We recently told you about Jeremy Yachik, a former police officer who allegedly beat his daughter for eating carrots (as opposed to punshing her for not eating them). Now comes an equally extreme and bizarre case of abuse, this one involving Lee Kizer, who has reportedly admitted to beating a fourte ... More >>
Jake and Kendra Warrum may well have qualified for Schmuck of the Week status based enitrely on an alleged plan to burn down their house for insurance money. But they became locks for this week's nod because they apparently allowed neighbors to collect money -- a lot of money -- to help them make a ... More >>
Was a man shot to death because Heather Neville was upset over a septic-tank hookup? That's the motive floated in reports that followed the arrest of the 59-year-old Neville on suspicion of first-degree murder. The bizarre details below. See also: Ryan Ronquillo Shooting Deemed Justified, But Famil ... More >>
Over recent months, there have been rumors aplenty that the Denver Post and other newspaper properties under the Digital First Media banner would soon be put up for sale -- a prospect supported by members of the Denver Newspaper Guild, who published an open letter earlier this week that essentially ... More >>
Last week, we shared the comic but futile efforts of Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Jen Mulson to find actor Kevin Bacon, who'd been spotted filming a new movie called Cop Car in the nearby community of Fountain. Tammy Caruthers of 104.5 Photography had better luck. She captured a slew of images ... More >>
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is admitting he's been a bad, bad boy. After he was targeted with allegations about improper relations with several women on his staff, not to mention promotions based on sexual favors, the county commissioners unanimously passed a vote of no confidence. But he ha ... More >>
As we reported earlier this month, the number of children on the Colorado medical marijuana patient registry -- with parental permission -- nearly doubled from June to August this year, with sixty kids under the age of eighteen now on the list. This is the highest that figure has ever been, and it' ... More >>
Fort Carson soldier Richard Sheltra's guilty plea for having sex with a thirteen year old would be shocking in and of itself. But other elements of the story make it even more disturbing. For instance, Sheltra, seen here and in additional photos below, is the second Fort Carson soldier to be senten ... More >>
The flash flooding in Manitou Springs, which killed one person, left a woman missing and caused thus-far unestimated damage -- has dominated the news in the Colorado Springs area, and rightly so. But even as nature displayed its fury, a gunman demonstrated shocking violence of his own. Police are s ... More >>
The prospect of recreational marijuana sales has produced a lot of political naysaying in the past month or so. On June 19, we counted 24 cities that had prohibited retail pot shops. Now, five weeks later, the Denver Post reports that the number has more than doubled, to 56 cities having voted for b ... More >>
We've been following the story of Coy Mathis, a transgender six year old from Fountain who prompted a complaint over access to the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. Now, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has announced that the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in Coy's favor ... More >>
For years, media observers have speculated that Dean Singleton would someday purchase the Colorado Springs Gazette with the idea of synergizing with his other Front Range newspapers, most prominently the Denver Post. But that day isn't today. With Singleton taking a backseat to John Paton in Digital ... More >>
Update: On Sunday, as we note in our original coverage below, Wayne Lufkin, 74, disappeared from an assisted-care facility, after which authorities discovered he had warrants on him in Colorado and Oregon. Now comes word that Lufkin has been found in Denver and is currently cooling his heels in anot ... More >>
Rayshawn Laster has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother in the head late last year. Which was pretty much his only option, since in the immediate aftermath of the slaying, he texted a confession and admitted on his Facebook page that he'd done something unforgivable.
Every parent gets frustrated when a baby starts crying and won't stop. But 22-year-old Daniel Kim's alleged solution to this situation caused infinitely more problems for all concerned. He's accused of trying to silence his infant son by slugging him in the head hard enough to crack his skull.
That old saw about divorce being hardest on the kids almost turned fatal in the case of Nyesha Hall-Gonzalez, 28. She's accused of burying a Carmelo Ortiz-Hall, her two-year-old son, under tumbleweeds and leaving him to die in an El Paso County field because of her desire to kill herself -- and her ... More >>
Big pic below.Glen Godec's Photobucket page features well over 1,000 images, most seemingly benign. But the closer you look, the more you notice that the preponderance of shots feature little girls -- a fact that's been rendered ultra-creepy by news that Godec has been busted on a couple of s ... More >>
Big pic below.When Army recruit Matt Strickland was assigned to spend a month training in Louisiana in preparation for overseas deployment, he reportedly trusted his girlfriend, Melissa Alexander, to care for his one-year-old daughter. The decision had fatal consequences: The tot's dead and A ... More >>
The allegation is shocking: Colorado Springs Police believe Marcus Smith, 21, killed Kathryn "Kit" Grazioli, an 87-year-old former church deacon, and burned her body. This act contrasts strongly with an apology letter he wrote in regard to the theft of a computer and DVDs two years ago.
