Big pics below.Update: The nationwide manhunt for Bret Lee Thompson, accused of kidnapping an eight-year-old girl from a southwest Denver alley and sexually assaulting her, didn't end in dramatic fashion. According to the FBI, authorities in Brunswick, New Jersey found him sleeping in his va ... More >>
In 2009, the Denver Police's High Activity Location Observation, (aka HALO) video-surveillance program, put in place for the Democratic National Convention was re-configured to give the force 24/7 video feeds of high-crime areas around the city. The Big Brother-like operation drew criticism f ... More >>
Near the scene.Update: The Denver coroner's office has just identified the man shot to death early Sunday morning, allegedly by someone in a car that drove past the scene of a house-party-related fight on the 300 block of South Yates Street. The victim: James Sanchez, 24. The cause of death w ... More >>
Graphic below.Wouldn't it be nice to come out the other end of a Memorial Day weekend without having another death to memorialize? Not this year: Sunday evening at Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park, a conversation between two men ended with one of them shooting the other to death.
7NewsUpdate: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman stabbed to death at a HIV/AIDS group-living facility on West Wesley Avenue. Laura Emery, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. Look below for our earlier coverage of this crime.
Graphic below.The Ready Room's name certainly gives off an anything-can-happen vibe -- but what went down there early Sunday morning still managed to be unexpected, not to mention terrifying. Someone reportedly opened fire on guests from a wedding reception, striking five of them. And now, th ... More >>
Sillemon.Update: We still don't know the cause of death for the woman found Wednesday at a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street; autopsy results are still pending. But the coroner's office has identified her as Denetta Mills, 49. The man arrested for investigation of first-degree murder ... More >>
Fox31The Friday night shooting at 136 South Julian Street had one inarguable result: a man was killed, and Denver Police say the homeowner pulled the trigger. What's still unclear, though, is if this shooting was a crime or an example of legal home defense.
Now that's official-looking!It's true. Sometimes the Internet is used to relay important information (it's called "news" in some circles) to the general public, and believe it or not, Twitter can be used as a tool to share it. Yes, not only can we stay informed on celeb culture via Nicole Richie' ... More >>
"I'm only No. 20?"The Denver Police Department has trimmed its fifty most wanted fugitives list by half but multiplied the mayhem via its roster of the city's 25 most violent fugitives. The mug shots of those who follow first target Robert Juan Gee stand out thanks to the best neck tattoo (No ... More >>
Josh Churchwell.Update: We're learning more about Joshua Oaks Churchwell, the seventeen-year-old whose body was found in a suitcase near Ruby Hill Park. (The case hasn't been ruled a homicide, since Churchwell showed no obvious signs of trauma and toxicology reports are pending.) He's been mi ... More >>
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. A holiday dedicated to drinking. And drinking. And then, once you're done drinking, drinking some more. After which the real drinking begins. So is the Denver Police Department in Full Alert Panic Mode on this fine, green morn? Not exactly. But they are prepared.
7NewsUpdate: Still no release from the Denver Police Department about the shooting on the 2800 block of West Vassar early Saturday morning. However, the Denver coroner's office has identified the victim in the incident as Jacob Lauver, 21. At this point, the official cause of death is pending ... More >>
Big pics below.A lot of us have suffered through rough starts to Valentine's Day over the years -- but an unnamed juvenile's experiences early on February 14 puts bad romance in perspective. Erick Perez, twenty, and seven others, many of them teenagers, face a potpourri of charges related to ... More >>
Big pic below.The longer our current economic downturn lasts, the longer buildings sit vacant -- and that can be dangerous. Case in point: an attack that took place earlier this month behind a shuttered Albertsons at 3125 South Sheridan Boulevard. The Denver Police Department has released a d ... More >>
Near the scene.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man found dead in a house on the 100 block of North Stuart Street as Ronald Ford, 63. "The cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head," reads an office release. "The manner of death is homicide." Look below for our ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: The Denver Police Department has identified a suspect in the shootout at Dandy Dan's strip club that killed George Valenzuela-Lopez. He's Benjamin Lucero, 22. Look below to see two photos of Lucero and a DPD release with more information.
