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  • Mobile home park illegally discharging wastewater; State knew about problem

    Mobile home park illegally discharging wastewater; State knew about problem

    Friday, October 20 2017 3:15 PM EDT2017-10-20 19:15:55 GMT
    News 5 Investigates discovered a mobile home complex in eastern El Paso County has violated water quality regulations for years, putting dozens of people at risk.News 5 Investigates discovered a mobile home complex in eastern El Paso County has violated water quality regulations for years, putting dozens of people at risk.

    News 5 Investigates discovered a mobile home complex in eastern El Paso County has violated water quality regulations for years, putting dozens of people at risk. Many of the documents centered around violations at the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park are not easily accessible online to the public.

    News 5 Investigates discovered a mobile home complex in eastern El Paso County has violated water quality regulations for years, putting dozens of people at risk. Many of the documents centered around violations at the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park are not easily accessible online to the public.

  • 'Unprecedented' number of deaths on Colorado Fourteeners

    'Unprecedented' number of deaths on Colorado Fourteeners

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:45 AM EDT2017-10-17 04:45:42 GMT

    There have been 11 deaths on Colorado fourtneeners, including five on Capitol Peak with other deaths coming on Maroon Bells, Challenger Point, Mount Princeton and Longs Peak.

    There have been 11 deaths on Colorado fourtneeners, including five on Capitol Peak with other deaths coming on Maroon Bells, Challenger Point, Mount Princeton and Longs Peak.

  • News 5 Investigates: Husband of Fremont County clerk arrested

    News 5 Investigates: Husband of Fremont County clerk arrested

    Friday, October 13 2017 5:35 PM EDT2017-10-13 21:35:15 GMT
    Chad Barr was arrested in Fremont County on Friday, Oct. 13.Chad Barr was arrested in Fremont County on Friday, Oct. 13.

    Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr's husband, Chad Barr was arrested Friday morning.

    Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr's husband, Chad Barr was arrested Friday morning.

  • Department of Revenue apologizes for suspension and revocation letters sent to hit-and-run crash victims

    Department of Revenue apologizes for suspension and revocation letters sent to hit-and-run crash victims

    Friday, October 13 2017 4:13 PM EDT2017-10-13 20:13:01 GMT

    Michael Hartman, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Revenue has apologized after the DMV erroneously suspended or revoked driving privileges for dozens of people. To make matters worse, the DMV was revoking licenses of hit-and-run crash victims while in many cases, the suspects got away.  Our investigation began back in August with a man named Michael Johnson.  Johnson was homeless and carrying groceries back to his shelter when he was hit in the middle...

    Michael Hartman, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Revenue has apologized after the DMV erroneously suspended or revoked driving privileges for dozens of people. To make matters worse, the DMV was revoking licenses of hit-and-run crash victims while in many cases, the suspects got away.  Our investigation began back in August with a man named Michael Johnson.  Johnson was homeless and carrying groceries back to his shelter when he was hit in the middle...

  • Safety on the sidelines? How Colorado high school sports safety policies stack up

    Safety on the sidelines? How Colorado high school sports safety policies stack up

    Monday, October 9 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-10-09 18:43:12 GMT

    At any moment, injury can happen in high school athletics. Student-Athletes like Maria Munoz, who plays soccer and softball at Central High School in Pueblo know that all too well. “I lost consciousness for a bit, I had forgot everything that had happened," said Munoz.

    At any moment, injury can happen in high school athletics. Student-Athletes like Maria Munoz, who plays soccer and softball at Central High School in Pueblo know that all too well. “I lost consciousness for a bit, I had forgot everything that had happened," said Munoz.

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado being investigated for comments "team lead" supervisor made to employee

    Girl Scouts of Colorado being investigated for comments "team lead" supervisor made to employee

    Friday, October 6 2017 12:51 AM EDT2017-10-06 04:51:46 GMT

    If you miss work for more than a few days, most employers will require a doctor's note, but what happens when the "boss" says that's not enough?  News 5 Investigates has just learned Girl Scouts of Colorado is under investigation after a supervisor demanded to see an employee's personal medical information.  The employee says she refused and suddenly found herself the target of bullying and retaliation.  The big question is: What can a company or employer l...

    If you miss work for more than a few days, most employers will require a doctor's note, but what happens when the "boss" says that's not enough?  News 5 Investigates has just learned Girl Scouts of Colorado is under investigation after a supervisor demanded to see an employee's personal medical information.  The employee says she refused and suddenly found herself the target of bullying and retaliation.  The big question is: What can a company or employer l...

  • Cañon City police investigating Fremont Clerk following News 5 inquiry

    Cañon City police investigating Fremont Clerk following News 5 inquiry

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 8:57 PM EDT2017-10-05 00:57:38 GMT

    Cañon City police confirmed to News 5 that they have an open criminal investigation into Katie Barr, the Fremont County Clerk and Recorder.  

    Cañon City police confirmed to News 5 that they have an open criminal investigation into Katie Barr, the Fremont County Clerk and Recorder.  

