USA Today set out to discover if the racially lopsided arrest statistics in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, were an anomaly. Sadly, no: A fascinating new report reveals a racial gap in arrest stats in many locations across the cou ... More >>
We've been reporting about a triple shooting at Red Rocks last week in which hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q was the likely target. Two Westword writers were caught in the delays that followed the incident, including our Bree Davies, who says she didn't get out of the area until 2:30 a.m. and was only al ... More >>
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, three people were shot following the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert at Red Rocks last night -- a trio who were found in a vehicle on 6th Avenue in the wake of the chaos. Meanwhile, thousands of people were temporarily detained while law enfor ... More >>
Early Saturday morning, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says two gunmen invaded a home and kidnapped three people -- a married couple and a male roommate. A subsequent car chase ended with a crash in Denver. At this writing, the suspects haven't been captured or identified, an ... More >>
It took authorities in Jefferson County days to learn the identity of a body found on Lookout Mountain -- and even longer to discover that 38-year-old Sandra Mercado, previously known as Sandra Walker (her maiden name) and Sandra Meza (her married name), moved to Colorado shortly before her death. ... More >>
Update: Late last month, we told you about the Highway 93 crash involving Kenneth Hosch, age 83 -- an incident that killed Dave Baldwin, a veteran Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sergeant; see our previous coverage below. Now, after the better part of a month, Hosch has been arrested on suspicion ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we told you about a shooting at the Indian Hills home of Bruce and Maggie Leiman that left two people dead; see previous coverage below. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has now released the names of those who died: Maggie and Bruce's son Robert Leiman, who's believed to hav ... More >>
Earlier today, we shared startling videos of Boulder-area flooding that's already taken one life and resulted in closures throughout the city -- and indeed, CU-Boulder has already closed the campus for tomorrow, too. You'll understand why after checking out the photo above and a slew below from the ... More >>
Plenty of douchebags spend their every waking hour coming up with new ways to separate the rest of us from our hard-earned lucre. But few of their schemes are as creative as the one developed by the pseudonymous "Major Tom Wilson," who came up with a way to ostensibly trick random suckers into payin ... More >>
After more than a week, the Black Forest fire in El Paso County is 95 percent contained, allowing the focus to shift to repair and recovery. But there's no rest for the weary: Firefighters are currently battling a new blaze in southern Jefferson County. Dubbed the Lime Gulch fire, it's already cons ... More >>
We don't reveal our Schmuck of the Week until Fridays -- and there's no denying that 29-year-old Christopher Snow would have made a great candidate for this sought-after honor. But we just couldn't wait to tell you about Snow's bold leap into the ranks of dopey criminals, via an alleged burglary at ... More >>
Update: On Monday, we told you about a double stabbing in south Jeffco stemming from a domestic incident involving a couple said to be in their sixties. One person died, while the other was hospitalized. We've now got the names of the pair involved, and one of them -- Michael Schreiber -- was actua ... More >>
Given the number of serious crimes that are committed in these parts, shoplifters don't typically get a great deal of attention. But a man wanted in Jefferson County is an exception to this rule, thanks to the volume of thefts he's allegedly committed, but also for what he's accused of snatching. T ... More >>
Update: In yesterday's post about the search for the kidnapper and killer of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who disappeared on her way to school on October 5 (see it below), we reported that inside sources had confirmed a DNA match between the latest crime and a previous assault a ... More >>
Regan Benson is a supporter of Mitt Romney, but she's not a big fan of the law enforcement officials in charge at the candidate's recent Colorado rally. Benson says that when she was trying to get to her car after the Sunday night campaign event ended, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office refused t ... More >>
The description of the crime scene and the suspect in the death of ninety-year-old Kenneth "Bud" Elmgreen are, to put it mildly, strange. But Jefferson County Sheriff's Office representatives believe the case adds up to murder -- and the person they've arrested is Elmgreen's 53-year-old son and nam ... More >>
The family of Ashley Moser has been visited by tragedy yet again. The young mom's daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six, was the youngest person to die in the Aurora theater shooting. Now, her loved ones have released a statement revealing that she suffered a miscarriage as a result of being s ... More >>
Many law enforcement agencies across the state compile and update their own most-wanted-criminals list -- and the one maintained by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office demonstrates the distressingly widespread and commonplace nature of domestic violence. All twelve people on its current list -- el ... More >>
Video below.At this writing, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has not officially defined the death of a 69-year-old Denver-area man found off Lariat Loop Road as a homicide. But even before the final coroner's report is in, investigators see it as suspicious enough to investigate it tha ... More >>
Big sketch below.Update: Earlier this month, we told you about a Jefferson County bump-and-run robbery, in which a thief hit a car in front of him, then stole a purse after the driver got out to check the damage. At the time, Jeffco authorities said this wasn't an isolated incident -- and now ... More >>
Chatfield High and other southwest Jeffco schools were locked down on April 20 after Earl Moore's alleged attempt to bomb Southwest Plaza, on April 21 after a bomb scare at Stony Creek Elementary that turned out to be nothing -- and again today. Why?
