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Inside Furniture Row Racing’s hauler before NASCAR championship

1 hour 32 min ago

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr. can cap an unprecedented year with his first NASCAR Series Championship.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Truex are the four championship contenders. The highest finisher of the finalists will claim the Monster Cup Series title.

Denny Hamlin starts on the pole in the finale, with Truex second, Busch third, Keselowski fifth and Harvick ninth.

The leader in points and wins all season long, Truex says it's his team that make him look good.

Making sure the team has everything they need means hauling every tool, every piece of equipment, every snack they may need.

Kami Carmann takes you inside the Furniture Row hauler.

Public Storage in Englewood hit with several burglaries

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Public Storage Units at 4550 S. Federal Blvd. in Englewood have been burglarized at least 15 times between January and October of this year.

In many of the cases, the locks had been cut off and people renting the units weren’t aware their things had been stolen until Public Storage alerted them.

One renter told us he lost everything from leather chairs to sports equipment in February while another renter even lost her deceased parents ashes.

Another man lost $8,000 in items.

The FOX31 Problems Solvers reviewed police reports, one of which said surveillance cameras were not plugged in.

A code is required to open iron gates to get into the facility, but it’s not clear how the burglars gained access to the property.

One renter told us many of the units that were broken into, were inside a building and only had access through an internal hallway.

The Problem Solvers attempted to reach both the local and national spokesperson for Public Storage several times since last month.  So far, we have not heard back from the company.

The company’s website says renters must have insurance on their belongings before a unit is rented out.

We spoke to several victims who said they had no idea there was a problem with burglaries until it was too late.

Another woman who was leaving the units Saturday evening said, she had not been told about the burglaries and was planning on moving her items somewhere else.

World War II vet gearing up for 101st birthday

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DENVER -- World War II Veterans are hard to come by these days. Most are in their 90s. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, hundreds die every day.

There is at least one World War II vet in our area still living. He lives in Lakewood and is now past the century mark.

John Sekulich is celebrating is 101st birthday this month. He spent Saturday with friends and family at his birthday party. At 101 some thing are hard to remember, and other things you won't forget.

“I saw, the group the day before the bulge, next day they were all dead, Hitler’s troops shot every one of them, 78 of them, and that you can’t forget,” John Sekulich said, as he remembers his time as an active soldier.

Sekulich was born in 1916. We asked him the secret to living this long. He said, "Try to be active all the time, played ball till I had to quit, I didn’t drink or smoke.”
We also asked him what advice he has for people. Sekulich said, "Get rid of their cell phones there’s too much of that walking down the street.”

Volunteers continue Daddy Bruce’s legacy, feed 6,500 Colorado families for Thanksgiving

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:59

DENVER - Hundreds of volunteers assembled boxes full of Thanksgiving necessities that were then passed out to 6,500 families in need around Colorado on Saturday as part of The Epworth Foundation's Feed a Family initiative in the spirit of "Daddy Bruce" Randolph's tradition.

Volunteers set up a long assembly line down Bruce Randolph Avenue, the same street the local icon fed thousands for Thanksgiving.

"We are out here to support the legacy of Daddy Bruce," said volunteer Jessica Luna.

"He's an icon," said Rev. Ronald Wooding. "His goal, he said he wanted to be like Jesus and feed 5,000 people but it just kept growing and growing."

Volunteers filled the boxes with turkeys, corn, mashed potatoes and other foods families will enjoy on Thanksgiving. Volunteer Martin Horton said it was great to give back.

"It makes me feel good, you know? To be able to not be the only one, or the only family to eat because I am fortunate enough. And help other people do it," said Horton.

Families lined up on the street to receive a box. Dayna Wortham picked up her first box last year and returned this year for another one. She called the program "heaven sent" for her family this Thanksgiving.

"Seeing that I am expecting, it’s definitely going to help supplement some of the things we weren’t able to get this year. With rising food costs, it’s been really hard to budget for a family of four so this is really helpful," said Wortham.

The Epworth Foundation is $30,000 short the money it needs to feed all the families. For ways to donate, volunteer and nominate a family in need for next year, visit its website.

Single mom says mushrooms are ‘growing through the tile’ of apartment floor

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:44

BURLINGTON, N.C. – A North Carolina mother was stunned to see the aggressive fungus punching through the floor of her apartment.

