<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:08:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[16-year-old boys charged with killing Denver chef]]> http://gazette.com/16-year-old-boys-charged-with-killing-denver-chef/article/1588563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/16-year-old-boys-charged-with-killing-denver-chef/article/1588563?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Two teens have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 33-year-old man, who was the chef at a popular Denver restaurant.

The Denver Post reports that Nicholas Andrew Lewis was gunned down in Englewood on Oct. 1. Officers had responded to a report of shots fired to find Lewis on the ground with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Two 16-year-old boys are now facing murder and aggravated robbery charges in connection with Lewis' death.

Authorities have not yet released a motive for the killing, but say more details about their investigation will be revealed Wednesday.

Lewis was a chef at Blackbird Public House and a father to a young boy.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:44:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force accountability demanded in Colorado Springs-area water contamination]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-accountability-demanded-in-colorado-springs-area-water-contamination/article/1588547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-accountability-demanded-in-colorado-springs-area-water-contamination/article/1588547?custom_click=rss

Local, state and federal politicians on Monday called for accountability and more investigation into the military's use of firefighting foam after a Gazette investigation showed the Air Force ignored decades of warnings from its own scientists about a toxic chemical in the foam. The chemical is suspected in widespread water contamination.

The investigation, published Sunday, found that the Air Force ran a series of tests dating back to the 1970s that found the foam harmed laboratory animals. The service also ignored warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers and continued to use it for 16 years after a major manufacturer and the EPA agreed to phase it out, citing environmental and health dangers.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:41:02 -0600
<![CDATA[CEO of Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation resigns]]> http://gazette.com/ceo-of-colorado-springs-based-space-foundation-resigns/article/1588554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ceo-of-colorado-springs-based-space-foundation-resigns/article/1588554?custom_click=rss

Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation, has resigned, and the organization's board of directors will be searching for new leadership, according to a release.

"We want to thank Elliot for his many years of service to the Space Foundation, and wish him well as he pursues new opportunities," board chairman Adm. James O. Ellis Jr. said in a statement Monday.

He continued: "As a global leader, the Foundation is focused on growing its ability to educate and advocate on behalf of the space industry, and we look forward to finding the next person to propel that mission forward. We are committed to an open and competitive process to select the Foundation's next leader, and are grateful for the continued

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:39:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Man recovering from minor injuries after bear attack in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/man-recovering-from-minor-injuries-after-bear-attack-in-colorado/article/1588555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-recovering-from-minor-injuries-after-bear-attack-in-colorado/article/1588555?custom_click=rss

FRISCO — A man is recovering from minor injuries after he was attacked by a black bear in South Park.

The Summit Daily reports the man, whose name has not been released, was scouting for an upcoming hunting trip and walking along a stream when he encountered the bear Friday evening. The bear knocked the man down before running away.

Mark Leslie with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it appears to have been a chance encounter, and the bear was likely startled.

The man suffered minor injuries to his hands, legs and abdomen.

Wildlife officials plan to catch and euthanize the bear.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:17:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Medical marijuana pleas to loosen regulations go nowhere with City Council]]> http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-pleas-to-loosen-regulations-go-nowhere-with-city-council/article/1588549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-marijuana-pleas-to-loosen-regulations-go-nowhere-with-city-council/article/1588549?custom_click=rss

Medical marijuana businesses in Colorado Springs have been hit hard by city regulations, and their plea to adjust an ongoing moratorium fell on mostly deaf ears at Monday's City Council work session.

Under the moratorium, businesses can't even move out of an area the city deems "undesirable" and into an industrial zone, where city regulators want them to be.

Indeed, owners of the 334 local businesses have only one legal excuse to move: an expiring lease with no opportunity for renewal during the moratorium, which now extends to May 2017.

And while the entrepreneurs are content with the city's ban on licensing new "MMJ" businesses, they're worried about a moratorium that could outlast a majority of council members.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:27:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Two fires spring up in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/two-fires-spring-up-in-el-paso-county/article/1588551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-fires-spring-up-in-el-paso-county/article/1588551?custom_click=rss

A 40-acre fire that burned east of Calhan Monday afternoon was contained within a half-hour, according to the Calhan Fire Department.

