<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:44:01 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Colorado Springs boy, 6, suspended from school after making finger into 'gun']]> KKTV http://gazette.com/report-colorado-springs-boy-6-suspended-from-school-after-making-finger-into-gun/article/1547314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-colorado-springs-boy-6-suspended-from-school-after-making-finger-into-gun/article/1547314?custom_click=rss A 6-year-old boy was suspended from Stratton Meadows Elementary School this week after he reportedly pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another student, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

The student, Elijah Thurston, has been in trouble before, but his father thinks the school overreached, Austin Thurston told KKTV.

Harrison School District 2 declined to comment on Elijah's case.

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A 6-year-old boy was suspended from Stratton Meadows Elementary School this week after he reportedly pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another student, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

The student, Elijah Thurston, has been in trouble before, but his father thinks the school overreached, Austin Thurston told KKTV.

Harrison School District 2 declined to comment on Elijah's case.

Read more from KKTV at www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Six-Year-Old-Suspended-from-School-294953781.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:56:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Driver in fatal Colorado crash 2 ½ times above legal alcohol limit]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/driver-in-fatal-colorado-crash-2-times-above-legal-alcohol-limit/article/1547311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/driver-in-fatal-colorado-crash-2-times-above-legal-alcohol-limit/article/1547311?custom_click=rss GREELEY — A driver suspected of causing a crash that killed himself and three other people in Weld County had more than 2 ½ times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1M5FqUb ) reports that the final autopsy report released Tuesday for 44-year-old Rigoberto Macias-Marquez of LaSalle found that his blood-alcohol content level was 0.208.

He lost control of his pickup on U.S. Highway 85 near LaSalle on Jan. 25 and crashed into a minivan carrying a couple and their two children. Only the mother survived.

Macias-Marquez had five alcohol-related traffic convictions, most recently in 2005. He pleaded guilty then to driving under the influence and was sentenced to



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GREELEY — A driver suspected of causing a crash that killed himself and three other people in Weld County had more than 2 ½ times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1M5FqUb ) reports that the final autopsy report released Tuesday for 44-year-old Rigoberto Macias-Marquez of LaSalle found that his blood-alcohol content level was 0.208.

He lost control of his pickup on U.S. Highway 85 near LaSalle on Jan. 25 and crashed into a minivan carrying a couple and their two children. Only the mother survived.

Macias-Marquez had five alcohol-related traffic convictions, most recently in 2005. He pleaded guilty then to driving under the influence and was sentenced to

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:30:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Affidavit: Fort Carson soldier siphoned refund money from inflated tax returns]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/affidavit-fort-carson-soldier-siphoned-refund-money-from-inflated-tax-returns/article/1547279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-fort-carson-soldier-siphoned-refund-money-from-inflated-tax-returns/article/1547279?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier accused of pilfering thousands of dollars through inflated tax refunds appeared to carry out the scheme through an off-post side business, according to an arrest affidavit.

Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for 2012 and 2013 that he filed on behalf of at least 15 people, according to the affidavit.

A married couple suspected something was amiss when one of them tried to take out a student loan, according to the affidavit. During that process, the couple learned that the tax refund was higher than first thought.

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Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for 2012 and 2013 that he filed on behalf of at least 15 people, according to the affidavit.

A married couple suspected something was amiss when one of them tried to take out a student loan, according to the affidavit. During that process, the couple learned that the tax refund was higher than first thought.]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:15:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Man pleads guilty to kidnapping teen in Colorado Springs park]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-to-kidnapping-teen-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1547281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-to-kidnapping-teen-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1547281?custom_click=rss A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping for helping someone kidnap a teen from a Colorado Springs park to get information about some stolen items, said a 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office spokeswoman.

Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee Richards, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

Archuleta was one of two people who kidnapped a teenager from Cottonwood Park in June 2014, according to an arrest affidavit. After being held at gunpoint and questioned about stolen property, the teen was returned to the park uninjured, the affidavit said.