Big pics below.It didn't take long for El Paso Sheriff's Office detectives to hone in on Mark Manyik as the shooter of Robert Miles, 55. Why? Manyik left a voicemail for a detective saying he planned to blast Miles in the belly using a shotgun, and that's precisely what he's accused of doing ... More >>
Big pic below.The legal maneuverings continue in the case of Joshua Carrier, a former Colorado Springs cop who's charged with nearly 200 incidents of sexual assault on children. He had easy access to kids, given that he was a school resource officer and volunteer wrestling coach.
Big pic below.Jason Bomsta, 34, has been sentenced to 54 years in jail for last year's brutal killing of forty-year-old Duane Maasch, whose body was found stuffed in a plastic toy bin. The reported reason for the slaying? A $100 drug debt.
Sean McAllister.Alternative Medical Solutions, a medical marijuana center in tiny Peyton, Colorado, has been closed for about a week, and could be shuttered permanently, because it missed a July license-application deadline with El Paso County. In response, attorney Sean McAllister sued the c ... More >>
Big pic below.Most of us don't enjoy dealing with door-to-door salespersons. Even when they don't show up during dinner (which they usually do), they disrupt your personal time and space in irritating ways. But Arthur Baldwin allegedly took this dislike way too far... even before he grabbed ... More >>
Big pic below.This weekend, the manhunt for Michael Arangio, wanted for murdering three Colorado Springs teens, brought police to a Whistler Point apartment -- and after a standoff of several hours, Arangio had apparently taken his own life. Afterward, a memorial for his alleged victims was ... More >>
Update below: The latest bizarre twist in Birther Nation's assault on President Barack Obama has a special home-state flavor. Colorado Springs-based retired Colonel Greg Hollister claims to have surreptitiously accessed Obama's selective-service records, which call into question if he was bo ... More >>
Photo: Joe MahoneyAnn Imse envisioned Colorado Public News as a way to fill the reporting gap left by the disappearance of newspapers like the Rocky Mountain News, where she once worked. The problem was trying to get someone to pay for it -- and a year later, Imse, CPN's editor, succeeded, la ... More >>
There's more than one way to get mauled at a big-cat sanctuary. After he was attacked by a tiger at the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center last year, a volunteer then had the bite put on him by the refuge's founder -- who claimed that the victim had to pay $40,500 as his "share" of the result ... More >>
The main room at the Pikes Peak Center.Comeback pastor Ted Haggard's new St. James church has been alternately praised for its feel-good message and derided as an empty infomercial due to the frequent presence of film crews recording his every prayer for a potential documentary. Which leaves ... More >>
Not a photo of Colorado Springs.When most of us think of diverse towns, Colorado Springs isn't the first place that leaps to mind. But somehow, someway, the Springs is one of four U.S. communities to win a City Cultural Diversity Award from the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials ... More >>
There's no back-down in Sean Paige.Yesterday, AM 760 host/columnist David Sirota and Colorado Springs city councilman Sean Paige took part in an on-air debate, with the honor of Colorado Springs at stake. But while the program has ended, the scrap isn't over, with Paige continuing to take swi ... More >>
Back in 2002 a Westword cover portrayed the ever-irascible Douglas Bruce as a pit bull. The story was about his long-running battle with Denver officials over dilapidated properties, but the image is still apt. Throughout his dueling with tax-and-spenders over the TABOR Amendment, his short b ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Had Freedom Communications, owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette, filed for bankruptcy during better economic times, journalism-business observers would have immediately begun speculating about the odds that it might be purchased by MediaNews Group, headed by Denver Post publi ... More >>
Whitney Hendrickson (right) with sister Marina and brother Wesley. Back in March, I wrote about the remarkable tributes at a memorial service for Whitney deMoraes Hendrickson, an 18-year-old college freshman who died in a freak accident in Colorado Springs when another driver smashed into a g ... More >>
"Now, let's see. I count one, two, three, four..." Your kid's got a test tomorrow morning and he's not prepared -- so he's pretending to run a fever. Well, double-check that thermometer, because if he's absent, it'll cost your student and his school in the long run. That's because October 1 is Col ... More >>
Although former New Life Church leader Ted Haggard said that he had been guilty of "sexual immorality" in his 2006 farewell letter to his congregation, he insisted that any massages he received from frequent Westword subject Mike Jones lacked a happy ending. Now, however, at least one news organizat ... More >>
The creative breakup of former business collaborators leads to one new magazine, with another on the way. Can the city support both of them?
Although Sunday's preseason pairing between the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans aired locally on Channel 31, coverage was actually provided by the NFL Network, a venture owned and operated by the National Football League. This fiduciary relationship may explain why the broadcast team of Spero ... More >>
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From the week of March 22, 2001
Can borrowing an idea without fessing up be considered plagiarism?