There was a whole lot of shaking going on in northwest Denver last Sunday, when an attempt to make hash oil exploded in a rental duplex in the 2900 block of Julian Street. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged 40-year-old Jeff Garbarek, 39-year-old Steve Donnel and and 43-year-ol ... More >>
Update: Last week, we highlighted five recent explosions, allegedly caused by people whose attempts to make butane hash oil went up in smoke; see our previous coverage below. Apparently, two people at a Grand Junction motel didn't heed our warnings, because their hash-oil-making efforts ended in fl ... More >>
One thing we've learned over the years we've spent sifting through Schmuck of the Week candidates: For most of them, schmuckiness isn't a one-time deal. If they've been schmucky once, odds are mighty good they've been schmucky in the past, too. That seems to be the case for Kevin Gaylor, age 27. Hi ... More >>
The more details we learn about the death of Jude Murray-Gomez, age five, the more horrific the story becomes. First came news that the boy's body was found in a burning apartment. That was followed by the revelation that he actually died of drowning, presumably before the blaze was lit. And now, be ... More >>
Most of us have had the experience of dealing with neighbors whose partying is too loud. Typical responses include asking them to lower the volume a notch or two, calling the cops or putting in earplugs and grumbling yourself to sleep. But according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, that's ... More >>
Today, on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, families and loved ones of those whose lives were so cruelly cut short, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, whose sister was slain in 2002, will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the new Denver Crime Lab, 1371 Cherokee Street. To ... More >>
The ongoing flooding in the Boulder area is being echoed in other locations along the Front Range, including in El Paso and Larimer counties. The former has already seen one fatality: A thus-far unidentified body was found near Fountain Creek in the Colorado Springs area. And there's been a dam bre ... More >>
The flash flooding in Manitou Springs, which killed one person, left a woman missing and caused thus-far unestimated damage -- has dominated the news in the Colorado Springs area, and rightly so. But even as nature displayed its fury, a gunman demonstrated shocking violence of his own. Police are s ... More >>
We don't usually think of TV news personalities as the sort of folks who shop for groceries just like the rest of us less telegenic people. But Dianne Derby, an anchor at Colorado Springs' KKTV, isn't above stopping by the local grocery store to pick up some grub. And she was rewarded for her visi ... More >>
Judging by a series of mug shots online, Atlantis Michaelson, age 41, has a thing for changing his appearance -- perhaps in the hope of escaping responsibility for past offenses. Too bad for him that changing DNA isn't nearly so easy. Michaelson was recently arrested in Virginia (where he was in p ... More >>
Folks living near Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs can be forgiven for wondering if they'd awakened in the middle of a firefight. Suddenly, the night exploded with the sound of gunfire. Maybe a hundred rounds' worth. Probably more. The man behind the trigger turned out to be Brandon Bougades, ... More >>
So you're on the run, and have been for years. But you haven't gotten caught because you've been smart, you've been cautious and you haven't done anything that would attract the attention of the law. Except for that one time -- when you really, really had to drain your lizard. That, in a nut sack ... More >>
On Sunday, a Colorado Springs "juvenile male" said to be playing with matches set his bedroom on fire, after which he was arrested for fourth-degree arson. Unusual? Less so than you might think. Last year, the city saw 39 significant fire incidents involving minors and twelve arrests requiring the r ... More >>
In March, Rocky Mountain Miracles owner Ali Hillery was hit with felony charges over alleged discrepancies in the Colorado Springs dispensary's plant count. She was cleared of these charges last month, and her attorney, Sean McAllister, issued a motion calling for material seized by authorities to b ... More >>
Hollywood loves stories about psychiatrists and patients drawn into love matches during their shared time together -- much of it involving a couch. But the folks at the Colorado Springs Police Department aren't nearly as charmed by the concept. Just ask Dr. Janice Husted, who's been arrested for all ... More >>
