March 27, 2012 1:08 AM
For Specialist Daniel Mata, some parts of being home - after being deployed to Iraq - immediately stood out as being more stressful than before war.
"When I'm driving I see certain things on the side of the road; I'll go from going the speed limit to bombing about... more »
October 27, 2011 5:00 PM
It made national news in 2004 when a 13-year-old Iraqi boy -- who, under the codename Steve-O, had helped Americans on missions -- was brought back to live in the United States.
Jasim Ramadon describes a childhood that was surrounded by violence. His dad was a Captain in Saddam... more »
October 25, 2011 4:02 AM
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit coach Jim Schwartz says quarterback Matthew Stafford is "day to day" after hurting his right ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Schwartz said Stafford wore a protective boot after the game, but he wouldn't go into any details about any X-rays... more »
October 15, 2011 5:48 PM
Get your safety goggles ready; you're going to need them.
The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival is kicking off at U.C.C.S. The carnival got things started on Saturday. Lots of groups and organizations set up booths to talk with kids about how they use science everyday. Organizers say about... more »
May 23, 2011 6:14 PM
The woman accused in the dragging death of tow truck driver Allen Rose will stand trial. Detra Farries was in court Monday morning as her preliminary hearing wrapped up; Monday was the completion of that, beginning on May 13th.
Farries will be standing trial on charges related to causing... more »
May 15, 2011 7:32 PM
Missy Mueller is hearing the same thing over and over while looking for a place to rent.
"Do you take pets? Absolutely! What about a Pit Bull? Oh, no," that's how Mueller says her conversations have gone with property managers. Mueller says she's called all over the Colorado Springs... more »
May 1, 2011 7:33 PM
This year's legislative session is just over a week from finished, but redistricting has legislators jockeying for position with constituents.
Redistricting is done every ten years using numbers from the most recent census. It accounts for population changes, trying to keep all of the state's congressional districts close to... more »
April 30, 2011 8:00 PM
Even with all of the resources of the military, taking care of all of the soldiers coming home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a big task. Local experts say we have 70,000 active duty or retired military suffering from P.T.S.D. in the Pikes Peak region.
"Talking about the divorce... 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 24, 2011 5:10 PM
After getting to Acacia Park early Easter morning, many were fueling up on coffee to fight the cold.
"It's kind of a challenge to see what it's like in the morning," says Elly Singer. "Sometimes you think God is the only one awake early in the morning!"
With... more »
April 22, 2011 6:18 PM
A Colorado Springs police officer is on routine paid administrative leave after shooting and killing a man Friday morning. It happened in the backyard home on Auburn Drive, near Constitution Ave. and North Chelton Road.
Neighbors who spoke to News First 5 say they heard the gun shots Friday... more »
April 18, 2011 8:15 PM
With prices rising on basic necessities -- like fuel, food, and clothing -- budgets are getting tight for families across the country.
$100 dollars doesn't take Jan Piane as far as it did a year ago at the grocery store.
"I definitely see that I'm bringing home less... more »
April 16, 2011 12:56 AM
Voters are about one month away from the runoff election to see who will be Colorado Springs' first strong mayor; and with the field narrowed down to two, we're hearing more from the two remaining candidates. They faced off for the first debate of the runoff election on Friday at... more »
April 15, 2011 1:10 AM
Thursday night the Falcon D-49 School Board voted for flexibility, allowing the district to get out of multi-year contracts -- including with staff.
A teacher from the district told NF5 that staff was informed they would likely know by the end of the month whether or not they will... more »
April 11, 2011 6:50 PM
Local soldiers, looking for ways to deal with their own stress since returning from war, are trying to help soldiers just coming home by giving advice on how make the transition that has been tough for so many.
The Army begins screening soldiers right when they get home to... more »
April 9, 2011 12:16 AM
One of actor Gary Sinise's best known roles is "Lieutenant Dan" in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump . Along with acting he's also an advocate for veterans and a musician. Friday, the "Lieutenant Dan Band" put on a free concert on Fort Carson.
Some were kind of surprised to... more »
April 4, 2011 7:00 PM
Budgets may be tight, but El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says he needs a couple of big ticket items.
For large crime scenes in the future, Maketa hopes to have a new $400,000 mobile command unit in the next few weeks. That's what he's telling County Commissioners.
