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Olivia Prentzel

The Colorado Sun — 619-607-5210
oliviaprentzel@coloradosun.com

Aurora to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain’s family in likely largest settlement in Colorado history

The settlement is among the highest across the country.

Crime and Courts

Pilot killed while fighting wildfire near Estes Park reported turbulent conditions moments before crash

Marc Thor Olson died Tuesday night while responding to the Kruger Rock fire

Wildfire

Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

Fatal fentanyl overdoses are skyrocketing across Colorado, but there have been only a few death charges.

Sun Investigation

After teen fentanyl overdoses, moms and community groups step up to hand out testing strips, lifesaving nasal spray

Public health and law enforcement warnings have fallen short in the eyes of some moms and addiction counselors in Boulder.

Sun Investigation

How counterfeit drugs made to look like real pills have ravaged one Colorado county

A Boulder 18-year-old’s overdose began a string of 2021 deaths tied to fentanyl. Since then, 13 more fentanyl overdoses have been confirmed and the causes of six other deaths are pending the results of toxicology tests.

Sun Investigation

A Pueblo West man found North America’s rarest mammal — in his garage

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife conservationist said it was “extremely rare” for a black-footed ferret, a shy and nocturnal species, to seek shelter in a garage.

Environment

Another Colorado man accused of assaulting police outside U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 riot

Thomas Patrick Hamner, 48, of Peyton, is accused of helping other rioters push a large metal sign into police officers defending the U.S. Capitol, court documents say.

Crime and Courts

No charges to be filed against officer who killed good Samaritan in Olde Town Arvada shooting

The Arvada officer, Kraig Brownlow, was legally justified when he shot Johnny Hurley, who was armed, in June as police responded to a shooting that also left Officer Gordon Beesley dead, 1st Judicial District Attorney Alexis King said Monday.

Crime and Courts

Are these Colorado trees culturally modified… or just bent? Depends on whom you ask.

Some say Native Americans modified trees to mark sacred spots in the forest. But tribal leaders and Colorado archaeologists say neither oral tradition nor science back up the claim.

Outdoors

Family of 6-year-old girl who died on Glenwood Springs amusement park ride files wrongful death lawsuit

Wongel Estifanos was killed by the “extreme recklessness” of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and its operators, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday

Crime and Courts

The city of Aurora has reached a settlement with Elijah McClain’s family

The court will now decide how much money to allocate to Sheneen McClain and Elijah’s father, according to attorneys for the family.

Crime and Courts

Cyclist who died while competing in Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race is identified

Christopher Wood’s death marks the second-ever fatality in the race that began in 1983.

Outdoors

Coronavirus cases continue to rise among school-age kids in Colorado, state data show

Despite an overall downward trend among cases statewide, there’s an uptick among children ages 6 to 11, the state’s epidemiologist said Friday.

Coronavirus

Colorado Springs Olympian Klete Keller pleads guilty to Capitol riot charge

The Olympic swimmer was wearing a U.S. Olympics team jacket when he stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Crime and Courts

Ptarmigan fire near Silverthorne had “unprecedented fire behavior” overnight, putting homes under threat

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 200 residences shortly after the fire ignited Monday afternoon.

Wildfire

Denver man paid to house, care for people with developmental disabilities is accused of killing one of his residents

Ben Garbooshian, 39, was arrested Saturday after police say he knocked a man who was under his care backwards, causing him to fall and hit his head.

Crime and Courts

Whistleblowers raised valid concerns about Colorado air pollution monitoring, probe finds, but problems were unintentional

An independent investigation commissioned by the Attorney General also says boss of Air Pollution Control Division should have disclosed his prior work for Newmont Corp. when a pollution permit for a Teller County mine came before him.

Environment

Operators failed to check seat belt before 6-year-old died on amusement park ride in Glenwood Springs, report says

Wongel Estifanos was sitting on top of a locked seat belt while on the Haunted Mine Drop before she died, investigators found.

Crime and Courts

Owner of Loveland clinic fined $40,000 after he wouldn’t stop marketing fake COVID-19 cures

A family nurse practitioner refused to stop marketing alleged cures for the virus, including Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug often given to livestock.

Crime and Courts

3 caregivers charged in death of 86-year-old at Grand Junction assisted living facility

Staff initially said Hazel Place died peacefully in a courtyard, her family says. An investigation led by the Attorney General’s office showed she was actually left out in the heat for 6 hours

Crime and Courts
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