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Olivia Prentzel

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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

Crime and Courts

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.

Crime and Courts

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

Crime and Courts

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.

Crime and Courts

One dead, three missing after flash floods sweep mud and debris from wildfire scars into Poudre Canyon

Larimer County has closed the Poudre River to all use as crews assess damage to bridges downstream of Black Hollow Creek and attempt to remove debris from the road and river.


Michael Bennet believes the child tax credit expansion will be made permanent. But he’s not sure how long it will take.

The Colorado Democrat said during a Colorado Sun event that he’s still not sure for how long the expansion would be extended under Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill

Politics and Government

Plague found in fleas collected after death of 10-year-old girl in southwest Colorado

The plague-positive fleas were collected from a prairie dog colony that went "silent" shortly after a 10-year-old girl died of the plague in the area.


Men arrested at Denver’s Maven hotel now face federal charges for allegedly selling guns, drugs to each other

Authorities found at least 15 guns inside their hotel rooms, but during interviews with investigators, there was no mention of a plan for a mass shooting, according to a criminal complaint.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s largest jails cut their populations because of coronavirus. Now the numbers are creeping back up.

Law enforcement stopped jailing people for petty offenses and in some counties, the census dropped by 45%. But data show that those changes were more of a precaution to mitigate infection than lasting change.

Crime and Courts

Denver police found loaded weapons, high-capacity magazine and drugs inside hotel room near Coors Field

Four people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the discovery at The Maven hotel

Crime and Courts

A person may have died from plague in Colorado for the first time in six years

San Juan Basin Public Health was notified July 7 of the potential case of plague, which is transmitted by infected fleas.


Woodland Park’s former police chief intimidated employees, led “extremely toxic” department, report says

Chief Miles De Young retired amid an investigation that found evidence of gender bias in his department. Two commanders were also placed on leave as part of an unrelated probe.

Crime and Courts

Former CDOT employee accused of stealing nearly $800K to buy gift cards, camping gear and video equipment

Aaron Victor Ceja allegedly made the unauthorized purchases between 2011 and 2020 using his state procurement card while he was a project manager for the agency.

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