By Alan Prendergast
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Three Fort Carson soldiers were charged with burglary in December after police said they broke into a Colorado Springs medical marijuana dispensary and got caught inside when the doors locked. "We were just trying to get rid of all the marijuana," one of the soldiers, Ramone Hollins, 22, told police.
The Long Arm of the Law
Two teenagers who tried to steal a purple Ford Explorer were caught when Colorado Springs police noticed the car lurching back and forth up the street, according to the daily Gazette. Apparently, neither would-be thief knew how to drive a stick.
A man who stole two packages of cold medication from a Boulder King Soopers in June was arrested after he tried to escape capture by jumping into Boulder Creek. But before they could make the arrest, police had to rescue him from the rushing water after he called for help.
Four teenage boys in Durango were busted after police accused them of firing a small homemade cannon at a bicyclist riding in the Colorado Trail Jamboree, a fundraiser benefiting people with multiple sclerosis. Ian Altman, 37, who has the disease and is the organizer of the yearly event, was riding his bike that July morning when the cannon went off about eighteen inches from his legs, police said. Particulates were embedded in Altman's body, and he had to be hospitalized.
Denver police evacuated a government building at 303 West Colfax Avenue in April after someone reported a ticking sound in the restroom and thought it might be a bomb. But all police were able to find in the bathroom was a pair of blue pants.
Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, who was sentenced in 2007 to six years in prison and a $71 million fine for insider trading, complained in June that Pennsylvania prison officials had denied him visitors for six weeks, held him in solitary confinement for eight days and refused him his medication when he was traveling back to Pennsylvania from a court hearing in Denver. In fact, said Nacchio, who'd showed up at the hearing with a shaved head and a goatee, the return trip took 34 days. Prisoner trips can take a long time, a prison official responded.
In Boulder one November evening, a police officer watched a woman on a bicycle run a red light and smack into a car that was waiting for her to cross the street. The bicyclist then hit the median, fell off the bike, got back on and hit the median again. That's when the officer stopped nineteen-year-old Patricia Forget, whose blood alcohol content was .215. She was arrested and booked.
In November, the Denver Police Department's bomb squad blew up an eight-inch toy robot that someone had cemented to a pillar beneath a bridge at 20th and Wazee streets. A passerby had called in a report of the suspicious object, prompting police to close off the area.
Government in Action
In January, state senator Suzanne Williams continued a long tradition of progressive folly by proposing a law that would have forced high schools with American Indian mascots — like the Savages and the Fightin' Reds — to get approval from the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs to keep using them. Williams, an Aurora Democrat, was concerned that the names and associated images tend to further Native American stereotypes. Her proposal was rounded up and shot down.
Republican state representative Mike May responded to Suzanne Williams's proposal by jokingly suggesting a ban on "cougars" — older women who hunt for younger men — as high-school mascots (there are at least seven).
Jordyn Lucas of Aurora became the 1st prsn 2B busted under the state's new law forbidding texting while driving. Lucas, who was nineteen at the time, crashed her car into a median on January 3, according to the Aurora Sentinel.
Denver voters soundly rejected a proposal to create a commission charged with preparing the city for contact with extraterrestrials. Initiative 300 would have allowed commission members to "participate from anywhere in the universe by any means available." But organizer Jeff Peckman, who was able to collect enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot, was philosophical after its loss. "It's better than what we thought," he told the Denver Post. "This was always about engaging the voters and getting them involved. These things can take time."
Like a lot of people, Jason Clark uses Craigslist when he's looking for something. In this case, Clark was looking for a running mate for his quest for the Colorado governorship as an Independent. In May, he advertised on the site for a lieutenant governor and eventually selected a woman named Victoria Adams; the story attracted the attention of everyone from Rachel Maddow to Jay Leno. But Adams dropped out in September, citing personal reasons, so Clark returned to Craigslist. This time, he had a wish list of specific people, including John or Janet Elway, Pete Coors and Josh Penry. None answered the ad, and Clark lost the race.
In June, the Denver Post published a page-one story claiming that a pair of moon rocks given to Colorado governor John Vanderhoof in 1974 had mysteriously disappeared; the rocks were part of a series brought back by Apollo 17 that President Richard Nixon gave to the governors of all fifty states. Turns out that no one looking for the rocks had called Vanderhoof himself, who now lives in Grand Junction. So Channel 7 did the next day and discovered that — surprise! — the former governor, now 88, had them on display. In August, the rocks were installed at the Colorado School of Mines, where they will stay.