<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:46:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Homeless sue Denver calling sweeps unconstitutional]]> http://gazette.com/homeless-sue-denver-calling-sweeps-unconstitutional/article/1583669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeless-sue-denver-calling-sweeps-unconstitutional/article/1583669?custom_click=rss

A group of homeless people have sued Denver, claiming the city has systematically forced the homeless out of the downtown area, illegally taken and destroyed their possessions and violated their civil rights in an inhumane and vindictive way.

The 36-page complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver, accuses the city of clearing downtown of the poor and displaced by conducting sweeps of homeless encampments in order to make way for new housing and economic development.

“While gentrification may have positive benefits for a few, it is not a legal basis for treating this vulnerable class as though their civil rights were non-existent,” the suit said.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:40:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Threatening tweets directed at CSU-Pueblo tracked to Illinois man]]> http://gazette.com/threatening-tweets-directed-at-csu-pueblo-tracked-to-illinois-man/article/1583668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/threatening-tweets-directed-at-csu-pueblo-tracked-to-illinois-man/article/1583668?custom_click=rss An Illinois man has admitted to posting threatening statements directed at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Twitter earlier this week, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities received a call about the tweets, which addressed CSU-Pueblo students and staff, on Sunday morning. The sheriff's office worked with investigators in Bloomington, Ill., to trace the posts back to 24-year-old Dalton Hollingsworth of Normal, Ill., the sheriff's office said.

Hollingsworth, who is not affiliated with the school, told police he posted the tweets after watching a segment on ESPN about a lawsuit involving a former CSU-Pueblo student athlete. He faces felony charges for the threats,

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:40:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado pedestrian dies in crash after pushing friend away from SUV]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-pedestrian-dies-in-crash-after-pushing-friend-away-from-suv/article/1583661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-pedestrian-dies-in-crash-after-pushing-friend-away-from-suv/article/1583661?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Authorities have identified the man who was fatally struck by a vehicle while walking across the street with his friend in Aurora.

The Denver Post reports that 22-year-old Dalton McCreary died after being struck by the SUV Monday. His 18-year-old friend credited McCreary with saving his life, saying he pushed him out of the SUV's path.

The driver, 41-year-old Christopher O'Neil Tarr, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. He was released Wednesday on $50,000 bail.

Police say Tarr ran a red light at a high rate of speed and had tried to turn when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the victim.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:36:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police arrest parolees on suspicion of weapon, drug possession]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-parolees-on-suspicion-of-weapon-drug-possession/article/1583563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-parolees-on-suspicion-of-weapon-drug-possession/article/1583563?custom_click=rss

Two wanted parolees were found with guns and drugs Tuesday.

Robert Beeler, 27, and Shannon Derzon, 41, were arrested related to their conditions of parole.

Beeler had a warrant for escape and was believed to be attempting to get a weapon, though he was a known convicted felon, Colorado Springs police said. When he was found in the 2600 block of Ore Mill Road, police removed three handguns, one of which he was carrying, police said.

Derzon was found carrying 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine, police said. She had pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance last year, as well as possession of a forged instrument.

Both remain in the El Paso County jail.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:28:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Man arrested in Colorado Springs on suspicion of kidnapping his 2-year-old child]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-in-colorado-springs-on-suspicion-of-kidnapping-his-2-year-old-child/article/1583645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-in-colorado-springs-on-suspicion-of-kidnapping-his-2-year-old-child/article/1583645?custom_click=rss

A man who reportedly kidnapped his 2-year-old child brought the child to Colorado Springs.

Daniel Rocha, 22, unlawfully went into his estranged ex-wife's Denver home through an open window and took their 2-year-old child Wednesday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Rocha drove the child to Colorado Springs, police said.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and a family member tracked Rocha downtown, in the area of East Cache La Poudre Street, and were able to safely return the child before arresting Rocha on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, police said.

