<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/local Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:38:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Confederate flag spurs conversation in Colorado town]]> The Greeley Tribune http://gazette.com/confederate-flag-spurs-conversation-in-colorado-town/article/1548717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/confederate-flag-spurs-conversation-in-colorado-town/article/1548717?custom_click=rss

WINDSOR — Windsor High School's diversity week came with an unplanned lesson when a Confederate flag was spotted on a vehicle in the school's student parking lot.

Assistant principal Dick Thomas said school officials tried to strike a balance between students' First Amendment rights and concerns about what many see as a racist symbol as flags flew from some students' cars.

On Tuesday, a resident called the high school to complain about a Confederate flag she saw on a vehicle in the school's lot.

"When we got contacted, I went out and looked to see if (the flag was there), and it was," Thomas said. "So I was going to ask the student if they would mind removing it, but the student wasn't there."

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WINDSOR — Windsor High School's diversity week came with an unplanned lesson when a Confederate flag was spotted on a vehicle in the school's student parking lot.

Assistant principal Dick Thomas said school officials tried to strike a balance between students' First Amendment rights and concerns about what many see as a racist symbol as flags flew from some students' cars.

On Tuesday, a resident called the high school to complain about a Confederate flag she saw on a vehicle in the school's lot.

"When we got contacted, I went out and looked to see if (the flag was there), and it was," Thomas said. "So I was going to ask the student if they would mind removing it, but the student wasn't there."

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:51:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man forced to shoot pit bulls talks exclusively to KKTV]]> KKTV http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-forced-to-shoot-pit-bulls-talks-exclusively-to-kktv/article/1548513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-forced-to-shoot-pit-bulls-talks-exclusively-to-kktv/article/1548513?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man who shot and killed three Pitbulls that were attacking his dogs in his own garage breaks his silence, and explains what happened to 11 News. His home surveillance system caught the audio of the whole incident.

Dan Hayman says he had just gone to bed on Friday night, when he woke up to loud barking and whining coming from his garage.

He grabbed his gun and went to check it out and when he did, he found three Pitbulls in his garage attacking one of his two German Shepherds.

Dan Hayman/Shot attacking dogs: “I came running out here and all three Pitbulls had my dog on the ground over here by the neck.”

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A Colorado Springs man who shot and killed three Pitbulls that were attacking his dogs in his own garage breaks his silence, and explains what happened to 11 News. His home surveillance system caught the audio of the whole incident.

Dan Hayman says he had just gone to bed on Friday night, when he woke up to loud barking and whining coming from his garage.

He grabbed his gun and went to check it out and when he did, he found three Pitbulls in his garage attacking one of his two German Shepherds.

Dan Hayman/Shot attacking dogs: “I came running out here and all three Pitbulls had my dog on the ground over here by the neck.”

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:45:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Man kills 3 pit bulls that attacked his dogs]]> http://gazette.com/man-kills-3-pit-bulls-that-attacked-his-dogs/article/feed/216099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-kills-3-pit-bulls-that-attacked-his-dogs/article/feed/216099?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man in Colorado Springs shot and killed three pit bulls that sneaked into his house through a doggie door and attacked his dogs.

Police say the attack occurred early Saturday.

The man told police he was asleep when he heard the dogs fighting. The man got a gun and shot the intruders.

Officers found the three pit bulls dead.

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Police say the attack occurred early Saturday.

The man told police he was asleep when he heard the dogs fighting. The man got a gun and shot the intruders.

Officers found the three pit bulls dead.]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:45:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Group hopes to find family of veteran to bestow Purple Heart]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/group-hopes-to-find-family-of-veteran-to-bestow-purple-heart/article/1548326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-hopes-to-find-family-of-veteran-to-bestow-purple-heart/article/1548326?custom_click=rss

DENVER — When his dog unearthed the medal in his Denver backyard 10 years ago, Steve Jankousky recognized it immediately.

"My dad was in World War II and he had a Purple Heart, so I was pretty familiar with what they looked like," Jankousky said Friday. "I thought someone's family would like to have it."

Purple Hearts Reunited hopes a ceremony planned Sunday at the Denver grave of the medal's recipient, Korean War veteran Richmond L. Litman, will help reveal his relatives. The group was founded in 2012 to get lost or stolen medals back to veterans or their families.

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DENVER — When his dog unearthed the medal in his Denver backyard 10 years ago, Steve Jankousky recognized it immediately.

"My dad was in World War II and he had a Purple Heart, so I was pretty familiar with what they looked like," Jankousky said Friday. "I thought someone's family would like to have it."

Purple Hearts Reunited hopes a ceremony planned Sunday at the Denver grave of the medal's recipient, Korean War veteran Richmond L. Litman, will help reveal his relatives. The group was founded in 2012 to get lost or stolen medals back to veterans or their families.

The Purple Heart is awarded to military personnel who are wounded in battle.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:25:28 -0600
<![CDATA[The Gazette's 2015 voter guide]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/the-gazettes-2015-voter-guide/article/1547955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazettes-2015-voter-guide/article/1547955?custom_click=rss

The Gazette’s Voter Guide for the 2015 city election features three pages of candidate information. Other election content includes:

Essays from five mayoral candidates

Answers to readers’ questions

Information about the upcoming debate at UCCS

The online Voter Guide also includes more information on every candidate, plus a campaign finance database and information on how and where to vote.



