There'll be a lot of pressure on Denver police officers working this weekend's annual 4/20 event at Civic Center Park. Organizers have been asked to discourage public smoking even though lighting up at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 is arguably the gathering's most sacred tradition -- and security concerns a ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, Zachary Cooper was arrested in regard to a homicide near the intersection of 28th and Adams near City Park; see our previous coverage below. Now, we've obtained the arrest affidavit in the case, and the narrative is shocking. According to the document, also shared here, C ... More >>
As we noted in a June post, the 16th Street Mall is the Mile High City's number one tourist attraction according to Visit Denver. As such, keeping it safe and inviting for folks from across the country and the globe is one of the city's top goals. But these efforts didn't prevent a stabbing last ni ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we questioned whether an alleged break in the case of an eight year old's shooting yesterday evening was actually a case of premature tweeting; see our previous coverage below. Turns out it was: 9News, which had rushed out photos of a white Volvo in connection with news that ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we told you about a murder on the 1600 block of Bryant Street; see our previous coverage below. Now, the identity of the victim has been released, albeit a bit prematurely. The Denver Police Department sent out a news release without the name of the man, but it was paired with ... More >>
As tension between police and protesters in Anaheim continue to make national news, Occupy Denver activists staged solidarity protest last night -- and faced four reported arrests of their own. Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson confirms two of these, though the group's legal team has since baile ... More >>
Update: Savannah McMillan-Christmas, the woman who walked onto the court during Sunday's Denver-L.A. playoff game, was originally reported to be a known stalker of Nuggets players. But as we wrote in an update on view below, this account has now been discredited -- and Denver Police spokesman Sonny ... More >>
Update: 3:47 p.m.: At this morning's court date, the bond rates for all five of those arrested near Civic Center Park last night increased, as did the crimes they are associated with. At the moment, all five are currently under investigation for second-degree assault and aggravated robbery. Caryn So ... More >>
Last week, one Occupy Denver protester self-identified as having scabies. The skin infection, created by mites inside the skin, is spread through close contact, leaving city officials concerned about health in Civic Center Park and protesters worried about repeated visits from police and Public Work ... More >>
Graphic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man who died after a shooting near 36th and Hudson on Valentine's Day as Serril Allen, nineteen. He was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. By the way, a web search pulls up hits for a Serril Allen a ... More >>
Today, we checked in with Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson regarding the whereabouts of Crisanto Tirso-Jiminez, 35, who's wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Elia Anastacio. According to Jackson, Tirso-Jiminez remains at large -- and he's thought to be hiding south of th ... More >>
To give to Occupy Denver, a movement that depends considerably upon large and frequent donations, you have several options. The easiest is simply to drive by the occupation between 14th and Colfax on Broadway and put on your hazard lights for about two minutes while protesters help you remove ... More >>
Last night, Occupy Denver sleepers were greeted around midnight by police officers who asked them to clear the sidewalks. Although a few people did so, the group as a whole remained in the same space, and it's unclear whether the warning comes with future action. It should be noted, however, ... More >>
Big pic below.From what we understand from past scofflaws and couples who enjoy the use of restraints in the bedroom, being fitted with handcuffs can be painful. But probably not as painful as the special gift Peter VanVolkinburg is accused of giving a female police officer when she tried cu ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: On October 18, Johnny Hockaday, 28, will be formally advised of the accusations against him -- and there are plenty of them. He's been charged with four felonies, including vehicular homicide, in relation to the alleged drunk-driving crash that slammed the vehicle driven ... More >>
Wax Trax should be reopened later todayUpdate (11:02 a.m.): So what initially appeared to be a unfortunate automobile accident that caused damage to the front of Wax Trax just became even more unfortunate: We've learned from Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson that the alcohol-re ... More >>
Graphic below.Update below: This weekend was a bloody one in downtown Denver. Early Saturday morning, a woman was slain near the Denver Rescue Mission. Then, just over 24 hours later, Marquez Jones, 24, was shot in the vicinity of 8th and Lincoln -- and the Denver coroner's office has just c ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: In our earlier coverage about the death of ten-month-old Adam Gonzales, we noted that plenty of mysteries remained. Now, we're getting more information about Frances Garcia, who allegedly responded to the baby's crying in a way that adds up to murder, and Amanda Lujan, ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: A trio of recent incidents involving police impersonators in the metro area prompted composite sketches from Aurora and Jefferson County, but not immediately from the Denver Police Department. Now, however, the DPD has issued its likeness, and while it doesn't look much ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has now identified the woman killed in an incident at 1080 South Eliot: Crystal Crespin, 32. The cause of death: a stab wound to the thorax. Roberto Santistevan has been arrested in the case. Look below to see our earlier coverage.
Graphic below.The parade of death this weekend, which began with ten-month old Adam Gonzales and followed with the gunshot slaying of David Hubbard continued with the early Sunday homicide of Byron Parker, 29. At this point, the Denver Police Department is providing only the barest details a ... More >>
Alonzo Ashley.Yesterday, Denver Police said a man who died Monday at the Denver Zoo, now ID'd as Alonzo Ashley, went into such a cop-biting frenzy that he had to be contact-tased. But his girlfriend and family contend that he was merely suffering the effects of extreme heat when the situation ... More >>
Sillemon.Update: We still don't know the cause of death for the woman found Wednesday at a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street; autopsy results are still pending. But the coroner's office has identified her as Denetta Mills, 49. The man arrested for investigation of first-degree murder ... 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 >>
9NewsUpdate: Still no arrests in the quintuple shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, 900 South Quince, last week. But while the two main suspects remain mysterious, we now know the names of the two people who didn't survive their wounds. According to a report from the Denver coroner's of ... More >>
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. A holiday dedicated to drinking. And drinking. And then, once you're done drinking, drinking some more. After which the real drinking begins. So is the Denver Police Department in Full Alert Panic Mode on this fine, green morn? Not exactly. But they are prepared.
