Twelve years ago, based almost entirely on the testimony of a troubled adolescent girl with a long history of telling preposterous stories, an Arapahoe County jury found Charles Farrar guilty of a horrible crime. That testimony was recanted not long after the trial, but Farrar is still in prison, se ... More >>
There's no doubt that private security guard Michael Arnold sexually assaulted a female prisoner shortly after she gave birth in 2012: He pleaded guilty to the crime and has been sentenced, albeit to no time in jail. However, a just-filed lawsuit maintains that blame for this horrible act goes beyon ... More >>
It's been a long, long road from the 1993 murder of four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in Aurora to Colorado's lethal injection chamber, and convicted killer Nathan Dunlap isn't there yet, thanks to the temporary reprieve from execution granted by Governor John Hickenlooper last year. That controversi ... More >>
Riot Fest will not return to May Farms outside Byers this year after Arapahoe County Commissioners denied special-use permit applications from both the festival and the farm. The denial came just two months before the music festival and carnival was set to bring Wu-Tang Clan, Slayer, Primus and more ... More >>
Riot Fest, which was scheduled take place this September in the small town of Byers, has been denied the temporary-use permit it would have needed to host the music festival and carnival as it had done last year. (This story has been updated below.) Following a public hearing in which residents of ... More >>
Did Christian Harvey, busted on assorted sex-crime charges, seriously try to hire his cellmate to murder his prosecutor? Or was he talking out of his ass? A jury has sided with the latter explanation despite a recording of the alleged plan, a supposed confession and bail in the case that totaled an ... More >>
Update: Last night, the Littleton School District announced that Arapahoe High School, where a Friday shooting left student Claire Davis fighting for her life (see our previous coverage below), will be closed through winter break. We've got the full schedule for students wishing to retrieve their be ... More >>
Only a few hours after Jeremy Wilson was killed near the intersection of 26th and Bryant, another possible homicide victim was discovered on the 8600 block of East Dry Creek Road in Arapahoe County. The woman who died has just been identified as Mae Kuroki, age 81. And the person who's been taken ... More >>
Eric Swanson's troubled past caught up with him last week in an Arapahoe County courtroom -- although not with quite the vengeance prosecutors had in mind. At one point facing habitual criminal charges and a potential 64-year-sentence for a case that began as a municipal summons for harassment, Swan ... More >>
Yesterday, we told you about the startling case of Ari Misha Liggett, who was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after the dismembered remains of a woman were found in the backseat of his car; see our previous coverage below. Now, the victim has been positively identified as Beverly Ligget ... More >>
This week's feature, "Lethal Election," explores how the race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District has drawn a national spotlight because the winner will have to decide whether to pursue the death penalty in prosecuting James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora theater shootings. It's a ... More >>
Last month, we reported about a medical marijuana court case with blockbuster potential -- a ruling by an Arapahoe County District Court judge that state-legal MMJ is still illicit at the federal level, so all contracts pertaining to it are null and void. This conclusion has inspired a letter to st ... More >>
James Holmes's own "confidential defense expert" has a right to be present during evidence testing if the testing will destroy the evidence but not otherwise, a judge ruled today. Holmes, 24, is charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the July 20 Aurora theater shoot ... More >>
The face is pretty unmistakable: The features look strikingly similar to the now iconic visage that's been burned into our collective consciousness over the past ten days. But this face doesn't belong to the person alleged to have shot seventy people at an Aurora movie theater just after midnight on ... More >>
Exactly six months after Arapahoe County District Court blocked Marla Sneed's house from foreclosure, the 53-year-old mother of three is back to square one. Or perhaps square negative one: Earlier this week, she received a letter from PNC Bank demanding a payment of more than $42,000 by July 15 lest ... More >>
Jeramie Gerhardt, one of two men charged in an assault on another concert-goer during the 2010 Mayhem Festival at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, was sentenced last week in Arapahoe County District Court to 75 days in jail and four years of probation for his role in the incident -- while Eric Swans ... More >>
It's been a crazy month for Colorado crime, and we've got the mug shots to prove it. Page down below to see pics of everyone from the woman who grabbed a bar staffer's balls in a way that went beyond friendliness to the former Arapahoe County sheriff behind bars in the jail named for him -- and clic ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Welcome to Arapahell," examines Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers's frequent filing of habitual criminal charges against repeat offenders, which can triple or quadruple the length of a prison sentence. While other district attorneys use the habitual criminal ... More >>
