In an August 2013 profile, Melanie Asmar described Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews as the king and queen of Glendale: He's the mayor, while she's the owner of Shotgun Willie's, one of Colorado's most iconic strip clubs. Now, this power couple has scored another coup: They found a legal way for Sho ... More >>
A new CBS4 report is likely to have two tangible effects: It should spur a flood of applications to work for rental-car operations at Denver International Airport as well as leading to a whole new level of scrutiny during the hiring process at such businesses. Why? The station reveals that marijuan ... More >>
There are often advantages to doing something before anyone else -- but being first isn't always a good thing. Just ask Michael Clasen, who appears to be the first person charged under Colorado's new revenge porn law owing to "intimate" images of an ex-girlfriend he allegedly posted on the day the m ... More >>
In February 2013, we told you about Craig Brittan, the Colorado Springs man behind Is Anybody Down?, a website that published "involuntary" nude photos -- meaning intimate images typically intended to embarrass ex-lovers. The popular term for such web destinations? Revenge porn sites. Brittan's add ... More >>
In recent years, there have been plenty of complaints about the supposedly intrusive nature of airport searches conducted by Transportation Security Administration personnel. Now, however, Highlands Ranch mom Jamelyn Steenhoek has filed a criminal complaint with Denver police accusing one agent of ... More >>
Update: Earlier this month, we reported about a light-rail attack caught on camera near 30th and Downing -- the third assault at such a station in the past few months. See our previous coverage below. The latest: Leopoldo Maes, 23, is the fifth and presumably final person to be arrested in conjunct ... More >>
Back in April, Felix Trujillo became the first person ever to escape from Denver's new jail -- with a little help from Deputy Matthew Andrews, who swore he'd only aided the inmate because of threats to his family. A few weeks later, Trujillo publicly claimed Andrews actually assisted him because he ... More >>
They don't have James Hibbard to kick around any more, but at least one of the more embarrassing goofs he was known for still seems to be a problem -- if not a tradition -- down at the Adams County coroner's office. Two and a half years after the combative, ever-controversial Hibbard stepped down as ... More >>
The cynics among us have long believed that elected officials tend to be treated better by the law than the rest of us -- and now, they have more evidence to bolster that theory. A new report reveals that state legislators are exempted from the current photo-radar system because of what's described ... More >>
Earlier this year, we told you about Craig Brittain, a Colorado Spring entrepreneur behind a website that published nude photos typically submitted by the subjects' ex-lovers -- a phenomenon known as revenge porn. Brittain said he was proud of the site, despite the humiliation it caused those featu ... More >>
Back in 2010, we told you about a brutality lawsuit against Abbegayle "Abbe" Dorn, a Denver police officer who'd previously appeared as a contestant on the TV program American Gladiators. That case was eventually settled. But now, Dorn has another concern: She's reportedly under investigation by th ... More >>
Back in 2010, we published a story in which a veterinarian warned that dogs shouldn't be given marijuana. Shortly thereafter, Fox31 did a lurid version of the same story, complete with imagery straight out of a '60s-era psychedelic flick. Then, last year, CBS4 reported about a vet who'd conducted a ... More >>
Earlier this week, we told you about a Colorado Springs website that specializes in so-called revenge porn -- explicit photos shared by ex-lovers and the like, apparently in an effort to humiliate their former partners; see our previous coverage below. Now, we've got video of the man behind the site ... More >>
Update: Monday's shooting of border-collie mix named Ziggy by an Adams County deputy -- see our previous coverage below -- continues to spin off new developments. The latest? An attorney for deputy Wilfred Europe insists that his client shot the dog in self-defense, and denies that Europe and his fe ... More >>
In January, the Denver Police Department held an extraordinary press conference apologizing for actions of a sergeant after a traffic stop involving Representative Laura Bradford. Now, CBS4 is reporting that Chief Robert White has recommended that Benita Packard, the sarge at the center of the incid ... More >>
