<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:23:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hunters indicted in connection to highway chain that killed motorcyclist]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hunters-indicted-in-connection-to-highway-chain-that-killed-motorcyclist/article/1518501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hunters-indicted-in-connection-to-highway-chain-that-killed-motorcyclist/article/1518501?custom_click=rss Two hunters have been indicted on homicide and manslaughter charges after investigators said a motorcyclist ran into a chain the two had allegedly stretched across a highway in southern Colorado while trying to retrieve an elk.

Mark Valdez, 47 and Kevin Keener, 43 face multiple felony counts in the October 2013 death of 34-year-old Trever Rawson of Fountain. Charges include vehicular homicide, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

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Mark Valdez, 47 and Kevin Keener, 43 face multiple felony counts in the October 2013 death of 34-year-old Trever Rawson of Fountain. Charges include vehicular homicide, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Police find hash oil extractor, 16 pot plants; cite mother of three young children]]> by jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-find-hash-oil-extractor-16-pot-plants-cite-mother-of-three-young-children/article/1518499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-find-hash-oil-extractor-16-pot-plants-cite-mother-of-three-young-children/article/1518499?custom_click=rss The mother of three children was cited Thursday on suspicion of child abuse after Colorado Springs Police said they found an active butane hash oil extractor in the family's apartment, along with about 16 flowering marijuana plants.

Detectives also planned to arrest the woman's husband on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana in connection with the marijuana plants, though a warrant was still being prepared Friday afternoon, said Lt. Mark Comte, head of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence unit.

Coloradans can have six marijuana plants at a time, three of which can be flowering, he said.

Police said officers went to the apartment on a call to check the residents' welfare.

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Detectives also planned to arrest the woman's husband on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana in connection with the marijuana plants, though a warrant was still being prepared Friday afternoon, said Lt. Mark Comte, head of the Colorado Springs Police Department's Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence unit.

Coloradans can have six marijuana plants at a time, three of which can be flowering, he said.

Police said officers went to the apartment on a call to check the residents' welfare.]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Iraqi sentenced in rape of Colorado Springs woman]]> Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette - http://gazette.com/iraqi-sentenced-in-rape-of-colorado-springs-woman/article/1518482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraqi-sentenced-in-rape-of-colorado-springs-woman/article/1518482?custom_click=rss

An Iraqi immigrant convicted in a rape case that left a woman nearly dead and bleeding internally was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, received the sentence Friday from 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes.

Ramadon was among five Iraqi immigrants arrested in connection with the 2012 rape - all but one of whom had been brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape.

The 53-year-old victim was attacked at the Wildridge Apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush drive on July 21, 2012.

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Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, received the sentence Friday from 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes.

Ramadon was among five Iraqi immigrants arrested in connection with the 2012 rape - all but one of whom had been brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape.

The 53-year-old victim was attacked at the Wildridge Apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush drive on July 21, 2012.]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police ID suspect in pharmacy robbery]]> by jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-id-suspect-in-pharmacy-robbery/article/1518481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-id-suspect-in-pharmacy-robbery/article/1518481?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police identified the 55-year-old man suspected of robbing a pharmacy at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

Roy Pollette remained held at the El Paso County jail on $50,000 bond Friday, a day after detectives suspect he fired a shot into the ceiling of a pharmacy while demanding medication.

After his arrest Thursday, Pollette told officers that he "hurt badly" the night before the robbery and he couldn't get an appointment with his physician - leading him to try to get medication from The Medicine Shoppe, 2726 N. Union Blvd., the affidavit said.

When pharmacists refused his demand, Pollette allegedly threatened to burn the building down, the affidavit said. Police allege he then went to his car and returned



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Colorado Springs police identified the 55-year-old man suspected of robbing a pharmacy at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

Roy Pollette remained held at the El Paso County jail on $50,000 bond Friday, a day after detectives suspect he fired a shot into the ceiling of a pharmacy while demanding medication.

After his arrest Thursday, Pollette told officers that he "hurt badly" the night before the robbery and he couldn't get an appointment with his physician - leading him to try to get medication from The Medicine Shoppe, 2726 N. Union Blvd., the affidavit said.

