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  • Las Animas County Commissioner removed from office

    Las Animas County Commissioner removed from office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • No jail time for corrections officer involved in inmate assault

    No jail time for corrections officer involved in inmate assault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fountain police partner with FBI to crackdown on crime

    Fountain police partner with FBI to crackdown on crime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    News 5 Investigates: Is your parking lot ADA compliant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • News 5 Investigates: Disgraced realtor charged with theft appears in court

    News 5 Investigates: Disgraced realtor charged with theft appears in court

    Thursday, March 16 2017 2:18 PM EDT2017-03-16 18:18:43 GMT
    Holly Janette Dalton, 44, leaves the courtroom in Colorado Springs after being advised of the felony theft charge she facesHolly Janette Dalton, 44, leaves the courtroom in Colorado Springs after being advised of the felony theft charge she faces

    A disgraced realtor whom financial crime detectives believe kept nearly $100,000 in client rent payments was advised in district court this morning of the felony theft charge she faces. 

    A disgraced realtor whom financial crime detectives believe kept nearly $100,000 in client rent payments was advised in district court this morning of the felony theft charge she faces. 

  • News 5 Investigates: State Patrol creates new escort policy after speeding probe

    News 5 Investigates: State Patrol creates new escort policy after speeding probe

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-03-14 16:54:12 GMT

    The Colorado State Patrol created a new policy after News 5 Investigates raised questions about how fast troopers were recorded driving during an escort in December for the US Honor Flag. 

    The Colorado State Patrol created a new policy after News 5 Investigates raised questions about how fast troopers were recorded driving during an escort in December for the US Honor Flag. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Property management firm owner wanted for theft

    News 5 Investigates: Property management firm owner wanted for theft

    Holly Janette Dalton is wanted by the Colorado Springs Police Department for theft. (CPSD)Holly Janette Dalton is wanted by the Colorado Springs Police Department for theft. (CPSD)

    A corrupt realtor first exposed by News 5 Investigates for pocketing her clients' rent payments is now on the run from the cops in Colorado Springs.

    A corrupt realtor first exposed by News 5 Investigates for pocketing her clients' rent payments is now on the run from the cops in Colorado Springs.

  • News 5 Investigates: Charities receiving most public funds tied to council president

    News 5 Investigates: Charities receiving most public funds tied to council president

    Monday, January 23 2017 5:06 PM EST2017-01-23 22:06:05 GMT

    Pueblo City Council and the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners together spend $1.2 million of your tax dollars each year awarding grants to local charities. Each government body budgets $600,000 per year for what's known as the Community Services Advisory Commission or CSAC.  This year, the money was awarded to nearly three dozen local charities. All submitted grant applications that were reviewed by a 14-member volunteer board. The funding supports various human service...

    Pueblo City Council and the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners together spend $1.2 million of your tax dollars each year awarding grants to local charities. Each government body budgets $600,000 per year for what's known as the Community Services Advisory Commission or CSAC.  This year, the money was awarded to nearly three dozen local charities. All submitted grant applications that were reviewed by a 14-member volunteer board. The funding supports various human service...

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