatal shooting in Calhan was identified Thursday as 30-year-old Michael Mackey, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The El Paso County coroner determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide, the fourth in El Paso County this year.

Heather Marie Neville, 59, remains at the El Paso County jail without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, records show.

Authorities said Neville allegedly shot and killed Mackey during an altercation. A neighbor told The Gazette that Mackey had been in a heated argument over a septic tank hookup before his death.

The shooting was reported about 12:20 p.m. Monday from a home on the 9800 block of Calhan Highway,

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette


]]> The victim of a fatal shooting in Calhan was identified Thursday as 30-year-old Michael Mackey, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The El Paso County coroner determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide, the fourth in El Paso County this year.

Heather Marie Neville, 59, remains at the El Paso County jail without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, records show.

Authorities said Neville allegedly shot and killed Mackey during an altercation. A neighbor told The Gazette that Mackey had been in a heated argument over a septic tank hookup before his death.

The shooting was reported about 12:20 p.m. Monday from a home on the 9800 block of Calhan Highway,]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:04:42 -0600