What would happen if law enforcers stopped hundreds of cars over the course of a couple days? How many criminals and how much contraband might they find? A Colorado State Patrol-described "large-scale law-enforcement operation" just conducted in Mesa County provides an idea: over a hundred citation ... More >>
These days, there are more devices than ever with which to distract ourselves. But taking advantage of them while driving can have fatal consequences. That appears to be what happened in the case of Martin Braden, a tow-truck operator who was cleaning up an accident alongside a Colorado State Patro ... More >>
During the Labor Day enforcement period related to the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Heat is On" campaign, law enforcers arrested a staggering 1,342 people for impaired driving. Surprisingly, this figure represents a slight improvement over similar stretches in 2011 and 2012. But another ... More >>
Last year, we told you about a landmark ruling in favor of Brett Williams, a Colorado State trooper who said he hadn't been rehired because he is gay. Now, the judge in the case has determined how much the CSP will have to pay out: $768,000. But while that's a considerable chunk of change, Williams ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol have just announced the results of a recently completed enforcement action entitled "Click It or Ticket" -- the idea being to stress the importance of buckling up before hitting the road. And the results are distressing. Accord ... More >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... More >>
Update: Last week, we shared preliminary information about the arrest of Lucas Ackerman in a fatal crash immediately following a 4th of July fireworks display in Grand Lake; see our previous coverage below, including details about a fire following a similar July 4 event in Windsor. Now, we know con ... More >>
The death of Arvada resident Karen Sanders, 54, is a reminder to all of us about how quickly a freakish occurrence can end a life. It's hard to say with certainty exactly what happened. But it appears Sanders was crushed between the door of her truck and the frame of her garage when the vehicle mov ... More >>
Yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper quietly signed Amendment 64. But the reaction from major players who oppose the new pot law has been considerably louder. U.S. Attorney John Walsh and the Colorado State Patrol both issued terse warnings calculated to harsh the buzzes of celebrants. And a prior ... More >>
Update by Michael Roberts: Citations have been issued in the bike-rage case prompted by a startling video showing a driver repeatedly honking at and harassing a pair of cyclists on an open Longmont road; see it below. As Sam Levin details in our original post, which follows this update, the video, ... More >>
Brett Williams loved being in the Colorado State Patrol, where he rose to the rank of captain in twelve years. But he says he knows it isn't possible for him to return to the job. Why not? Because Williams was rejected for reinstatement for reasons he believes were connected to his sexual orientatio ... More >>
When a child gets in trouble, the first instinct of many parents is to cover for him. But in the case of Michel Martin, this alleged actions have led to a criminal charge. That's because his sixteen-year-old son, not him, is thought to have been behind the wheel of a truck-tractor that got into a c ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, the Englewood Police Department released details about the funeral service for Officer Jeremy Bitner, whose death in a crash involving alleged drunk driver Conner Donohue has stirred plenty of passions throughout the metro area; see our coverage below. Now, however, the EPD is ann ... More >>
Local immigrant advocates aren't exactly elated at the news that the Obama administration plans to phase out a controversial program that allows local law enforcement to act as immigration officers. "At the end of the day, there's another elephant in the room," says Justin Valas, of the Colorado Imm ... More >>
In June 2011, we profiled Lisa Wimberger (pictured), who teaches stress-relief techniques, including meditation, to police officers across the metro area via her organization, Trance Personnel Consulting Group (TPCG). Since then, Wimberger has landed a book deal, and she plans to return to the Inter ... More >>
Kelsey Whipple's recent post about Occupy Denver's legal team exploring legal precedents involving tents as examples of speech drew a sharp response from a member of the occupation's Legal Issues Working Group. His post focuses on both the aforementioned lawyers and the ACLU, which he feels c ... More >>
It's not quite a wrap, but when the Bureau of Land Management announced that it had approved Christo's "Over the River," the art installation proposed for a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado cleared yet another hurdle.