  • VA says "miscommunication" led to veteran waiting months for chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer

    VA says "miscommunication" led to veteran waiting months for chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:31 AM EDT2017-09-22 09:31:12 GMT

    Newly appointed VA Secretary David Shulkin promised more transparency, better accountability and improved healthcare for veterans.  This promise followed years of controversy over wait times in VA centers and hospitals nationwide. The VA's Office of Inspector General found veterans nationwide were dying as they waited months or even years for appointments.  Has anything changed? Opinions appear to be mixed.  Colorado Springs veteran Alan Cornell had colon cance...

    Newly appointed VA Secretary David Shulkin promised more transparency, better accountability and improved healthcare for veterans.  This promise followed years of controversy over wait times in VA centers and hospitals nationwide. The VA's Office of Inspector General found veterans nationwide were dying as they waited months or even years for appointments.  Has anything changed? Opinions appear to be mixed.  Colorado Springs veteran Alan Cornell had colon cance...

  • Fremont County DA files new criminal charges against man at center of News 5 Investigation

    Fremont County DA files new criminal charges against man at center of News 5 Investigation

    Friday, September 15 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-09-16 01:08:23 GMT
    Richard FayRichard Fay

    The Fremont County District Attorney's Office has filed formal charges against a man at the center of a News 5 Investigation back in June.  Richard Fay is wanted for criminal mischief and defacing property.  

    The Fremont County District Attorney's Office has filed formal charges against a man at the center of a News 5 Investigation back in June.  Richard Fay is wanted for criminal mischief and defacing property.  

  • Squatters lock out homeowner from house; Lawmaker plans to draft legislation to criminalize squatting

    Squatters lock out homeowner from house; Lawmaker plans to draft legislation to criminalize squatting

    Friday, September 15 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-09-15 20:54:58 GMT
    Anthony StudebakerAnthony Studebaker

    One lawmaker is now promising to do his best to change state law after News 5 Investigates uncovered a squatting problem impacting homeowners across Colorado.

    One lawmaker is now promising to do his best to change state law after News 5 Investigates uncovered a squatting problem impacting homeowners across Colorado.

  • News 5 Investigates: Using Equifax's "help" site could mean waiving your right to a class-action lawsuit

    News 5 Investigates: Using Equifax's "help" site could mean waiving your right to a class-action lawsuit

    Saturday, September 9 2017 12:03 AM EDT2017-09-09 04:03:16 GMT

    Equifax has launched this site for consumers to can check whether their financial and personal information was compromised, but there's a catch!  

    Equifax has launched this site for consumers to can check whether their financial and personal information was compromised, but there's a catch!  

  • Squatters take over man's home while he's out of state

    Squatters take over man's home while he's out of state

    Friday, September 8 2017 1:26 AM EDT2017-09-08 05:26:09 GMT
    Roland HawkinsRoland Hawkins

    Imagine coming home and finding random people inside! That's exactly what happened to Roland Hawkins who discovered several homeless people had moved in while he was out of state.  You would think the homeless people would have been charged with burglary or trespassing and forced to leave, but getting them out is not that easy.  In Colorado, the justice system appears to protect criminals while punishing the victims---at least in cases involving squatters.  If someo...

    Imagine coming home and finding random people inside! That's exactly what happened to Roland Hawkins who discovered several homeless people had moved in while he was out of state.  You would think the homeless people would have been charged with burglary or trespassing and forced to leave, but getting them out is not that easy.  In Colorado, the justice system appears to protect criminals while punishing the victims---at least in cases involving squatters.  If someo...

  • The cost of crowding: Southern Colorado jails face massive overcrowding problems

    The cost of crowding: Southern Colorado jails face massive overcrowding problems

    Thursday, August 31 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-08-31 21:32:48 GMT

    There is a massive jail overcrowding problem in Colorado and it’s costing tax payers millions of dollars to maintain and control. State leaders are discussing the problem at the Capitol in Denver, but a solution may still be years away. To find out just how bad the situation is, News 5 Investigates paid a visit to the maximum security floor of the Pueblo County Jail, where inmates are staying three to a cell in a cell that is designed for just one person. “All you can d...

    There is a massive jail overcrowding problem in Colorado and it’s costing tax payers millions of dollars to maintain and control. State leaders are discussing the problem at the Capitol in Denver, but a solution may still be years away. To find out just how bad the situation is, News 5 Investigates paid a visit to the maximum security floor of the Pueblo County Jail, where inmates are staying three to a cell in a cell that is designed for just one person. “All you can d...

  • DMV "accidentally" revokes license belonging to hit-and-run victim

    DMV "accidentally" revokes license belonging to hit-and-run victim

    Saturday, August 26 2017 12:19 AM EDT2017-08-26 04:19:04 GMT

    The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles revoked a man's drivers license for a hit and run accident, but there's just one problem! News 5 Investigates learned the DMV revoked the victim's license, while the suspect got away without a ticket!  "I had the light to walk," Michael Johnson said. "I was about three steps into the intersection."  Michael Johnson is homeless and has to walk everywhere he goes.  Earlier this month, he was walking back fr...

    The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles revoked a man's drivers license for a hit and run accident, but there's just one problem! News 5 Investigates learned the DMV revoked the victim's license, while the suspect got away without a ticket!  "I had the light to walk," Michael Johnson said. "I was about three steps into the intersection."  Michael Johnson is homeless and has to walk everywhere he goes.  Earlier this month, he was walking back fr...

