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Security Camera Reveals Heinous Landlord Behavior

'Complete and utter disbelief'

(Newser) - Think about the worst thing your worst landlord ever did to you. This might be worse. A Colorado Springs man tells KKTV he caught his landlord having sex on his bed then using his wife's wedding dress to clean up. The couple—Logan Pierce and Mikaela DiGiulio—have a... More »

150K Gallons of Toxic Water Leak From Air Force Base

Colorado base isn't sure how it got out

(Newser) - Some 150,000 gallons of water contaminated by toxic firefighting chemicals were discharged from a Colorado Air Force Base into a city sewer system, and authorities can't explain why. Peterson Air Force Base has confirmed that water containing perfluorinated chemicals—PFCs—flowed through Colorado Springs Utilities wastewater treatment plant... More »

The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

After Girl's Suicide Attempt, Teacher Pens 130 'Incredible' Notes

She wanted to make every student feel special

(Newser) - When finals wrapped up at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs last week, Brittni Darras handed each of her students a handwritten letter. They contained messages like, "I hope you know how special you are to me" and "You inspire me to be a better person." It... More »

City Will Pay People Sent to Jail Over Court Fines

The mostly homeless individuals will get $125 per day in jail

(Newser) - In a rare move, Colorado Springs has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking, the AP reports. The $103,000 deal requires the city to pay up... More »

Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'

Told cops that aborted fetuses will thank him in heaven

(Newser) - The suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs says "his dream" is for aborted fetuses to "thank him what for what he did" when he dies and goes to heaven. Robert Lewis Dear, the self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies"... More »

The 10 Best US Cities to Call Home

There are some surprises

(Newser) - Looking for a fresh start somewhere? US News & World Report just released its first list of the best places to live in America. The publication used data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, and more; its own rankings of high schools and hospitals; and a survey of thousands of... More »

Woman Shot Through Wall by Neighbor Cleaning Gun

He got arrested, she got taken to the hospital with a minor injury

(Newser) - Police in Colorado Springs say a woman sitting on a couch in her apartment was shot through a wall after her neighbor accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it. The woman was taken to the hospital after Tuesday night's shooting with what police described as a minor injury. Police... More »

Colo. 13-Year-Old Latest Victim of 'Choking Game'

Memphis Burgess' parents hope to raise awareness about dangerous activity

(Newser) - Whether it's called "suffocation roulette," "cloud nine," or simply the "choking game," it's a dangerous activity that's been around for millennia, the Washington Post notes—and it's just resulted in another teen death. Memphis Burgess, a 13-year-old from Colorado Springs,... More »

Suspect Vandalized Planned Parenthood Before: Ex-Wife

Robert Lewis Dear thought he was doing 'God's work,' says source

(Newser) - The shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday wasn't Robert Lewis Dear 's first alleged attack on the agency, his ex-wife says. Barbara Micheau, Dear's second wife from 1985 to 1993, says her ex-husband told her he put glue in the locks... More »

Mom of 2, Iraq Vet Died in Planned Parenthood Attack

Gunman never made it into main clinic area

(Newser) - The two civilians killed in Friday's attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic have been identified as an Iraq War veteran and a mother of two, both of whom were at the Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic to support friends. Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was a stay-at-home mom who "lived for... More »

Planned Parenthood Shooter ID'd as NC Man

Police haven't disclosed motive for Colorado Springs shooting

(Newser) - The suspect accused of killing a police officer and two civilians at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on Friday was a long way from home, according to law enforcement sources. The sources tell the Denver Post that the suspect, who surrendered after an hours-long standoff, has been identified as... More »

2 Civilians, 1 Officer Dead in Shooting at Planned Parenthood

Suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An active shooting situation at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic is over, but two civilians and one police officer are dead, the Denver Post reports. Several others were wounded, but the severity of their injuries wasn't known, reports AP . Police were seen leading one male suspect out of... More »

3 Victims, Suspect Dead in Colorado Shooting Spree

The suspect was reportedly killed in a shootout with police

(Newser) - Four people are dead—including the suspected gunman—following a shooting rampage Saturday in downtown Colorado Springs, KKTV reports. According to the AP , multiple crime scenes created a chaotic situation in the area. KKTV reports the first reported shooting was at 8:45am local time. A man was found dead... More »

Residents Find Bear Shot Dead in Front Yard

Colorado Springs residents aren't happy about it, either

(Newser) - Residents of a Colorado Springs community are upset after a bear was found shot to death in the front yard of a home. Residents in Cheyenne Mountain Estates say the bear roamed the area and was part of their lives. The 400-pound bear was found dead Friday. Colorado Parks and... More »

Sketch Released Over NAACP Bomb in Colorado

Cops think this man planted device

(Newser) - Authorities have released a composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also offered a $10,000 reward for information on Tuesday's explosion, which caused only minor... More »

Teen Makes Escape With Bed Sheets, Evades Arrest

Climbs out 4th-floor hotel window while police wait

(Newser) - What do you do when the police come knocking? If you're this teenage runaway, you fashion yourself an escape rope out of bed sheets and climb out a fourth-floor window. That’s what the unnamed 16-year-old did in the wee hours of Monday morning at a Colorado Hilton hotel,... More »

Teenager Killed Trying to Enter Her Own House: Police

Stepfather apparently opened fire as she climbed in the window

(Newser) - Tragedy in Colorado: A man shot and killed his stepdaughter before dawn today, probably mistaking her for a burglar as she sneaked back into the house, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports. "The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," a police spokesman said. Officers found the unidentified 14-year-old... More »

Colorado Wildfire Now a 'Crime Scene'

483 structures destroyed

(Newser) - Colorado's Black Forest fire is now 65% contained, but authorities are still puzzling over the cause of the blaze that's destroyed at least 483 structures. Now, the El Paso County sheriff is calling the 16,000-acre fire a "crime scene" until there's proof to the contrary,... More »

Colorado Fire Sets Destruction Record

Death toll now at 2

(Newser) - The Black Forest Fire, near Colorado Springs, has claimed 360 homes, a record for the state, the Denver Post notes in its live blog. Meanwhile, 15,700 acres have burned and the fire is just 5% contained—and the death toll now stands at two. Some 38,000 have evacuated,... More »

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