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Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee Richards, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

Archuleta was one of two people who kidnapped a teenager from Cottonwood Park in June 2014, according to an arrest affidavit. After being held at gunpoint and questioned about stolen property, the teen was returned to the park uninjured, the affidavit said.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs human trafficking unit investigating alleged escort case]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-human-trafficking-unit-investigating-alleged-escort-case/article/1547250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-human-trafficking-unit-investigating-alleged-escort-case/article/1547250?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs police were called Monday evening to help a woman who said she was scared for her life after driving to Colorado Springs to work as an escort.

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit is investigating the case after officers received a call at 7:24 p.m. from the SpringHill Suites, 1570 N. Newport Road.

The woman told investigators that she drove from Greeley to work as an escort here, but when she arrived, "she was not comfortable with the situation she was forced into" and asked hotel employees call police, according to the department's blotter.

She told officers that the man who hired her took her car to get other escorts, and would not give it back, according to the blotter.



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Colorado Springs police were called Monday evening to help a woman who said she was scared for her life after driving to Colorado Springs to work as an escort.

The Colorado Springs Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit is investigating the case after officers received a call at 7:24 p.m. from the SpringHill Suites, 1570 N. Newport Road.

The woman told investigators that she drove from Greeley to work as an escort here, but when she arrived, "she was not comfortable with the situation she was forced into" and asked hotel employees call police, according to the department's blotter.

She told officers that the man who hired her took her car to get other escorts, and would not give it back, according to the blotter.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:23:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Trial delayed for Colorado man accused of pushing wife off cliff]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/trial-delayed-for-colorado-man-accused-of-pushing-wife-off-cliff/article/1547235?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trial-delayed-for-colorado-man-accused-of-pushing-wife-off-cliff/article/1547235?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The murder trial for a man accused of shoving his second wife off a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park has been delayed.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1BA7n5i ) 58-year-old Harold Henthorn's trial has been pushed back until Sept. 14 so his attorneys have more time to review evidence and interview possible witnesses. The trial had been scheduled to begin in May.

Henthorn is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of his wife, Toni Henthorn. In that case, authorities found a map in Henthorn's Jeep with an X marking the cliff near where she fell on an anniversary hike.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh's office has filed a motion in U.S.



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DENVER — The murder trial for a man accused of shoving his second wife off a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park has been delayed.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1BA7n5i ) 58-year-old Harold Henthorn's trial has been pushed back until Sept. 14 so his attorneys have more time to review evidence and interview possible witnesses. The trial had been scheduled to begin in May.

Henthorn is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of his wife, Toni Henthorn. In that case, authorities found a map in Henthorn's Jeep with an X marking the cliff near where she fell on an anniversary hike.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh's office has filed a motion in U.S.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:44:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs kitchen fire causes minor injuries]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-kitchen-fire-causes-minor-injuries/article/1547216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-kitchen-fire-causes-minor-injuries/article/1547216?custom_click=rss A kitchen grease fire sent two people to the hospital Monday afternoon with minor injuries, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said.

The fire, on the 1600 block of Acacia Drive, was reported around 2:15 p.m. but was extinguished by people on scene before the fire department arrived.

No one was displaced because of the fire.

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The fire, on the 1600 block of Acacia Drive, was reported around 2:15 p.m. but was extinguished by people on scene before the fire department arrived.

No one was displaced because of the fire.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:25:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Investigation turns up bullet holes in fence rather than car]]> By kASSONDRA cLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/investigation-turns-up-bullet-holes-in-fence-rather-than-car/article/1547198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/investigation-turns-up-bullet-holes-in-fence-rather-than-car/article/1547198?custom_click=rss Further investigation into a report of a car being shot five times in a Colorado Springs hotel parking lot turned up no such car, Colorado Springs police said Monday night.

Although a caller on Monday afternoon reported bullet holes riddling a car in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 1410 Harrison Road in south Colorado Springs, police say their investigation revealed bullets lodged in a wooden fence instead.

