Westside Briefs:
2 homicides on Westside

       Colorado Springs Police this week were investigating separate Westside homicides that occurred four days apart. In neither case has a suspect been identified or arrested.
  • March 15 - Colorado Springs resident James Klinger, 36, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., after police received a call at 12:33 p.m. that a guest had been found unconscious in a room.
  • March 19 - At 4:36 p.m., police responded to a report of shots fired at 2521 King St. When officers arrived, they found the body of Ivan Ortiz, 26 (whose residence was not available at press time), dead of a gunshot wound. An autopsy is scheduled March 21.
          
           Pothole campaign starts
           The City Street Division will begin its annual spring emphasis on potholes Monday, March 25.
           “The pothole campaign is marked by an intensive push to repair reported potholes that have been caused by winter's freeze-thaw cycles,” a city press release states. Potholes are prioritized by location, with main arterials ranked highest.
           The city fills an average of 25,500 potholes each year, the release adds.
           To report a problem location, call the Pothole Hotline at 385-7623.
          
           Service project fundraiser
           Centennial Chapter #58, Order of the Eastern Star will host its annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 24 as a fundraiser to help raise money for its service projects.
           The location will be the Colorado Springs Masonic Center, 1150 Panorama Drive, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.
           As a service organization with ties to the Masonic community, the Centennial Chapter has assisted the Ronald McDonald House, Care and Share, Spring Rescue Mission and Greccio Housing.
          
           Leave holding the bag(s)
           Bags that can be filled with sand for flood protection are available for free at two Westside fire stations (5 and 9).
           The limit per household is 100 bags, on a first-come, first-served basis “until we run out,” explained Donny Rickert, a Station 5 firefighter. “The goal is to get them to as many people as want them in flood-risk areas.”
           The bags are being provided by the city's Office of Emergency Management to address flash-flood concerns stemming from vegetaion loss in the Waldo Canyon Fire last June.
           A DVD is provided with the bags, explaining how to fill and use them.
           Station 5 is at 2830 W. Colorado Ave., Station 9 at 622 W. Garden of the Gods Road.
           For more information, call 385-5950.
          
           State rep holds town hall
           District 18 State Representative Pete Lee will host a “Town Hall Meeting: Mid-Session Report” Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
           The occasion is that “we are mid-way through the 2013 session and it has been a very active and productive session,” states a press release for the Democrat representative.
           The public is invited.
           D-18 includes the southern part of the Westside.

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