"I literally have mushrooms growing on my second floor," Tawana Crawford told WGHP. "Out of the floor. No soil for them to grow on or anything, they're just growing through the tile."

For the past several months, mushrooms and mold have been some of Crawford's unwanted roommates in her four-bedroom, subsidized apartment in Burlington. Crawford says an unfinished maintenance job also left a gaping hole in her ceiling.

"When you have issues like mushrooms, and your ceiling is missing, you know it goes to the point of (asking) 'When do you care about my safety, my kids safety or anything like that?'" she said.

Crawford has three young kids living in the home. She recently took one to the doctor only to find her son has respiratory issues from mold exposure.

She believes her upstairs tub drain may be to blame. She has put in maintenance requests over the past year, with workers coming every now and then to try and fix it. The most recent fix happened in May, when plumbers opened a hole in her kitchen ceiling to address the pipes causing a leak. The hole was never patched up.

Crawford had several maintenance forms from Beaumont Apartments with incomplete information. She says only two men work maintenance for the entire complex, which has roughly 100 units. She says they're great people, but are overworked.

On Wednesday, Crawford called Burlington Code Enforcement, who did a minimum housing inspection and deemed the home did not reach those standards. Mold is actually not included in those standards under city ordinance, but things that cause mold, like water damage or leaks, are.

The apartments are privately owned by a company called PK Management based in the Cleveland area. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, subsidizes a majority of the units in the complex. No one was in the manager's office throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday when WGHP asked for comment.

Crawford says management has turned over several times in the four years she has been living at the complex and points that out as a factor causing work orders to slip through the cracks.

"We're placed here, this is subsidized housing ... this is all that some people can afford," Crawford said. "So just to tell them that they don't matter and their way of living doesn't matter means a lot because technically that's what you're saying if you're not getting out here and fixing the issues at all."

A representative from PK Management told WGHP they have since been in touch with Crawford, after requests for information about the situation, and sent crews to address the problem. Within minutes, Crawford says the hole in her ceiling had been patched up and they are sending contractors tomorrow to deal with the root issues.

"I feel better," Crawford said. "I feel like now something is actually starting to happen."

Denver police on-scene Downing Street shooting

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:06

DENVER — Denver police responded to a call about a shooting at a liquor store in the 2900 block of Downing Street Saturday night.

Photo: KDVR

According to a tweet posted by the department, one person was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.

#DPD officers are on-scene in the 2900 Blk of Downing Street in regard to a shooting. One party has been transported for treatment related to a GSW. No available suspect info at present. #Denver pic.twitter.com/Bbb7Kv0G36

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) November 19, 2017

The victim’s identity has not been released and there is currently no suspect information available. Police have not said there is a danger to the public.

This information is preliminary and the story will be updated as it develops.

Longmont police investigate stabbing at apartment complex

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:55

LONGMONT, Colo. — The Longmont Police Department is reporting a stabbing at a local apartment complex Saturday night.

The call to officials was placed at 6:12 p.m. and officers responded to the Shores Apartments at 2450 Airport Rd.

When officers arrived, they found a female victim had been stabbed and she was transported to the hospital.

While a spokesperson for the department said they have a strong lead on the identification of the suspect, no description has yet been released.

The identity of the victim, her age nor her medical condition are available at this time.

Police are not saying whether they believe this was a homicide but they are investigating.

This story will be updated as it develops.

Are Uber, Lyft background checks for drivers strong enough?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:16
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Watch: Drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are required to undergo criminal background checks, but some say that may not be enough.

 

Pennsylvania man buried with two cheesesteaks as part of dying wish

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:44

PLAINS, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man with a sense of humor and fondness for cheesesteaks got his dying wish.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Richard Lussi, from Plains Township, was a fan of Philadelphia sports teams and Pat’s King of Steaks cheesesteaks.  Lussi apparently told family members he wanted to be buried with two cheesesteaks just in case he got hungry in the afterlife.

Richard’s son Dominic Lussi told the Inquirer that when asked what he wanted to take with him when he died, his father replied, “What do you think? Pat’s cheesesteak!”

Lussi’s only other request? No onions on the cheesesteaks.

The 76-year-old father of four died of heart complications on Oct. 10.

Pat’s owner, Frank Olivieri Jr., said he was flattered and bewildered by someone choosing to be buried with his sandwiches. As for what the second cheesesteak might be for, Olvieri speculated it’s a “bribe for Saint Peter.”

