May 21, 2013 4:52 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Last minute changes in state election laws and the potential recall of State Senator John Morse could leave the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office nearly $130,000 in the red.
Clerk Wayne Williams told the Board of County Commissioners today he estimates it will cost... more »
May 21, 2013 3:15 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The graduates of United States Air Force Academy Class of 2013 may have to hold their hat a little longer for this year's flyover. Since the Air Force Thunderbirds have been grounded indefinitely by sequestration budget cuts, the Texas Flying Legends and WestPac Restorations have stepped up... more »
May 21, 2013 3:06 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The owner of the local Porsche dealership gave two wounded warriors and their wives a VIP trip to Hollywood to thank them for their service. Don Hicks of Porsche of Colorado Springs made the winning bid of $4,250 for the trip at a charity fundraiser auction for... more »
May 17, 2013 8:35 PM
DENVER - Most of county sheriffs in Colorado have joined in a lawsuit against the state over the new gun control laws. In all, 54 of the state's 64 sheriffs have signed on as plaintiffs in the suit which seeks to overturn the high capacity magazine ban and expanded background... more »
May 15, 2013 8:21 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The first people to be convicted of burglarizing evacuated homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood during the Waldo Canyon Fire were issued heavy sentences Wednesday.
Shane Garrett, 35, was sentenced to 48 years in prison with 5 years of mandatory parole. Belinda Wells-Yates, 39, was sentenced... more »
May 13, 2013 8:44 PM
PUEBLO - A Colorado Springs mother is frustrated with the lack of answers provided to her 18 months after her son died of a drug overdose while serving his sentence at a Pueblo halfway house.
The body of Adam Beauchamp, 27, was found in his bed at Minnequa Community... more »
May 10, 2013 7:00 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado Springs police sergeant charged with filling out phony time sheets will get to keep his pension. The district attorney filed charges of theft and forgery against Sergeant James Butierres yesterday.
Just before making a court appearance, Butierres filed his retirement paperwork.
Dan Slack,... more »
May 10, 2013 6:50 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A strange twist has surfaced in a 16-year old homicide cold case out of Colorado Springs. Just after midnight on may 24, 1997 Gino Romero, 13, was shot and killed while riding in the back seat of an old black sedan during a drive by shooting in... more »
May 9, 2013 3:26 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The issue of panhandling in downtown Colorado Springs is back in the news because the panhandlers themselves are back. Following a failed attempt to completely ban soliciting downtown, Colorado College will host a series of Community Conversations to find better solutions to help the chronically homeless and... more »
April 30, 2013 7:46 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Immunization records shows one in six students in Academy District 20 opted out of at least one of their scheduled vaccines this school year. The district's exemption rate increased from 11 percent, or roughly one in nine students, the previous year.
While official immunization rates are... more »
April 29, 2013 1:19 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The woman at the center of a scandal that cost a Manitou Springs police officer his job and Colorado Springs taxpayers $480,000 could serve up to four years of supervised probation under the terms of a plea bargain in which she admitted guilt today for attempting to... more »
April 26, 2013 7:23 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - This is the day they've all been waiting for. After 8 long weeks of studying and memorization, there's just one final test. The four teenagers huddled over a table inside the hangar at Cutter Aviation rack their brains to remember which gauges are where inside the cockpit... more »
April 18, 2013 9:48 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Public outcry is growing over the lavish bonuses awarded to two members of Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach's inner circle. Laura Neumann, the mayor's Chief of Staff, and City Attorney Chris Melcher were both given $25,000 bonuses last year on top of their six figure salaries.
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April 18, 2013 9:15 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Myron Stratton Home in Colorado Springs is celebrated its 100th anniversary with an open house of their newest expansion. The Centennial at Myron Stratton is a new building that will house nearly two dozen low income seniors in the community. The building hold the administrative offices... more »
April 17, 2013 8:31 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Mayor Steve Bach is asking the Colorado Springs City Council to take $11,875,000 million dollars out of savings. A majority of the money, $10 million worth, is directly tied to flood and fire mitigation efforts.
The rest would be spent on a study to see whether... more »
April 17, 2013 1:59 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Mayor's office plans to ask City Council for an additional $10 million this year to pay for flood mitigation work in and down stream from the Waldo Canyon burn area. The money would come from the city's reserves and a majority of it, $8.8 million, would... more »
April 16, 2013 6:50 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Snowy rooftops in April, if even just a trace, are a good sign when it comes to the drought. There may not be enough moisture to actually help irrigate the lawn, but the freezing cold temperatures have kept most of us from turning on the sprinklers.
