Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world flock to Red Rocks every summer for music, movies and awe-inducing geology. In spite of the facility's fame, confusion remains common about its operation. Here are the most important things to know about Colorado's marquee venue. See also: 50 Ph ... More >>
Those of us whose knowledge of meth manufacture pretty much begins and ends with Breaking Bad will get a reality check from the following gritty, grungy, glamour-free photos of drugs, guns and more seized by the Metro Gang Task Force after busting not one but two alleged drug trafficking organizatio ... More >>
Earlier this year, we told you about the arrest of Kenneth Hosch, age 83, after a crash that killed Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Dave Baldwin, who was on routine motorcycle patrol at the time. Now, Hosch has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide -- and the district attorney prosecuting ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we told you about the arrest of David Pineda on suspicion that he'd stabbed his wife to death; see our previous coverage below. The victim of this terrible crime has now been identified as Isabel Pineda, a professional housekeeper -- and tonight at 8:30 p.m., her children ... More >>
As faithful visitors to our Schmuck of the Week archive know full well, schmucks come in every size, shape and description. But one frequently seen thread seems to be collateral damage, i.e. a schmuck whose frustration over one thing boils over in a way that causes a whole raft of other problems. T ... 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 >>
The man killed by Jeffco deputies in a strange Saturday incident has been identified as Evan Bynum, forty, a man whose online imprint offers few clues about the way his life would end. Read on for details about his background, as well as information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office about ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared information from Parker police about what officers described as an apparent child-abduction attempt. Turns out the operative word in that sentence was "apparent," since cops now say the report was mistaken -- evidence of how rattled nerves remain following this month's disappear ... More >>
In September, Regan Benson, a Mitt Romney supporter, sent us footage of her dramatic scuffle with Jefferson County deputies as she was trying to leave a late-night presidential rally. She claims she was unfairly handcuffed and detained and has lingering physical pains a month later. That's part of t ... More >>
Update: In our original post about Michael Maher, who's accused of impersonating a firefighter tackling the ultra-destructive High Park blaze (see our earlier coverage below), we noted that his alleged impersonation suggested that he'd been trying something new in comparison with his previous crimin ... More >>
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 >>
The U.S. Forest Service is now admitting that the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer, which appears to have led to at least two casualties (one woman is still missing), was started by a prescribed burn that got out of control. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper has suspended such burns until aft ... More >>
Lupo Solazzo apparently has pretty bad aim -- and thank goodness for that. He's now pleaded guilty for an incident that found him firing off 350 shots without hitting any of the approximately 100 police officers in the vicinity.
This morning, a freshman girl at Columbine High School allegedly attacked two fellow students with a hammer. It's a story that would likely have remained local had it happened elsewhere. But because the incident took place at Columbine, outlets from ABC to the Sydney Morning Herald are covering it. ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: Just heard from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer about the arrests last week of Cannabis & Co. owner Dmitry Genzer and associate Joseph Alejo, and the seizure of around 175 pounds of weed. In the process, we discovered some misinformation. Tech ... More >>
Pat Sullivan.In recent days, embattled KHOW radio host Tom Martino has taken much of the credit for breaking the Pat Sullivan sex-for-meth story thanks to interviews with meth-user sources conducted by his producer, Jonathan Elinoff. Turns out, though, that local cops didn't need the Troubles ... More >>
Posters below.Update below: Against the backdrop of the Westminster Police's drug enforcement checkpoint and a ten-year reckless homicide sentence for "self-medicating" Joshua Wittig, the Colorado Department of Transportation is today launching a drugged-driving campaign. And a CDOT spokeswom ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: We're getting more information about yesterday's arrest of Charles Belter, who allegedly prompted a lockdown and a series of reverse-911 calls in the vicinity of the Edge Ice Arena. Why? According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Belter threatened his ex-wife w ... 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 >>
Stony Creek.Update: The evacuation of Stony Creek Elementary yesterday hot on the heels of a bomb threat at nearby Southwest Plaza mall on the twelfth anniversary of the Columbine shootings rattled plenty of nerves among residents and locked-down students at area schools -- yet the Jeffco She ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: Earlier, we noted that William Lornes, 24, was being held for car theft but wondered if accusations related to a Cherry Creek Shopping Center kidnapping were on the way. Instead, such charges have been preceded by a first-degree murder beef linked to the homicide of Gera ... More >>
