<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:21:18 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Courts Roundup: Colorado Springs man in court after fatal shooting]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-colorado-springs-man-in-court-after-fatal-shooting/article/1536553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-colorado-springs-man-in-court-after-fatal-shooting/article/1536553?custom_click=rss

A man accused of fatally shooting another man at a southeast Colorado Springs business Aug. 19 made his first appearance in court 
Friday.

David Barker, 32, is accused of shooting Kenneth Bentley, 39, of Colorado Springs in the Lawn Guys store.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers found Bentley on the sidewalk in front of the store at 1730 Monterey Road.

Four other people were in the building at the time of shooting, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that Bentley, whom they called "Cricket," walked from the back of the business holding his throat and attempting to speak, then collapsed outside.

Barker told investigators the victim approached him with something in his hand.

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]]> A man accused of fatally shooting another man at a southeast Colorado Springs business Aug. 19 made his first appearance in court 
Friday.

David Barker, 32, is accused of shooting Kenneth Bentley, 39, of Colorado Springs in the Lawn Guys store.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers found Bentley on the sidewalk in front of the store at 1730 Monterey Road.

Four other people were in the building at the time of shooting, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that Bentley, whom they called "Cricket," walked from the back of the business holding his throat and attempting to speak, then collapsed outside.

Barker told investigators the victim approached him with something in his hand.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:05:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs TCF bank robbed]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tcf-bank-robbed/article/1536540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tcf-bank-robbed/article/1536540?custom_click=rss Two men held up a TCF Bank in northern Colorado Springs Friday afternoon, police said.

One of the men was armed, said Colorado Springs police.
Officers responded to the bank at 4330 N. Academy Blvd., near Montbello Drive, around 2 p.m.

No one was injured and both suspects fled with cash.

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]]> Two men held up a TCF Bank in northern Colorado Springs Friday afternoon, police said.

One of the men was armed, said Colorado Springs police.
Officers responded to the bank at 4330 N. Academy Blvd., near Montbello Drive, around 2 p.m.

No one was injured and both suspects fled with cash.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Former soldier awaiting mental evaluation after pleading insanity in alleged deadly car crash]]> By lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/former-soldier-awaiting-mental-evaluation-after-pleading-insanity-in-alleged-deadly-car-crash/article/1536536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-soldier-awaiting-mental-evaluation-after-pleading-insanity-in-alleged-deadly-car-crash/article/1536536?custom_click=rss A former soldier facing civil and criminal charges in a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy almost a year ago will undergo a mental evaluation next month after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept. 23.

Four children, including a 2-year-old and a 5-week-old, were in the back seat of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped at a red light when Marsh rear-ended the car in his 2005 Dodge Ram truck, which sent the Chevrolet slamming into a Toyota Tundra. Jamie Steckler died of blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept. 23.

Four children, including a 2-year-old and a 5-week-old, were in the back seat of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped at a red light when Marsh rear-ended the car in his 2005 Dodge Ram truck, which sent the Chevrolet slamming into a Toyota Tundra. Jamie Steckler died of blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Hitchhiker accused of killing fellow homeless man]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hitchhiker-accused-of-killing-fellow-homeless-man/article/1536532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hitchhiker-accused-of-killing-fellow-homeless-man/article/1536532?custom_click=rss

Detectives suspect a man who befriended a homeless couple during their cross-country trip to Colorado Springs later killed the husband in a hotel parking lot while his wife slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael Ray, 32, remained in the El Paso County jail without bond Friday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Patrick Hampton, 31, outside the Comfort Suites, 1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

The killing Sunday morning came after Hampton, his wife and his mother ended a trip from Erwin, Tenn., to Colorado Springs, all while living in a two-door 1997 Honda Accord.

Somewhere along the way, the family met Ray, who had offered gas money in exchange for a seat in their car.

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]]> Detectives suspect a man who befriended a homeless couple during their cross-country trip to Colorado Springs later killed the husband in a hotel parking lot while his wife slept nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

Michael Ray, 32, remained in the El Paso County jail without bond Friday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Patrick Hampton, 31, outside the Comfort Suites, 1055 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

The killing Sunday morning came after Hampton, his wife and his mother ended a trip from Erwin, Tenn., to Colorado Springs, all while living in a two-door 1997 Honda Accord.

