In May, the Lakewood Police Department shared data showing that at least 75 percent of DUI arrests in the city between 2009 and 2013 involved alcohol, not drugs -- and in many years, the disparity was even greater. In the months since then, however, LPD spokesman Steve Davis tells us the number of ... More >>
As we've reported, at least seven Denver police officers have gotten into trouble in 2014, with offenses ranging from departmental violations (like keeping 600 nude photos on a work cell phone) to alleged assaults, prostitute-solicitation and more; see our previous coverage below. Now there's an ei ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we shared information from a Lakewood Police Department spokesman about a Saturday night incident during which an apparently suicidal Gordon Moench shot two LPD officers before being taken down by one of their colleagues; see our previous coverage below. We've now obtained Moench ... More >>
In April, we told you about the 22-year sentence for Lucas Piper after he tried to burn down the home of people he'd met at a String Cheese Incident concert. Now, Rachel Lewin, Piper's girlfriend, has been given a decade-plus jail jolt of her own -- and prosecutors say the whole thing started due t ... More >>
Last week, we noted that seven Denver police officers have gotten in trouble in recent months -- some on criminal charges such as assault, others for internal matters like sex on the job and explicit photos stored on department devices. Now comes word that Denver Sheriff's Department Captain Sonya ... More >>
After the arrest of Denver Police Department Detective Daniel Diaz de Leon on charges including domestic violence and child abuse, 9News reported that he was the sixth member of the DPD to get in trouble over recent months. By our count, however, there have actually been seven -- a small total when ... More >>
In the months since limited marijuana use and possession became legal for adults 21 and over, we've been seeking out statistics related to driving under the influence of marijuana in the hope of determining how the number of offenses compares to alcohol-related DUIs. Earlier this month, for instance ... More >>
Last month, we told you about Denver Police Detective Michael Ryan, who was busted in Lakewood after being caught in a car with a prostitute who was apparently on the verge of performing oral sex on him. But this episode isn't an isolated incident. Officer Stephanie Southard has now been fired for ... More >>
We don't usually think of String Cheese Incident fans as homicidal. But last August, Lucas Piper was accused of being an exception to this rule, for allegedly trying to burn down a house full of people he met at an SCI show at Red Rocks. Now, Piper has been sentenced to more than two decades in sti ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we reported about an incident at a Lakewood Walmart in which police officers shot a domestic-violence suspect who'd aimed a weapon at them, only to discover afterward that he possessed an Airsoft gun as opposed to the real thing; see our previous coverage below. The Lakew ... More >>
Update: Yesterday morning, we wrote about the decision not to immediately cite Denver Police Department Detective Michael Ryan after Lakewood police officers found him in a compromising position with a prostitute; see our previous coverage below. Toward day's end, Ryan did indeed receive a summons f ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, in our first post about a homicide at the Denver West Inn (see our previous coverage below), Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis told us that a suspect was in custody, but no arrest had been made. By late afternoon, however, Cody Sewick, 21, had been booked on suspic ... 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 >>
Update: Last week, we told you about the sweeping search for Matthew Caulk, a sex offender who'd previously been the subject of a nationwide manhunt; see our previous coverage below. Yesterday, he was recaptured in Aurora. But the way he was being monitored when he walked away from a halfway house r ... 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 >>
Donna Lynn Martinez had posed for a police photographer before being shot to death by a Lakewood Police officer, as her mug shot indicates. But her companion, Bernard John Trujillo, sported by far the more impressive record -- one that's likely to get longer this week when charges against him are fo ... 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.
Update: Yesterday, we visited with members of the Soulforce Equality Ride, who were promoting LGBTQ acceptance at Colorado Christian University as part of a nationwide tour; see our original coverage below. Shortly thereafter, the Lakewood Police Department arrested five participants in the event -- ... More >>
In 1998, the nude body of Sabrina Stevens, nineteen, was found dumped along a west-side highway. Immediately thereafter, suspicion began to focus on Adam Dixon, who'd been engaged to Stevens just a couple of months earlier. But it took more than thirteen years for him to confess to ending her life.
Yesterday afternoon, pepper spray was discharged in a Carmody Middle School bus packed with about fifty students -- eight of whom required medical treatment afterward. At this point, according to Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis, the spritzing appears accidental and no criminal charges are anti ... More >>
Bigger pic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has now positively identified the man killed by police following a robbery attempt at a cell-phone store as Mark Sepulveda -- the suspect in the September murder of Juan Carlos in Lakewood. Likewise, the Denver Police Department has confirm ... More >>
More pics below.Beyond the Bedroom is described by co-organizer Dan Powers, aka Daka-Dan, as an October 16 educational event about sex. But police in Lakewood, where Beyond the Bedroom was originally scheduled to take place, weren't so sure, due in part to a possible live demonstration of org ... More >>
Big pics below.Dolci Gryshayeva might have grown up to be a world-class gymnast. After all, both her grandparents excelled at the sport. But the two-year-old never got the chance, allegedly dying at the hands of Keith Ruiz, her mom's boyfriend. Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis calls the ... More >>
Video below.When Aidan's in a good mood, the eight-year-old is personable, friendly, a charmer. But when he's not, he's capable of terrifying any adult, including professionals trained in dealing with unruly children. That's the conclusion of Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis, who praises ... More >>
Big pic below.Remember Ann Crall, the Lakewood cop's wife who allegedly faked cancer in order to shake down folks -- including police officers -- for thousands in charitable donations? Well, take the "allegedly" out of the previous sentence, because she's pleaded guilty to theft and charitabl ... More >>
Update: Lakewood Police were able to identify the woman found in the parking lot of a Lakewood apartment complex at 5 a.m. this bitterly cold morning as Karen Marie Esquibel, 48. But while a Lakewood police spokesman was initially optimistic that she would survive, it was not to be. She died ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: Lakewood Police have belatedly released a mug shot of Eric Montiel, the chief suspect in the January 4 slaying of El Torito bartender Jose Beltran-Galindo. In addition, the LPD has tweaked the license plate number of Montiel's reported vehicle. Look below to see that rel ... More >>
Large pics below.Update: On Friday, the Lakewood Police Department confirmed that Jarrett Berlin, shot and killed by a SWAT team after a standoff at the Bentley Apartments, was unarmed at the time of his death. Now, Tara Salazar, the woman who was allegedly in the car he used to get away from ... More >>
See full-sized photos below.Suddenly, people allegedly pretending to have cancer for personal gain are everywhere. Hot on the heels of the jail sentence leveled against admitted cancer-faking hottie Tausha Marsh, we learn about a grand jury indictment against Ann Crall, who's said to have col ... More >>
James Chavez.Earlier today, we told you about a gun found in a kindergartener's backpack in Lakewood. And it hadn't been brought to school for show and tell. Now, more details: The person who allegedly left the gun in this spot is James Chavez, 27. The gun was loaded -- and the little girl u ... 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 >>
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 >>
"Next time, kids, leave the job to the professionals."Old-timers who bitch that young people today don't have enough ambition obviously never met four juveniles taken into custody early yesterday. According to Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis, this quartet managed to swipe fi ... More >>
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Letters from the week of 4/10/2008
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Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?
Ten questions for the legislature's Columbine committee.
Discretion is the question in Jefferson County.
The Columbine anniversary promises to be the biggest thing since...well, Columbine.
The son also rises...
Bob Enyart finds his New Zealand accomodations rather confining...
Colorado Highways are safer now than they've been in decades. So what are drivers so mad about?