<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/local Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:44:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Officer-involved shooting in Fountain prompts a Q&A on body cameras]]> http://gazette.com/officer-involved-shooting-in-fountain-prompts-a-qa-on-body-cameras/article/1560606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officer-involved-shooting-in-fountain-prompts-a-qa-on-body-cameras/article/1560606?custom_click=rss

As the public continues to scrutinize police departments across the country, body-worn cameras are lauded again and again as a solution to police brutality and holding officers accountable. Many departments in the Pikes Peak region are planning to outfit officers with the devices, or are already doing so. But chiefs and officers maintain that the cameras aren't infallible, and neither are people. In the wake of a deadly officer-involved shooting in Fountain, we try to answer some of the most common questions about body cameras and their policies.

Why aren't the cameras running all the time?

Video storage is consistently labeled as the single most expensive part of having body-worn cameras.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 22:11:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Uh oh ... Here are the 10 drunkest cities in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/uh-oh-...-here-are-the-10-drunkest-cities-in-colorado/article/1560553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uh-oh-...-here-are-the-10-drunkest-cities-in-colorado/article/1560553?custom_click=rss

Recently, the entertainment website RoadSnacks ranked the top 100 most drunk Colorado cities based on the number of bars per capita, divorce rates, drunk texts and other factors.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:30:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Ex-New Mexico sheriff appeals conviction in road rage case]]> http://gazette.com/ex-new-mexico-sheriff-appeals-conviction-in-road-rage-case/article/feed/276107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-new-mexico-sheriff-appeals-conviction-in-road-rage-case/article/feed/276107?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for a former New Mexico sheriff who pulled a gun on a motorist and struck him with his badge told an appeals court on Tuesday that he was wrongfully convicted of rights violations because the driver suffered no serious emotional injuries.

The motorist said he feared for his life during the March 2014 encounter with then-Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella. Jurors found that while the driver wasn't physically injured, the bizarre, off-duty traffic stop left him emotionally scarred.

But Rodella's attorney, John Cline, said the man's injuries were only minor. A district judge should have told jurors that they had to find the motorist suffered more than just trivial injuries in order to convict Ro

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]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:18:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado skiers on I-70 could save half an hour on road for the right price]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-skiers-on-i-70-could-save-half-an-hour-on-road-for-the-right-price/article/1560136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-skiers-on-i-70-could-save-half-an-hour-on-road-for-the-right-price/article/1560136?custom_click=rss Travelers on Interstate 70 will get the chance this week to sound off on proposed toll rates on a soon-to-open express lane for ski traffic — a lane that could rank as the nation's priciest per mile.

The eastbound-only lane, designed to relieve the crushing congestion of a return trip to the city from Colorado's mountain ski resorts, is scheduled to open to vehicles in December.

Colorado Department of Transportation staff members have suggested a tolling range of $3 to $30 for the 13-mile stretch, which lies between the Empire exit and Central City Parkway, near Idaho Springs.

Read more here.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:20:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Fallen climber found dead Sunday near Gregory Canyon trailhead]]> http://gazette.com/fallen-climber-found-dead-sunday-near-gregory-canyon-trailhead/article/1560128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fallen-climber-found-dead-sunday-near-gregory-canyon-trailhead/article/1560128?custom_click=rss Boulder County authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old hiker near the Gregory Canyon trailhead Sunday.

Two hikers reported finding the body of a climber who had fallen, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The body was found below a rock formation known as the Fifth Pinnacle. The man was climbing without any protective equipment and fell about 98 feet. Authorities believe he fell Saturday.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:49:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Killing No. 317: The story of a Boulder bear out of strikes]]> http://gazette.com/killing-no.-317-the-story-of-a-boulder-bear-out-of-strikes/article/1560076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/killing-no.-317-the-story-of-a-boulder-bear-out-of-strikes/article/1560076?custom_click=rss

As soon as wildlife officers get the chance, they will kill her.

It could happen today, or tomorrow, or next week — that depends mostly on when she's exposed enough for a clear shot in daylight.

They might use a gun, or maybe tranquilize and then lethally inject her, but this much is all but certain: Unless she skips town and stays out for good, her days are numbered.

If and when she is dead, the officer will be crushed. No one with Colorado Parks and Wildlife likes to kill, but sometimes they're ordered to.

"It's devastating," says Larry Rogstad, a 34-year CPW veteran. "It's a sentient creature, a magnificent animal. It's an animal we spend our entire life admiring and trying to do good things for.

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Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:57:31 -0600