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2 years 8 months ago

Local fighters thinking about one of their own

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....

2 years 11 months ago

Express Inn residents asked to leave

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...

2 years 11 months ago

Local 12-year-old getting free service dog

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. ...

2 years 11 months ago

On the edge of Tornado Alley

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...

3 years 2 months ago

Unemployed and having trouble getting help

"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...

3 years 3 months ago

Gassing "up" for the trip home

"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...

3 years 4 months ago

Police looking for armed robbers

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Care and Share lets go of C.E.O.

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...

3 years 5 months ago

Colorado Springs Rec Center open again

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...

3 years 6 months ago

Man found after 2-day search

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....

3 years 7 months ago

Fixing bikes, hoping to fix lives

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...

3 years 7 months ago

Suddenly down to nothing

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...

3 years 8 months ago

Local vet helping others fight PTSD

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...

3 years 9 months ago

Mixed review

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...

3 years 10 months ago

Reason to celebrate

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...

3 years 10 months ago

Services scheduled to honor Memorial Day

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.). ...

3 years 11 months ago

Unexpected start to Mother's Day

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....

4 years 1 week ago

Lots of buzz for 3-D TV

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...

4 years 2 months ago

Fighting through a tough job market

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....

4 years 3 months ago

Homeless camp clean up

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...

4 years 3 months ago

Man on the job shot with BB gun

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...

4 years 3 months ago

Protestors and Sen. Bennet come face-to-face

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...

4 years 3 months ago

Wheels down for Springs police choppers

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...

4 years 5 months ago

Halloween spending still up

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...

4 years 5 months ago

A New Twist on an Old Technique

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...

4 years 6 months ago

Teens and parents learn computer safety

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...

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