IA scrutinizes sergeant, expanded bus service coming, Dems get new director, and more 


IA scrutinizing sergeant

A police sergeant who wrote in her report that Officer Tyler Walker "rolled" 18-year-old Alexis Acker to the floor in Memorial Hospital's emergency room is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation, a police spokeswoman says.

"The Colorado Springs Police Department does have an ongoing investigation regarding Sgt. [Mary] Walsh and whether or not she took the appropriate supervisory action in relation to this incident," Lt. Catherine Buckley says via email.

Walsh was Walker's supervisor at the time of the Nov. 21, 2013 incident (captured on video), in which Walker slammed Acker to the floor, breaking a tooth and leaving her with lasting head injuries, according to Acker's excessive force lawsuit against the city, filed in July.

Walker was recently disciplined for the incident, but the CSPD has refused to disclose what kind of discipline was imposed. He remains on the force. — PZ

More bus service

The city's Mountain Metropolitan Transit recently expanded service and made other changes to its bus service.

Weekday evening and Saturday service have been added to routes 22 and 23. Routes 5 and 25 have increased Saturday service, with buses running every 30 minutes, instead of every hour.

MMT is also renaming routes 9A and 9B. The section of 9A north of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is now called Route 39. The portion between the downtown bus terminal and UCCS is now Route 9. MMT has also replaced disabled reduced-fare authorization cards with new digital photo ID cards in an effort to curtail potential fraud. The new cards are available at no cost at the Independence Center, located at 729 S. Tejon St. — JAS

Dems hire new director

The El Paso County Democratic Party has a new executive director. Annie Schmitt, formerly the party's first vice chair, has been chosen to replace Christy Le Lait, who resigned her position after five years on the job and is moving out of state. Schmitt has lived in Colorado Springs for 40 years and has been volunteering with political campaigns for more than a decade.

"Our [s]earch for a new Executive Director was a competitive one," Party Chair Kathleen Ricker stated in a press release. "We received 11 applications and had exceptional candidates to interview. We are excited that Annie [Schmitt] accepted our offer and we look forward to her competent leadership as she joins our team."

The Dems will welcome Schmitt at a gathering at SouthSide Johnny's on Oct. 2 Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. — JAS

Embezzler pleads guilty

Terry Malcom, 66, a former attorney in Nebraska, pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to three felony counts in a plea arrangement. He's to be sentenced to 18 years in prison on Nov. 30, a District Attorney's Office spokesperson says.

Malcom also will be ordered to pay $1,154,210 in restitution to his victims: Arabian Acres Water District, Cascade Metropolitan Water District and Cascade Resort Communities.

The Independent reported on Malcom's activities ("Two water districts lose $1 million," March 12, 2014), as well as his criminal past in Nebraska for which he did time in both state and federal prisons. — PZ

New city flak named

Formerly associated with the Olympic movement, Jamie Fabos is Mayor John Suthers' choice for communications chief.

Fabos worked with USA Swimming at the time Michael Phelps made his historic eight-gold-medal run at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She also worked for USA Hockey and for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders. Most recently, she worked for USA Swimming's title sponsor, Arena, as a marketing executive. She's lived in Colorado Springs for 11 years.

Fabos starts Monday at $115,000 a year. Her predecessor, Cindy Aubrey, left eight months ago for a Pikes Peak United Way job. — PZ

Judge out of Collins case

Retired Judge Robert Hyatt has recused himself from presiding over a hearing on allegations of ethics violations against City Councilor Helen Collins.

The City Attorney's Office filed a complaint in January regarding a land transaction involving Collins and Douglas Bruce. Hyatt presided over the Colorado State Grand Jury at the time Bruce was indicted for tax evasion.

The city has committed at least $42,300 so far on legal work for the ethics case. — PZ


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