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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “CSPD withholds investigation of cop who cost taxpayers $100,000 in lawsuit settlement

Hopefully she uses her settlement to buy a life.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Holmes on 07/30/2016 at 6:14 PM

Re: “State Patrol forces citizen to drive to its Lakewood office to view, but not copy, reports

Who cares. This guy needs a life. What a loser!

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Holmes on 07/30/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “An accomplished couple wants to bring skiing to nearby mountains, but it won't be easy

WORST IDEA EVER, and it would ruin acres of pristine hiking and hunting grounds. Their proposal is also not grounded in much fact (my observations are that it doesn't get nearly as much snow as they say it does). This is one time that I hope federal bureaucracy really drags it's feet.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Hiking Bob on 07/30/2016 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Mixed blessings

The construction project, which is still moving along, hasn't lead to the demise of Colorado Springs, or created an influx of students, and visitors that turned the community into a haven for Moonies. Andrew Wommack is not a hatemonger, and beyond the issues his son has had you don't hear about any scandals about him, or his ministry. I can admit that there are times I've felt that he stretches the truth because he's overzealous, but I also would have no problem telling him that to his face. Andrews son Peter is divorced, and his ex-wife had posted on the internet her version of the night Peter was "raised from the dead", and she said yes he did flat line at the hospital, but the doctor shocked him back to life. So no "dead for 5 hours, turned blue with a toe tag on him" as Andrew has proclaimed. To his credit Wommack has not hidden the fact that his son was a mess, and in the past used illegal drugs. Wommack still has a Southern Baptist streak in him, and that's evident by some of the political statements he weaves into his messages, but he is a Vietnam veteran so I cut him some slack there.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Richard96 on 07/28/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Residents make do — but don't make peace — with their contaminated water

To answer MargRita's question, and she's not stupid, it's a good question, but it has a complex answer.

The short form is that it depends on the filter.

The long form is that the filter has to be a Granular Activated Carbon, or GAC filter, and the granularity has to be such that it actually filters out the PFCs. Not all GACs do that. To get one that works requires careful research, and they aren't cheap, either. You can find under-sink filters at Lowes for under $200, but whether that can filter the PFCs is TBD. Berkey is checking their countertop tank filters to see if they do it, but they don't know either.

A good solution is a 5-gallon water cooler. Best one out there is $150 at Costco, but there are similar ones for slightly more at Lowes or Home Depot. The 5-gallon jugs are expensive on initial startup at $17 per, but they can be refilled for as low as 25 cents a gallon at various stores. Those fills can be GAC filtered, check the dispensers.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 07/28/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

Don't believe Glenn for a second. The record pretty much disproves him.

Darryl Glenn is Ed Jones v2.0, but with a better script, more rehearsal, and just as much political failure.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 07/28/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

Political consultant Floyd Ciruli of Denver stated that a failure for Glenn to own up to the facts could hurt Glenn more than the original offense. There seems to be common thread within politics of denying the truth. Lying about a small thing makes it into a giant. My sincere hope is that Glenn will overcome the need to lie and go on to be a politician known for integrity.

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Posted by Nathaniel Granger Jr. on 07/28/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

Great story. Thanks Pam for following up.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by katm on 07/28/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “State Patrol forces citizen to drive to its Lakewood office to view, but not copy, reports

There are a few additional points that, as the subject of this article, I feel important to share with Indy readers….

You should know that Jeff Roberts’ points regarding redacting personal information from the documents is well taken—and I heavily stressed that in court. Judge Hall, however, did not address this point at all. (And of course as you saw in Pam’s article, there was no personal/private information contained in the documents needing protection, thus demonstrating the degree to which cops, i.e., CSP Chief Hernandez, will prevaricate— even in front of a judge.)

I also stressed in court that Colorado State Patrol’s (CSP) argument that making copies available could lead to unwarranted adverse consequences is absurd in light of them allowing me to not only view the requested documents in person, but also because they’d allow note-taking. This note-taking, I explained to the judge, would result in verbatim duplicates of the documents both in form and content. I questioned how copies of the documents might lead to unwarranted adverse consequences while exact duplicates created via note-taking in person would not. The judge didn’t address that point, either.

Now, veering off the main topic of Pam’s article, you might be interested in knowing what the documents revealed. Bottom line, the investigation was bungled, constitutes a farce and a sham, and highlights State Troopers’ lies and prevarications. Here but a very few examples:

— The complaint was improperly categorized on CSP’s Administrative Notification Of Allegations form.

— Trooper Kenneth Nuci, the subject of my complaint, states that he was inside the bay doing a VIN inspection when he overheard me speaking with Toby Espinoza (a CDOT employee). How could Nuci from within the bay overhear a conversation I had more than 30’ away on the side of the building?

