The Colorado Bureau of Investigation had designated the 2008 murder of Grizzly Rose security guard Timothy Minnick, seen here, as a cold case -- and the process has taken years to warm up. Now, however, there has finally been a conviction in the slaying, albeit not involving the person who's thought ... More >>
In December 2010, Karina Sartiaguin Vargas was shot while standing outside Aurora Central High School. Then sixteen, Karina was left paralyzed below the belly button. As we explained in our recent cover story, "Bullet. Proof.," the teenager eventually began speaking out about gun violence -- even te ... More >>
At 10:30 a.m., state officials will unveil the Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution, or MITS, a system intended to keep tabs pot for sale in Colorado. But while the press is invited to the event, a number of medical marijuana patients coordinated by the Cannabis Therapy Institute have invited thems ... More >>
To mark the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, we assembled a post focusing on ten unsolved Colorado murders, including the story of Mary Vialpandro, seen here. Among those we heard from afterward was Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons vice president Howard Morton, who put ... More >>
In May 2012, we published a post featuring photos and information about twenty Colorado sex offenders who'd failed to register according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation website that tracks this information. Then, recently, we checked each of those twenty people were no longer on the roster o ... More >>
Terry Ballowe definitely isn't the dumbest criminal to win coveted Schmuck of the Week honors. After all, it took two separate trials over a span of four years to finally convict him of torching Creek Side Bed & Breakfast in Black Hawk, presumably for the insurance money -- which he never actually ... More >>
It could be, and probably is, just a coincidence. But mere weeks after Colorado Department of Corrections executive director Tom Clements was gunned down at his door (presumed killer Evan Ebel is also suspected of murdering pizza-delivery man Nathan Leon), and days since the second of two Texas pros ... More >>
Colorado Democrat leaders proposed an array of gun control measures today that would lead to comprehensive state policy changes. The proposed legislation addresses assault-rifle ownership, modernizing the current background check system, a high-capacity magazine ban and strengthening mental health ... More >>
As the debate around gun policy and mental health heats up in Colorado and across the country, Representative Claire Levy, a Boulder Democrat, is pushing forward with a bill that she says would help keep weapons out of the hands of the wrong people. The legislation would establish real-time data tra ... More >>
Since the tragic mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut left twenty children dead, there has been a renewed discussion on gun policy in Colorado as lawmakers prep for the legislative session. And we now have details on one idea that links the debates around gun access and mental health. Representati ... More >>
Since the shootings in Connecticut that left twenty elementary school students dead, there has been an unprecedented surge in Colorado gun sales. The demand is so overwhelming that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it needs more money for background checks. And now Democrats in the legislatu ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler has faced a lot of pushback for his efforts to identify immigrants who are illegally on Colorado's voter rolls. But over the summer, those criticisms escalated to a new level when he received multiple violent threats, some targeting his family. Through an Open Record ... More >>
After the tragic mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday, Governor John Hickenlooper, no stranger to devastation, said the time has come to talk gun control. President Obama has also signaled his interest in policy changes. But thousands of Colorado residents are having a different reaction: They are ... More >>
In 2010, we assembled a gallery of the state's most wanted sex offenders according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Many of the faces have changed in the two years since then, and at least two of the current top twenty (one and nineteen) have been busted. But there are plenty more suspects l ... More >>
Last week, we told you about 2011 documents uncovered by activist Corey Donahue that outlined using the proposed medical marijuana patient registry database to cross-check federal firearm databases. The reason: MMJ patients are not legally allowed to own guns. Now, however, a state official says su ... More >>
Update by William Breathes: It is starting to look like there never was an opportunity for public comment on the proposed digital connection between law enforcement and the Colorado medical marijuana patient registry. State officials are only able to point to vague language in state statute for aut ... More >>
