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  • Special report: Veterans can now get caregiver support services and medical equipment for free

    Special report: Veterans can now get caregiver support services and medical equipment for free

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:04:58 GMT

    The Veterans Administration has been plagued with controversy in recent years for long wait times and inadequate healthcare. In order to speed up wait times and increase accessibility to medical professionals, the VA launched the "CHOICE" program, but that too has had its fair share of issues.  Now, News 5 Investigates takes you inside a new initiative called the Veteran in Charge program, or "VIC". 

    The Veterans Administration has been plagued with controversy in recent years for long wait times and inadequate healthcare. In order to speed up wait times and increase accessibility to medical professionals, the VA launched the "CHOICE" program, but that too has had its fair share of issues.  Now, News 5 Investigates takes you inside a new initiative called the Veteran in Charge program, or "VIC". 

  • Police intervention required to get veteran his car back from hail repair shop

    Police intervention required to get veteran his car back from hail repair shop

    Saturday, July 14 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-07-14 04:14:34 GMT

    News 5 Investigates uncovered a local hail repair tent on the southeast side of Colorado Springs may have committed insurance fraud and forgery after signing a customer's insurance check and failing to finish the job.  Vernon Jones dropped his car off at AAG Auto Hail Repair three weeks ago, but says the company has made excuses and delayed repairs.

    News 5 Investigates uncovered a local hail repair tent on the southeast side of Colorado Springs may have committed insurance fraud and forgery after signing a customer's insurance check and failing to finish the job.  Vernon Jones dropped his car off at AAG Auto Hail Repair three weeks ago, but says the company has made excuses and delayed repairs.

  • Hail repair company accused of insurance fraud and forgery

    Hail repair company accused of insurance fraud and forgery

    Friday, July 13 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-07-13 04:34:25 GMT

    Vernon Jones dropped his car off at a pop-up hail dent repair center but says the company never finished the job and forged his signature to get more than $5,000 from the insurance company. 

    Vernon Jones dropped his car off at a pop-up hail dent repair center but says the company never finished the job and forged his signature to get more than $5,000 from the insurance company. 

  • Special Report: How to stretch your dollar at the grocery store and feed a family of 5 for under $10

    Special Report: How to stretch your dollar at the grocery store and feed a family of 5 for under $10

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-07-11 17:18:02 GMT

    1 in 6 children in Colorado battle hunger and don't know when they'll get their next meal.  One of the biggest struggles for low-income families receiving food assistance is helping them stretch their dollar at the grocery store. This is where a program called 'Cooking Matters' comes into play.  The free course helps families cook healthy meals for less than $2 a serving. 

    1 in 6 children in Colorado battle hunger and don't know when they'll get their next meal.  One of the biggest struggles for low-income families receiving food assistance is helping them stretch their dollar at the grocery store. This is where a program called 'Cooking Matters' comes into play.  The free course helps families cook healthy meals for less than $2 a serving. 

  • VA releases number of "compromised" eBenefits accounts after veteran had benefits check stolen

    VA releases number of "compromised" eBenefits accounts after veteran had benefits check stolen

    Sunday, July 8 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-07-09 03:48:46 GMT

    For many veterans, their benefits check is a necessity. On June 28, we told you how someone fraudulently accessed a veteran's account through the VA eBenefits system and re-routed his benefits check.  Initially, David and Aubrey Stevenson said the VA told them it could take as long as 3 weeks to get their money back. 24 hours after our investigation aired, the Stevenson family says the VA called to follow up and said they would re-issue the check immediately.

    For many veterans, their benefits check is a necessity. On June 28, we told you how someone fraudulently accessed a veteran's account through the VA eBenefits system and re-routed his benefits check.  Initially, David and Aubrey Stevenson said the VA told them it could take as long as 3 weeks to get their money back. 24 hours after our investigation aired, the Stevenson family says the VA called to follow up and said they would re-issue the check immediately.

  • Apartment complex delays fixing broken A/C for tenant; News 5 Investigates steps in to help

    Apartment complex delays fixing broken A/C for tenant; News 5 Investigates steps in to help

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 1:34 AM EDT2018-07-03 05:34:39 GMT

    The Mesa Gardens apartment complex on E. 12th Street in Pueblo advertises air conditioning, but one tenant says she's been living without it for months.  After several attempts to get management to fix the problem, Lynda Foss reached out to News 5 Investigates for help.  Pueblo had record high temperatures last month. While the average sat around 95 degrees, the city experienced temperatures at or above 100 degrees 9 days in June.  On the day Chief Investigative Repo...

    The Mesa Gardens apartment complex on E. 12th Street in Pueblo advertises air conditioning, but one tenant says she's been living without it for months.  After several attempts to get management to fix the problem, Lynda Foss reached out to News 5 Investigates for help.  Pueblo had record high temperatures last month. While the average sat around 95 degrees, the city experienced temperatures at or above 100 degrees 9 days in June.  On the day Chief Investigative Repo...

  • VA 'silent' after eBenefits account hacked; Veterans encouraged to check their accounts

    VA 'silent' after eBenefits account hacked; Veterans encouraged to check their accounts

    Thursday, June 28 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-06-28 23:34:02 GMT

    If you receive monthly benefits payments from the VA, you may want to double check your online account.  Just a few days before Aubry and David Stevenson planned to leave town for a wedding, someone had logged into David's eBenefits account and changed his direct deposit. 

    If you receive monthly benefits payments from the VA, you may want to double check your online account.  Just a few days before Aubry and David Stevenson planned to leave town for a wedding, someone had logged into David's eBenefits account and changed his direct deposit. 

  • Criminal investigation launched into wheelchair salesman accused of ripping off customers

    Criminal investigation launched into wheelchair salesman accused of ripping off customers

    Monday, June 25 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-06-26 00:46:36 GMT

    A News 5 undercover investigation has sparked a criminal investigation.  On Monday, Colorado Springs police confirmed they are looking into a man accused of preying on people who are physically challenged.

    A News 5 undercover investigation has sparked a criminal investigation.  On Monday, Colorado Springs police confirmed they are looking into a man accused of preying on people who are physically challenged.

  • Local organization offers help to businesses in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Local organization offers help to businesses in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-06-21 21:01:33 GMT

    Is your business or parking lot compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?  Although ADA regulations have been in place since 1990, many businesses throughout Colorado are not in compliance.  The Independence Center in Colorado Springs has partnered with a new ADA compliance consulting firm called "ASAP" to provide free assessments of parking lots to improve accessibility for those with special needs. 

    Is your business or parking lot compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?  Although ADA regulations have been in place since 1990, many businesses throughout Colorado are not in compliance.  The Independence Center in Colorado Springs has partnered with a new ADA compliance consulting firm called "ASAP" to provide free assessments of parking lots to improve accessibility for those with special needs. 