  • Call 911? Dispatchers may send licensed therapist to talk with you

    Call 911? Dispatchers may send licensed therapist to talk with you

    Friday, August 25 2017 12:20 AM EDT2017-08-25 04:20:01 GMT

    Jennifer Martinez wears a bulletproof vest and rides shot gun with police, but she's no cop! Martinez is a licensed clinician---one of two who tag along with Pueblo police and respond to mental health calls.  The goal is to save tax payers money in the long run by getting people the care they need instead of taking them to jail.  The Pueblo Police Department partnered with Crestone Recovery Health Solutions to get mentally ill individuals the help they need while reducing...

    Jennifer Martinez wears a bulletproof vest and rides shot gun with police, but she's no cop! Martinez is a licensed clinician---one of two who tag along with Pueblo police and respond to mental health calls.  The goal is to save tax payers money in the long run by getting people the care they need instead of taking them to jail.  The Pueblo Police Department partnered with Crestone Recovery Health Solutions to get mentally ill individuals the help they need while reducing...

  • Woman falls victim to card skimmer; cyber security experts issue warning

    Woman falls victim to card skimmer; cyber security experts issue warning

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:47 PM EDT2017-08-17 17:47:00 GMT
    A woman tells News 5 Investigates someone used her card illegally after she moved into the Woodsprings Hotel. (KOAA)A woman tells News 5 Investigates someone used her card illegally after she moved into the Woodsprings Hotel. (KOAA)

    We trust when we use our debit cards at local stores and shops, that our financial information will remain safe and secure. 

    We trust when we use our debit cards at local stores and shops, that our financial information will remain safe and secure. 

  • Parks and Wildlife says state law prevents them from reimbursing Lake Pueblo visitor for boat damage they caused

    Parks and Wildlife says state law prevents them from reimbursing Lake Pueblo visitor for boat damage they caused

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:39 PM EDT2017-08-17 16:39:45 GMT

    Follow up:  If park rangers accidentally run into your boat on Lake Pueblo and cause damage, they aren't responsible because of how a Colorado law is currently written.  "After consulting with the office of the Attorney General, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has learned it is barred by state law from reimbursing a visitor to Lake Pueblo State Park whose boat was damaged when park rangers stopped him on the water for failing to display a registration stick...

    Follow up:  If park rangers accidentally run into your boat on Lake Pueblo and cause damage, they aren't responsible because of how a Colorado law is currently written.  "After consulting with the office of the Attorney General, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has learned it is barred by state law from reimbursing a visitor to Lake Pueblo State Park whose boat was damaged when park rangers stopped him on the water for failing to display a registration stick...

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    Cheyenne Mountain Resort cancels white nationalist conference

    Cheyenne Mountain Resort cancels white nationalist conference

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 3:05 PM EDT2017-08-16 19:05:56 GMT

    News 5 Investigates has just confirmed Cheyenne Mountain Resort will not be hosting the VDARE Foundation conference in April 2018. 

    News 5 Investigates has just confirmed Cheyenne Mountain Resort will not be hosting the VDARE Foundation conference in April 2018. 

  • White nationalist organization plans to hold conference at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in 2018

    White nationalist organization plans to hold conference at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in 2018

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 1:07 AM EDT2017-08-15 05:07:52 GMT

    News 5 Investigates has learned the Cheyenne Mountain Resort will be holding a convention for VDARE, a white nationalist group centered around "patriotic immigration reform."  VDARE is scheduled to hold a 3-day gathering at the resort April 20-22.   The convention is stirring up controversy and getting backlash over its alleged ties to the violent rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va.  A spokesperson for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort tel...

    News 5 Investigates has learned the Cheyenne Mountain Resort will be holding a convention for VDARE, a white nationalist group centered around "patriotic immigration reform."  VDARE is scheduled to hold a 3-day gathering at the resort April 20-22.   The convention is stirring up controversy and getting backlash over its alleged ties to the violent rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va.  A spokesperson for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort tel...

  • Park rangers scrape man's boat, but won't pay for damages

    Park rangers scrape man's boat, but won't pay for damages

    Monday, August 14 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-08-15 01:46:28 GMT

    A Widefield man enjoying his Saturday on the Pueblo Reservoir got rear ended not by another boater, but park rangers.  He thought Colorado Parks and Wildlife would pay for the damage, but News 5 Investigates has learned that likely won't happen. 

    A Widefield man enjoying his Saturday on the Pueblo Reservoir got rear ended not by another boater, but park rangers.  He thought Colorado Parks and Wildlife would pay for the damage, but News 5 Investigates has learned that likely won't happen. 

