Domingo Lopez-Avaloy. In August of 2004, a twelve-year-old girl was assaulted by four men in the Heatherwood Apartments in Aurora. She told police that hands came from all directions, tearing her clothes off, touching her breasts, putting fingers inside her, raping her. The officers found the girl ... More >>
The bouncer on stage did a decent Axl Rose impression -- complete with bandanna. “All we need is just a little patience,” he sang into the karaoke mic. In the room next door, a DJ mixed Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” with “Sweet Child O’ Mine." It could only be Ni ... More >>
An audit of how on- and off-duty work hours, as well as overtime hours, are tracked for officers at the Denver Police Department was released Thursday, April 17, nearly three years after it began. But it may not prove too useful because the police department has since changed the system that it uses ... More >>
On the opening day of the trial for former tango instructor Chas Gale, the judge dimmed the lights so Gale's defense lawyers could project video footage of an extremely distraught woman banging her hands on a table and screaming. Only a couple of seconds of the video played for the jury before the p ... More >>
Denver’s new justice center won’t house women, or food-- for too long. After the facility’s projected completion in 2010, men who are arrested will be detained at the new facility through the duration of their legal proceedings. Women, on the other hand, will only be housed at the new facilit ... More >>
Hate it or love it, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is making its Denver homecoming. After the UFC was born in Denver in 1993, and returned to the city for its second bout in 1994, UFC matches began to spread to other states. And after 1995, when the UFC’s Ultimate Ultimate was held at Mammoth ... More >>
Five years ago last week (February 17, 2003), a Denver stripper disappeared. Jennifer Marcum was a single mom working at Shotgun Willie’s to support her child. She got involved with a drug dealer who was running tens of thousands of hits of ecstasy into Colorado from Europe. He got busted. She ... More >>
When Tim Masters walked free from prison after serving ten years for a crime he probably didn’t commit, the number of juveniles serving life without the possibility of parole dropped to 45 in the state of Colorado. But the number of Colorado inmates serving life without parole sentences for crime ... More >>
The Glendale prostitution sting case covered in these pages this past November (Glendale Prostitution Sting Has Fringe Benefits, November 27, 2007) will now be going before a grand jury.
Westword reporter went to Haiti for his recent feature story "The Social Conscience of a Missionary." Be sure to check back in for the next few days as he recounts his personal journey through the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Slide Show After the Christmas party for 10,000 kids, the I ... More >>
Letters from the week of 12/13/2007
There’s no ice cream in prison. But Ice Cream and Activism seeks to combine the two tonight at the cafeteria at Regis University, where a panel discussion will begin at 8 p.m. concerning the issue of juveniles serving adult sentences in prison. (Read a whole slew of stories about the subject here ... More >>
Letters from the week of 11/22/2007
The women on Telemundo are so hot. From the spicy soap opera stars to the TV news anchors, the channel is flooded with momacitas. But beware my fellow male Spanish channel gawkers, for there is a man dressed up as a woman who has slipped in with the real Latinas.
And then there was one. Rather than face the possibility a life without parole sentence, Matthew Davies plead guilty to second degree murder for shooting and burning a 20-year-old with whom he was dealing drugs and guns in Colorado Springs. Davies faces 40-48 years at his December 18 sentencing. D ... More >>
Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Day Five Everyone who visits Cuba tells all of their inquiring friends and family the same thing, that the country seems to be trapped in the 1950s, which is the last time most of the buildings had fresh paint. Most of the population, including teenagers, do not ... More >>
“And fuck Bush,” Common proclaimed at the end of a sick freestyle at the Fillmore Auditorium on September 13 -- and the crowd went nuts. His flow touched on everything from gang-banging to economic standing before he walked the crowd through a melodic hip-hop history in which he covered everyone ... More >>
Monday was the first day of a scheduled three-week trial in Jefferson County, a trial in which nineteen-year-old Michael Tate faces charges including first-degree murder. Tate has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He spent much of that first day in court with his face buried in his hands, h ... More >>
From the Himalayas to the Rockies, Tibet’s chief oracle is bringing his positive energy to help overcome negative forces and obstacles facing the Mile High today. He’s the Dalai Lama’s advisor, protector of Tibet, all Tibetan people and Tibet’s government. So the organizers of Denver’s Sum ... More >>
It’s summertime in Colorado and the motorcyclists are out, but it’s not just record setting temperatures that’s bringing the heat down on them this year.