  • Undercover investigation: News 5 catches man 'targeting' people with disabilities

    Undercover investigation: News 5 catches man 'targeting' people with disabilities

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 12:41 AM EDT2018-06-13 04:41:29 GMT

    News 5 Investigates goes undercover to catch a man preying on the disabled.  Edward Fickas sells high-end wheelchairs and power scooters, but some customers aren't getting the product they ordered.  Despite multiple complaints, News 5 Investigates fond Fickas marketing equipment at a local senior living center. 

    News 5 Investigates goes undercover to catch a man preying on the disabled.  Edward Fickas sells high-end wheelchairs and power scooters, but some customers aren't getting the product they ordered.  Despite multiple complaints, News 5 Investigates fond Fickas marketing equipment at a local senior living center. 

  • Commissioners call out District Attorney over plea deal for Clerk and Recorder

    Commissioners call out District Attorney over plea deal for Clerk and Recorder

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-06-13 01:54:10 GMT

    Fremont County commissioners are not happy with District Attorney Molly Chilson over a plea deal she offered Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr.  Barr was facing prison time for writing county checks to cover insufficient funds in her and her husband's personal bank accounts. Under a plea deal, Barr was able to avoid jail time and pay a $750 fine.

    Fremont County commissioners are not happy with District Attorney Molly Chilson over a plea deal she offered Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr.  Barr was facing prison time for writing county checks to cover insufficient funds in her and her husband's personal bank accounts. Under a plea deal, Barr was able to avoid jail time and pay a $750 fine.

  • Squatter or burglar? Man targets home to former Pueblo police chief

    Squatter or burglar? Man targets home to former Pueblo police chief

    Friday, June 8 2018 8:27 PM EDT2018-06-09 00:27:59 GMT

    Brandon Bussey, 31, picked the wrong house to burglarize when he broke into the home of retired Pueblo Police Chief Jim Billings. "At around 8:30 p.m. on May 2, deputies were sent to a home on a burglary in progress call," Pueblo County Sheriff's Spokesperson Gayle Perez said. "Deputies were informed there was a male intruder in the home and that the homeowner, Jim Billings, had the intruder at gunpoint."  He and his wife were out of town and even had a fa...

    Brandon Bussey, 31, picked the wrong house to burglarize when he broke into the home of retired Pueblo Police Chief Jim Billings. "At around 8:30 p.m. on May 2, deputies were sent to a home on a burglary in progress call," Pueblo County Sheriff's Spokesperson Gayle Perez said. "Deputies were informed there was a male intruder in the home and that the homeowner, Jim Billings, had the intruder at gunpoint."  He and his wife were out of town and even had a fa...

  • Man shot by Pueblo police tied to housing rental scam operation

    Man shot by Pueblo police tied to housing rental scam operation

    Monday, June 4 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-06-04 23:50:49 GMT

    Michael Valdez is accused of trying to rent out a home he doesn't own.  As soon as he gets your money, he relists the property and looks for more victims. 

    Michael Valdez is accused of trying to rent out a home he doesn't own.  As soon as he gets your money, he relists the property and looks for more victims. 

  • Fremont Clerk accepts plea deal in check writing scandal; No jail time

    Fremont Clerk accepts plea deal in check writing scandal; No jail time

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-05-30 17:07:59 GMT

    Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr accepted a plea deal in a check writing scandal News 5 Investigates first uncovered in the fall of 2017. 

    Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr accepted a plea deal in a check writing scandal News 5 Investigates first uncovered in the fall of 2017. 

  • News 5 Investigates: HomeAdvisor faces lawsuit over screening process for contractors

    News 5 Investigates: HomeAdvisor faces lawsuit over screening process for contractors

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:09 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:09:38 GMT

    HomeAdvisor says it recommends pre-screened contractors so you don't get ripped off but News 5 Investigates found on multiple occasions, the company is falling short on its promise to protect consumers. Now, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office is suing the Colorado-based company for deceptive advertising. 

    HomeAdvisor says it recommends pre-screened contractors so you don't get ripped off but News 5 Investigates found on multiple occasions, the company is falling short on its promise to protect consumers. Now, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office is suing the Colorado-based company for deceptive advertising. 

  • Tow company refuses to issue refund for 'controversial' tow; Good samaritan steps up to help

    Tow company refuses to issue refund for 'controversial' tow; Good samaritan steps up to help

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-05-18 04:42:21 GMT

    You ask. We investigate. Can a tow truck driver legally come onto your property and impound your vehicle if they believe your registration is expired.  The short answer----yes! The laws are lenient when it comes to regulating tow truck companies. 

    You ask. We investigate. Can a tow truck driver legally come onto your property and impound your vehicle if they believe your registration is expired.  The short answer----yes! The laws are lenient when it comes to regulating tow truck companies. 

  • News 5 Investigates what some call 'predatory towing practices' costing you money

    News 5 Investigates what some call 'predatory towing practices' costing you money

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 9:15 PM EDT2018-05-16 01:15:22 GMT

    Pamela Goddard had her car towed out of her own car port because a tow truck driver thought the car was unregistered.  Now, the Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether the tow company went too far. 

    Pamela Goddard had her car towed out of her own car port because a tow truck driver thought the car was unregistered.  Now, the Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether the tow company went too far. 

  • Judge recommends jail time for man who used the Americans With Disabilities Act to extort money from businesses

    Judge recommends jail time for man who used the Americans With Disabilities Act to extort money from businesses

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-05-15 05:08:01 GMT

    Terrell Frederick used the Americans with Disabilities Act to make money and now he, his attorney and third-party law firm are in major trouble. 

    Terrell Frederick used the Americans with Disabilities Act to make money and now he, his attorney and third-party law firm are in major trouble. 

  • How often do police deploy their taser gun? CSPD wants more than $4,000 to find out

    How often do police deploy their taser gun? CSPD wants more than $4,000 to find out

    Monday, May 14 2018 7:18 PM EDT2018-05-14 23:18:20 GMT

    In the last decade, law enforcement agencies across the nation have invested in taser guns. It’s marketed as a non-lethal alternative to gain control and compliance from individuals who often resist arrest or show aggression toward officers. How many people get tased each year? Colorado Springs police want to charge $4,000 to analyze data. 

    In the last decade, law enforcement agencies across the nation have invested in taser guns. It’s marketed as a non-lethal alternative to gain control and compliance from individuals who often resist arrest or show aggression toward officers. How many people get tased each year? Colorado Springs police want to charge $4,000 to analyze data. 

  • Family loses fight for grandmother's life insurance money

    Family loses fight for grandmother's life insurance money

    Thursday, May 10 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-05-10 04:42:37 GMT

    It's a bizarre case surrounding the death of longtime Woodland Park grandmother Carol Colby.  In April, News 5 Investigates revealed a bitter battle between three first responder agencies and Colby's family over her life insurance money.  The fight has ended, but not the way the family had wanted. 

    It's a bizarre case surrounding the death of longtime Woodland Park grandmother Carol Colby.  In April, News 5 Investigates revealed a bitter battle between three first responder agencies and Colby's family over her life insurance money.  The fight has ended, but not the way the family had wanted. 