  • Buyer beware: Hidden home fees can drain your bank account

    Buyer beware: Hidden home fees can drain your bank account

    Friday, August 4 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-08-04 04:38:17 GMT
    Every year, hundreds of homeowners and investors purchase properties and homes for pennies on the dollar through tax lien auctions, but News 5 Investigates has learned there's a big risk involved that could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.  George Turner turned to tax liens to build his savings.  "I have purchased tax certificates for a number of years just as an investment because it pays good interest," he said.  Tax liens pay 10-perc...
    Every year, hundreds of homeowners and investors purchase properties and homes for pennies on the dollar through tax lien auctions, but News 5 Investigates has learned there's a big risk involved that could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.  George Turner turned to tax liens to build his savings.  "I have purchased tax certificates for a number of years just as an investment because it pays good interest," he said.  Tax liens pay 10-perc...
  • Undercover Investigation: News 5 reveals "questionable" tactics some apartment leasing agents may use

    Undercover Investigation: News 5 reveals "questionable" tactics some apartment leasing agents may use

    Friday, July 28 2017 4:35 PM EDT2017-07-28 20:35:02 GMT
    What you see is not always what you get! Our News 5 I-TEAM has uncovered questionable tactics some apartment leasing agents may use to get your money before you get to see your actual unit.  Due to high demand for apartments, some complexes only have "model" units to show you.  Those units may include upgraded appliances, new carpet and flooring.  After signing a lease, some tenants say they are given keys to an apartment that looks much different than what...
    What you see is not always what you get! Our News 5 I-TEAM has uncovered questionable tactics some apartment leasing agents may use to get your money before you get to see your actual unit.  Due to high demand for apartments, some complexes only have "model" units to show you.  Those units may include upgraded appliances, new carpet and flooring.  After signing a lease, some tenants say they are given keys to an apartment that looks much different than what...
  • Park district still struggling financially following embezzlement investigation

    Park district still struggling financially following embezzlement investigation

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 1:22 AM EDT2017-07-26 05:22:11 GMT
    Fremont County commissioners and Penrose Park board members are at odds over money.  An informal request seeking $100,000 in financial assistance to save the struggling park was rejected by commissioners during a meeting Tuesday morning.  The park district is still struggling financially as a result of mismanaged finances and possible theft.  History:  A year-long News 5 Investigation back in 2015 revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the ...
    Fremont County commissioners and Penrose Park board members are at odds over money.  An informal request seeking $100,000 in financial assistance to save the struggling park was rejected by commissioners during a meeting Tuesday morning.  The park district is still struggling financially as a result of mismanaged finances and possible theft.  History:  A year-long News 5 Investigation back in 2015 revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the ...
  • News 5 Investigates: Police planned to sell crime victim's car at auction instead of returning it

    News 5 Investigates: Police planned to sell crime victim's car at auction instead of returning it

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:13:33 GMT

    A Pueblo couple's car was stolen in June and later recovered by Colorado Springs police officers.  According to records obtained by the I-TEAM, Mary and Clyde Antrim's Ford Crown Victoria sat in a police impound lot for more than a month---eventually racking up fees.   The couple says cops never called them to pick up their car. Instead, News 5 Investigates discovered police planned to sell it at an auction.  Colorado Springs police have nothing to say on camera...

    A Pueblo couple's car was stolen in June and later recovered by Colorado Springs police officers.  According to records obtained by the I-TEAM, Mary and Clyde Antrim's Ford Crown Victoria sat in a police impound lot for more than a month---eventually racking up fees.   The couple says cops never called them to pick up their car. Instead, News 5 Investigates discovered police planned to sell it at an auction.  Colorado Springs police have nothing to say on camera...

  • Commissioner says removal from office was a witch hunt

    Commissioner says removal from office was a witch hunt

    Friday, July 14 2017 12:42 AM EDT2017-07-14 04:42:55 GMT

    In June, a judge removed Las Animas County Commissioner Anthony Abeyta from his district 1 seat after ruling that he did not live in the district he represented.  News 5 Investigates was first to break this story on-air back on June 20.  Now, Abeyta is breaking his silence, speaking exclusively with News 5.  Unless someone challenges your residency, most people would never know whether you live in the district you represent.  "It took 800 people to vo...

    In June, a judge removed Las Animas County Commissioner Anthony Abeyta from his district 1 seat after ruling that he did not live in the district he represented.  News 5 Investigates was first to break this story on-air back on June 20.  Now, Abeyta is breaking his silence, speaking exclusively with News 5.  Unless someone challenges your residency, most people would never know whether you live in the district you represent.  "It took 800 people to vo...

  • Federal Judge rules CSPD discriminated against female officers

    Federal Judge rules CSPD discriminated against female officers

    Thursday, July 13 2017 1:01 AM EDT2017-07-13 05:01:41 GMT

    A court has ruled the one-size fits all physical fitness test implemented by the Colorado Springs Police Department was discriminatory toward women.

    A court has ruled the one-size fits all physical fitness test implemented by the Colorado Springs Police Department was discriminatory toward women.

  • USPS issues customer refund following News 5 Investigation

    USPS issues customer refund following News 5 Investigation

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 8:38 PM EDT2017-07-12 00:38:44 GMT
    The United States Postal Service has agreed to settle a case News 5 Investigates profiled on July 6.  Heather Allery mailed her husband's Seiko watch off for repair back in February after it stopped working.  Somewhere between Colorado Springs and New Jersey, the watch vanished.  Allery purchased $400 worth of insurance for the watch, but USPS denied her claim because she didn't have acceptable "proof of purchase".  According to the post off...
    The United States Postal Service has agreed to settle a case News 5 Investigates profiled on July 6.  Heather Allery mailed her husband's Seiko watch off for repair back in February after it stopped working.  Somewhere between Colorado Springs and New Jersey, the watch vanished.  Allery purchased $400 worth of insurance for the watch, but USPS denied her claim because she didn't have acceptable "proof of purchase".  According to the post off...
  • Customer's watch goes missing; Post Office fails to pay even though it was insured

    Customer's watch goes missing; Post Office fails to pay even though it was insured

    Friday, July 7 2017 1:03 AM EDT2017-07-07 05:03:37 GMT

    The United States Postal Service lost a customer's watch back in February 2017. So far, USPS refused to make things right.  Even though the customer purchased insurance, her claim was denied.  Heather Allery says after her husband's Seiko watch stopped working, she sent it off for repair.  "He wore the watch everyday," she said. "Dana never took it off. I trusted the post office."  That trust quickly eroded! "My hope was...

