Kenneth Lankford, 46, was once the fourth most wanted man in the state of Utah, evading capture by disappearing into the woods. This weekend, authorities believe he was back in a forest -- the Black Forest, near Colorado Springs -- when he shot and killed two people, including his wife, and injured ... More >>
The 1999 Columbine shootings continue to cast a long shadow over schools nationwide, but especially in the Denver area. Case in point: The national media immediately perked up at news overnight that two juveniles with long guns had apparently broken into not one but two local schools and were involv ... More >>
Denver blog posts work up a sweat. South Stands Denver's Colin Daniels introduces a new feature: "Decker of the Week," featuring Eric Decker's hottest shots. Colorado Pols on Scott Gessler's announcement that he's suspending his gubernatorial campaign to make sure conservatives are elected on scho ... More >>
All dressed up with nothing to do? That was pretty much the story regarding a tactical action not far from Lyons yesterday. The Larimer County SWAT team, joined by officers from multiple agencies in the region, responded to a shooting report by surrounding the remote property in question and stayin ... More >>
One of the highlights of the latest television season to date is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a sort-of spinoff from The Avengers executive produced by that film's director, geek god Joss Wheedon, and starring Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, who proves that dying on the big screen can turn into life o ... More >>
Update: This weekend, members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deployed a Taser against a suicidal man now identified as Guy Guthrie, 55. He was armed, but only with a BB gun -- and died about an hour later. A JCSO spokesman defends the safety of Tasers even as he acknowledges that the outco ... More >>
Warmer weather is back, so it's time to get out of the house and have some fun in Denver this weekend. From Doors Open Denver, which opens up dozens of historic buildings, to art openings and a cat show, there's plenty to do in this town for pennies. We've highlighted ten of the best events that cos ... More >>
We haven't heard reports about cannabis connoisseurs gathering near Livermore, Colorado on Monday morning -- and if they start showing up in droves now, they'll only be disappointed. Why? Because they missed the opportunity to stand down-wind as an entire marijuana grow house caught fire and burned ... More >>
Anyone would feel uncomfortable posing for a mug shot after a DUI and reckless driving arrest -- particularly one that showed off a battered nose and a blood-stained undershirt. But presumably, the discomfort is even higher for Jose Guadalupe Luna. After all, he's an Adams County Deputy. Get the ... More >>
What were you doing around 6 a.m. this morning? Sleeping? Rubbing your eyes? Hoping that morning cup of coffee would get your heart started? For the person living in a residence on the 5900 block of West Gill Place, the answer was, "Dealing with the SUV that drove into my house" -- a drag whether c ... More >>
Update, 2:37 p.m.: Denver Police have made an arrest in connection with the first homicide of the new year. Robert Anthony Rubio, 26, mugshot below, was taken into custody yesterday as a suspect in a January 1st late-night shooting that left one man injured and another dead in Southwest Denver. Th ... More >>
In 2012, a lot more people rode their bikes in Denver and throughout the state -- which led to an overall jump in the number of crashes. But a more ominous trend, perhaps, was the growing tension on the road between cars and cyclists, resulting in a steady stream of high-profile collisions....some c ... More >>
Update: Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced this afternoon that Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, the 24-year-old who called 911 over the weekend, admitting he had killed a 14-year-old girl, is also facing sexual assault charges. As expected, he's facing first-degree murder charges, too, a ... More >>
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, but carrying eleven pounds of pot on a Greyhound bus with the "intent to manufacture or distribute" is not. That is the felony charge that landed 35-year-old Jason Ramirez in jail, after a routine check at a rest stop in Lamar uncovered an "abnormally ... More >>
Update, 10:30 a.m.: The man who allegedly killed three others in a Longmont home yesterday and then shot himself had been released from jail a few hours before the shooting, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office. Daniel Sanchez, 31, reportedly showed up to the home where his ex-girlfriend wa ... More >>
More cars and cyclists are crashing into each other in Denver, prompting heated debates about who is responsible in the collisions. But in a recent Boulder crash, there's plenty of blame to go around. The accident report about the incident, in which a bike rider was knocked to the ground and serious ... More >>
For "On a Roll," our feature on cycling, we connected with many local bike advocates, who have a wide range of perspectives on what officials can do to make Denver a top urban center for biking. Concerns about the rise in bike-car collisions, and the sometimes fatal results, have pushed these ideas ... More >>
This Thursday, August 16 marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. The iconic singer spent a great deal of time in the Centennial State and had many adventures. In honor of The King, Backbeat is sharing some of these stories all week. See also: - Retired Denver police officer Bob Cantw ... More >>
Dennis O'Dell was first taken into custody circa early May in relation to a hammer attack on his uncle -- one allegedly fueled by a bad dream and their mutual interest in meth. Now, however, he's been charged with murder, after his horribly injured relative died.
The Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer cost many thousands of dollars in damaged or destroyed property and, most importantly, three lives, including Ann Appel, who didn't receive a reverse 911 emergency notification because of a glitch in the system. And it was hardly the only one. As revealed in a ... More >>
Elena Nunez.Growing up and watching Crossfire in Tempe, Arizona, 33-year-old Elena Nunez learned to trust her local government approximately as far as she could throw it. In the late '80s, Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was impeached on grounds of misusing funds and obstruction of justice, and ... More >>
Representative Doug Lamborn capitalizes on a remarkable skill for creating sticky situations by introducing his new Tar Baby race paste. Developed by crafty congressmen for budget-burdened back-to-school students, Lamborn's Tar Baby race paste sticks faster, and longer, than the leading white ... More >>
Kurt CobainHow do you honor a musician when awards and certifications aren't enough? By naming something in his honor, of course -- be it a bridge, a street, an asteroid or even a whole day after the guy. But in naming something after a musician, it's easy to forget that while in some cases t ... More >>
Schwartzman.The Denver coroner's office has issued its report about homicides through June 2011. The 24 to date is way over 50 percent of last year's 39 -- but even if it wasn't, loved ones of victims such as Gerald Schwartzman would still be grieving. Look below and page down to see synopses ... More >>
Congress Park dog-walking duo. We've masked the identities of the couple pictured above -- but the blurring of faces does not hide the unexpected surprise revealed in their stance. The Google Maps camera that captured this image has either caught them unaware, or caught them in the act...
Westwood: Postal pyramid. Nothing quite says dead letter like the faux-stone postal pyramid pictured above. While the sturdy base looks almost normal, it's the rocky roof that turns this unnatural mailbox into something almost supernatural...
Arianna Huffington.Internet years are like dog years, which makes fifteen-year-old MapQuest more like 105. But this old dog can learn directions home if you believe Arianna Huffington, now a player in the old-money empire of AOL, which owns the company headquartered in LoDo. She talked about ... More >>
I've been checking in with cool Colorado companies and trying out their goods on a mission to assemble a locals-only gear bag. This month I've been testing three different pairs of ski/snowboard goggles from Boulder-based Zeal Optics as well as the company's sweet new solar panel pack that he ... More >>
Jared Jacang Maher's post about coordinates from the movie Close Encounters allegedly pinpointing Denver International Airport -- the latest DIA conspiracy in a long line -- surmised that the numbers actually correspond to an Ault farmhouse. One of our readers did some checking, and he concur ... More >>
North and South Korea have reunited, the U.S. economy breaks down and erupts in civil war and, suddenly, America is occupied by Korean forces from across Asia. Sounds far-fetched, sure, but that's the premise of Homefront, a new game from Kaos Studies that seeks to imagine the world of occupi ... More >>
Just in time for the warmer weather, Google Maps has released navigation directions for those on bikes. And Denver's among of the first cities around the country to get the service.
Getting up close and personal with Coffeyville, Kansas (click to enlarge).Finding the right map for the trip at hand has always posed certain hard choices. Do you go for one heavy on the topography contours, or one with legible road numbers? Hydrographic features or better trail markings? I ... More >>
DigitalGlobe When you want to stalk someone but Facebook and parking outside their house for hours with binoculars just aren't doing it for you, how about buying high-resolution images of their neighborhood as taken by satellites? Sure, you could just get an image off of Google Maps, but if you wan ... More >>