People taking photos of themselves using cell phones probably happens more often these days than folks actually using the devices to call someone. (Texting, of course, is another story.) And it's nearly as commonplace for such pics to be photo bombed, either purposefully or accidentally. It's not e ... More >>
This month, the FBI released a report with the laborious title "Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January-December, 2012" -- and the long name is appropriate, since it contains a staggering amount of data about all reporting U.S. cities with a population of 100,000 or greater. For Colorado, t ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
In sharing preliminary 2012 crime states, the Aurora Police Department faces an interesting dilemma -- how to process the July 20 massacre at the Aurora Century 16, which led to a dozen deaths and scores of injuries. APD data shows major crimes in the community went up slightly if the theater shooti ... 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 >>
Update: 3:47 p.m.: At this morning's court date, the bond rates for all five of those arrested near Civic Center Park last night increased, as did the crimes they are associated with. At the moment, all five are currently under investigation for second-degree assault and aggravated robbery. Caryn So ... More >>
Brooke Mueller.It can't have been easy to be married to Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood just isn't the basis for a happy union. But that doesn't excuse Brooke Mueller for her #winning cocaine arrest last weekend near the Belly Up in Aspen -- the scene of another Shmucky episode just two week ago - ... More >>
It's not a new tactic, but for some, it might be a surprising one: One of the ways the Denver Police Department has checked the identities of those faced with warrants for Occupy Denver is through online archival footage, including the average YouTube search. Previously anonymous protesters can be - ... More >>
Asa Robinson really really, REALLY, REALLY wanted to go to the Zeds Dead concert in Aspen last Tuesday, so badly, in fact, that police say he called in a bomb threat to the concert venue after he couldn't buy tickets to a sold-out show. The goal of the bomb threat, it appears, wasn't to exact retrib ... More >>
Big pics below.The Denver District Attorney's Office has formally announced felony counts against a trio of Occupy Denver protesters: Corey Donahue, Sean Driggers and Brandon Sexton. What led to these charges? Denver Police statements of probable cause on view below offer the cops' side of t ... More >>
Greschler.The number of late-night attacks and robberies on the streets of Capitol Hill is up significantly over last year's pace, raising questions about the safety level in the city's core and whether police are cutting back on patrols of the area to deal with Occupy Denver protesters and t ... More >>
John Sexton.John Sexton turned 33 this morning, and his birthday gifts have so far been slim: He was released from prison a couple hours ago, and his first birthday wish was from someone in a nearby holding cell. After a tense conversation with his mother, she, too, wished him a happy one. Pe ... More >>
Complete Grindworks 2010
Criminal Attack Records
Blankenship.Last month, Danielle Blankenship, 21, was accused of misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly killing her cat by blowing heroin smoke in its face -- and Boulder authorities talked about upping the charge to a felony if any heroin turned up in the cat's system. But none did, prompt ... More >>
Christy Ausmus.As a town prosecutor, Castle Rock's Christy Ausmus is tasked with trying to earn convictions against suspects. Now, however, she's on the other side of a criminal charge. Ausmus and another couple are looking at assault and disorderly conduct allegations in a knock-down, drag-o ... More >>
Toni Fox.Local voters are likely to consider at least two 2012 ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use -- one from Legalize2012.com, another via a group featuring SAFER's Mason Tvert. And these two outfits have very different views judging by a Legalize2012.com re ... More >>
Yan De Yang, from bar owner to behind bars.Last Friday, Denver District Court Judge Edward Bronfin stuck former Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang with a six-year prison sentence for the shooting death of Lloyd Running Bear, who'd come to the restaurant to collect a football gambling bet fr ... More >>
Siebold.Don't bite the hand that feeds you, the saying goes. But biting the hand that doesn't give you beer has drawbacks, too, as Stephen Edward Siebold, age nineteen, is finding out in regard to an incident that's already crossed the pond thanks to coverage in London's Daily Mail. Here's t ... More >>