Update: Rollin Oliver, 21, was born on Christmas Day -- but what he just received from the Denver District Attorney's Office can't be considered an early gift. He's now been formally charged with first-degree murder/extreme indifference in the City Park slaying of Denver police officer Celena Holli ... More >>
Update: More information is emerging about Rollin Oliver, the man arrested following the fatal shooting of Denver Police officer Celena Hollis after a jazz event at City Park on Sunday night -- including increasingly solid reports establishing his gang affiliation. Not that this link offers much com ... More >>
Back in February, we told you about a Vail sex assault investigation targeting three Kent Denver students. The trio in question evaded criminal charges in the case, but the story's not over. None of the three is returning to the exclusive, ultra-pricey private school, and the father of an expelled s ... More >>
Pat Sullivan.In recent days, embattled KHOW radio host Tom Martino has taken much of the credit for breaking the Pat Sullivan sex-for-meth story thanks to interviews with meth-user sources conducted by his producer, Jonathan Elinoff. Turns out, though, that local cops didn't need the Troubles ... More >>
Hancock.Both 7News and Fox31 are now reporting about the alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring. But many major news agencies are still holding off. Why? CBS4 news director Tim Wieland explains his station's reticence to move forward with th ... More >>
CBS4There are no shortage of excessive-force complaints against Denver Police officers these days, as our reporting about cases involving Michael DeHerrera, Alex Landau, Nick Lynch and others demonstrates. The latest? A threatened lawsuit by Scarlet Ranch bartender Brad Mitchell, who claims c ... More >>
CBS4Among the most controversial local stories of last spring involved the shooting of Marcus Duran, a seventeen-year old who died during at break-in on Gaylord Street. A decision about charges in the incident took time, with nearly a month passing before the Denver District Attorney's Office ... More >>
From CBS4 coverage.The police-brutality controversy spurred by the attack on Michael DeHerrera -- which spawned yesterday's press event decrying violence against LGBTQ community members (to see photos, click here) -- has increased pressure on Denver Chief of Police Gerry Whitman. He defends h ... More >>
Testimony in David Littlejohn's hearing was also suspect.A Channel 4 report far more impressive than the startling news that a couple of guys in Boulder were busted for driving under the influence of marijuana involved the racially motivated attacks that took place in LoDo last year; see our ... More >>
Mike Hooker. On last night's Channel 4 newscast (in a segment rebroadcast this morning), the sports report was delivered by an unlikely person: Mike Hooker, who's served as either the station's mountain or northern newsroom reporter since 1994. Why? News operations traditionally scramble during th ... More >>
The shirt created by the Denver Police union. Channel 4's Brian Maass reports that the Denver Police Protective Association, the union that represents most Denver Police Department personnel, is selling T-shirts that commemorate the protests at the Democratic National Convention in a particularly ... More >>
Nathan Johnson as seen on Channel 4. "Local Obama Plot Case Lures N.C. Lawyer," in the September 3 Denver Post, revolves around Lawrence Hewitt, an attorney who represents Jerry Blanchard, a North Carolina man accused of threatening to kill Barack Obama; Blanchard reportedly called the Democratic ... More >>
Tharin Gartrell. In the 8 p.m. half hour on Monday, shortly before Michelle Obama took the stage at the Pepsi Center for the climactic speech of the Democratic National Convention's first day, Channel 4 ran an onscreen crawl about arrests in a possible assassination plot. And during its 10 p.m. ne ... More >>
Elliot Spitzer’s career is exploding in New York. But even before it was revealed the soon-to-be-former governor had repeatedly utilized the services of a super-duper high-priced escort service – prostitutes with Emperors Club VIP reportedly charge as much as $5,500 per hour – Colorado has bee ... More >>
November is sweeps month, when ratings help determine ad rates for a wide range of programming, including local news shows. As a result, stations ramp up the number of promos they run for their 'casts, with many of them touting assorted investigations. All too often, though, these supposed scoops ar ... More >>
Like any journalist who sticks around long enough, I've occasionally been interviewed myself. I've chatted with the greats: Peter Boyles, Joan London, even Phil Donahue, in all his pre-Oprah glory. I once had a meaningful five minutes with Katie Couric, thanks to a remote hook-up — I stared bleary ... More >>
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