August 12, 2011 1:08 AM
Members of the 381st Bombardment Group, who flew missions during World War II, are reuniting in Colorado Springs.
It's a lot of emotions at once, seeing old friends and thinking about the ones who aren't here.
"It's been a long time," says Lin Chew, a retired tail gunner... more »
July 24, 2011 12:37 AM
Colorado's mixed martial arts community is rallying around one of their own. Alex Constantinides lost his wife, Laurel, and three daughters when they died in rushing waters that pushed their family S.U.V. off a southern Wyoming highway early Tuesday.
Alex is a nationally known ringside doctor for the sport.... more »
July 12, 2011 12:05 AM
Providing help to those with mental illness is a daunting task in the Pikes Peak region. Emergency rooms are swamped because, as the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows, Colorado is dead last in the country when it comes to in-patient bed space.
"If you add Washington D.C. into... more »
July 8, 2011 12:36 AM
Colorado has one of the largest space related economies in the country, and there are a lot of local ties to the space program. The final shuttle launch will be bittersweet for many of these people.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida just before... more »
July 1, 2011 8:13 PM
Richard and Sally Pfeiffer found a big surprise in their pool last week; it was a two- to three-year old black bear.
"He was in the lower end here, sitting for quite a while," says Richard Pfeiffer.
Sally snapped a picture. They say the bear has shown off... more »
June 17, 2011 4:11 PM
For the last 25 years riders with the Pikes Peak Harley Owners Group have hit the road to help Silver Key Senior Services, and this year is no different.
On Saturday, June, 25th, riders are meeting at Pikes Peak Harley Davidson on N. Nevada Ave. between 8:00 and 9:00... more »
June 10, 2011 4:57 PM
An El Paso County jury has found 19-year-old Logan McClelland guilty of reckless manslaughter in the death of 50 -year-old Bradley Blehm last August.
Blehm was an employee at the Big O Tires store, on Highway 105 in Monument, who had been drinking and ordered to go home for... more »
May 29, 2011 8:52 AM
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a house fire in east Colorado Springs Cimarron Hills, Sunday morning. Crews were called out to the 1100 block of Kachina Drive around 4 a.m.
Witnesses say flames were shooting out from the roof of the home. One person was... more »
May 19, 2011 6:39 PM
Activities and facilities around the state involving horses are shutting down because of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) spreading.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture said Thursday that eight cases of EHV-1 have been confirmed, and 22 others are suspected. The Dept. of Agriculture has issued 10 quarantine orders in... more »
May 16, 2011 4:26 PM
As Endeavour launched into the new frontier of space Monday morning, the United States government is preparing for a new frontier of space travel without using the shuttle. The three-decade old human transport-module to space is being retired after the final launch of Atlantis scheduled for June.
NASA has... more »
May 16, 2011 4:06 PM
The next generation of astronauts may be heading to Mars, so the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs is looking to take them there ahead of time - this Wednesday.
The Foundation, along with support from local organizations, is opening the Space Foundation Discovery Institute next to Jack Swigert Aerospace... more »
May 13, 2011 5:51 PM
Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the school bullying bill into law Friday.
The proposed law, that has passed the legislature, gives a clear definition of bullying, and forces schools to revisit their plans and policies on how to handle bullies. It also sets up a way to... more »
May 13, 2011 4:21 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors are expected to lay out their case against a Colorado Springs woman accused in the dragging death of a tow truck driver.
The Gazette reports that 33-year-old Detra Dione Farries is expected to attend the preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Farries... more »
May 12, 2011 11:28 PM
Thursday was not your typical day at Horace Mann Middles School; kids and parents were told a local police officer arrested on child pornography charges had worked there.
"Does that make you nervous?" News First 5 asked a parent pulling up to pick up their child.
"Very; I... more »
May 8, 2011 7:57 PM
Nearly two years ago, when homeless people were told to leave the camps along the creeks in Colorado Springs, many found a home at the Express Inn. However, this weekend, they're packing up; once again told they have to leave.
"Tuesday they hung letters saying that the 9th it's... more »
May 8, 2011 1:33 PM
Several residents of the Express Inn, on the corner of Cimarron and 8th Street in Colorado Springs, say the hotel is closing down. Many of the residents, who are now packing up and leaving, were previously homeless and now have no place to go.