One week after the Colorado ACLU launched an investigation into the constitutionality of police action at Occupy Denver, the group has yet to receive the records it requested from the Denver Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol. In the meantime, the ACLU is researching a secondary ... More >>
Stephen Lidanne.Let's recap: By this point, It has been firmly established that Mayor Michael Hancock, the Denver Police Department, Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado State Patrol have no intention of allowing Occupy Denver to use tents. Such encampments have been referred to as a " ... More >>
Update, 4:28 p.m. October 21: The Denver Police Department has released the cost incurred by the DPD and the Sheriff's Department to monitor Occupy Denver, particularly over last weekend's demonstrations: approximately $365,000. The number also includes the costs of other city agencies that p ... More >>
During the two days of police-attended demonstrations last weekend, the last thing most people at Occupy Denver were thinking about was their stuff. A week later, this has created confusion among many who lost their belongings, which were later collected by the Colorado State Patrol while off ... More >>
Update: The latest Occupy Denver Facebook post: "Ground Update: Central camp has been evacuated and the final structures have come down. There were a few arrests of those defending our kitchen. Occupiers have been pushed out to the perimeters of Lincoln park and yet... Occupy Denver lives on. ... More >>
Gitmo on the Platte.Even as the last chapter of the three-year-old protests during the Democratic National Convention was closed in federal court, Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper were grappling with the challenge of dealing with the the Occupy Denver protesters they can s ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper said Occupy Denver protesters can't continue camping overnight near the State Capitol -- but he acknowledged that jurisdictional issues have complicated things. Such issues have yet to be resolved, says a Colorado State Patrol spokesman. Bu ... More >>
The tent city that sprang up in relation to Occupy Denver, the local version of the Occupy Wall Street protests, can't become a permanent fixture at the State Capitol, Governor John Hickenlooper said today -- and the Colorado State Patrol confirms that discussions will be underway soon to det ... More >>
Video below.It's been a dangerous summer for bicyclists in the Boulder area. Eugene Howrey, 73, was killed after being hit by a truck in June -- and yesterday, Amy Howard, Jane McConnell and Susan Graves were all injured (Howard critically) after an encounter with an SUV. But a spokeswoman fo ... More >>
Update:On August 9, the Westminster Police Department manned a "DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT" on I-25. Last week, WPD Investigator Trevor Materasso confirmed the operation, but didn't have many details. Now, however, he's able to provide the specifics. Officers issued tickets or made arrests i ... More >>
Shane Boor, who faced harassment charges for flipping off a state trooper, is free to let his finger fly again. The Colorado State Patrol requested that the matter be dropped after the ACLU let it be known the organization would defend Boor's right to express himself digitally -- just like th ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: Earlier, we noted that William Lornes, 24, was being held for car theft but wondered if accusations related to a Cherry Creek Shopping Center kidnapping were on the way. Instead, such charges have been preceded by a first-degree murder beef linked to the homicide of Gera ... More >>
After a week, I finally got the results from my blood test last Friday -- and unfortunately, the lab didn't give me the information I'd asked for. Fortunately, the state senate's judiciary committee just pushed back discussion of HB1261, also known as the marijuana DUI bill, by a week.
9NewsA short time ago, 9News reports, Betsy Long, who was accused of causing a July crash that killed Mary Warren, a young CSU grad bound for the Peace Corps, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI. Regarding the last charge, Long re ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Araphaoe County Sheriff's Office reps discovered a storage unit full of presumably stolen items that may have been traded for meth; Ali Samei was busted on drug-related charges. The weird collection ranges from a slot machine to family photos that may show victi ... More >>
Betsy Long in a 9News image.Alleged wrong-way drunk driver Betsy Long, a onetime green-biz entrepreneur, faces vehicular homicide charges and more in a July 5 crash that killed Mary Warren, a 22-year old bound for the Peace Corps. And according to prosecutors, she cleared the legal .08 blood- ... More >>
Prime suspect?With Eclipse, the latest film in the über-popular Twlight series, due to hit theaters nationwide today, Americans everywhere have vampires on their mind. But a Fruita area woman was ahead of the bloodsucking curve. After she crashed her SUV on Sunday evening, she reportedly to ... More >>
David Dolan during a more sober moment.Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Dolan spent 21 years on the job without getting nearly as much attention as he did yesterday, when Douglas County Sheriff's Office personnel pulled him over and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. It was certa ... More >>
A 9News image of CSP's David Dolan getting busted.Usually, Colorado State Patrol officers respond to reports of erratic driving. But this morning, things worked the other way around. Motorists complained about problems relating to a CSP vehicle, leading to a stop by Douglas County Sheriff's O ... More >>
There were a lot of new iPhones opened on Christmas Day, and that was a big present for the Colorado Department of Transportation, which created its own iPhone application in November to help people measure whether they are too drunk to drive.
A black bear uses a culvert to cross under I-70. Photo courtesy Center for Native Ecosystems.A newly launched website allows Colorado motorists to log on and report sightings of wildlife along the I-70 corridor between Golden and Glenwood Springs. While handy for alerting highway maintenance ... More >>
Not a photo of the actual impersonation suspect (we're pretty sure).How convincing a cop was a 24-year-old Colorado Springs man currently being held on felony police-impersonation charges? Well, the vehicle he used was a gray 1995 Cadillac sedan, the sort of car preferred by eighty-year-old r ... More >>
The car looks like this, but presumably with way more blood on it. In perhaps the least surprising news since the cancellation of Frank TV, Colorado State Patrol troopers are looking for the driver of an Hummer H2 who, in a fit of road rage, may have intentionally caused a wreck that left a motorc ... 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 >>
Denver's on an artistic collision course this weekend.
The yolk's on us
The new sheriff vowed to clean up the town of San Luis. For many locals, the price was too high.
Colorado State Patrol Specialty Store
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
And God said Ha! (Can you blame Him?)
Colorado Highways are safer now than they've been in decades. So what are drivers so mad about?
THE CIPRIANI BROTHERS WILL TRY TO PROVE IN CIVIL COURT THAT TROOPER BOB BENEFIEL KILLED THEIR SISTER.