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The Gazette

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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Peterson AFB youth center to close for sanitizing after 3 test positive for COVID-19

The Peterson Air Force Base youth center will be closed for sanitizing Monday after a staff member and two children in a school-age care program tested positive for COVID-19, base → Read More

2 dogs rescued as motel catches fire in Colorado Springs

Firefighters rescued two dogs — resuscitating one — after an Ivywild neighborhood motel caught fire in Colorado Springs on Sunday. → Read More

Trials in El Paso County resume this week, with coronavirus precautions

El Paso County this week resumes jury trials after nearly four months — but plans could change rapidly if COVID-19 numbers begin to rise, the county’s top judge says. → Read More

Drive-by shooting wounds one person in Security-Widefield

A masked driver of a sport-utility vehicle fired several rounds outside a Security-Widefield tavern early Sunday, hitting one person in the abdomen, authorities said. → Read More

No murder charge for stepmom of boy who died after forced water binge

Prosecutors dropped plans to file a first-degree murder charge against the stepmother accused of causing an 11-year-old boy’s death in March when she and his father forced him to drink → Read More

Power outage reported in west Colorado Springs and Manitou

A sprawling outage Sunday evening knocked out power to 10,700 people in west Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities said on its website. → Read More

Ideological divide in US on display in rival protests in Colorado Springs

The nation’s ideological divide was in full view in downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday, with competing demonstrations separated by a busy intersection. → Read More

Shots fired during carjackings in northern Colorado Springs

Armed carjackers stole a driver's vehicle at gunpoint Saturday after failing to steal a different vehicle in northeast Colorado Springs, police say. → Read More

Apartment fire leaves 15 people without a home, officials say

A fire that damaged a four-plex in northeast Colorado Springs on Sunday displaced 15 people and left one person suffering from smoke inhalation, authorities said. → Read More

District Attorney candidates trade barbs ahead of primary

A contentious campaign to be the Pikes Peak region’s top prosecutor comes to a head this month, pitting a nine-year veteran of the District Attorney's s Office touting courtroom bona → Read More

District Attorney candidate forum set for Colorado Springs

The two Republican candidates campaigning to be the top prosecutor in El Paso and Teller counties are to appear at a forum in Colorado Springs Tuesday. → Read More

Stepmother accused in Gannon Stauch killing faces new allegations of plotting escape from jail

The stepmother accused in the killing of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch plotted to wriggle out of her cell at the El Paso County jail by smashing a window with a broom → Read More

Attorneys for family of De'Von Bailey file suit alleging wrongful death

Attorneys for the estate of De'Von Bailey, a 19-year-old black man shot four times in the back last summer while fleeing Colorado Springs police, filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit → Read More

Colorado Springs mayor commends peaceful demonstrations; Sunday protests stretch into the night

For the second day in a row, a peaceful daylong protest Sunday over the death of an unarmed black man was followed by several hundred people marching from downtown Colorado → Read More

Colorado Springs protests continue into a second day

Roughly 200 protesters are on the move Sunday in downtown Colorado Springs, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” and other slogans decrying police violence. → Read More

Man arrested after explosives found inside Colorado Springs home

A man was arrested Sunday after authorities said they found several explosive devices inside a Colorado Springs home, Colorado Springs police said Tuesday. → Read More

Woman, 40, jailed in shooting that left one person hospitalized

A 40-year-old woman was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder early Sunday after a shooting at a home in unincorporated Widefield that severely wounded one person. → Read More

Former Colorado Springs financial advisor re-sentenced to prison in child sex case

A former Colorado Springs financial advisor and convicted sex offender is headed to prison after violating his 2018 probation by making repeated contact with a woman he admitted sexually assaulting → Read More

Defense: Stepmother of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch should be released from jail

Attorneys for Letecia Stauch, the stepmother accused in the slaying of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, have asked a judge to consider granting her a bond, citing difficulties in communicating with her → Read More

One dead in Colorado Springs crash

Colorado Springs police are on the scene of a deadly crash on the city’s southeast side. → Read More