<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:56:01 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Army veteran was one of victims of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting]]> http://gazette.com/army-veteran-was-one-of-victims-of-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-veteran-was-one-of-victims-of-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564543?custom_click=rss

Ke'Arre Stewart was identified as one of the victims killed in Friday's Planned Parenthood shooting in west Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

On Facebook his sister, Leyonte Chandler, wrote that Stewart, 29, was an Army veteran who served a tour in Iraq. He leaves behind two young daughters.

Sharon Wolfe said she worked with Stuart when he was a supervisor at CGI Technologies & Solutions, which provided customer support for the Connect for Colorado Health Insurance Assistance Program.

"He was probably one of the most caring men I've ever met in my life," Wolfe said. "He was always there to help. If you ever had a question, you knew you could go to Ke'Arre. He was always there to lend a hand.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:46:04 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County man arrested after father shot; Douglas County SWAT called for help]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-after-father-shot-douglas-county-swat-called-for-help/article/1564537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-after-father-shot-douglas-county-swat-called-for-help/article/1564537?custom_click=rss

An early morning family dispute in Gleneagle erupted into violence Sunday when a man shot his father in the head while three other family members were home.

Clifford Bishop, 46, was taken into custody without further bloodshed about 7:20 a.m. by members of the Douglas County Regional SWAT, three hours after officers surrounded the residence and ordered neighbors out of their homes.

The victim is expected to survive, said El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby. His identity wasn't released.

Bishop was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, felony menacing and illegal use of a firearm. He is being held without bond pending advisement at the El Paso County jail.

Authorities were

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:44:59 -0700
<![CDATA[This Week: Events in and around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/this-week-events-in-and-around-colorado-springs/article/1564560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-week-events-in-and-around-colorado-springs/article/1564560?custom_click=rss Breckenridge-based humanitarian, author and activist Shannon Galpin will give a lecture, "Social Innovation in Afghanistan: The Worst Place in the World to be a Woman," at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado College. Her nonprofit organization, Mountain2Mountain, has launched projects across Afghanistan to create opportunities for women that were unimaginable 10 years ago. Winner of the 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award, Galpin will give an interactive talk, answer questions, and have a book signing. She also will share segments of her upcoming feature documentary. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday at 7 p.m.

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]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:30:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Mother of 2 killed in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting 'lived for her kids']]> http://gazette.com/mother-of-2-killed-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-lived-for-her-kids/article/1564547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-2-killed-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-lived-for-her-kids/article/1564547?custom_click=rss

A stay-at-home mother with two children was identified as a victim killed Friday in the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in west Colorado Springs.

Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was among three people killed in the shooting spree, along with an Iraq war veteran and a university police officer who responded to the rampage. Nine others - the majority of them law enforcement officers - were wounded by gunfire.

Markovsky, who was married and had a son and a daughter, moved to Colorado Springs after her husband was stationed here with the military.

"She was the most wonderful, kindest person you'd ever know." said her father, John Ah-King, during a telephone interview from Hawaii.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:13:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Civilian victims of Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs identified; Centennial Boulevard reopens]]> http://gazette.com/civilian-victims-of-planned-parenthood-shooting-in-colorado-springs-identified-centennial-boulevard-reopens/article/1564539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/civilian-victims-of-planned-parenthood-shooting-in-colorado-springs-identified-centennial-boulevard-reopens/article/1564539?custom_click=rss

Autopsies are scheduled Monday for two people slain in Friday's deadly rampage at Planned Parenthood in west Colorado Springs, one of many grim steps ahead as the city continues its recovery after a gunman's five-hour reign of violence.

Until the tests are completed and family members are fully notified, names of the two civilian victims are being withheld, said El Paso County spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby.

Vigils and prayer services have been held in remembrance of the third person killed, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey, a six-year veteran and former champion skater and church elder.

Swasey served at Hope Chapel, 5740 Academy Blvd N., which was expected to address the tragedy during

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:10:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Veteran celebrates hitting the century mark]]> http://gazette.com/veteran-celebrates-hitting-the-century-mark/article/1564555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veteran-celebrates-hitting-the-century-mark/article/1564555?custom_click=rss

If you want to live for a century, take John McLaughlin's advice: It's all about altitude and attitude.

McLaughlin, who celebrates hitting the century mark Tuesday, said that positive attitude helped him through three wars, four children and 30 years in the Air Force. The altitude, he said, makes it easier to keep that attitude.

"I've been pretty much around the world and the nicest climate I found was in Colorado," he said. "The weather doesn't beat you down."

McLaughlin was raised in upstate New York and went to college in Pennsylvania, but he really didn't learn about bad weather until he was drafted.

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]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:20:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs citizens: Mass shootings, tragedy don't define the city or its people]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-mass-shootings-tragedy-dont-define-the-city-or-its-people/article/1564520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-mass-shootings-tragedy-dont-define-the-city-or-its-people/article/1564520?custom_click=rss


It's one thing to experience disaster for the first time. A wildfire, a flood, a mass shooting. A community gets through them all because it must, because it can do nothing else.

But to live through them again is a different challenge. That's when the weight of previous experience is heaviest. Living through a disaster the second time requires a unique kind of courage that sees what it's going into - something hard, inspiring and transformative.

Ultimately though, the difference between a community's first disaster, its first mass shooting and its second is negligible. The community still pulls together, still gets through it.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:31:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Crime scene from Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting will take nearly a week to process]]> http://gazette.com/crime-scene-from-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-will-take-nearly-a-week-to-process/article/1564544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-scene-from-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-will-take-nearly-a-week-to-process/article/1564544?custom_click=rss

Investigators following up on Friday's deadly shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood estimate it will take six to seven days to process the crime scene, officials said in a joint investigation release Sunday.