When pharmacists refused his demand, Pollette allegedly threatened to burn the building down, the affidavit said. Police allege he then went to his car and returned

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:46 -0600
<![CDATA['Celebrity' llama killed in Trinidad]]> News services - http://gazette.com/celebrity-llama-killed-in-trinidad/article/1518477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrity-llama-killed-in-trinidad/article/1518477?custom_click=rss

TRINIDAD — A llama that made national headlines after wandering the streets of Trinidad has been killed, according to the Trinidad Police Department and our news partners at KOAA.

The llama's body was found near Atchison Canyon, near where officers last saw the animal.

Trinidad Police say that two adults and two juveniles are suspected in the animal's killing.  One of the adult male suspects is believed to be a part owner of the animal.

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TRINIDAD — A llama that made national headlines after wandering the streets of Trinidad has been killed, according to the Trinidad Police Department and our news partners at KOAA.

The llama's body was found near Atchison Canyon, near where officers last saw the animal.

Trinidad Police say that two adults and two juveniles are suspected in the animal's killing.  One of the adult male suspects is believed to be a part owner of the animal.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:22:16 -0600
<![CDATA[One in custody after shots fired at Medicine Shoppe in Colorado Springs]]> by andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/one-in-custody-after-shots-fired-at-medicine-shoppe-in-colorado-springs/article/1518434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-in-custody-after-shots-fired-at-medicine-shoppe-in-colorado-springs/article/1518434?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police have arrested one man in connection with the investigation of shots fired and an armed robbery on North Union Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

Scanner traffic indicated an armed man was inside The Medicine Shoppe at 2431 N. Union Blvd., off East Van Buren Street.

The man was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

All employees were evacuated from the store and police blocked off the Union Boulevard at Van Buren Street.

Audubon and Stratton elementary schools along with Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs District 11 were on lockdown, but the lockdown was lifted and students dismissed on time, according to a D-11 tweet.

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Colorado Springs police have arrested one man in connection with the investigation of shots fired and an armed robbery on North Union Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

Scanner traffic indicated an armed man was inside The Medicine Shoppe at 2431 N. Union Blvd., off East Van Buren Street.

The man was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

All employees were evacuated from the store and police blocked off the Union Boulevard at Van Buren Street.

Audubon and Stratton elementary schools along with Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs District 11 were on lockdown, but the lockdown was lifted and students dismissed on time, according to a D-11 tweet.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:50:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: Denver man ate marijuana candy before fatally shooting his wife]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/police-denver-man-ate-marijuana-candy-before-fatally-shooting-his-wife/article/1518436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-denver-man-ate-marijuana-candy-before-fatally-shooting-his-wife/article/1518436?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Authorities say a Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with 911 ate marijuana-infused candy before he allegedly shot her.

According to search warrants released Thursday, 44-year-old Kristine Kirk told dispatchers her husband bought and ate the candy before he started hallucinating and frightening the couple's three children. Police say 47-year-old Richard Kirk also may have taken prescription pain medication before he began acting erratically.

It was not clear whether the pot influenced his behavior.

Authorities say Kirk shot his wife in the head about 12 minutes into her call with 911. Police say she told dispatchers her husband was getting a gun from a safe before a



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DENVER — Authorities say a Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with 911 ate marijuana-infused candy before he allegedly shot her.

According to search warrants released Thursday, 44-year-old Kristine Kirk told dispatchers her husband bought and ate the candy before he started hallucinating and frightening the couple's three children. Police say 47-year-old Richard Kirk also may have taken prescription pain medication before he began acting erratically.

It was not clear whether the pot influenced his behavior.

Authorities say Kirk shot his wife in the head about 12 minutes into her call with 911. Police say she told dispatchers her husband was getting a gun from a safe before a

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:20:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Police identify suspect in alleged kidnapping, sex assault in Colorado Springs]]> By Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-identify-suspect-in-alleged-kidnapping-sex-assault-in-colorado-springs/article/1518379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-identify-suspect-in-alleged-kidnapping-sex-assault-in-colorado-springs/article/1518379?custom_click=rss

Police are looking for 38-year-old Justin Jay Hatfield, who is suspected of kidnapping and sexual assaulting another man Monday night.

Police said Hatfield should be considered dangerous, though it's unknown if he's armed.

Hatfield allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted the other man after asking him for a ride and then threatening to kill him if he didn't comply with his demands, police said.

The man was allegely kidnapped at Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street and was ordered to drive to a location police believe is somewhere near Gold Camp Road, where the alleged assault occurred.



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Police are looking for 38-year-old Justin Jay Hatfield, who is suspected of kidnapping and sexual assaulting another man Monday night.