  • Squatter Bill goes to Governor's Office for signature

    Squatter Bill goes to Governor's Office for signature

    Thursday, May 10 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-05-10 04:37:45 GMT

    A bill designed to close a loophole in state law to expedite squatter cases through the court system is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. Senate Bill 15 officially passed Tuesday. Once it is signed into law, it would allow homeowners seek a court-ordered injunction that would grant a hearing the next day after it is filed. If the court finds that the person was unlawfully on the property, it would allow law enforcement to evict the individual. This pr...

    A bill designed to close a loophole in state law to expedite squatter cases through the court system is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk. Senate Bill 15 officially passed Tuesday. Once it is signed into law, it would allow homeowners seek a court-ordered injunction that would grant a hearing the next day after it is filed. If the court finds that the person was unlawfully on the property, it would allow law enforcement to evict the individual. This pr...

  • Unrestrained children die in car crashes; Child safety seat laws ignored

    Unrestrained children die in car crashes; Child safety seat laws ignored

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 1:13 PM EDT2018-05-08 17:13:27 GMT

    Last year in Colorado, more than 400 children and adults were killed in traffic accidents and more than half were not buckled. News 5 found drivers ignoring child safety seat laws and the Colorado Springs Police Department wouldn't even explain to News 5 what state law says about unrestrained children. 

    Last year in Colorado, more than 400 children and adults were killed in traffic accidents and more than half were not buckled. News 5 found drivers ignoring child safety seat laws and the Colorado Springs Police Department wouldn't even explain to News 5 what state law says about unrestrained children. 

  • Class-action lawsuit filed against Lyft: Are you owed money?

    Class-action lawsuit filed against Lyft: Are you owed money?

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-05-01 20:47:51 GMT

    The popular ride-sharing service "Lyft" is at the center of a federal lawsuit---accused of ripping off its drivers. Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross put the company's honesty and integrity to the test to see whether it's being upfront about how it pays employees.

    The popular ride-sharing service "Lyft" is at the center of a federal lawsuit---accused of ripping off its drivers. Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross put the company's honesty and integrity to the test to see whether it's being upfront about how it pays employees.

  • News 5 Investigates: Could the FBI compromise the prosecution of Fremont Clerk Katie Barr?

    News 5 Investigates: Could the FBI compromise the prosecution of Fremont Clerk Katie Barr?

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:40:22 GMT

    The FBI has "no comment" on why it has failed to provide the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office with their investigation file on Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr.  As you may remember, Barr was arrested in March for embezzlement, fraud, harassment and witness intimidation.  

    The FBI has "no comment" on why it has failed to provide the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office with their investigation file on Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr.  As you may remember, Barr was arrested in March for embezzlement, fraud, harassment and witness intimidation.  

  • Squatter Bill unanimously passes through the House

    Squatter Bill unanimously passes through the House

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:40:32 GMT

    In a 62-0 vote, Squatter Bill (SB 15) has passed the House during a third reading Thursday morning.  The bill aims to put a stop to squatters being able to live in homes they don't own or rent for months.  Under current law, squatters can legally break into homes, move their stuff in and claim they are legally entitled to be there. When police are called, the matter is written off as "civil" in nature, forcing the homeowner to evict the squatters through a ...

    In a 62-0 vote, Squatter Bill (SB 15) has passed the House during a third reading Thursday morning.  The bill aims to put a stop to squatters being able to live in homes they don't own or rent for months.  Under current law, squatters can legally break into homes, move their stuff in and claim they are legally entitled to be there. When police are called, the matter is written off as "civil" in nature, forcing the homeowner to evict the squatters through a ...

  • Prosecution asks for more time to file charges against Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr

    ?Prosecution asks for more time to file charges against Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:04:39 GMT

    Formal charges were supposed to be filed Wednesday against Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr, but the prosecution asked for more time because they have not received some information surrounding the case from the Cañon City Police Department and the FBI.  #Breaking: Formal filing of #criminal #charges against Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr #delayed until next month. Prosecution told judge they are awaiting official documents from the @FBI and Canon ...

    Formal charges were supposed to be filed Wednesday against Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr, but the prosecution asked for more time because they have not received some information surrounding the case from the Cañon City Police Department and the FBI.  #Breaking: Formal filing of #criminal #charges against Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr #delayed until next month. Prosecution told judge they are awaiting official documents from the @FBI and Canon ...

  • Squatter Bill passes second hearing in the House

    Squatter Bill passes second hearing in the House

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-04-18 19:40:43 GMT

    Lawmakers voted Wednesday to move forward with Senate Bill 18-015.  The bill is meant to protect Colorado homeowners and their families from squatters.  News 5 Investigates has uncovered multiple cases of squatters taking over homes and refusing to leave. Current law considers "squatting" a civil matter which has to go through the eviction court process.  Unfortunately, this process can take weeks or even months to complete as squatting cases are treat...

    Lawmakers voted Wednesday to move forward with Senate Bill 18-015.  The bill is meant to protect Colorado homeowners and their families from squatters.  News 5 Investigates has uncovered multiple cases of squatters taking over homes and refusing to leave. Current law considers "squatting" a civil matter which has to go through the eviction court process.  Unfortunately, this process can take weeks or even months to complete as squatting cases are treat...

  • Bill protecting homeowners from squatters passes in House committee

    Bill protecting homeowners from squatters passes in House committee

    Thursday, April 12 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-04-13 00:58:16 GMT

    Lawmakers in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 9-0 Thursday to move forward with Senate Bill 15. 

    Lawmakers in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 9-0 Thursday to move forward with Senate Bill 15. 

  • Homeowners vs. Squatters: Who will lawmakers vote to protect?

    Homeowners vs. Squatters: Who will lawmakers vote to protect?

    Thursday, April 12 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-04-12 04:58:18 GMT

    A bill to protect homeowners from squatters faces some opposition as it makes its way through the House.  Hoping to keep Senate Bill 18-015 alive, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder spoke one-on-one with News 5 about the challenge his office and deputies will face if it dies.

    A bill to protect homeowners from squatters faces some opposition as it makes its way through the House.  Hoping to keep Senate Bill 18-015 alive, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder spoke one-on-one with News 5 about the challenge his office and deputies will face if it dies.

  • DHS explains why it delayed shutting down El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch for years

    DHS explains why it delayed shutting down El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch for years

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:21 AM EDT2018-04-10 04:21:32 GMT

    News 5 Investigates is asking state officials why it took years to shut down the troubled El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch after we discovered numerous cases of abuse and neglect at the facility. 

    News 5 Investigates is asking state officials why it took years to shut down the troubled El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch after we discovered numerous cases of abuse and neglect at the facility. 