— Trooper Holly Ewing, who walked out of the bay shortly after I arrived, stated “I did not hear any of the verbal interaction between Toby and the male party.” How could Nuci hear from inside the bay that which Ewing could not from the outside and not too far from me and Espinoza?

— Trooper Jessica Parsons states that “I heard…Ewing instruct the male party to pull his vehicle and trailer off to the right and to bring in his paperwork.” This contradicts Ewing’s statement that it was Nuci who provided these instructions.

— Sgt. Todd James states that he talked to a female Trooper named Holsinger about the interaction she had with me. According to his statement, “she tried talking to him during the inspection.” There was, however, no female part of my inspection and the only interaction I had with a female was exceptionally brief and with Ewing.

How can citizens trust cops’ investigations when it comes to them beating up citizens, shooting them, etc., when they can’t even get something as benign as this right?

CSP wants the public to believe that their core values consist of honor, duty, and respect. The exact opposite occurred here. And when I let CSP leadership know about it, based on the evidence obtained within their own documents, they didn’t care…

— The District Commander Maj. Scott Copley stated that he “disagreed” with what I learned from CSP’s investigatory documents. WHAT?

— CSP Chief Scott Hernandez simply ignored my writing which he received via certified mail on April 26, 2016.

— CO Dept. of Public Safety Exec. Dir. Stan Hilkey received my certified mail May 24…I’m still waiting on a reply….

Honor, Duty, Respect…yeah, right; just a cheap tagline that means nothing when it really matters.

CSP’s and CDPS’s leadership is a disgrace to the public and to all of those agency members who actually do want to serve the public honorably.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by dwchamp on 07/28/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

Thank you for the clarification regarding the land swap.

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Posted by lolita67 on 07/28/2016 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

This was a "Family Matter". It never should have been in court in the first place. The family worked it out.

There is nothing here.

So why lie about it?

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Larry Burke on 07/27/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

repubicans think they can lie enough times that it becomes true or if they lie loud enough then people won't question it... what a bunch of sacks.

9 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 07/27/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

Several commenters act like they didn't read the story. Glenn is in trouble for denying the incident happened and for denying any charges were brought. It has nothing to do with the merit of the original charge.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Gopher on 07/27/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields

First with the story and always adhering to the highest journalistic standards - thanks Pam and the Independent! The citizens of Colorado Springs are indeed lucky to have you.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by doonya on 07/27/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

I tend to vote democratic but this seems like baseless mud slinging. If you have to go back to the Reagan era to dig up dirt the person can't be too bad.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Frank Pado on 07/27/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Residents make do — but don't make peace — with their contaminated water

Maybe I'm just stupid, but why can't these homes be provided with filters on their faucets, instead of contributing to landfill waste with all the empty plastic bottles?

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Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/27/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

To be clear, Ernest Glenn didn't take over running the Alumni Lounge until 2002, according to the city's Liquor and Beer Licensing Board minutes.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pam Zubeck on 07/27/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “City, Broadmoor negotiating over portions of the city's water system

Hey John Suthers,

How can you be trusted with statements like, "Suthers concurred, saying, 'If a sale is proposed, there will be plenty of opportunity for public discussion' ", when, after all, the "public discussions" concerning Strawberry Fields were nothing more than a dog and pony show by you, Parks and the Broadmoor? Answer: you are NOT to be trusted! That much is certain...

25 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John C. Spengler on 07/27/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Land swap opponents prepare suit, ballot measure over Strawberry Fields


Once again, outstanding journalism! We are most fortunate to have you in our fair city. Keep up the great work. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 07/27/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident

Once again, regardless of if he was actually charged or not is pretty darn meaningless. The fact remains that the charges were dismissed. This is simple muckraking and much ado about nothing.

Even had he been charged and convicted, keep in mind that this is only a MISDEMEANOR and the lowest degree of misdemeanor at that, and that 3rd degree assault is exceptionally easy to be charged with -- in fact it is often used as a place holder charge just to allow the cops to investigate or as an add-on charge during the DA's typical attempts to throw noodles at the wall to see what sticks.

As one attorney website states:

"Third Degree Assault

Colorado defines Third Degree Assault as "knowingly," or "recklessly," causing bodily injury to another person. Pain alone satisfies the "injury" requirement, even where there is no actual injury. (Or, Third Degree Assault is defined as negligently, or accidentally, causing actual injury to someone with a deadly weapon.)"

IOW, this is just Pam on yet another anti-conservative vendetta.

10 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 07/27/2016 at 11:19 AM

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