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April 15, 2013 8:42 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A majority of Colorado Sheriffs have joined together in a lawsuit to try and block two of the state's new gun laws from taking effect. In all, 37 of the 64 county sheriffs in the state, including El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, are filing the civil... more »
April 11, 2013 6:16 PM
A toddler missing since January from Corpus Christi, Texas has been found unharmed in Colorado Springs and the child's father is now under arrest and facing charges.
One-year-old Alecxavian Zapata was found at a home near Pikes Peak Avenue and Chelton Road Wednesday night around 10 p.m. according to... more »
April 9, 2013 5:17 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Detectives with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office have arrested an elementary school teacher on charges of sexual assault on a child. Carmen Centennial, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions between December and March.
Deputies do not suspect there are... more »
March 22, 2013 9:26 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - As the bell rang for the start of school Friday morning at Queen Palmer Elementary, students found a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, a carton of milk, string cheese and an apple laid out on their desks. The school began serving breakfast "after the bell" two... more »
March 21, 2013 6:09 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - His colleagues called him a visionary leader. Slain Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements introduced a number of reforms during his two years in charge of the state prison system.
Clements presided over an era of declining inmate populations and championed ideas to keep the population... more »
March 15, 2013 8:27 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Police officers and firefighters in Colorado Springs are poised to a get pretty good raise next year. The pay increases were recommended as part of a comprehensive study by the Waters Consulting Group which was hired by the city to evaluate compensation.
Mayor Steve Bach says... more »
March 15, 2013 12:55 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Investigators with the Colorado Springs Fire Department say the five acre grass fire that started Thursday afternoon in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space was started by a model rocket. Fire crew found the model rocket while working to contain the flames, confirming an report taken by... more »
March 14, 2013 8:21 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft under the command of 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base is growing. The National Defense Authorization Act enabled the acquisition of a used C-130 that had previously slated for retirement to be used as a backup. The addition means... more »
March 11, 2013 6:51 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - In the mid-morning hours Monday, Vanessa Jones is driving her patrol car through the Garden of the Gods taking a careful look at all of the vehicles in the parking lot.
"This in an area that we patrol quite frequently," Jones said.
She is one... more »
March 5, 2013 8:00 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - At the noon daily mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral, parishioners come to quietly pray and worship in a custom that has spanned centuries and continents.
As church leaders in Rome begin the process of electing a new Pope, Bishop Michael Sheridan says 150,000 or so members... more »
February 27, 2013 7:32 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - They may sit on opposite sides of the aisle in Congress but today Senator Mark Udall, (D) Boulder and Congressman Doug Lamborn, (R) Colorado Springs found a piece of common ground, literally. The politicians have launched a committee to come up with a name for the new... more »
February 27, 2013 3:27 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A man accused of helping a teenage homicide suspect to evade capture will stand trial for his alleged role in the crime. Jerel Couch, 19, is charged with being an accessory to murder for letting homicide suspect Macyo January stay at his apartment.
Fourth Judicial District... more »
February 27, 2013 2:38 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The teenage suspect of a double homicide that claimed the lives of a Fort Carson Soldier and his pregnant wife may be tried as a juvenile rather than as an adult. Macyo January, 17, is accused of shooting and killing SSG David Dunlap and his wife Whitney... more »
February 26, 2013 8:57 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Plans to form regional body to upgrade the crumbling storm water system in Colorado Springs and El Paso county have been put on hold. Colorado Springs Council delayed a vote Tuesday on a joint resolution with El Paso County Commissioners on storm water until next month.
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February 25, 2013 7:57 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The synthetic drug Spice is supposed to mimic the high that comes from using marijuana. It's legal in most places except the military. Thanks to the work of Air Force Academy cadet Alexa Gingras, it's now easier for commanders to test whether a member of their ranks... more »
February 22, 2013 1:28 AM
Marijuana users are getting creative when it comes to getting their hands on pot. They're using web sites like Craigslist to trade merchandise for marijuana.
