Lance Benzel



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CRIPPLE CREEK — A grand jury has rejected filing charges against two Colorado Springs police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an armed black man in August, 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said Wednesday. De'Von Bailey and his cousin, Lawrence Stoker, were stopped by police investigating a report of an armed robbery on Aug. 3 in a neighborhood southeast of Memorial Park. 

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The murder trial of Patrick Frazee, accused of killing Kelsey Berreth, could go to jury deliberations today.

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High in the Comanche Peaks Wilderness, the Flowers Trail cuts a stunning path through still-thawing meadows painted with colorful blooms. But along with the beauty comes a tragic back story. On June 13, 1944, an Army Air Forces B-17 flying a training mission out of Rapid City, S.D., went off course and slammed into a snow-covered mountainside a quarter mile from the Flowers Trail, killing four of 10 on board. Seventy years later, the wreckage remains - a haunting display of crumpled metal, rusting engine blocks and severed wing tips strewn over a remote talus field 30 miles west of Fort Collins.

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