Back in March News First... more »
May 7, 2011 6:58 PM
A 12-year old girl, who's spent her young years struggling with spina bifida, is getting help from man's best friend -- a specially trained dog who will help her navigate the world. These dogs can cost more than $20,000, but thanks to generous donations, Cameron Biebuyck -- who likes to... more »
May 7, 2011 3:55 PM
Cameron Biebuyck -- a local 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth -- is waiting on her new service dog. These specially trained animals can cost more than $20,000, but through the non-profit Canine Assistants , and other charitable donations, Biebuyck's new dog will be free.
... more »
April 28, 2011 11:30 PM
Watching images of destruction from tornadoes in the Southeast United States can make you wonder; could a major tornado happen here?
The damage they can do is devastating. Every year tornadoes pop up in Colorado.
"We're right on the edge of Tornado Alley," says News First 5 Meteorologist... more »
April 17, 2011 7:16 PM
Richard Skorman and Steve Bach are fighting it out to be Colorado Springs' first strong mayor; and a tough job awaits the winner. A big part of their job will be improving the city's image following what some call negative press over the years.
News First 5 helped sponsor... more »
April 3, 2011 12:02 PM
Iraqi leaders made a visit to El Paso County Saturday, hoping to learn from local correctional facilities.
A delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Justice visited the Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs. They're on a multi-state tour with U.S. Army personnel, visiting correctional facilities at several different levels (federal,... more »
April 1, 2011 10:48 PM
It's not the kind of press mayoral candidate Steve Bach wants less than a week before the due date for mail-in ballots in Colorado Springs.
"Here we are five days before the election and this makes the paper, I'm very disappointed," Bach told News First 5. He denies allegations... more »
March 28, 2011 6:49 PM
Virgil Caddell has been a resident at the Express Inn on West Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs since being caught sleeping in his car one night about a year and a half ago.
"Police directed me here and I've been here ever since." says Caddell. It was tough for... more »
March 12, 2011 8:20 PM
As of midnight, Friday going into Saturday, the National Football League has been locked out. It's the league's first work stoppage since 1987; and it means the 2011 football season is up in the air.
If the football season is up in the air, then so is a lot... more »
March 5, 2011 6:56 PM
A man is in custody after trying to use counterfeit money at a Colorado Springs bar.
Police say they were called out around 1:30 Saturday morning to Copperhead Road on North Academy Blvd., near Rebecca Lane. Security guards detained a man they thought was using counterfeit money. They held... more »
March 4, 2011 11:29 PM
Last week's dragging death of tow truck driver Allen Rose had an affect on many; and a big one on Mike Baier, who just couldn't seem to get it off of his mind. He wanted to help.
"I'd like to think that something good can come from every tragedy,... more »
February 28, 2011 6:50 PM
Local business leaders are getting ready for another mayoral forum Tuesday night in Colorado Springs. It's scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center.
News First 5 hosted the candidates for a debate earlier this month, but on Tuesday candidates will be specifically talking about business. Several business-related... more »
February 20, 2011 7:52 AM
A man is dead after a motorcycle accident just before 2 a.m. Sunday.
"One of our officers stumbled upon this traffic accident scene after he had been advised by motorists that there had be an accident, a bad accident, back here at Vickers and Flintridge," said Sgt. Jim Jeffcoat.... more »
February 12, 2011 12:46 AM
House Bill 1043 has gotten a lot of the attention in the medical marijuana community of this year's bills working their way through the legislature. It's got several proposed changes to the Colorado Medicinal Marijuana Code; such as extending the state moratorium for new businesses in the industry, rules on... more »
February 11, 2011 12:12 AM
"We're late on a lot of bills, says Brandon Pelton. "It's getting scary."
Since Pelton was medically discharged from the Army last year, finding work has been harder than he ever thought. He's filed for unemployment insurance from the state, but waited for issues with Veterans Affairs to be... more »
February 6, 2011 7:15 PM
"I knew it was going to be real tough," says Brandon Pelton, who's currently unemployed, looking for work, and fighting to receive benefits in the meantime. However he had no idea it would be as tough as it's been to find a job after getting out of the Army last... more »
January 23, 2011 8:01 PM
It's an unbelievable story that's played out in news across the nation. A woman from Connecticut -- who was kidnapped less than three weeks after birth -- found her birth parents 23 years later.
