Visitors to shopping centers across the country have no doubt noticed the distinctive look of Hollister stores. They're designed to recall a Cali surf shack, with hundreds of them nationwide, including the one at Park Meadows Mall, featuring a faux-porch with a couple steps most shoppers must scale ... More >>
In a state like Colorado, where cannabis use and possession (of limited amounts) is now legal, you would think that synthetic marijuana wouldn't have much of a following. But you would be wrong. Five Fort Collins men -- Dien Le, Ponlue Pim, Pirun Pim, Ricky Pim and Kenneth Barnes -- were formally ... More >>
Reverend Brandon Baker, leader of Colorado's Greenfaith Ministries -- a cannabis-centric congregation out of Nunn, just east of Fort Collins -- thinks that not only is the new pot-driving law unnecessary, but that it also unfairly targets medical and religious users of cannabis. In fact, he sees i ... More >>
On November 6, Coloradans overwhelmingly approved Amendment 64, prompting Governor John Hickenlooper to note that the feds still consider pot illegal, so the state's residents shouldn't "break out the Cheetos or Goldfish" yet. But that same day, an Aspen resident took aim at Goldfish, filing a suit ... More >>
Late on November 6, after Coloradans had voted overwhelmingly to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Governor John Hickenlooper warned that given federal law, the state's residents shouldn't "break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly." But that very day, as it turns out, another Coloradan ha ... 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 March, United Express pilot Aaron Jason Cope was indicted for flying drunk. He's now been convicted of the charge, and court records on view below show how close he came to guiding a second plane while sozzled.
Floyd Little.When Broncos legend Floyd Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, his relationship with his past team seemed blissful. But now, a lawsuit on view below reveals that Little and a slew of other past Broncos, including notables like Louie Wright and Randy G ... More >>
John Suthers.Last March, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined "nearly a dozen" state AGs in challenging the constitutionality of just-passed health-care legislation. Now, he is celebrating a U.S. District Court ruling in Florida that concludes Congress "exceeded the bounds of its aut ... More >>
Prisoners in El Paso County got an early Christmas present yesterday, when county officials agreed to stop limiting outgoing inmate mail to just postcards. The ACLU had filed suit against that policy, which the El Paso County Jail adopted this summer, arguing that such restrictions for prison ... More >>
December 2010 is not likely to be a month Brad Roulier is going to forget anytime soon. As you might recall, the month started off with Roulier and his nightclub being among those named in lawsuit filed by night club rival Regas Christou in U.S. District Court, and it's ending with word tha ... More >>
Kicking ass and seizing websitesWhen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) isn't prowling our borders for drug traffickers, it's prowling our digital borders and shutting down torrent domains that facilitate the piracy of copyrighted material. But seizing a domain name is a lot like ... More >>
Back in 2005, Leslie Weise and Alex Young were prevented from attending a George W. Bush speech because their car sported a bumper sticker reading "No More Blood for Oil." The two, assisted by the ACLU, have been fighting this expulsion ever since -- but today, they reached the end of the lin ... 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 >>
If you can't stand the heat, get out of la cocina. Back in 1995, Saul Sierra was a nineteen-year-old high-school drop-out and dishwasher when he opened Mi Cocina Grille at 4935 West 29th Avenue with the help of his mother. Three years later, he sold that location (it's now LaCocinata) and o ... More >>
One gutsy Colorado Springs man is facing hard time after he filed a fraudulent lien against the home of an IRS agent in retaliation for a lien the IRS placed on his home. Ronald Roy Hoodenpyle, come on down!