Brandon MarshallA scene from this past summer's Electric Daisy Carnival at the Arapahoe County FairgroundsIn a report filed earlier this morning by Charlie Amter at the Hollywood Reporter focusing on the mainstream explosion of electronic music in this country, Insomniac president and CEO Pas ... More >>
Judging from the emotionally charged online comments in response to this week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," many Westword readers are baffled, outraged and just plain frustrated about the bizarre and tragic case of Charles Farrar -- a man who's still serving a 145-year sentence for sexually ... More >>
Evie HudakIn the dozen years since the Columbine shootings, school officials have become hypervigilant about potential troublemakers in their midst -- so hyper, in fact, that state lawmakers are now seeking a formal review of school disciplinary procedures to determine if principals are too q ... More >>
Alan Sudduth.As recounted in the April story "The Boy Who Wouldn't Tell," Alan Sudduth has spent more than half his 31 years behind bars for the 1995 killing of Denver cab driver Finley Bradshaw Myers, even though somebody else -- a friend of Sudduth's named Nicholas Reed -- has repeatedly co ... More >>
This is presumably the last photo ever taken of Roberto Silva.Two people are dead as a result of a thoroughly unromantic incident that took place on Valentine's Day in Glendale -- Narima Dzhulfayeva, who was allegedly murdered by Roberto Silva, and Silva himself, who subsequently killed himse ... More >>
Plants 4 Life is back to serving customers dishes like this.On Monday, we updated you onthe story of Plants 4 Life, a Castle Rock medical marijuana dispensary that had received a business license from the town only to be prevented from selling its main product because weed is illegal under fe ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments... Figure 35: Goldsmith. Crafty thrifter turns table lamps into landscaping lights Goldsmith is a neighborhood that is easy to miss. East Evans, South Quebec, East Yale and Interstate 25 define the borders of this Southeast Denver neigh ... More >>
Over the past few years, the ability of journalists (or any private citizen, for that matter) to access various forms of public records in Colorado has been greatly diminished, from police reports to divorce filings. The loss of access to court records has been particularly aggravating, a bi ... More >>
Carol Chambers. As Westword's Alan Prendergast has reported in a series of blogs, Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has ordered district attorney Carol Chambers to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of Julie Stene, who says she was sexually assaulted after a 2000 high school gr ... More >>
View Larger Map The Mile High Murder ticker may move upward again today, as the Sheridan Police Department is investigating what it describes as a "possible homicide." Yesterday, a body was discovered in a car parked on the 3100 block of South Dale Court, an area captured in the graphic above (if y ... More >>
Brian Wayne Coplen.Melissa Violet Haraldson. Don't know if Brian Wayne Coplen, 24, is the most wanted man in Arapahoe County -- but representatives of the sheriff's office are going out of their way to snare him. A month after sending out a press release about Coplen's alleged complicity in a marij ... More >>
It's been a good news-bad news week for Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers. As one of the state's most zealous officials when it comes to pushing for the death penalty, as documented in "Arapahoe County DA Charges Death-Penalty Fees to the State," Alan Prendergast's February 2008 featu ... More >>
"She said what?" Where are you watching tonight's vice-presidential debate? The Denver Young Democrats, the Foreign Policy Professionals for Obama and the Young Lawyers for Obama are holding a debate-watching party at Sengers on the Fax, at 3014 East Colfax Avenue. The ACLU is hosting a watch par ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain News is hardly the only news organization saving a few bucks by pushing staffers to tackle tasks outside their area of specialty -- the topic of a May 6 More Messages blog. On May 8, viewers who tuned in Channel 4's morning show saw traffic expert Lynn Carey (pictured), who can us ... More >>
A new law reduces sentences for some juvenile murderers.
Dr. Phillip Mallory makes a deal with the feds.
It's a family affair
February 20, 2003
Plutonium lasts forever, but the radioactive fallout from 2002 should be mercifully brief. Don your Rocky Flats moonsuits and jump in!
From the week of November 14, 2002
Jim Schwartz believes pet vaccinations sometimes do more harm than good.
The truth will out -- just not in Jefferson County.
Russell Johnson wages a war on weeds at Cherry Creek State Park.
Kwang Suk Campbell Walker wasn't just looking for a handout.
Ali Kazemi's common name is finally clear.
One day, anti-stalker Michael Newell became a TV hero. But not everyone was happy about it.
The cops finally track down a woman wanted in connection with the Ghost Bridge accident.
In the wake of the "Ghost Bridge" fatal accident, the only person charged is a no-show.
An archbishop claims a government-led conspiracy is ruining his church.