Plug in "marijuana" on Craigslist and a laundry list of postings will appear. People are looking to trade anything and everything from cell phones... more »
February 21, 2013 2:57 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The worst of the storm brought out the best in a small group of strangers Wednesday night. They rallied together to help push free more than 30 vehicles that had gotten stuck spinning their wheels in the ice and snow at of Woodmen Rd. and Union Blvd.... more »
February 20, 2013 12:20 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The family a Cincinnati soldier whose body was at a Colorado Springs hotel room Sunday morning describe their sister and daughter as a very warm and caring individual. Sgt. Kimberly Walker, 28, part of a refueling company attached to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at... more »
February 14, 2013 2:18 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Every door of every home and business in Colorado Springs now serves as a legal yard stick. On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Marsha Krieger affirmed the city's 20 foot solicitation boundary from the entryways of private buildings and residences within the city limits.
The restriction... more »
February 13, 2013 4:21 PM
DENVER - The judge presiding over the lawsuit between the City of Colorado Springs and the American Civil Liberties Union over the new Downtown solicitation ban has exempted one part of the law from her preliminary injunction.
A news release issued by the city reads:
Federal Judge Marsha... more »
February 11, 2013 10:57 AM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Class James L. Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area.
Academy personnel found Cadet Walsh, contacted emergency services and attempted to revive him using life saving measures without success.
The Commandant of Cadets informed the Cadet... more »
February 6, 2013 11:17 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The message from an industry consultant to members of the Emergency Services Agency board Wednesday is that it will be best for patients if the both city and county can continue to work together as they consider renewing their contract with ambulance provider American Medical Response. The... more »
January 31, 2013 11:43 PM
Imagine getting phone calls and friend requests on Facebook from people across the nation you don't know. After doing some research, you find out your personal photographs are posted on what police are calling "revenge porn" web sites.
It's the new wave of cyber bullying sweeping the nation and... more »
January 31, 2013 12:20 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - An armed man who went on a dangerous crime spree along Powers Boulevard just before rush hour Wednesday has been taken into custody. Ivan Commodore Stamps, 45, faces a slew of charges ranging from carjacking to assaulting an officer.
A Colorado State Trooper tried to pull... more »
January 29, 2013 11:05 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department are looking for three men they believe tried to lure children on two occasions this week.
In the first case, a Hispanic man in his late 20's, approximately 6'2" tall with a thin build and possible mustache approached a... more »
January 21, 2013 7:45 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Big changes could be store for Colorado Springs Utilities. City Council is expected to vote on a ballot measure Tuesday that would turnover control of the public utility to a independently elected board of directors.
The ballot proposal calls for a 7 member board to be... more »
January 16, 2013 10:52 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - At roughly 14,000 total acres, the City of Colorado Springs parks and opens spaces are big part of the community's identity. But without the right stewardship, they can also be dangerous, especially to homeowners who live at the boundaries.
City forester Paul Smith explains when the... more »
January 16, 2013 4:42 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - Hey kids, have you ever wondered what it's like in space? Why not ask an astronaut about it? This week the US Air Force Academy is collecting questions from local students from kindergarten through 12th grade to be asked of former astronaut and retired Air... more »
January 16, 2013 4:19 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The fire department at Peterson Air Force Base conducted live training exercises Wednesday afternoon on the west side of the installation. While the training is routine, smoke and flames were visible from the Powers Boulevard corridor.
The base issued a news release Wednesday to calm any... more »
January 16, 2013 1:04 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Energy companies may soon be drilling for oil and natural gas near Colorado Springs neighborhoods. City Council held a work session Tuesday hear from members of the state oil and gas commission about new environmental restrictions on drilling.
Oil companies have expressed interest in drilling wells... more »
January 16, 2013 1:00 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - There weren't many empty seats at the Cheyenne Mountain High School auditorium as hundreds of people came out to the city's first wildfire safety information meeting.
City leaders from the police and fire departments spoke about the importance of preparing for an evacuation and how to... more »
January 15, 2013 4:12 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - An invading force of styrofoam robots are planning their attack on the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The art exhibit "Styroboto: nothing comes from nothing" by contemporary artist Michael Salter will open next Thursday with a public reception from... more »
January 14, 2013 8:18 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Local schools have contracted with law enforcement agencies for several years to have a uniformed armed school resource officers in their buildings. However, the Board of Education for Falcon School District 49 recently took things further by allowing a civilian employee to carry a concealed firearm on... more »
January 10, 2013 12:38 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - American Medical Response has a government-endorsed monopoly for the ambulance service in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Their contract is up for renewal at the end of the year and Mayor Steve Bach wants to see if the city's really getting the best deal.