    The United States Postal Service lost a customer's watch back in February 2017. So far, USPS refused to make things right.  Even though the customer purchased insurance, her claim was denied.  Heather Allery says after her husband's Seiko watch stopped working, she sent it off for repair.  "He wore the watch everyday," she said. "Dana never took it off. I trusted the post office."  That trust quickly eroded! "My hope was...

  • Manitou councilwoman says she was told to keep quiet after City sticks $80k sewage backup cost to elderly homeowner

    Manitou councilwoman says she was told to keep quiet after City sticks $80k sewage backup cost to elderly homeowner

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 10:55 PM EDT2017-07-06 02:55:54 GMT
    Councilwoman Coreen TollCouncilwoman Coreen Toll
    Back in May, News 5 Investigates aired a story about an elderly woman who owes tens of thousands of dollars in clean up costs and restoration fees after the city’s main sewer line backed up and poured sewage into her furnished basement. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the sewer line that connects from their property to the main sewer line. However, the sewer backup that occurred in Barbara Shepard’s basement stemmed from a clogged line the city maintains and cl...
    Back in May, News 5 Investigates aired a story about an elderly woman who owes tens of thousands of dollars in clean up costs and restoration fees after the city’s main sewer line backed up and poured sewage into her furnished basement. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the sewer line that connects from their property to the main sewer line. However, the sewer backup that occurred in Barbara Shepard’s basement stemmed from a clogged line the city maintains and cl...
  • CSPD has "no comment" after arresting couple that got scammed by local contractor

    CSPD has "no comment" after arresting couple that got scammed by local contractor

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-07-05 22:30:14 GMT

    The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office dismissed trespass charges last week against a Florissant couple ripped off by a local contractor and police aren't eager to talk about it.   Instead of arresting the man who stole their money, Colorado Springs police arrested Randy and Shelley Love after they tried to get their money back.  The couple paid Todd Braudis, owner of TK Services, nearly $20,000 for home repairs he never completed.  After Bra...

    The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office dismissed trespass charges last week against a Florissant couple ripped off by a local contractor and police aren't eager to talk about it.   Instead of arresting the man who stole their money, Colorado Springs police arrested Randy and Shelley Love after they tried to get their money back.  The couple paid Todd Braudis, owner of TK Services, nearly $20,000 for home repairs he never completed.  After Bra...

  • News 5 Investigates: Did police arrest the wrong couple?

    News 5 Investigates: Did police arrest the wrong couple?

    Friday, June 30 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-06-30 23:03:22 GMT

    You may remember the case involving Randy and Shelley Love.  They are the couple who got ripped off by a local contractor who they paid for various home repairs he didn't finish.    Instead of arresting the man who stole their money, Colorado Springs police arrested the couple after they tried to get their money back.  News 5 Investigates has just learned all charges against the couple have been dismissed.  "We are free," Randy Love said as ...

    You may remember the case involving Randy and Shelley Love.  They are the couple who got ripped off by a local contractor who they paid for various home repairs he didn't finish.    Instead of arresting the man who stole their money, Colorado Springs police arrested the couple after they tried to get their money back.  News 5 Investigates has just learned all charges against the couple have been dismissed.  "We are free," Randy Love said as ...

  • Homeowner questions A+ Better Business Bureau rating given to contractor with multiple complaints

    Homeowner questions A+ Better Business Bureau rating given to contractor with multiple complaints

    Friday, June 30 2017 12:35 AM EDT2017-06-30 04:35:58 GMT

    Every year, thousands of people turn to the Better Business Bureau to find reputable contractors, but one homeowner claims they did just the opposite.  

    Every year, thousands of people turn to the Better Business Bureau to find reputable contractors, but one homeowner claims they did just the opposite.  

  • Las Animas County Commissioner removed from office

    Las Animas County Commissioner removed from office

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-06-20 21:56:04 GMT
    Las Animas County CourthouseLas Animas County Courthouse

    News 5 Investigates has confirmed a Las Animas County commissioner misrepresented his home address during the Nov. 2016 election.  A judge just ordered Anthony Abeyta be removed from his District 1 seat according to court documents obtained by News 5 Investigates.  "The vacancy committee will fill the position," Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynn Bartels said.  On Nov. 8, 2016, Abeyta won a second-term in District 1. Shortly after the results were ann...

    News 5 Investigates has confirmed a Las Animas County commissioner misrepresented his home address during the Nov. 2016 election.  A judge just ordered Anthony Abeyta be removed from his District 1 seat according to court documents obtained by News 5 Investigates.  "The vacancy committee will fill the position," Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynn Bartels said.  On Nov. 8, 2016, Abeyta won a second-term in District 1. Shortly after the results were ann...

  • News 5 Investigates: Did the City of Pueblo shorten lights at red light camera intersections to generate revenue?