Ryan Seacrest denies allegations of sexual misconduct

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:14

An investigation has been launched into possible misconduct by Ryan Seacrest when he worked at the E! News network.

The alleged incident happened about a decade ago; a former stylist who worked at E! has made the accusations but details about what happened are not being released.

Seacrest released a statement – which you can find below –  saying if he made the stylist feel anything but respected, he is truly sorry though he denied any explicit misconduct and called the allegations “reckless.”

He went on to say “I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.’

Full statement: 

“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” Seacrest, 42, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Friday. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry.”

“I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result,” he continued. “I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be.”“I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question,” he concluded. “I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.”

Deadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problem

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:37

ST. LOUIS -- Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make that claim.

Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity can all be partially attributed to too much sugar.

Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life. He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack just over five years ago.

“I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that they were bad for you until I had some medical issues, then I found out otherwise,” he said.

Norton was a ticking time bomb.

“I know factually it was my diet,” he said.

Norton thought he was eating healthy: low fat, low calories, but loads of carbs – which means lots of sugar.

“Load up on pasta before a run or a ride,” he said. “So that’s what I did and I did that for decades. After I finished eating a heavy carb meal, within an hour I was hungry, so I would eat more. And it was self-perpetuating.”

That is one of the main symptoms of a carb addict. You can't stop eating, especially after a high carb big meal, because carbs turn into sugar. If some sugar sensitive people have just one piece of candy, they have intense cravings for more.

So after his health scare, Norton cut out all carbs and started eating fattier, more calorie dense foods.

“My energy level is much higher. My mental acuity. My weight has gone down about 25 pounds and I have sustained that weight loss,” he said.

And his test results back that up.

“I was a pre-diabetic. I’m not anymore. My cholesterol is down tremendously since being on this diet,” Norton said.

Dr. Rick Lehman, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, works with athletes every day. And he agrees that sugar addiction is a big problem.

“I think sugar in and of itself is one of the worst foods you can possibly eat,” he said.

Research shows that sugar affects the brain in the same ways as cocaine or heroin. Scans show identical areas of the brain light up when exposed to drugs or sugar.

“Sugar addiction is really no different than opioid addiction. People have looked at all these things that are similar to opioid addiction,” Lehman said. “It’s a real effort, it’s not as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to eat junk food.’”

So how did all the companies get it so wrong with the low-fat craze?

The American Medical Association Journal reported last year sugar companies paid researchers in the 1960s and 1970s to downplay the role sugar has on health. And with that research, the blame shifted to fatty foods. So to make low fat foods taste better, sugar-based additives were put in most everything.

“When we all believed that fats are bad and carbs were good, so we were eating low-fat cookies and low-fat food, and what happened to America? We got immense. We got giant,” Lehman said.

And for people like Norton, who have cut carbs out, life has gotten so much sweeter.

“For me personally, it’s all about quality of life. I now have the ability to exercise at not quite the intensity I once did, but without worrying about having a heart attack,” Norton said. “So for me, that gave me a level of freedom that I didn’t have prior to being on this diet.”

Of course, some say that sugar addiction is a cop-out for people who simply lack the will power to say no to certain foods. Doctors said that's the same excuse made in the 70s as research started coming out about smoking. When you engineer foods to make you dependent upon them, you can really see how hard it is for some people to stop.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by 2 different vehicles in Weld County

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 20:25

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A pedestrian was hit and killed after being struck by two vehicles in Weld County early Saturday morning.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the victim was hit by a car while on foot, then his body was struck again by a different vehicle. It’s unclear whether the victim was dead at the time of the second impact.

It happened on 20459 Weld County Road 54 between the hours of 4 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. The call came in to authorities at 4:44 a.m.

Fatal hit & run weld co rd 54 Approx 4am 11/18. looking for 99-00 purple Honda Accord. Driver side mirror damage if seen call 970-590-7196 pic.twitter.com/RhP5CSAlpS

— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) November 19, 2017

The drivers of both vehicles fled the scene and an active search for the drivers is underway. CSP asks the public to be on the lookout for a 2009/2000 purple Honda Accord.

Parts of the vehicle were found at the location of the crash and officials say the car likely has damage to the side mirror.

The second vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was a 2009/2011 gray or slate colored Volkswagen Golf GTA.

The pedestrian is being identified as a 21-year-old man whose name has not been released.

