Murder indictment announced



Bruce Nozolino, who proposed a ballot measure to sell city-owned Memorial Health System, has been indicted on 31 counts, including first degree murder in connection with the Nov. 30, 2008, death of Richard Schreiner while shoveling snow in his driveway, the District Attorney's Office announced today.

Nozolino also was indicted on a series of charges in connection with shots being fired in the home and office of John Ciccolella in June 2001 and January 2002, respectively, and into the home of former Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez in October 2001.

In the office shooting, Ciccolella was shot in the head but survived. Ciccolella represented Nozolino's wife in a divorce action, and Martinez was the judge.

District Attorney Dan May wouldn't disclose the motive for the Schreiner shooting; nor would he say whether Nozolino and Schreiner knew one another.

Springs Police Chief Richard Myers praised the work of several agencies over the years which led to the grand jury's indictment.

Myers ... good policing.
  • Myers ... good policing.

"This is and continues to be a complex and expansive investigation dating back nine years," he said, noting that in spite of a heavy case load, his investigators "never let go of an old case."

"This is an example of how policing is supposed to be done," he said, collaboratively and by using all available resources.

Besides the Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the FBI participated in the investigation.

Nozolino was arrested Thursday.

Last year, he promoted the idea of a ballot measure to sell the city-owned hospital system but nothing came of it.

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