You've got to figure there are a lot of ways to piss off a member of a SWAT team. But here's one that's certain to be near the top of the list: Steal his guns while he's fighting cancer. That's what Keaton Bell did. And now, he's going to pay in a big way -- by spending as much as ten years behind ... More >>
After the Aurora theater shooting last July, plenty of people across the country were nervous during their next trip to the movies -- especially if the flick they were seeing was The Dark Knight Rises, which was unspooling as a gunman killed twelve people and injured seventy others. Still, Ohio's S ... 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 >>
The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of sc ... More >>
In the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, Governor John Hickenlooper said it was too soon to talk about gun control. He remained virtually silent until, in a Thursday interview calling for a debate on the topic. One day later, the unimaginable shooting in Connecticut that claimed th ... More >>
Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, the city where Century 16 shooting suspect James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people and injured dozens more, is not joining a nationwide coalition of mayors that supports stricter gun laws. In response, the group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, argues that Hogan should ... More >>
In their first group message focused on gun policy, family members of those who died in the Aurora theater shooting have come together to urge presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer to press Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the topic of firearms violence when the candidates face off in Denver tomor ... More >>
Stephen Barton, 22, never thought his future would include gun-policy work. A recent graduate of Syracuse University, Barton was planning on moving to Russia to teach English on a Fulbright Scholarship this September. That all changed when he was shot in the face on July 20 in the Aurora theater mas ... More >>
As we've reported, Judge William Sylvester ordered that the majority of documents in the James Holmes shooting case remain sealed. But those he's letting the public see include the argument by some of the country's major media organizations about why they should be allowed more access, including com ... More >>
Speaking one week after a former Denver resident shot six people dead in Wisconsin, and less than a month after James Holmes killed twelve and injured dozens more in Aurora, Denver police chief Robert White told Westword it's time to make progress on gun control. We spoke with White over the weekend ... More >>
When asked about gun laws on Sunday -- two days after James Holmes fired shots into an Aurora movie theater in one of the largest mass shootings in American history -- Representative Ed Perlmutter backed reinstatement of the assaults weapon ban. The comments, on live national TV, made him one of the ... More >>
Colorado dealers turned in 40 percent more background check requests for gun purchasers in the four days after the Aurora theater shootings than they did the previous weekend, a spike in gun sales similar to previous runs after other mass killings, including the 1999 Columbine High School attack, ac ... More >>
Days after accused gunman James Holmes fired shots at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, there have been heated discussions about gun control, along with debates on whether it is an appropriate time to tackle the subject. We gave Denver Mayor Michael Hancock an opportunity to wei ... More >>
Update below: During a just-completed news conference about last night's shooting at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates was asked by numerous national reporters to confirm reports that accused gunman James Holmes had ... More >>
James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the Aurora theater shooting, legally bought four guns at metro gun shops in the last sixty days, Aurora police Chief Dan Oates said at a press conference tonight. Holmes also bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition off the Internet, Oates said, including ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
Tyler Gregorak.Here's an important note for anyone hoping to someday be recognized as Westword's Shmuck of the Week: You don't have to be convicted of a crime to win -- and if you're ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, we won't make you return your prize. That's good news for former CU Buffalo ... More >>
Each week we introduce you to one local shmuck. This week: Former CU Buffalo Ty Gregorak. There are certain of rules of engagement involved in visiting strip clubs, and they are for the most part simple. Always tip your dancer. Keep your hands to yourself. Never buy a hit of ecstasy off of a ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo meets Twitter near the Arizona border.It's not all that unusual for former Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo to get fired up about what he sees as the unprotected border between the United States and Mexico. In fact, he did so earlier this ... More >>
Apparently, caffeine isn't Mason Tvert's favorite stimulant.Hardly a day goes by without Mason Tvert, head of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), going after some individual or institution standing in the way of legalizing marijuana use for adults in Colorado and beyond. Still ... More >>
Mason Tvert isn't drinking the coffee.Today, Mason Tvert, founder of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying the coffee chain supported the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, a lobbying group that has opposed to medical marijuana. T ... More >>
Jason Gomez was shot and killed during an altercation with a Denver officer in December. Jason T. Gomez was shot and killed last December after officials say he pulled what looked like a gun on a Denver Police Officer. It turned out that the only thing in the 33-year-old’s hand was a plastic lig ... More >>
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The Cherry Creek Shooting Center finds itself under the gun.
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Xavier Davis had the connections, but the FBI had his number.
Todd Manns plans to shell out big bucks for a shooter as good as Lee Harvey Oswald.
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THE STATE IS CATCHING MORE HALFWAY-HOUSE ABSCONDERS THAN EVER. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S ALSO LETTING MORE CRIMINALS ESCAPE.