    News 5 Investigates: Did the City of Pueblo shorten lights at red light camera intersections to generate revenue?

    Thursday, June 15 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-06-16 03:47:14 GMT

    New questions are being raised over whether red light cameras in Pueblo are more about revenue and less about safety.  News 5 Investigates has discovered the city is giving drivers less time to get through those intersections which potentially increases your chance of getting a ticket.  The National Motorists Association Foundation which independently studies photo radar and camera enforcement systems calls our findings "concerning".  Almost from the start,...

    New questions are being raised over whether red light cameras in Pueblo are more about revenue and less about safety.  News 5 Investigates has discovered the city is giving drivers less time to get through those intersections which potentially increases your chance of getting a ticket.  The National Motorists Association Foundation which independently studies photo radar and camera enforcement systems calls our findings "concerning".  Almost from the start,...

  • Cañon City police say man who vandalized home did not commit a crime

    Cañon City police say man who vandalized home did not commit a crime

    Friday, June 9 2017 11:34 AM EDT2017-06-09 15:34:53 GMT

    At one point or another, we've all probably ended a relationship that just wasn't working out. When convicted felon Richard Fay learned his girlfriend was moving on, he didn't take the news too well and responded by spray painting walls and damaging her house.  Despite causing thousands of dollars in damage, Cañon City police declined to arrest Fay for vandalism.  Police initially defended their decision, but then said they would go back and speak with the offi...

    At one point or another, we've all probably ended a relationship that just wasn't working out. When convicted felon Richard Fay learned his girlfriend was moving on, he didn't take the news too well and responded by spray painting walls and damaging her house.  Despite causing thousands of dollars in damage, Cañon City police declined to arrest Fay for vandalism.  Police initially defended their decision, but then said they would go back and speak with the offi...

  • News 5 Investigates: Frustration, problems after state upgrades healthcare computer systems

    News 5 Investigates: Frustration, problems after state upgrades healthcare computer systems

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:59:16 GMT

    Imagine being told medicine you've been taking for months is no longer covered! It's a struggle some Medicaid patients are still dealing with nearly three months after the state upgraded its healthcare payment coverage system.  Most people on Medicaid will admit they live on a fixed income and simply don't have the funds to pay out of pocket costs for their medications.  After the State of Colorado upgraded two of its computer systems earlier this year, health care provide...

    Imagine being told medicine you've been taking for months is no longer covered! It's a struggle some Medicaid patients are still dealing with nearly three months after the state upgraded its healthcare payment coverage system.  Most people on Medicaid will admit they live on a fixed income and simply don't have the funds to pay out of pocket costs for their medications.  After the State of Colorado upgraded two of its computer systems earlier this year, health care provide...

  • No jail time for corrections officer involved in inmate assault

    No jail time for corrections officer involved in inmate assault

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:26:47 GMT
    A Colorado Department of Corrections who witnessed another guard assault an inmate and then attempted to cover up the crime will not face any jail time as part of a plea agreement reached Tuesday morning.  Shannon Proud will serve 6 months probation and will keep his job with the DOC.  News 5 Investigates first obtained disturbing video footage from inside the Centennial Correctional Facility in Fremont County back in 2016.  The footage captured showed an inmate bein...
    A Colorado Department of Corrections who witnessed another guard assault an inmate and then attempted to cover up the crime will not face any jail time as part of a plea agreement reached Tuesday morning.  Shannon Proud will serve 6 months probation and will keep his job with the DOC.  News 5 Investigates first obtained disturbing video footage from inside the Centennial Correctional Facility in Fremont County back in 2016.  The footage captured showed an inmate bein...
  • Homeowner stuck with $80k in damage from sewage backup after city denies responsibility

    Homeowner stuck with $80k in damage from sewage backup after city denies responsibility

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 1:46 AM EDT2017-05-16 05:46:29 GMT
    Barbara ShepardBarbara Shepard

    A main sewer line in Manitou Springs recently clogged and poured sewage into a homeowner's basement, causing nearly $80,000 in damage.  The homeowner filed a claim believing the City of Manitou Springs would compensate her because the backup came from the line they maintain, but Manitou officials said "no", citing the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.  

    A main sewer line in Manitou Springs recently clogged and poured sewage into a homeowner's basement, causing nearly $80,000 in damage.  The homeowner filed a claim believing the City of Manitou Springs would compensate her because the backup came from the line they maintain, but Manitou officials said "no", citing the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.  

  • Trinidad police investigate alleged threats made by DOC employee against disabilities advocate

    Trinidad police investigate alleged threats made by DOC employee against disabilities advocate

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-05-12 04:46:50 GMT
    Stephen Hamer is well known in the community. He spent time in prison and turned his life around---becoming an advocate for people with disabilities.Stephen Hamer is well known in the community. He spent time in prison and turned his life around---becoming an advocate for people with disabilities.

    News 5 has learned Timothy Merchant, a Colorado Department of Corrections employee is being investigated over threatening comments he allegedly made on Facebook toward a disabilities advocate in Trinidad. 

    News 5 has learned Timothy Merchant, a Colorado Department of Corrections employee is being investigated over threatening comments he allegedly made on Facebook toward a disabilities advocate in Trinidad. 