"I'm only No. 20?"The Denver Police Department has trimmed its fifty most wanted fugitives list by half but multiplied the mayhem via its roster of the city's 25 most violent fugitives. The mug shots of those who follow first target Robert Juan Gee stand out thanks to the best neck tattoo (No ... More >>
Update: The Indian Gulch fire near Golden is a top wildfire priority nationally; at this writing, it's in the number one slot on the feds' Inciweb.org website. And while the winds that were helping to fuel the blaze have died down to a significant degree, they did significant damage, increas ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: It would be an exaggeration to say that accused public masturbator and groper Gage Walker Lopez was caught red-handed. Instead, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, an anonymous bust led to his arrest on charges of unlawful sexual contact and second-degree ... More >>
Big pics below.On December 30, 2009, Alisha Brown was found murdered in the Sixth Avenue West subdivision. The following February, her ex-husband, Daryll Glenn Brown was arrested for her death. Now, Brown has been convicted and sentenced to life without parole for a crime involving a sneak a ... More >>
Large photo below.In January, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced that Joseph Trujillo faced a first-degree murder charge in the death of his five-month old, who died alone while he was out drinking. A week later, the charge against Trujillo was lessened to child abuse resulting i ... More >>
2009 Sugarloaf Mountain bust.Breaking news: Boulder is recognized the world over as a marijuana-friendly town. But apparently the weed smoked by thousands of attendees at the annual 4/20 orgasm of cannabis consumption at CU is largely grown elsewhere. As evidence, note that this week's bust ... More >>
Joe David Lucero.A Walmart employee definitely deserves a raise today (and every day -- but that's another story). Last week, he allegedly tried to stop three men with a load of stolen merch who triggered a garden-center alarm at a Jefferson County store. For his trouble, he was hit in the he ... More >>
Engine No. 10.After Wednesday's Tiny Town train crash, which injured more than twenty people, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office found no criminal negligence -- and now, the state agency tasked with looking into the derailment confirms the cause as operator error. This gaffe could prove c ... More >>
From 9News coverage.Yesterday's train derailment at Tiny Town was hardly kids stuff, with well over a dozen injuries reported, ranging from scratches and scrapes to broken bones. But while personnel at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office can't say precisely what happened to spur the accide ... More >>
The scene of the alleged crime, from Channel 7 coverage.At this point, Aurora Police Department reps haven't released the identity of the man found stabbed to death at a home near the Saddle Creek Golf Course. But they've revealed the name of a suspect arrested for investigation of homicide ... More >>
Zachariah Thomas Santaguida.Update, 5:29 p.m.: A mug shot of suspect Zachariah Thomas Santaguida has just been released. We've added it to this blog, first published at 10:22 a.m. Here's the original item. Late last night, Jefferson County Sheriff's officers responded to an address on the 30 ... More >>
Daryll Glenn Brown, allegedly a terrible former spouse.On December 30, a woman was found dead in her home at 14192 W. 4th Avenue in Jefferson County, an area captured in the graphic on view below (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). The victim was subsequently id ... More >>
Vicente Solorzano joined the Project Big Freeze club.On Friday, we told you about the nineteen locals caught up in Project Big Freeze, a nationwide sweep by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, aka ICE, that targeted "transnational gangs with ties to drug-trafficking organizations" in 83 ... More >>
View Larger Map There are more questions than answers thus far in the death of a woman found dead on December 30 in a Sixth Avenue West subdivision -- an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). Contacted this morning, Jefferson County She ... More >>
View Larger Map At this point, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office hasn't officially declared a couple found dead yesterday in unincorporated Jefferson County to have perished amid a murder-suicide. But given the scene on the 11100 block of West Oregon Place, an area captured in the graphic above ... More >>
View Larger Map According to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office PIO Jacki Kelly, a likely murder-suicide was discovered yesterday on the 23000 block of Kiowa Road in Indian Hills, near the area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). Kelly says ... More >>
Linda Trabucco.Why on earth would a female high-school teacher want to boink a male student? After all, teenage boys are typically terrible conversationalists, are prone to doing stupid things (and then doing them again), and have terrible skin. And who cares if a stiff breeze can give them a ... More >>
Courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office"My name is Sonar. Can I move in?"Want a horse? How about sixteen of them -- plus a donkey? If so, representatives of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office would like to bend your ear. The JCSO has been awarded ownership of the animals, which w ... More >>
"Another tough day clearing the weed...."Joel Warner's blog "Colorado's Marijuana Growing Pains Continue" focuses on attempts to regulate the medical-marijuana industry. This item is about weed of another kind -- and a lot of it. Last month, the West Metro Drug Task Force found and eradicate ... More >>
A Flickr photo So you want to set some shit off this weekend? Because different jurisdictions have different rules, fireworks that may be perfectly lawful on one block may be illegal on the next. Most items that neither explode nor leave the ground are permissible in Colorado. But in Wheat Ridge, a ... More >>
For many months after the 1999 killings at Columbine High School, Randy and Judy Brown were steeped in a special kind of misery. They had tried to warn the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office about Eric Harris and his penchant for bombs and threats a year before the attack, only to be ignored and then ... More >>
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