Beginning last month, the Lakewood Police Department issued regular alerts about David Noren, who was last seen on May 19 -- and the urgency increased as investigators became increasingly convinced something bad had happened to him. Now, the mystery of Noren's whereabouts have been solved, albeit t ... More >>
The Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons website draws attention to unsolved murders, and we tried to do likewise in three posts last year -- in May, September and November. The ten crimes featured in this installment include two of the most famous unsolved crimes in Boulder history: the ... More >>
Last week, we told you the latest in the case of Bill Lee, an Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa whose animals were seized in a cruelty investigation. Lee has agreed to plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty and has been granted a two-year deferred judgment -- meaning that if he complies with ... More >>
Bill Lee, the Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa charged with 32 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, has agreed to plead guilty to one of those counts. He's been granted a two-year deferred judgment, meaning that if he complies with a set of conditions for two years, he won't be convicted of any ... More >>
Mall Santa Bill Lee has gotten sixteen more of his seized animals back. That number doesn't include any reindeer, though. Not yet. As we explained in our cover story, "Santa is Grounded," Clear Creek County animal-control officers seized about one hundred of Lee's animals last year and slapped him ... More >>
Last month, Anthony Ortolani insisted he wanted to retain custody of Missy, a dog he left on a mountain to die -- a prospect that spurred Facebook outcry and a petition to stop that from happening. Now, however, he's done an about-face, saying at a news conference that he wants Missy to stay with o ... More >>
Accusations of animal cruelty tend to inflame passions -- and that's certainly true in the case of Anthony Ortolani and his German Shepherd, Missy. Ortolani reportedly left an injured Missy on a mountain but now wants the dog back -- a prospect that's inspired Facebook criticism and a petition tryi ... More >>
On Sunday, Joseph Shematek, a 71 year old from Windsor, died at St. Anthony's Hospital following a skiing accident in Loveland. By our count, he's the seventeenth person to pass away as a result of injuries on the slopes of a Colorado resort this season, tying it for the deadliest on record.
Update below: The Denver District Attorney's Office has announced that it's solved four cold cases: the murders of a quartet of women between 1979 and 1988. The slayer: Vincent Groves, who may be the most prolific serial killer in the state's history.
The November issue of Thrasher included the results of a contest in which the magazine had asked readers for the worst skateparks in their towns for a list titled "Certified Piece of Suck: Doo-Doo Skatepark Construction." One of these pieces of suck is located in Colorado.
With Euclid Hall's first anniversary party, the Denver Burger Battle and the Dinner in White, the Denver dining scene already has a very full plate this week. But there's more, lots more, including Vesta Dipping Grill's Menu Classic Mondays ((those are Vesta's samosas you see before you). Her ... More >>
Big pic below.David Lawless stands accused of planting anemic explosive devices at Colorado Mills on Saturday, around the same time a bunch of windows were broken at a nearby Best Buy -- and Lawless is the suspect in that incident, too. As for his reasons, they're not clear yet, as remains th ... More >>
Rev. Jason Wimler.Earlier this week, we spoke with Roger Christie of THC Ministry, who's readying an injunction that, if successful, would essentially treat medical marijuana dispensaries like churches. In the meantime, Jason Wimler, a reverend with the ministry, is preparing to defend himse ... More >>
Roger Christie.Roger Christie, head of Hawaii's THC Ministry, is in Colorado for a series of events to promote using religious exemptions to get around new medical marijuana laws. And he hopes to take action in court by Independence Day to make the concept stick.
Ricky Lee Harnish gets a relatively small book thrown at him.After news broke in October about Ricky Lee Harnish facing a likely ten-to-24-year sentence for the 1976 rape and murder of teenager Holly Andrews, even Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger admitted to mixed emotions. But no such ... More >>
Anybody for locking up Ricky Lee Harnish for longer than 24 years? A show of hands, please.Ricky Lee Harnish traded a confession in the 1976 Holly Andrews case for a reduced charge with a potential ten-to-24-year sentence -- waaaay too sweet a deal for a guy who admits to raping and murdering ... More >>
Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger.Earlier today, I expressed astonishment that Ricky Lee Harnish, who's admitted to having raped and murdered teenager Holly Andrews in 1976, will likely face a sentence that maxes out at 24 years. Clear Creek Sheriff Don Krueger, in whose jurisdiction And ... More >>
In October 2007, five employees of RPI Coating Inc. were killed by carbon monoxide generated by a fire at the Cabin Creek Hydro Plant outside Georgetown that's operated by Xcel Energy and Public Service Company of Colorado. Now, a federal grand jury has issued indictments against RPI, Xcel, P ... More >>
This weekend, law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to make sure you don't do anything stupid behind the wheel over the Memorial Day weekend. This link on the Colorado Department of Transportation website details the specific plans of 85 separate organizations. For instanc ... More >>
The Message column "DTV or No TV" discusses a likely complication in the move from analog television signals to the digital kind, which is scheduled to take place on February 17. Specifically, some viewers west of the main digital tower on Lookout Mountain who have been receiving free analog signa ... More >>
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Central City gambles on its future. Again.
Idaho Springs Heritage Museum and Visitor's Center
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The truth about what really happened to Holly Andrews still haunts her family.
These cops have a beat, but can you dance to it?
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A defense attorney accused of being disrespectful to a judge is off the hook--for now.
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A judge and a prosecutor in Gilpin County are after a new breed of criminals: jurors and defense attorneys.
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