Nothing signals holiday spirit like the scrawled message "I hate black people," accompanied by a swastika. This was the message that vandals in Colorado Springs left just before Christmas, according to city officials. In an alert, police say they are searching for leads in two cases -- one involving ... More >>
Today, we begin our six-part roundup of 2012's most memorable mug shots, culled from our crime coverage throughout the year. And given what's happened in these parts over the past almost-twelve months, it's only appropriate that we're starting out with the weirdest images -- frequently with weird al ... More >>
Another week, another arrest of a man with a ministerial past on a sex-crime beef. Mere days after disgraced ex-priest Daniel Drinan was charged with pleasuring himself on a plane, David Grosse, a retired Air Force chaplain, has been arrested for suspected sexual assault against four victims and may ... More >>
Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon is one of five Iraqi men charged in a rape so horrific that a Colorado Springs Police spokeswoman can barely describe the details without getting emotional. And yet last fall, Ramadon was featured in a TV report on view below in which he was hailed as a hero for helping ... More >>
Update: On Sunday, as we note in our original coverage below, Wayne Lufkin, 74, disappeared from an assisted-care facility, after which authorities discovered he had warrants on him in Colorado and Oregon. Now comes word that Lufkin has been found in Denver and is currently cooling his heels in anot ... More >>
Dennis O'Dell was first taken into custody circa early May in relation to a hammer attack on his uncle -- one allegedly fueled by a bad dream and their mutual interest in meth. Now, however, he's been charged with murder, after his horribly injured relative died.
At approximately 9:50 a.m. yesterday, the Colorado Springs Police Department made its first arrest for the city's public camping ban, which officers began enforcing ordinance in 2010. During an investigation of unlawful camps that had been set up in the area, members of the city's Homeless Outreach ... More >>
Update: Only hours after we posted about Brian Hedglin, a man sought by Colorado Springs authorities in the murder of Christina Cornejo (he was on bond for having allegedly harassing her earlier this year), he ended his life in a blaze of infamy. Hedglin reportedly tried to hijack a plane in Utah b ... More >>
The Colorado Springs Police Department, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, has made a big heroin bust. Nineteen people were arrested, including one juvenile and eight under the age of 21 -- many of them alleged users rather than dealers. Their youth makes se ... More >>
The eleventh homicide of 2012 in Colorado Springs is an extremely sordid tale. The victim: James Bidgood, a local homeless man. The accused: James Henry Bratt, a 36-year-old with a noteworthy criminal record. The ingredients: domestic violence, an ankle monitor, meth and more. A lot more.
The arrest affidavit pertaining to Father Charles Robert Manning, an ex-Catholic priest in Colorado Springs who's been busted on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, is currently sealed. But comments from a woman who says she reported Manning to authorities sugg ... More >>
The website Raw Confessions specializes in unsigned posts, because anonymity encourages honesty, whether it's unflinching, ugly or hilarious. We've collected and photo-illustrated the ten most notable rants with Colorado connections. Some of the items encourage sympathy. Others definitely don't -- b ... More >>
Colorado is under attack! By Miller moths! This earlier-than-usual invasion has inspired plenty of grumbling, as well as Melanie Asmar's list earlier this week of the top five alternative uses for the irritating little buggers. Note that Asmar didn't include anything about moths causing car crashes ... More >>
Talk about the circle of life. Charles McNew is currently cooling his heels in a jail cell after being accused of stealing a jail cell -- a vintage one from the 1800s that was believed to be the last of its kind in existence. It's not anymore, though.
Update: "For all those who are worried.... I'm ok. Just dealing with some shit but I will be fine." That's a Facebook message posted a short time ago by John Severe, a Colorado Springs resident who's worked for the military. And he is indeed dealing with some shit: He's one of five people arrested t ... More >>
Angela Moser, 44, was able to dial 911 after being brutally stabbed, but the wounds ultimately proved fatal. Who inflicted them? Police point the finger at husband Bobby Harris, who was Moser's junior by thirteen years -- and who a former girlfriend accuses of past violent behavior.