  • Emergency responders seek legal help after deceased grandma leaves controversial gift

    Emergency responders seek legal help after deceased grandma leaves controversial gift

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-04-03 04:33:41 GMT

    Carol Colby, 86, has three first responder agencies fighting over money after she passed away in January.  The battle is brewing between first responders and Colby's family, who wants the cash to save her home, pay off her debts and cover funeral expenses.  

    Carol Colby, 86, has three first responder agencies fighting over money after she passed away in January.  The battle is brewing between first responders and Colby's family, who wants the cash to save her home, pay off her debts and cover funeral expenses.  

  • State Treasurer's Office will auction off unclaimed memorabilia and coins in April

    State Treasurer's Office will auction off unclaimed memorabilia and coins in April

    Friday, March 30 2018 12:39 AM EDT2018-03-30 04:39:41 GMT

    Does the State of Colorado owe you money?  In February, News 5 Investigates revealed that the State Treasurer's Office is holding nearly a billion in assets that doesn't belong to them. The Great Colorado Payback program says its goal is to return the money to its rightful owners, but some people told us that getting their money back has been challenging.

    Does the State of Colorado owe you money?  In February, News 5 Investigates revealed that the State Treasurer's Office is holding nearly a billion in assets that doesn't belong to them. The Great Colorado Payback program says its goal is to return the money to its rightful owners, but some people told us that getting their money back has been challenging.

  • Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr has not returned to work following arrest, still collecting $72,500 salary

    Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr has not returned to work following arrest, still collecting $72,500 salary

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-03-29 00:23:18 GMT

    Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr appeared in court for a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon. She will remain out of jail on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond unless she fails to show up for future court hearings.  Barr is charged with embezzling public funds, check fraud, harassment, and witness intimidation.  Per state statute, Barr will continue to collect her $72,500 salary unless she is recalled or convicted of a crime.  Commissioner Tim Payne tells News 5 Invest...

    Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr appeared in court for a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon. She will remain out of jail on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond unless she fails to show up for future court hearings.  Barr is charged with embezzling public funds, check fraud, harassment, and witness intimidation.  Per state statute, Barr will continue to collect her $72,500 salary unless she is recalled or convicted of a crime.  Commissioner Tim Payne tells News 5 Invest...

  • News 5 Investigates: Non-profit collecting donations for police officers can't explain how they spend public money

    News 5 Investigates: Non-profit collecting donations for police officers can't explain how they spend public money

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 12:56 AM EDT2018-03-27 04:56:35 GMT

    The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association's (CSPPA) mission is to provide benefits to Colorado Springs police officers and their families.  

    The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association's (CSPPA) mission is to provide benefits to Colorado Springs police officers and their families.  

  • Vote to crack down on squatters is delayed; Some show opposition to bill

    Vote to crack down on squatters is delayed; Some show opposition to bill

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-03-22 01:06:07 GMT

    Senate Bill 15 was introduced in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon.  The bill was drafted after a series of News 5 investigations showing how innocent homeowners are losing their properties to squatters.  

    Senate Bill 15 was introduced in the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon.  The bill was drafted after a series of News 5 investigations showing how innocent homeowners are losing their properties to squatters.  

  • Affidavit: Fremont County Clerk accused of stealing more than $200k, threatened county employees

    Affidavit: Fremont County Clerk accused of stealing more than $200k, threatened county employees

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 1:33 PM EDT2018-03-21 17:33:31 GMT

    According to an arrest warrant, Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr started stealing money just one year after she took office.  Court documents show her alleged crimes took place between January 2011 and May 2017.  Barr is charged with embezzling public property, witness intimidation, fraud and harassment. ?She was arrested Tuesday after a six-month criminal investigation into financial mismanagement in her office.  "Over the past six mo...

    According to an arrest warrant, Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr started stealing money just one year after she took office.  Court documents show her alleged crimes took place between January 2011 and May 2017.  Barr is charged with embezzling public property, witness intimidation, fraud and harassment. ?She was arrested Tuesday after a six-month criminal investigation into financial mismanagement in her office.  "Over the past six mo...

  • Parents sued by baseball club speak out

    Parents sued by baseball club speak out

    Friday, March 16 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-03-16 04:58:35 GMT
    The CageRats club baseball team in Colorado Springs has filed suit against 7 different parents to collect on unpaid fees. He said the parents broke their contracts, but the parents tell us they didn't get the services they were promised.The CageRats club baseball team in Colorado Springs has filed suit against 7 different parents to collect on unpaid fees. He said the parents broke their contracts, but the parents tell us they didn't get the services they were promised.

    Playing club baseball is big business. Parents regularly spend thousands of dollars a year to get their kids training and extra time that they see as critical in getting the attention of college recruiters.

    Playing club baseball is big business. Parents regularly spend thousands of dollars a year to get their kids training and extra time that they see as critical in getting the attention of college recruiters.

  • News 5 Investigates: Fire code violations at Pueblo Tinseltown

    News 5 Investigates: Fire code violations at Pueblo Tinseltown

    Thursday, March 15 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-03-16 02:18:06 GMT

    Movie theaters nationwide have enhanced safety in the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora back in 2012.  Just last month, you may recall Cinemark banned people from bringing large bags into theaters, but now there are new concerns over whether people could safely evacuate the Pueblo Tinseltown theater in the event of an unfortunate emergency.  Some moviegoers say exit signs aren't visible in the dark theater and claim their complaints are being ignored.  A co...

    Movie theaters nationwide have enhanced safety in the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora back in 2012.  Just last month, you may recall Cinemark banned people from bringing large bags into theaters, but now there are new concerns over whether people could safely evacuate the Pueblo Tinseltown theater in the event of an unfortunate emergency.  Some moviegoers say exit signs aren't visible in the dark theater and claim their complaints are being ignored.  A co...

  • Bullet-resistant backpacks vs. textbooks: Which offers more protection?

    Bullet-resistant backpacks vs. textbooks: Which offers more protection?

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-03-14 13:22:01 GMT

    Sales of bullet-resistant backpacks and clothing for children have spiked following the recent mass shooting at a Florida High School. 

    Sales of bullet-resistant backpacks and clothing for children have spiked following the recent mass shooting at a Florida High School. 

  • Bullet-resistant backpacks: Do they work?

    Bullet-resistant backpacks: Do they work?

    Monday, March 12 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-03-12 23:36:40 GMT

    School shootings around the nation are prompting more parents to arm their children with bullet resistant backpacks, but do they really work?  

    School shootings around the nation are prompting more parents to arm their children with bullet resistant backpacks, but do they really work?  

  • Years of abuse kept hidden at El Pueblo: Why hasn't anyone been held accountable?

    Years of abuse kept hidden at El Pueblo: Why hasn't anyone been held accountable?

    Friday, March 9 2018 3:11 PM EST2018-03-09 20:11:32 GMT

    News 5 Investigates has uncovered more troubling cases of abuse and neglect at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch.  These cases were kept out of the public's eye until an open records request unsealed documents that haven't been publicly published, until now.  El Pueblo closed its doors for good after the State suspended its license in the fall of 2017, but News 5 Investigates found information showing state officials knew about abuse and neglect years before this action was t...