If a car was shot, police were not able to find it on Monday. Police said they did not have any reason to believe anyone had been injured in the incident.

Anyone with information can call Colorado Springs police at 444-7000.

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Although a caller on Monday afternoon reported bullet holes riddling a car in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 1410 Harrison Road in south Colorado Springs, police say their investigation revealed bullets lodged in a wooden fence instead.

If a car was shot, police were not able to find it on Monday. Police said they did not have any reason to believe anyone had been injured in the incident.

Anyone with information can call Colorado Springs police at 444-7000.]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:35:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Man suspected of breaking up possible drug deal with rifle]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-suspected-of-breaking-up-possible-drug-deal-with-rifle/article/1547191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-suspected-of-breaking-up-possible-drug-deal-with-rifle/article/1547191?custom_click=rss A man was arrested Sunday evening after police suspect he fired a rifle while breaking up a possible drug deal outside his house.

Damien Heitzer, 33, was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of felony menacing, according to Colorado Springs police.

Shortly after 8 p.m., officers suspect Heitzer tried to confront people who he thought were dealing drugs in vehicles parked outside his house in the 3600 block of Monica Drive West, according to police.

An argument ensued, and Heitzer told police that he fired a round from his rifle into the ground when he saw another person reaching into his jacket, police said.

The people in the vehicles fled and called police. No one was injured.



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A man was arrested Sunday evening after police suspect he fired a rifle while breaking up a possible drug deal outside his house.

Damien Heitzer, 33, was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of felony menacing, according to Colorado Springs police.

Shortly after 8 p.m., officers suspect Heitzer tried to confront people who he thought were dealing drugs in vehicles parked outside his house in the 3600 block of Monica Drive West, according to police.

An argument ensued, and Heitzer told police that he fired a round from his rifle into the ground when he saw another person reaching into his jacket, police said.

The people in the vehicles fled and called police. No one was injured.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:05:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Alzheimer's patient in Colorado won't be charged in killing before exam]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-in-colorado-wont-be-charged-in-killing-before-exam/article/1547189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alzheimers-patient-in-colorado-wont-be-charged-in-killing-before-exam/article/1547189?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.

A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death of 76-year-old Gerald Propp. Police say Castor beat Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Police say Castor was difficult to understand and known to wander the facility at night. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia sufferer, with scratches on his neck.



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LAKEWOOD — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility until they know if he is competent to stand trial.

A Monday court hearing for Homer Castor was canceled by a judge, who gave prosecutors until June 1 to bring charges against him in the death of 76-year-old Gerald Propp. Police say Castor beat Propp to death on Feb. 21 in the room they shared at Atria Applewood in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Police say Castor was difficult to understand and known to wander the facility at night. An earlier encounter between the roommates left Propp, a fellow dementia sufferer, with scratches on his neck.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:48:10 -0700
<![CDATA[New hearing set for Air Force Academy cadet in sexual assault case]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-hearing-set-for-air-force-academy-cadet-in-sexual-assault-case/article/1546925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-hearing-set-for-air-force-academy-cadet-in-sexual-assault-case/article/1546925?custom_click=rss

A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate.

The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him face courts-martial.

Now the academy has a hearing set for Monday to determine whether there's enough evidence to prosecute Mangum on fresh charges of sexual assault that were issued on Dec. 12, but relate to the same March 2014 incident. The Article 32 hearing is similar to evidence hearings held in civilian court.

"Previously, on Nov. 7, 2014, an Article 32 hearing for Mangum was held regarding the same allegations," the academy said in a



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A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate.

The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him face courts-martial.

Now the academy has a hearing set for Monday to determine whether there's enough evidence to prosecute Mangum on fresh charges of sexual assault that were issued on Dec. 12, but relate to the same March 2014 incident. The Article 32 hearing is similar to evidence hearings held in civilian court.

"Previously, on Nov. 7, 2014, an Article 32 hearing for Mangum was held regarding the same allegations," the academy said in a

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:58:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most Wanted in the Colorado Springs area]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1547187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1547187?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.

