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Robbers hit several Colorado Springs businesses, police say
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Police say they believe the same group of people was responsible for seven overnight armed robberies that included three Colorado Springs convenience stores, a motel and a gas station. Police say the string of crimes began when a person was robbed at about 10 p.m. Saturday. The robbers then hit the first […]

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Colorado man who pretended to be blind sentenced for defrauding VA out of nearly $1.3M
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DENVER — A Colorado man has been sentenced to a year in prison for defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $1.3 million by pretending to be blind. Mike Blea, of Northglenn, was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to pay the VA $1,273,180 in restitution. Investigators say Blea is a Vietnam veteran who started […]

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Bill eliminating cash bail for minor crimes in Colorado awaits governor’s signature after unanimous support in legislature
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The poorest of Coloradans would no longer sit in jail for sleeping on a park bench or drinking in public because they can’t afford to pay bail for minor offenses if the governor signs a bill that cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday. The law would ban judges from setting monetary bail for traffic offenses […]

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Colorado mother accused of stabbing 2 daughters, sending car into river with children inside
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A woman is suspected of stabbing her young daughters before plunging her car into a river in southeast Colorado with the children inside. Otero County sheriff’s investigators say the woman, whose name has not been released, is thought to have stabbed her 8-year-old and 10-year-old daughters at their home in Manzanola on Sunday before leaving […]

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Neighbor turns self in after fatal Colorado Springs shooting recorded on cellphone
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Police on Friday arrested a man in a fatal shooting of his next door neighbor after the killing was recorded on the victim’s cellphone. James W. Hanlon, 53, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to Colorado Springs police. Hanlon turned himself in to authorities Friday in the Denver area. […]

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Colorado man pleads not guilty in California cold case death
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Newport Beach Police Department via AP From left are James Neal and Linda O’Keefe. SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Colorado man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the 1973 death of an 11-year-old California girl. James Neal of Monument, Colorado also pleaded not guilty in an Orange County courtroom Friday to lewd and lascivious […]

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Bill opening Colorado police internal affairs files to public headed to the governor’s desk
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A bill that calls for opening police internal affairs files of completed investigations in Colorado to the public passed its final hurdle in the legislature Wednesday and is headed to the governor’s desk. House Bill 19-1119 passed the state Senate 19-16 on third reading with no amendments. Current state law allows police agencies to release […]

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“Life where there was death”: New business hopes to transform Colorado funeral home that allegedly sold body parts against families’ wishes
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The former Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors building in Montrose is about to become home for a new business, which hopes to provide the reeling town a redemption story. The building has remained vacant since the FBI raided the premises just over a year ago. It was between those walls that the former owners allegedly chopped […]

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Colorado, disability advocates end 8 years of legal battles over long waits for court-ordered mental health treatment
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The state and disability advocates reached a new agreement Friday in a longstanding legal battle over long waits for court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment that will create a system of fines to penalize Colorado when it fails to meet deadlines. The consent decree filed Friday ends eight years of legal disputes between the Colorado […]

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Colorado lawmakers consider banning cash bail for petty crimes, joining national reform movement
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Coloradans facing petty charges would no longer have to pay money before being released from jail if a bill considered Thursday by state lawmakers becomes law. Joe Amon, The Denver Post State representative Leslie Herod, D-Denver, speaking in the house in 2017. Under current law, a municipal charge for trespassing or drinking in public can […]

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Colorado Democrats can’t use computers to read bills — for now — judge says in win for Republicans
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Colorado state Senate Republicans have sued Leroy Garcia, the Democratic Senate president, over the use of multiple computers to read a 2,000-page bill Monday, claiming the move violated the state Constitution. A Denver District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order and has scheduled a hearing for March 19 to hear arguments in the case. […]

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Colorado Springs teen arrested on suspicion of December mall shooting
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado police have arrested a teenage boy accused of a December triple shooting at a shopping mall. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that detectives arrested the teenager in Colorado Springs on suspicion of four felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of felony first-degree assault. His name and age have […]

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Former Colorado hockey coach sentenced for sex crime
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FORT COLLINS — A judge has imposed the maximum sentence of 24 years to life in prison on a former Colorado volunteer hockey coach who fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution on child sex assault charges. The Coloradoan reports that under the sentence handed down Friday, Andrew Vanderwal of Fort Collins won’t be eligible for […]

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“What if I had shot you?” Colorado prison investigator upset with Jack in the Box’s prices followed, pulled over fast-food workers
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A Douglas County jury on Thursday found a former criminal investigator with the Colorado Department of Corrections guilty of threatening fast-food workers at a drive-thru window over increased prices. Gary Valko, a 61-year-old Parker resident, was convicted of one count of official oppression, a misdemeanor, according to an 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release. […]

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