    News 5 Investigates has uncovered more troubling cases of abuse and neglect at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch.  These cases were kept out of the public's eye until an open records request unsealed documents that haven't been publicly published, until now.  El Pueblo closed its doors for good after the State suspended its license in the fall of 2017, but News 5 Investigates found information showing state officials knew about abuse and neglect years before this action was t...

  • News 5 Exclusive: Where is the Pikes Peak National Cemetery?

    News 5 Exclusive: Where is the Pikes Peak National Cemetery?

    Monday, March 5 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-03-06 04:34:45 GMT

    Four year ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased nearly 400 acres of land to build new, National VA Cemetery in Colorado Springs.  Many of you may be wondering when is it actually going to be built?  Timeline of events:  January 2007: Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) introduced H.R. 295, which asks the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs to establish a national veterans' cemetery in southern Colorado.  March 2007: Lamborn co-sponsors a sim...

    Four year ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased nearly 400 acres of land to build new, National VA Cemetery in Colorado Springs.  Many of you may be wondering when is it actually going to be built?  Timeline of events:  January 2007: Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) introduced H.R. 295, which asks the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs to establish a national veterans' cemetery in southern Colorado.  March 2007: Lamborn co-sponsors a sim...

  • People with disabilities call on medical facilities to be more "accessible"

    People with disabilities call on medical facilities to be more "accessible"

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 7:09 AM EST2018-02-28 12:09:56 GMT

    Going to a doctor and getting up on an exam room table may be an easy task for some people, but it can be a challenge for those with disabilities---especially people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility.  Tuesday morning, Mission Medical Center unveiled a new "accessible" exam table designed just for people with a disability.  With help from The Independence Center, Mission Medical was able to obtain the exam table which medical professionals say will make i...

    Going to a doctor and getting up on an exam room table may be an easy task for some people, but it can be a challenge for those with disabilities---especially people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility.  Tuesday morning, Mission Medical Center unveiled a new "accessible" exam table designed just for people with a disability.  With help from The Independence Center, Mission Medical was able to obtain the exam table which medical professionals say will make i...

  • Does the State owe you money? Nearly $1 billion in assets waiting to be collected

    Does the State owe you money? Nearly $1 billion in assets waiting to be collected

    Tuesday, February 27 2018 1:09 AM EST2018-02-27 06:09:30 GMT

    There's a good chance the State of Colorado owes you money and you may not even know it.  The "Great Colorado Payback" program is overseen by the State Treasurer's Office.  To-date, the program claims it has returned more than $391 million to Coloradans.  What you may not know is that there is nearly $1 billion in assets waiting to be claimed if you take the time to check, but how easy is it to claim?  You may have seen the commercials on TV showing T...

    There's a good chance the State of Colorado owes you money and you may not even know it.  The "Great Colorado Payback" program is overseen by the State Treasurer's Office.  To-date, the program claims it has returned more than $391 million to Coloradans.  What you may not know is that there is nearly $1 billion in assets waiting to be claimed if you take the time to check, but how easy is it to claim?  You may have seen the commercials on TV showing T...

  • News 5 locates dead woman's car stolen by squatters; Police ignore us

    News 5 locates dead woman's car stolen by squatters; Police ignore us

    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:06 AM EST2018-02-24 07:06:19 GMT

    News 5 Investigates is looking into a possible cover-up by Colorado Springs police.  We uncovered the department withheld public information about a squatting case we brought you earlier this month.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross uncovered police did nothing to try and help a grieving mother after squatters invaded her daughter's home just days after she died. Now there are even more questions over whether police botched the case. 

    News 5 Investigates is looking into a possible cover-up by Colorado Springs police.  We uncovered the department withheld public information about a squatting case we brought you earlier this month.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross uncovered police did nothing to try and help a grieving mother after squatters invaded her daughter's home just days after she died. Now there are even more questions over whether police botched the case. 

  • People without disabilities use the ADA to make money; Lawmakers want it to stop

    People without disabilities use the ADA to make money; Lawmakers want it to stop

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 7:36 PM EST2018-02-21 00:36:08 GMT

    A bill aimed at stopping so called "disability advocates" from making money off the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) just passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  In a 225-192 vote, most House Republicans and about a dozen Democrats approved H.R. 620.  

    A bill aimed at stopping so called "disability advocates" from making money off the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) just passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  In a 225-192 vote, most House Republicans and about a dozen Democrats approved H.R. 620.  

  • Special needs student punched on bus; Surveillance camera wasn't working

    Special needs student punched on bus; Surveillance camera wasn't working

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:20 AM EST2018-02-19 15:20:15 GMT
    Lexie BetzLexie Betz

    A district 60 parent is upset after she says a bully punched her 9-year-old daughter with special needs in the face. The incident happened on a school bus equipped with a video camera system, but News 5 Investigates uncovered the camera wasn't working. 

    A district 60 parent is upset after she says a bully punched her 9-year-old daughter with special needs in the face. The incident happened on a school bus equipped with a video camera system, but News 5 Investigates uncovered the camera wasn't working. 

  • Pueblo District 60 switching to new bus service provider

    Pueblo District 60 switching to new bus service provider

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:39 PM EST2018-02-19 04:39:30 GMT

    News 5 has learned Pueblo District 60 is parting ways this summer with First Student, the privatized bus company that started transporting kids for the district back in 2012.

    News 5 has learned Pueblo District 60 is parting ways this summer with First Student, the privatized bus company that started transporting kids for the district back in 2012.

  • Felony cases climbing in Colorado

    Felony cases climbing in Colorado

    Friday, February 16 2018 1:51 AM EST2018-02-16 06:51:06 GMT
    Felony case filings in Colorado grew by an average of 22 percent between 2015 and 2017Felony case filings in Colorado grew by an average of 22 percent between 2015 and 2017

    Prosecutors in Colorado have had to manage an increasing work load as felony case filings have grown by an average 22 percent in the last two years. The growth is straining funding for the criminal justice system in rural counties.

    Prosecutors in Colorado have had to manage an increasing work load as felony case filings have grown by an average 22 percent in the last two years. The growth is straining funding for the criminal justice system in rural counties.

  • Mother fights to save dead daughter's belongings after squatters invade home

    Mother fights to save dead daughter's belongings after squatters invade home

    Monday, February 5 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-06 02:40:42 GMT

    Instead of mourning her daughter's unexpected death, Gerry Clark is fighting to save what little she can after squatters moved in to her home.  

    Instead of mourning her daughter's unexpected death, Gerry Clark is fighting to save what little she can after squatters moved in to her home.  

