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"Sorry. I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back — Drunk." That was the wording of a note left on a blue Trek bike that was left outside the Pitkin County Courthouse in March. The Aspen Times wrote a story about the note — a story that reunited the bike with its real owner, Aspen's Jay Maytin, who told the paper he didn't care who stole it; he was just happy to have it back.
A woman gave DIA officials a scare in April when she stripped naked in full view of other passengers at the security checkpoint. According to news reports, the woman became unhappy when she was told to put out her cigarette, and doffed her clothes after dousing her smoke. Pictures and video of the incident made the rounds on the Internet; the woman was taken to Denver Health for a mental-health evaluation.
A Green Valley Ranch resident who tried to get his cell phone fixed at an Aurora Best Buy store learned the hard way not to leave his phone logged on to his Facebook account. Just a few minutes after the man was given a new phone by a technician, who couldn't repair the old one, a status message was posted to his page that read, "I am gay. I'm coming out," according to a 7News report. The man isn't gay, nor was he happy. "It's totally not a joke," he told the news outlet. "I feel like I've been humiliated.... Calls started coming in immediately to my house phone. Friends, ex-spouses, they were all calling." The man said he'd been told by Best Buy that the employee involved had been fired.
In December, University of Colorado students Mary Elizabeth Essa, 19, and Thomas Ricardo Cunningham, 21, were charged with eight counts of second-degree assault and eight counts of inducing the consumption of a controlled substance after they allegedly baked up a nasty batch of pot brownies and served them to their history professor and fellow classmates without telling them what was inside. The teacher and seven students got sick; two were hospitalized.
Mount Evans gets a lot of crazy weather, but the small tornado that touched down at roughly 11,900 feet in July was a new one for meteorologists, who said it was the second-highest funnel cloud ever recorded in the United States.
Aircraft fighting a fire near Colorado Springs were grounded in June after authorities heard reports that objects, and possibly parts of a plane, were falling from the sky. The objects turned out to be pieces of a meteor that broke up over Kansas.
A woman had to go the hospital in May after she ran a stop sign at 16th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street on her bike and rode right into the side of a police car. The police car was dented. The woman suffered a head injury.
In July, a 24-year-old man jumped onto the roof of a moving taxicab in Boulder after it wouldn't stop for him. The man rode on the roof for a while before jumping off at a stoplight. He was later cited by police.
The YouTube video was both hilarious and frightening. Recorded by Boulder County cyclist Dirk Friel, it showed a man in a Ford Explorer slowly tailing Friel and another cyclist along County Line Road for several minutes, honking incessantly the entire way. The driver wouldn't pass the cyclists, who were riding far over to the right. The video, which went viral in September, led to charges of harassment and several traffic violations against 75-year-old James Ernst, of Erie; he has pleaded not guilty.
The bird is the word for Dan (no last name, please), a Denver man who hates photo-radar vans so deeply that he intentionally got a speeding ticket in February just so he could flip off the camera. Dan, who e-mailed a copy of the ticket and his picture to Westword, was doing 43 in a 30 mph zone. He didn't pay the ticket — and was served with a court summons later in the year.
No one likes to be served with legal paperwork, but a man in Denver took things a little far in June. After being handed the documents and getting into his car, the man reached through his window and grabbed the process server's arm, dragging him for several blocks before letting go, according to police reports.
In April, a Colorado man posted an ad on Craigslist saying he had to sell his 1994 Gold Wing motorcycle to cover the costs of his wife's boob job. "It's time to trade in one ride for another," he wrote. The bike was listed for $4,000.
Setting a President
Four-year-old Abigael Evans of Fort Collins captured the feelings of the entire nation — or least those of us living in swing states — when she burst into tears after yet another mention of the presidential race on the radio — in this case, an NPR story. "I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney," she said in a videotaped meltdown that her mom, Elizabeth, posted on YouTube in October. The video went viral, and NPR apologized for having caused the tantrum, sending a reporter out to console the girl.