We don't usually think of String Cheese Incident fans as homicidal. But last August, Lucas Piper was accused of being an exception to this rule, for allegedly trying to burn down a house full of people he met at an SCI show at Red Rocks. Now, Piper has been sentenced to more than two decades in sti ... More >>
A federal judge in Oregon has sentenced environmental activist Rebecca Rubin to five years behind bars -- and to read a Malcom Gladwell book -- for her role in setting several fires, including a 1998 act of arson in Vail that caused $12 million in damage. As a member of a radical environmental grou ... More >>
If the account offered by the Colorado Springs Police Department is accurate, breaking up with 33-year-old Caja Gray is really, really hard to do. And it may bring some nasty repercussions. Gray has been arrested for assault and arson, after allegedly attacking her former boyfriend and then starti ... More >>
On Sunday Colt & Gray closed for a week, to allow for a major remodeling push. but that's not the only action on Platte Street. This area was once a real black hole, with nothing but My Brother's Bar to light the way -- but today it's a white-hot dining and entertainment area. See also: Colt & Gray ... More >>
Platte Street is becoming a hot restaurant neighborhood -- too hot last night, when a fire broke out on the roof of the Paris on the Platte bar. But one of the benefits of a hot neighborhood is neighbors: They spotted the blaze, and called the fire department. And the fire was put out quickly enough ... More >>
This month, the FBI released a report with the laborious title "Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January-December, 2012" -- and the long name is appropriate, since it contains a staggering amount of data about all reporting U.S. cities with a population of 100,000 or greater. For Colorado, t ... More >>
Christopher Padgett, eighteen, is accused of being a busy boy. The Denver District Attorney's Office is charging Padget with nine counts of arson related to blazes all set on the same night within three blocks of each other in the Park Hill neighborhood. The Denver Police Department account can be ... More >>
On Sunday, a Colorado Springs "juvenile male" said to be playing with matches set his bedroom on fire, after which he was arrested for fourth-degree arson. Unusual? Less so than you might think. Last year, the city saw 39 significant fire incidents involving minors and twelve arrests requiring the r ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we told you about the arrest of Samuel Maldonado-Tapia for allegedly starting a fire in a Broomfield Walmart; see our original coverage below. We noted in that post that we'd reached out to the Broomfield Police Department for more information, and the BPD has just responded w ... More >>
The Denver Fire Department is still investigating a suspicious fire at a Green Door Wellness medical marijuana dispensary at 155 Federal earlier this week. But that's about all the information that we've been able to get out of anyone involved with the case after days of asking for more details.
When news broke last year that Earl Moore had been charged with a single count of arson for placing an explosive device in Southwest Plaza mall on the anniversary of the attack on nearby Columbine High School, locals feared he'd receive relatively light punishment. But no: Moore has been sentenced t ... More >>
Big pic below.An October 30 house fire claimed the lives of two young children -- Alvira and Timothy Ramirez, ages two and three, respectively. Now, the Aurora Police has busted their mom, Danielle Lynn Brockman, on suspicion of child abuse/negligence resulting in death. The reason: The kids ... More >>
Bigger pic below.For a school photo, a certain Jefferson County eighth-grader wore a cheerleading shirt. But right now, neither she nor her family has anything to cheer about. The thirteen-year-old is currently in custody, accused of trying to kill the other six members of her family by burn ... More >>
Lori MidsonIn the months since a massive fire consumed Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth, requiring a remodel that would strip the property to its studs, owner Bryan Dayton hasn't exactly been idling. The former president of the Colorado Bartenders' Guild has kept up with staff trainings, continued ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: At 2 p.m. this afternoon, Earl Albert Moore is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver to be advised of the charges against him in relation to an attempted bombing at Southwest Plaza mall on the twelfth anniversary of the shootings at nearby Columbine High ... More >>
Big pic below.As the Crystal fire in Larimer County was finally winding down last week, authorities announced their suspicion that it was human-caused -- and now they think they've got the human who did it: Thomas Howie, 36. Meanwhile, Douglas County officials believe a fifteen-year old start ... More >>
Mom & JacobProsecutors are fickle creatures. Ask them about some case that isn't high-profile enough to make headlines, and they'll probably tell you that they can't discuss it -- and it's none of your business anyway. But sic a few TV cameras and talk shows on them, and of course they're h ... More >>
Jacob & his mom.Jacob Christenson of Parker would like everyone to know that he is very, very sorry about the events of May 9, a few weeks before his eleventh birthday. He did light a piece of paper on fire, but he had no idea it was going to cause so much trouble. Can he go home now? Alas, ... 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 >>
Courtesy CBS4In most cases of arson, the furniture that's destroyed is inside the house. But not so in the case of a Broomfield fire late last week. In that incident, furniture left on a home's driveway in anticipation of an estate sale was torched, with the house subsequently going up in fla ... More >>
Larger photo below.One of the earliest entries in our Mile High Murder archive involves a May 2009 arson-related murder in Aurora that led to the arrests of Douglas Taylor and Coy Dunn. The victim in the case was subsequently identified as Jose De Jesus Martinez Espinoza. More than a year la ... More >>
Joel Ledermann.Today's Denver Post features an editorial that questions the harshness of the fourth-degree arson charge faced by Joel Ledermann, the man accused of accidentally starting the Reservoir Road fire near Loveland. But at the very least, the arrest affidavit suggests that he engage ... More >>
On Wednesday, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett decided not to file charges against the volunteer firefighter thought to have accidentally started the Fourmile Canyon fire. But no such luck for Joel Ledermann, who's been formally accused of fourth-degree arson in relation to the smaller ... More >>
Stan Garnett.Although the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder is 100 percent contained, the identity of the local resident suspected of accidentally starting it hasn't been made public yet. However, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office is sending signals that criminal charges are no cinch, and ... More >>
Update:A few short hours ago, Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokesman Commander Rick Brough declined to comment about reports that the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder had been caused by an improperly extinguished fire pit. Now, however, the BCSO has put out a release confirming just that.
