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Sheriff's Office investigating Widefield theft, eluding, and hit-and-run case

On Tuesday, at approximately 1:23 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a report of a suspect stealing clothing items and automotive parts from a store on Widefield... — Updated 6/3/2020


Fire victim identified; investigation ongoing

Officials have identified the person found in a burning house in Security early last week. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies found Eric O’Brien, 34, inside the home. Previous reports stated two pets also... — Updated 6/3/2020


Alleged shooter arrested

Fountain Police have arrested 21-year-old Domacio Ohlsen-Aragon in connection with the May 26 shooting at the 7-11 on Fountain Mesa Road. He has been charged with: first-degree... — Updated 6/3/2020


Drugs, lack of seat belts suspected in fatal wreck

A tragic traffic accident the evening of May 27 killed a 5-year-old boy and injured three other people. Police say drugs and lack of seat belts are likely contributing factors in the crash and severity of injuries. Around 6:50... — Updated 6/3/2020


Fire in Security under investigation

An early Monday morning fire in Security reportedly killed one person and some pets. Security Fire Department referred questions about the fire to the El Paso County Sheriff's... — Updated 5/27/2020


Suspicious fire damages home in east Fountain

UPDATE: Fountain Police have arrested two 18-year-olds, Baaron Pittenger and Braeden Kennedy, in connection with a suspicious fire that damaged a new home under construction on Link Road earlier this month. On May 20 both were... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Fire danger up around county

On May 7, two Fountain Valley News staffers stumbled upon an unattended campfire. They were walking in the Adams Open Space behind the Fountain Library when they found it, and descr... — Updated 5/15/2020


Fountain Fire reports suspicious fire on Link Road

At approximately 3:30 this morning, Fountain Fire Department responded to the 8700 block of Link Road in reference to a structure fire. Initial reports stated there was smoke... — Updated 5/13/2020


Honoring Our Fallen

May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, designed to honor police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This montage from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office... — Updated 5/13/2020


Man arrested for child exploitation  

On May 6, Kameron Bailey Hannah, 18, was taken into custody at the El Paso Courthouse and booked into the El Paso County Jail on 164 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.  In... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Police Explorers program teaches students law enforcement, life skills

Young people interested in what the police do have an opportunity to learn about it first-hand. In 2015, the Fountain Police Department (FPD) started the Police Explorers program,... — Updated 5/13/2020


Sheriff's Office shares how use of Narcan saved overdosed man

On May 5, shortly before 2 a.m., the El Paso County Communications Center dispatched deputies to the 8400 block of Appleton Trail in The Glen neighborhood to assist with a drug overdose.   The first deputy on scene observed a... — Updated 5/13/2020


Happy trails, Hercules!

Hercules, a nearly 23-year-old Mounted Unit Horse, has officially retired from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Hercules has served since 2006, making him the longest-tenured... — Updated 5/6/2020


Sheriff's Office illegal marijuana cultivation bust sets new record

On April 29, the Rural Enforcement and Outreach unit, Tactical Support Unit, and Metro Vice Narcotics Intelligence (MVNI) Division executed simultaneous search warrants in the... — Updated 5/6/2020


Wife arrested in fraud case

Authorities arrested the second half of a husband-wife pair of fraud suspects May 1, more than two weeks after arresting the husband. El Paso County Sheriff's Office, with the... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Operation Rolling Thunder

Members of Fountain's Public Safety departments recently held a parade of police and fire vehicles through the community, which they called "Operation Rolling Thunder." The event,... — Updated 4/29/2020


Sheriff's Office warns of threatening phone scam

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of another phone scam. In these most recent cases, scammers call different citizens and pretend to be a deputy. The caller threatens the citizen with arrest if they... — Updated 4/22/2020


Teen boy shot in leg near Fountain Sonic

Fountain Police confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg near the Sonic restaurant on Mesa Ridge Parkway around 9:30 a.m. on April 9. Police said all parties involved apparently knew each other, so there was no... — Updated 4/22/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Volunteers work to make masks for first responders

A volunteer group, Merry Mask Makers of Colorado Springs, is creating cloth masks for health professionals and law enforcement groups. Fountain City Council Member Sharon Thompson... — Updated 4/22/2020


Barricaded suspect arrested in Security

Residents along Main Street near Pi-Ute Park in Security witnessed quite the scene Sunday as authorities spent several hours working to apprehend a suspect who had barricaded... — Updated 4/15/2020


Virus makes positive impact on crime stats

The Fountain Valley News recently began publishing the total number of calls for service handled by the Fountain Police Department each week, with a breakdown of significant crimes by category (assault, burglary, car break-ins,... — Updated 4/8/2020


One dies in motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night on Mesa Ridge Parkway. The Fountain Police Department (FPD) was notified of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in the area of Mesa Ridge Parkway (Hwy. 16) and Hwy. 85 just before... — Updated 4/8/2020


Jail inmate dies in custody

An El Paso County jail inmate who died over the weekend has been identified as 64-year-old Steve Carrasco. On Saturday morning, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail.  Officials say... — Updated 4/8/2020



There were updates to two crime stories from last week’s issue. Shooting suspect arrested Authorities arrested a man who reportedly shot at two women while they were driving at Marsheffel Road and Space Village Avenue on March... — Updated 3/18/2020


Motorcycle crash kills soldier

A Fort Carson soldier was killed March 10 in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Goldfield Drive and Fontaine Boulevard. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Patrick Goble was driving his 2014 Harley-Davidson eastbound on... — Updated 3/18/2020


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