By Joel Warner
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By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
Easter got a little sticky for Gunbarrel resident Carol Burdick after she was evicted from her apartment. Her sin? Burdick left her Easter decorations — including green, yellow and purple Peeps, plastic grass and stickers — on her door for several weeks after the holiday. Although Burdick's lease with building owner AIMCO says residents must keep balconies, patios and other areas "in a clean, sanitary condition," her attorney is disputing any contention that Peeps are trash. And Burdick was so hopping mad about the situation that she went on The Colbert Report to make her case — a case that could go to trial sometime this year, perhaps in time to resurrect the display for Easter!
Threesomes can be emotionally and physically tricky, but in July a ménage à trois in Boulder turned particularly problematic. According to police, a married couple and another man left a bar to get their wild thing on. During the festivities, the guys — Ruffin Griffin and Clint Cadigan — got into a fight, which the woman, Serena Brooks, settled by stabbing both paramours with a knife as they rolled around on the floor. While Griffin and Cadigan ended up driving to the hospital together, Brooks was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. Police speculated that drugs and alcohol may have played a role in the incident — if you can imagine that.
In July, a 45-year-old Fort Collins mother was arrested and charged with having sex with a sixteen-year-old boy on numerous occasions. And then things got really weird: Police revealed that the woman, Richael L. Michels, and the boy were Furries — a subculture of people who like to dress like animals. The two had reportedly met at a Furry gathering in Fort Collins, and police were tipped off by Michels's husband, who was freaked out by his wife's behavior. In November, Michels, who went by the name Kitteh at furmeets — was sentenced to ten years to life of specialized sex-offender probation. She must also register as a sex offender. Meow.
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Derrick Curtis Saunders wanted his Big Mac, and he wanted it now. So in May, the 29-year-old Denver police officer allegedly pulled his gun and pointed it at an Aurora McDonald's drive-thru employee in an effort to get him to hurry up. Saunders was charged with felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, and remains on unpaid leave from the DPD.
RTD bus driver Jim Moffett was trying to help two of his elderly passengers cross a busy north Denver street during a February snowstorm when he was hit by a pickup truck. Rather than commend his gallantry, a Colorado State Patrol trooper slapped Moffett with a $22 jaywalking ticket, saying it was his chivalry that caused the accident. The state patrol eventually dropped the charge; the 58-year-old Moffett, who suffered several serious injuries, was later honored and presented with a $500 check by the Daniels Fund Neighborhood Heroes program.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
A funnel cloud passing over downtown Denver sent Colorado Rockies fans scrambling for cover in June; the tornado also appeared to hover — just briefly — above the State Capitol, where legislators would surely have blamed each other for its appearance.
You can take the man out of Greeley, but you can't take Greeley out of the man. In March, two brothers from the northern Colorado town accused a Fort Collins bouncer of barring them from his bar simply because of their home town. And they were right. According to the Greeley Tribune, Washington's Sports Bar and Grill owner Shane Belcher had initiated a policy banning Greeley residents from his establishment on Saturday nights because of gang problems associated with the town.
Beware of Colorado campers eating tortillas, drinking Tecate and playing Spanish-language music! They could be armed marijuana growers, according to a notice that was distributed and then quickly recalled by the U.S. Forest Service in August. Although the USFS has taken down a number of illegal growing operations on national land, the agency's warning smacked of racial profiling.
Quincy Vanderbilt was excited about his girlfriend's tryout for American Idol last July — so much so that he forgot about her terrier, which he'd left in his car. While the North Dakota couple waited in the long audition line at Invesco Field, the dog died.
In January, a Federal Heights man who'd left his car running while he went into a gas station walked out and discovered that his black Jeep Cherokee had been stolen — along with his two kids, ages two years and five months, who were in the back seat. Westminster police located the abandoned Jeep, with the kids still inside, about fifteen minutes later at a mobile home park. A man and a woman were arrested shortly thereafter.
BARACKS AND PAINS
A bull named Barack made quite a splash during the National Western Stock Show in January when his Illinois owners tried to sell shares of his semen for $2,500 each.
In February, a student at Boulder High floated a proposal to rename his school after Barack Obama. But the day after Ben Raderstorf and several other students pitched the idea to the media, he backed down, saying the backlash was too overwhelming.