May 17, 2013 10:07 PM
Police found shocking discovery at a home on the northeast side of Colorado Springs when they responded to a welfare check Thursday night: a 13-year-old autistic boy naked, living among dead and live rodents and human and animal excrement.
The boy has been in the care of a former... more »
January 21, 2013 8:22 PM
Colorado ranks high when it comes to abuse of prescription pain killers; in fact, only one state ranks higher in a recent study.
Prescribing pain killers has been a concern for Doctor Mark Carroll from the beginning. When his practice - Alliance Family Practice and Urgent Care in Colorado... more »
December 20, 2012 8:08 AM
DENVER (AP) - Two Denver child care workers could be held liable in the death of a 7-year-old boy who starved to death after abuse complaints went uninvestigated. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled the two workers are not protected by qualified immunity in the May 2007... more »
August 25, 2012 12:36 PM
An active duty Fort Carson soldier is arrested after the death of a 10-month-old boy.
Last night, Sand Creek officers when to a home on Brant Hollow Court where the young child was unconscious but breathing.
He was taken to the hospital, where doctors found multiple bruises on his... more »
August 22, 2012 4:47 PM
Two former workers at a Nebraska center for developmentally disabled adults are going to prison for abusing residents. A judge today sentenced Cameron Barnes, of Fairbury, to 2 to 4 years on two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, to be served consecutively.
Matthew Johnson, of Beatrice, was... more »
July 17, 2012 7:51 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 72-year-old man is facing charges after Colorado Springs police were called to investigate a complaint of sexual assault on a child. Authorities say Bobby Caddell was arrested Monday for investigation of charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position... more »
June 15, 2012 6:59 AM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jurors in Jerry Sandusky's case are getting a three-day weekend after being told the trial won't resume until next week. Prosecutors on Thursday finished calling to the stand eight young men who've claimed the former Penn State assistant coach sexually abused them in a variety of... more »
March 30, 2012 8:28 PM
LONDON (AP) - British prosecutors say they are investigating whether a policeman racially abused a man arrested during last year's riots and will decide whether to file charges. Officials say prosecutors initially decided not to charge the officer, who is accused of making racist remarks to a black man arrested... more »
February 1, 2012 7:01 PM
As many as a third of all teens have been the victim of some form of physical or emotional abuse and counselors at the domestic violence advocacy group TESSA say the abuse is happening at a very early age. Clinical and Advocacy Manager Charity Richardson says they are finding children... more »
January 22, 2012 6:29 PM
The priest at the center of a sex abuse investigation in Colorado Springs has been placed on administrative leave by the diocese and has temporarily had his faculties as a priest suspended. Father Charles Robert Manning is a priest with the Archdiocese of St. Louis but has recently been serving... more »
January 22, 2012 3:04 PM
A handful of audible gasps could be heard among the congregants at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church Sunday morning as Rev. Rafael Torres-Rico read a statement prepared by Bishop Michael Sheridan which stated that allegations of sexual abuse of a child had been made against Rev. Charles Robert Manning.... more »
October 6, 2011 12:13 AM
A group of women who trained under a Colorado Springs gymnastics coach in the late 70's and early 80's are coming forward with allegations of years of sexual and physical abuse. The man at the center of this is 62 year old Doug Boger. The women we spoke to via... more »
October 4, 2011 7:46 AM
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Police are searching for a couple after a 7-year-old diaper-clad boy was found crying in the basement of a filthy northeastern Pennsylvania home, where he claimed he was forced to sleep in a coffin.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports investigators filed endangerment and unlawful restraint... more »
September 20, 2011 4:59 PM
A neighbor who overheard the argument just before an elderly man was stabbed in the chest at a Colorado Springs apartment building Tuesday morning says the victim had confronted his attacker for allegedly abusing a pit bull puppy.
Levi Dixon lives in the same building as both the victim... more »
August 4, 2011 2:23 PM
The headlines are shocking even to those who work with abused children on a daily basis. A Pueblo man, among 72 people charged on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an international child pornography network. Federal prosecutors says the suspects used a website called Dreamboard which was "dedicated to the... more »
April 7, 2011 6:57 PM
The Statistics are alarming. Every two minutes someone in our country is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. In Colorado, one in four women and one in 17 men are victims of sexual violence, according to the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. April is sexual... 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 8, 2011 8:23 AM
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut woman is facing charges for making her son sleep in a locked dog crate because he was acting out and soiling his bed.
Kathlyn Anthony of Old Saybrook was released on $100,000 bond following an initial court appearance Monday on... more »
March 6, 2011 12:38 AM
Canadian born hockey player Sheldon Kennedy seemed to have it all. He was living his dream of playing pro hockey NHL. He had fame and money. But he was hiding a dark secret that tormented him for years.
Graham James, Kennedy's childhood hockey coach and one of Canada's most... more »
February 7, 2011 7:06 PM
A man who plead guilty to animal abuse in Park County was sentenced today in Fairplay. Samuel Walker was sentenced to the maximum 90 days in jail starting today.
He will also be on 2 years of supervised probation.
Nearly a hundred sled dogs were found starving at... more »
January 15, 2011 6:48 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse in the death of her 3-year-old adopted son.
Michelle Dosdall of Peyton was charged in the March 29 death of her son Tristan. She was... more »
December 21, 2010 8:16 AM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Colorado man who sexually abused children at a school he founded in Haiti is returning to a federal court in Connecticut for sentencing.
Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in New Haven.
Some of his victims from Haiti... more »
December 16, 2010 5:49 PM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Colorado man who sexually abused children at a school in Haiti he founded also threatened to kill a prosecutor.
