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 >>
After the National Motorists Association placed Denver among the ten worst cities in the U.S. and Canada for speed traps, Alan Prendergast listed the top five speed traps in Denver according to Speedtrap.org. But these are hardly the only reported speed traps in the area. Below, see Speedtra ... More >>
Graphic below.Update: Last week, Steven James Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of murder in an apartment house located at 1525 Perry Street. Now, the Denver coroner's office has released the identity of the victim: 55-year-old Maurice Sevier. Cause of death: multiple stab wounds. Look bel ... More >>
Yesterday's post about a couple of late-night attacks (one allegedly involving a Taser) included a recommendation from the Denver Police Department that women not walk alone during the wee hours. One reader saw this advice as questionable -- because of the implication it makes about men.
Alonzo Ashley.Yesterday, Denver Police said a man who died Monday at the Denver Zoo, now ID'd as Alonzo Ashley, went into such a cop-biting frenzy that he had to be contact-tased. But his girlfriend and family contend that he was merely suffering the effects of extreme heat when the situation ... More >>
Good comments often beget more good comments, as proved to be the case with yesterday's Comment of the Day post in which a Denver Police officer argued that biased discipline against the DPD may make everyone less safe. The opinion drew this impassioned response.
Big pic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman fatally stabbed at 1955 Arapahoe Street early Saturday morning as Annette Taylor, 49. And the Denver cops have also ID'd the man busted for the crime: Ronald Muniz, 63.
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 >>