After feeling like things weren't matching up 23-year-old Nejdra Nance did some investigating of her... more »
January 8, 2011 9:02 PM
Colorado Springs Police are investigating the deaths of two adults, a man and a woman, found in a home at 829 Skyway Blvd. Saturday afternoon.
Police got a call at 3:37 p.m. from someone who found the bodies inside the home with traumatic injuries. Police say the woman had... more »
January 8, 2011 12:49 AM
Nearing the end of his term, Governor Bill Ritter announced 28 pardons and commutations Friday afternoon; and there was a shocking one on the list to some -- commuting the life sentence of Jennifer Reali who was convicted in 1992 in the murder of her lover's wife in Colorado Springs.... more »
December 26, 2010 6:39 PM
"It seems like its shot up a lot in the past couple of weeks," say Greg Even, a driver who's been noticing gas prices on the rise.
Gas prices nationally have passed three dollars a gallon on average, for the first time since October 2008 -- when we had... more »
December 24, 2010 8:02 PM
Edward McNulty, a local jeweler, has been working hard to finish up a long list of Christmas orders. He stayed late Thursday night catching up, but when he left his shop, McNulty Jewelers at Union Blvd. and Briargate Parkway, around 10 p.m. he did something unusual, he grabbed his gun.... more »
December 12, 2010 7:34 PM
Colorado Springs Police are searching for two men accused of a violent robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Store owners caught the crime on tape, and gave a copy to News First Five.
Watching the video, it's a sight Ryan Orness never wanted to see -- his medical... more »
December 11, 2010 8:21 PM
"In the last year or so, I've been seeing more and more service people than I ever have," says Dan Lundy, L.P.C. That's after 18 years of private practice, off post, as a licensed counselor. However he says it's not just the service members having trouble, the whole family takes... more »
December 4, 2010 8:11 PM
Care and Share Food Bank's chief executive officer, Deborah Tuck, had just explained the needs of the food bank to News First Five earlier in the week. By the end of the week she had been fired. Tuck was let go after only 13 months on the job, in the... more »
November 21, 2010 8:34 PM
Heading into the holiday weekend, airline travelers are concerned about security.
Photos in the Denver Post this week showed some invasive screening. Also the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, told a Sunday morning news talk show that enhanced security pat-downs, that have received criticism, are here... more »
September 23, 2010 7:19 PM
El Paso County Democrats are questioning G.O.P. Senate candidate Ken Buck's plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Democrats met in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs Thursday, concerned Buck has plans to privatize the V.A and take it out of government control. The plan was mentioned on a recent... more »
September 19, 2010 6:56 PM
This year's city budget cuts had Colorado Springs swimmers nervous with the closing of local pools. However, those swimmers get a little more relief this weekend. The Colorado Springs Recreation Center, off of South Union Blvd., is open again.
It was the Colorado Springs Swim School that stepped in... more »
September 18, 2010 11:26 PM
76-year-old Jong Chung was found, unconscious but alive, after nearly two days of searching in El Paso County.
Search crews have been combing areas, like Goose Gossage Trail, looking for Chung. He was called in as missing Thursday to Colorado Springs Police after not returning from a noon walk.... more »
August 30, 2010 8:15 PM
Peter Sprunger-Froese's Bike Clinic in Colorado Springs is filled with some of the lost and forgotten parts of bicycles that people thought showed no promise, but Peter brings them back.
"To bring life to these bikes, that are what we're trying to do here, says Sprunger-Froese, as he works... more »
August 29, 2010 1:45 PM
Leaders are hoping a new program, beginning Monday at Fort Carson, will break the connection between alcohol and violent crimes.
It's known as the Army's Confidential Alcohol Treatment and Education Pilot, and it's a program where soldiers don't have to notify their superiors before seeking substance abuse treatment.
... more »
August 21, 2010 7:50 PM
Kathy Moore is now pouring through papers, after her bank accounts were drained this week.
"It's a terrible feeling to wake up and see that you have zero balances on both of your accounts," Moore says. She says she contacted her bank immediately, and found out she was a... more »
July 25, 2010 7:36 PM
These days Antione Johnson spends a lot of time trying to reach out to soldiers. He knows a lot are coming home with issues.
He thinks he can help, but it's all about getting through.
