<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:57:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Truck crash closes portion of Highway 24 near Peyton]]> http://gazette.com/truck-crash-closes-portion-of-highway-24-near-peyton/article/1586473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/truck-crash-closes-portion-of-highway-24-near-peyton/article/1586473?custom_click=rss

A portion of U.S. 24 is closed Tuesday morning near Peyton after a cement truck slammed into a barrier, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The single-vehicle crash was reported just after 7 a.m., the State Patrol said.

Eastbound U.S. 24 near mile marker 332 is closed as crews conduct cleanup. Detours are in place.

Injuries were reported, but the patrol did not have details on how many people were hurt, or the extent of the injuries.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:57:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Police become targets in fight caught on camera at Denver's 16th Street Mall]]> http://gazette.com/police-become-targets-in-fight-caught-on-camera-at-denvers-16th-street-mall/article/1586474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-become-targets-in-fight-caught-on-camera-at-denvers-16th-street-mall/article/1586474?custom_click=rss

DENVER -- Police in Denver responded to the 16th Street Mall on Monday night as more violence broke out in the popular shopping area.

Video captured by Neal Rigga shows violence and a large police response on Monday night at about 10 p.m. Rigga said police first responded to break up fights, but soon became involved in the violence.

Witnesses say police officers were at one point targets during the fist fights, but quickly turned and used mace to defend themselves.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:55:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Get your ghoul on: 50 Halloween-related events in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/get-your-ghoul-on-50-halloween-related-events-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1586036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-your-ghoul-on-50-halloween-related-events-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1586036?custom_click=rss

Whether you're looking for pulse-raising frights in a haunted house, a family friendly afternoon at a harvest festival or the famous Emma Crawford Coffin Races, there's no shortage of Halloween fun in the Pikes Peak region.

Here's a look at some of the Halloween-related events happening around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region in the next several weeks. We'll keep adding events as we get information. 

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:57:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base colonel facing rape charge found dead in his home]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-colonel-facing-rape-charge-found-dead-in-his-home/article/1586407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-colonel-facing-rape-charge-found-dead-in-his-home/article/1586407?custom_click=rss

An Air Force colonel facing life in prison for rape at an October court-martial apparently took his own life Sunday, police said.

Colorado Springs police spokesman Sgt. Tim Stankey said Monday that officers were called to Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey's home in northeast Colorado Springs just after midnight Sunday on a reported suicide. Police did not say what killed the former vice commander of Schriever Air Force Base's 50th Space Wing.

"We are investigating it as a death of an undetermined origin," Stankey said. "We are waiting on autopsy results from the Coroner's Office."

Stankey said there's no suspicion anyone else was involved in Caughey's death.

Caughey, 46, came under scrutiny in 2015 while serving in the

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:28:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Billy Joel lyrics, music featured at Colorado College symposium]]> http://gazette.com/billy-joel-lyrics-music-featured-at-colorado-college-symposium/article/1586471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/billy-joel-lyrics-music-featured-at-colorado-college-symposium/article/1586471?custom_click=rss

He's not the guy who writes the songs that make the whole world cry, but he is the guy who can put you in a "New York State of Mind."

The piano man himself, Billy Joel, is the keynote speaker in the first scholarly symposium of its kind on the music and lyrics of the famed pop musician. Colorado College's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me: The Music and Lyrics of Billy Joel" features presentations, round tables, workshops, a documentary screening and concert dedicated to the pop musician. It's Oct. 7-8 at CC. Registration ends Thursday.

Alas, Joel won't be the one in concert - or there in person at all - but he will do a live phone interview at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 8.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:24:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Fall weather perfect for outdoor activities this week in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/fall-weather-perfect-for-outdoor-activities-this-week-in-colorado-springs/article/1586464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fall-weather-perfect-for-outdoor-activities-this-week-in-colorado-springs/article/1586464?custom_click=rss

It's time to get outside and enjoy the Colorado Springs area with a mild beginning to autumn.

The next few days will be dry and sunny, with temperatures in the 70s.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted that Tuesday, Wednesday will be sunny, and Thursday will be partly sunny. Rain could return Friday, the weather service says.

There will be highs of 78 degrees Tuesday and 76 degrees Wednesday and Thursday, according the weather service forecast.

"This fall weather will be perfect to spend time outside and go see the fall leaves," Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:43:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Dangerous lane change ends in crash with oncoming vehicle in Pueblo County wreck]]> http://gazette.com/dangerous-lane-change-ends-in-crash-with-oncoming-vehicle-in-pueblo-county-wreck/article/1586466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dangerous-lane-change-ends-in-crash-with-oncoming-vehicle-in-pueblo-county-wreck/article/1586466?custom_click=rss

Speeding and improper passing were factors in a crash where a driver was thrown from a vehicle, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The crash happened after 4 p.m. Monday as the driver of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler tried to pass a vehicle northbound on Colorado 165 in Pueblo County. The Jeep had not fully passed the vehicle as a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo approached from the southbound lanes, the patrol said.

The driver of the Jeep swerved left but sideswiped the Isuzu, sending the Isuzu Rodeo into the 165 shoulder, while the Jeep rolled four times and landed on its roof, patrol said. The Jeep driver was thrown from the vehicle and was flown by helicopter to Parkview Medical Center, where they are being treated for serious injuries, patrol said.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:24:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak Summit House plans nearing finish line]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-summit-house-plans-nearing-finish-line/article/1586451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-summit-house-plans-nearing-finish-line/article/1586451?custom_click=rss

The new Summit House to top Pikes Peak is progressing steadily, with an environmental study to be done by December and the final architectural design expected in February, project leaders advised the City Council on Monday.

