<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:11:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Man arrested after leading Colorado Springs police on chase, indecent exposure]]> http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-leading-colorado-springs-police-on-chase-indecent-exposure/article/1558272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-arrested-after-leading-colorado-springs-police-on-chase-indecent-exposure/article/1558272?custom_click=rss

A 35-year-old man accused of evading police in his vehicle and on foot was cited Friday morning, Colorado Springs police said.

Randy Romero was taken to a hospital for injuries after crashing his car at the 1500 block of west Colorado Avenue and into another vehicle near 8th Street and Colorado Avenue, police said. He then ran from his car before being caught, police said.

Romero is accused of damaging property and exposing himself in other incidents Friday, police said. No further details were provided.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:10:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Southbound I-25 reopened north of Colorado Springs, but major backups persist]]> http://gazette.com/southbound-i-25-reopened-north-of-colorado-springs-but-major-backups-persist/article/1558268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southbound-i-25-reopened-north-of-colorado-springs-but-major-backups-persist/article/1558268?custom_click=rss

Southbound Interstate 25 was reopened around 3:15 p.m. Friday after a crash near Monument but traffic remained backed up to Larkspur.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. at mile marker 161, which is on the south side of Monument Hill, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

One person was taken to Penrose Hospital, said trooper Josh Lewis. The extent of the person's injuries was not immediately known.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:05:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman accused of embezzling more than $50,000]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-accused-of-embezzling-more-than-50000/article/1558274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-accused-of-embezzling-more-than-50000/article/1558274?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs woman who ran a local physician's practice is accused of stealing more than $56,000 from its payroll and company accounts.

Michelle Lisanne Reynolds turned herself in to authorities on Thursday night following a seven-month embezzlement investigation, according to Colorado Springs police.

She was booked into El Paso County jail on suspicion of theft, tax evasion and filing a false tax return - all felonies - and has since been released on $10,000 bond.

Reynolds, a 10-year employee, was fired as practice administrator in November 2014 after the discovery of "accounting irregularities," police said.

The practice has gone out of business, and it's name has not been released.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[10 Years After Katrina: Colorado Springs-based command has new disaster playbook]]> http://gazette.com/10-years-after-katrina-colorado-springs-based-command-has-new-disaster-playbook/article/1558273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-years-after-katrina-colorado-springs-based-command-has-new-disaster-playbook/article/1558273?custom_click=rss Hurricane Katrina hasn't been forgotten at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but it is viewed as ancient history.

The hurricane that leveled cities on the Gulf Coast a decade ago came before the command was prepared to face a massive natural disaster, leaders say. The trouble that followed forced the military to learn new skills and train troops and leaders for future disasters.

"To me, Katrina was like the Peloponnesian War," said Timothy Russell, a top planner for the command who started work there just before Katrina struck.

Northern Command hadn't celebrated its second birthday when Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, and its leaders were focused on manmade threats as the nation dealt with the

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:55:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs murals a 'colorful and unexpected' addition to downtown]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-murals-a-colorful-and-unexpected-addition-to-downtown/article/1557898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-murals-a-colorful-and-unexpected-addition-to-downtown/article/1557898?custom_click=rss

our years later, the red, white and blue mural celebrating Olympic wrestler and hometown hero Henry Cejudo is fading in the sun.

No one has stepped up with funds to refresh the prominent display, which spans a warehouse rooftop near the Colorado Avenue overpass in the heart of downtown. A proposal to add a modest set of lights has likewise fallen on deaf ears.

It's more than a pity, according to one not-so-neutral observer.

"It's bloody bonkers, is what it is," said Kim Polomka, the Australian-born muralist behind the 2011 creation.

A Colorado Springs resident since 1999, Polomka minced no words during a recent stroll downtown.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:05:04 -0600
<![CDATA[All roads reopen after I-25 overpass crashes in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/all-roads-reopen-after-i-25-overpass-crashes-in-colorado-springs/article/1558258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-roads-reopen-after-i-25-overpass-crashes-in-colorado-springs/article/1558258?custom_click=rss

Two crashes involving a total of five vehicles slowed traffic Friday morning, but all lanes of northbound Interstate 25 have since been reopened.