It's not often that cops give drivers a heads-up about a speed trap -- but tomorrow is an exception. The Denver Police Department has announced that it's conducting "speed-enforcement activities" near Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing through early afternoon. ... More >>
9NewsUpdate: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman who died in a shooting near Ninth and Sheridan on Tuesday night: Susan Wiggs, 58. In addition, the Denver Police Department has belatedly issued a press release on the incident, which notes that there was a struggle between res ... More >>
Denver Police have reportedly arrested four people in connection with the hit-and-run incident that took place over the weekend at Rockstar Lounge (940 Lincoln), in which valet Jose Medina was struck by vehicle and later died from his injuries. It was the 21-year-old's first night on the jo ... More >>
Daniel Martinez III.Attorney David Lane says he's got about a half-dozen active lawsuits against the Denver Police Department, including an excessive-force complaint against DPD officer and ex-American Gladiator contestant Vicki Fernandez that's scheduled for trial beginning today. His latest ... More >>
The Denver Police Department has released crime figures for 2010, most of which are positive. According to the DPD, murders hit a ten-year low, with the rates of many other crimes diminishing. Granted, prostitution arrests rose 72 percent and child-porn busts are up 15 percent, but the DPD se ... More >>
Denver Police DepartmentIt's your Monday edition of Denver Blogs, with a trio of interesting blog posts from around town. First up, a crack-dealer selling to the people he was hired to protect: Jared Jacang Maher of Face the State (and formerly Westword) brings us this story of Lee Wright, a ... More >>
Steal me!It doesn't seem like the Denver Police Department should have to remind people not to leave their cars unlocked and running. But then, the DPD is like our dads, always pointing out the obvious, and we, the citizens of Denver, are like obstinate children, always doing stupid stuff o ... More >>
It wasn't quite Law & Order, but the release of the Denver Police Department's first promotional video -- made by former Westword staff writer Frank Hogan, who now runs Let's Be Frank Productions -- prompted plenty of entertaining responses, including this from Spleen:
Not today, John Doe.The Denver Police Department is releasing a series of action-filled videos demonstrating the work of a police officer. The first one came out today and features a foot chase after a would-be bank robber near Curtis Park. It's got it all: voiceover, dramatic orchestration, ... More >>
Laurie Gorham.Update: Last week, we told you about a Stapleton area hit-and-run in which a pregnant woman struck by a still-unknown driver was critically injured. The woman, Laurie Gorham, lost her baby, who was almost full-term, but she's beginning to physically mend -- and her family hopes ... More >>
Near the scene.Yesterday, the Denver Police Department went to the 4800 block of North Enid Way, where they discovered a man who subsequently died of a gunshot wound. The victim hasn't been ID'd yet, but the DPD has reportedly arrested his housemate, William Bentley, 59, on investigation of f ... More >>
FlickrUpdate: The original headline on this post asked who was the bigger idiot in the story of a mother discovering her car had been towed with her baby inside. We now know the Denver Police Department's answer to that question. After an investigation, the mom, Rene Calderon, and the child's ... More >>
Large pic below.The April 2009 police beating of Michael DeHerrera continues to be a matter of debate, with the Office of the Independent Monitor and former Manager of Safety Ron Perea coming to very different conclusions about whether officers at the scene used excessive force or were justif ... More >>
Larger photo below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man stabbed to death on the 1800 block of Grove Street as Joey Fuller, a 26-year-old white male. Look below to see the release that ID'd Fuller, as well as our previous coverage of this brutal crime, for which Darold H ... More >>
Near the scene.The Denver coroner's office has ID'd a man killed in a car on the 500 block of Lowell Boulevard late Tuesday as Aurora's Ronald B. Sanchez, 45. He died from multiple gunshot wounds. No suspects are in custody and the investigation continues. Look below to read a Denver Police D ... More >>
