The more details we learn about the death of Jude Murray-Gomez, age five, the more horrific the story becomes. First came news that the boy's body was found in a burning apartment. That was followed by the revelation that he actually died of drowning, presumably before the blaze was lit. And now, be ... More >>
As we enter day three of the U.S. government's partial shutdown, ripple effects are being felt far and wide -- and while Washington, D.C. has the country's most federal workers, it may not be the hardest-hit city. The Washington Post has assembled a list of the ten cities with the most federal jobs ... 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 >>
Colorado Springs is one of the state's largest medical marijuana markets, and El Paso County, where it's located, voted in favor of Amendment 64, albeit by just ten votes. Nevertheless, the Springs city council is likely to issue a de facto ban on recreational pot sales later today, with the decidi ... 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 >>
So you're on the run, and have been for years. But you haven't gotten caught because you've been smart, you've been cautious and you haven't done anything that would attract the attention of the law. Except for that one time -- when you really, really had to drain your lizard. That, in a nut sack ... More >>
Uneasy hangs the cowboy-hatted head of the man in charge of one-fifth of the land mass in the United States. The strain of running the Department of the Interior seems to be catching up with Ken Salazar, who offered to "punch out" a reporter last month in response to a question about Interior's scan ... More >>
Another week, another arrest of a man with a ministerial past on a sex-crime beef. Mere days after disgraced ex-priest Daniel Drinan was charged with pleasuring himself on a plane, David Grosse, a retired Air Force chaplain, has been arrested for suspected sexual assault against four victims and may ... 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 >>
Dennis O'Dell was first taken into custody circa early May in relation to a hammer attack on his uncle -- one allegedly fueled by a bad dream and their mutual interest in meth. Now, however, he's been charged with murder, after his horribly injured relative died.
Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>
More good news in the efforts to contain the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs: Investigators think they have found the origin of the devastating fire that's blazed for nearly two weeks. And at 95 percent containment, the situation seems to be nearing some kind of conclusion -- just days after ... More >>
The scandal at the Air Force Academy that followed in the wake of "The War Within," then-Westword staffer Julie Jargon's 2003 feature about female cadets victimized by sexual assault, led to changes at the institution intended to demonstrate that supervisors take the problem seriously. But these alt ... More >>
The eleventh homicide of 2012 in Colorado Springs is an extremely sordid tale. The victim: James Bidgood, a local homeless man. The accused: James Henry Bratt, a 36-year-old with a noteworthy criminal record. The ingredients: domestic violence, an ankle monitor, meth and more. A lot more.
This week, Fourth Judicial District Judge David Prince had the option of giving Mary Horsley up to forty years in prison -- and that's precisely what he did. But he reportedly felt the options available to him under the law "pale in comparison to any justice that should be doled out." His passions w ... More >>
Colorado Springs police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a string of increasingly violent robberies in recent weeks, during which the robber brandished a rock or brick, menaced other victims with a knife or gun -- and even sprayed some people with lighter fluid and threatened to ... More >>
The arrest affidavit pertaining to Father Charles Robert Manning, an ex-Catholic priest in Colorado Springs who's been busted on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, is currently sealed. But comments from a woman who says she reported Manning to authorities sugg ... More >>
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.
For more than a month, the Colorado Springs Police Department has been on the lookout for Alonzo Paige, the prime suspect in a quadruple shooting that left two men dead. Imagine their surprise when yesterday afternoon, he walked into police headquarters and surrendered to authorities.
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 >>
Big pics below.The accusation that teacher Terah Rawlings had an ongoing sexual relationship with a fifteen-year-old student is bad enough. But other circumstances push the alleged crime into even creepier territory. For one thing, Rawlings was employed at a religious school. For another, adm ... More >>
Last week, DEA personnel announced four arrests related to a marijuana shipment from Colorado Springs to Chicago. All the busts were made in Illinois, but a grow was destroyed near the Springs, and extraction expert Matt Schnur has been named in a related press account. What's Schnur's story? ... More >>
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.Lucky Stefanie Dickinson: The former Ellicott school board member has gotten to pose for two mug shots in the span of a month. The first time, Dickinson was busted for allegedly sexting a teen. And the latest? She's being accused of sexually assaulting a teen three years ago.
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.
Big pic below."Birth Certificate May Be Fake (Poll):" This headline, on a Colorado Springs Gazette editorial that followed President Barack Obama's release of a so-called long-form birth certificate meant to prove once and for all that he was born in the United States, certainly implies that ... More >>
Are gays and porn really two of the biggest issues in the upcoming Colorado Springs municipal elections? According to Focus on the Family, they are. As noted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, FOTF has assembled a candidate survey in advance of the April 5 vote -- and three of its eight questi ... More >>
Duane Chapman.You might recall the hubbub back in 2009 when news broke that Duane "Dog" Chapman and his Dog the Bounty Hunter crew had apparently been shot at while attempting to apprehend a bail jumper in Colorado Springs. But now, the man arrested following the April 21, 2009 incident is su ... More >>
Allen Rose.Update: The woman driving the vehicle behind which tow-truck driver Allen Rose was dragged to death has been identified as Detra Farries, 32 -- and she's been charged with manslaughter in relation to the awful incident. Meanwhile, plans are underway to memorialize Rose tomorrow.
Grace and St. Stephen's Church.You can't dip into the company coffers to pay a remodel to your house and you can't stick your fingers into your parishioners' purses to put your kids through college. It's a lesson that the Reverend Donald Armstrong's kids may have learned if they took Ethics 1 ... More >>
At the Gazette.Our piece last week about UFO Phil's plan to build a pyramid on Pikes Peak came at the start of a full-out blitz to win over the local media -- one that included a visit to the Colorado Springs Gazette with a pyramid model in tow. Hilarious footage shows Gazette reporter R. Sco ... More >>
Large photos below.As we noted on Monday, the bust of three men trying to burglarize a Colorado Springs dispensary was an example of clever police work -- but the excuse used by arrestee Ramone Hollins was even more inventive. Hollins -- a Fort Carson soldier, as were his alleged accomplices ... More >>
Large photo below.The Colorado Springs Police Department has confirmed that Rene Ogden and twins Olivia and Chase died in their home on Monday -- but not much else. Husband Tommy Ogden is reportedly cooperating with police, but nothing has been ruled out -- neither an intruder homicide nor mu ... More >>
Mark WallerOn the heels of reports about a burglar using a bong as a weapon in a Fort Morgan home invasion comes a claim by state representative Mark Waller that a recent assault on his car -- with salad dressing -- may have been in reprisal for his stand against medical marijuana dispensarie ... More >>
Focus on the Family president and CEO Jim Daly.The Colorado Springs Gazette's parent company may have declared bankruptcy this week, but the paper's still reporting the big news in its community, including details about layoffs at Springs-based Focus on the Family; 75 jobs, or about 8 percent ... More >>
Reports began surfacing earlier this week about the impending Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of Freedom Communications, a California-based media company whose properties include the Colorado Springs Gazette. The move was made official yesterday afternoon, and the Gazette's subsequent coverage o ... More >>
Representative Doug Lamborn.Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Republican representing Colorado Springs, has found the key to keeping town halls about healthcare relatively free of rancor and ideological clashes: Stage them in districts where most people, including the star of the show, are metaphys ... 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 >>
Colorado Springs police don't name a crime victim because of his advanced age, even though he shot and killed his attacker.
The Bureau of Prisons is as good at keeping prisoners in as it is at keeping reporters out.
Free at Last
A traveling survey of provocative art fills the stately Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Denver's fabulous sports babes still struggle to score in the male broadcast world.