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The Gazette’s Voter Guide for the 2015 city election features three pages of candidate information. Other election content includes:

Essays from five mayoral candidates

Answers to readers’ questions

Information about the upcoming debate at UCCS

The online Voter Guide also includes more information on every candidate, plus a campaign finance database and information on how and where to vote.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:35:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado GOP chooses new leadership]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-chooses-new-leadership/article/feed/213868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-gop-chooses-new-leadership/article/feed/213868?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Republicans have ousted their state party chairman over concerns that the GOP should be in better shape.

GOP chairman Ryan Call lost re-election Saturday at the annual GOP convention in Centennial. Call was seeking a third term, but he lost to former gubernatorial candidate Steve House of Adams County.

Call issued a statement after the election, saying the state party has made great strides during the past few years.

"Not only did we take back the state Senate, increased our numbers in the state House, win three of the four statewide races, retained every Republican congressional seat, but we also defeated an incumbent U.S. senator," Mark Udall.

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GOP chairman Ryan Call lost re-election Saturday at the annual GOP convention in Centennial. Call was seeking a third term, but he lost to former gubernatorial candidate Steve House of Adams County.

Call issued a statement after the election, saying the state party has made great strides during the past few years.

"Not only did we take back the state Senate, increased our numbers in the state House, win three of the four statewide races, retained every Republican congressional seat, but we also defeated an incumbent U.S. senator," Mark Udall.]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:17:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado bills would study school violence, allow lawsuits]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-bills-would-study-school-violence-allow-lawsuits/article/feed/213754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bills-would-study-school-violence-allow-lawsuits/article/feed/213754?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado schools could be sued for shootings under legislation introduced Friday by state lawmakers who say they are sending a directive to education officials to do more to keep students safe.

"It's about holding them liable for providing a direct duty to care for those kids in their charge," Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

The bill allows shooting victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence "when the harm is reasonably foreseeable."

Another bill would create a legislative study committee to examine student violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation to be introduced.

The proposals are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapaho

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"It's about holding them liable for providing a direct duty to care for those kids in their charge," Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

The bill allows shooting victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence "when the harm is reasonably foreseeable."

Another bill would create a legislative study committee to examine student violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation to be introduced.

The proposals are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapaho]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:01:15 -0600 <![CDATA[DUI enforcement stepped up for St. Patrick's Day weekend]]> http://gazette.com/dui-enforcement-stepped-up-for-st.-patricks-day-weekend/article/feed/213850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dui-enforcement-stepped-up-for-st.-patricks-day-weekend/article/feed/213850?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol is stepping up DUI enforcement across the state this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez is encouraging party-goers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking or using drugs. He says that for the last two years, the number of impaired driving arrests during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period has stayed relatively consistent, with 486 reported arrests in 2013 and 484 in 2014.

The heightened DUI enforcement began Friday and will continue through Wednesday, the day after St. Patrick's Day.

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Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez is encouraging party-goers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking or using drugs. He says that for the last two years, the number of impaired driving arrests during the St. Patrick's Day enforcement period has stayed relatively consistent, with 486 reported arrests in 2013 and 484 in 2014.

The heightened DUI enforcement began Friday and will continue through Wednesday, the day after St. Patrick's Day.]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:00:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Hit man in Colorado Springs murder case gets 40 years in prison]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hit-man-in-colorado-springs-murder-case-gets-40-years-in-prison/article/1547897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hit-man-in-colorado-springs-murder-case-gets-40-years-in-prison/article/1547897?custom_click=rss A man recruited by a pair of strangers to kill their husband/stepfather was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Tommy Wright, 36, received the maximum sentence allowed under his plea agreement with the 4th Judicial District Attorney. He admitted he killed Miguel "Mike" Barajas, 47, and gave prosecutors and investigators enough information to charge Sandra Barajas, Mike Barajas' wife, and Dawn Richburg, his stepdaughter.

But his cooperation meant the prosecutors "literally had to make a deal with the devil," prosecutor Reggie Short said in court Friday.

Wright's sentence will be served concurrent to a 46-year prison sentence for crimes committed in Douglas County, including assaulting a peace officer, burglary and

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Tommy Wright, 36, received the maximum sentence allowed under his plea agreement with the 4th Judicial District Attorney. He admitted he killed Miguel "Mike" Barajas, 47, and gave prosecutors and investigators enough information to charge Sandra Barajas, Mike Barajas' wife, and Dawn Richburg, his stepdaughter.

But his cooperation meant the prosecutors "literally had to make a deal with the devil," prosecutor Reggie Short said in court Friday.

Wright's sentence will be served concurrent to a 46-year prison sentence for crimes committed in Douglas County, including assaulting a peace officer, burglary and]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Construction begins on attack submarine USS Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/construction-begins-on-attack-submarine-uss-colorado/article/feed/211612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-begins-on-attack-submarine-uss-colorado/article/feed/211612?custom_click=rss NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will represent the state at the keel laying ceremony for the attack submarine USS Colorado on Saturday.

The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction on a new vessel.

When complete, the USS Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine.

It is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The first was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905. The second USS Colorado was a battleship that took part in the invasion of Tarawa during World War II.

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The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction on a new vessel.

When complete, the USS Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine.

It is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The first was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905. The second USS Colorado was a battleship that took part in the invasion of Tarawa during World War II.]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 06:15:32 -0700