Brendan Phillip Camous, 21, is described as a 160-pound man, 5-feet-7 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Camous is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender.

Johnny Garcia, 60, is described as a 165-pound man, 6 feet tall, with salt and pepper hair and hazel eyes. Garcia is being sought on suspicion of attempted escape, possession of burglary tools, con theft.

Anthony Carlo Garoutte, 29, is described as a 185-pound man, 5-feet-7, with black hair and brown eyes. Garoutte is being sought on suspicion of identity theft.



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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.

Brendan Phillip Camous, 21, is described as a 160-pound man, 5-feet-7 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Camous is being sought on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender.

Johnny Garcia, 60, is described as a 165-pound man, 6 feet tall, with salt and pepper hair and hazel eyes. Garcia is being sought on suspicion of attempted escape, possession of burglary tools, con theft.

Anthony Carlo Garoutte, 29, is described as a 185-pound man, 5-feet-7, with black hair and brown eyes. Garoutte is being sought on suspicion of identity theft.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:30:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Remains of missing 18-year-old found in Mesa County]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/remains-of-missing-18-year-old-found-in-mesa-county/article/1547185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/remains-of-missing-18-year-old-found-in-mesa-county/article/1547185?custom_click=rss

GRAND JUNCTION — The remains of a Grand Junction teen missing since December have been found.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers were recovered Saturday in Cactus Park — a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre (uhn-kuhm-PAH'-gray) Plateau. Investigators say her death is suspicious.

Myers' mother, Kim Lee, told KKCO-TV (http://bit.ly/1AP8rS8) in January that her daughter had been involved with drugs in the past and that there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court when she disappeared.



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GRAND JUNCTION — The remains of a Grand Junction teen missing since December have been found.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year-old Kelly Mae Myers were recovered Saturday in Cactus Park — a recreation area south of Grand Junction on the Uncompahgre (uhn-kuhm-PAH'-gray) Plateau. Investigators say her death is suspicious.

Myers' mother, Kim Lee, told KKCO-TV (http://bit.ly/1AP8rS8) in January that her daughter had been involved with drugs in the past and that there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court when she disappeared.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:22:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman accused of biting cop's finger]]> By Sue McMillin sue.mcmillin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-accused-of-biting-cops-finger/article/1547150?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-accused-of-biting-cops-finger/article/1547150?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs woman reportedly bit a police officer on the finger early Sunday after she was taken to a hospital following a domestic disturbance, Colorado Springs police said.

Sueanna Harris, 29, was arrested in connection with the disturbance about 6 a.m. at a residence in the 800 block of South Circle Drive, police said.



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A Colorado Springs woman reportedly bit a police officer on the finger early Sunday after she was taken to a hospital following a domestic disturbance, Colorado Springs police said.

Sueanna Harris, 29, was arrested in connection with the disturbance about 6 a.m. at a residence in the 800 block of South Circle Drive, police said.

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Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:31:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier accused of firing gun into neighboring apartment]]> By Sue McMillin sue.mcmillin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-firing-gun-into-neighboring-apartment/article/1547149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-accused-of-firing-gun-into-neighboring-apartment/article/1547149?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier was jailed Saturday night on suspicion of firing a shot into a neighboring apartment, Colorado Springs police said.

Ryun Haugaard, 31, was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a weapon, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon, police said.

No one was injured in the 9:50 p.m. incident at an apartment building in the 4000 block of Westmeadow Drive, near South Academy Boulevard and Colorado 115, police said.

Haugaard is being held at in the El Paso County jail.



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A Fort Carson soldier was jailed Saturday night on suspicion of firing a shot into a neighboring apartment, Colorado Springs police said.

Ryun Haugaard, 31, was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a weapon, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon, police said.

No one was injured in the 9:50 p.m. incident at an apartment building in the 4000 block of Westmeadow Drive, near South Academy Boulevard and Colorado 115, police said.

Haugaard is being held at in the El Paso County jail.

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Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:30:38 -0700