Update: Earlier this morning, we shared an interview with Conley Hoskins, an indicted medical marijuana entrepreneur who decried the shuttering of two dispensaries by a state agency; see our previous coverage below. In the conversation, Hoskins mentions that about fifty employees went unpaid due to ... More >>
Since last summer, we've been following the story of Jeffrey Johnston, a veteran Littleton police officer with a lucrative side business. Turns out he was also an ecstasy dealer. Now, Johnston has been given a four-year sentence for his extracurricular activities, which derailed a promising law-enf ... More >>
In July, we published an item headlined "Jeffrey Johnston, veteran Littleton cop -- and ecstasy dealer on the side?" The answer to that question is "yes." And the person confirming it is Johnston himself. The now-former officer has pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to his bust earlier this ... More >>
Kenneth Royal Wheeler was apparently under the illusion that he could post anything on Facebook, no matter how objectionable, as long as he was out of the country. Not exactly. A jury in U.S. District Court has found Wheeler guilty in regard to Facebook threats targeting police officers related to ... More >>
When Lauralee Grauman last appeared in our Schmuck of the Week archive, back in October 2012, shortly after she was busted in Canon City following a cross-country crime spree, she was a supporting player rather than a star. But this time around, we're promoting Grauman, who was recently sentenced f ... More >>
The Obama administration will not sue to stop Colorado's Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, and establishes a foundation for retail sales of recreational pot. This long-awaited news was confirmed by the office of Colorado-based U.S. Attorney ... More >>
Jeffrey Johnston served the Littleton Police Department for 22 years, a span of time that suggests he was viewed as a steady, reliable law enforcer. The length of Johnston's tenure only makes his recent arrest that much more shocking. Federal authorities took him into custody on suspicion of numero ... More >>
Grabbing a woman's butt in a bar could earn the asshole in question a well-deserved slap or a drink tossed in his face. But doing the same thing on an airplane might result in two years behind bars. That's the lesson being learned right now by Thornton's Evan Castle, who's been charged by the U.S. ... More >>
In some ways, it's appropriate that Richard Howard Craft, a disgraced former Greeley pastor, was sentenced to federal prison on April Fools' Day. Then again, "fool" is too mild a term for Craft given what he's admitted to doing. And frankly, "schmuck" doesn't really cut it, either, although it'll d ... More >>
Since the passage of Amendment 64, which legalizes adult possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, have you been getting questions about how it will work? So have we. To help clear the foggy air, we've asked medical marijuana dispensary critic William Breathes to follow in the footsteps of the OC ... More >>
You've just escaped from jail. Where you gonna go? Probably not a community described as "a town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and thirteen prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new 'Alcatraz' of America. A prison town where even those living on the outside live on the inside." But tha ... More >>
The office of U.S. Attorney John Walsh has announced that it's sent closure-threat letters to ten dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools. This action represents the third wave of such missives: The first, in January, targeted 23 medical marijuana centers, while the second, in March, numbered 25. ... More >>
As we all know, possessing child pornography is a serious crime. But actually making videos that fall into this vile category takes the offense to an even higher level. A variety of federal and local agencies are currently teaching this lesson to one Jesse Evans.
At 2 p.m., hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at CU-Boulder, members of Colorado's medical marijuana industry will stage a press conference at which they'll ask the commander in chief to order call off federal law-enforcers such as U.S. Attorney John Walsh, whose seizure-threa ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh has said that his crackdown on dispensaries near schools is intended to protect children and young people from drugs and drug abuse. But a good number of Boulder dispensaries targeted in the second round are near a university full of adults, leading some to speculate on a co ... More >>
Update: On Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that it had sent another 25 seizure-threat letters to medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools; see details in our original coverage below. However, some language in the letters differed from the first mailing in January. Now ... More >>
Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett recently took issue with U.S. Attorney John Walsh's closure-threat letters to medical marijuana centers within 1,000 feet of schools. After Garnett sent a letter of his own on the topic, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman told us Walsh would respond directly to ... More >>
Highlands Ranch resident Kizzy Kalu has been ordered detained without bond -- an indication that he's considered a flight risk. And that makes perfect sense given the allegations against him. He and a fellow defendant have been indicted on 132 counts, most involving claims that they lured foreign na ... More >>
In January, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent seizure-threat letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools -- and his office promises that a second wave of missives will follow shortly. No new targets have been named yet, but clues about possible future actions can be found ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, the Justice Department's request for a preliminary injunction against abortion protester Kenneth Scott, federally charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, aka the FACE Act, was rejected. Scott's legal team considers the ruling a major victory that's po ... More >>
Attorney Rob Corry unwittingly provided U.S. Attorney John Walsh with a make-my-day moment. Corry recently told 9News that seizure letters sent to 23 dispensaries near schools were a "colossal bluff." During a round of media interviews, Walsh begged to differ. "We are not bluffing," he says. "We sen ... More >>
Although no letters have been sent by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the rumor that the feds are going to be shutting down dispensaries in violation of the Drug Free School Zone laws has been enough to create a paranoid buzz in the medical marijuana community. But while it's anybody's guess as to if o ... More >>
Last week, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota released information alleging that Boyd Ethan Wilkinson of Brighton, Robert Lee Bowker of Lyons, Mathew Martin Hecker of Evergreen and Anthony W. Raymond of Longmont had worked out a deal with two Minnesota men to ship pounds of marijuana from Color ... More >>
Jo Scott.Jo Scott is the truest of believers when it comes the fight against abortion rights -- so much so that she's repeatedly violated both state and federal laws designed to protect clinic visitors. But the level of harassment will presumably be modified now that a settlement with the Jus ... More >>
In late 2009, United pilot Erwin Washington was arrested for flying drunk -- and if this seemed like an isolated incident then, it doesn't now. That's because United Express' Aaron Cope has just been indicted for doing likewise a month after Washington.