Somewhere along the way, the family met Ray, who had offered gas money in exchange for a seat in their car.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Man allegedly shot while taking car for joyride]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-shot-while-taking-car-for-joyride/article/1536523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-allegedly-shot-while-taking-car-for-joyride/article/1536523?custom_click=rss One man was shot in the arm late Friday afternoon after he drove his car recklessly through an apartment complex parking lot, Colorado Springs police said.

Police believe the car he was driving was stolen.

The shooting was reported at the 4300 block of N. Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m..

Police said the man was shot in the arm after the alleged parking lot joyride. A man who lived at the complex shot at him, police said, and the driver sped off.

Officers searched for the driver before contacting him at the hospital.

According to police, both men know each other, and the alleged shooter has been detained.



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One man was shot in the arm late Friday afternoon after he drove his car recklessly through an apartment complex parking lot, Colorado Springs police said.

Police believe the car he was driving was stolen.

The shooting was reported at the 4300 block of N. Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m..

Police said the man was shot in the arm after the alleged parking lot joyride. A man who lived at the complex shot at him, police said, and the driver sped off.

Officers searched for the driver before contacting him at the hospital.

According to police, both men know each other, and the alleged shooter has been detained.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:45:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Police find senior citizen who allegedly stole scooter during test drive]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-find-senior-citizen-who-allegedly-stole-scooter-during-test-drive/article/1536520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-find-senior-citizen-who-allegedly-stole-scooter-during-test-drive/article/1536520?custom_click=rss

A man suspected of stealing a $3,800 scooter during a test ride more than a week ago was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said.

A balding, white-haired man with a cane and a limp had taken the red genuine Stella automatic scooter on a test ride around noon but never came back, said Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the owner of Sportique Scooters on 1834 E. Platte Ave. He said Friday that the scooter is still missing.

The suspect, 63-year-old William Skolout, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft about 1 p.m. near Cresta and Stardust drives, police said.

A surveillance video taken of Skolout at the shop's counter the day of the theft shows him pocketing his liability form.

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]]> A man suspected of stealing a $3,800 scooter during a test ride more than a week ago was arrested during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said.

A balding, white-haired man with a cane and a limp had taken the red genuine Stella automatic scooter on a test ride around noon but never came back, said Jarrod Stuhlsatz, the owner of Sportique Scooters on 1834 E. Platte Ave. He said Friday that the scooter is still missing.

The suspect, 63-year-old William Skolout, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft about 1 p.m. near Cresta and Stardust drives, police said.

A surveillance video taken of Skolout at the shop's counter the day of the theft shows him pocketing his liability form.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Driver sentenced in crash that killed Denver-area deputy]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/driver-sentenced-in-crash-that-killed-denver-area-deputy/article/1536518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/driver-sentenced-in-crash-that-killed-denver-area-deputy/article/1536518?custom_click=rss

GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give speeches on reckless driving.

The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Baldwin. Authorities say Hosch was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into the motorcycle of the 27-year veteran of the department.

The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time.



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GOLDEN — An 83-year-old motorist told a judge Friday he didn't remember hitting a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle and that he has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was then sentenced to a six-year term in community corrections — meaning he'll serve his time outside a jail or prison and give speeches on reckless driving.

The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Baldwin. Authorities say Hosch was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into the motorcycle of the 27-year veteran of the department.

The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:32:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Convicted elk poacher, a former Boulder cop, avoids prison]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/convicted-elk-poacher-a-former-boulder-cop-avoids-prison/article/1536496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/convicted-elk-poacher-a-former-boulder-cop-avoids-prison/article/1536496?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year.

Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew.

After a week-long trial, Carter was convicted in early June of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony; one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony.

Prosecutors say Carter shot the trophy elk in the residential area while on duty on Jan.



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BOULDER — Former Boulder police Officer Sam Carter was spared prison time Friday in the highly contentious Mapleton elk case after a district court judge sentenced the 37-year-old to four years probation and 200 hours of community service in the killing of the trophy animal last year.

Carter also was sentenced to 30 days on a work crew.

