It was a tragic and violent weekend in Commerce City. Two people are dead in a murder-suicide called in by a young girl present at the home during the gunfire, while two more are in custody following an officer-involved shooting prompted by the search for another murder suspect. Photos, details and ... More >>
The more information that emerges about a fatal accident that took place late on Wednesday night, the stranger this tragic story becomes. Commerce City police now believe two men were involved in a road-rage fight when a third vehicle struck and killed one of the combatants. Moreover, that driver, ... More >>
Update: Sunday night's pit bull attack on a toddler (see our previous coverage below) fueled an intense debate among readers about whether blame for the gruesome incident should be placed on the owner, the child's guardians or the dog's breed, which is banned in Commerce City, location of the attack ... More >>
Those of us whose knowledge of meth manufacture pretty much begins and ends with Breaking Bad will get a reality check from the following gritty, grungy, glamour-free photos of drugs, guns and more seized by the Metro Gang Task Force after busting not one but two alleged drug trafficking organizatio ... More >>
In 2010 and again in 2012, Commerce City police officers shot and killed dogs. The incidents were mired in controversy -- and a lawsuit is still pending in the latter, involving a dog named Chloe whose death helped inspire a bill signed into law last year that requires police to be trained in handli ... More >>
On May 17, 2012, one day after we marked the three-year anniversary of our Mile High Murder archive, a man robbing a Commerce City jewelry store fatally shot its owner, Bernardo Saenz, and fled, prompting a citywide manhunt and media blitz. Just shy of two years later, Anton Valdez has been convict ... More >>
Yesterday, we recapped the wild, hour-long chase that resulted in the arrest of Ryan Stone, who'd stolen a car with a four-year-old inside. Given that a number of cars were struck during the pursuit, and a state trooper was seriously injured, should authorities have backed off, especially after the ... More >>
This morning's news cycle was dominated by an event that many Coloradans watched live -- a police chase after a car-jacking suspect who'd raced away from a Longmont gas station in a stolen vehicle with a four-year-old boy inside. Fortunately, the conclusion of the story is relatively happy for most ... More >>
Earlier this year, Takai Beard left her children in a running car while she shopped in Walgreen's -- and her ride was stolen with the kids inside. You'd think Beard's example would prevent others from making a similar mistake. But no: Last night in Commerce City, another vehicle theft turned into a ... More >>
In November, Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price shot and killed Chloe, a mixed breed dog, in an incident caught on video. After Price was charged with animal cruelty, a police group suggested that the accusations were fueled by a lynch-mob mentality. As Price made his first court appearance y ... More >>
Reports of an Adams County deputy killing a dog after responding to the wrong address undoubtedly caused a case of déjà vu for locals, since it followed a dog shooting by a Commerce City cop that was captured on video in November; see it below. That officer was subsequently charged with animal cru ... More >>
Update: Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced this afternoon that Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, the 24-year-old who called 911 over the weekend, admitting he had killed a 14-year-old girl, is also facing sexual assault charges. As expected, he's facing first-degree murder charges, too, a ... More >>
Update: When Gary Branson planned a trip out of town over Thanksgiving, his cousin offered to watch his beloved dog, Chloe, until his return. In the interim, though, tragedy struck: Chloe slipped out of the house and was killed by a Commerce City police officer in an incident caught on video. Branso ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we reported that Animal Law Center attorney Jennifer Edwards' services had been retained in the case of Chloe, a dog shot and killed by a Commerce City police officer during an incident caught on video; get details in our previous coverage below. Edwards provides additional detail ... More >>
The Commerce City Police Department originally described the discovery of two bodies on East 52nd Avenue as "suspicious." But they were clearly more than that. At this writing, a homicide investigation is underway.
Earlier today, we told you about the discovery of remains identified as Torrey Brown Jr., a seven month old whose body was allegedly thrown away by his mother, Sharrieckia Page; see original coverage below. The death of this child is undeniably terrible, but the story of the search for his body is a ... More >>
The charge of child abuse resulting in death just filed against Sharrieckia Page is unusual in a couple of respects. Not only are the details of the case that have surfaced thus far particularly horrific, but authorities have yet to find the body of Page's infant son, Torrey -- possibly because she ... More >>
Big pic below.Amid the controversy over a bill to set THC driving limits, and sponsor Claire Levy's views about a 5 nanogram or 8 nanogram standard, we sought out details on two of last year's most reported driving-under-the-influence-of-marijuana stories: crashes involving Joshua Wittig and ... 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 >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
Cops found marijuana -- and a whole lot more -- in Adrienne Bayless's house.Yesterday, members of the Commerce City Police Department stumbled on a home invasion at the 10779 Akron Street residence of Adrienne Bayless. But while their arrival caused the four invaders to flee (they were later ... More >>
A North Metro Task Force image from one of the latest busted marijuana grows.On Friday, Commander Jerry Peters of the North Metro Task Force shared details about busts at two Broomfield-area marijuana grows -- and he noted that 23 other cases were being actively investigated. Mere days later ... More >>
The state aims to help Travis Neil Smith get a handle on his anger issues.A few years back, violent road rage issues were all the rage -- and Travis Neil Smith has been accused of trying to bring them back into vogue in the most lethal way possible. According to the Westminster Police Depart ... More >>
View Larger Map (Trouble viewing this map? Click "View Larger Map") Perhaps they were trying to pin it on Ani DiFranco? The Denver Police is investigating a kidnapping/murder at 3602 North Leyden, which they've connected to a body dumped in Commerce City -- where the police were busy enough this ... More >>
Captain Mary Wamsley is her name. Commerce City vice is her game.
A Good Samaritan stops a beating and winds up in jail herself.
Commerce City lets a private company issue speeding tickets--and causes a pileup.
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