... more »
April 3, 2011 6:27 PM
A group from the Women's Community Leadership Initiative is putting a lot of themselves into the Salvation Army Community Center in Colorado Springs.
The program, through Leadership Pikes Pike, is funded by grants and donations. The Salvation Army Center project was picked in a vote by the group from... 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 25, 2011 11:45 PM
A new report from See Change Strategy says medical marijuana will be a 1.7 billion dollar industry in 2011 across the country.
"I think that's rather a low estimate," says KC Stark, an industry advocate from Colorado Springs. That's because Stark has seen how fast it's has picked up... more »
March 20, 2011 7:07 PM
You may have already received your mail-in ballot. Along with choosing a Mayor and City Council, Colorado Springs ballots have two questions. One of them caught a local woman off-guard.
"I opened it up and read it," says Mary Taggart, a concerned voter; but she had to read Issue... more »
March 19, 2011 8:04 PM
Legislators have known since heading to the Capitol in January that they'll be looking at a lot of bills, but their big job is making sure the dollars and cents add up.
"The most pressing issue for this entire session is the budget," says Rep. Bob Gardner, (R) House... more »
March 17, 2011 11:55 PM
Many Americans in Japan during the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami are making their way home; many concerned about the stability of nuclear reactors in the country.
20-year old Ty Moore of Canon City has been south of Tokyo since the quake, and he's staying.
"I was scared... more »
March 14, 2011 7:09 PM
Colorado Springs is entering record levels of unemployment. Numbers from January show the Springs increased the unemployment rate from 9.5 percent to 10.2, according to the Department of Labor and Employment. This increase continues to stretch already heavily used resources for jobseekers.
Anthony Green sees how busy the Pike... 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 11, 2011 11:48 PM
For Debi Moore it's another day of work at Fandies Candy Company in Canon City, but she was up all of the night before. Her son, Ty, is doing missionary work in Japan, and he told her about their massive earthquake and tsunami. He sent her a text message around... more »
March 7, 2011 8:21 PM
For years lawmakers have been looking for ways to keep cigarettes out of the hands of kids; today, its electronic cigarettes. The problem is, there has been no age-limit to use the product in Colorado; but the state legislature is on the verge of changing that.
"I sell at... more »
March 6, 2011 7:16 PM
Colorado Springs is less than a month away from electing it's next Mayor -- and picking the first person to do it as a full-time job in a strong mayor system. Mail-in ballots go out this week, but there's a lot of talk about the thousands of voters that won't... 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 26, 2011 8:24 PM
Charges have been filed in the dragging death of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver. 32-year old Detra Farries is behind bars tonight on a manslaughter charge. Farries was charged Friday night.
She's accused of dragging 35-year old Allen Rose for a mile, on Wednesday. Rose was trying to... more »
February 26, 2011 12:57 AM
The embattled Peyton Fire District Board faces tough decisions as 12 of their firefighters resigned earlier this month -- citing safety issues with the acting fire chief, Jack Rauer. Rauer was placed on paid leave in January while the board looked into allegations, but then was reinstated in February, which... more »
February 25, 2011 12:47 AM
Colorado Springs Police say figuring out what caused 35-year old Allen Rose to drag to his death behind an SUV Wednesday is an extremely complex investigation. As of Thursday night no arrests have been made.
"We have a party that was pulled by a vehicle by chains on the... more »
February 21, 2011 8:02 PM
Natasha Santos, a Pueblo mother of three crushed between two cars, and left for dead on a slippery I-25 earlier this month just returned home from the hospital. Even so, she still has a long road of recovery ahead.
It happened in early February when ice covered Pueblo roads.... more »
February 20, 2011 6:52 PM
With the current rules, Colorado is one of the easiest states in the country to change its constitution. Colorado's state constitution has changed 81 times in the last 44 years; however, lawmakers are making another push to changes that.
"Most of those changes have happened in the last 20... more »
February 19, 2011 12:04 AM
Friday wraps up the second week of the murder trial for a Colorado Springs teen accused of killing his little brother. It's been a week of testimony, and a key question has come up; could this type of a crime be committed while sleepwalking?
In May of 2009, police... more »
February 18, 2011 12:12 AM
The owner of a now-closed Colorado Springs business - that claimed to shelter dogs of soldiers while they're deployed -- has taken flack after one soldier didn't get his dog back. The dog was adopted out and eventually put to sleep.