Rod Rushing has switched from using the Internet as a tool to find meth-fueled sex to using it as a tool to fight meth-fueled sex, the biggest epidemic facing the gay community since AIDS. Rushing is coordinating the Mile High Meth Project, a new support network being built up to curb the explosive ... More >>
While Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian spent the last decade in prison, the right-to-die movement has raged on right out of Denver, where the non-profit, Compassion and Choices (an agency that grew out of the Hemlock Society) has continued to advocate for people like Sandy Bush, a cancer patient who c ... More >>
The spotlight’s on the Senate’s debate over immigration reform but most of the men in Washington don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to the crux of the issue. None of them have to fill low paying jobs like the farmers and hotel owners in Colorado do. None of them lose sleep w ... More >>
Colorado’s legislature may have changed the law so that juveniles convicted of first degree murder don’t get the key thrown away when they’re locked up for life without parole, but there’s still 46 of them sitting behind bars who will never get a chance to walk free again. One of them, Eri ... More >>
Today Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 07-197 into law, which will guarantee the anonymity of callers to the Safe2Tell hotline set up in response to the Columbine Commission’s recommendations. People can call 1-877-542-SAFE to report any threats or bullying. Bullying, which is often cit ... More >>
Crack numbed the hooker so much that she didn’t even realize the foot that she was walking on was broken. For weeks she walked down Colfax, too high to feel the pain, turning tricks for as little as $10 to get another rock. By the time she finally sobered up, the broken foot was so badly damaged t ... More >>
The Suns of Darkness have been hiding Easter Eggs for decades. A little snow didn't stop the Easter bunny from laying dozens of eggs all over City Park Sunday for the annual egg hunt hosted by the Suns of Darkness, Denver's oldest black motorcyle club. "Do they all have to wear black?" one young ... More >>
Stephen Marley If Jim Morrison has some kids walking around out there, I can't imagine that they'd get together for a concert and cover some of their father's tunes. Nor could I imagine a couple of Junior Jimmy Hendrixes, Janis Joplins, Elvis Presleys or Tupac Shakurs paying tribute to their pare ... More >>
Saturday night, March 24, was supposed to be about peace, dance and music. And the night started off smoothly, as patrons in a packed Fillmore Auditorium danced the night away at a rockin' winter carnival hosted by the String Cheese Incident, which is said to be breaking up this summer. The show's a ... More >>
Evil comes in many forms, and often isn't identified until it's infiltrated a community. But if a community is prepared for evil's unpredictable appearances, good can often triumph -- or at least stop evil dead in its tracks, making recovery easier. Bryan Krause knows all about evil. He's the princ ... More >>
The sold-out Fillmore was already bumping for the opening DJ before Chi-town sensation Lupe Fiasco (above) took the stage as the warm-up for the Roots on Saturday night. Although brief, Fiasco's set sent the temperature of the room soaring as he bounced around the stage -- militantly for his politic ... More >>
The lights are off most of the time inside Certified Customs, at 4815 E. Colfax. The shop's owner, grills guru Nando Mondragon, the subject of a recent Westword profile, is locked up in Las Vegas, waiting to hear if he'll be imprisoned on a parole violation or allowed to return to his hip-hop fashio ... More >>
Nice to see the Denver Broncos kicking down some cash in the memory of Darrent Williams, in hopes of steering kids away from the gangster path that his killers apparently chose. This week, the team committed $50,000 to Reverend Leon Kelly's Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, with a matching $50,00 ... More >>
In his State of the Union address, President Bush said that he wants to resolve the nation's immigration woes without animosity and without amnesty. But for the millions of undocumented people in this country hoping for amnesty, there's bound to be plenty of animosity if they don't get their wish. ... More >>
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