If you have any information regarding these hit-and-runs, call 970-590-7196.

 

AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young dies at age 64

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:20
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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday. He was 64.

Young died at home with his family at this bedside, the band said in a statement.

Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia.

“Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

Young played rhythm guitar to Angus’ lead, and his driving riffs and mop-top hair were signatures of the band’s sound and image for decades.

Angus Young, in a separate statement added that Malcolm took “great pride in all that he endeavored.”

“His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed,” he wrote. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.”

Young left AC/DC in 2014 after the band said he had been struggling with an undisclosed ailment, later revealed to be dementia. He was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, for the band’s world tour in 2015.

“He was older than me — I always looked up to him,” Angus Young said of his brother in an interview last year with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was “always one to battle through.”

“He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs,'” he said. “He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”

Rock and roll royalty

AC/DC was inducted in 2003 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which described its sound as “scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals.”

“In the process, AC/DC have carved out a niche somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal that’s been an inspiration to aspiring musicians — and given us crank-up-the-volume radio staples ‘Back In Black,’ ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long,'” the hall of fame notes on its website.

The band is also one of the best-selling in music history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold more than 70 million albums in the US. The band’s original lead singer, Bon Scott, died in 1980. He was replaced by Brian Johnson.

Young’s fellow musicians, as well as rock n’ roll fans, voiced their condolences Saturday on Twitter.

“RIP Malcolm Young,” wrote singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. “He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.” Guitarist Eddie Van Halen said “it is a sad day in rock and roll.”

AC/DC plans to create a memorial website at which fans can send messages to Malcolm Young’s survivors, including his wife, O’Linda; children, Cara and Ross; son-in-law, Josh; three grandchildren; and his sister and brother. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, fans donate to The Salvation Army.

Suspect wanted in metro Denver robberies arrested in Iowa

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:41

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa — A suspect who was wanted in connection with crimes in multiple metro Denver communities was in custody in Iowa Saturday.

Blake Newton was arrested in the Council Bluffs area and being held in the Pottawattamie County jail.

Council Bluffs police officers, Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents worked together to capture Newton.

FBI agents contacted Council Bluffs police to alert them that they were tracking a violent felony suspect near a Target store.

Law enforcement officers approached his vehicle in a parking lot at a shopping area on Saturday afternoon, according to Council Bluffs police.

Newton drove away and led police on a short chase. A sheriff’s deputy was able to perform a “PIT” maneuver which caused Newton’s vehicle to stop and come to rest on the median of a nearby highway.

Police said at that point he fled on foot but was taken into custody in a parking lot.

Investigators said they found a loaded 9mm hand gun and a small amount of marijuana in Newton’s car.

Wanted in metro Denver

Newton, 23, was identified earlier as a suspect after a woman was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint outside the North Boulder Recreation Center on Nov. 6.

Police believe Newton brandished a handgun while robbing a woman just before 9 p.m. at the recreation center at 3170 Broadway.

The victim told police that as she was opening her vehicle door, she heard footsteps, turned around and saw a man with a semiautomatic handgun running toward her.

The woman screamed as the suspect grabbed for her purse, causing her to fall to the ground on top of the handbag.

The suspect then grabbed the woman’s hair, slammed her head on the pavement and took the purse, then got into a vehicle and left the scene on Broadway, police said.

In addition to the robbery in Boulder, Newton is suspect in a robbery near South Holly Street and East Evans Avenue in Denver as well as one in Aurora.

 

Father finds man in teen girl’s closet with her underwear and pictures, police say

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:31

PHOENIX – A Phoenix father came home to find a man inside his daughter’s closet with the girl’s underwear and pictures, according to KTVK.

Police arrested Michael Zabalza Ruelas, of Glendale, who is facing one count of second-degree burglary.

Police said on Thursday, Nov. 9, the family arrived home when they noticed their dog was barking at the closet.

The father went to investigate and found Ruelas inside with photos of his 16-year-old daughter, her underwear and lotion, police said.

The father then threatened to hit Ruelas with a crowbar and he took off out of the house, court documents said. He then drove away and the mother was able to get his license plate number, police said.

Officers later spotted the suspect driving by the house and he was pulled over.

After being arrested, police said Ruelas admitted to getting into the house through a window and “collected panties from different laundry baskets inside the house.”

Ruelas said he took some of the underwear with him when he left the house, and the clothing items were inside the car when he was pulled over, according to police.

