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Investigators couldn’t back up sexual assault claims against Tay Anderson, but found he flirted with underage student

Denver Public Schools Board of Education will meet Friday to consider a censure of Anderson, who was at the center of a six-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault.


Former Lake County coroner found guilty of misconduct, sentenced to probation

Shannon Kent, 45, was sentenced to six months of probation after he sent his wife to several death scenes in 2019 even though she was not sworn in to act in that capacity.

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Police violated Colorado Springs man’s constitutional rights with 24/7 surveillance, court rules

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the officers violated the man’s Fourth Amendment rights when they set up a camera on a utility pole and spied on him for three months.

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Colorado parents are trying to get around school mask mandates with dubious doctor’s notes

Pediatricians across the state are being bombarded with requests for doctor’s notes as parents try to get their kids exempt from wearing a mask at school despite few medical-based reasons to do so.


Colorado trooper who guards Capitol and governor charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at driver

Jay Hemphill allegedly pointed a gun at a driver near the Colorado Capitol

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Nearly half of Colorado has shed its drought status since last year, but the coming months don’t look good

At least 54% of the state now is experiencing drought conditions, compared to 100% this time last year. But record-breaking heat and a dry winter could mean conditions worsen, a climatologist says.


6-year-old girl who died on amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs is identified

Blunt-force injuries contributed to the death of Wongel Estifanos, the Garfield County Coroner said Wednesday.


Boulder County now requires masks indoors — whether you’re vaccinated or not

The county is among the first few in the state that now require mandatory masking indoors for the general public since the statewide mandate was lifted earlier this year


6 ways Colorado’s laws have recently changed to prevent another death like Elijah McClain’s

From new rules about how and when ketamine can be administered to a ban on carotid and choke holds, Colorado lawmakers have taken steps to prevent a death like McClain’s from happening again.

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Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide

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Sweetwater Lake is now permanently protected, thanks to its new owner, the White River National Forest

The lake and the 488 acres around it, adjacent to the Flat Tops Wilderness, will now be protected from residential developers and saved for public access.


Black Mountain fire, burning in Grand County, prompts pre-evacuation notices

The wildfire, now at 170 acres, was sparked Sunday afternoon.


Tourists are flocking to Colorado this summer — and they’re bringing COVID with them

In a recent 14-day period, at least 38% of positive cases reported in Pitkin County were among its visitors


There’s a shady (and leafy) divide between Denver’s whiter, wealthier neighborhoods and everyone else

Trees and green spaces can make people healthier and happier, but maps show communities of color and low-income neighborhoods across the city have less access to shade.


I-70 through Glenwood Canyon may reopen as soon as Saturday afternoon

The canyon has been closed since July 29, when mud and rock slides forced more than 100 people to spend the night on I-70, including nearly 30 who took refuge in a tunnel near the Hanging Lake exit


Colorado seeks $116 million in federal aid for mudslide cleanup along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

It remains unclear when the heavily traveled route may reopen


Aurora police officer quits days after release of video showing him beating a man with a pistol during an arrest

An investigation will still be conducted into John Haubert’s use of force after body-camera footage showed him beating a man with a pistol 13 times.

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Aurora police officer beat man 13 times with pistol, choked him during arrest, body camera footage shows

“What you are going to see is going to anger you,” police Chief Vanessa Wilson said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon where she discussed the arrest of Officer John Haubert

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Mudslides and flash flooding along Colorado’s burn scars could cause disasters, or mere travel delays, all summer long. Here’s why.

Last year’s historic wildfire season increased the area that’s prone to flooding, causing “an abnormal year of flooding events” this year, climate researcher says.


Denver DA’s husband pleads guilty to two counts of attempted arson

Christopher Linsmayer, 69, was charged with attempted arson after he set fires on his property near Kremmling, according to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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