It is anticipated that Centennial Boulevard will be open to traffic by Monday morning, according to officials.

Autopsies are scheduled Monday for the two civilians slain in Friday's deadly rampage at Planned Parenthood in west Colorado Springs, one of many grim steps ahead as the city continues its recovery after a gunman's five-hour reign of violence. Read more here.

On Sunday the family of officer Garrett Swasey, a third person who was killed, released a statement. Read more here.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:06:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Wife of Officer Garrett Swasey, killed in Planned Parenthood attack: 'Being a police officer was a part of him']]> http://gazette.com/wife-of-officer-garrett-swasey-killed-in-planned-parenthood-attack-being-a-police-officer-was-a-part-of-him/article/1564542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wife-of-officer-garrett-swasey-killed-in-planned-parenthood-attack-being-a-police-officer-was-a-part-of-him/article/1564542?custom_click=rss

The family of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed after responding to Friday's deadly attack at Planned Parenthood, issued this statement on Sunday: 

Nov. 29, 2015
Statement by Rachel Swasey, wife of Officer Garrett Swasey 

The family of Officer Garrett Swasey sincerely thanks everyone for their support during this very difficult time. Our loss cannot be expressed in words. While the nation now knows Garrett as a hero who gave his life for others, he was also a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children. His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:31:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Suspect identified in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, 3 killed, 9 injured]]> http://gazette.com/suspect-identified-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-3-killed-9-injured/article/1564419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-identified-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-3-killed-9-injured/article/1564419?custom_click=rss

A law enforcement official confirmed the identity of the man arrested Friday in connection to the shooting. His name is Robert Lewis Dear.  

7:30 P.M. UPDATE:

UCCS has confirmed Garrett Swasey, 44, a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police, was killed in Friday's shoting.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:34:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs shooting suspect lived solitary, mysterious life]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-lived-solitary-mysterious-life/article/1564479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-lived-solitary-mysterious-life/article/1564479?custom_click=rss

HARTSEL - For years, Robert Lewis Dear Jr. sought solitude - living in East Coast mountain cabins without electricity or in a travel trailer along the rolling prairies of South Park.

A hazy picture of Dear, 57, began to emerge Saturday, a day after investigators say he stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in west Colorado Springs and shot at officers during a five-hour standoff that left three people dead and nine wounded.

Hints of anti-abortion zealotry emerged when national news outlets reported Dear told investigators "no more baby parts" upon his surrender. The remark appeared to reference videos released over the summer by an anti-abortion group depicting Planned Parenthood's practice of using fetal tissue for research.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:09:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Possible motive for accused Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood gunman: 'No more baby parts']]> http://gazette.com/possible-motive-for-accused-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-gunman-no-more-baby-parts/article/1564495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/possible-motive-for-accused-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-gunman-no-more-baby-parts/article/1564495?custom_click=rss

As Colorado Springs tried coming to grips with its second mass shooting in a month, the revelation of four words uttered by the gunman upon his surrender hinted at anti-abortion zealotry leading up to the attacks.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, told investigators "no more baby parts" after surrendering to heavily armed officers at the city's lone Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, multiple news outlets reported. The revelation came as Colorado Springs began mourning the three people killed, and investigators continued combing through the bloody crime scene.

The comment offered the first clue as to a motive for the shooting spree, which left two civilians and a university police officer dead and nine others - most of them law

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:21:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood 'will adapt and go on' in wake of Colorado Springs shooting]]> http://gazette.com/planned-parenthood-will-adapt-and-go-on-in-wake-of-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1564498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/planned-parenthood-will-adapt-and-go-on-in-wake-of-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1564498?custom_click=rss

The 15 staff members who were working at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs during Friday's shooting are all OK, Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said at a vigil for victims Saturday.

"They're home safe with their families," she said. "The women and men did what they needed to do to protect everybody in that building. They got quiet, they turned their cellphones off, and they waited a long time."

Police have not released the identities of the two civilians killed in the five-hour shooting.

The Planned Parenthood office at 3480 Centennial Blvd., was heavily damaged during the incident, Cowart said, but plans to repair the building have begun.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:49:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team learned plenty in two years under outgoing commander]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-1st-brigade-combat-team-learned-plenty-in-two-years-under-outgoing-commander/article/1564529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-1st-brigade-combat-team-learned-plenty-in-two-years-under-outgoing-commander/article/1564529?custom_click=rss

Col. David Hodne will have a ceremony in a few days to mark the end of his time at the head of Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team, complete with a band and speeches from the brass.

But Hodne didn't want the pomp and circumstance to cloud his message for the soldiers who have served under him for two years at the post.

"In two short years you have built the Stryker unit of choice for the Army," Hodne said in a speech delivered from the bed of an Army truck with his soldiers crowded around.

And the colonel gave those soldiers a gift: "You can sleep in tomorrow."

Sleep is one thing 1st Brigade soldiers have been short on over the past two years. When Hodne took command, the unit was equipped with 72-ton M-1

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]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Military Update: Congress, beneficiary groups prepare for health reforms]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-congress-beneficiary-groups-prepare-for-health-reforms/article/1564528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-congress-beneficiary-groups-prepare-for-health-reforms/article/1564528?custom_click=rss

In January, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission proposed replacing the triple-option Tricare benefit with a menu of commercial insurance options, similar to those offered to federal civilians, but with a break on premiums except for working-age retirees.

As the military community studied those details, the Obama administration released its latest defense budget, which continued a pattern adopted during the George W. Bush administration of proposing hefty Tricare fee increases, particularly for younger and nondisabled retirees.

After months of consideration, Congress rejected both paths for the 9.5 million military health care beneficiaries. Instead, the big legislative lift for 2015 was an

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