9NewsUpdate: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman who died in a shooting near Ninth and Sheridan on Tuesday night: Susan Wiggs, 58. In addition, the Denver Police Department has belatedly issued a press release on the incident, which notes that there was a struggle between res ... More >>
FlickrOn December 22, a man later identified as 21-year-old Jordan Nelson was killed on the 2900 block of North Pontiac Street while sitting in his car. Less than a month later, on early Saturday morning, Quentin Smith, 21, died in a drive-by shooting a little over four blocks away.
Near the crime scene.As the temperatures have heated up, so has metro-area violence. In recent days, Montae Davis died after a shooting near Fairfax Liquors and Cesar Reyes was arrested for an Aurora triple shooting over the weekend. The latest homicide: A possible ambush shooting on East 36 ... More >>
A 9News image of the crime scene.Let-out at area nightspots can be volatile, which is why Denver cops often hang near venues like Club Vinyl, at 1082 Broadway. Which explains why they were on the scene almost instantly when gunfire broke out nearby early this morning.
A Flickr photoThose low riders may be putting on a lot of miles this year.When Cinco de Mayo falls during the middle of the week, as it does this year (it's next Wednesday), people interested in marking the date have four main options: Celebrate the weekend before, celebrate on May 5, celebra ... More >>
Cops were called to CityPub, a watering hole at 3575 South Yosemite Street that's a sibling of CityGrille, early Monday morning, on a report of a "large fight." A fight that left one man dead, according to Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson. The death is being investigated as a homicide, a ... More >>
City Pub's entrance, as seen in 9News coverage.Early this morning, a man died following a fight at City Pub, 3575 South Yosemite -- but Denver Police aren't sure at this writing how it happened or what charges may (or may not) be filed as a result. Here's DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson's descri ... More >>
Teens using their skateboards to savagely beat an Arvada Dad at the Denver Skatepark may signal the start of a long, hot summer of violence... There is great concern that the tensions already simmering between recreational groups could escalate into a melee of the Wash Park M.O.M.S. using strollers ... More >>
"I don't care if this makes family dinners awkward."Some siblings show their feelings for each other by hugging, kissing and sweet words. Others use knives. An incident involving the latter took place around 10 p.m. last night at the 30th and Downing light rail station. "Two sisters got into ... More >>
Adam Gurule: Allegedly not a kid's best friend.Yesterday afternoon, the Denver Police Department requested the media's help in snaring Adam Gurule. "It was a case where he was complicit in the prostitution of a child," says Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson, who adds that Guru ... More >>
Metro Cannabis -- not the scene of a robbery.A common lament among members of the medical marijuana industry is that police and the media essentially work together to trump up incidents or look for connections to weed that may or may not exist -- as in Sunday's home-invasion robbery in Fort C ... More >>
View Larger Map The hard-boiled tale seems straight out of a gripping detective novel: Last night, just a few hours after Denver City Council discussed new regulations for the city's flourishing dispensary industry, a man was shot dead from what the cops are saying was a medical-marijuana transactio ... More >>
Whether they admit it or not, all artists crave notoriety. With that in mind, file this item under: Be careful what you ask for. As true as the maxim can be about there being no such thing as bad publicity, a local rapper is gaining the type of notice that he'd no doubt just as soon avoid. This m ... More >>
A Flickr photo During difficult economic conditions, crime usually goes up -- but not last year. Yesterday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation released stats showing a 6.1 percent decrease of major crimes from 2007 to 2008, led by a 22 percent decline in car thefts. Denver Police Department spoke ... More >>
Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson probably cringes every time he gets a phone call from Channel 9 reporter Deborah Sherman. Twice in recent days, questions she's posed to him related to an identity-theft story have made him, and the DPD as a whole, seem like Keystone cops. The tale b ... More >>
An image from a 1979 police training video viewable below. "Are you another fucking Mexican?" the Sergeant asks the recruit to the Denver Police Department. "Jesus fucking Christ, is there any white people in this class?" Westword has obtained a police-training video from 1979 that shows a group ... More >>
The first body was found on June 25, the morning of Bike to Work day, stalling -- and stunning -- many bikers pedaling along the Platte, who wound up taking a detour as the body was fished out of the river.. Then on Sunday, July 27, a jogger running in Cuernavaca Park spotted another lifeless body. ... More >>
June 25's Bike to Work Day became a bigger adventure than anticipated for me and, I'm sure, countless other riders who rely on the path through City of Cuernavaca Park to access Confluence Park, all thanks to the unexpected presence of a police crime scene. Not to mention a cadaver.
Amadeus Harlan, a longtime Denver con artist who used a phony story about being a Denver Broncos player to score women, fast cars and, this past fall, a $2.5 million former YMCA building in east Denver to house his sports tournament business, Harlan21, was released from federal prison this week. He ... More >>
Media outlets disagree about naming a suicidal attorney before police released his name. Did the public have a right to know?
Offense Report No: 07-100558 Date: 2-15-07 Type of Offense: Attempted Robbery/Unlawful Sexual Assault/Aggravated Assault Location of Offense: Near City Park Weapon/Tool Used: Penis Getting robbed would really piss most people off, and although they say it's better to be pissed off than pissed on, o ... More >>
Denver's on an artistic collision course this weekend.
Denver bicyclists get taken for a ride.