The facts and evidence from this particular investigation show that CSPD Officers Randall Scott Hallas, Edward Crofoot, Matthew Anderson and Charles Surratt acted reasonably and were justified in defending themselves and others from the continued use of deadly physical force by Noah Harpham. Officers Hallas, Crofoot, Anderson, Surrat, David and Darress performed admirably in preventing further carnage in the City of Colorado Springs. Their actions were not only justified; they were heroic. Because their actions were justified under Colorado law, no criminal charges will be pursued.Read the whole report here:
In the days leading up to this event his family grew alarmed about Harpham’s situation. According to Elizabeth Tucker, Harpham had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Harpham’s step father told investigators that Harpham had become ‘more manic’ as of late. Harpham’s mother also informed his ex-girlfriend this was happening, stating “He (Harpham) has escalated to a new level.” Heather Kopp warned Elizabeth Tucker to “Do everything you can to avoid contact with him (Harpham).” Heather Kopp further had contact with Harpham’s psychiatrist.
Due to these concerns, his stepfather, David Kopp and his brother, Nathan Harpham, boarded separate planes on October 31, 2015, to come to Colorado Springs. They had made plans to try and have Harpham hospitalized. In a later statement from Heather Kopp, she informed law enforcement, “We wanted to get Noah to a medical treatment facility and considered if the police could assist. But we were told by both Dr. Everett and the Cedar Springs Mental Health Center that unless Noah was a threat to himself or others (which he wasn’t) the police wouldn’t be able to assist us” She further stated, he was having “…manic delusions of grandeur and (was) in need of medical help. Prior to coming out to get him hospitalized, his stepfather informed Harpham he was coming to Colorado Springs. David Kopp reported that Harpham told him he (Harpham) was euphoric. The stepfather said Harpham told him ‘it would be great and it would happen here’, and ‘it would be awesome’ and ‘it would blow your mind.’ Harpham’s stepfather arrived in Colorado Springs in the evening of October 31, 2015, several hours after the shootings. Harpham’s mother and stepfather were aware that Harpham had several guns, including the long gun.
The Original Misfits (Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein), Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, NAS, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler, the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Sleigh Bells, Chevy Metal, Vince Staples, Suicidal Tendencies, Flatbush Zombies, The Dandy Warhols, Hatebreed, Lagwagon, The Aquabats, Glassjaw, The Wonder Years, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Danny Brown, Against Me!, Meat Puppets, Leftöver Crack, Dan Deacon, Murder By Death, Rogue Wave, Converge, Billy Talent, Fucked Up, Set Your Goals, Juliette Lewis & The Licks,Touché Amoré, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration, Pouya, White Lung, Plague Vendor, People Under the Stairs, Fat Nick and Don Krez, Violent Soho, Judith Hill, Tigers Jaw, Bleached, Diarrhea Planet, Planes Mistake For Stars, Dee-1, Kirk Knight, Somos, Turnover, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Bryce Vine, 3Teeth, Night Riots, Holy White Hounds, Jule Vera, Microwave, Death Spells, Diet Cig, Donna Missal, High Waisted, Culture Abuse … MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Supporting Victims and the Colorado Springs Community through PPCF Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention2) Sign the thank you banner for first responders
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) has initiated a new Emergency Relief Fund in response to the recent shootings at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs in which three people were killed and several more were injured. Through a thoughtful application process, PPCF’s Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention will support community-wide efforts of healing in the aftermath of this tragic event.
The Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention will provide financial resources to local nonprofits and agencies including first responders who immediately answered the call to help our community during this unexpected event, and to the agencies that will be working to meet future recovery needs.
A committee of community experts is being put into action now to help achieve the maximum positive impact possible for every dollar invested back into the community. In its commitment to that end, PPCF is underwriting all of the administrative costs associated with the Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention. That means 100% of every donation to this Fund will flow back into the relief and recovery effort.
Tax-deductible donations are being accepted to the Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention immediately and can be made online at ppcf.org/crisis or sent by mail to:
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
730 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(Please make checks out to Pikes Peak Community Foundation, with “ERF: Crisis Intervention” noted.)