"It's really hard to really break that barrier," says Johnson, who's working to... more »
July 23, 2010 11:46 PM
"Why should you vote for me?" Ken Buck repeated the question asked of him at a recent campaign stop in Weld County. "Because I don't wear high heels," Buck responded in reference to Jane Norton, his GOP adversary for U.S. Senate.
Those words have generated some heat for Buck.... more »
July 2, 2010 11:39 PM
Recently released national labor statistics show the unemployment rate dropped in June from 9.7% to 9.5%, but the number of jobs dropped as well.
At the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, employees can only judge by what they've seen, and that's been fewer faces coming in for help.
"That... more »
June 20, 2010 7:35 PM
"...By handing it to such person. They didn't hand it to me," says Doug Bruce, reading from Colorado law on serving subpoenas.
Bruce says legally he's not in contempt of court. The motion against him claims Bruce ignored a court subpoena to testify on a hearing for individuals' involvement... more »
June 19, 2010 4:52 PM
Police continue looking into what caused a home invasion and shooting in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
One man died. Police say two men armed with a gun came into a home on the corner of Winnipeg and Tahoe. The homeowner also had a gun and they shot at each... more »
June 14, 2010 7:51 PM
In Colorado Springs, World War II vets are honoring Flag Day by paying tribute to some flags from their generation, one that paved the way for the flags that we salute today.
The flag has been the banner of many generations of American soldiers, but flags being put on... more »
June 3, 2010 11:18 PM
When talking about homelessness in Colorado Springs, for a while there hasn't been much to celebrate. However, on Thursday, Homeward Pikes Peak and those staying at the Aztec Motel are getting out the cake.
"Some people aren't here because they've gotten jobs and they've moved on." Bob Holmes, with... more »
May 31, 2010 11:26 AM
The Pikes Peak Veterans Council are holding their annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Colorado Springs. The 42 member organizations are meeting at the Retired Enlisted Association at 834 Emory Circle for the service at 11 a.m.
The guest speaker scheduled is Col. James M. Stewart (USAF Ret.).
... more »
May 9, 2010 8:16 PM
An early morning apartment fire got Mother's Day off to an unexpected start for many Springs families.
As residents at the Pine Crest Apartments in Colorado Springs waited for the flames to be put out, crews found that food left unattended on a stove top started the fire. Lt.... more »
May 5, 2010 7:21 PM
A popular Colorado Springs garden shop was targeted by thieves. Hundreds of dollars in equipment was taken from Rick's Garden Center on W. Uintah St.
The whole thing was caught on tape. Owner Mike Estes says several people came in and distracted workers. Some of them walked out the... more »
April 26, 2010 6:33 PM
Many points in Sunday's New York Times article have Fort Carson's and Washington's attention.
"There was a New York Times article yesterday (Sunday) about our Warrior Transition Unit at Ft. Carson Colorado, that probably raised concern about how the Army is caring for its wounded ill and injured soldiers,"... more »
April 25, 2010 6:54 PM
The effects of a sexual abuse accusation against Denver Catholic priest, Mel Thompson, are making their way to Colorado Springs.
"We're saint and sinner, as we say, and we had to address the sin," explains Father Jim Klein, pastor at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church.
At Divine Redeemer Church,... more »
April 17, 2010 7:57 PM
Kevin Murdock is hearing surprise from customers calling for a quote to get their house painted.
"Many people are like, oh come on, you're just trying to sell me a job. Well kind of, but not really," Murdock explains. "They hop online then they call back and say, hey,... more »
April 11, 2010 7:18 PM
Stoney Kahn saw it advertised on the Masters and just had to check it out, 3-D television.
"I don't know if I'm going to buy one or not, but I certainly want to see one," Kahn says.
He's not the only one interested. At The Soundshop in Colorado... more »
April 2, 2010 3:41 PM
After 30 years of doing it in Colorado, barbecuing is in Ivan Bookard's soul.
"When they wrote this, it was so many years ago," Bookard explains while looking at a picture shown next to a news article of him. "This is when I was on B Street. Mr. B's... more »
March 18, 2010 8:06 PM
The road can be a dangerous place, but those dangers can increase if you aren't looking out for yourself.
That's what they're trying to get across to Fort Carson soldiers on Thursday.