The crashes happened shortly before 7:45 a.m. on the Cimarron Street overpass. No serious injuries were reported.

Initial reports indicated nine vehicles were involved, but officers later determined that the crashes only involved five vehicles, according to Colorado Springs police.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:18:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Misuses of disabled parking spaces a headache for some in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/misuses-of-disabled-parking-spaces-a-headache-for-some-in-colorado-springs/article/1558231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/misuses-of-disabled-parking-spaces-a-headache-for-some-in-colorado-springs/article/1558231?custom_click=rss

Finding a place to park in Colorado Springs is not easy for Tim Ashley.

The 55-year-old who uses a wheelchair after a construction accident in 2003, has a van that deploys a ramp from the passenger side so he can exit the vehicle.

But about three or four times a week, he said, people misusing disabled parking spaces and their adjoining access aisles make it difficult for him to shop at grocery and retails stores, let alone just get out of his van.

"If I can't park I've lost a certain amount of my independence because I've been kind of told that I can't be there," Ashley said. In one instance, he said he waited 45 minutes to get out of his vehicle because the access aisle was blocked.

"I want to be able to come



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:18:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Must See Must Do: 10 best bets for fun this weekend around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/must-see-must-do-10-best-bets-for-fun-this-weekend-around-colorado-springs/article/1558193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/must-see-must-do-10-best-bets-for-fun-this-weekend-around-colorado-springs/article/1558193?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at some of your best chances for fun around the Colorado Springs area in the next few days:

FRIDAY

- The high school football season kicks off in the Pikes Peak region with a District 11 rivalry game between Coronado and Palmer. We'll broadcast the game here at gazette.com Read more here.

- He's better known as a character actor, but Friday night is time to show off his blues chops. The Native American Blues Review features Gary Dale Farmer, who has had almost 100 TV and film appearances, including ones with Lou Diamond Phillips and Johnny Depp. He'll perform with the Troublemakers; together they've put out two CDs .Also on the bill are Marc Brown and Keith Secola. Doors open at 6 p.m.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:06:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Plan for Colorado Springs expressway remake disclosed]]> http://gazette.com/plan-for-colorado-springs-expressway-remake-disclosed/article/1558229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-for-colorado-springs-expressway-remake-disclosed/article/1558229?custom_click=rss

Officials are moving closer on a direction for a future project at Hancock Expressway and Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs.

At a public meeting Thursday, a recommended plan with alterations was presented with possible changes to existing ramps and pedestrian access.

Accessibility, congestion and safety issues were identified by officials in reviewing the area and multiple potential changes were presented at a meeting in March.

Carl Schueler, co-project manager with the city, said before the meeting that the latest recommendation adds tweaks to the existing alignment of the intersection.

Thursday's discussion was the third and final planned stakeholder meeting on the project.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:46:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Tolling glitch overcharges carpoolers $3,600 on Colorado highway]]> http://gazette.com/tolling-glitch-overcharges-carpoolers-3600-on-colorado-highway/article/1558263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tolling-glitch-overcharges-carpoolers-3600-on-colorado-highway/article/1558263?custom_click=rss BROOMFIELD — Managers of U.S. 36 are issuing refunds to drivers who were mistakenly charged for tolls between Boulder and Denver.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1LznLGq ) that about $3,600 in total charges were mistakenly levied against motorists over the past 13 days.

Plenary Roads Denver, the managing company, says carpoolers were charged even though they are allowed to travel in the new express toll lanes for free with the use of a switchable HOV transponder.

A Plenary spokesman says a glitch at the Sheridan Boulevard toll station was billing all customers as if they were tolled. Most of the tolls were about $1 each, with about 3,600 transactions.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:19:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Proposed Woodland Park hotel will need a redesign before construction begins]]> http://gazette.com/proposed-woodland-park-hotel-will-need-a-redesign-before-construction-begins/article/1558237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposed-woodland-park-hotel-will-need-a-redesign-before-construction-begins/article/1558237?custom_click=rss

The city of Woodland Park and the residents speaking out at Thursday's meeting of the Planning Commission agreed that a Best Western hotel could be good for the Teller County town, but the five-story structure proposed by developer Bill Page needs to be redesigned.

"I'm not opposed to the hotel," said Tammy Converse, who has lived in Teller County since 1986. "I'm opposed to ugly."

The commission voted 6-1 to continue Thursday's public discussion to Oct. 22. The delay will allow Page to redesign his plans in order to lower the proposed height, add a more pleasing roof design and, as the Woodland Park Planning Director Sally Riley said, "use some other materials" than the bland stucco in Page's proposal.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Hundreds turn out for Ben Carson event in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-ben-carson-event-in-colorado-springs/article/1558233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-ben-carson-event-in-colorado-springs/article/1558233?custom_click=rss

In high school Lauren Kunkle dressed up as Ben Carson - in surgical scrubs - for a book report about the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, but she's been a fan ever since she read one of his books in elementary school.

"I would not brave the rain for anyone else with my kids," Kunkle, 28, said. "He was my hero. He still is."

Kunkle, her two children and her husband joined hundreds of people at America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday night for the first public visit from a presidential candidate this campaign season.

But the speech was less like a traditional stump speech than it was an introduction to a man who has never run for political office but has a substantial following in a crowded race



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:03:56 -0600
<![CDATA[2 injured after motorcycle crash in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/2-injured-after-motorcycle-crash-in-colorado-springs/article/1558255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-injured-after-motorcycle-crash-in-colorado-springs/article/1558255?custom_click=rss

Two people were seriously injured early Friday in motorcycle crash in east Colorado Springs.

The driver, Stephen Rolph, 31, was sprawled in the roadway near the motorcycle with life-threatening injuries. The female rider, a 32-year-old woman whose name was not released, was at a 7-Eleven on nearby Constitution Avenue; she suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, police said. Both were taken to Memorial Hospital Central.

Police say neither person was wearing a helmet.

Colorado Springs police say the southbound motorcycle veered into the northbound lanes on Tutt Boulevard around 1:45 a.m. and hit a curb, throwing the driver and a passenger off the motorcycle.

Rolph is suspected of vehicular assault,

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:01:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Today's 3 must reads on Gazette.com in 30 seconds]]> http://gazette.com/todays-3-must-reads-on-gazette.com-in-30-seconds/article/1558257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/todays-3-must-reads-on-gazette.com-in-30-seconds/article/1558257?custom_click=rss

Here are three must reads from Gazette.com in 30 seconds for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

1) More and more Colorado Springs adults need to be schooled about traffic rules around schools this new school year. Here's what police are telling us about these drivers.

2) A downtown bank was robbed. Police are searching for the bandits and for more clues on the case. Read more here.

3) Rainbow trout are back from the brink in Colorado. Why? Read more here.



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:38:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Why so many Colorado bear stories in the summer of 2015?]]> http://gazette.com/why-so-many-colorado-bear-stories-in-the-summer-of-2015/article/1558227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-so-many-colorado-bear-stories-in-the-summer-of-2015/article/1558227?custom_click=rss

Along the Front Range in recent weeks, the media has been teeming with bear tales. There's the cute stories, like a cub with its head stuck in a bottle and saved by Colorado Springs police officers. Or sad ones, like a bear shot and killed in Fort Collins after it was found sleeping in a yard.

But while bear stories might be great for generating Internet traffic (aren't we all suckers for a good bear story?), the truth is that there are more stories lately because more bears are appearing in urban areas.

Wildlife officials say that the bears' cute, or deadly, encounters with humans are happening because bears are hungry and will go wherever they need to find their next meal.



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