The situation has gained attention online from across... more »
February 14, 2011 7:07 PM
Drivers in Colorado Springs might want to avoid South Academy Blvd. the next few nights while construction is ramping up on the Milton Proby Parkway Project. Managers say the project is about halfway finished.
South Academy Blvd. will be reduced to one lane each way overnight; Monday, Tuesday, and... more »
February 13, 2011 8:25 PM
After three deployments in three years, and ending the last one short because his wife is sick, David Bruce, now active duty in the Air Force Reserve, has a lot on his plate.
"It just compounds, every little thing adds on." says Bruce.
Luckily he's found help at... 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 4, 2011 11:09 PM
A hit and run in Pueblo Thursday night left a 25-year old woman critically hurt. Pueblo Police and Crime Stoppers are trying to find the driver who left the scene.
It was about 5:30 p.m. when a Jeep Liberty lost control and spun around on I-25 near Abriendo Ave.... more »
February 4, 2011 12:46 AM
A local family feels justice has been served after a Fort Carson soldier was convicted Thursday for murdering their daughter.
23-year-old Robert Marko was convicted of first-degree murder and four other sexual assault related charges in the 2008 death of a 19-year-old girl, Judilianna Lawrence.
It was the... more »
January 31, 2011 8:54 PM
Margot Lane's two enormous evergreens, covered in thousands of lights, near I-25 and Uintah St, have ushered in the Christmas season for years for Colorado Springs. They're hard to miss. The beacons can be seen for miles.
Monday is the last night they'll be on this year, and maybe... more »
January 28, 2011 10:37 PM
"They were all going to the capsule and they were happy; they were light-footed, they were waving at the cameras," describes Robert Allan, remembering getting excited before the launch of the Challenger space shuttle.
His excitement turned to horror just more than a minute after take off as viewers... more »
January 27, 2011 7:51 PM
Falcon School District 49 is preparing for a special board meeting Thursday night at 6:30.
D-49 board meetings have seen heated discussion between parents and the district in recent weeks as board members have tried to cover a $4 million dollar budget gap. January 13th the board decided to... 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 22, 2011 8:45 PM
"Fun, relief of stress, and something out of the ordinary," Melissa Gaines says that's what she was wanting for her kids -- A.J., Alex, and C.J. --- when she brought them out to the Air Force Academy on Saturday. Cadets invited families of deployed 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldiers from... more »
January 22, 2011 12:06 AM
Viewers told News First 5 that when workers at the Westwood College office in Colorado Springs showed up to work Friday morning they found out they were losing their jobs. The offices on Oracle Boulevard opened in 2004, and have been used primarily for online admissions work. They didn't have... more »
January 21, 2011 12:40 AM
"I've got over 2 million square feet of listings in town," says Randy Dowis, a principal with NAI Highland, LLC. He's been working in Colorado Springs more than 20 years and he says for empty commercial real estate -- office, retail, and industrial -- it's all reaching high numbers. Lots... more »
January 17, 2011 7:55 PM
A Colorado Springs woman says she's found "gold" for our soldiers overseas.
MeLissa Rocco has been selling chocolate for about a year now. She was having a show for some of her products in December when a soldier at the show told her that the chocolate covered espresso beans... more »
January 16, 2011 7:40 PM
"Isn't that beautiful? It is beautiful, look at that!" an excited John and Leslie Miller say while checking out the new website for their charity Crossfire Ministries. Since 1992 they've been helping needy in the Pikes Peak area -- mostly with food and household items.
It wasn't until the... more »
January 15, 2011 8:10 PM
Colorado Springs Police say they've caught on to a crime trend that's been going on since September. Thieves are stealing the catalytic converter off of cars; trying to take the metals that the part is made of and sell them.
The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system... more »
January 14, 2011 11:30 PM
It's been two years since two Colorado Springs teens were gunned down, in a fight that was said to be over an iPod. On Friday, 21-year-old Juan Vasquez was found guilty of two counts of second degree murder.
17-year-old Luis Burciaga and 18-year-old Uriel Rascon were each shot in... more »
January 10, 2011 8:04 PM
December numbers from the Labor Department show improvement in the job market, but for those on the front lines -- trying to find work -- things aren't looking so positive.
