Counterterrorism is the FBI's number one priority, FBI Director James Comey said in a visit to Denver on Wednesday. That includes monitoring what Comey called "homegrown violent extremists," Americans who become radicalized via the Internet. "In their pajamas, in their basement, they can get all the ... More >>
Forty years ago, bombs exploded in Boulder, killing six Chicano activists. Their deaths are still shrouded in mystery: Who killed them and why? Were they plotting a bombing? Did the police and FBI entrap them? Were they murdered? Su Teatro's Tony Garcia has written Cuarenta y Ocho, a play that explo ... 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 >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Ten Most Wanted list -- an FBI tradition for more than sixty years. The individuals highlighted this time around include one who made the roster due to alleged actions in Colorado: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, who's thought to have killed a man an ... More >>
One of the year's biggest Christmas movies might also be one of its biggest tear-jerkers. And then there's that cast: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe? Yes, please!Les Miserables promises to be a singing, crying, sniffling, smiling spectacle of epic holiday-release proportions, and than ... More >>
During the last decade, few movies have inspired as much box-office awe (and costumed panic) as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or as many life lessons: Throughout the films' fifty hours of footage, we learned a little bit of Elvish, discovered the importance of man jewelry, and explored ... More >>
Since James Holmes killed twelve people in Aurora, catalyzing heated gun control debates across the country, many have focused their attention on the suspect's past psychiatric care. As officials debate what can be done to keep guns out of the hands of those with a history of mental illness, a new r ... 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
Terrorism hit home in September 2009, when Aurora shuttle driver Najibullah Zazi was accused of conspiring to blow up the New York City subway system with homemade bombs made from beauty supplies in an al Qaida-authorized "martyrdom operation." Today, Mohammed Zazi, his father, will be sentenced for ... More >>
Big pic below.Nick Beram did everything he could to disguise himself while robbing five area banks while armed with a stun gun. During the crimes, he wore sunglasses, a dark-hooded jacket and a white surgical or dust mask. But he didn't bother to disguise his truck -- and that's why he's bee ... More >>
Paulin Ramirez.Last April, Leadville's Jamie Paulin Ramirez was accused of providing material support to terrorists. Nearly a year later, she's followed in the footsteps of her co-defendant, Colleen LaRose, and pleaded guilty. Look below to read a U.S. Attorney's Office release, as well as t ... More >>
Walter Bond.Animal activist Walter Bond is a man so devoted to his cause that he wears a giant "VEGAN" tattoo on his neck. So it's no surprise he showed zero remorse when officially pleading guilty to arson related to a fire at Glendale's Sheepskin Factory in April -- a crime for which he fa ... More >>
From the video below.Yesterday, we told you about a disagreement between the Office of the Independent Monitor's Richard Rosenthal and Manager of Safety Ron Perea over the April 2009 Denver Police beating of Michael DeHerrera. A video seems to show DeHerrera being attacked by Officer Devin Sp ... More >>
The JV Bandit.Last month, we noted that the JV Bandit would make the varsity soon, given the rate at which he was allegedly knocking over banks. And the suspect, named by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, which has bestowed monikers on the likes of the Formerly Known as the Perennia ... More >>
"You lookin' at me?"Update, 1:38 p.m.: Well, that was fast. Mere hours after putting out an alert for the excellently named bank robber known as The Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit, the FBI has announced that a suspect -- Shaun Michael Gay, 23 -- has been taken into custody. Ge ... More >>
"Bitches..."Last week, we told you about the latest bank robber named by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force: the Super Freak Bandit, named for his curly wig, not because anyone suspected the late Rick James. Now, the feds think they've got their man -- which explains why the holiday ... More >>
"Sample this, MC Hammer."The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has outdone itself this time. The office known for its clever names for at-large bank robbers has previously given us such memorable monikers as the H1N1 Bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit and the recently cha ... More >>
Is this Eric Dodd?The feds aren't messing around when it comes to Eric Dodd, the accused Portfolio Bandit, who was arrested last week. An FBI alert issued on May 10 suggested that the criminal in question was suspected of knocking over a dozen banks -- and now, Dodd has been formally charged ... More >>
No, not that Tom Thumb...The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, the focus of a 2008 Westword feature, has proven again and again that nicknaming thugs is among the most powerful weapons in its arsenal. If not for them, alleged scofflaws such as the Hoppin Hooded Bandits and the $83 Bandi ... More >>
Adams County Sheriff Doug DarrThis past Monday, when Westword started making calls about a lawsuit that had just been filed by two former North Metro Task Force members alleging they faced retaliation for speaking out about corruption that occurred in Operation Fortune Cookie, a massive indoo ... More >>
Hoodies are probably in short supply where Timothy McGlothin is cooling his heels.That didn't take long. Yesterday, we told you about the search for Timothy McGlothin, who authorities (and members of a grand jury) believe was part of bank-robbery group dubbed the Hoppin Hooded Bandits, for t ... More >>
"Geronimo!"It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that a passenger caused a flight to make an unscheduled landing in Colorado due to inexplicable behavior (including his insistence on shaving topless). That's because it was only a couple of weeks ago. Now, a similar act: A thus-far unnamed ... More >>
The years have been very kind to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.The number of bank robberies in the metro area of late has apparently reached such heights that mainstream media can't keep up. Example: Last evening, my wife and some of her colleagues were dining at restaurant off Wadsworth whe ... More >>
Having trouble finding work? You're not alone. Follow Jobbed every week as we troll for the weird, the wacky and the worst of what the recession-era world of job ads has to offer. The Job, as posted online: Baggage Handler Agent, DIA Responsibilities: Transport luggage from ticket counter t ... More >>
A Hopping Hooded Bandit, who better watch his back.It's starting to feel like the Wild West around here, with banks getting stuck up left and right. Monday, two banks got hit, with a third knocked over yesterday. The FBI believes the perpetrators of this last job, who've they've named the "H ... More >>
Nice look, pal.It's been a tough month so far for Bank of the West and TCF branches in the metro area. On December 2, masked gunmen held up a Bank of the West at 7995 East Hamden Avenue. Then, yesterday, a man did likewise at the BOTW outlet at 9150 Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster. Unlike ... More >>
Who is this masked man?Banks have had plenty of troubles during our ongoing economic crisis -- but they've still got more money than the rest of us, which explains in part why there's been such a rash of robberies of late. Just yesterday, we told you about the $83 Bandit, who's allegedly rem ... More >>
Mohammad Zazi, the center of attention -- here, anyway.The federal indictment against Mohammad Zazi is a lot less substantial than the one handed to his son, terror suspect Najibullah Zazi. The gist of the false statement charge against Mohammad reads as follows: "Defendant ZAZI denied that h ... More >>
A surveillance shot of the Shaggy bandit.In an August 20 blog, our own Joel Warner told us about the Shaggy Bandit, a scofflaw wanted for numerous bank heists. Shaggy's memorable name came courtesy of the FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, whose members understand that reporters te ... More >>
The letter, received by fax last week, read like countless others before it. “ATTENTION: Director/CEO,” it began. “I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to the tune of Twelve Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$12.8m) which we want to keep safely overs ... More >>
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AFTER LISTENING TO COLORADO'S PATRIOTS, FRANCISCO DURAN SHOT OFF MORE THAN HIS MOUTH.