Chelsea Brentzel, KRDO NewsChannel 13

Chelsea Brentzel

KRDO NewsChannel 13

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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Past articles by Chelsea:

64 people displaced in Colorado Springs apartment fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- 64 people are without a home after an apartment fire on Olympic Park Point in northeast Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) says the fire destroyed 34 apartments on Saturday morning. No one was injured in the fire that took 50 firefighters to put out, according to CSFD. The → Read More

Six new Florence City Council members sworn in following historic mass-resignation

After nearly five months without a functioning governing body, the City of Florence now has six new council members. → Read More

Colorado Supreme Court suspends law license of 11th Judicial District Attorney

FREMONT CO., Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Supreme Court suspended 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley's law license Wednesday. State judicial leaders say Stanley's license was suspended due to failure to submit required Continuing Legal Education (CLE) information for law licenses. Stanley cannot practice law or appear in court until her license is reinstated. The → Read More

Florence citizens react to city's request for CBI investigation into missing money

FLORENCE, Colo. (KRDO) -- City leaders in Florence have requested an investigation by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into missing taxpayer money. The request for state authorities comes just days after 13 Investigates revealed at least $95,000 in city taxpayer money was used for interest-free loans for employees. Florence Police Chief Shane → Read More

Former Florence city manager at center of sexual harassment scandal back in court

A disgraced city manager at the center of a sexual harassment scandal exposed by 13 investigates was back in court Tuesday. → Read More

13 Investigates uncovers city sex harassment scandal

Former Florence City Manager Mike Patterson first captured headlines when he was arrested at the Denver International Airport in November 2021. → Read More

Springs lawmaker introduces bill to fix massage therapy license loophole uncovered by 13 Investigates

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Nearly three years after 13 Investigates uncovered a massage therapy license loophole, a Colorado Springs state lawmaker is finally working to fix it. If passed, a new bill would give stricter regulation of massage therapists who lie about their credentials. In our ongoing investigation into illicit massage parlors, 13 Investigates → Read More

Colorado lawmaker wants voters to make decision on future of daylight saving time

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Tired of changing the clocks back and forth? Colorado State Sen. Jeff Bridges is, and he's hoping there are enough voters in the Centennial State to do away with the time changes once and for all. Bridges is set to introduce a resolution that would put the time change on → Read More

13 Investigates: Is Colorado's 'qualified immunity' law affecting police recruiting?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A recent state law now allows police officers to be held financially responsible for their actions on the job. Families can sue individual law enforcement officers for thousands of dollars, but some local law enforcement agencies say it's having an effect on recruiting. One of the first lawsuits was filed → Read More

Florence police officers raise concerns about pay, HR and security, city responds

FLORENCE, Colo. (KRDO) -- 13 Investigates has uncovered turmoil in the small Southern Colorado city of Florence where more than a quarter of the police force may quit. High-ranking officers in the city say they were promised raises years ago but they still haven't hit their paychecks. "I don't know how to keep this police → Read More

Attorney General files complaint against El Paso County GOP for failure to properly report donations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Attorney General's Office has filed a complaint against the El Paso County Republican Central Committee after officials discovered around $13,000 in fundraising donations wasn't accurately reported last year. The donations in question are from the El Paso County Republican Lincoln Day dinner event on August 6, 2021, where → Read More

Antibody treatment believed to be effective against Omicron variant coming to Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- One thousand antibody treatments that are believed to be effective against the COVID-19 Omicron variant will be headed to Colorado this week, according to our news partners at 9News in Denver. The Delta variant is still the most common COVID-19 strain in Colorado, but health officials anticipate in the coming → Read More

Trial delayed for owner of illicit massage parlor in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Originally set to take place Monday morning, the criminal trial for illicit massage parlor owner Xinan Xia has been continued due to his attorney being sick. The trial was originally scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. in El Paso County, but it's been rescheduled for December 13. Xia is → Read More

Crowley County sees unique impacts of COVID-19

CROWLEY COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - The COVID-19 rural fight in Crowley County continues as the community experiences an increase in virus cases -- 20 percent of the county's 3,200 population have contracted the virus since March 2020. “It consists of four small towns. It’s more of a ranching community now. We have two prisons," Commission Chair → Read More

Fort Carson soldier without a home after losing $3,600 in rental rip off

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- When Spc. Jonathan Flores got word he was moving to Fort Carson, he and his wife applied to rent a home in a south Colorado Springs neighborhood. They were living in Georgia at the time and when they finally made the more than 24-hour drive to move here to → Read More

Woodland Park fires police commander, sergeant for failure to help suicidal veteran

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KRDO) -- The City of Woodland Park has fired a long-time police commander and a sergeant for their failure to help a 29-year-old suicidal veteran in December 2020. Commander Andy Leibbrand and Sgt. Mike McDaniel were both officially terminated on Tuesday after a third-party investigation found they neglected their duty in how → Read More

Gynecologist practicing in Colorado Springs amid charge for touching former employee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- It was Christy's second to last day as a nurse working at Advanced Gynecology in Colorado Springs. She had worked there for 13 years with Dr. Roy Stringfellow, a man who has delivered babies in Southern Colorado for decades. "He had never done anything like this before," Christy told 13 → Read More

Last-minute City Council meeting to discuss ethics complaint against Pueblo Mayor

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Pueblo City Council called a last-minute meeting to investigate an ethics complaint against Mayor Nick Gradisar. Todd Rogers, a current candidate for Pueblo City Council District 4, filed a complaint on Tuesday accusing the mayor of making false statements about a ballot initiative. According to Rogers, Gradisar sent letters to → Read More

Human Trafficking Task Force calls for Colorado Springs council to enact illicit spa ordinance

The Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado is advocating for the Colorado Springs City Council to pass an ordinance regulating massage businesses to fight human trafficking. → Read More

Thousands of Colorado healthcare workers exempt from COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released new data to 13 Investigates showing an estimate on how many healthcare workers in Colorado are vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More