Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of 41-year-old Timothy Baca for allegedly killing his mother and then wounding two police officers as they tried to take him into custody; see our previous coverage below. Now, more details are emerging about the crime itself, with Baca quoted in a po ... More >>
From the beginning, Timothy Baca, 41, was the prime suspect in the apparent murder of his mother, 65-year-old Bernice Medina. And police only had to use the most basic detective skills in order to track him down. Yet taking him into custody wasn't easy, since he had a knife in his possession, and ... More >>
Last week, we told you about the arrest of Kenneth Ruggieri on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a man with whom he'd been involved in a minor traffic accident -- and the Lakewood cops' belief that the victim, Paul Jones, had brought much of the trouble upon himself. Jones w ... More >>
Update: Last week, we told you about the search warrant out for Lucas Piper, 22, who allegedly attempted to burn down a Lakewood home filled with people he'd met at the previous evening's String Cheese Incident concert at Red Rocks; see our previous coverage below. Authorities thought Piper might ha ... More >>
We've grown accustomed to hearing about cold cases that heat up due to DNA hits, such as the arrest and April sentencing of Dominique Huntington for a 2008 double rape. But such evidence isn't always the key. Take the case of Francisco Rojas Carbajal, who reportedly confessed to strangling Julia Ab ... More >>
Since we were children, we've been trained to think of firefighters as heroic figures who earn our trust by putting the welfare of others before their own. But if the information contained in an arrest affidavit on view below is accurate, Denver firefighter Ronald Asciutto broke that trust in a big ... More >>
Last week, we told you about the decision of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office to name Miguel Angel Ita, fifteen, as the prosecutorial target in a fatal Lakewood stabbing and begin the procedure to try him as an adult. That process has changed, and not for the better in the view of Je ... More >>
In the vast majority of cases -- even serious cases -- when juveniles are charged with crimes, prosecutors routinely decline to release their names. So it's highly unusual that the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office is sharing the name of fifteen year old Miguel Angel Ita, who's been charg ... More >>
Unfortunately, we hear all too commonly about middle school or high school coaches accused of sex crimes in these parts. But we can't remember another allegation of a similar offense against a local referee before the arrest this week of Stephen Amador, 52, on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, t ... More >>
Law enforcers deal with criminals all the time, and even though plenty of them deserve to be called names, the cops tend to resist the urge to do so. It's a tribute to Todd Griffin's schmuckiness, then, that Oakland, Michigan, County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has publicly dubbed the man busted in Co ... More >>
Update: The Lakewood Police Department has identified the principals involved in a fatal shooting late Tuesday night. The dead man is Gerhard Alan Ohmstede, forty, while the person who killed him is Ira Miguel Logan, 28. However, Logan is no longer in custody, and he may not be charged with a crime ... More >>
Last week, while examining the claim that passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, would eliminate 12,000 Colorado pot arrests per year, we spoke with attorney Warren Edson, who said some communities set a maximum $1,000 fine and a year in jail for petty possession. A police ... More >>
The story of eight-year-old Sean King, who made news for delivering a Martin Luther King speech while wearing blackface, is hardly the first time a local kid found himself in the spotlight for strange reasons. We've collected five memorable moments from recent years. Count them down below.
A short time ago, Wes Specht, a former Alameda High School basketball coach and professional player with the Colorado Kings, where he earned the nickname "Wild Man," has just been found guilty of several counts related to sex with a student and possession of suggestive images. Which means the jury d ... More >>
Late yesterday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that his office had secured an indictment for fourteen individuals suspected of running a human-trafficking ring that trafficked children for sex at locations ranging from Denver to Grand Junction. Although the seventy-page indictment ... More >>
Big pics below.It started as a routine domestic-violence report. But there was nothing routine about what followed -- a standoff between David Orton and thirteen police officers that went on for a lead-filled four hours. Orton's reward: a 180-year prison sentence. Here are the details that e ... More >>
"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 >>
Big pic below.Update below: At least six teachers and coaches were busted on sexually related charges in these parts last year, and 2011's already brought the story of Courtney Bowles, found naked on top of a student in a car. But the arrest of Alameda High basketball coach Wes Specht on simi ... 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 photo below.The Colorado Attorney General's Office accuses nineteen-year-old Dallas Cardenas of being a pimp -- but that's not all. As shown in a wide-ranging indictment on view below, Cardenas also faces charges of trafficking in adults and children, since one of the two women he's sa ... More >>
Al Stults Jr. swears that when he told a Safeway deli clerk that he likes large breasts, he was talking about chicken breasts -- not anything attached to her. Which explains why he's so upset about receiving a trespassing notice from the Lakewood Police Department banning him from the superma ... More >>
A Flickr photoYesterday, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced the latest busts in its Operation Cripsland campaign -- eight arrests on weapon and drug charges to supplement a roundup of nine others last year. As a bonus, the feds include the nicknames of the men snagged, including Rock, Lil Wa ... More >>
Is this Eric Dodd?The feds aren't messing around when it comes to Eric Dodd, the accused Portfolio Bandit, who was arrested last week. An FBI alert issued on May 10 suggested that the criminal in question was suspected of knocking over a dozen banks -- and now, Dodd has been formally charged ... More >>
Van Thien Pham shoulda checked if 7-Eleven had any openings.The sale of beer to an underage buyer doesn't usually make headlines. But in the case of Van Thien Pham, they're understandable. Back in 2007, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Pham sold liquor to an unde ... More >>
Gabriel Paul Cabral, alleged hideous person.When we posted a mug-shot roster of Denver sex offenders who'd failed to register earlier today, we had no idea we'd be establishing a theme. But this blog was followed by items about two sex offenders in Boulder -- one who molested a woman while sh ... More >>
Hoodies are probably in short supply where Timothy McGlothin is cooling his heels.That didn't take long. Yesterday, we told you about the search for Timothy McGlothin, who authorities (and members of a grand jury) believe was part of bank-robbery group dubbed the Hoppin Hooded Bandits, for t ... More >>
Timothy McGlockin is wanted. Very wanted.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, profiled in this Westword feature, has had plenty of bank robberies to investigate of late. But at least three of the most memorable jobs, committed on December 2, December 9 and December 15, may have been th ... More >>
Marcus Leyba looks like a man with regrets -- lots of them.If anything, that line about a picture being worth a thousand words understates the impact of the just-released photo here, which shows Lakewood's Marcus Leyba while being booked on Thanksgiving for child abuse resulting in death -- t ... More >>
Thomas William Boyle should have taken a cab.Late Monday evening, Raymond Rivera, 48, tried to cross Harlan Street at Alameda Avenue. Unfortunately, he didn't make it -- and the vehicle that struck him didn't stop. According to the Lakewood Police Department, Rivera was struck by a van drive ... More >>
Shaggy in action.Michael A. Kincade, dubbed the Shaggy Bandit, must not take that whole you-have-the-right-to-remain-silent thing very seriously. Shortly after he and an accomplice, the nickname-challenged Christopher Lee Richardson, were captured last week, Kincade gave a jailhouse interview ... More >>
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