<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:33:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[El Paso County man arrested on suspicion of harboring teen runaway]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-harboring-teen-runaway/article/1556604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-harboring-teen-runaway/article/1556604?custom_click=rss

Devonte Price, 20, was arrested Thursday in relation to a missing juvenile case, according to an El Paso County Sheriff's Office release.

In an interview with detectives, Price said he knew Sabrena Waite was a runaway and helped her hide. Waite was found within 24 hours of the Sheriff's Office posting her information on social media on July 14.

Price was arrested on suspicion of harboring a runaway, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and accessory to second degree burglary, the Sheriff's Office said.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:30:28 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County commissioners to consider Yankowski as full-time administrator]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-to-consider-yankowski-as-full-time-administrator/article/1556603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-to-consider-yankowski-as-full-time-administrator/article/1556603?custom_click=rss The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Aug. 11 will vote decide whether to remove the Henry Yankowski's interim tag to make him permanent El Paso County Administrator.

Yankowski has been interim administrator since June 4, when he was appointed to replace Jeff Greene, who left the position to be Chief of Staff for Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

While interim administrator Yankowski has maintained his role as Building Official with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. If he is permanently appointed, he will have to vacate the RBC position.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:14:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Pueblo health care provider moves to downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/pueblo-health-care-provider-moves-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1556600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pueblo-health-care-provider-moves-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1556600?custom_click=rss

A fast-growing Colorado-based health care provider has traded one historic building in Pueblo for another in Colorado Springs.

The American Vein & Vascular Institute, a network of seven clinics in Colorado and Texas, has moved its business headquarters to the 101-year-old Hibbard & Co. Building at 17 S. Tejon St. in the heart of the Springs' downtown.

American Vein & Vascular Institute's 20-person business team - which includes finance, billing, marketing, human resources, retail sales and a patient call center - will occupy about 8,000 square feet on one floor in the Hibbard Building. The institute, founded in 2010, has operated out of the Pueblo Federal Building the past four years; the headquarters' move will be



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:05:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Human remains found at Fountain construction site could be thousands of years old]]> http://gazette.com/human-remains-found-at-fountain-construction-site-could-be-thousands-of-years-old/article/1556595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/human-remains-found-at-fountain-construction-site-could-be-thousands-of-years-old/article/1556595?custom_click=rss

Thomas Carr, a senior archaeologist with Colorado Archaeologist's office, determined Friday that the remains of a young girl found at a Fountain construction site are at least several hundred, and maybe even several thousand years old.

Engineers installing a drainage pipe at the Ventana subdivision site on the 10000 block of Old Pueblo Road found a skull on Wednesday. After further excavation by the archaeologist, the entire body was found.

Carr examined the surrounding soil, the depth of the burial site and the bones themselves before coming to preliminary conclusions about the age of the remains.

The remains are of Native American descent, and the State Archaeologist's Office is in contact with the Ute people to



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:33:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Traffic clears on northbound I-25 near El Paso County Line]]> http://gazette.com/traffic-clears-on-northbound-i-25-near-el-paso-county-line/article/1556590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/traffic-clears-on-northbound-i-25-near-el-paso-county-line/article/1556590?custom_click=rss

Traffic is beginning to clear up on northbound Interstate 25 after miles of traffic were backed up, possibly caused by a traffic crash near the El Paso and Douglas county line, according to Colorado State Patrol and traffic cameras.

Colorado State Patrol says an accident was reported around mile marker 161, near the Woodmoor Drive and Palmer Divide exit.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Ozone alert for Front Range Friday, Saturday]]> http://gazette.com/ozone-alert-for-front-range-friday-saturday/article/1556594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ozone-alert-for-front-range-friday-saturday/article/1556594?custom_click=rss An Ozone Action Day Alert kicks in at 4 p.m. Friday, from El Paso County up to Larimer and Weld counties, as sunshine and calm winds return ozone concentrations to moderate to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.

The alert will remain in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, as issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council.

The air quality in Colorado Springs was good at 3:30 p.m. Friday, but it was moderate Thursday, while the Denver metro area had unhealthy air for sensitive people Thursday.

Updated ratings can be checked at www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:47:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Charges levied against two Colorado Springs men arrested in teen's death]]> http://gazette.com/charges-levied-against-two-colorado-springs-men-arrested-in-teens-death/article/1556592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charges-levied-against-two-colorado-springs-men-arrested-in-teens-death/article/1556592?custom_click=rss

Two of the three people arrested in the homicide of Desmond Smith, a 14-year-old Colorado Springs boy, have been formally charged.

Raymond Rogan Jr., 18, was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder. He has been charged with that as well as 12 other counts.

Rogan Jr. allegedly told his uncle one of Smith's friends had stolen his cellphone while they were all at Memorial Park late on the evening of July 17 or early July 18. Kirven and a friend allegedly piled everyone back into the car, and Kirven shot out the window at the three boys, striking and killing Smith as the teens fled. Rogan was the driver, according to court records.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:39:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' Seven Falls reopening in August after two-year closure]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-seven-falls-reopening-in-august-after-two-year-closure/article/1556543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-seven-falls-reopening-in-august-after-two-year-closure/article/1556543?custom_click=rss

Seven Falls, a series of scenic waterfalls in South Cheyenne Canyon in southwest Colorado Springs, will reopen Aug. 13 after closing two years ago because of extensive damage caused by heavy rains, Broadmoor hotel officials said Thursday.

