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 >>
Lee Riddle taught German at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. But he's been sentenced to jail for other lessons -- ones involving contact with the genitals of his male students, allegedly via "cup checks" that allowed him to discern the size of their penis. Continue for the bizarre details ... More >>
Was a man shot to death because Heather Neville was upset over a septic-tank hookup? That's the motive floated in reports that followed the arrest of the 59-year-old Neville on suspicion of first-degree murder. The bizarre details below. See also: Ryan Ronquillo Shooting Deemed Justified, But Famil ... More >>
The suspects linked to a huge Colorado Springs burglary ring apparently felt that accidentally being hit by a car was as big a threat as getting caught snatching and grabbing, since at least one crew member is said to have worn a reflective safety vest near crime scenes. Unfortunately for him, thoug ... More >>
Vehicular homicide allegations don't get much more bizarre than the one aimed at 21-year-old Jess Plouvier. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office believes Plouvier is responsible for the death of Ian Saj, 33. However, a separate accident involving Saj and two friends preceded the fatal one -- and it ... More >>
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 >>
One year ago today, nineteen-year-old Kara Nichols vanished after leaving her Colorado Springs home for a modeling shoot in Denver. Since then, her parents, Julia and Paul Nichols, have worked tirelessly to find their beloved daughter, but to no avail thus far. Kara marked her twentieth birthday in ... More >>
Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives. In t ... More >>
On the Schmuck of the Week beat, figuring out who's the schmuck turns out to be more of a challenge than it might seem at first blush. The arrest of Fountain police officer Daniel Barkus on a stalking charge is a case in point. Based on the information that's surfaced thus far, it's difficult to te ... More >>
The Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons website draws attention to unsolved murders, and we tried to do likewise in three posts last year -- in May, September and November. The ten crimes featured in this installment include two of the most famous unsolved crimes in Boulder history: the ... More >>
Earlier this month, speculation was rife that the killings of Texas prosecutor Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, as well as an earlier slaying, might be linked to the March assassination of Tom Clements, who headed Colorado's Department of Corrections. The theory involved white supremacist prison ... More >>
Update: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office recently issued an alert for two alleged white supremacists thought to have been in touch with Evan Ebel shortly before he allegedly killed Colorado prison boss Tom Clements in March. The first of the pair, James Lohr, 47, was arrested in Colorado Springs ... More >>
The more we learn about Evan Ebel, the man thought to have murdered pizza-delivery man Nathan Leon and Colorado prison boss Tom Clements, the more disturbing is the portrait he left behind after taking a bullet in the head at the end of a Texas police chase. Now, a letter has surfaced (see it below ... More >>
The investigation into Evan Ebel, the man thought to have gunned down pizza-delivery man Nathan Leon and Colorado Department of Corrections executive director Tom Clements, has taken another bizarre twist in a continuing series of them. On Saturday, Texas prosecutor Mike McLelland and his wife Cynth ... More >>
During recent months, numerous sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and Weld County's John Cooke, have ripped proposed gun-control measures before the Colorado legislature. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has been critical of such efforts, too. But his office is upset at local medi ... More >>
Members of the Air Force spend their days defending the rest of us from evil-doers, and we're grateful. But they apparently have enough free time to engage in Facebook-related pranks. Today's bizarre examples: Members of a sorta-unknown squadron have stolen a sister outfit's super-irritating air ho ... More >>
Today, Mayor Michael Hancock will interview the last three candidates for Denver's open Independent Monitor position -- again. In the second round of a search that has lasted six months, finalists Kenneth Moore, Nicholas Mitchell and Gary Maas all share connections to Colorado. Last night, they answ ... More >>
Will the second time be a charm? A screening committee has submitted a trio of finalists for Denver's independent monitor job to Michael Hancock -- two months after the mayor's choice to fill the vacancy left by Richard Rosenthal turned him down, and the mayor declined to extend the offer to either ... More >>
Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>
Big pics below.The accusation that teacher Terah Rawlings had an ongoing sexual relationship with a fifteen-year-old student is bad enough. But other circumstances push the alleged crime into even creepier territory. For one thing, Rawlings was employed at a religious school. For another, adm ... More >>
Big pic below.Lucky Stefanie Dickinson: The former Ellicott school board member has gotten to pose for two mug shots in the span of a month. The first time, Dickinson was busted for allegedly sexting a teen. And the latest? She's being accused of sexually assaulting a teen three years ago.
Big pics below.Edward and Linda Bryant have been accused of theft, forgery and several other related offenses. But are they also guilty of murdering two adoptive children, then continuing to collect aid checks in their names? That's what El Paso County authorities are trying to figure out -- ... More >>
Chuck Zukowski.Chuck Zukowski likes to think that his work as an El Paso County reserve deputy sheriff sharpened his skills as an off-duty investigator of cattle mutilations, UFO and Bigfoot sightings and ghostly apparitions -- and vice versa. But law enforcement bosses aren't keen on those w ... More >>
A program that delegates federal immigration enforcement powers to local officers is not netting as many serious criminals in Colorado as in other states, says a study released today by the Migration Policy Institute.
Large pics below.The still-bad economy has inspired a number of small-time metal thieves -- like Richard Goodface and Duane Brown, who allegedly swiped Denver storm grates in October. But according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, they're pikers in comparison with several suspects a ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.Eighteen-year-old Logan McClelland has been charged with murder related to a shooting at a Big O Tire store in Monument -- the second high-profile slaying in the community of late, following revelations about Monique Lynch, who allegedly brutalized Genesis Sims, nine, a ... More >>
From Channel 31 coverage.Update below: Monument isn't known as the crime capital of Colorado -- but suddenly, the community's been the setting of two high-profile murders. First, there was the case of Monique Lynch, who allegedly brutalized nine-year old Genesis Sims and then buried her alive ... More >>
This cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a lengthy but surprisingly slipshod examination of the Robert Charles Browne case, the former tree farmer who claims to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history, with 48 victims scattered across the country. The piece, by Chip ... More >>
The Karr fiasco is over, but Michael Tracey's quest for unlikely suspects in the Ramsey case goes on and on.
The settlements. The spin. The remaining secrets.
A long-hidden document helps clear a Denver cop -- and raises new questions about the official version of the Columbine attack.
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She was fifteen going on twenty-five, but three bullets made sure Jenny never saw sweet sixteen