A 107-year-old tradition, the Arapahoe County Fair begins its five-day run today. Once a county-roving festival, the regional heritage celebration found its home in Aurora -- at the official Arapahoe County Fair grounds -- a handful of years ago, and has been growing ever since. "The fair has a ver ... More >>
Two high-profile crimes took place at metro-area light-rail stations within days of each other earlier this month -- and while several suspects have been busted in one of the cases, a robbery, the trio wanted for a stabbing at the other remain on the loose. Do these incidents reveal flaws in securi ... More >>
Update: Two high-profile crimes have taken place at metro-area light rail stations in recent days. And while three suspects who stabbed and pepper sprayed a Lakewood couple that walked away after being asked for a cigarette remain at large right now, four out of five teens suspected of robbing a ma ... More >>
Just yesterday, we told you about an armed robbery at an Arapahoe County light-rail station -- and suggested that the five wanted suspects (to see their photos, click here) chose a stupid location for a crime, given all the cameras at such facilities. Now, however, we've learned about an attack at a ... More >>
Pre-election news coverage about Secretary of State Scott Gessler often focused on his efforts to weed out non-citizen voters and prevent fraud through an initiative some activists called a wild goose chase. But at an event in Arapahoe County, where Gessler invited public feedback, most took the opp ... More >>
Some Arapahoe County voters who wanted to cast their ballots today had to wait in a long line for several hours at one vote center -- prompting some of Colorado's top politicians to visit the site and assess the problem. At CentrePoint Plaza in Aurora, voters said they had to wait up to two hours, ... More >>
In May, we shared a post featuring personal stories of victims in ten unsolved Denver murders, with the information provided by Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, an organization devoted to making sure no case or loved one is forgotten. Unfortunately, there are many more tragic event ... More >>
Last week, we noted that former Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan's moniker had been removed from the detention facility named in his honor -- a move made in the wake of his guilty plea in a case involving meth-for-sex trades. What to call the joint now? One reader has a suggestion.
Last week, ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan pleaded guilty in a case involving the trade of meth for sex. And while he only received thirty days in stir for the offense, he has just suffered a greater indignity. As seen in this photo tweeted by 9News' Jeremy Jojola, his moniker has been strip ... More >>
Commenting knows no boundaries. As evidence, check out today's featured post, which deals with the sentencing of ex-Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan to thirty days in regard to trading meth for sex yet was affixed to our item about the CU Boulder police crackdown/Wyclef Jean concert planned for ... More >>
Update: As we noted a short time ago, former Arapahoe County sheriff Pat Sullivan has pleaded guilty to drug possession and soliciting a prostitute -- a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively. Three other charges were dropped. Now, we've got sentencing details from the Colorado Attorney General, and ... More >>
After ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan's November arrest for allegedly trading meth for sex, he was jailed in a detention facility bearing his name. No wonder county commissioners soon began considering a policy forbidding the naming of public buildings after individuals, living or dead. But ... More >>
The first time Sonia Skakich-Scrima learned about fracking, she was reading the Denver Business Journal almost a year ago to date. What she read alarmed her, but what she Googled afterward tripled that. "I tried to understand why we didn't care about the environment or the aftermath," she says. "I ... More >>
Sullivan's mug.Disconnects are common in the Pat Sullivan story -- first due to the contrast between his former image as a nationally recognized Arapahoe County sheriff and allegations that he traded meth for sex, and now as a result of his first court appearance, in which the little old man ... More >>
The secret behind long sentences handed out to repeat offenders in the 18th Judicial District
For the Halloween-phobic, we've still got plenty to do this weekend, including a craft event, race watching and dancing. It's First Friday to boot, so you should have plenty to keep you busy, all for less than $10 per event. For a complete guide to this weekend, go to westword.com/calendar.
FlickrIs it child abuse to encourage a five-year-old to bear-hug a 150-pound sheep and instruct said five-year-old to hold on tight as the sheep busts a move? Or is it just character-building, rough-and-tumble fun? The New York Times has now waded into the controversy surrounding mutton bust ... More >>
The website for Green Garden Spa in Edgewater promises "Total Satisfaction" -- and the U.S. Attorney's Office believes that pledge extended to happy endings. Michelle Schramm, 55, surrendered to authorities following a grand jury indictment accusing her of using Green Garden and two other spa ... More >>
Friday night is Basic Rhythm at Sugar House. Just Ben from Whomp Truck headlines the event with other locals, including DJ Matty vs. Just Al, Joshua Red, DJJD, Shapeshifter and Shaggy. Sugar House played host to a few different dance music events recently; this one will be more bass-heavy. ... More >>
Near the scene of the shooting.A 47-year-old man shot his wife during an argument in Aurora on Monday. He turned himself into police and is now in custody. The couple had no relatives in the area, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff's office is working with out-of-state police to locate next of ... More >>
Photo by Robert FisherDenver's attempts to get a handle on the medical marijuana issue, typified by yesterday's eventful safety committee hearing, show the importance of municipalities establishing clear rules of the road for such operations. A repeat of this lesson may well be in the offing ... More >>
"If I win, I hope to hell he pays child support."One reason so many parents skip out on child support after a divorce: Given how overburdened the system is, there's seldom anyone in authority to make them keep the money train rolling. In an attempt to change that equation, the Arapahoe Count ... More >>
"Don't we search you people for weapons before we let you in here?"UPDATED, October 29, 1:45 p.m.: The participants in this bloody no-love triangle have been named, and we've got a photo of the stabber, below the original item: Not all mash-ups work: Even Glee-master Will Schuester couldn't ... More >>
A sketch of an indecent-exposure suspect. Three similar incidents in a short period of time are said to constitute a trend -- but two is close enough, particularly when it comes to high-tech indecent exposure. To whit: On June 3, according to the Parker Police Department, a man used a laptop or por ... More >>
Back on the case of the CU sex-recruiting scandal
The Grand Lux Cafe at 8401 Park Meadows Drive is big -- big concept, big menu, big space. And now, according to a court filing, it has a big bill due at the state: Colorado has hit the restaurant in Arapahoe County with a $16,014 tax lien for failure to pay unemployment. But otherwise, ... More >>
Some police find the lure of strength-enhancing drugs impossible to ignore.
From Tracy Baker to Leesa Sale
Time to send Tracy Baker to the showers.
November 13, 2003
Joseph Paiva was born defective, but prosecutors stamped him a habitual criminal.
A tale of two Arnolds
Justice will be served in the 18th Judicial District -- eventually.
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From the week of January 23, 2003
Will Terry Baker survive? Fill in the blanks.
Carole Abbott was an expert witness in child sex-abuse cases. What she witnessed at home was a different matter.
High crimes and pissed demeanors in Arapahoe County.
Arapahoe County's most aggressive town wants to swallow up the area's prime commercial real estate. Can anything stop Greenwood Village?
Denver's entire law-enforcement community seems to think we need a bigger house. But a few holdouts say that first we need wiser law enforcement