He remains in the El Paso County Jail.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:29:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunday morning shooting near Colorado Springs also included marijuana arrest, records show]]> http://gazette.com/sunday-morning-shooting-near-colorado-springs-also-included-marijuana-arrest-records-show/article/1583619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sunday-morning-shooting-near-colorado-springs-also-included-marijuana-arrest-records-show/article/1583619?custom_click=rss

Concerned that law enforcement officials are hiding details of an altercation in their neighborhood, Security-Widefield residents told a story Wednesday of a weekend party that ended in violence and a drug bust.

A man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds early Sunday at a home in the 5400 block of Huxley Court, reported the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The two were shot after an argument at a house party turned violent, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jackie Kirby. She said no one was arrested in connection with the incident.

However, a neighbor told The Gazette that a man was arrested and law enforcement had spent the last few days cleaning out an illegal marijuana grow operation that apparently had

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:15:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado sheriff accused of sexually assaulting inmate]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-sheriff-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-inmate/article/1583627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-sheriff-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-inmate/article/1583627?custom_click=rss

STERLING — A rural Colorado sheriff is facing sexual assault and misconduct allegations.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Tom Hanna is due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon in Sterling, in the northeast corner of the state.

District Attorney Brittny Lewton said Hanna was arrested at his office Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree official misconduct, sexual assault on an at risk person, sexual assault by a correctional officer and solicitation of prostitution. She declined to elaborate on what he's accused of doing.

Hanna has not been charged and it's not clear if he has a lawyer yet.

He was originally taken to the Logan County jail in Sterling, which houses some inmates arrested by Hanna's department, but

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:07:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Soldier who killed 5 Dallas officers showed PTSD symptoms]]> http://gazette.com/soldier-who-killed-5-dallas-officers-showed-ptsd-symptoms/article/1583621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldier-who-killed-5-dallas-officers-showed-ptsd-symptoms/article/1583621?custom_click=rss

Newly released documents show that the Army reservist who shot and killed five Dallas police officers last month showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan in 2014.

Doctors concluded that Micah Johnson posed no significant risk to himself or others after he sought treatment for anxiety, depression and hallucinations.

The documents from the Veterans Health Administration were obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

The 25-year-old Johnson targeted the officers at the end of a peaceful march July 7 in downtown Dallas, where demonstrators were protesting fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. Authorities deployed a bomb-carrying

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:32:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Teen in fight near Citadel mall jailed on suspicion of gun violation]]> http://gazette.com/teen-in-fight-near-citadel-mall-jailed-on-suspicion-of-gun-violation/article/1583565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-in-fight-near-citadel-mall-jailed-on-suspicion-of-gun-violation/article/1583565?custom_click=rss

A fight involving a gun led to one man's arrest and the search for another Tuesday.

Police were called to the 800 block of Citadel Drive near The Citadel mall about 3:30 p.m. on reports of gunshots. Police said they found one shell casing.

Liam Anderson, 19, was assaulted and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. He later was arrested on a weapons violation, police said. The second man, who has not been identified, was seen driving away in a gray or silver vehicle, and has not been found, police said Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anderson remains in the El Paso County jail. When he was 18, he pleaded guilty to providing or permitting a juvenile to possess a handgun, a Class 4 felony. He received

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:05:15 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County deputies seek Dallas Cowboys fan who tried to use stolen debit card]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-deputies-seek-dallas-cowboys-fan-who-tried-to-use-stolen-debit-card/article/1583532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-deputies-seek-dallas-cowboys-fan-who-tried-to-use-stolen-debit-card/article/1583532?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying a man believed to have stolen personal items from a parked car and attempted to use a debit card at a gas station.

The man took a wallet containing the victim's driver's license, gift cards, $83 and a Wells Fargo debit card from an unlocked car outside a home on the 1100 block of Pipestone Court in Widefield on Aug. 8, according to a release.

He attempted to use the debit card to buy gas and lottery tickets at the 7-Eleven at 510 Security Blvd., but only $2.75 was approved, according to the release.

