Vehicular homicide allegations don't get much more bizarre than the one aimed at 21-year-old Jess Plouvier. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office believes Plouvier is responsible for the death of Ian Saj, 33. However, a separate accident involving Saj and two friends preceded the fatal one -- and it ... More >>
In what amounts to a landmark decision, a federal judge has ruled that the conditions of solitary confinement at the Colorado State Penitentiary constitute "a paradigm of inhumane treatment" and must change -- notably, so that inmates locked down in their cells 23 hours a day can have at least three ... More >>
Drunk and belligerent is now way to go through life. But drunk and belligerent and the mayor of a town? Well, that takes a special kind of shmuck -- one like Ron Hinkle, the mayor of the town of Florence, who resigned on Wednesday, two weeks after resident C.J. Youngs chastised him during a city mee ... More >>
Where's the military when the chips are down?
This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>
No. 3.The 9/11 events being memorialized on Sunday, ten years after they shook the world, didn't take place in Colorado. But our state has no shortage of connections to terrorists -- and not only because plenty of them are housed at Florence's Supermax facility. Below, we look at the most pr ... More >>
Christianity has Easter and Judaism has Passover -- and there are dinners and ritual events widely available for both those celebrations. And for the pagan-centric religions, there's Beltania, the annual camping/music/spiritual festival in the mountains near Florence, Colorado, which kicks of ... More >>
Gruel it is for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.Terry Nichols has lost his drawn-out plea for more wholesome prison fare. Last Thursday, Colorado U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello dismissed the convicted Oklahoma City bomber conspirator's claims that he needs a diet of ... More >>
Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is on a hunger strike, because he doesn't like the food served at Supermax, the federal prison in Florence where he's housed with a who's who of this country's criminals. Last Thursday, Nichols filed a five-page, hand-written note in ... More >>
It's official: Hillary Clinton yesterday confirmed that the Obama administration is no longer fighting a "War on Terror" in its battle against al-Qaeda and militant Islam. So are those prisoners still incarcerated in Gitmo considered "terrorists"? Some of those prisoners could soon be living at Sup ... More >>
No, Morley Safer doesn't get to put shoe bomber Richard Reid in a headlock, and you won't see Mike Wallace interrogating Zacarias Moussaoui. ("Isn't it true that you are a certified scumbag?") But it may be worth tuning in "60 Minutes" this coming Sunday night, if you're at all interested in the go ... More >>
The biggest current newsmaker in Colorado is a guy no one wants to share the same air with. Andrew Speaker, 31, was flown to Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center for treatment of a strain of tuberculosis so virulent that he's been placed under federal quarantine -- the first person t ... More >>
President Dubya wants to send more troops to Iraq, but he doesn't seem to be paying much attention to federal employees who say we need more boots on the ground right here --— specifically, more correctional officers in federal prisons, where the level of assaults is rising as staffing rosters ... More >>
It can be tricky, running the toughest prison in the entire country, but it's hardly ever dull. One day you're getting blasted by lawmakers because security is too lax and convicted terrorists are managing to send letters out to new recruits. The next you're in the doghouse with a federal judge beca ... More >>
Ask most folks to name Colorado's next celebrity resident and they'll likely namecheck terroristic wannabe Zacarias Moussaoui, who's expected to take up residence at Supermax, the Florence lockup that's the current home of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and plenty of other well-known psychopaths. (Here's t ... More >>
Trapped in a prison race war, Tony Francis had three choices: kill, snitch or run. He found another way out.
At the federal supermax, it isn't just the inmates who think management is unfair.