"More... more »
January 9, 2013 12:41 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - On a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council passed stricter fire codes for any new homes built in the foothills of Colorado Springs. Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire resistant Class A roofing materials are now required.
Wooded siding and shake shingles are prohibited... more »
January 7, 2013 8:17 PM
Colorado Springs City Council members met with the city attorney Monday to decide what their next step will be in the legal fight over the downtown panhandling ban. Last month, as part of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal judge issued an emergency injunction stopping... more »
January 4, 2013 7:22 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Even with the national unemployment rate holding steady at 7.8 percent in December, those who are out of work in Southern Colorado face a more challenging job market.
In November, the most recent month available, there were 25,765 people unemployed in El Paso County, or roughly... more »
January 3, 2013 8:43 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - There have been at least 102 assaults on officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department during the past three years. The highest year for assaults was 2010 in which there were 41.
The number dropped to 28 in 2011 but then climbed to at least 33... more »
January 2, 2013 1:36 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS -Emergency managers in the City of Colorado Springs will host an informational meeting later this month to increase awareness about the danger of wildfires and the need for emergency preparedness.
Fire Chief Rich Brown, Fire Marshall Bret Lacey and Emergency Manager Bret Waters will discuss evacuation planning... more »
December 28, 2012 9:05 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Members of the Colorado City Council may ask voters next April for a substantial raise. News 5 obtained a copy of a draft ballot issued that would amend the City Charter to increase the pay of council members by the equivalent of 44 percent of the mayor's... more »
December 28, 2012 8:02 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The bomb squad was called on Friday afternoon to investigate a suspicious package found outside of a Colorado Springs bank. The incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo branch at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.
Customer Joe Quintana spotted the red gift... more »
December 28, 2012 2:04 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Investigators with the Colorado Springs Police Department are asking for help identifying a man they believe robbed a pair of convenience stores last week. This photo was taken from a surveillance camera at the Circle K at 3805 Maizeland Road.
The police believe the man forced... more »
December 28, 2012 1:36 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Christmas Eve was a particularly busy time for volunteers with the NORAD Tracks Santa Program. During a 23 hour period, the operations center answered over 114,000 calls from children looking for Santa Claus, an increase of more than 12,000 from last year.
The group also received... more »
December 27, 2012 8:00 PM
A newspaper in New York state sparked a nationwide controversy this week by published a map of households where handgun owners live. The ordeal raised our curiosity as to what kind of public records exist for gun owners in Colorado. As it turn out, there's not much.
Susan Medina,... more »
December 21, 2012 8:36 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Thousands of people flooded into the Freedom Financial Expo Center Friday morning for the 30th Annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. The event is local tradition started by the late businessman Bob Telmosse to help families in need during the holidays.
Each person is given free toys... more »
December 21, 2012 8:12 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Outside of the Colorado Springs Housing Authority board meeting Thursday, 79-year-old Rose Reed and her daughter Elizabeth wear signs of protest and wave to cars passing by on S. Nevada Avenue.
Rose says the smoke from her neighbors apartments at the Senior Heritage Plaza are damaging... more »
December 20, 2012 7:46 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The woman accused of taking a Colorado Springs toddler and triggering an amber alert was formally advised of the charges against her. Tonia Shetina, 38, is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on $200,000 bond for charges of 2nd Degree Kidnapping and Motor... more »
December 20, 2012 12:54 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A woman previously described as a person of interested associated with the disappearance of a 2 year old girl Wednesday has now been arrested on charges of kidnapping.
Tonia Shetina, 38, is being held on $200,000 bond at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on... more »
December 14, 2012 5:51 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The inability of Congress to reach a deal to avoid automatic sequestration spending cuts could end up hurting the elderly in our community. Guy Dutra-Silveira, executive director of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, is anticipating a loss in funding for up... more »
December 14, 2012 10:48 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Years before she joined the Harlem Globetrotters, shot hoops with President Obama or was a standout player at Temple University, Fatima "TNT" Maddox was as student at Monterey Elementary in Harrison School District 2.
