USA Today set out to discover if the racially lopsided arrest statistics in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, were an anomaly. Sadly, no: A fascinating new report reveals a racial gap in arrest stats in many locations across the cou ... More >>
Anyone who's been out and about in the metro area over the past day or two knows how cold it's been. So was reported transient Paul Felyk just trying to get out of the conditions when he burrowed his way into the wall of a Marshall's store in Longmont? Or did he have other goals? We don't know those ... More >>
Just past 8 a.m. yesterday morning, a 67-year-old man was found in a pool of his own blood near a Westminster intersection -- and investigators believe he could be a victim of road rage. Continue for details and who to contact if you know who may be responsible for the man's critical injuries. See ... More >>
How did relieving himself behind a dumpster lead to David Ludewig's death? This incident triggered a confrontation with a security guard, who opened fire after the 24-year-old Ludewig pointed a gun at him, presumably not realizing the weapon wasn't real. We've got the tragic details below, along wi ... More >>
Update below: On Tuesday, the Westminster Police Department put out an alert for Lea Chali Porter, a nineteen-year-old from the Pueblo area who'd been reported missing five days earlier after a visit to north metro. At this writing, Porter has not yet been found. However, Christopher Waide, a frien ... More >>
Those of us whose knowledge of meth manufacture pretty much begins and ends with Breaking Bad will get a reality check from the following gritty, grungy, glamour-free photos of drugs, guns and more seized by the Metro Gang Task Force after busting not one but two alleged drug trafficking organizatio ... More >>
At this writing, devoted father Dave Nazeri remains in a coma after a hit-and-run accident allegedly caused by Lucio Roberto Vasquez-Jimenez, a sixteen-year-old accused of violating the terms of his learner's permit, among several other charges. Meanwhile, the Nazeri family is reaching out on socia ... More >>
For the first time, the Westminster Police Department has used the name of Vincent Neff, the sixteen-year-old student who set himself on fire in the Standley Lake High School cafeteria. The official revelation comes as a result of an extremely sad development: Nett has died from injuries sustained ... More >>
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, Standley Lake High in Westminster will open, but only for those students who left something behind or would like to speak to a counselor about the horrific events that closed the school yesterday. That's when a troubled sixteen-year-old reportedly drank a water bottle full ... More >>
On October 5, 2012, just shy of one year ago, Jessica Ridgeway, ten, disappeared from her Westminster neighborhood while walking to school. The following week, her "not intact" remains were found in an open space area -- and before the month was out, seventeen-year-old Austin Sigg was arrested for t ... More >>
While mug shots vary widely from community to community, jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they usually share one quality: The person they picture is centered in the frame. Not so school-bust driver Burton Carpenter. In the image seen here, and in a larger version below, he appears to be supporting him ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we recounted a sad story about the passing of David Hernandez, who'd lingered in a coma for days after being struck while riding his bicycle before finally succumbing to his catastrophic injuries. As for the person who struck Hernandez, he hit and ran; see our previous co ... More >>
At this writing, Britni Bunn's Facebook page is down -- which makes perfect sense under the circumstances. After all, Bunn has been arrested after allegedly driving drunk while going the wrong way on the Boulder Turnpike and causing a crash that killed one man and seriously injured two others. And ... More >>
Update: Headlines noting that seventeen-year-old Austin Sigg has been charged as an adult in the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, are a bit redundant, since documents to that effect were filed last month; see previous coverage below. But his court visit ye ... More >>
Update: In yesterday's post about the search for the kidnapper and killer of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who disappeared on her way to school on October 5 (see it below), we reported that inside sources had confirmed a DNA match between the latest crime and a previous assault a ... More >>
As the Jessica Ridgeway case continues its transition from a missing persons case to a search for her kidnapper and killer, the online community that's sprung up to support the family of the ten-year-old Westminster girl is undergoing changes as well, with a new Facebook page becoming an online gath ... More >>
Last August, we told you about a drug enforcement checkpoint on I-25 by the Westminster Police Department. This narcotics-centric variation on DUI checkpoints moved to a new location Tuesday night: U.S. Highway 36 to Boulder. And it spawned a felony arrest, for possession of nearly a pound's worth o ... More >>
Update:On August 9, the Westminster Police Department manned a "DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT" on I-25. Last week, WPD Investigator Trevor Materasso confirmed the operation, but didn't have many details. Now, however, he's able to provide the specifics. Officers issued tickets or made arrests i ... More >>
Joshua Wittig.Opponents of a Westminster Police drug-enforcement checkpoint note correctly that alcohol-related crashes like Department of Corrections officer Jason Ulrich's are far more prevalent those those involving narcotics. But the latter do happen, as shown by the case of Joshua Witti ... More >>
Our post about a new approach by the Westminster Police Department involving a drug enforcement checkpoint on I-25 last week riled up plenty of readers. Here's one example: a call for civil disobedience.
