<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:18:29 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Live video: Jurors instructed on reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life]]> http://gazette.com/live-video-jurors-instructed-on-reasons-to-spare-colorado-gunmans-life/article/1556328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-video-jurors-instructed-on-reasons-to-spare-colorado-gunmans-life/article/1556328?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders.

The lengthy instructions were the last step before closing arguments in this phase of his sentencing, which focused on Holmes' childhood, his mental illness, his connections to people who love him and other potentially mitigating factors that would reduce his "moral culpability" and make him worthy of their mercy.

Last week, jurors unanimously agreed that James Holmes' 2012 attack was cruel enough to justify the death penalty.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:41:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Pueblo police investigating body found during house fire as homicide]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-investigating-body-found-during-house-fire-as-homicide/article/1556518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-police-investigating-body-found-during-house-fire-as-homicide/article/1556518?custom_click=rss

The investigation into the death of an elderly woman has shifted from a suspicious death investigation to a homicide case, according to KKTV.

When firefighters responded to a small fire in a home near Runyan Lake in Pueblo, they found the body of a 77-year-old woman inside. The scene didn't look right to firefighters, and police were called.

The call came in at 10:30 Wednesday morning on the 600 block of Moffat Avenue, near Locust Street and Santa Fe Avenue. The fire was quickly extinguished, but detectives had to wait for a judge to sign a search warrant before going inside.

An autopsy to determine cause of death is still pending, but the police department announced Thursday that they are officially calling the



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:57:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Fired Colorado police officer to get his job back after pinning woman's neck with knee]]> http://gazette.com/fired-colorado-police-officer-to-get-his-job-back-after-pinning-womans-neck-with-knee/article/1556517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fired-colorado-police-officer-to-get-his-job-back-after-pinning-womans-neck-with-knee/article/1556517?custom_click=rss

A Denver Police Department officer will be reinstated after he was fired for using excessive force against a female suspect inside a holding cell, according to the Denver Post.

Patrolman James Medina appealed his termination, and Civil Service Commission hearing officer Terry Tomsick ruled Wednesday that he instead should serve a 60-day suspension and be on probation for two years, according to Tomsick's written order on the case.

DOCUMENT: Civil Service Commision rules Officer James Medina can be reinstated

Medina, who was fired in March, also will be owed back pay to June 3, Tomsick's order said.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:52:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Trailer rollover in north Colorado Springs stalls traffic on I-25]]> http://gazette.com/trailer-rollover-in-north-colorado-springs-stalls-traffic-on-i-25/article/1556516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trailer-rollover-in-north-colorado-springs-stalls-traffic-on-i-25/article/1556516?custom_click=rss

Traffic on northbound Interstate 25 is backed up from North Nevada Avenue to Woodman Road after a trailer unhitched from a recreational vehicle and rolled over, Colorado Springs police said.

There were no people in the trailer and there are no injuries, according to police.

The right northbound lanes are blocked, but the left lanes are open. There is a tow truck enroute, according to a traffic tweet.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:13:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspect in Colorado marijuana dispensary theft arrested in Missouri]]> http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-marijuana-dispensary-theft-arrested-in-missouri/article/1556513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-marijuana-dispensary-theft-arrested-in-missouri/article/1556513?custom_click=rss ASPEN — Police have arrested the man they say was armed with a hammer when he robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary of $11,000 worth of the drug.

Police had been communicating with 21-year-old Hayden May through his family, and the suspect was expected to turn himself in by 5 p.m. Wednesday. When he hadn't shown up by 5:45 p.m., police released his name and photo. Police say he was arrested at 7 p.m. outside St. Louis, Missouri.

May had gone into "Stash" on Tuesday. The dispensary's owner, Garrett Pattrick, says May approached employees with a hammer and apologized for being "desperate" before taking jars of marijuana from behind the counter.

Employees at the store had apparently been friends with May and



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:01:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Police say bad batch of LSD could be in Boulder County]]> http://gazette.com/police-say-bad-batch-of-lsd-could-be-in-boulder-county/article/1556512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-say-bad-batch-of-lsd-could-be-in-boulder-county/article/1556512?custom_click=rss BOULDER — A bad batch of LSD may be circulating in Boulder County, and police say the drug could have influenced the behavior of a University of Colorado student who was fatally shot by police.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1eCMT2J) 22-year-old Samuel Fogey is suspected of taking LSD and attacking residents with a knife Monday night. Police say he confronted officers with a hammer before he was shot and killed.

Longmont police Officer Cody Clark is a drug recognition expert and says authorities are concerned with the increase in bad trips, likely due to a bad batch of LSD circulating in the community.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle says hallucinogens like LSD are cheap and popular among young



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:59:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man convicted of murder]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-convicted-of-murder/article/1556492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-convicted-of-murder/article/1556492?custom_click=rss

A 44-year-old Colorado Springs man was found guilty Wednesday of murder.

A jury convicted John Lorenz of second-degree murder and felony menacing, according to Lee Richards, a spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Court. Lorenz killed Paul John Lattner, 38, who lived in his house. Other men who lived with them, on Northridge Place in northeast Colorado Springs, said Lorenz owned the house.

He was arrested Jan. 26 and has been in jail since. He will be sentenced Oct. 16 and faces 16 to 48 years in prison, Richards said.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:48:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police chief talks drugs, body cameras and more at town hall]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-chief-talks-drugs-body-cameras-and-more-at-town-hall/article/1556497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-chief-talks-drugs-body-cameras-and-more-at-town-hall/article/1556497?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey held a town hall meeting with about 100 neighborhood watch volunteers Wednesday night, fielding questions about crime in the city and how the department plans to address certain issues.

