<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:41:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AMBER Alert: 12-year-old girl out of Grand Junction]]> http://gazette.com/amber-alert-12-year-old-girl-out-of-grand-junction/article/1624989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amber-alert-12-year-old-girl-out-of-grand-junction/article/1624989?custom_click=rss

GRAND JUNCTION - Grand Junction Police are hoping for the public's help in locating a missing 12-year-old girl. An AMBER Alert was issued at 10:10 p.m.

Police posted a picture of 12-year-old Raeanna Rosencrans on social media at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say she was last seen getting into a green "boxy" sedan in the area of D 1/2 Road and Larry's Meadow at about 3 p.m. She was last seen wearing black jeans, a black shirt with white designs, Adidas shoes and was carrying a black and white backpack. She is described as 5'1", 137 pounds, blue eys with light brown or dark blonde hair.

Police add a man called her into the vehicle by using her name. The man is only described as white in his late 40's to early 50's, bald



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:27:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cracks down on hazing, reports progress on sexual assault prevention]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cracks-down-on-hazing-reports-progress-on-sexual-assault-prevention/article/1624979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cracks-down-on-hazing-reports-progress-on-sexual-assault-prevention/article/1624979?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy is cracking down on hazing across the campus in the wake of incidents involving the school's swimming and lacrosse teams.

Academy boss Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria on Wednesday told the school's civilian oversight board that investigations into the incidents are wrapping up and for the first time he confirmed they involved hazing.

For lacrosse, the hazing led the academy to discipline coaches; as many as 10 players could face sanctions. For swimming, the academy has banned a group - Silveria called it a "swimming fraternity" - that perpetuated the hazing and is mulling discipline.

Silveria didn't describe the hazing rituals, but said that hazing in general is banned at the school.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:08:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Police seeking suspects in string of 'smash and grab' burglaries across Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/police-seeking-suspects-in-string-of-smash-and-grab-burglaries-across-colorado-springs/article/1624988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-seeking-suspects-in-string-of-smash-and-grab-burglaries-across-colorado-springs/article/1624988?custom_click=rss

Police are searching for three suspects in a string of "smash and grab" burglaries this month across Colorado Springs.

At least seven recent burglaries fit the pattern, police said.

April 4: Soggy Doggies Grooming, 5219 Galley Road

April 4: New Day Café, 5901 Delmonico Drive

April 4: Smoker Friendly, 1437 N. Circle Drive

April 6: Joey's Pizza, 1843 Briargate Blvd.

April 6: Alta Convenience Store, 3945 Palmer Park Blvd.

April 8: Yo Yogurt, 8816 N. Union Blvd.

April 17: Yo Yogurt, 8816 N. Union Blvd.

Video surveillance has captured "up to three suspects," who wore clothing to mask their identities, police said. At Joey's Pizza, a Jeep Patriot - possibly silver - was captured on

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]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pine Creek student involved in teacher's suspension arrested on sex charges]]> http://gazette.com/pine-creek-student-involved-in-teachers-suspension-arrested-on-sex-charges/article/1624987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pine-creek-student-involved-in-teachers-suspension-arrested-on-sex-charges/article/1624987?custom_click=rss

An 18-year-old Pine Creek High School student was arrested at school Tuesday on suspicion of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and harassment of male and female classmates.

Colorado Springs police have declined to identify the suspect, but Ryan Maikell, 18, was booked into El Paso County jail on suspicion of sexual assault and harassment, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said. He is being held without bond, according to jail records.

Police had been investigating the Pine Creek senior since the end of February, when Pine Creek Theater Director Carrie Barnhardt-Roberson was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with Maikell.

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]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:53:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Armed burglary suspect shot and killed by pursuing police officer]]> http://gazette.com/armed-burglary-suspect-shot-and-killed-by-pursuing-police-officer/article/1624936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armed-burglary-suspect-shot-and-killed-by-pursuing-police-officer/article/1624936?custom_click=rss

A suspected burglar was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a Colorado Springs police officer on the city's west side.

Officers were called about 6:15 a.m. to burglary at O'Brien Printing, 1006 N. 19th St. When they arrived, a man the business owner identified as the burglar ran with officers tailing, said Colorado Springs Police Department spokesman Lt. Howard Black.