Big pic below.At 7 a.m. yesterday, the members of the Westminster Police Department arrived at 8290 Federal Boulevard on a welfare check, but nothing seemed amiss. The story is different when they were called back at 11:37 a.m. This time, they found a dead woman and Eric Eugene Lyerly, 52, wh ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: We're getting more information about the arrest of Richard Paul Stewart, a person of interest in the slaying of his ex-wife, Norma Stewart, at the Edward Jones branch in Westminster. Granted, some of that info is a bit garbled. However, it's clear that Stewart is current ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: Last week, two people were found in a car parked on a Westminster street: one dead, one wounded. Now, the Westminster Police Department has shared its view about how they got that way -- a failed murder-suicide, with Christopher Thomas Mainock, 22, wielding the weapon.
Big pics below.Meth makes people do some desperate things -- like, according to a grand jury indictment aimed at Tiffany Nicole Weaver and seven others, steal vehicles from seventy different victims. Of the 103 counts, Weaver is named in 83 of them. Page down below to see mug shots of the sus ... More >>
Big pic below.Talk about a nightmare scenario for the Aurora Police Department. Not only has one of their own, Sergeant Morgan Sellman, been busted for child pornography, but his most recent assignment has been as the DARE program coordinator. Fortunately, Sellman's DARE duties haven't includ ... More >>
Large photo below.One way to make sure you get a lot of attention for a robbery: Steal Christmas gift cards from a child with leukemia. That's what Bryant Ruff and Heather Lopez were accused of doing last January, and while Ruff's already been convicted, Lopez has reportedly skipped -- and th ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
Robert John Burns Jr. had some inside dope about firefighters."That Fireman Who Wants Your Drugs May Not Be a Fireman," published back in February, noted that drugs had been stolen from ambulances at two Westminster fire stations, along with uniforms. Similar burglaries were reported at anoth ... More >>
Operation Fortune Cookie operatives raided dozens of grow houses like this -- but never found the source of the internal leak.Ever since Northglenn Detective Daniel Joyce and Thornton Detective Robert Lopez filed a lawsuit last week alleging corruption within Operation Fortune Cookie, the new ... More >>
Not every UFCW Local 7 member is a big Kim Cordova fan.As documented in Melanie Asmar's December feature "Can a Mild-Mannered Grocery Clerk Solve the Grocery Workers' Labor Strife?," United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 has been rocked by a power struggle between supporters of previous ... More >>
A Flickr photo"Can I see some I.D.?"You've heard about goons who disguise themselves as police officers to make doing nasty business easier, right? Well, the men and women of the Westminster Fire Department are afraid someone with a taste for high-grade narcotics may try something similar whi ... More >>
A Flickr photoWhere good hiding places are always reasonably priced.Last night, Westminster cops went shopping at Costco -- and wound up with a discount deal for a couple of carjacking suspects found hiding on the roof of an out building in the box store's parking lot. The drama started with ... More >>
Deputy Chief Tim Carlson and Senior Police Officer Sean Chandler were both shot in the melee.The explosion of violence that took place in Westminster yesterday harks back to the days when the law rode horses and gunmen died young 'n' purty. As the Westminster Police Department tells it, a th ... More >>
The state aims to help Travis Neil Smith get a handle on his anger issues.A few years back, violent road rage issues were all the rage -- and Travis Neil Smith has been accused of trying to bring them back into vogue in the most lethal way possible. According to the Westminster Police Depart ... More >>
Christopher Donte Williams.It's a good indication that a temper tantrum has gotten out of control if a S.W.A.T. team is called to respond. That's what happened Saturday near 68th and Lowell to Christopher Donte Williams, age nineteen, who, for reasons not spelled out in a release from the We ... More >>
Dean Withers.Earlier today, we pointed out that the family of eighty-year-old Dean Withers, who was stabbed at a north metro King Soopers earlier this week, would be holding a press conference in Westminster; Ryan Patrick Nichols, who suffers from schizophrenia, is being held in the incident. ... More >>
Ryan Patrick Nichols.Some crimes are understandable -- like, say, a starving child stealing a piece of fruit. And other crimes aren't -- among them, stabbing an 80-year-old man in the back. Ryan Patrick Nichols, 26, has been accused of doing the latter, and the nastiness of the crime, which ... More >>
Anthony and Luke's excellent adventure.
A karaoke singer hits the high notes--and pays the price.
NAME-CALLING, INNUENDO AND A FLAP OVER A STUFFED CHICKEN: IT'S POLITICS AS USUAL IN THE ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE.