The Prius was one of the great automobile success stories of the last decade. Toyota's hybrid took off very fast -- too fast, it turned out, when owners found their accelerators sticking. And now, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has announced that Toyota had agreed to a $29 million settlement ... More >>
Last week, we reported about the arrest of Dennis Esquibel in the tragic hit and run that killed Laura McDermott. Shortly thereafter, Esquibel's mother claimed he wasn't actually driving at the time of the collision, while the police insisted otherwise. A copy of Esquibel's probable cause statement ... More >>
Update: An arrest has been made in the horrific hit and run that killed Laura McDermott over the weekend: Dennis Esquibel, 25, has been charged with the crime.
But it's not that simple. He was reportedly joined in the car that caused the fatal crash by two other people -- and his mother, who owns t ... More >>
Here at the Criminal Affairs Desk, we've remarked before that malfeasance in Colorado Springs often takes strange twists. Not that crime waves are any more severe or more violent in El Paso County than they are in the Denver area; they're just...different. Like the rock-wielding bandit who recently ... More >>
Shaun Kaufman turns his 1996 sky-blue Toyota Corolla into a neighborhood in Englewood full of older houses. The one he's looking for has a stone facade and a patchy lawn. Wind chimes dangle from the underside of the low roof. Wasps buzz around the wind chimes. Kaufman, half of the husband-and ... More >>
At the scene.Although it hasn't gotten the publicity of alleged police misconduct involving the likes of Michael DeHerrera and Alex Landau, the March death of Oleg Gidenko is frequently cited by reform-minded protesters, who say Gidenko was unarmed when Aurora cops plugged him in the back of ... More >>
Jason Webley.Jason Webley (due at the Mercury Cafe, Saturday, June 25) started out playing punk rock as a teenager in Seattle, but it wasn't until well into his twenties that he shed that musical skin. It would be difficult to pin Webley with a genre, but it could be said that he mixed perfor ... More >>
If the Interwebs are to be believed, Josh Allen may just be the funniest wordsmith Denver has to offer. His 40,000-follower Twitter feed @fireland has been named among the best by the likes of the New York Times, the Washington Post, Gawker and Boing Boing, thanks to his 140-word gems like "I ... More >>
Large photo below.Yvonne Frye, 62, a much-loved professor at the Community College of Denver, was killed last week in a crash for which twenty-year-old Jose Nevarez-Coronado has been charged with vehicular homicide. Nevarez-Coronado was allegedly drunk -- but not in the country illegally, as ... More >>
Bandit in action.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has apparently been so busy naming the likes of the JV Bandit and the Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit that it has yet to select a moniker for the trio that knocked over a Chambers Road 1stBank on Tuesday. Should they be ... More >>
It's comin' right for us!In response to the befuddling recall of nine million vehicles by motor behemoth Toyota -- don't worry, it's just brake failure, or is it the floor mats? -- Lakewood's Ryan Scharrel is punching the gas on a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer whose brand was ... More >>
Toyota has recalled 2.3 million vehicles and halted production on eight of its models, including the Camry and Corolla. But Toyota's "stop sale" order does not involve the Prius.
And that could be a problem, since numerous owners of that model have complained about mysterious -- and sometime ... More >>