5 local stories making headlines this week 

click to enlarge Thomas Villanueva was left paralyzed after the Feb. 2018 shootout - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Thomas Villanueva was left paralyzed after the Feb. 2018 shootout

  1. Thomas Villanueva, the innocent bystander paralyzed by a bullet during a Feb. 5, 2018, shootout between a wanted felon and law enforcement officers, filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 1, seeking unspecified damages. Defendants include: El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Sheriff Bill Elder, Police Chief Pete Carey, eight city and county officers, two State Patrol officials, and the estate of Micah Flick, a deputy who was killed in the shooting.
  2. Colorado Reps. Marc Snyder and Tony Exum, along with Sen. Pete Lee, all local Dems, will host a town hall meeting Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ivywild School, located at 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
  3. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston announced he will challenge Sen. Cory Gardner for his U.S. Senate seat. Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was also expected to add his name to the list of challengers, which includes nonprofit director Lorena Garcia, scientist Trish Zornio and veterans advocate Keith Pottratz.
  4. Phil Tunnah has been named to Colorado Springs Utilities' newly created post of chief planning and projects officer at a salary of $264,763 per year.
  5. El Paso County Democrats elected officers on Feb. 2. Electra Johnson is chair; Tracie Powell, 1st vice chair; Jacqueline Armendariz, 2nd vice chair; Marguerite Tierze, secretary, and Sean McKee, treasurer.



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