Police said Hatfield should be considered dangerous, though it's unknown if he's armed.

Hatfield allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted the other man after asking him for a ride and then threatening to kill him if he didn't comply with his demands, police said.

The man was allegely kidnapped at Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street and was ordered to drive to a location police believe is somewhere near Gold Camp Road, where the alleged assault occurred.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:26:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man wanted on kidnapping, sexual assault in custody]]> by andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-wanted-on-kidnapping-sexual-assault-in-custody/article/1518407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-wanted-on-kidnapping-sexual-assault-in-custody/article/1518407?custom_click=rss

Justin Jay Hatfield, the man wanted by Colorado Springs police on suspicion of the kidnapping and sexual assault of another man, was arrested Thursday, according to police.

Hatfield, 38, was booked into the El Paso County jail, records show.

Police released a statement with Hatfield's mugshot Wednesday, saying he should be considered dangerous.

Hatfield allegedly kidnapped a man Monday night after pretending to be out of gasoline near Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street, police said.

Hatfield allegedly threatened to kill the victim and forced him to drive to an unknown area on Gold Camp Road, according to police.



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Justin Jay Hatfield, the man wanted by Colorado Springs police on suspicion of the kidnapping and sexual assault of another man, was arrested Thursday, according to police.

Hatfield, 38, was booked into the El Paso County jail, records show.

Police released a statement with Hatfield's mugshot Wednesday, saying he should be considered dangerous.

Hatfield allegedly kidnapped a man Monday night after pretending to be out of gasoline near Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street, police said.

Hatfield allegedly threatened to kill the victim and forced him to drive to an unknown area on Gold Camp Road, according to police.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:25:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man found dead in prison]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-found-dead-in-prison/article/1518428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-found-dead-in-prison/article/1518428?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. - Montana State Prison officials say an inmate has died of an apparent hanging at a Colorado prison.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 38-year-old Timothy DeHerrera was found unresponsive in his cell late Saturday afternoon. He was hanging with a sheet that was tied to a cell window.

DeHerrera's death is under investigation.

DeHerrera was first sentenced to prison in April 2004 for two auto thefts and assault on a peace officer in Yellowstone County. At the time of his February 2003 arrest, the Colorado Springs, Colo., man was suspected of stealing a minivan in Colorado Springs and a pickup truck in Wheatland, Wyo.

He was sentenced in September 2008 for riot and



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HELENA, Mont. - Montana State Prison officials say an inmate has died of an apparent hanging at a Colorado prison.

Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 38-year-old Timothy DeHerrera was found unresponsive in his cell late Saturday afternoon. He was hanging with a sheet that was tied to a cell window.

DeHerrera's death is under investigation.

DeHerrera was first sentenced to prison in April 2004 for two auto thefts and assault on a peace officer in Yellowstone County. At the time of his February 2003 arrest, the Colorado Springs, Colo., man was suspected of stealing a minivan in Colorado Springs and a pickup truck in Wheatland, Wyo.

He was sentenced in September 2008 for riot and

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:11:20 -0600
<![CDATA[2 adults arrested in northern Colorado railroad tie fire]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/2-adults-arrested-in-northern-colorado-railroad-tie-fire/article/1518386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-adults-arrested-in-northern-colorado-railroad-tie-fire/article/1518386?custom_click=rss LONGMONT — Authorities say two adults have been arrested in connection with a fire in a pile of railroad ties in Longmont that continues to burn.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/nkeqcgj ), two suspects were detained. Details about the arrests were not available.

The flames melted power lines, and the city-owned electric utility says about 300 customers lost power for an hour. Several traffic lights were knocked out.

The fire is near a sewage treatment plant, but authorities say it has not been damaged.

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LONGMONT — Authorities say two adults have been arrested in connection with a fire in a pile of railroad ties in Longmont that continues to burn.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/nkeqcgj ), two suspects were detained. Details about the arrests were not available.

The flames melted power lines, and the city-owned electric utility says about 300 customers lost power for an hour. Several traffic lights were knocked out.

The fire is near a sewage treatment plant, but authorities say it has not been damaged.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:09:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Man allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted another man in Colorado Springs]]> Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-kidnapped-sexually-assaulted-another-man-in-colorado-springs/article/1518312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-kidnapped-sexually-assaulted-another-man-in-colorado-springs/article/1518312?custom_click=rss A man who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Monday night told investigators that his male assailant initially asked him for ride and threatened to kill him if he didn't comply, police said.

