The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside ... More >>
The Holly keeps rising from the ashes. Yesterday, the new Nancy P. Anschutz Center, home of the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club, celebrated a grand opening attended by notables such as Mayor Michael Hancock, Phil and Nancy Anschutz, John and Paige Elway, and Jack A. Vickers; see photos below. Many ... More >>
On May 25, 2012, four people were gunned down in broad daylight on Bruce Randolph Avenue -- and two of them, Justin O'Donnell (seen here) and Deon Rudd, died of their injuries. Now, two men -- Marquise Davis and Denzel Richardson -- have pleaded guilty in relation to this tragedy. But what led to it ... More >>
When thinking about alternative forms of transportation, Stapleton Transportation Management Association Director Angie Malpiede saw an opportunity to talk about walking. "I went to CDOT and said, you know, transportation-demand management has always been about taking transit -- carpooling, van-pool ... More >>
Terrance Roberts is one of Denver's great comeback stories. A one-time shot-caller in the Park Hill Bloods, Roberts turned his life around and founded the Prodigal Son Initiative, an anti-gang youth program in northeast Park Hill. When a 2008 gang-related arson attack destroyed the Holly Square Shop ... More >>
Update: We've obtained the probable cause statement in Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis's death. See it below earlier coverage. Original post, 6:59 p.m. September 13: Rollin Oliver, accused of murdering Denver Policewoman Celena Hollis, admitted to officers that he fired at least two shots on Ju ... More >>
In May 2008, Crips gang members burned down the Holly Square Shopping Center in northeast Park Hill. More than four years later, the scorched earth is experiencing a rebirth. On Saturday, The Prodigal Son Initiative, a youth organization headquartered across the street, is leading a clean-up effort ... More >>
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 >>
Stacy Peralta -- legendary professional skateboarder, founder of the Powell Peralta skateboard company, documentary filmmaker and commercial advertising mogul -- visited the Auraria campus yesterday to speak with students on the art of being creative. "When kids tell me their kids are skateboarder ... More >>
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.
Early on May 18, 2008, a car full of Crips drove into Park Hill. They were were young gangbangers who'd just beefed with some Bloods in LoDo, and they were still spoiling for a fight: Michael Asberry, co-founder of the Denver Crips, had been shot and killed in Aurora just a few hours before. Now it ... More >>
Courtesy of the FBIIf you consider the Sharks and the Jets to be gangs in the same way the Bloods and the Crips fit that selective bill, you might also be willing to consider juggalos one. The FBI does, at least: According to the bureau's most recent National Gang Threat Assessment, the face- ... More >>
In an interview with CNN yesterday, La Toya Jackson stated rather bluntly that she believed her brother was murdered. "I would never, ever think differently," she said. "Michael told me that they were going to murder him." It's not that outrageous of a claim, but it's also one of those things ... More >>
Brian Hicks. Today, reputed gang leader Brian Hicks stands trial in Denver for the murder of a witness named Kalonniann Clark. Prosecutors say Hicks ordered the killing while he was in jail on drug charges in 2006 in order to stop Clark from testifying that he'd tried to shoot her a year earl ... More >>
Anthony CameraTerrance Roberts.In this week's feature, "Crips Burned Down the Holly in Bloods Territory, But Can Peace Emerge from the Ashes in Northeast Park Hill?," we recount the story of the Holly Square shopping center, burned to the ground in a 2008 gang attack and now poised for rehabi ... More >>
Tomorrow, a jury of eighteen Denver County residents will begin to hear evidence that Willie Clark killed Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams on New Year's Day 2007. They'll also hear evidence that he didn't, in a trial that's expected to take two weeks and include testimony from convicted ga ... More >>
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Back in February 2007, after the murder of Darrent Williams had Denver on edge about gangs, Michael Asberry told Luke Turf how tough it was to get out of the gang life for this story. And Asberry knew all about gang life: He'd started the Crips here back when he was sixteen, in 1986. And by his twe ... More >>
Meet the Insane fans who united Denver's hatchet-wielding, Faygo-loving family.
Members of the Metro Denver Gang Coalition are at a crossroads, hoping they can keep the peace through the rest of the year.
It’ll be at least another year before Fredrick Abram sees freedom. The 31-year-old Denver native grew up gangsta. He was one of the first Tre Tre Crips back in the 1990s and is now serving his second stint in prison for putting in work. Abram’s older brother was Crips (before he got murdered), ... More >>
Before 2006, juveniles charged as adults and convicted of first degree murder in Colorado faced one sentence: Mandatory life without parole. Last summer, the state legislature showed some mercy by changing the law to allow "juvie lifers" to at least be eligible for parole after forty years. But the ... More >>
They created Denver's gang life. A generation later, can they break free?
From the week of February 16, 2006
His parents had high hopes for Contrell Townsend. But the seventeen-year-old wound up stabbed to death -- like both of his grandfathers.
Before Brad Braxton goes to a gangster's final destination, he has a choice to make.
One Nation Enlightened wants just one thing from Denver cops: their business cards.
Ice Cube's words now ring hollow for one of his students.
Can Barry Fey save the day for Denver's concertgoers?
When the Deuce-Seven Bloods went hunting for a snitch, they shot Venus Montoya instead.
Brandy DuVall went through hell before she died. She left no angels as witnesses.
They met because they wanted to fight gangs. Ten years later, Leon Kelly and Lloyd Lewan are a gang of two.
Notorious Denver informant Mark Tibbs has finked his way through a lot of cases. But can he talk his way out of this one?
For a century this inner-city church has served as a refuge. But its most important mission has always been outside the walls.
WHEN SUBURBAN GANGSTER WANNABE CHERYL ARMSTRONG WANTED HER BOYFRIEND DEAD, SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO LOOK FAR FOR HELP.GIRL TALK INSIDE THE CHILLING DIARY OF CONVICTED TEENAGE MURDERER CHERYL ARMSTRONG.
THE DEFENDANT IN ONE OF DENVER'S EARLIEST MURDERS SEEKS A NEW TRIAL.