After a week-long trial, Carter was convicted in early June of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony; one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony; and two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class 6 felony.

Prosecutors say Carter shot the trophy elk in the residential area while on duty on Jan.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:37:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault]]> By matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexual-assault/article/1536500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexual-assault/article/1536500?custom_click=rss A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Wednesday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance.

According to Colorado Springs Police, officers went to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate the report that the woman was "forcefully sexually assaulted." Police then tracked down John Jacobs Cooley of Colorado Springs and took him into custody.

Cooley is being held at the El Paso County jail and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Sept. 11. Bail has been set at $25,000.



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A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Wednesday after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by an acquaintance.

According to Colorado Springs Police, officers went to Memorial Hospital Central to investigate the report that the woman was "forcefully sexually assaulted." Police then tracked down John Jacobs Cooley of Colorado Springs and took him into custody.

Cooley is being held at the El Paso County jail and is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Sept. 11. Bail has been set at $25,000.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:29:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Prank suspected of launching Colorado SWAT call]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/prank-suspected-of-launching-colorado-swat-call/article/1536455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prank-suspected-of-launching-colorado-swat-call/article/1536455?custom_click=rss LITTLETON — A prank caller is suspected of launching a SWAT response in suburban Denver that locked down several schools.

The suspected "swatting" incident started when someone called 911 Wednesday to report that he had shot two co-workers and was holding hostages at a Littleton, Colorado office building. Police found no evidence of a shooting.

An online video purporting to show the incident show a man sitting before his computer as SWAT officers enter the room with weapons drawn.

The office building is within several miles of Columbine and Arapahoe high schools. Given the enforcement's experience and training to respond quickly to mass shootings, police say they're fortunate no one was hurt.



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LITTLETON — A prank caller is suspected of launching a SWAT response in suburban Denver that locked down several schools.

The suspected "swatting" incident started when someone called 911 Wednesday to report that he had shot two co-workers and was holding hostages at a Littleton, Colorado office building. Police found no evidence of a shooting.

An online video purporting to show the incident show a man sitting before his computer as SWAT officers enter the room with weapons drawn.

The office building is within several miles of Columbine and Arapahoe high schools. Given the enforcement's experience and training to respond quickly to mass shootings, police say they're fortunate no one was hurt.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:56:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs massage parlors busted in sting operation]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-massage-parlors-busted-in-sting-operation/article/1536395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-massage-parlors-busted-in-sting-operation/article/1536395?custom_click=rss

A sting operation conducted at two southeast Colorado Springs massage parlors led to the arrest of several people Tuesday, police said.

Arworn Hamilton, Misook Sledge, and Sang White were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, pandering and providing a place for prostitution, Colorado Springs police said.

The joint operation involving the department's Human Trafficking Unit, the Colorado State Patrol and Homeland Security was conducted in an effort to identify victims of sex trafficking. Two women were identified as victims and have been offered services to assist in their recovery, police said.

The operations were conducted at the Sakura Spa, 1807 B Street, and at World Massage Therapy



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A sting operation conducted at two southeast Colorado Springs massage parlors led to the arrest of several people Tuesday, police said.

Arworn Hamilton, Misook Sledge, and Sang White were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, pandering and providing a place for prostitution, Colorado Springs police said.

The joint operation involving the department's Human Trafficking Unit, the Colorado State Patrol and Homeland Security was conducted in an effort to identify victims of sex trafficking. Two women were identified as victims and have been offered services to assist in their recovery, police said.

The operations were conducted at the Sakura Spa, 1807 B Street, and at World Massage Therapy

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:52:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: 'Very intoxicated' man punches lights of community service officer's vehicle]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-very-intoxicated-man-punches-lights-of-community-service-officers-vehicle/article/1536396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-very-intoxicated-man-punches-lights-of-community-service-officers-vehicle/article/1536396?custom_click=rss An intoxicated man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he jumped on top of a community service officer's cruiser and began punching at the overhead lights, Colorado Springs police said.

Police said 37-year-old Ben Gonzalez was "very intoxicated" when he was contacted by police officers near Union Boulevard and St. Vrain Street around 11 a.m.

