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1996 Stories by Karen Bowers

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  • Black Marks

    published December 19, 1996

    Quentin Jones's cheek pressed into the grit of the asphalt parking lot. His head was immobilized by the nightstick a cop had jammed into his neck,... More >>

  • Shot Down in Flames

    published November 28, 1996

    A federal jury took just one hour earlier this month to decide that former Denver deputy sheriff Trina Burks-Richardson should receive nothing in... More >>

  • The Beaten Path

    published November 21, 1996

    It took years for Mary, a native of Peru, to escape the brutality and fear that her life in Denver had become. She finally worked up the nerve two... More >>

  • Full Court Press

    published November 21, 1996

    Denver law enforcement authorities have long feared that the Oklahoma City bombing trial might attract riffraff, troublemakers whose presence in... More >>

  • Con Jobs

    published November 14, 1996

    Politicians' claims to the contrary, Colorado's business climate isn't all blue skies and sunshine. Just ask the folks at Juniper Valley Products,... More >>

  • She Fired, They Fired

    published October 24, 1996

    It's been five years, one federal trial and at least $30,000 since the Denver Sheriff's Department fired deputy Trina Burks-Richardson for... More >>

  • Terrible Two

    published October 10, 1996

    In the weeks before her adopted son died, Greeley business owner Renee Polreis told friends she had come to fear David. Where others saw a... More >>

  • Public Enemy Number No. $1

    published September 19, 1996

    Seven years ago, the Colorado legislature passed a law designed to put the bite on convicted criminals. The concept was sterling: to force... More >>

  • If Books Could Kill...

    published September 12, 1996

    The families of three Maryland murder victims lost the first round in a wrongful-death suit against Boulder's Paladin Press, but their attorneys... More >>

  • Feeling No Pain

    published August 29, 1996

    Former Fort Morgan pharmacist and self-confessed morphine addict Andrew Komesu was lucky to get out of Colorado with little more than a slap on... More >>

  • Older but Bitter

    published August 22, 1996

    Colorado Springs babysitter Wanda Crawford was 66 years old in 1994 when she was found guilty of shaking a nine-month-old infant so... More >>

  • The Wheels of Justice

    published August 8, 1996

    When a Colorado prison inmate brought suit against the Department of Corrections four years ago alleging discrimination against disabled inmates... More >>

  • Stealing Time

    published August 1, 1996

    The Insiders It's not easy getting old in prison. But in Colorado, it's getting easier. The number of elderly felons being held in... More >>

  • The Committed

    published July 25, 1996

    The Insiders There is a private garden in the Colorado prison system, a place where convicted killers can tend flowers and summer... More >>

  • Schmitz Happens

    published June 13, 1996

    One day last week, LoDo artist Jorg "Peter" Schmitz accompanied his girlfriend, Ingrid Pfennig, on a shopping trip to the Cherry Creek Mall. "He... More >>

  • I Know Nothing

    published May 30, 1996

    I'm doing a good job of being disappearing," LoDo artist Jorg "Peter" Schmitz says in lilting, German-accented English. He sounds proud of the... More >>

  • Candid Cameras

    published May 2, 1996

    Faculty members at the University of Oklahoma journalism school are split over Melissa Klinzing's decision to leave an Oklahoma City television... More >>

  • Hasta la Vista, Lupe

    published May 2, 1996

    Employees say Guadalupe "Lupe" Salinas occasionally walked around Denver's Social Security Administration office downtown crowing about his job... More >>

  • Cruising the Webb

    published April 18, 1996

    When Mayor Wellington Webb's stepson Keith Thomas clipped a parked car March 31 and kept on driving, it wasn't the first time he'd "hit and run,"... More >>

  • Model Behavior

    published April 11, 1996

    Susan Crenshaw, the former co-host of Channel 9's Good Afternoon, Colorado had a less than perfect day last August 18. That's when she allegedly... More >>

  • In a Family Way

    published April 4, 1996

    Randolph Kelly's house is full of family photos. They're stacked on the television and on tables; they cover the walls. On the north side of the... More >>

  • Social Insecurity

    published March 28, 1996

    Guadalupe "Lupe" Salinas was controversial long before he was appointed to head up Denver's regional Social Security Administration office in... More >>

  • Death Sentences

    published March 21, 1996

    Some people would say that the hit man is an emotionless, cold-blooded killing machine; that he has no fear and no belief in God. On the contrary,... More >>

  • Reversal of Fortune

    published March 7, 1996

    After eighteen months of cops, courts and attorneys, Sue Smith is back at square one. And she's damn glad to be there. A new trial has been... More >>

  • Labor Pangs

    published March 7, 1996

    The people believe that employees should have a voice," says Jerry Beers. As area director for the American Federation of State, County and... More >>

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