Security camera footage shows the man had a shaved head and goatee, and he was wearing a Dallas Cowboys No. 80 Bennett jersey and tan pants.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:38:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Street fight temporarily closes 2 Cañon City schools]]> http://gazette.com/street-fight-temporarily-closes-2-caon-city-schools/article/1583587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/street-fight-temporarily-closes-2-caon-city-schools/article/1583587?custom_click=rss

Two Cañon City schools were placed on a lockout for a little more than 45 minutes Wednesday morning after a fight broke out on a nearby street.

At about 9:09 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Park Avenue for a call "regarding shots fired and a physical altercation," according to a news release from the Cañon City Police Department.

Officers detained three suspects in the area and learned that others had left the scene. McKinley and Lincoln elementary schools were placed on lock out at about 9:14 a.m. when police found a man in the 900 block of Logan Street with a head wound they believed may have been a gunshot, the news release stated.

After determining the man's injury was a laceration from the fight,

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:17:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Two men arrested in hit-and-run crash near Denver]]> http://gazette.com/two-men-arrested-in-hit-and-run-crash-near-denver/article/1583445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-men-arrested-in-hit-and-run-crash-near-denver/article/1583445?custom_click=rss

Two Federal Heights men have been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Adams County.

Amber Pennington, 25, was driving a moped on July 1 when she was rear-ended by a blue 2001 Dodge Stratus on Federal Boulevard near 65th Avenue, the Colorado State Patrol release said Monday.

Her injuries included pelvic fractures, broken ribs and a broken nose, according to a CBS Denver report.

Spencer Ray Rauch, 27, was arrested on suspicion of reckless vehicular assault, attempting to influence a public servant, tampering with physical evidence and failing to remain at the scene after an accident involving serious bodily injury.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:57:48 -0600
<![CDATA[FBI probing stabbing where suspect shouted 'Allahu akbar']]> http://gazette.com/fbi-probing-stabbing-where-suspect-shouted-allahu-akbar/article/1583481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-probing-stabbing-where-suspect-shouted-allahu-akbar/article/1583481?custom_click=rss

ROANOKE, Va. — The FBI is investigating a stabbing in Virginia in which the suspect shouted "Allahu akbar" while attacking a man and woman.

Wasil Farooqui of Roanoke County is charged in the stabbings at The Pines Apartments in Roanoke on Saturday. Roanoke County police say that during the attack Farooqui was yelling "Allahu akbar," which is Arabic for "God is great."

Roanoke County police have said they believe that the attack was random.

The 20-year-old Farooqui is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Online court records did not list an attorney.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:04:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Ex-USC and Raiders QB Marinovich arrested naked with drugs]]> http://gazette.com/ex-usc-and-raiders-qb-marinovich-arrested-naked-with-drugs/article/1583483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-usc-and-raiders-qb-marinovich-arrested-naked-with-drugs/article/1583483?custom_click=rss

IRVINE, Calif. — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger's backyard in Southern California.

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared to be meth but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders' first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:03:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Construction patrol in Colorado Springs catches suspected Mercedes thief]]> http://gazette.com/construction-patrol-in-colorado-springs-catches-suspected-mercedes-thief/article/1583468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-patrol-in-colorado-springs-catches-suspected-mercedes-thief/article/1583468?custom_click=rss

Extra police officers patrolling construction zones helped arrest a man driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday.

The driver, Abraham Paquet, 28, was trying to navigate a 2014 Mercedes-Benz through a closed area of the roadway under construction at East Cimarron Street and I-25 when he caught the attention of an officer patrolling the area. The officer "made contact" with Paquet, but he drove away at a high rate of speed, Colorado Springs police said.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper also working in the area tried to stop the Mercedes, but ended the chase when the car kept going. Authorities learned the vehicle had been reported stolen out of the county on Monday.

Just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, Paquet tried to exit I-25 and came to

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:02:13 -0600