A staged accident scene is one way that point is being put across. The post brought... more »
March 15, 2010 6:55 PM
It's fun for kids but hard at first for parents. Child care and day care is a reality for many families. While finding it may not be easy, it doesn't have to be scary.
"Parents know the ideal care that they want for their child," said Leanne Cabral, a... more »
March 10, 2010 4:56 PM
With the no camping ordinance in effect as of Wednesday, the Homeless Outreach Team, part of the Colorado Springs Police Department, has the job of clearing things out.
"It's not going to happen overnight, like we've been saying, but it is moving along a lot quicker now with the... more »
March 3, 2010 5:26 PM
More soldiers from the Mountain Post are heading overseas. To get ready they're packing away the colors in a traditional casing ceremony.
The flags for the divisions are cased before being sent into a combat zone.
3,500 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, with the 4th Infantry... more »
February 10, 2010 7:49 PM
A living history farm that doesn't want to become history itself.
Rock Ledge Ranch, near Garden of the Gods, faced closing after major cuts in the city's budget. So far, the ranch's manager says they've raised about $40,000. It's enough to keep the doors open beyond April 1 when... more »
January 28, 2010 8:37 PM
In a tight job market, the phones are ringing often at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Career Center. Right now though, a lot of the people asking for help finding a job are alumni.
"They are coming back and saying, "I'm having some trouble in the job market.... more »
January 14, 2010 1:19 PM
Volunteers with Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful are cleaning the homeless camps along Fountain Creek. Conditions in the camps have grown increasingly squalid lately drawing criticism from the community and city council.
The problem, says Colorado Springs Police Officer Brett Iverson, is misguided generosity by the community. An overwhelming amount... more »
January 8, 2010 11:25 PM
A man has minor injuries from being shot by a BB gun while doing his job.
Colorado Springs police say a tow truck was called in to remove cars parked at an apartment complex just west of Academy on Airport Road. That's when 10 to 12 people threatened the... more »
January 8, 2010 8:26 PM
Protestors outside of Senator Michael Bennet's office in Colorado Springs came face-to-face with the lawmaker today.
At around noon on Friday, several dozen people gathered outside of Bennet's office near Tejon and Boulder to protest the new health care bill. Bennet happened to be attending a campaign fundraiser next... more »
December 24, 2009 4:58 PM
A big pile of gifts surround a young woman with a big heart.
"It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference," said 21-year-old Chelsea Smith.
But Smith's heart also made her quite sick as a baby. "I actually had open heart surgery at 3 months and... more »
December 22, 2009 11:03 PM
It's wheels down forever for the Colorado Springs police helicopters. They held a ceremony today to decommission the two choppers. City council axed the air unit from next year's city budget.
""This isn't a day to mourn," said Police Chief Richard Myer at the police hangar near the Springs... more »
December 9, 2009 7:06 PM
El Paso County may soon be contracting out, once again, for animal control.
Right now, the city works with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region for field calls, but the county had to drop its contract because of budget constraints. However, on Thursday, Commissioners will be voting... more »
December 2, 2009 8:17 PM
Former State Senator Andy McElhany has filed an ethics complaint against the director of an ethics watchdog group. Mcelhany says Chantell Taylor, director of Colorado Ethics Watch, violated state Supreme Court rules when she investigated him several years ago.
Sevearl years ago, when McElhany was in office, he set... more »
October 25, 2009 9:15 PM
It's that time of the year again. Time to howl at the moon and kick up your heels. But what to wear? For the kids it's back to basics this year. "Super heroes have been coming in pretty good this year, along with story book characters." says Zeezo's President Mark... more »
October 21, 2009 8:16 PM
Health experts are battling the H1N1 virus in several different ways.
Thanks to a grant, there's an old technique with a new twist being used in El Paso County to keep up with the virus.
Clinics like the one at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus... more »
September 26, 2009 7:39 PM
From ‘sexting' to dating violence, teens and their parents got an eye opening lesson today from El Paso County sheriff's deputies.
Tammy Medina says her daughter was the victim of a computer prank. "Somebody set up a MySpace account in her name," she said. "We didn't know who... more »
September 13, 2009 9:28 PM
It started off as any other day in the woods for Mark Strauch, his son Ethan and brother in law Scott Haring. "We took off Saturday morning for a 20 mile hike loop so my son could fulfill his merit badge." says Mark. That hike turned into something a bit... more »