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Colorado Springs’ ranking in the nation for per-capita homicide rate in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. Denver ranked 10th. Leading the list was Atlanta, Georgia, according to data-gatherer WalletHub.

El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Dalton Bridges, 29, was arrested and booked into Teller County Jail on Jan. 25 on charges of sexual assault and second degree kidnapping stemming from a domestic violence incident. He was hired in June 2019 and was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office declared the No Labels Colorado group a political party after it submitted sufficient signatures of registered voters — 10,000 — to qualify as a minor party. Other minor parties in Colorado are American Constitution Party, Approval Voting Party, Green Party of Colorado, the Libertarian Party of Colorado and the Unity Party of Colorado.

With a $1.7 million grant from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Services, the Colorado Springs Police Department and Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department announced a collaboration to reduce crime and enhance recreation in Memorial Park. The grant will allow the city to install a variety of new security fixtures, including 19 gates at park access points to secure the park from vehicle traffic during nighttime hours, 10 theft- and vandalism-resistant security cameras to maintain 24-hour surveillance, and 181 new and improved lights to increase visibility throughout.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at the UCCS College of Business, working with schools in the Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium, is seeking nominations for the Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award. The award is designed to highlight “Best of the Best” ethical leadership throughout southern Colorado that embodies “the ethical principles of integrity as exhibited by Bill Daniels.” Nominations must be sent in by March 31. Award recipients will be recognized this fall.

Colorado Springs Airport (COS) ended 2022 with record-breaking enplanement numbers — a total of 1,071,826 enplanements (passengers boarding aircraft) for the year. That was the highest in 22 years. December saw a total of 80,485 enplanements at COS, and a total of 160,467 passengers traveled through the terminal that month. Director of Aviation Greg Phillips said the airport is “bullish on even more growth ahead for 2023 and beyond.”

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