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains a website focused on convicted sex offenders in the state -- including those whose current whereabouts are unknown, because they've failed to register with authorities. We've collected photos and identifying information for twenty such creeps. If you re ... More >>
Vito Genovese.John Ray Enright died this past weekend at the age of 85, leading to some polite tributes here and there, with most focusing on his years as director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in the 1970s and 1980s and his subsequent service as a member of the Colorado Parole Boar ... More >>
The beating.Earlier this month, we spoke to Michael DeHerrera and his father, Anthony, about their displeasure over the reinstatement of two cops fired for beating Michael in 2009. But Michael is dealing with more than disappointment. His dad says he can't get a job because that two-year-old ... More >>
7NewsUpdate: As noted in our original item about the death of Maria Duron and Art Medina, on view below, all signs pointed to a murder-suicide in the case -- and that proved to be the case, according to the Arapahoe County coroner. But the details are still shocking. The coroner found that M ... More >>
Coloradans can use marijuana medicinally and purchase firearms -- but due to conflicts between state and federal laws, they can't do both at the same time. As first reported by the Vail Daily and FaceTheState.com, to buy a new gun in Colorado requires completing a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco a ... More >>
FlickrHere's one way to liven up a boring high school cooking assignment -- spice up the recipe with a little weed. That's at least one of the possibilities at play in a highly unusual incident at Montezuma-Cortez High School, where a teacher reported feeling "high" after sampling a smoothie ... More >>
Myrl Serra.Colorado Attorney General's office spokesman Mike Saccone confirms that Myrl Serra, district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, which covers several Western Slope counties, is in Montrose County jail following his arrest this morning on three startling charges: unlawful sexual ... More >>
JonBenét Ramsey.The 1996 killing of young JonBenét Ramsey is arguably Colorado's most famous (and infamous) unsolved murder. So how could it not be included in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's new and much touted cold-case database?
"Some of these cases are even cold by my standards."This week, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office revealed that they'd closed the 1970 murder of Harold "Nicky" Nicholson. Not that the alleged slayer -- Jake Dwight Jones, Nicholson's father in law -- will be prosecuted for the crime. Investig ... More >>
The long arm of the law reached across half a continent to grab Marcello Maldonado-Perez.More evidence that the three most important letters in cold cases these days are DNA -- the apparent solving of a Weld County murder dating back to 1977. In August of that year, Mary Pierce, 22, was abdu ... More >>
Stephanie Villafuerte has a new strategy in her quest to become a U.S. Attorney.The nomination as U.S.Attorney of Stephanie Villafuerte hasn't gone nearly as smoothly as the Obama administration would like, due largely to accusations that she was involved in the political accessing of a feder ... More >>
It appears that even deadly snakes couldn't keep Matt Sowash and business partner Andrew Hicks away from poker. As Westword reported Thursday, the two men were arrested this week and accused of five counts of felony securities fraud. A June CBI affidavit used to obtain warrants for the arres ... More >>
A Flickr photo During difficult economic conditions, crime usually goes up -- but not last year. Yesterday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation released stats showing a 6.1 percent decrease of major crimes from 2007 to 2008, led by a 22 percent decline in car thefts. Denver Police Department spoke ... More >>
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Colorado passed the House by a single vote today. HB 1274, which would use the cost savings of eliminating the death penalty to fund a cold case unit, is on its way to the state Senate. The vote was 33-32, just as close as a preliminary vote last Thursday, whi ... More >>
Jefferson County officials show Mike Zinna that what goes around comes around.
When these Amateur Poker Tour investors realized they'd been bluffed, they tried their hand at murder.
The two men accused in the plot to kill Amateur Poker Tour owner Matt Sowash appeared in Jefferson County Court today, September 26. Last December, Herb Beck, left, invested $36,000 in the poker company, which the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating for securities fraud. In ... More >>
The October 12 edition of the Message concerns the process by which political advertisements are approved for airing on local TV stations. The general managers of these outlets are the folks best able to answer questions on the topic, but in the end, only one person in this position -- Channel 4's W ... More >>
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