Walter Bond.We recently told you about alleged arsonist Walter Bond, who authorities believe was responsible for burning down Glendale's Sheepskin Factory and two businesses in Salt Lake City, including a restaurant that served foie gras. Turns out Bond's a hero to the animal liberation move ... More >>
Walter Bond.Walter Bond doesn't exactly hide his convictions when it comes to animal rights. Law-enforcement types note that he has "a prominent tattoo on his neck just below his chin that reads, 'VEGAN.'" However, Bond is accused of doing more than simply sticking to salads. He's been forma ... More >>
Katsina Roybal.Earlier today, we told you about a murder on East 36th Avenue. The Denver coroner has now identified the woman who died in the shooting as Katsina Roybal, 21. This isn't the first time Roybal's name has been in the news. She was indicted and convicted in relation to the fire t ... More >>
Charles Fisher.The communities north of Denver have seen more than their fair share of homicides lately. Sean and Staci Griffin, murdered in a Boulder flooring store. Superior's Stephanie Rochester, charged in the killing of her infant son. Boulderite Thomas Holloway, eyed in the shooting of ... More >>
Deangelo Calaway: Didn't anyone tell you not to play with matches?Back in May 2008, a group of nine people, including Deangelo Calaway and Mitchell Walker, were upset by an incident that took place at Bash nightclub, not to mention the murder the day before of Michael Asberry, a 2007 Westword ... More >>
See? Told you I was serious Actually, I guess it's probably not on fire any more. But Deluxe and Delite, Dylan Moore's two excellent, side-by-side operations at 30 and 32 South Broadway, respectively, were on fire an hour or so ago. Both places took a hit. By the time I got there, the flame ... More >>
Bonnie Bergin.Yesterday, the Lakewood Police Department announced that it was investigating a house fire last week on West 20th Avenue as a homicide; Bonnie Bergin, 49, who'd been renting the home, was found dead inside. Now, the LPD has made an arrest. Brit Allan Cox, 40, has been formally a ... More >>
Bonnie Bergin.Last week, Bonnie Bergin's body was found amid flames that destroyed a house she was renting on West 20th Avenue in Lakewood -- and now, the Lakewood Police Department has formally determined that she was murdered. At this point, the LPD isn't releasing her cause of death, which ... More >>
Big Hoss, before the kitchen fire.On its answering machine, Big Hoss Bar-B-Q still refers to the mishap that closed the restaurant as a "minor kitchen fire," but recovering from the late June incident has turned into a major pain. Initially, Big Hoss had hoped to reopen by July 4, then by July 6 (t ... More >>
Coy Dunn. And the killings continue. An arson investigation looking into a suspicious May 28 fire at 2301 N. Emporia Street no longer includes an attempted-homicide component. Instead, it features a pair of murder charges due to the death yesterday of a still-unidentified victim at an area hospital ... More >>
First, the historic Branch Inn in Pueblo was wiped right off the map by a massive explosion; last Friday, authorities announced that their investigation into the disaster had concluded it was an accident. That's undoubtedly the same conclusion they'll reach in the southeast corner of the state, ... More >>
Denver Health, the city’s safety-net hospital, has been operating its ambulance service under an inadequate response-time standard, according the city watchdog. The Denver Auditor’s Office on Thursday issued an alert to Mayor John Hickenlooper and various Safety Department agencies, warning th ... More >>
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