"People come and go all day long," says Byron Gunn, who's unemployed and spending his days at the Pikes... more »
January 9, 2011 7:35 PM
Teresa McLaughlin, a program director for Homeward Pikes Peak -- a Colorado Springs homeless-help program -- says they're seeing a lot of homeless parents needing help right now.
"She just got shots yesterday," explains Brandy Thomas, talking about her four-month-old daughter, Lilliana, who was starting to get fussy during... 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 »
January 6, 2011 12:55 PM
Three days ago Ted Williams was begging for money -- homeless on the streets of Ohio. That's until a local newspaper brought attention to his amazing voice.
"Say something with that great radio voice," a Columbus, Ohio newspaper employee - with the Columbus Dispatch -- asked Williams as he... more »
December 27, 2010 7:18 PM
Recent history in the housing market has shown the importance of buyers entering into good loans. The government just gave out nearly $73 million to work on seeing more of them in the future; and part of the money is coming to Colorado Springs.
Employees at the non-profit Partners... 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 25, 2010 7:23 PM
In Colorado Springs, thousands -- with no where to go -- are turning to the Salvation Army for a holiday meal.
"I live alone and have been unemployed," says Sel Bethel, a Christmas diner at the Salvation Army offices on South Weber St. It's not an uncommon story; Bethel... 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 12:16 AM
Friday night marks five years since Annette Martinez, a 35-year-old mother of three, was stabbed to death while working at a Pueblo 7-11 convenience store.
Family and friends are preparing for another Christmas without their mother, daughter, sister, and friend, but this year they are trying to take something... more »
December 5, 2010 7:39 PM
Before many travelers take off this holiday season, they'll be taking their credit cards to the internet.
"Looking for the best deal," says Daniel Finholm.
But how far in advance tickets are purchased is different for everyone.
"I just wait for those prices to drop, and wait... more »
November 29, 2010 8:45 PM
Cold weather and snow, blowing in Sunday night, put a new sense of urgency in the search for a missing Manitou Springs mother of two.
33-year-old Mindy Lynn Lee went missing Friday evening. Police say, after interviews, they believe she got out of a truck near Woodland Park High... more »
November 28, 2010 7:40 PM
"I was hoping we could find something," Jay Cribbs says while searching a wooded area near Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park.
Cribbs is the father of the mother of two, 33-year-old Mindy Lee, that's been missing since Friday. He's doing all he can to find his daughter.
... more »
November 27, 2010 7:04 PM
Colorado Springs Police spent the better part of Friday night, and into early Saturday morning, investigating a shooting outside the Whitney Young Manor apartments off of Delta Drive. Neighbors kept an eye on what was going on.
"I didn't really know anything other than the police had been called... more »
November 25, 2010 11:41 PM
Stephanie McCroskey is getting the holiday shopping season underway; trying to cross some names off her lists by waiting in line at the Colorado Springs Toys "R" Us near Citadel Mall for sales beginning at 10 p.m. Many stores hold "door buster" sales after Thanksgiving, but many wait for the... more »
November 22, 2010 11:44 PM
A study from the University of Utah's School of Medicine says living at a high altitude, like Colorado, could trigger depression, possibly even leading to a higher rate of suicides.
Ralph Lundgren was diagnosed with depression in the 80's. He's thought of suicide off and on, but his depression... 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 »
November 20, 2010 8:04 PM
"I do" is becoming "I don't want to."
New numbers from the Pew Research Center show a decline in marriage. They say about half of American adults are married, but in 1960 that number was closer to three-fourths; and views of the family are changing too.
"Americans still... more »
November 16, 2010 12:25 AM
The election was nearly two weeks ago, but a few races are still tight in El Paso County -- waiting on the roughly 5,000 final provisional ballots to be counted. Those are ballots filled out at the polls that still need to be verified.
Work is almost done counting... more »
November 14, 2010 7:47 PM
"Got to start early" explains Thea Etchells.
Your definition of early may be different than others when it comes to holiday shopping.
"I think everybody is starting to shop earlier," explains Thea, who's just finishing up a shopping trip to Best Buy with her dad, Dale.
The... more »
November 13, 2010 12:19 AM
Greg Lingus has been around cattle all of his life.
"It's just a good way to make a living, it really is," says Lingus, a local rancher. However, he notes that it's one that's becoming very difficult for smaller operations.
"It's getting tougher and tougher, especially overheads." From... more »
November 11, 2010 11:42 PM
For Phillip Greaves, his e-book, A Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure, has stoked a firestorm of controversy the past 48 hours.
Reporters have made several stops by his home in the past two days.
Greaves told News First 5 that the book hadn't sold any copies until... more »
November 9, 2010 12:05 AM
Helicopters definitely aren't quiet.
"There's no way to make a helicopter a silent bird," says Bill Sulzman. "They have huge engines and they make a lot of noise."
Sulzman has a protest group named just for that noise called the "Stop the Whop Whop Campaign." He says his... more »
November 7, 2010 8:04 PM
Tim and Carol Barta have received some calls they thought sounded fishy. They saved one of the messages and played it for News First 5.
"...calling you from the American Department of Law and Investigation," the voice on the Barta's answering machine says.
That agency may not sound... more »
November 6, 2010 6:48 PM
Derek Fetty has been working on cars for a while; but lately, across the board, he's seeing more auto recalls than usual.
"Here lately they've (government regulators) been getting a lot more, a lot more , meticulous about what kind of repairs they're going to let slide through the... more »
November 6, 2010 12:43 AM
The hassles of moving are only happiness for Jesse Thomas, an Iraq combat veteran who's been homeless for months; including the last five that he's had his son, Jah-mere.
"This is the car seat that I had for him when we slept in the car and these two baby... more »
November 1, 2010 11:02 PM
The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and they'll be open until 7 p.m. that evening.
If you haven't already sent in your mail-in ballot or stopped by one of the early voting sites, the only way you will be able to vote on Tuesday is by going to... more »
October 31, 2010 7:19 PM
A Fort Carson wife is attracting a lot of attention for allowing people inside her world. Megan Woodall was frustrated with some military services and decided to blog about it.
"Apparently people also felt my frustration that day, and it took off," Woodall, a mother of five and wife... more »
October 30, 2010 7:39 PM
Survey results from cadets and staff through the 2009-2010 Climate Assessment Survey at the Air Force Academy were not originally intended to be released, but are showing progress and problems in a number of areas affecting the lives of those at the Academy.
In some areas it's good, like... more »
October 29, 2010 11:17 PM
Crews have put in hours of work, trying to get control of a fire that started at a south Colorado Springs trash transfer station -- a place used to move trash and recyclables.
"The fire is contained within that building, Lt. Carl Miller told News First 5 around 5... more »
October 28, 2010 8:00 PM
Get the candy and costumes ready; trick-or-treaters will hit the neighborhoods on Sunday. But before, lots of errands and tough decisions go into getting ready for Halloween.
"I'm thinking that the little guy is going to be a bunny," says Kari Stouder, a mother getting her kids ready.
... more »
October 24, 2010 7:37 PM
A new report shows over half of college graduates owe money, and their debt is sometimes more than they'll make in their first year of employment. That's if they get a job at all.
Samantha Larson is a junior at U.C.C.S. studying childhood sociology. She's getting closer to graduation,... more »
October 24, 2010 12:40 AM
South Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs drew the battle lines for Republicans Sunday, amongst themselves; both sides with a conservative candidate they want in the Governor's office.
"We wouldn't be in it, this dividing up the Republican vote, if Tancredo hadn't jumped in after the assembly," says Jimmie Butler,... more »
October 21, 2010 8:07 PM
For coffee shops most business is in the mornings, but mega-chain Starbucks is looking to reach more people later in the day -- by adding beer and wine.
"I think it could help them build their traffic in the afternoon," says Jordan Vaughan, a Colorado Springs customer.
Another... more »
October 16, 2010 6:33 PM
Steve LaRocque, a Fort Carson soldier, has a reminder of what happened in September of 2009 every time he laces up his running shoes.
LaRocque was shot in the knee while helping others who were injured during an ambush in Afghanistan; five people were shot that day, one person... more »
October 16, 2010 12:20 AM
It happens every election year, but depending on the race, stolen political signs can be a big blow to supporters.
58 signs were stolen from a campaign supporting ballot question 2 G. It's a controversial measure on whether or not to ban medical marijuana centers in Fountain. For right... more »