Police said two community service officers in the area came across a mailman attempting to get a "disorderly" man out of the street. When the community service officer's turned on the overhead lights to block off the lane, Gonzalez allegedly jumped onto the car and began punching at the overhead lights.

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An intoxicated man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he jumped on top of a community service officer's cruiser and began punching at the overhead lights, Colorado Springs police said.

Police said 37-year-old Ben Gonzalez was "very intoxicated" when he was contacted by police officers near Union Boulevard and St. Vrain Street around 11 a.m.

Police said two community service officers in the area came across a mailman attempting to get a "disorderly" man out of the street. When the community service officer's turned on the overhead lights to block off the lane, Gonzalez allegedly jumped onto the car and began punching at the overhead lights.

Police officers arrived and arrested Gonzalez on suspicion of obstructing

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:38:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs couple accused of trying to elude police in stolen car]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-accused-of-trying-to-elude-police-in-stolen-car/article/1536423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-accused-of-trying-to-elude-police-in-stolen-car/article/1536423?custom_click=rss A couple remained in jail Thursday after allegedly trying to run from police in a stolen car, according to police reports.

J.D. Sutcliffe, 24, was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, eluding and five felony warrants, records show.

Amanda Dillehay, 20, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant out of Douglas County, police said.

Police spotted a Jeep driving recklessly northbound on South Circle Drive from East Fountain Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. The driver of the Jeep, later identified as Sutcliffe, allegedly fled and officers did not pursue because of safety concerns, police said.

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]]> A couple remained in jail Thursday after allegedly trying to run from police in a stolen car, according to police reports.

J.D. Sutcliffe, 24, was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, eluding and five felony warrants, records show.

Amanda Dillehay, 20, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant out of Douglas County, police said.

Police spotted a Jeep driving recklessly northbound on South Circle Drive from East Fountain Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. The driver of the Jeep, later identified as Sutcliffe, allegedly fled and officers did not pursue because of safety concerns, police said.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Police: Suspected drunken driver backs over man in south Colorado Springs]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-suspected-drunken-driver-backs-over-man-in-south-colorado-springs/article/1536356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-suspected-drunken-driver-backs-over-man-in-south-colorado-springs/article/1536356?custom_click=rss A man suffered life-threatening injuries when a car backed over him Wednesday morning in south Colorado Springs, according to police.

The victim was listed in stable condition at a hospital Thursday morning and was expected to recover , said police Lt. Catherine Buckley .

The driver, idenfitied as 47-year-old Michael Taylor , of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in connection to the 2:20 a.m. incident in the 400 block of Cheyenne Boulevard, east of 8th Street, said Buckley.

"Alcohol was definitely a factor in this incident, for both the driver and the pedestrian who was injured," Buckley said.

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]]> A man suffered life-threatening injuries when a car backed over him Wednesday morning in south Colorado Springs, according to police.

The victim was listed in stable condition at a hospital Thursday morning and was expected to recover , said police Lt. Catherine Buckley .

The driver, idenfitied as 47-year-old Michael Taylor , of Colorado Springs, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in connection to the 2:20 a.m. incident in the 400 block of Cheyenne Boulevard, east of 8th Street, said Buckley.

"Alcohol was definitely a factor in this incident, for both the driver and the pedestrian who was injured," Buckley said.]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Man attacked by woman in Colorado Springs park]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-attacked-by-woman-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1536353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-attacked-by-woman-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1536353?custom_click=rss A man was assaulted by a woman Wednesday morning at Dorchester Park south of downtown Colorado Springs, according to police.

The victim told police he was speaking with a woman about 1:30 a.m. on the 1100 block South Nevada Avenue, off East Las Vegas Street, when she pulled out a sharp-edged weapon and attacked him, police said.

The woman fled on foot and the man waited about 30 minutes to report the assault. The man was taken to a hospital for non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.

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]]> A man was assaulted by a woman Wednesday morning at Dorchester Park south of downtown Colorado Springs, according to police.

The victim told police he was speaking with a woman about 1:30 a.m. on the 1100 block South Nevada Avenue, off East Las Vegas Street, when she pulled out a sharp-edged weapon and attacked him, police said.

The woman fled on foot and the man waited about 30 minutes to report the assault. The man was taken to a hospital for non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:55:01 -0600