Rayshawn Laster has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother in the head late last year. Which was pretty much his only option, since in the immediate aftermath of the slaying, he texted a confession and admitted on his Facebook page that he'd done something unforgivable.
Update: In recent days, Fort Carson-based Sergeant Christopher Mountjoy was arrested in the death of Virgil Means outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club. Now, a second soldier, John Burrell, has been arrested in the incident. He's being held on the charge of murder in the first degree.
Every parent gets frustrated when a baby starts crying and won't stop. But 22-year-old Daniel Kim's alleged solution to this situation caused infinitely more problems for all concerned. He's accused of trying to silence his infant son by slugging him in the head hard enough to crack his skull.
The local Team Pit-A-Full organization continues to push an online petition against breed-specific legislation exemplified by Denver's pit bull ban. But such efforts are complicated by stories like one out of Colorado Springs, in which Bud Linton, pictured, shot a pit bull dead after it allegedly a ... More >>
Big pic below.Glen Godec's Photobucket page features well over 1,000 images, most seemingly benign. But the closer you look, the more you notice that the preponderance of shots feature little girls -- a fact that's been rendered ultra-creepy by news that Godec has been busted on a couple of s ... More >>
The allegation is shocking: Colorado Springs Police believe Marcus Smith, 21, killed Kathryn "Kit" Grazioli, an 87-year-old former church deacon, and burned her body. This act contrasts strongly with an apology letter he wrote in regard to the theft of a computer and DVDs two years ago.
Update 10/21/11: More troubling news today out of the Springs. There's been several reports filtering in last night and this afternoon that Aliester Wild guitarist Terry Span has passed away. We'll post more details as they become available. BandMix.comMichael Sorden (left) and Terry Span of Alies ... More >>
The debate about Denver's longstanding pit bull ban continues to raise passions among those who love the breed, as well as people who fear it. And this week, two separate incidents have fired more debate. One in which Edgewater officers killed a Rottweiler after the dog and a pit bull chased ... More >>
Big pic below.Eric Caverly, 37, was a youth group volunteer with a Colorado Springs church -- and we're using the past tense in this sentence because he's presumably been cut loose following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child. The victim in question? A young woman who was si ... More >>
Big pic below.Was Parris Mathis immune to marijuana's well-known calming effects? You've gotta wonder given the police release about his arrest. Seems he got into an argument with a woman for "sitting on the stairwell" (!), and when a man tried to intervene, he allegedly pummeled both of them ... More >>
Big pic below.Last year at this time, Domino's launched a risky ad campaign, in which the company admitted that (shocking surprise) its food was mediocre -- but it vowed to improve! Now, it's time for a follow-up, and we've got a suggestion for a new spokesperson: Isaiah Pickens, who apparent ... More >>
Christopher Blackstone's mug. Larger image below.Two days before Christmas, Christopher Blackstone of Colorado Springs got into an argument with his girlfriend, Talitha Peterson-Hooks. She ignored his subsequent calls and texts, and, according to the police report, that's when Blackstone tur ... More >>
Not Alfred Luedtke (although maybe in his mind).Anyone can threaten people with a gun. People who do that are as common as Caucasians at Tea Party rallies. But Alfred Luedtke, 42, is allegedly a cut above. This weekend, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers arrived a ... More >>
This would have gone down a lot more smoothy.The item in William James Rucker's Crown Royal bag packed quite a kick -- maybe because it was manufactured by Smith & Wesson. Yesterday, Rucker, who'd been convicted of five previous crimes punishable by over a year in stir, took imprisonment to ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Come on over for something special ;)"Don't know what a guy expected yesterday when he responded to a text message from a woman he'd just met inviting him to come over. Maybe a friendly conversation -- or a glass of white wine -- or a booty call straight out of a hip-hop video. ... More >>
The sordid legal saga of Katica Crippen, Second Amendment pinup girl.
Promoters hurry to get their acts together -- before parents, police and the courts decide the party's over.