He made his first court appearance and bond was set at $3,500.

He’s had several run-ins with the law, including DUI, false reporting and failure to appear for a driving on a suspended license charge.

University of Colorado plans $15,000 online degree programs

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 18:09

DENVER — University of Colorado officials are backing the creation of online programs that could let students earn college degrees for $15,000.

Colorado Public Radio reports that the Board of Regents backed the plan this week and approved $20 million to let the university begin creating the programs.

Officials say the program will launch in 2022 and will focus on students who live in rural areas or work full time and can’t easily access the university.

But there’s a lot of work ahead. Regent Steve Ludwig says he wants to ensure that the flat fee includes tuition, books, fees and all other expenses without hurting the quality of the education students receive.

University spokesman Ken McConnellogue says CU already offers 41 degree programs online but hasn’t met a goal of 6,000 students.

David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ superstar, in critical condition

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:53

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — David Cassidy, the wildly popular ’70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” is in critical condition with organ failure.

Cassidy is being treated at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital, longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told CNN on Saturday.

“He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day,” Geffen said.

She did not say what caused the organ failure.

Cassidy, 67, told People magazine earlier this year he was battling dementia.

A ’70s superstar

“The Partridge Family,” a sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock ‘n’ roll band, gave Cassidy a national audience for his music. Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show, captured the spirit of 1970s youth.

His wispy voice and wholesome persona broke out from the small screen. At the time, his fan club reportedly was bigger than those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

The singer toured the world singing his hit songs, such as “I Think I Love You,” filling concert halls with screaming teenage girls.

Cassidy has spoken publicly in recent years about his struggles with alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions during a four-year span between 2010 and 2014.

Cassidy, in an interview with CNN in 2014, said his trouble with alcohol was “very humbling and it’s also humiliating.”

Colorado Springs police care for cold, wet, thirsty dog found outside coffee shop

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:30

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police in Colorado Springs posted on their Facebook page about a dog that was found outside a coffee shop early Saturday morning. Officers took care of the dog and this story does have a good ending.

“A coffee shop at Palmer Park/Powers called in … she was there, wet, freezing and thirsty when they went to open. No tags,” the post read.

Officers took her to a police station where she roamed around until the Humane Society went by to pick her up.

“Hopefully the pup is chipped! Someone is waking up sad bc their puppy is missing,” the post finished.

This story has a happy ending. The police department said the Humane Society told them the dog was reunited with her family.

Over 100 animals seized in southwest Colorado cruelty case

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:14

DURANGO, Colo. — Officials in southwest Colorado say they have seized more than 100 animals after an investigation of animal cruelty.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata County Humane Society haven’t identified the person cited for animal cruelty.

The Cortez Journal reports that the humane society seized dogs, a cat, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens, cattle, a burro and a duck from the property this week.

Humane society officials didn’t immediately say what will happen to the animals. La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham says the animals are being cared for but would not provide details.

Pentagon data: Fort Carson sexual assault reports increase

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:36

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sexual assault reports have more than doubled since 2013 at Fort Carson, Colorado, according to a report released Friday by the Pentagon.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 116 sexual assault reports were made at Fort Carson in 2016, up from 43 reports in 2013.

The post has nearly 25,000 soldiers. Sexual assault reports there peaked in 2015 at 125.

Fort Carson’s chief of staff Col. Miles Brown said the number of reports suggests that people are confident they will be treated well.

“I think the confidence comes from the fact it is a commander’s program,” Brown said. “We lead our way through this every day and every month.”

Brown says Fort Carson commanders are determined to stop predatory behavior and ultimately want to eliminate sexual assault and harassment.

“It’s fratricide, plain and simple, and that’s why commanders have to minimize that risk,” he said.

The Pentagon report categorizes totals based on the base where a service member reported an assault but it may have happened elsewhere. Brown said some cases are decades old but any reporting victim has access to counseling and medical attention while the report is investigated.

The Pentagon report showed smaller increases at Colorado Air Force bases. Peterson had 15 reported sexual assaults in 2013 and 21 last year. Schriever received 14 reports in 2013 and 15 last year.

The Department of Defense previously released sexual assault report totals for military academies but included other installations in counts by service. The report this week shows “installation by installation, where service members are getting assistance with their sexual assault reports,” the Pentagon said in a news release.