About the Emergency Relief Fund
PPCF’s Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention is modeled after the 2013 Black Forest Fund, which received an outpouring of community support and led the charge in relief efforts after the devastating Black Forest Fire, with the flexibility to quickly respond to the community's needs. PPCF created the Emergency Relief Fund so that donations may be instantly available for any emergency such as fires, floods, and other community challenges.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation was founded in 1996. PPCF makes grants to support community improvement projects and operates high-impact programs such as Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, the Erikson Fund, the Pikes Peak Conservation Fund, Pinello Ranch, and the Gordon Jackson Foundation at Aspen Valley Ranch, to create maximum benefit for our community. The Foundation creates custom-designed charitable gift funds for individuals, families, and businesses, including donor-advised funds, donor-designated funds, endowment funds, memorial funds, and scholarship funds, providing flexible and inexpensive alternatives to setting up private or family foundations.
The COS Human Relations Commission has organized a community Thank You banner signing event for the first responders in our city. The event is to honor those who protect and serve us as we begin recovery from the tragedy of last Friday.
Colorado Springs School District 11 is donating the banner paper and markers.
The signing events are:
Thursday , December 3 , 2015, from 3-5 PM , Pikes Peak Room, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Friday , December 4 , 2015 from 9-11 AM, C 21 Library , ENT Conference Room , 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Please bring your family, neighbors and co-workers to sign banners which will be distributed throughout the city to our first responders. The banners signed on Thursday will be used at Officer Swasey's service on Friday.
There is no better time for our city to unite, overcome adversity and thank those that continually and selflessly serve our community.
Lt. Gov. Garcia to join Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education——- ORIGINAL POST, TODAY, 9:52 A.M. ——-
DENVER — Tuesday, Nov.10, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced that Lt. Gov. Garcia has accepted a position as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He will leave his dual role, which includes executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), and plans to begin with WICHE sometime before July 1, 2016.
“I want to thank Gov. Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado for the incredible opportunity to work on important policy issues for the last five years,” said Garcia. “This was a difficult decision but education has always been my passion. I look forward to carrying the message of opportunity, college completion and workforce development throughout the West.”
“Joe will be nearly impossible to replace,” said Hickenlooper. “He has been an exceptional lieutenant governor and in leading education efforts for Colorado. He has given five years selflessly to the success of this state and the future education of our children. We are grateful and wish him continued success.”
Before he was elected lieutenant governor, Garcia was president of Colorado State University - Pueblo. He also served as president of the second-largest community college in Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College and as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Representative for the Rocky Mountain States; Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; and was named the first Hispanic partner in the 100-year history of the law firm, Holme Roberts & Owen.
Lt. Gov. Garcia has been actively involved throughout his career as a board member for many non-profit agencies such as the YMCAs of Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver; Pikes Peak Legal Aid; the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Economic Development Agencies; The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (where he served as board president); the Pikes Peak Child Nursery Centers Inc.; the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; and numerous other civil rights, educational, and cultural organizations. He earned a business degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.
In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates the lieutenant governor who takes office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both houses according to the Colorado constitution.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Its programs – Student Exchange, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, Policy Analysis and Research, and Mental Health and several other interstate collaborations – are working to find answers to some of the most critical questions facing higher education today. WICHE’s 16 members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states (the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the first of the group to participate).
Ice Cube & special guests
Coheed and Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
Explosions in the Sky
The Airborne Toxic Event
Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band
Babes in Toyland.
Eagles of Death Metal
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
De La Soul
The Dead Milkmen
The Lawrence Arms
Reverend Horton Heat
The Black Lips
The Get Up Kids
Less Than Jake
The Joy Formidable
The White Buffalo
Post Malone with FKI
The Bunny Gang
Fit For Rivals
The Moth & The Flame
Sleep On It
Cold War Kids
BBC Research and Consulting, a nationally recognized firm with more than forty years of experience in economics, research and planning has completed development of a financial model to assist El Paso County in evaluating the benefits and financial impacts of City for Champions. The firm was engaged by the County in 2013 for an independent and “county focused” review of various projections, assumptions and conclusions affiliated with the state supported City for Champions economic development initiative.Former City Councilor Joel Miller, who's running for mayor, has been critical of the downtown stadium project and the county's $45,000 study, saying last August it would be useless because it was based on "overly optimistic numbers" for attendance and tax collections.