Carey and some members of his staff addressed drugs, traffic safety, body cameras and gang violence, among other issues. He also read a proclamation declaring Aug. 4 as National Night Out, a night aimed at increasing awareness and partnerships between community members, police and neighborhood watch members.

Carey has come to the conclusion that recreational marijuana isn't right for the Colorado Springs community, he told the crowd, which erupted in applause.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:39:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Negotiator 'Very disappointed' at deadly outcome of Tuesday standoff]]> http://gazette.com/negotiator-very-disappointed-at-deadly-outcome-of-tuesday-standoff/article/1556459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/negotiator-very-disappointed-at-deadly-outcome-of-tuesday-standoff/article/1556459?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County man who pulled a gun on himself in the back of a sheriff's deputy's car Tuesday has been identified by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Carlos Alberto Mendoza, 36, died Tuesday night from injuries sustained when he shot himself in the back of a deputy's car after an hourslong standoff.

Mendoza was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, and on the way to jail he moved his handcuffed hands from behind his back to the front of his body, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

While handcuffed, Mendoza drew a handgun and pointed it at his head. The deputy saw this in her rearview mirror, pulled over, fled the vehicle and called for assistance near Powers Boulevard



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:53:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Man injured while throwing fireworks from car, Colorado Springs police say]]> http://gazette.com/man-injured-while-throwing-fireworks-from-car-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1556499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-injured-while-throwing-fireworks-from-car-colorado-springs-police-say/article/1556499?custom_click=rss

A man was hospitalized Wednesday night after a firework exploded on him while he was lighting them and throwing them out the window of a car, Colorado Springs police said.

The incident happened at Afternoon Circle and Dawn Break Loop, in the area of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road. Initial calls for help reported shots fired or a possible explosion, then a car crash was reported. It appears the man was driving around with an unknown number of people, lighting fireworks inside the car and throwing them out the window. The window didn't go down properly the last time, and the firework exploded in the man's hand or in his lap, police said.



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:30:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Affidavit: Colorado Springs police detective had sex with victim in ongoing kidnap case]]> http://gazette.com/affidavit-colorado-springs-police-detective-had-sex-with-victim-in-ongoing-kidnap-case/article/1556469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-colorado-springs-police-detective-had-sex-with-victim-in-ongoing-kidnap-case/article/1556469?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs homicide detective had a sexual relationship with a kidnapping victim whose case has not concluded, and lied to investigators about it, according to an arrest affidavit for Det. Paul Patton.

The affidavit alleges Patton, 39, had graphic sexual conversations with the woman using his Colorado Springs Police Department email address and cellphone. He told detectives on Sunday that the victim had pursued him romantically and was stalking him, but detectives who reviewed their correspondence and spoke with the victim determined he had lied about his role in the affair.

Patton also shared information with the woman about other cases he was working, including a photograph of evidence from a recent homicide.



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:38:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Mother of murdered toddler seeks ashes stolen in Colorado Springs purse theft]]> http://gazette.com/mother-of-murdered-toddler-seeks-ashes-stolen-in-colorado-springs-purse-theft/article/1556484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-murdered-toddler-seeks-ashes-stolen-in-colorado-springs-purse-theft/article/1556484?custom_click=rss

Four years after her 2-year-old son was killed by his father in their Fountain home, Shannon Paolini carried a memento of Gavin with her everywhere - she kept a rosary and bracelet with some of his ashes in her purse.

But on Wednesday morning, Paolini's purse was stolen near the Garden of the Gods, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating the purse with the bracelet inside. While the Sheriff's Office has set up an anonymous tip line, the purse and other items can be dropped off at any police or fire station, no questions asked, according to a Facebook post.

Tips about the purse can be submitted anonymously on the Sheriff's Office mobile app, or by calling Crime Stoppers, at 636-7867.



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:29:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Pueblo mourns teen who died playing Russian roulette]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-mourns-teen-who-died-playing-russian-roulette/article/1556458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-mourns-teen-who-died-playing-russian-roulette/article/1556458?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO — Friends and relatives of a Pueblo teen who died playing Russian roulette say the boy was sweet but also a daredevil.

Seventeen-year-old Cruisito Leiba died Monday at an apartment party in northeast Pueblo.

Friends and relatives tell KKTV (http://bit.ly/1D9lcdR ) that they're shocked by the death.

Witnesses told police that the teen loaded a single bullet into the cylinder of a revolver and started playing a one-man game of Russian roulette.

Friends gathered Tuesday night for a vigil and told the station that the boy had a wild streak but was also respectful and kind.



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:43:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Police investigate robberies at two city parks]]> http://gazette.com/police-investigate-robberies-at-two-city-parks/article/1556450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-investigate-robberies-at-two-city-parks/article/1556450?custom_click=rss

Three masked men - armed with a handgun and stun gun - robbed several people at two city parks, injuring two of the victims before they got away with money and personal items early Wednesday, Colorado Springs police said.

Around 4 a.m., officers responded to the gravel pit area of North Cheyenne Canon Park on Gold Camp Road, where police spokeswoman Catherine Buckley said three suspects robbed two victims, including one who suffered minor injuries. The suspects took cellphones and other electronic equipment before they fled in a car, police said.

One of the suspects had a stun gun, the other had a handgun, police said.

About 40 minutes earlier, police said a similar robbery occurred in a parking lot at Garden of the



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:29:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-shooters-mom-silence-was-his-loudest-cry-for-help/article/1556472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-shooters-mom-silence-was-his-loudest-cry-for-help/article/1556472?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater.

Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she called that June and revealed that he was quitting therapy and dropping out of school.

"We wouldn't be sitting here if she had told me that!" Holmes' mother said, her sobs rising to anger. "I would have been crawling on all fours to get to him. She never said he was thinking of killing people. She didn't tell me. She didn't tell me. She didn't tell me!"

"He was not a violent



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:25:00 -0600