Near the scene.Today, we've already published not one but two posts about local homicides -- and while a death on the 3000 block of South Hobart Way hasn't officially received this designation, Denver Police call it suspicious. The Denver coroner's office describes the victim as a white male, ... More >>
Near the scene.Update:It took over a week for the Denver coroner's office to identify the man found dead in a car on the 1100 block of South King Street on October 17. The information came around the same time Paul Cortez was ID'd in a homicide near Bruce Randolph and York. The South King vi ... More >>
Near the scene.Update: More information has begun to filter out in relation to a murder that took place near the intersection of Bruce Randolph Avenue and York Street. The Denver coroner's office has identified the victim of this crime as Paul Cortez. Look below to see the release revealing ... More >>
Alicia Martinez.Update: The admission by Denver's coroner that the body of sixteen-year-old Alicia Martinez, identified yesterday following the arrest of Edward Timothy Romero for investigation of murder, showed signs of "some disfigurement," understandably horrified her friends and family. N ... More >>
Near the scene.Update:According to the Denver Police Department, a welfare request from Liz Tomocik's employer led officers to a murder-suicide at 777 N. Washington Street, with Tomocik subsequently determined to have killed Gerald Cler and then shot herself. Now we know the identity of that ... More >>
Large photos below.You know times are tough when stealing heavy storm grates for their scrap value seems like a reasonable way to make money. But that's what the folks at the Denver Police Department think Richard Goodface and Duane Brown have been doing. They've both been booked on investiga ... More >>
Full-sized sketch below.The Denver Police Department is searching for an assault suspect with a very worrisome m.o. He allegedly came up behind a woman near the intersection of Florida and Syracuse Wednesday morning and shocked her with a handheld device -- a Taser, possibly? A passing motori ... More >>
Dixons is pouring at 7 a.m. Saturday -- but not if you're underage.You know the annual University of Colorado/Colorado State University drunkfest, er, football match at Invesco Field is upon us if downtown restaurants are expanding their hours -- Dixons, at 1610 16th Street, will be opening a ... More >>
Role model?Police impersonators tend to be delusional types. Remember the Colorado Springs man who tried to pull people over in a 1995 Cadillac equipped with a white strobe light? He'd likely identify with the mustached man who patted down and cuffed a bystander at a Colfax bus stop while cla ... More >>
Yesterday's announcement from the Denver Police Department was short and very sweet to anyone who's been following the fallout from the DPD's handling of the Michael DeHerrera case: "Denver Police to Re-Open Investigation."
The Denver Police Department has made LoDo safe from the Let Out crowds, as Alan Prendergast's cover story this week details. The big question now: Who'll keep the Let Out crowds safe from the Denver police?
From the video below.Today, the Office of the Independent Monitor released a report about the April 2009 beating of Michael DeHerrera, with the OIM's Richard Rosenthal and Manager of Safety Ron Perea coming to very different conclusions about a video of the incident. Rosenthal thinks the two ... More >>
A Flickr photoDid a suicidal man set into motion a chain of events that led police officers to pull the trigger for him? That's the supposition of the Denver Police Department related to an incident yesterday afternoon at 4950 Morrison Road. According to a DPD release, four cops fired at and ... More >>
Who is this masked man?You can say this about the group of burglars currently being sought by the Denver Police Department: They're not slackers. Over the course of two nights this week, the thieves are accused of swiping computer equipment and more from four separate South Oneida Street offi ... More >>
Filberto Alderete.Earlier today, we told you about a barbecue gone wrong in which Filberto Alderte was arrested regarding a first-degree murder investigation and Daniel Alderte was apparently shot by a Denver Police officer. The DPD is now confirming that Daniel was indeed the person shot by ... More >>