  • News 5 Investigates Follow-Up: Company helps couple ripped off by contractor

    News 5 Investigates Follow-Up: Company helps couple ripped off by contractor

    Thursday, May 11 2017 12:25 AM EDT2017-05-11 04:25:15 GMT

    News 5 Investigates introduced you to Randy Love back in April.   He and his wife, Shelley, paid nearly $20,000 for home repairs, but the contractor never finished the job! 48-hours after our story ran, The WireNut offered to pick up where the last contractor left off.  When we first met Randy Love, he had a laundry list of problems left behind after Todd Braudis, a local contractor in Colorado Springs decided not to finish the work he promised he would do. ...

    News 5 Investigates introduced you to Randy Love back in April.   He and his wife, Shelley, paid nearly $20,000 for home repairs, but the contractor never finished the job! 48-hours after our story ran, The WireNut offered to pick up where the last contractor left off.  When we first met Randy Love, he had a laundry list of problems left behind after Todd Braudis, a local contractor in Colorado Springs decided not to finish the work he promised he would do. ...

  • News 5 Investigates helps family get new apartment following "controversial" eviction

    News 5 Investigates helps family get new apartment following "controversial" eviction

    Thursday, May 4 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-05-05 03:33:05 GMT

    Rekiba Festerman spent time in jail, temporarily lost custody of her children, and eventually got evicted -- all for a crime she did not commit.

    Rekiba Festerman spent time in jail, temporarily lost custody of her children, and eventually got evicted -- all for a crime she did not commit.

  • Fountain police partner with FBI to crackdown on crime

    Fountain police partner with FBI to crackdown on crime

    Monday, May 1 2017 4:21 PM EDT2017-05-01 20:21:33 GMT

    In the largest joint operation between the FBI and the Fountain Police Department, officers and agents recently saturated the city in an effort to seize illegal drugs, recover guns in the possession of criminals, clear all types of warrants and arrest dangerous felons.

    In the largest joint operation between the FBI and the Fountain Police Department, officers and agents recently saturated the city in an effort to seize illegal drugs, recover guns in the possession of criminals, clear all types of warrants and arrest dangerous felons.

  • D-60 school board agrees to pay 7-percent fee hike for school bus service next year

    D-60 school board agrees to pay 7-percent fee hike for school bus service next year

    Sunday, April 30 2017 2:33 PM EDT2017-04-30 18:33:57 GMT
    District 60 School BoardDistrict 60 School Board

    District 60 will be paying approximately $119,000 more next year for school bus services.  

    District 60 will be paying approximately $119,000 more next year for school bus services.  

  • Caught on camera: School bus drivers running red lights and getting into accident

    Caught on camera: School bus drivers running red lights and getting into accident

    Thursday, April 27 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-04-28 00:09:41 GMT
    First Student Bus runs red lightFirst Student Bus runs red light

    News 5 Investigates found some school bus drivers in Pueblo were running red lights and getting tickets, but the school districts were never informed. 

    News 5 Investigates found some school bus drivers in Pueblo were running red lights and getting tickets, but the school districts were never informed. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Couple arrested after trying to collect money from contractor

    News 5 Investigates: Couple arrested after trying to collect money from contractor

    Friday, April 21 2017 1:00 AM EDT2017-04-21 05:00:50 GMT

    A couple from Florissant paid a Colorado Springs contractor thousands of dollars for home repairs, but he never finished the job. When they went to the contractor's home to find out whether he was going to pay them back the money or finish the job, the couple ended up getting arrested! Police arrested them for trespassing. 

    A couple from Florissant paid a Colorado Springs contractor thousands of dollars for home repairs, but he never finished the job. When they went to the contractor's home to find out whether he was going to pay them back the money or finish the job, the couple ended up getting arrested! Police arrested them for trespassing. 

  • New bill introduced to prevent people from abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act

    New bill introduced to prevent people from abusing the American's with Disabilities Act

    Monday, April 17 2017 9:17 AM EDT2017-04-17 13:17:23 GMT

    There is a new bill in Congress promising to stop people from abusing the American's with Disabilities Act.  Attorneys call them "serial ADA suers" because they often file dozens of lawsuits against businesses for minor violations and then demand thousands of dollars to settle. 

    There is a new bill in Congress promising to stop people from abusing the American's with Disabilities Act.  Attorneys call them "serial ADA suers" because they often file dozens of lawsuits against businesses for minor violations and then demand thousands of dollars to settle. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Attorney files motion to dismiss dozens of controversial "ADA" lawsuits

    News 5 Investigates: Attorney files motion to dismiss dozens of controversial "ADA" lawsuits

    Friday, April 14 2017 9:17 AM EDT2017-04-14 13:17:29 GMT

    In March, News 5 Investigates aired multiple reports on a wave of controversial ADA lawsuits flooding Colorado.  Melissa Umphenour and Santiago Abreu filed more than 130 lawsuits combined against local businesses.  These "serial" ADA suers often find minor violations such as a missing coat hook in a restroom stall--then demand thousands of dollars to drop the case and it's perfectly legal! Now, a third person has jumped on board, suing 43 businesses. 