Authorities cited the alleged threat in court papers Thursday as they argued Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., should be sent to... more »
November 11, 2010 2:27 PM
What would grandma say? The same nutmeg you sprinkle on eggnog, or use in a pie recipe--is being used by some young people as a drug. Doctors say two to seven table spoons of nutmeg can cause people to hallucinate. But what some curious kids don't realize, it can also... more »
November 10, 2010 7:30 PM
Phillip Greaves' new book caused controversy all over the country. It's called The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure . "I wanted to provide some guidelines for pedophiles so they could avoid hurting their victims," said Greaves.
He said he's tired of people vilifying pedophiles. "I wrote the book... more »
October 19, 2010 11:27 PM
Recently an animal abuse case involving 28 different charges against Diane Walker was plead down to one misdemeanor count that will give her 2 years probation. She and her Husband Samuel Walker were arrested in December 2009 after about a hundred dogs were found at their property near Hartsel. Eight... more »
October 6, 2010 11:16 AM
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva says she feared for her life and thought the Academy Award winner might kill her during a fight earlier this year.
The 40-year-old musician also tells People magazine in a story published Wednesday that she did not leak audio purportedly of Gibson in a... more »
September 28, 2010 11:51 AM
The U.S. Olympic Committee will "encourage" but not require sports' national governing bodies to adopt standardized policies to prevent abuse.
CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday that the USOC would not set up a centralized database of banned coaches to prevent violators from jumping from sport to sport, because smaller... more »
September 16, 2010 8:53 AM
Illegal drug use is at the highest level in nearly a decade.
The high rate last year was fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecstasy and methamphetamine abuse.
The government report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found marijuana... more »
August 30, 2010 10:33 AM
A new Army program will allow Fort Carson soldiers to seek help for alcohol abuse anonymously so they don't worry about their supervisors finding out.
The program is already in place at other Army posts including Alaska and Hawaii and it will begin Monday at Fort Carson.
The... more »
August 27, 2010 2:18 AM
Randy Wills says he has no regrets about anything in his life. That's why he invited News First 5 to his Pueblo West home to discuss revelations about his criminal past in the midst of his campaign to become the sheriff of Pueblo County.
News First 5 was made... more »
August 26, 2010 8:33 AM
A sheriff's official says detectives have given prosecutors the results of their investigation into domestic violence allegations against Mel Gibson.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says the results were turned over Wednesday for a decision on whether charges will be filed. Detectives investigated claims made against... more »
August 16, 2010 8:29 AM
A man suspected of sexually assaulting at least three young children at a Denver church day care center is due in court Monday to be advised of charges against him.
Benjamin Janicki, 19, is charged with three counts each of sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on... more »
July 22, 2010 8:30 AM
A Colorado man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the death of his 4-month-old baby, who had a skull fracture, bruising and bite marks on his face.
Twenty-seven-year-old Benjamin Koller of Lafayette wept at his sentencing Wednesday during a slide show of his son, Jack.
... more »
May 26, 2010 5:47 PM
Animal rights group PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) made a stop at a Colorado Springs elementary school this afternoon.
A member in a wounded elephant costume called "Ellie" greeted students and parents as school got out at Evans Elementary around 3pm.
The "elephant" handed out activity... more »
April 22, 2010 7:27 PM
A judge has sentenced Chrystie Hardy to 40 years in prison. Hardy was convicted of child abuse resulting in death, for the death of her 4-year-old daughter Madyson May Bogard. Madyson was killed back in January of 2008.
Hardy's boyfriend Mark Friend was also convicted in the little girl's... more »
April 14, 2010 10:50 PM
It's a case that's captured the attention of many in Southern Colorado.
Last June a now 16 year old girl shot and killed Jon Hazard, the man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing her, just days before his trial was set to begin.
It's one El Paso County DA... more »
March 30, 2010 7:34 PM
Social Services has joined a police investigation into a bizarre case of possible elder abuse in Lamar. Last week hazmat crews rescued an elderly woman from a home on 13th Street. The home was filled with dog feces, urine and trash. "The house was in disarray," said Marshall Cook, Lamar... more »
March 29, 2010 7:21 PM
A Colorado Springs man will spend 25 years behind bars, for leaving his son brain-damaged. 25-year-old Michael Anthony Douglas received the sentence Monday, after he was convicted of abuse in January.
Authorities say Douglas hit his son back in 2007, when he was less than a month old. The... more »
February 25, 2010 11:59 AM
Gov. Bill Ritter and lawmakers want to create more oversight of social workers charged with protecting children vulnerable to abuse.
Ritter plans to announce legislation Thursday to create an independent office to follow up on complaints that social workers aren't properly responding to abuse complaints. In the last three... more »
February 19, 2010 2:59 PM
A Colorado Springs jury has convicted Jules Cuneo of two counts in a child abuse case which ended the life of a toddler more than two years ago.
Cuneo was convicted of Child Abuse (knowingly and recklessly causing death), and Reckless Manslaughter. The prosecution had asked for a murder... more »
February 18, 2010 8:50 AM
Police say a doctor who was hospitalized is suspected of stabbing a nurse and trying to leave the hospital.
Lone Tree police accuse 53-year-old Grady Michael Holder of asking a nurse into his room at Sky Ridge Medical Center Saturday night and stabbing her in her upper arm.
... more »
February 17, 2010 7:17 PM
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, The Pueblo Police Department D.A.R.E. Units and the Pueblo City/County Health Department, will sponsor a prescription drug disposal event later this month.
According to the Sheriff's Office, 1 in 3 teens report having a close friend who uses prescription drugs to get high. Some... more »