“The state’s analysis focused on the financial impacts to the state itself, said El Paso County Budget Officer Nicola Sapp. We wanted to focus specifically on the impacts to El Paso County. We asked BBC to give us a fresh look, a different look and a specific focus in order to develop a financial model that we can use to assess the bottom line impacts of the various C4C projects as they evolve and become more defined. We know that some of the projects are well into the design phase while others are still very much conceptual at this time and what BBC has developed is a flexible model to assess the financial and budget impacts on the county as these projects gain greater definition.” Mr. Frick observed that the Sports and Events Center is in conceptual development with a business plan and feasibility study needed.
“It is reasonable to assume that these four projects will bring 1.5 million new visitor days to El Paso County,” BBC Managing Director Ford Frick told Commissioners. “The Olympic Museum has the greatest prospect of bringing new national dollars and the sports and events center also holds similar promise with competitors coming from all over the world and bringing with them coaches and families others.” Frick also noted that the UCCS Sports Medicine Center will have benefits beyond just new visitors to the area because local residents using the facilities will be bringing the insurance premiums they have paid out back into the local economy. He went on to tell Commissioners that the model focuses on new dollars, adjusts out local attendance by residents and takes into account the fact that visitors from other parts of the state will typically stay for shorter lengths of time and spend less. “These are strong projects, independently financed; bring unprecedented levels of state support and prospects for substantial local benefit,” Mr. Frick concluded noting that the projects are of “great importance.”
Budget Officer Sapp concluded the presentation noting that the BBC review confirms that all C4C impacts are over and above the County’s existing sales tax base and the historic and projected natural growth of that base. “It’s important to keep in mind that the County’s has experienced over the past 30 years annual increases in sales tax revenues of more than 5% and that growth is not fully captured in the BBC analysis making this a more conservative than what we would actually expect. But again, this is a flexible tool for you to use in evaluating these projects as they gain more definition.”
August 3rd, 2014
To: The El Paso Board of County Commissioners and Members of Colorado Springs City Council
From: Councilmember Joel Miller
Dear Colleagues and Honorable Members of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners:
I appreciate the BOCC offering the opportunity to sit down with BBC’s Ford Frick. He seems like a good man who’s committed to doing the best work he can within his assignment. That said, after meeting with Mr. Frick, it’s apparent that he’s working with figures that will not provide an accurate City for Champions (C4C) picture for citizens. Mr. Frick’s analysis will take mostly at face value visitor numbers, spending assumptions and multipliers provided from previous analysis conducted by C4C proponents and analyzed in the state’s third‐party analysis conducted by Economic and Planning Systems (EPS).
BBC’s analysis may make some minor adjustments for double‐counting tourists and the number of visitor days spent in the area, but the primary inputs will be proponent data provided to BBC and used by EPS. The goal of the proponents’ data was to show the maximum potential of economic benefit. Because Mr. Frick will base his analysis on proponents’ overly optimistic numbers, as well as other reasons detailed below, I believe the analysis will be flawed.
In recent months, I’ve communicated with several nationally renowned sports economists, including Stanford Economist Roger Noll. In the case of C4C, and the proposed downtown stadium in particular, Dr. Noll has stressed the necessity of conducting a “cost‐benefit analysis” that takes into consideration specific factors, especially the substitution effect and opportunity costs.
The substitution effect considers that visitors to Colorado Springs (and citizens, also) have a limited leisure budget. Money these consumers spend at one leisure activity is money they will not spend at another. If consumers spend money at the proposed downtown stadium, for example, that’s money they won’t spend at the zoo, Fine Arts Center, or a Sky Sox game. In effect, with C4C, government would choose winners and losers by funding projects that would take money away from other businesses and non‐profits via the substitution effect. In some cases, actual business could be taken away by C4C projects; venues that currently hold flea markets, for example, may be forced out of business if future flea markets are held at the stadium.
Opportunity costs are projects that could’ve been funded if the same amount of money being spent on C4C was instead spent elsewhere. Proponents are considering using County and City tax increment financing (TIF) from 90% of the City for 30 years to fund C4C. While I’m not in favor of using sales tax from 90% of the city on any project, a thorough economic analysis should consider the “what if” effects of spending that money elsewhere, especially on projects that fall within the role of government—on road and other infrastructure improvements, for example.