"At least one shot" was fired during the pursuit. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:16:08 -0600
<![CDATA[5 more Colorado Springs-area school districts cancel Friday classes]]> http://gazette.com/5-more-colorado-springs-area-school-districts-cancel-friday-classes/article/1624966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-more-colorado-springs-area-school-districts-cancel-friday-classes/article/1624966?custom_click=rss

Five more Pikes Peak region school districts have announced classes will be canceled Friday because of expected absences by teachers attending a rally in Denver for more education funding.

Academy School District 20, Lewis-Palmer School District 38, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, Falcon School District 49 and Fountain Fort-Carson School District 8 announced cancellations by Wednesday, joining Colorado Springs School District 11 and Manitou Springs School District 14 along with others in the state.

In a letter sent to parents Tuesday night, D-20 Superintendent Mark Hatchell said nearly a quarter of the district’s teachers have said they will be absent Friday, presumably to attend the rally at the state Capitol.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:52:52 -0600
<![CDATA[117 fire caused $1.3M in property losses; number of homes burned down to 18]]> http://gazette.com/117-fire-caused-1.3m-in-property-losses-number-of-homes-burned-down-to-18/article/1624984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/117-fire-caused-1.3m-in-property-losses-number-of-homes-burned-down-to-18/article/1624984?custom_click=rss

The 117 fire in southern El Paso County last week caused $1.3 million in losses in the Hanover area, burning 18 residences and 21 more barns, sheds and other buildings, El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker said Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office had said 24 homes had been destroyed in the fire, including an occupied yurt, but that was reduced after an appraisal of the damage determined that some of the structures thought to be homes were outbuildings, instead. The fire burned more than 42,000 acres - the county's largest - but caused no deaths or serious injuries.

"This was a lot like Black Forest," Schleiker said, referring to the 14,280-acre blaze that burned nearly 500 homes in 2013.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:23:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Fountain man arrested in the 2017 death of 3-year-old Bella Ritch]]> http://gazette.com/fountain-man-arrested-in-the-2017-death-of-3-year-old-bella-ritch/article/1624974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-man-arrested-in-the-2017-death-of-3-year-old-bella-ritch/article/1624974?custom_click=rss

A man accused Wednesday in the 2017 death of 3-year-old Bella Ritch had been named in an Amber Alert the same day of her killing last fall.

At the time, Colorado Springs police said David Kevin Lake, 28, of Fountain, was wanted "regarding an ongoing investigation," but did not mention Bella. Police said they also wanted to check the welfare of Lake's 3-year-old son, William.

The alert was canceled later that night when police tweeted "William is Safe." No other information was provided.

But Wednesday, police arrested Lake on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in Bella's death. She had been found unresponsive in a home in the 3700 block of Ensenada Drive on Oct. 2.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:09:12 -0600
<![CDATA[New Colorado Springs restaurant JP Fizzy's a soda-themed nostalgic experience]]> http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-restaurant-jp-fizzys-a-soda-themed-nostalgic-experience/article/1624957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-restaurant-jp-fizzys-a-soda-themed-nostalgic-experience/article/1624957?custom_click=rss

JP Fizzy's restaurant, bar & soda fountain has replaced the Souper Salad eatery at 808 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs. Jason Meinholz, who with his parents and brother Errol opened Soda Pops in northern Wisconsin, brought the soda-themed concept to Colorado Springs. The Wisconsin location is in a historic restored 1800 building. The Colorado Springs shop is not so much about being a nostalgic building, but what you find inside is certainly a throw-back to days gone by.

It starts with Jason's lifelong pursuit to locate, restore and collect antique pop machines. The pop machine collection inspired Jason, a certified executive chef, to combine his passion for cooking with his love for collecting antique soda machines.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:01:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Best of the Springs party offers food, music, peek at copies of 2018 magazine]]> http://gazette.com/best-of-the-springs-party-offers-food-music-peek-at-copies-of-2018-magazine/article/1624942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-of-the-springs-party-offers-food-music-peek-at-copies-of-2018-magazine/article/1624942?custom_click=rss

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Best of the Springs reveal at 7 p.m. in Studio Bee, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $10 suggested donation to National Mill Dog Rescue; 636-0138, thebestofthesprings.com

Food and drink samples, music, casino games and Tarot card readings.