Don't taze me, bro!Westword's annual Strange but True edition will hit newsstands (and this website) on December 30, featuring the weirdest and wackiest Colorado stories from 2010. Remember Jihad Jamie? How about the guy who re-labeled Gatorade bottles with pictures of Tiger Woods? And then t ... More >>
Larger photo below.In June, we told you about Christopher Hanson, a Greeley gang member suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman -- and then trying to hire someone to kill her. Last night, a Weld County jury found him guilty on six counts for crimes dating back to December of ... More >>
See full-size photos below.Ethan Wade Surrell, aka Nathan Surrell, has got the feds' attention in both Wyoming and Colorado. The FBI has just issued a two-state alert for the 24-year old from Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation, where Surrell allegedly assaulted a federal officer. Look b ... More >>
Christopher Hanson.If the Weld County Sheriff's Office is correct, Christopher Hanson, 21, has been a busy -- and bad -- man. He was already in custody on kidnapping and sexual assault beefs. But now, he's also suspected in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the more recent arrest of Jesse R ... More >>
Brandon Smith allegedly took off with more than an iPad.Most snatch-and-grab crimes don't get nearly as much attention as the one Brandon Smith is accused of committing at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center earlier this month. But he made national news because his alleged attempt to steal a tr ... More >>
"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 >>
Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang won't want seconds of this.On October 23, Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in regard to a shooting that took place at his restaurant during the previous afternoon, causing areas near the busy 16th S ... More >>
Leo BeitzWhen 20-year-old Leo Beitz visited an old friend in Boulder last weekend, they did what old friends do: Went out. Got drunk. Came home. Played video games. But at some point in the night, Beitz, for reasons that remain unclear, did some things old friends usually don't do: Grabbed a ... More >>
Ty Tomlinson: best hair in Denver County Jail Denver hair stylist Ty Tomlinson, owner of Blanc salon in the Golden Triangle, was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault and domestic violence. Police allege that the thirty-year-old physically abused a former employee on several occasions ... More >>
Daniel Evaristo-Hernandez-Ramos.We've been taught from an early age not to squeal on people. Doing so is seen as such a negative that the action's been given a number of entirely perjorative names: "rat," "fink" and so on. But given the crimes for which twenty-year-old Daniel Evaristo-Hernand ... More >>
Rueben Payan-Sigala.This is one of those a-picture's-worth-a-thousand-words moments. Which is nice, because I'll be able to cut back on typing. According to the Denver Police Department, officers responded to an August 9 report of a stabbing at 3240 W. Alameda. A wounded man found there late ... 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 >>
An image from the Broomfield Police Department website. Crime of all stripes tends to ratchet upward during difficult economic conditions -- and that's proven to be the case in Broomfield according to statistics assembled by the community's police department. During the first six months of this yea ... More >>
"I wish I'd gotten a piece of that action...." Plenty of metro-area schools have shut down for the summer -- but there was plenty of action at Overland High School this afternoon. According to the Aurora Police Department, more than fifty high-school age folks took part in at least three separate f ... More >>
Mary Starkey's trial is postponed.
Brenda Denton was bludgeoned to death in her Capitol Hill apartment two years ago. Denver police finally have a suspect -- and it's not Brent J. Brents.
Nando Mondragon is going to put Denver on the hip-hop fashion map. But first, he has to get out of jail.
Will the real Bobby Fenton please stand up?
His parents had high hopes for Contrell Townsend. But the seventeen-year-old wound up stabbed to death -- like both of his grandfathers.
Annie Dwyer, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Heritage Square Music Hall
When the Aurora cops finished investigating the crime scene, they’d missed one crucial piece of evidence: Alan Conner’s body.
Everyone in the neighborhood knows the Walkers. Most wish they didn't.
Why would a group of teenagers in Colorado Springs set another kid on fire? Because he asked.
Did one Denver cop stab another? The victim denies it. Welcome to "Pierregate."
AN ELDERLY MACHINIST PUMMELS HIS WIFE'S LOVER AND SWEARS HE DID NOTHING WRONG.
A FAMILIAR INMATE LANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF YET ANOTHER PRISON SPAT.
BLACK GAY ACTIVIST STEVE ARRINGTON MAKES A STORMY EXIT FROM AN URBAN LEAGUE APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS.