Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman shot to death in view of family members near 44th and Sherman as part of an apparent murder-suicide attempt. Her name was Maria Rodela, and she was 34 years old; she's seen here in a photo from her Facebook page. She died at the hands of ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we questioned whether an alleged break in the case of an eight year old's shooting yesterday evening was actually a case of premature tweeting; see our previous coverage below. Turns out it was: 9News, which had rushed out photos of a white Volvo in connection with news that ... More >>
Civic Center is quiet this morning: the grass raked, the trash collected...and the crime scene tape down. The Denver Police Department had used it to cordone off the southeast corner of the park after after multiple shots rang out -- stampeding the crowds and leaving three 4/20 celebrants with bulle ... More >>
Only hours prior to the start of the Monday morning commute, a fatal accident took place at one of Denver's busiest surface-street intersections: Colorado Boulevard and 17th Avenue. One individual involved in the crash died as a result of the collision, while five other people were taken to nearby ... More >>
Update: We've been reporting about a fatal stabbing on a Number 15 RTD bus near Federal and Colfax yesterday afternoon. A short time ago, the Denver Police Department revealed that Isaiah Moreno, twenty, had been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Now, the Denver coroner's office has ide ... More >>
What were you doing around 6 a.m. this morning? Sleeping? Rubbing your eyes? Hoping that morning cup of coffee would get your heart started? For the person living in a residence on the 5900 block of West Gill Place, the answer was, "Dealing with the SUV that drove into my house" -- a drag whether c ... More >>
Update below: Over the years, we've written about plenty of strange things that happened on planes, including the ex-priest arrested for pleasuring himself or the guy accused of groping a pregnant woman. But what happened last night on a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Denver is a first for us - ... More >>
Update: At a news conference moments ago, a Denver Police Department spokesman identified the woman arrested in a fatal hit-and-run that took place yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of 13th and Kalamath as Latoya Nelson, thirty. The victim in the case has also been ID'd. He was Charlie Herrera, 8 ... More >>
On Monday, a suicidal man's last desperate act shut down C-470 at Interstate 25 at one of the trickiest possible times: morning rush. Today, something similar is going on at the southbound off-ramp of Colfax at I-25. This time, however, the cause of the closure is a deputy-involved shooting. Detai ... More >>
March 22 was a brutal night -- snow, sleet, chilly temperatures -- and no doubt mom Zu Mar Bee wanted to get her two kids, Za May Khan, eight, and Az Za Khan, five, out of the cold and into the warmth. But she never got the chance. As she crossed the street at 14th and Yosemite at around 7:55 p.m., ... More >>
Earlier this month, we told you about a reported sexual assault of a man in Capitol Hill by two still-unknown male assailants. Afterward, a reader argued that the case had gotten so much attention because the victim was male, whereas incidents of women being raped in Capitol Hill happen frequently ... More >>
Last week, we reported about an alert put out by the Denver Police Department about the rape of a man in Capitol Hill. One reader wonders why a similar amount of attention has been given the sexual assaults in the area that have involved female victims.
During the early hours of Sunday morning, a particularly brutal crime took place on Capitol Hill. According to the Denver Police Department, a man was sexually assaulted by not one but two suspects. The pair managed to get away, but the victim was able to provide investigators with detailed descri ... More >>
Update: The Denver Police Department has now named the man accused of prompting an hours-long standoff near 12th and Grant beginning early this morning; see our previous coverage below. He's Shaun Michael Tobelmann, age 34. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and discharge of a weap ... More >>
A ruling that Denver can be put on trial for police brutality and feds' decision not to charge three cops who brutally beat Alex Landau in 2009 cast Denver Police in a negative light. But the DPD continues to fight for its reputation, with one battleground being social media. An example: a new Pinte ... More >>
Update, 2:37 p.m.: Denver Police have made an arrest in connection with the first homicide of the new year. Robert Anthony Rubio, 26, mugshot below, was taken into custody yesterday as a suspect in a January 1st late-night shooting that left one man injured and another dead in Southwest Denver. Th ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported that Denver Police are now enforcing state drunk-cycling laws -- meaning intoxicated cyclists can be charged with DUIs just like inebriated drivers. Some cycling advocates question whether this is good public policy -- and a look at parallel laws around the country shows that ... More >>
Update: Moments after our post about a weekend murder in the vicinity of 11th and Lincoln went live, the Denver coroner's office released the name of the victim in the case: Roland Smith, 47. The cause of death is pending the completion of an autopsy later today, but there's no doubt about its manne ... More >>
The word "pimp" is flexible enough to describe flamboyant mack-daddisms as well as specific criminal behavior. And while Kelon Kilgore's Facebook page establishes his credentials when it comes to the former, the Denver Police Department thinks he's guilty of the latter, too. Get details about the se ... More >>
The Denver Police Department's Vice 50 team, working with the District 4 SCAT unit, conducted an underage-compliance operation last Friday, October 19. Out of 53 establishments visited by underage, undercover cadets, nine locations sold them alcohol -- resulting in nine arrests for the sale of alcoh ... More >>
Last month, opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act dismissed retired Denver Police Lieutenant Tony Ryan as a "pro-pot rent-a-cop." But being personally attacked clearly didn't intimidate Ryan. He's the face of a new Amendment 64 television ad, in which he says law enforce ... More >>
Our post about a Denver Civil Service Commission decision to allow Officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine to return to their jobs at the Denver Police Department despite their controversial actions during a 2009 incident at the Denver Diner attracted strong comments and an unexpected endorsement of l ... More >>
Update: Last week, we told you about a homicide in Green Valley Ranch on Wednesday evening; look below for our previous coverage. Now, the Denver coroner's office has identified the victim as Matthew Gianopoulos, age 21. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Here's a little more about a y ... More >>
Update: The Denver coroner's office has now identified the man who was killed early yesterday morning on the 3600 block of Josephine Street as Israel Hernandez, age thirty. He was transported to Denver Health Medical Center but failed to respond to treatment after suffering a gunshot wound. The corn ... More >>
One of our readers just sent us the photo above, of Denver Police dealing with a dead body at City Park. However, the man doesn't seem to have been a victim of crime, at least at this very early stage of investigation. According to DPD spokesman Detective John White, "It appears to be a natural deat ... More >>
Yesterday, we told you about Jesse Evans, an alleged child pornographer -- and unfortunately, he's got plenty of apparent peers. The Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children website assembles photos and descriptions of accused creepazoids from across the state -- most of them white men, with only a ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Flash Point," details Denver's response to what many perceive as a recent rise in gang violence. According to the most up-to-date statistics from the Denver Police Department, six murders were linked to gang activity between January and May of this year. That's up from five ... More >>
At least seventeen folks in Denver chose to ignore the ban on private fireworks yesterday, earning them citations or arrests, according to the Denver Police Department. And most of them were adults.
Update: The Denver District Attorney's Office has formally charged Jamie Valdiviezo-Perez, 39, and a juvenile (presumably his son) in the murder of a man whose body was found in a South Quieto Way alley. As sketched out by the arrest affidavit on view below, police were led to the alleged shooters ... More >>
Update: More information is emerging about Rollin Oliver, the man arrested following the fatal shooting of Denver Police officer Celena Hollis after a jazz event at City Park on Sunday night -- including increasingly solid reports establishing his gang affiliation. Not that this link offers much com ... More >>
Update below: Alex Landau talks about the news. Three years-plus since Alex Landau was beaten bloody after being pulled over for what officers cited as an illegal left turn, and a year since he was
Last week, the Denver Police Department released information about so-called johns stings, which resulted in the arrests of 29 people for soliciting prostitution, plus six prostitutes. Below are photos representing eleven individuals swept up in the operation -- and getting them wasn't easy.
Update: The shooting on Friday that killed Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd stirred controversy in part because the former's body was left in view of a large throng for hours. Denver Police spokesman Detective John White stresses that no disrespect was intended -- and he hints that the investigative w ... More >>
The Denver Police Department has released the training bulletin that details how officers should approach violations of the city's new urban camping ban. Before the ordinance goes into effect May 29, officers are partnering with homeless outreach workers to prepare a department-wide response that de ... More >>
On May 9, four people were shot in Montbello, with one of them subsequently dying. It was a shocking incident, but like many crimes thought to be gang-related, it hasn't gotten much media attention. And five days later, the victim who died in the case still hasn't been identified by Denver authorit ... More >>
This weekend, officers with the Denver Police Department were summoned to a residence on South Bryant Street that contained a gruesome secret. A woman at a home there was dead. And the cause appears to have been wholly unnatural.
Update 3/30/12: Photo of Nading-Presley Memorial Gym plaque added. Jonny Barber is troubled. Last week, the former Velvet Elvis, the Mile High City's expert Elvis channeler and resident Elvistorian received news that the building that used to house the Nading-Presley Memorial Gym, which The King ... More >>
Last week, one Occupy Denver protester self-identified as having scabies. The skin infection, created by mites inside the skin, is spread through close contact, leaving city officials concerned about health in Civic Center Park and protesters worried about repeated visits from police and Public Work ... More >>
In our updated post about this past weekend's Fuck the Police march, a Denver Police spokesman told us he hadn't personally seen the hurling of urine-filled balloons, mentioned in some reports about the demonstration. That prompted questions about the mechanics of creating such projectiles -- and a ... More >>
Graphic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man who died after a shooting near 36th and Hudson on Valentine's Day as Serril Allen, nineteen. He was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. By the way, a web search pulls up hits for a Serril Allen a ... More >>
Graphic below.The Denver Police Department is reporting an early morning homicide on the 3400 block of West 9th Avenue -- and judging by the information the DPD has collected thus far, there's every possibility that it could be ruled justifiable. After all, the account revolves around a home ... More >>
"Where is the change?" asks a letter outlining a series of disappointing, business-as-usual moves by new Denver Police Chief Robert White. It was signed by "Men and Women of the Denver Police Department" and sent yesterday to Mayor Michael Hancock's office, which was scrambling last night to find a ... More >>
Graphic below.Update, 10:09 a.m.: The Denver coroner's office has no identified the man who died after a report of a shooting on Robins Drive last Friday. The victim was Dwayne Morris, eighteen. He died six hours or so after being transported to Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to th ... More >>
Video below.The term "suicide by cop" has become a well-known phrase among fans of TV police procedurals and the like. And at this point, an officer-involved shooting that took place yesterday afternoon near a Kmart on West Evans appears to be an extremely literal example of the phenomenon.
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 >>
In our post about Denver Police videos meant to improve the department's image, spokesman Lt. Matt Murray pointed out that 94.4 percent of officers received no complaints in 2010. One reader wasn't impressed by this number.
M. WeaverThis week's cover story, "The Victim Lobby," delves into the growing power of the victim rights movement and the sometimes clashing agendas of groups within that movement. But there's one issue crime victim advocates strongly agree about: The pile-up of unsolved homicides over the ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Denver Police Department Twitter feed overseer Lt. Matt Murray about tweets raising questions about the fairness of media coverage. One reader felt this energy could be better spent in other ways.
Update: Yesterday, we told you about a Denver Police Department Twitter survey asking respondents to compare the fairness of photo-radar reports by Fox31 and 9News. Earlier today, the DPD tweeted the results. The winner? Hard to say. But "Who cares?" did very, very well.
Graphic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman who was shot and killed near the Denver Rescue Mission early Saturday morning as Katrishay Quarles, eighteen. Cause of death: a gunshot wound to the thorax. Police are still searching for a suspect or suspects in the c ... More >>
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