Not only did Mr. Frick acknowledge that his assignment was not to perform a cost‐benefit analysis that includes the substitution effect and opportunity costs, but he hadn’t even been informed that TIF financing was being considered by his client, the County. Furthermore, Mr. Frick will not evaluate whether or not attendance figures given to him by C4C proponents are realistic—he will use those numbers as the primary basis of his analysis.
Given the concerns I’ve cited, I do not believe the BBC analysis will be a useful tool in determining the real costs and benefits of the C4C proposal on our community.
Again, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet with Mr. Frick, and, of course, I’m open to discussing this matter further with any of you.
DENVER – Thaddeus Cheyenne Murphy, age 44, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was arrested late yesterday on charges of arson and being a felon in possession of firearms, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, ATF and Colorado Springs Police Department announced. Murphy is believed responsible for placing a device at 603 South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs. Murphy is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon in the Arraj Federal Courthouse, 901 19th Street, where he will be advised of his rights and the charges pending against him. A detention hearing and preliminary hearing will be scheduled for a date to be set next week.
According to an affidavit in support of a Criminal Complaint, on January 6, 2015 at 10:48 am the Colorado Springs Police department received reports of an explosion at a building located at 603 South El Paso Street in Colorado Springs. Police officers responded, as did their bomb squad. Further, soon thereafter federal agents from the FBI and the ATF jointly responded to the scene to work with the police department in conducting the investigation. The device was a road flare and pipe bomb near a container of gasoline. The device was lit, causing an explosion. The gasoline did not ignite. The building and sidewalk were charred as a result of this device.
Multiple interviews were done by law enforcement of witnesses who noticed a specific type of truck and an individual fleeing the scene. Extensive investigation done by law enforcement eventually lead to the identification of a truck that closely matched the description of the truck fleeing the scene. Also, the person driving the truck generally resembled the sketch drawn by the Colorado Springs Police Department. After determining the individual’s identity, and developing probable cause that the owner of the truck, Thaddeus Murphy, was the likely person responsible for the device, federal agents working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained a search warrant of the target’s home. While executing the warrant, agents and officers found seven firearms, and devices similar to the one used at the building. Murphy has prior felony convictions, which made it illegal for him to possess the firearms. Also during the search, Murphy was interviewed by federal law enforcement where he stated that the target of his criminal actions was not the NAACP, but that he had a different motive. The investigation continues regarding the motive for the attack. The residents of Colorado Springs, and the occupants of the building in question, can rest assured that the person who allegedly placed the device is now in custody.
Murphy is charged with one count of arson of a building. If convicted on that count, he faces not less than 5 years, and up to a $250,000 fine. He also faces one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. If convicted on that count, he faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
This case is being jointly investigated by the FBI, ATF and the Colorado Springs Police Department with support from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Holloway and Beth Gibson.
A Criminal Complaint is a probable cause charging document. Anyone accused of committing a felony violation of federal law has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a federal grand jury.
The charges in the Complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— City Clerk Sarah Johnson provided official certification to City Council today that a sufficient petition has been filed for the recall of District 4 Council Member Helen Collins. The City Clerk’s Office has determined that the Petitioner’s Committee that initiated the recall effort has met the threshold of valid signatures required to place the recall question on the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election ballot.
As required by the City Charter, the Petitioner’s Committee needed to obtain enough valid signatures to equate to 25% of the total ballots cast in Council District 4 in the April 2, 2013 Municipal Election, or 1,485 valid signatures. The petitioners turned in 3,007 signatures and the City Clerk determined 1,715 to be valid voter signatures.
• If the Council Member sought to be removed from office does not resign within five (5) days of the City’s Clerk’s certification that a sufficient petition has been filed, the recall question will be placed on the April ballot along with the 200 word statement from the Petitioner’s Committee on reasons for demanding the recall, and, if desired, a 300 word statement from the Councilmember.
• If the Council Member chooses not to resign, the City Clerk will open a candidate filing period for City Council District 4 candidates to coincide with the current regular filing period for Mayor and City Council candidates, closing on February 11, 2015.