Meanwhile, another public meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the City Auditorium to further review details of the project, said Jack Galvan, manager of Pikes Peak America's Mountain.

The $45 million- to $50 million-project will require fundraising of $27 million. About $15 million is expected to be raised by bonds, and the Pikes Peak America's Mountain Fund is providing $6 million, plus $1 million from the mountain TOLLS? in 2017.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:48:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Man charged in fatal shooting at southern Colorado bar pleads guilty]]> http://gazette.com/man-charged-in-fatal-shooting-at-southern-colorado-bar-pleads-guilty/article/1586463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-charged-in-fatal-shooting-at-southern-colorado-bar-pleads-guilty/article/1586463?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO — A man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Pueblo bar has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced to 48 years in prison.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports 26-year-old Timothy Trujillo struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Monday in the Feb. 28 death of Devin Clark. Two bouncers at the Iron Horse bar were seriously injured in the shooting.

Trujillo, who police say is a gang member, was already in jail for other offenses when the arrest warrant was served.

He was originally charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:47:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Goats munching without dog interference in return to Colorado Springs park]]> http://gazette.com/goats-munching-without-dog-interference-in-return-to-colorado-springs-park/article/1586420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goats-munching-without-dog-interference-in-return-to-colorado-springs-park/article/1586420?custom_click=rss

By midday Monday most of the goat herd grazing at Bear Creek Regional Park were doing their thing in the afternoon sunshine, wandering around 2 fenced-off acres adjacent to 21st Street and munching every noxious weed in sight.

There was no sign of trouble with out-of-control dogs - or anything else for that matter - as the goats chomped away in the Charmain Nymann Community Garden of the western Colorado Springs park.

That is a much different scenario from last year, when herd owner Lani Malmberg pulled the goats out of the park after just a few days of grazing because dogs harassed her animals.

"Everybody has been great so far," said 29-year-old Kris Stamps, who oversaw the arrival of the 450 goats about 3 p.m.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:47:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Wounded man charged in shooting case]]> http://gazette.com/wounded-man-charged-in-shooting-case/article/1586431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wounded-man-charged-in-shooting-case/article/1586431?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office identified Monday the man who appeared last week at the entrance of Fort Carson with gunshot wounds, adding that he is suspected of a shooting near Stratmoor Hills Elementary School.

Ulysses Maples, 40, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, felony menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender after he was treated for nonlife threatening injuries following a shooting on the 1600 block of Hampton South, the Sheriff's Office said.

He's been booked into the El Paso County jail on $250,000 bond after he was released from a hospital.

Deputies were dispatched just after 8 p.m.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:46:59 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County Sheriff's Office gets federal money for body camera program]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-gets-federal-money-for-body-camera-program/article/1586414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-gets-federal-money-for-body-camera-program/article/1586414?custom_click=rss

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office's body-worn camera program just got a significant financial boost.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday that $20 million will be given to more than 100 state, city, tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies to improve or establish their programs.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, one of three Colorado law enforcement recipients, will receive $79,500, The Denver Post reported.

The Denver Police Department will get $130,606 and the Custer County Sheriff's Office will receive $3,674, the Post reported.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said the agency has not been informed about that money, but added that the agency did apply for a

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:46:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities takes charge of Drake scrubbers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-takes-charge-of-drake-scrubbers/article/1586454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-takes-charge-of-drake-scrubbers/article/1586454?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Utilities took full control Monday of the NeuStream scrubber system used to remove sulfur dioxide emissions from the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant.

Neumann Systems Group Inc., which designed the system, had been completing installation and testing of the scrubbers.

Now, with new federal SO2 emissions standards kicking into gear in December 2017, Utilities workers will test the scrubber system in Drake Units 6 and 7 "to optimize performance," Utilities announced in a news release.

Neumann won a controversial single-bid contract for the SO2-reduction project in 2011.

Earlier this year, repeated tests on Unit 7 showed the capture of sulfur dioxide at more than 97 percent, with the first test

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:43:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Witnesses testify during trial of Colorado Springs police officer accused of menacing, assault]]> http://gazette.com/witnesses-testify-during-trial-of-colorado-springs-police-officer-accused-of-menacing-assault/article/1586447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/witnesses-testify-during-trial-of-colorado-springs-police-officer-accused-of-menacing-assault/article/1586447?custom_click=rss

During his witness testimony Monday afternoon, 43-year-old Michael Ferguson described in detail how a traffic stop went out of control and ended up with Colorado Springs police Sgt. Steven Biscaro allegedly choking him and threatening, "I'm going to (expletive) kill you."

The crimes with which Biscaro is charged, felony menacing and third-degree assault, allegedly occurred Dec. 2 on Oro Blanco Drive on Colorado Springs' northeast side.

"It was the worst feeling I've ever had in my life, and I've had kind of a rough life," Ferguson testified. "I didn't know what I had done to deserve that kind of response from (Biscaro).

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:51:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Possible remains found in Colorado Springs home]]> http://gazette.com/possible-remains-found-in-colorado-springs-home/article/1586434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/possible-remains-found-in-colorado-springs-home/article/1586434?custom_click=rss

Possible human remains were found Sunday inside a home just north of downtown Colorado Springs, police said Monday.

Officers were called just before 11 a.m. Sunday about "suspicious circumstances" on the 2500 block of North Cascade Avenue, police said.

The department's Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation.

No other details were released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000 or leave an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers tipline at 719-634-7867.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:31:51 -0600