The fire, which burned down one shed off Fitz Point that was filled with construction supplies, was sparked at about 2:45 p.m. when a transformer overloaded.

By Monday evening, the fire had been extinguished.

But another fire, reported Monday afternoon off County Road 6, may have also destroyed a structure.

Jacqueline Kirby, El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said the firefighting near County Road 6 was being led by the Tri-County Fire Department out of Rush.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place for unincorporated El Paso County, which prohibit open burning,

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:05:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Cooler temperatures expected to help firefighters battle Junkins fire]]> http://gazette.com/cooler-temperatures-expected-to-help-firefighters-battle-junkins-fire/article/1588509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooler-temperatures-expected-to-help-firefighters-battle-junkins-fire/article/1588509?custom_click=rss

Firefighters expect a forecast of cooler temperatures and lighter winds this week to help them fight a growing wildfire near Westcliffe, Custer County, officials said Monday.

An aerial team helped contain 60 percent of the 18,132-acre Junkins fire on Monday, officials said. 918 people were working Monday to suppress the fire.

On Monday, officials said crews completed a firebreak on the ridgeline north of Middle Hardscrabble Creek. A burnout operation is planned over the next several days, which officials said will increase smoke in the area south of Wetmore. Nine homes and 17 other buildings have been destroyed.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:00:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire restrictions imposed on Pike, San Isabel national forests]]> http://gazette.com/fire-restrictions-imposed-on-pike-san-isabel-national-forests/article/1588550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-restrictions-imposed-on-pike-san-isabel-national-forests/article/1588550?custom_click=rss

High fire danger has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to place fire and smoking restrictions on the Pike and San Isabel national forests.

The restrictions will remain in place "until there is a weather changing event with sufficient levels of moisture," according to a Forest Service release.

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited, and smoking also is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreational site, or in a 3-foot area that is clear of flammable material.

Fore more information on the restrictions, visit fs.usda.gov/psicc.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:58:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Court records shed light on Colorado Springs-area weekend shootings]]> http://gazette.com/court-records-shed-light-on-colorado-springs-area-weekend-shootings/article/1588521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-records-shed-light-on-colorado-springs-area-weekend-shootings/article/1588521?custom_click=rss

The killing of a woman inside the garage of her home in Security over the weekend stemmed from a domestic violence dispute, court records obtained Monday by The Gazette indicate.

Alicia Christmas-Moore, 42, was allegedly shot and killed by her ex-husband, Demetrius Mac Moore, who died hours later in a shootout with law enforcement officers near the Olympic Training Center east of downtown Colorado Springs.

Investigators said Moore, 40, and Christmas-Moore were arguing after 11 p.m. Saturday in a house on the 4900 block of Brant Road when Moore pulled out a handgun and shot her.

Daniel Lee Moore, 32, and Tlani Shelton witnessed the shooting, court documents said. Shelton ran away as more shots were fired.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:47:05 -0600
<![CDATA['Major player' in regional meth trade gets 20 years]]> http://gazette.com/major-player-in-regional-meth-trade-gets-20-years/article/1588535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/major-player-in-regional-meth-trade-gets-20-years/article/1588535?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of a firearm and just over 10 pounds of methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado.

Roger Wade Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, pleaded guilty to the crimes on July 18 and was sentenced on Oct. 18.

In a statement, Ken Croke, a special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, characterized Anderson as "a major player in the cycle of violence and drugs in southern Colorado," adding that "the number of lives he has ruined, both addicts and their loved ones, in incalculable."

In July 2015, law enforcement discovered that Anderson had been driving

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:54 -0600
<![CDATA[CU summit to focus on refugee transition]]> http://gazette.com/cu-summit-to-focus-on-refugee-transition/article/1588546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-summit-to-focus-on-refugee-transition/article/1588546?custom_click=rss

With about 3,000 refugees expected to arrive in Colorado this year, business experts will convene at a summit this week to come up with some ideas to make their transition a smooth one.