    In March, News 5 Investigates aired multiple reports on a wave of controversial ADA lawsuits flooding Colorado.  Melissa Umphenour and Santiago Abreu filed more than 130 lawsuits combined against local businesses.  These "serial" ADA suers often find minor violations such as a missing coat hook in a restroom stall--then demand thousands of dollars to drop the case and it's perfectly legal! Now, a third person has jumped on board, suing 43 businesses. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Bank finally returns money to fraud victim, saving her from eviction

    News 5 Investigates: Bank finally returns money to fraud victim, saving her from eviction

    Thursday, March 30 2017 9:03 PM EDT2017-03-31 01:03:52 GMT
    Ranae Johnson, Fraud VictimRanae Johnson, Fraud Victim

    A Colorado Springs woman claims Guaranty Bank only "guaranteed" her she wouldn't get getting a refund after she became a victim of fraud. Nearly $6,000 of unauthorized charges were racked up on her account. 

    A Colorado Springs woman claims Guaranty Bank only "guaranteed" her she wouldn't get getting a refund after she became a victim of fraud. Nearly $6,000 of unauthorized charges were racked up on her account. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Is your parking lot ADA compliant?

    News 5 Investigates: Is your parking lot ADA compliant?

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:39:10 GMT

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is meant to help those with special needs, but News 5 Investigates has found some people who don't even have a disability are using the ADA to make money by filing dozens of lawsuits for what attorneys say are "minor" violations. 

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is meant to help those with special needs, but News 5 Investigates has found some people who don't even have a disability are using the ADA to make money by filing dozens of lawsuits for what attorneys say are "minor" violations. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Woman who filed dozens of controversial ADA lawsuits resigns from disabilities board

    News 5 Investigates: Woman who filed dozens of controversial ADA lawsuits resigns from disabilities board

    Friday, March 24 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-03-25 01:00:08 GMT

    Mellisa Umphenour claimed to be an advocate for people with special needs and even served on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Board.  While serving on that board, News 5 Investigates discovered she was filing dozens of ADA-related on her behalf against Colorado businesses which Gov. John Hickenlooper says he knew nothing about. Umphenour has since resigned. 

    Mellisa Umphenour claimed to be an advocate for people with special needs and even served on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Board.  While serving on that board, News 5 Investigates discovered she was filing dozens of ADA-related on her behalf against Colorado businesses which Gov. John Hickenlooper says he knew nothing about. Umphenour has since resigned. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Local businesses hit with controversial lawsuits over alleged ADA violations

    News 5 Investigates: Local businesses hit with controversial lawsuits over alleged ADA violations

    Thursday, March 23 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-03-24 02:35:43 GMT

    A new wave of lawsuits have just been filed against businesses all over Colorado.  Every lawsuit is centered around alleged ADA violations and while these lawsuits are perfectly legal, attorneys fighting these cases say the people filing the lawsuits may be more interested in collecting cash and less interested in getting businesses into compliance.  

    A new wave of lawsuits have just been filed against businesses all over Colorado.  Every lawsuit is centered around alleged ADA violations and while these lawsuits are perfectly legal, attorneys fighting these cases say the people filing the lawsuits may be more interested in collecting cash and less interested in getting businesses into compliance.  

  • News 5 Investigates: Jimmy John's drivers caught breaking traffic laws to deliver sandwiches

    News 5 Investigates: Jimmy John's drivers caught breaking traffic laws to deliver sandwiches

    Thursday, March 16 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-03-17 03:53:14 GMT

    Getting food delivered right to your home or work is a convenience millions of people love.  The national chain "Jimmy John's" claims they deliver so quickly, they call their service "freaky fast"!  Is that "freaky fast" promise putting other drivers on the road in danger?

    Getting food delivered right to your home or work is a convenience millions of people love.  The national chain "Jimmy John's" claims they deliver so quickly, they call their service "freaky fast"!  Is that "freaky fast" promise putting other drivers on the road in danger?

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  • California company recalls vegetables over listeria fears

    California company recalls vegetables over listeria fears

    Monday, October 23 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-10-23 19:14:01 GMT

    A California company has voluntarily recalled packaged vegetables distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada because of possible bacterial contamination. 

    A California company has voluntarily recalled packaged vegetables distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada because of possible bacterial contamination. 

  • Colorado Springs Police warn of concealed carry scam

    Colorado Springs Police warn of concealed carry scam

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 12:52 AM EDT2017-10-24 04:52:03 GMT

    Colorado Springs Police are warning gun owners of a new scam floating around online, an ad selling a "National Concealed Weapons Permit."  Police are now telling gun owners buyer beware on this website calling it deceptive advertising. It'll cost you more than $100 and even though they advertise it as a national permit, it's not valid in Colorado and a number of other states. 

    Colorado Springs Police are warning gun owners of a new scam floating around online, an ad selling a "National Concealed Weapons Permit."  Police are now telling gun owners buyer beware on this website calling it deceptive advertising. It'll cost you more than $100 and even though they advertise it as a national permit, it's not valid in Colorado and a number of other states. 

  • Suicidal man arrested, after firing gun at Pueblo teens

    Suicidal man arrested, after firing gun at Pueblo teens

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 12:44 AM EDT2017-10-24 04:44:47 GMT

    The mother of one of the teenagers says the shooter's bond was set too low, and fears he'll get out of jail in the near future

    The mother of one of the teenagers says the shooter's bond was set too low, and fears he'll get out of jail in the near future

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