The Gazette's Best of the Springs party is one of the year's hottest tickets. About 1,200 of your closest friends will show up for an evening of music by the rock band SofaKillers, food from restaurants such as Fujiyama, The French Kitchen and Juniper Valley Ranch, and a first-hand peek at the 2018 Best of the Springs magazine. It's Thursday at Pikes Peak Center. A $10 suggested donation will benefit last year's nonprofit winner, National Mill Dog Rescue.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:59:08 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County commissioners OK rezoning for proposed solar farm]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-ok-rezoning-for-proposed-solar-farm/article/1624978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-ok-rezoning-for-proposed-solar-farm/article/1624978?custom_click=rss

El Paso County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a rezoning necessary for the construction of the Front Range-Midway Solar Energy Project, a roughly 1,100-acre solar energy farm planned for south of the Pikes Peak International Raceway and east of Fort Carson.

Kansas-based Tradewind Energy still must submit a site development plan for the county's approval before the company is able to build the 100-megawatt solar installation, said company project manager Dave Iadarola.

Whether any of that energy would go to local homes remains unclear. The solar farm will likely connect with either the Public Service Company or the Western Area Power Administration supply systems, which have existing substations on the



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:56:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Police identify man, woman found shot to death near Colorado Springs dog park]]> http://gazette.com/police-identify-man-woman-found-shot-to-death-near-colorado-springs-dog-park/article/1624961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-identify-man-woman-found-shot-to-death-near-colorado-springs-dog-park/article/1624961?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police released the identities Wednesday of a man and a woman found shot to death in a vehicle near a west side dog park.

The deaths of Serena Lee Garcia, 21, of Parker, and Marcus Howard Denton, 20, of Colorado Springs, have been ruled the eighth and ninth homicides in the city this year, police said. There were 12 homicides this time last year.

Nashid Rayon Rivers, 19, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths. He is being held without bond in the El Paso County jail.

The bodies were found Saturday after police received a call about 12:30 p.m. about a disturbance in the 4800 block of Pacer Lane on the city's northeast side.



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:43:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Best and Brightest 'Delusions of grandeur' turned into real goals]]> http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-delusions-of-grandeur-turned-into-real-goals/article/1624977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-delusions-of-grandeur-turned-into-real-goals/article/1624977?custom_click=rss

This is another in the series of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2018.

Kaige Jones is a self-made man.

The Mitchell High School senior has three goals - before punching his ticket he plans on breaking the land-speed record, going to space and trying out the Oval Office as president of the United States.

For some, those goals might seem too lofty, but Jones has already laid the foundation for his success.

Jones is a Boettcher Scholarship winner, a Leader Enterprise for Diverse America Scholar and earned the President's Education Award.

But it is his extracurricular activity that highlights his ambitious goals.

His love for all things space and aviation led him to start



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:40:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson trains for 'worst case scenario' during emergency response training]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-trains-for-worst-case-scenario-during-emergency-response-training/article/1624975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-trains-for-worst-case-scenario-during-emergency-response-training/article/1624975?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson conducted full-scale emergency response training Wednesday, testing every tool - from public affairs and garrison command to first responders.

The training began when Fort Carson Fire Department responded to a "traffic accident with unknown injuries."

When fire crews arrived, they faced a "worst case scenario," said firefighter Capt. Mike Wupper.

The training scenario was complex - a bus had crashed into a large Army fuel tanker in the middle of an intersection between Gate 2 and residential areas on post.

"The tanker was carrying gasoline, one of the worst scenarios that we have," said Wupper.

The test involved extinguishing fires, handling fuel runoff and rescuing 20 victims from the vehicles -



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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:37:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Cripple Creek approves $70 million expansion, hotel for Bronco Billy's Casino]]> http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-approves-70-million-expansion-hotel-for-bronco-billys-casino/article/1624701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-approves-70-million-expansion-hotel-for-bronco-billys-casino/article/1624701?custom_click=rss

The Cripple Creek City Council has approved a $70 million plan to expand Bronco Billy's, overcoming opposition from the casino's three largest competitors.

Owners of the Century, Wildwood and Triple Crown casinos had argued that the glass-and-steel exterior of Bronco Billy's project - which includes a six-story, 200-room hotel, a conference center and parking garage - wouldn't blend with the brick facades of the city's 12 gaming establishments, many of which are historic buildings.

Planning and Community Development Director Bill Gray said Full House Resorts - owner of Bronco Billy's - submitted its proposal under the guidelines of a Project of Special Merit ordinance, which has existed in city code since 1991 but has never



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