The Regional Summit on Refugee Issues starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Kittredge Hall on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

It is hosted by the school's Center of Education on Social Responsibility, or CESR.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:18:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs gas prices down a penny in the last week, but changes are coming]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gas-prices-down-a-penny-in-the-last-week-but-changes-are-coming/article/1588540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-gas-prices-down-a-penny-in-the-last-week-but-changes-are-coming/article/1588540?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-area gas prices have been relatively stable in recent weeks.

But like the rest of the U.S., Springs prices could be headed for a sizable spike or a welcome decline, depending on next month's decision by OPEC - the 12-nation oil production organization - on whether to slash crude output.

Gas prices in the Springs averaged $2.11 on Monday for a gallon of regular unleaded - down about a penny from last week and up 2.5 cents from a month ago, according to a survey of 246 local gas outlets by GasBuddy.com, the online service that tracks prices nationwide.

By comparison, prices averaged $2.16 per gallon Monday across Colorado and $2.22 nationwide, GasBuddy figures show.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:20:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Deputies: Colorado Springs-area shooting, car theft are related]]> http://gazette.com/deputies-colorado-springs-area-shooting-car-theft-are-related/article/1588489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deputies-colorado-springs-area-shooting-car-theft-are-related/article/1588489?custom_click=rss

A shooting in Peyton Monday morning may be related to a number of car break-ins and a stolen vehicle, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were called to investigate shots fired about 4 a.m. on Gladwater Road, a housing community circling Horseshoe Park off Eastonville Road, where multiple criminal trespassing of an automobile complaints and a motor vehicle theft had been reported, sheriff's spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said.

"We believe the CTA (car break-in), motor vehicle theft and shooting are related to each other," Kirby said.

A teenage boy was later found 6 miles away near a 7-Eleven store at East Woodmen Road and Kenosha Drive, Kirby said. The boy, who is older than 12 but younger than 18,

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:05:42 -0600
<![CDATA[In Colorado Springs Police Department, crimefighting is just one part of the job]]> http://gazette.com/in-colorado-springs-police-department-crimefighting-is-just-one-part-of-the-job/article/1588537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-colorado-springs-police-department-crimefighting-is-just-one-part-of-the-job/article/1588537?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Police Officer Jessica Kuhn's first call on a recent shift was for an irate 7-year-old who threw desks and destroyed school property.

The boy was determined not to cooperate with authority figures, but when Kuhn sat next to him and asked about his family, favorite video games and his alleged superpowers, he caved. He was upset and stressed, he told her: His parents split, he had to move to this new school, and his grandmother was losing their house.

"I see a lot of fights at home and learn a lot of bad words," the child told her.

Later, the Gold Hill division officer gave a ride home to an elderly woman who was confused about where she was and had been dropped off at the fire department.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:51:20 -0600
<![CDATA[TOXIC LEGACY: Air Force studies dating back decades show danger of foam that contaminated Colorado Springs-area water]]> http://gazette.com/toxic-legacy-air-force-studies-dating-back-decades-show-danger-of-foam-that-contaminated-colorado-springs-area-water/article/1588446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toxic-legacy-air-force-studies-dating-back-decades-show-danger-of-foam-that-contaminated-colorado-springs-area-water/article/1588446?custom_click=rss

The Air Force ignored decades of warnings from its own researchers in continuing to use a chemical-laden firefighting foam that is a leading cause of contaminated drinking water for at least 6 million Americans, including thousands of people south of Colorado Springs. - Multiple studies dating back to the 1970s found health risks from the foam, and even an agreement 16 years ago between the Environmental Protection Agency and the foam's main manufacturer to stop making the substance did not curtail the Air Force's usage. Until drinking water tests announced by health officials this year revealed contaminated wells here, the Air Force did almost nothing to publicly acknowledge the danger of the firefighting chemical.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:46:42 -0600