The Broadmoor Seven Falls, as the longtime tourist attraction will be called to reflect last year's purchase by the hotel, has undergone repairs to go with new amenities that include a hiking trail from the canyon entrance, a new restaurant and zip-line courses that soar above the property.

Broadmoor board chairman Steve Bartolin said the goal of the Seven Falls makeover has been to turn the attraction into a park-like experience that makes uses of the entire canyon.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:15:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators]]> http://gazette.com/pot-industrys-bank-bid-rejected-by-federal-regulators/article/1556589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-industrys-bank-bid-rejected-by-federal-regulators/article/1556589?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The marijuana industry is hoping a federal judge will force regulators to let pot businesses access the banking system by setting up its own credit union.

A pair of recently filed lawsuits in Denver challenge recent decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the National Credit Union Administration to deny applications from the Fourth Corner Credit Union.

The credit union was set up last year to serve Colorado's marijuana industry, but it needs permission from federal insurers and regulators before opening for business.

The Federal Reserve rejected Fourth Corner's application earlier this month.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:39:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Four arrests made in Colorado Springs parking lot fight]]> http://gazette.com/four-arrests-made-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot-fight/article/1556573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-arrests-made-in-colorado-springs-parking-lot-fight/article/1556573?custom_click=rss

Four people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in a large fight at a shopping center parking lot last weekend, Colorado Springs police said.

Terrance Williams, 35, Corey Williams, 33, and Jacolby Williams, 18, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon, police said. The juvenile's name wasn't released.

Police said 15 people from two groups were in a violent exchange at a shopping center on the 3800 block of Astrozon Boulevard near South Academy Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

Four people were injured, two with facial cuts and puncture wounds in their legs, police said.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:50:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Road, trail improvements planned for Falcon area in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/road-trail-improvements-planned-for-falcon-area-in-el-paso-county/article/1556585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-trail-improvements-planned-for-falcon-area-in-el-paso-county/article/1556585?custom_click=rss Changes to a highway intersection, road maintenance and trail repairs are among upcoming county projects planned for the Falcon-area.

The projects, which are not expected to begin right away, are funded and moving forward, said El Paso County Engineer Andre Brackin.

"All of these will be started in some manner in or by 2016," he said. "Whether they are in a state of planning, preliminary or final engineering, or even construction."

An influx of money this year from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority sales tax, extended by voters in November 2012, has allowed Falcon-area projects to move forward, he said. An increase in population and traffic, Brackin said, highlighted the need for improvements.

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]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado seatbelt sting finds numerous children unbuckled]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-seatbelt-sting-finds-numerous-children-unbuckled/article/1556584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-seatbelt-sting-finds-numerous-children-unbuckled/article/1556584?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado law officers are warning parents to buckle up their children after a statewide seat belt patrol issued numerous tickets because kids weren't in car seats or seat belts.

Authorities say they wrote about 1,300 seat belt citations. The state transportation department partnered with the Colorado State Patrol and about 50 local law enforcement agencies across the state for the seat belt patrols from July 20 to July 26.

The minimum fine for a seat belt violation is $65, including improperly restrained children, and goes up to $82 for having an unrestrained child.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:24:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Tougher penalties for multiple DUIs among new Colorado laws]]> http://gazette.com/tougher-penalties-for-multiple-duis-among-new-colorado-laws/article/1556583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tougher-penalties-for-multiple-duis-among-new-colorado-laws/article/1556583?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado will begin punishing habitual drunken drivers with felonies and longer prison sentences. The new law is among dozens taking effect Aug. 5.

Now a fourth DUI conviction will be punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. Previously, repeat drunken drivers were only charged with misdemeanors with up to a year in jail.

Law enforcement agencies will also have access to records of misconduct for officers they want to hire. The legislation is part of a package of measures in response to allegations of wrongdoing by police nationally and in the state.

Another measure begins phasing out microbeads by 2020.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:19:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Man arrested in Garden of the Gods on suspicion of meth possession]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-in-garden-of-the-gods-on-suspicion-of-meth-possession/article/1556582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-in-garden-of-the-gods-on-suspicion-of-meth-possession/article/1556582?custom_click=rss A man was arrested in Garden of the Gods Park late Thursday night on suspicion of methamphetamine possession.

A woman called 911 saying she was concerned for her 34-year-old daughter's safety, police said, and they found her with Eric Ruger, 34. He was found with meth, a loaded handgun and a "large" sum of cash, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, unlawfully having a gun as a previous offender, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.

The woman with Ruger was there voluntarily and was not harmed.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:56:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Top 10 Colorado Springs places to celebrate Colorado Day]]> http://gazette.com/top-10-colorado-springs-places-to-celebrate-colorado-day/article/1556467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-10-colorado-springs-places-to-celebrate-colorado-day/article/1556467?custom_click=rss

Saturday is Colorado Day. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozens of readers responded.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:46:34 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Colorado shooter's father noticed changes in son]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-shooters-father-noticed-changes-in-son/article/feed/256215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-shooters-father-noticed-changes-in-son/article/feed/256215?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The father of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes says he noticed his son had an odd facial expression about seven months before the attack, and he was reminded of it later when he saw his son's mug shot.

Robert Holmes testified Tuesday that in December 2011, he noticed his son smiling, grimacing and smirking, and having a hard time making eye contact. Immediately after the testimony, the defense showed the mug shot of James Holmes smirking.

Robert Holmes says he has seen James Holmes in jail only three times because his son typically does not allow visitors.

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