The kidnapping happened at Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street, where the victim said a man told him that he had run out of gas and then demanded a ride, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was ordered to drive to a location believed to be somewhere along Gold Camp Road where he was sexually assaulted, police said.

The victim escaped several hours later, after he and the suspect drove to the King Soopers at West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard, police said.



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A man who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Monday night told investigators that his male assailant initially asked him for ride and threatened to kill him if he didn't comply, police said.

The kidnapping happened at Garden of the Gods Road and 30th Street, where the victim said a man told him that he had run out of gas and then demanded a ride, Colorado Springs police said.

The man was ordered to drive to a location believed to be somewhere along Gold Camp Road where he was sexually assaulted, police said.

The victim escaped several hours later, after he and the suspect drove to the King Soopers at West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard, police said.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:59:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Liberty High School teacher, coach acquitted of sexual assault charges]]> by andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-liberty-high-school-teacher-coach-acquitted-of-sexual-assault-charges/article/1518340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-liberty-high-school-teacher-coach-acquitted-of-sexual-assault-charges/article/1518340?custom_click=rss

A former Liberty High School teacher and coach accused of sexually assaulting a student at the Colorado Springs high school in 2012 was acquitted of all charges Friday.

Travis Clark, 33, a former science teacher and boys basketball coach at the District 20 high school, was arrested in July 2012 after allegations arose that he had inappropriately touched a female student may have had a sexual relation with her.

The victim, a student in Clark's science class, told Colorado Springs police detectives that Clark had called on her to help him with basketball equipment on three occasions and he had inappropriately touched her the second time, according to the arrest affidavit.



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A former Liberty High School teacher and coach accused of sexually assaulting a student at the Colorado Springs high school in 2012 was acquitted of all charges Friday.

Travis Clark, 33, a former science teacher and boys basketball coach at the District 20 high school, was arrested in July 2012 after allegations arose that he had inappropriately touched a female student may have had a sexual relation with her.

The victim, a student in Clark's science class, told Colorado Springs police detectives that Clark had called on her to help him with basketball equipment on three occasions and he had inappropriately touched her the second time, according to the arrest affidavit.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:51:55 -0600
<![CDATA[4 arrested after I-70 mountain chase that started in Denver]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/4-arrested-after-i-70-mountain-chase-that-started-in-denver/article/1518341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-arrested-after-i-70-mountain-chase-that-started-in-denver/article/1518341?custom_click=rss DENVER — Two men and two women have been arrested after state troopers in Eagle County pursued a vehicle reported stolen at gunpoint in Denver.

The chase began Wednesday after a trooper spotted a driver making an illegal lane change and found out the car was reported carjacked in Denver several days ago.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ps8xc3g ), stop sticks were laid out on the highway and stopped the car.

Authorities say one man was caught when he tried to run and the other three surrendered.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

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DENVER — Two men and two women have been arrested after state troopers in Eagle County pursued a vehicle reported stolen at gunpoint in Denver.

The chase began Wednesday after a trooper spotted a driver making an illegal lane change and found out the car was reported carjacked in Denver several days ago.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ps8xc3g ), stop sticks were laid out on the highway and stopped the car.

Authorities say one man was caught when he tried to run and the other three surrendered.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:38:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Cañon City woman accused of holding underage party with baby, marijuana pipes in upstairs room]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/caon-city-woman-accused-of-holding-underage-party-with-baby-marijuana-pipes-in-upstairs-room/article/1518339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caon-city-woman-accused-of-holding-underage-party-with-baby-marijuana-pipes-in-upstairs-room/article/1518339?custom_click=rss

CANON CITY — A woman in Canon City is facing charges after police cited 24 juveniles and 12 adults between 18 and 21 for being at a party where alcohol was allegedly given to minors.

Corvet Griffin is facing charges of reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to the Canon City Daily Record (http://tinyurl.com/ormylxt ), police say the underage drinking party Saturday night was at her home.

An attorney for Griffin could not be found in Colorado court records.

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CANON CITY — A woman in Canon City is facing charges after police cited 24 juveniles and 12 adults between 18 and 21 for being at a party where alcohol was allegedly given to minors.

Corvet Griffin is facing charges of reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to the Canon City Daily Record (http://tinyurl.com/ormylxt ), police say the underage drinking party Saturday night was at her home.

An attorney for Griffin could not be found in Colorado court records.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:15:18 -0600