The Globetrotter rookie is returning home next week to speak with students... more »
December 12, 2012 6:45 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A 14-year old student at Air Academy High School was taken into custody and released to his parents Wednesday after he allegedly brought a marijuana laced brownie to school.
He shared the dessert to a female classmate whom administrators say became violently ill and had to... more »
December 12, 2012 6:27 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - The woman accused of setting fires in an Air Force Academy dormitory told investigators she started them because she felt upset, lonely and depressed.
Michelle Smith, 38 was was formally charged Tuesday with four counts of arson. All of the fires were started in... more »
December 5, 2012 5:27 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - A female contractor has been arrested on arson charges in connection with a series of small fires at an Air Force Academy dormitory. Michelle Smith, 38, was booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center Wednesday on four counts of arson.
Smith was... more »
December 5, 2012 12:27 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY- Hundreds of cadets were evacuated from a US Air Force Academy dormitory Tuesday after two small fires were found and extinguished. The fires happened inside Sijan Hall, one of the Academy's two dormitories.
It's unclear how many cadets were part of the evacuation. However, the... more »
December 4, 2012 10:02 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The moving trucks have arrived at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff is relocating most of his operations under one roof at the newly remodeled county building downtown on Vermijo Street.
Early Wednesday morning the non emergency county dispatch number 719-390-5555 will be briefly... more »
December 4, 2012 9:47 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - We're getting a clearer picture of just how voters in El Paso County felt about certain issues on the November ballot. The Clerk and Recorders Office released a set of maps this week showing precinct-by-precinct voting breakdowns for Amendment 64 (marijuana legalization and Issue 1A (tax increase... more »
December 4, 2012 9:37 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Sigourney Weaver is coming to Colorado Springs next year. The Golden Globe winner and star of the Sci-Fi thriller Alien is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the 29th Annual National Space Symposium on April 11 at the Broadmoor Hotel.
While generally considered a networking... more »
December 3, 2012 1:22 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Walgreens and other community partners are working together to offer five free flu shot clinics this month for people with health insurance or those who do not have vaccine coverage. Cases of the flu are already being reported in El Paso County and... more »
December 3, 2012 12:02 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - They newest animal to join the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also one of the heaviest. Jumbe (pronounced Joom-Bay) is a 9-year-old Eastern Black Rhinoceros who weighs in at a whopping 2,658 lbs.
He'll have a comfy new home inside the new $13.5 million Encounter Africa exhibit... more »
November 30, 2012 9:23 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Online shoppers beware, international scam artists seem to be targeting our community this week. They are making cold calls to individual homes and cell phones saying they are from "Microsoft Windows."
Scarlett Millsaps recently got that call.
"They told me that they are with Microsoft... more »
November 29, 2012 8:02 PM
CHICAGO - With one month left in the year, the gasoline price tracking website GasBuddy.com predicts that 2012 will be the most expensive ever for US consumers.
The Chicago-based website reports the yearly national average for a gallon of unleaded gas is running at $3.63 per gallon, 12 cents... more »
November 29, 2012 7:22 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will notice luminaries lighting the pathways around the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities next weekend as the campus celebrates the holiday traditions of the San Luis Valley.
Stitches and Stories: A San Luis Valley Christmas is... more »
November 29, 2012 6:49 PM
FREMONT COUNTY - Officers with the Canon City Police Department arrested a Colorado Springs man Tuesday who had open warrants from both the Springs and California.
The officers were responding to a report of shots being fired at the North 9th Street Storage facility when they found Roger Wayne... more »
November 28, 2012 12:34 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A man was hospitalized in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times during a fight in Downtown Colorado Springs. It happened at around 5:48 p.m. along East Kiowa Street between Cascade and Tejon.
Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide/Assault team say the attacker left... more »
November 28, 2012 12:23 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Flowers, balloons and candles mark the area along Pikes Peak Avenue where two young people lost their lives in a car accident Monday afternoon.
Neto White, 9, and Leondro Carabajal, 17, were trying to push a stalled minivan out of traffic along with Neto's 10-year-old sister... more »
November 27, 2012 6:02 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - All three of victims identified in a deadly auto-pedestrian accident Monday in Colorado Springs were minors. Leondro Xavier Carabajal, 17, and Neto White, 9, were seriously injured when they were hit from behind by an SUV while pushing a stalled minivan out of traffic.
The accident... more »