Big pics below.Meth makes people do some desperate things -- like, according to a grand jury indictment aimed at Tiffany Nicole Weaver and seven others, steal vehicles from seventy different victims. Of the 103 counts, Weaver is named in 83 of them. Page down below to see mug shots of the sus ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
It took the Fourmile Canyon fire and the Reservoir Road fire to convince Boulder County and Larimer County to put fire bans in place; click here to read about the former, here to learn about the latter. Kudos, then, to Jefferson County and Golden, which have prohibited burning prior to blazes ... More >>
From Channel 31 coverage.The July 18 edition of the Coleadero Rodeo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds was lethal: two cattle had to be put down and nine were injured -- including seven that were "de-gloved" (their tails were torn off) in an event known as steer-tailing. The rodeo happened ... More >>
From Channel 31 coverage.The Coleadero Rodeo, a popular Mexican rodeo, is slated to bring its form of rough and tumble entertainment to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds this Sunday -- the first of several dates at the venue over the coming weeks. This despite an array of charges against the ... More >>
Elizabeth "Libby" Santaguida's Facebook profile photo.On Friday, we told you about the arrest of Zachariah Thomas Santaguida, eighteen, in the death of his 24-year-old sister, subsequently identified as Elizabeth "Libby" Santaguida. Libby's Facebook page has turned into a de facto memorial s ... More >>
There's not enough booze in the world to make Joseph Trujillo forget what happened this morning.Stories of alleged neglect don't get much more horrific than the one related by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in relation to Joseph Trujillo, 23. Shortly after midnight, according to the J ... More >>
Blake Benson rocks his Nobama duds.Conservatives like to portray the American Civil Liberties Union as a bunch of dangerous lefties with a decidedly progressive agenda rather than principles that transcend the politics of the moment. But that argument was dinged today, when the ACLU's Colora ... More >>
Most people just go along to get along. But every once in a while a hellacious disagreement -- about principle, turf, money, or who cut the cheese -- makes for an old-fashioned Western display of rootin'-tootin' feudin' and cussedness. The most memorable Colorado showdowns of the past ten ... More >>
Assorted agencies took down a marijuana-grow operation on Sugarloaf Mountain in July.As smoke continues to gather over medical-marijuana operations in Colorado, local law-enforcement agencies continue to find weed-growing operations in remote locations -- and Pike National Forest appears to b ... More >>
A July weed haul in Pike National Forest.A fire in Pike National Forest would bake the entire region. Fed and local law enforcement types located more than 14,000 marijuana plants in Pike National Forest near Deckers last week, and it's hardly the first time such a discovery has been made in ... More >>
An image from 9News' coverage of the Chatfield High School evacuation on Friday.It's always fascinating for members of the media to get a glimpse of reporting from inside a story -- and that's what I've experienced in recent days regarding the evacuation of Chatfield High School on Friday; an ... More >>
The "100 Days of Heat" campaign, in which local police agencies step up their efforts to put drunk drivers behind bars before they can kill anyone, is in full force this weekend in at least a couple of local municipalities. Lakewood is announcing a handful of sobriety checkpoints to be put in plac ... More >>
Clinton S. March. Clinton S. March, seen here, is a moderately attractive man -- certainly far from hideous. But I don't really have a hankering to see him nude, which is how a homeowner living on the 700 block of Isabelle Street in Golden found him yesterday. March then ran down the street wearing ... More >>
It's pretty safe to say that Virginia Tech mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui never saw the basement tapes that Columbine gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold left behind. Oh, he probably read about them. But aside from a brief period of media viewings, the tapes have never been released. Officials were co ... More >>
After a five-year legal battle, this morning the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office finally released diaries and other documents seized from the homes of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The materials-- a melange of the mundane, the thoroughly adolescent, and the sociopathic-- will pr ... More >>
Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?
Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?
The Rock In' Freak Fest was all that -- and more.
Another "lost" Columbine report triggers new questions -- and a long-overdue investigation of police ineptitude.
The settlements. The spin. The remaining secrets.
Jeffco's finest haven't solved Stephanie Hart Grizzell's murder -- but they did arrest her grieving mom for interfering with police.
Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder.
From the week of December 13, 2001
From the week of November 8, 2001
Understating the obvious about Columbine.
Tracking the official story of the secret Columbine affidavit.