  • Squatting bill unanimously passes third hearing in Senate

    Squatting bill unanimously passes third hearing in Senate

    Monday, January 29 2018 8:11 PM EST2018-01-30 01:11:17 GMT
    Lawmakers unanimously voted Monday to approve Senate Bill 15 which addresses an ongoing squatting problem in southern Colorado.  The bill now moves on to the House for approval.  If passed, police would be given authority to immediately remove squatters without forcing the homeowner to get an eviction order. As we've reported, it can sometimes take several weeks or even months to evict homeless people who break into houses and refuse to leave.  SB 15 is sponsored by...
    Lawmakers unanimously voted Monday to approve Senate Bill 15 which addresses an ongoing squatting problem in southern Colorado.  The bill now moves on to the House for approval.  If passed, police would be given authority to immediately remove squatters without forcing the homeowner to get an eviction order. As we've reported, it can sometimes take several weeks or even months to evict homeless people who break into houses and refuse to leave.  SB 15 is sponsored by...
  • Third hearing in Senate on squatting bill set for Monday

    Third hearing in Senate on squatting bill set for Monday

    Friday, January 26 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-01-26 22:37:42 GMT

    Senate Bill 15 passed unanimously during a second hearing Thursday. A third vote will be cast Monday. If passed, it will move on to the House.

    Senate Bill 15 passed unanimously during a second hearing Thursday. A third vote will be cast Monday. If passed, it will move on to the House.

  • City fails to notify taxpayers it spent nearly $1M defending discrimination lawsuit in addition to $2.5M settlement

    City fails to notify taxpayers it spent nearly $1M defending discrimination lawsuit in addition to $2.5M settlement

    Friday, January 26 2018 6:42 AM EST2018-01-26 11:42:43 GMT

    The City of Colorado Springs announced a settlement in a 3 year long discrimination lawsuit filed by 12 female police officers against the department.  On Jan. 19, the City agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million to the officers after a federal judge ruled a one-size fits all fitness exam discriminated against women.  The City says the $2,471,350 settlement amount will be paid by Starr Indemnity, the City's excess liability insurance carrier. Plaintiffs' attorneys will rece...

    The City of Colorado Springs announced a settlement in a 3 year long discrimination lawsuit filed by 12 female police officers against the department.  On Jan. 19, the City agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million to the officers after a federal judge ruled a one-size fits all fitness exam discriminated against women.  The City says the $2,471,350 settlement amount will be paid by Starr Indemnity, the City's excess liability insurance carrier. Plaintiffs' attorneys will rece...

  • Lawmakers who voted "no" to criminalize squatting change their minds

    Lawmakers who voted "no" to criminalize squatting change their minds

    Thursday, January 25 2018 8:58 PM EST2018-01-26 01:58:48 GMT
    Sen. Dan KaganSen. Dan Kagan

    Senators unanimously voted Thursday to approve a bill aimed at protecting homeowners from squatters.  This was the second hearing for Senate Bill 15 which was drafted as a result of a series of News 5 investigations.  It barely passed during its first hearing Monday with a 3-2 vote. Sen. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Sen. Dan Kagan (D-Aurora) initially voted "no".  Sen. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) asked, "Are we going to protect homeowners in...

    Senators unanimously voted Thursday to approve a bill aimed at protecting homeowners from squatters.  This was the second hearing for Senate Bill 15 which was drafted as a result of a series of News 5 investigations.  It barely passed during its first hearing Monday with a 3-2 vote. Sen. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Sen. Dan Kagan (D-Aurora) initially voted "no".  Sen. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) asked, "Are we going to protect homeowners in...

  • Some lawmakers show opposition to bill that would criminalize squatting

    Some lawmakers show opposition to bill that would criminalize squatting

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:41 PM EST2018-01-23 02:41:31 GMT
    Senate Judiciary Committee HearingSenate Judiciary Committee Hearing

    In a 3-2 vote, Senate Bill 18-015 passed the first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon, but not without some opposition.  The bill was introduced by Sen. Bob Gardner after a series of News 5 investigations into squatters taking over homes in southern Colorado.  If passed, the bill will allow police to immediately remove squatters without an eviction. The bill also wants to create a law making it a misdemeanor crime for a squatter to damage or alter s...

    In a 3-2 vote, Senate Bill 18-015 passed the first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon, but not without some opposition.  The bill was introduced by Sen. Bob Gardner after a series of News 5 investigations into squatters taking over homes in southern Colorado.  If passed, the bill will allow police to immediately remove squatters without an eviction. The bill also wants to create a law making it a misdemeanor crime for a squatter to damage or alter s...

  • Developer built homes in danger of flooding; Town leaders "unsure" what happened

    Developer built homes in danger of flooding; Town leaders "unsure" what happened

    Friday, January 19 2018 1:13 AM EST2018-01-19 06:13:19 GMT

    News 5 Investigates has learned several newly built townhouses in Monument are in danger of flooding after the developer dissolved his business before the work was complete.  A retaining wall was supposed to be built to control water flow and erosion, but no one from the Town of Monument enforced the site development plan it approved.  

    News 5 Investigates has learned several newly built townhouses in Monument are in danger of flooding after the developer dissolved his business before the work was complete.  A retaining wall was supposed to be built to control water flow and erosion, but no one from the Town of Monument enforced the site development plan it approved.  

  • Fake contractor accused of ripping off customers back in court

    Fake contractor accused of ripping off customers back in court

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:30 PM EST2018-01-12 23:30:58 GMT
    Ex-Pueblo County Sheriff's Office dive team member in court on charges of operating a remodeling business without a valid license.Ex-Pueblo County Sheriff's Office dive team member in court on charges of operating a remodeling business without a valid license.

    Ex-Pueblo County Sheriff's Office dive team member Joe Pacheco was back in court Thursday on a second charge of operating a remodeling business without a valid contractor's license.  Pacheco claims to be a contractor, but Pueblo Regional Building says he has no license and doesn't pull proper work permits.  Multiple customers contacted News 5 Investigates last year after Pacheco took tens of thousands of dollars for remodeling work he never finished. 

    Ex-Pueblo County Sheriff's Office dive team member Joe Pacheco was back in court Thursday on a second charge of operating a remodeling business without a valid contractor's license.  Pacheco claims to be a contractor, but Pueblo Regional Building says he has no license and doesn't pull proper work permits.  Multiple customers contacted News 5 Investigates last year after Pacheco took tens of thousands of dollars for remodeling work he never finished. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Couple still fighting USAA for insurance money after 2016 hail storm

    News 5 Investigates: Couple still fighting USAA for insurance money after 2016 hail storm

    Friday, January 12 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-01-12 21:00:53 GMT
    Karen Starr, Home buyerKaren Starr, Home buyer

    News 5 Investigates has learned some people are still struggling to get insurance money for repairs after the second largest hail storm wiped through El Paso County back in 2016.  Jeffrey and Karen Starr say they paid every month for homeowners insurance, but they haven't been able to get their money even after their claim was approved.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross uncovered USAA made mistakes which the company isn't denying. However, public relations representa...

