Colorado's tough sex offender laws are supposed to keep predators under tight supervision. But a series of lawsuits claim that the system is violating even minor offenders' rights to free speech and association, prohibiting contact with family members -- and, in one particularly bizarre case, telli ... More >>
One of 2011's biggest stories was the arrest of ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan amid tales of meth for masturbation and gay porn, among other things. In the end, Sullivan received a 38-day wrist slap after pleading guilty to lesser charges. But he's now reportedly violated his probation via ... More >>
Really, the stubble on that chunky female cheerleader should have been the first clue. But instead, notorious Colorado con man Charles Daugherty, who went by "Cheyen Weatherly" when he posed as a Colorado Springs high-school cutie, would go through many more identities and many more mysterious chapt ... More >>
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma is currently in Thailand, her first international trip in 24 years. Suu Kyi spent much of the past two decades under a house arrest enforced by the ruling military junta, which has since been replaced. Now freed, Suu Kyi has been elected to Parliament. The ... More >>
Guy Cruz is no longer a probation officer for the 4th Judicial District, and neither he is a high school tennis coach, the next gig he took up. But the Pueblo resident is in big trouble for allegedly threatening a parolee with jail or a loss of access to her son if she didn't get horizontal with him ... More >>
Louis Hampers, the former pediatric ER doc who pleaded guilty to prescription drug fraud, was sentenced today to five years of supervised probation. Hampers, who was the subject of our cover story "Doctor Strange Love," must serve the first six months of that probation in home detention. He must als ... More >>
Yes, as Douglas Bruce told the old the Denver Post this week after he was sentenced for felony tax evasion, "There have been other political prisoners." But, Doug, you are not one of them.
Big pic below.The case of Lisa Norton, who's accused of trying to swim away from a fatal accident she allegedly caused, keeps getting more bizarre. Authorities now confirm that she was sentenced to probation for DUI last Thursday, just two days before the crash that killed Gabriel Nielsen -- ... More >>
Man, house arrest is rough.House arrest isn't just for political prisoners, Pol Pot and Ponzi scheme artists anymore. In the last few years, many celebrities have had the pleasure of serving hard time in the comfort of their own cushy homes -- including Lindsay Lohan, who was placed under hou ... More >>
A past Player.Amid the controversy over a report tying just-elected Denver mayor Michael Hancock to Denver Players, the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham, much of the attention has focused on previous Players owner and alleged burglary victim Scottie Ewing. But there ... More >>
Carrie McCandlessYesterday was a big day for some of Colorado's most embarrassing characters. Two of Westword's former Shmuck of the Week award winners, Carrie McCandless and Brett Reese, were back in the news, along with Ann Crall, a member of our 2010 Hall of Shame. Stay tuned to the Late ... More >>
Big pic below.Can a suicide attempt be a parole violation? Yes, if the person hoping to kill himself has been ordered to stay away from drugs and he tries to overdose. That's the accusation against Eric Kinder, 43, whose alleged death wish follows a conviction over a police standoff prompted ... More >>
Big pic below.Did Tracy Lee Ottaway receive the justice he deserved? You be the judge. Ottaway pleaded guilty to two counts of menacing with a deadly weapon after yelling "fucking Arab" at a valet and trying to run him down with his Cadillac Escalade. But Ottaway has been sentenced to probati ... More >>
Bartkowicz.This morning, Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by eight years on supervised probation, for federal marijuana cultivation charges. Bartkowicz will also undergo mandatory drug and mental health programs
This week's cover story, "The Damage Done," details the Denver-based Justice Initiative for Drug Endangered Families, a unique approach to drug treatment that employs cops in their off hours to mentor addicts they usually lock away. The feature focuses on sisters Audrey and Katie and their re ... More >>
Stan Garnett's playing hardball.In an April post announcing his intention to challenge Colorado Attorney General John Suthers at the polls this November, Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett focused on issues like watching out for consumers, championing the environment and crafting a workab ... 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 >>
Erick Schmuckal is currently in the Broomfield County Jail.On Wednesday, Erick Schmuckal was taken directly from a court hearing to jail. He's been ordered to serve 120 days for violating his probation. What did he do to earn this sentence? According to his attorney, Sean McAllister, he acte ... More >>
"I've got to do what?"Yesterday, we told you that Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene had been given permission to serve the remainder of his ninety-day sentence for attempting to influence a public servant (by insisting that his young son Falcon was in an "experimental craft" floating over Norther ... More >>
Deangelo Calaway: Didn't anyone tell you not to play with matches?Back in May 2008, a group of nine people, including Deangelo Calaway and Mitchell Walker, were upset by an incident that took place at Bash nightclub, not to mention the murder the day before of Michael Asberry, a 2007 Westword ... More >>
Ty TomlinsonLocal "Beauty Guru" hairstylist Ty Tomlinson was able to post bond last week after being arrested on several charges in connection with the alleged assault of his former girlfriend while she was employed at his popular Denver salon, Blanc. Court records show the bond amount includ ... More >>
Brooklyn's Don Diva
Michael Lanahan's life was a puzzle, his death a mystery wrapped in a song.
For a convicted rapist, the truth may not set you free.
From the darkness, a ray of light that was Sonja DeVries.
A casual fling can earn a lifetime label as a sex offender.
Back in the Brig
Denver's Juvenile Court just turned one hundred. The next years could be rough.
Oops, He Did It Again
Skip and Amy once worked the mall together. Now she's out on her own.
A Denver therapist wants to lock up sexual predators -- forever. But patients say the treatment is just making them bitter.
Chanda Johnson went to court for protection from her ex-husband. She didn't get it.
The race is on for Boulder County District Attorney.
Communities rely on old techniques for a new style of justice.
With the right defendant pulling the strings, Colorado's domestic-violence system can be tied into knots. A victim's story.
The legislature says it's payback time for prisoners. So far, the prisoners haven't cooperated.
A morphine-addicted pharmacist hid his Colorado drug conviction and resumed work in California--for a while.
CRIME MAY NOT PAY, BUT ELECTRONIC HOME DETENTION SURE DOES.
CRITICS KNOCK THE PERFORMANCE OF THE RTD'S BEN KLEIN IN HIS OTHER JOB AS EDGEWATER JUDGE.
ELEVEN TREATMENT PROGRAMS LATER, TEENAGER SPENCER DAY WAS STILL MOLESTING CHILDREN. NOW HE'S IN PRISON UNTIL 2058.THIS BOY'S LIFE LAST YEAR 17-YEAR-OLD SPENCER DAY MOLESTED THREE MORE BOYS. OLD HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK.
Quit horsing around!