Pierre Werner.Update: Earlier this week, we told you about an investigation in Las Vegas targeting Pierre Werner, who ran a Boulder dispensary under his nickname, Dr. Reefer, before Colorado law established that a former felon like himself couldn't own an MMJ center. Now, the U.S. Attorney's ... More >>
Large photos below.This week, Brenda Stewart was indicted on charges related to tax evasion, racketeering, money laundering and more in relation to Denver Players/Sugar, a notorious escort business. A former escort known to her staff as "Katrina Carter" or simply "Carter," Stewart potentiall ... More >>
Brooks Kellogg.Brooks Kellogg, the 73-year old businessman arrested at Denver International Airport last month for allegedly trying to hire a hit man, pleaded not guilty in Denver federal court earlier today -- and reports that undercover agents don't have a recording of his statements at DIA ... More >>
Michael Bennet & Ken Buck shakin'.It may be the closest political contest of any consequence anywhere in the country. It's certainly one of the most expensive. As the U.S. Senate battle between Ken Buck and incumbent Michael Bennet enters its final hours, expect to be slimed by nasty ads ab ... More >>
NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the GoI was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>
These days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, emphasizes that it's targeting criminal aliens, not otherwise law-abiding citizens who lack documentation authorizing their U.S. residency. And that's the theme of ICE's latest Colorado busts. Of the 78 people rounded up fr ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
Bart Stupak.Update, 4:40 p.m.: David Hesch appeared in court this afternoon. Get the details of what happened below. A fifty-year-old Loveland man has been arrested for mailing a nutso letter written by his (apparently) nutso father to Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak. It threatens to paint ... More >>
A very expensive sticker.Longmont's Jason Kay thought relabeling Gatorade bottles with a photo of Tiger Woods and his wife Elin and the word "Unfaithful" was such a great idea that he even suggested that Pepsi, Gatorade's parent company, finance his art project. Even though the gag made worl ... More >>
A Flickr photoForty-eight hours is about all you've got left...April 15 -- the deadline for filing income-tax returns -- is just two days away. And in case your stress over that fact isn't already overwhelming, the U.S. Attorney's Office has a message: "It is important to file complete and ac ... More >>
The drama continues around Operation Fortune Cookie, the largest weed bust in state history, which imploded amid accusations of snitching cops, paid-off politicians and bureaucratic retribution. Last week, the drug investigation's main suspect, politically connected restaurateur Dan Tang, re ... More >>
Jay DeVaughn, in an image broadcast on 9News.Jay DeVaughn, a librarian for the Community College of Aurora, has been accused of mailing a threatening letter -- a fairly straight-forward charge. But the criminal complaint filed against him in U.S. District Court hints at future counts based on ... More >>
Chris Bartkowicz as seen in a 9News package he likely regrets.Chris Bartkowicz, whose Highlands Ranch marijuana grow was raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration last Friday after he was interviewed by 9News, has instantly become a major figure in the debate over medical marijuana in Col ... More >>
Steven Clay Romero won't be getting his own show on Animal Planet.Some individuals accused of crimes wind up generating a significant amount of sympathy -- but that's unlikely to happen for Steven Clay Romero -- because of what he's accused of doing to a dog named Buddy. Late yesterday, a gr ... More >>
Dan TangOn Monday, prominent Thornton restaurant owner Dan Tang pleaded not guilty to one count of money laundering, a charge that arose from his alleged involvement in a massive indoor pot-growing ring. That ring was broken up last year during Operation Fortune Cookie, a police investigation and ra ... More >>
From the week of June 15, 2006
Inside the feds’ war on the country’s deadliest prison gang: 16 murders, 21 death-penalty cases, and snitches galore.
Federal prisons are filling up with people whose only crime is the possession of a gun.
The Denver Mint is off limits to local authorities even when an employee's safety is threatened.
The Cowboys set up federal prisoners for beatings -- and blamed it all on the inmates.
The logjam in Denver's federal district court is one of the worst in the country. Blame Congress, Timothy McVeigh, greedy lawyers -- and judges who don't have time to judge.