    News 5 Investigates has learned some people are still struggling to get insurance money for repairs after the second largest hail storm wiped through El Paso County back in 2016.  Jeffrey and Karen Starr say they paid every month for homeowners insurance, but they haven't been able to get their money even after their claim was approved.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross uncovered USAA made mistakes which the company isn't denying. However, public relations representa...

  • Colorado Springs Police no longer publishing annual transparency reports

    Colorado Springs Police no longer publishing annual transparency reports

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 11:17 PM EST2018-01-10 04:17:41 GMT

    For more than a decade, the Colorado Springs Police Department posted its annual transparency report online for anyone to view. The data included information on homicides and various crime statistics. Last year, News 5 Investigates discovered the police department stopped posting those reports online.  In August 2017, Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross asked a Colorado Springs police spokesperson for a copy of the 2016 report.  "The Colorado Springs Poli...

    For more than a decade, the Colorado Springs Police Department posted its annual transparency report online for anyone to view. The data included information on homicides and various crime statistics. Last year, News 5 Investigates discovered the police department stopped posting those reports online.  In August 2017, Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross asked a Colorado Springs police spokesperson for a copy of the 2016 report.  "The Colorado Springs Poli...

  • Lawmakers respond after police say they can't remove squatters who push homeowners out of their houses

    Lawmakers respond after police say they can't remove squatters who push homeowners out of their houses

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-01-10 02:16:31 GMT

    Homeowners call them "criminals", but law enforcement refer to them as squatters.  They break into your home, move their stuff in and refuse to leave! For months, News 5 Investigates has examined why law enforcement agencies across Colorado are powerless to remove squatters without an eviction.

    Homeowners call them "criminals", but law enforcement refer to them as squatters.  They break into your home, move their stuff in and refuse to leave! For months, News 5 Investigates has examined why law enforcement agencies across Colorado are powerless to remove squatters without an eviction.

  • News 5 gets refund for customer after breeder refused to return deposit for stillborn puppy

    News 5 gets refund for customer after breeder refused to return deposit for stillborn puppy

    Friday, December 22 2017 9:56 PM EST2017-12-23 02:56:38 GMT

    When you buy a dog from a breeder, it's not uncommon for them to require a deposit, especially if the puppies aren't born yet.  Laura Guerra says she paid $275 up front, but never got the dog she was promised or her money back so she contacted News 5 Investigates for help. 

    When you buy a dog from a breeder, it's not uncommon for them to require a deposit, especially if the puppies aren't born yet.  Laura Guerra says she paid $275 up front, but never got the dog she was promised or her money back so she contacted News 5 Investigates for help. 

  • News 5 Investigates confronts squatters who invaded Pueblo woman's home

    News 5 Investigates confronts squatters who invaded Pueblo woman's home

    Friday, December 15 2017 1:06 AM EST2017-12-15 06:06:47 GMT

    Squatters take over a Pueblo woman's home and refuse to leave. Sound like a familiar case?   As News 5 Investigates has reported, police often can't do anything about these situations until homeowners evict the squatters. Lawmakers are hoping to change that next year with new legislation that will offer more protections for homeowners dealing with squatting situations. The final touches are being put on the bill this week. As soon as we have a copy of the bill, we'll s...

    Squatters take over a Pueblo woman's home and refuse to leave. Sound like a familiar case?   As News 5 Investigates has reported, police often can't do anything about these situations until homeowners evict the squatters. Lawmakers are hoping to change that next year with new legislation that will offer more protections for homeowners dealing with squatting situations. The final touches are being put on the bill this week. As soon as we have a copy of the bill, we'll s...

  • Pueblo contractor sends unhappy customers to law firm who doesn't represent him

    Pueblo contractor sends unhappy customers to law firm who doesn't represent him

    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-12-15 01:30:28 GMT

    Joe Pacheco, the contractor at the center of a series of News 5 investigations is sending unhappy customers to his attorney, but the law firm he claims represents him actually wants nothing to do with him.  The Law Office of Christine Pacheco-Moleskin called News 5 Wednesday and said they know contractor Pacheco, but claim he is not one of their clients. 

    Joe Pacheco, the contractor at the center of a series of News 5 investigations is sending unhappy customers to his attorney, but the law firm he claims represents him actually wants nothing to do with him.  The Law Office of Christine Pacheco-Moleskin called News 5 Wednesday and said they know contractor Pacheco, but claim he is not one of their clients. 

  • Convicted animal abusers now accused of buying horses with hot checks

    Convicted animal abusers now accused of buying horses with hot checks

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 3:17 PM EST2017-12-13 20:17:21 GMT

    Two convicted animal abusers with ties to El Paso County are under arrest in Oklahoma.  Jeff and Naomi Pridgen were booked into the Cleveland County Jail which is located just south of Oklahoma City.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross first profiled the Pridgen's nearly two years ago to the day.  At the time, the couple claimed to run a meat delivery business in Peyton, but multiple families say they never got their beef or their money back.  The coup...

    Two convicted animal abusers with ties to El Paso County are under arrest in Oklahoma.  Jeff and Naomi Pridgen were booked into the Cleveland County Jail which is located just south of Oklahoma City.  Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Ross first profiled the Pridgen's nearly two years ago to the day.  At the time, the couple claimed to run a meat delivery business in Peyton, but multiple families say they never got their beef or their money back.  The coup...

  • Pueblo contractor pleads "no contest" to operating a remodeling business without a license and proper permits

    Pueblo contractor pleads "no contest" to operating a remodeling business without a license and proper permits

    Saturday, December 9 2017 12:34 AM EST2017-12-09 05:34:38 GMT

    The Pueblo Building Department summoned a contractor to court after he continued to solicit business without a valid license. Joe Pacheco is accused of ripping off multiple homeowners by taking money up front for jobs he didn't finish.  Friday afternoon, Pacheco pleaded "no contest" to operating a remodeling company without a general contractor's license and failing to pull proper permits for repair work.  A judge ordered Pacheco to pay a $25...

    The Pueblo Building Department summoned a contractor to court after he continued to solicit business without a valid license. Joe Pacheco is accused of ripping off multiple homeowners by taking money up front for jobs he didn't finish.  Friday afternoon, Pacheco pleaded "no contest" to operating a remodeling company without a general contractor's license and failing to pull proper permits for repair work.  A judge ordered Pacheco to pay a $25...

  • Contractor accused of ripping off homeowners has ties to law enforcement

    Contractor accused of ripping off homeowners has ties to law enforcement

    Friday, December 8 2017 1:35 AM EST2017-12-08 06:35:46 GMT

    News 5 Investigates discovered a Pueblo contractor accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from homeowners and he reportedly did it while working for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.  One day after we started asking the sheriff's office questions regarding Pacheco's employment, he was fired.

    News 5 Investigates discovered a Pueblo contractor accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from homeowners and he reportedly did it while working for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.  One day after we started asking the sheriff's office questions regarding Pacheco's employment, he was fired.

  • News 5 Investigates: Parents upset after learning State kept child support money meant for their daughter

    News 5 Investigates: Parents upset after learning State kept child support money meant for their daughter

    Friday, November 24 2017 11:36 AM EST2017-11-24 16:36:50 GMT

    Thousands pay child support, but News 5 Investigates discovered their payments don't always go to the custodial parent and child.

    Thousands pay child support, but News 5 Investigates discovered their payments don't always go to the custodial parent and child.

  • More trouble for Fremont Co. clerk's husband

    More trouble for Fremont Co. clerk's husband

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-11-24 04:36:46 GMT

    Chad Barr, the husband of Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr appeared in court Thursday on a contempt charge.  Barr is accused of illegally re-titling and selling a customer's truck from his auto body shop.  Judge Ramsey Lama ordered Barr to pay $75 every day until he returns the truck. 

    Chad Barr, the husband of Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Katie Barr appeared in court Thursday on a contempt charge.  Barr is accused of illegally re-titling and selling a customer's truck from his auto body shop.  Judge Ramsey Lama ordered Barr to pay $75 every day until he returns the truck. 

  • News 5 Investigates: HomeAdvisor may not pre-screen contractors as their ads claim

    News 5 Investigates: HomeAdvisor may not pre-screen contractors as their ads claim

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:29 AM EST2017-11-17 06:29:18 GMT

    Time and time again, we warn you to do your homework before hiring a contractor, but what if there was a web site offering to do the research for free? 

    Time and time again, we warn you to do your homework before hiring a contractor, but what if there was a web site offering to do the research for free? 

  • Thursday at 10: Questions raised over how HomeAdvisor pre-screens contractors it recommends

    Thursday at 10: Questions raised over how HomeAdvisor pre-screens contractors it recommends

    Monday, November 13 2017 7:03 PM EST2017-11-14 00:03:05 GMT

    News 5 warns you time and time again to do you homework before hiring a contractor.  HomeAdvisor promises to do the work for free by recommending pre-screened, licensed contractors for various projects.  However, multiple homeowners we've spoken with say HomeAdvisor sent an unlicensed contractor who took their money and ran. Our investigation found this isn't the first time the company has recommended a problematic contractor.  Thursday night at 10 p.m., News 5 inves...

    News 5 warns you time and time again to do you homework before hiring a contractor.  HomeAdvisor promises to do the work for free by recommending pre-screened, licensed contractors for various projects.  However, multiple homeowners we've spoken with say HomeAdvisor sent an unlicensed contractor who took their money and ran. Our investigation found this isn't the first time the company has recommended a problematic contractor.  Thursday night at 10 p.m., News 5 inves...

  • News 5 Investigates: The push to change squatting laws in Colorado

    News 5 Investigates: The push to change squatting laws in Colorado

    Friday, November 10 2017 9:17 AM EST2017-11-10 14:17:42 GMT

    Thursday night at 10 on News 5, we'll show you how one homeowner was able to get a squatter out of her home without having to rely on the eviction process. We'll reveal what she did and why it may or may not work for other homeowners. 

    Thursday night at 10 on News 5, we'll show you how one homeowner was able to get a squatter out of her home without having to rely on the eviction process. We'll reveal what she did and why it may or may not work for other homeowners. 

  • Pueblo woman forced to file protection order against squatter who wouldn't get out of her house

    Pueblo woman forced to file protection order against squatter who wouldn't get out of her house

    Thursday, November 9 2017 10:51 PM EST2017-11-10 03:51:41 GMT

    News 5 Investigates first showed you back in September how squatters legally took over a man's house while he was out of town. 

    News 5 Investigates first showed you back in September how squatters legally took over a man's house while he was out of town. 

  • Officer parks in fire lane while attending luncheon at Jack Quinn's downtown

    Officer parks in fire lane while attending luncheon at Jack Quinn's downtown

    Friday, November 3 2017 10:33 PM EDT2017-11-04 02:33:07 GMT

    A Colorado Springs police officer is at the center of an internal affairs investigation after parking in a fire lane and blocking a hydrant for more than an hour. 

    A Colorado Springs police officer is at the center of an internal affairs investigation after parking in a fire lane and blocking a hydrant for more than an hour. 

  • DHS revokes license at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch

    DHS revokes license at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch

    Friday, November 3 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-11-03 22:51:21 GMT

    The Department of Human Services has suspended the permanent child care license for El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch near Pueblo Tuesday. 

    The Department of Human Services has suspended the permanent child care license for El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch near Pueblo Tuesday. 

  • Water pressure issues in Colorado Springs hinder firefighting efforts

    Water pressure issues in Colorado Springs hinder firefighting efforts

    Friday, November 3 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-11-03 18:54:36 GMT

    A Colorado Springs homeowner watched his house burn down earlier this year as firefighters struggled to access water.  News 5 Investigates uncovered water pressure issues with not one, but three nearby hydrants. 

    A Colorado Springs homeowner watched his house burn down earlier this year as firefighters struggled to access water.  News 5 Investigates uncovered water pressure issues with not one, but three nearby hydrants. 

  • Investment fraud could turn out to be the biggest alleged Ponzi scheme in Colorado Springs history

    Investment fraud could turn out to be the biggest alleged Ponzi scheme in Colorado Springs history

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 2:52 PM EDT2017-10-31 18:52:37 GMT
    Home Source headquarters in Colorado SpringsHome Source headquarters in Colorado Springs
    Home Source headquarters in Colorado SpringsHome Source headquarters in Colorado Springs

    One Colorado Springs woman awaits sentencing in what some close to the case are calling one of, if not the biggest alleged Ponzi scheme in Colorado Springs history. 

    One Colorado Springs woman awaits sentencing in what some close to the case are calling one of, if not the biggest alleged Ponzi scheme in Colorado Springs history. 

  • Who holds home inspectors accountable if they miss problems?

    Who holds home inspectors accountable if they miss problems?

    Friday, October 27 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-10-27 16:15:03 GMT

    Colorado's housing market is booming and that means big business for home inspectors! 

    Colorado's housing market is booming and that means big business for home inspectors! 

  • Sheriff's deputies evict squatters who took over couple's home

    Sheriff's deputies evict squatters who took over couple's home

    Thursday, October 26 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-10-26 04:40:56 GMT

    In September, we showed you how squatters were able to take over a homeowner's house and change the locks.  The couple inside had no legal right to be there.

    In September, we showed you how squatters were able to take over a homeowner's house and change the locks.  The couple inside had no legal right to be there.

  • 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
    Capitol Peak in Pitkin County, ColoradoCapitol Peak in Pitkin County, Colorado

    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. 

    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. 

  • 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
    FILE PHOTOFILE PHOTO

    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)
    A woman tells News 5 Investigates someone at the Woodsprings Hotel used her credit card for a purchase. (KOAA)A woman tells News 5 Investigates someone at the Woodsprings Hotel used her credit card for a purchase. (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...

  • UPDATED

    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...

  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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. 

  • 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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