Francisco Murillo, unwilling TV star.Back in March, we shared a photo gallery of criminals with Colorado connections who landed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List during the roster's sixty-year history. But the FBI's Denver branch has a most wanted list of its own -- four murderers and one at ... More >>
Uptown Brothers Brewing Company is filling up the Red Room space.The city's band of Brothers is about to get larger. As Jon Solomon reports in this week's Bar Back column, the former Red Room at 320 East Colfax Avenue will soon be home to Uptown Brothers Brewing Company, which is slated to op ... More >>
Steven Clay Romero: Should he be sentenced to serve time in a kennel?Some of those designated Westword's Shmuck of the Week earn this honor for kinda silly reasons -- like, for instance, the condom website that implied Coloradans have small dicks. Not so Steven Clay Romero, named after he wa ... More >>
Did you forget to charge your phone, Mr. Bartkowicz?The case of Chris Bartkowicz, whose Highlands Ranch marijuana crop was seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration after he showed it off to 9News, instantly fired up the medical marijuana industry, with advocate Rob Corry going toe to toe ... 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 >>
Last year, the son of the owner of Arvada's Alamos Verdes was rated the Worst Boss of 2009, an honor he clinched with "simply repulsive" behavior with young female employees, according to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC in October. But Opas Sinprasong, owner of several Thai restaurants in Boulde ... More >>
"That Lauren Nettina is my kinda gal."In 1964's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, U.S. Air Force General Jack D. Ripper set in motion the mutually assured destruction of the the Cold War superpowers due to his paranoid belief that the Soviet Union was engag ... More >>
NYC terror plot suspect Najibullah ZaziUpdate, 1:08 p.m.: Mohammed Zazi has now been officially accused in Brooklyn of conspiring to obstruct justice in Colorado and New York, prompting a scheduled appearance in U.S. District Court at 2 p.m. today. Click here for the details and read a U.S. A ... More >>
My first view of Denver was from a train -- the Denver Zephyr, which a group of families had boarded in Chicago one afternoon in the mid-'60s. The kids had commandeered the dome car, where we slept on the floor under the seats, and as the sun rose, we got our first sight of the Rockies. My ... More >>
Peter Boyles has been leading the charge when it comes to the Stephanie Villafuerte story.A new twist in coverage of Stephanie Villafuerte's nomination as U.S. Attorney. KHOW radio host Peter Boyles has devoted a great deal of airtime to this tale (I've joined him to speak about the subject ... More >>
An image from the ifartmobile.com website It's over -- and with nary a lawyer uttering this phrase: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you Exhibit A, 'The Butt Socket!'" The feud between the creators of two different iPhone fart apps -- Loveland-based InfoMedia, Inc.'s iFart Mobile an ... More >>
Before the Balloon Boy story blew up around the globe, Colorado's Najibullah Zazi was reportedly getting ready to blow up New York City. Our hometown terrorist is now being held without bail in New York on charges of conspiring to detonate explosives in the United States; his father has a Dec ... More >>
From Bill Joel to Trent Reznor, it's a well-worn story line: a seemingly shrewd business manager attempts to hoodwink young musicians under his charge, taking advantage of their inexperience and naivety for his gain, and getting away with it before they really know any better or realize what's ha ... More >>
Twenty years ago, the Rocky Flats grand jury started its search for justice. It hasn't ended yet.
The bust was almost blown after an internal leak, and Dan Tang -- his Heaven Dragon Chinese food beloved local politicians -- was implicated.
Betcha there's one of these babies in Mr. Thrasher's future. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ronald F. Thrasher, formerly of Colorado Springs, has been on the run for the past fourteen years. That's not entirely true: He's probably rested a time or two since 1995, when he fled custody befo ... More >>
The Waunita Lek near Gunnison, mating grounds for a large group of Gunnison sage grouse, is open for public viewings, and bird watchers will have good news to share with the rare species, which puts on an unusual and exotic springtime dance. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that i ... More >>
An image from the ifartmobile.com website. There's a flatulence flap a-brewin' in Denver's U.S. District Court. Loveland-based software developer InfoMedia, Inc. -- creator of the Apple iPhone app iFart Mobile -- has asked a judge to rule that it can use the phrase "pull my finger" in its marketin ... More >>
U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Babcock has at last issued a ruling denying a motion for acquittal or new trial filed by attorneys for William Orr, the alternative fuel entrepreneur whose battles with the EPA led to a guilty verdict on 23 counts of fraud and tax charges in Babcock's courtoom l ... More >>
Justice will be served in the 18th Judicial District -- eventually.
It's ready, fire, aim for the Libertarian candidate for Senate.
A media column about secondhand smoke stirs up a cloud of controversy.
Federal prisons are filling up with people whose only crime is the possession of a gun.
Randy Pech says the government's disadvantaged business programs discriminated against his company. This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if he's right.
Boulder throws another Barbie on the fire.
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
May Day, May Day...
A snitch in time...
"SUE THE CREEP" IN THE DOG-POISONING CASE? IN COLORADO, YOU'RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE.
BILL WALL AND OTHER RICH GUYS PLED POVERTY IN FEDERAL COURT, AND THE PUBLIC'S CJA FUND PAID FOR IT.