Crime and Courts
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.
Colorado’s child protection ombudsman announces new program to review child deaths
The first death reviewed will be that of a 12-year-old who died after running away from Tennyson Center for Children.
Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts
Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention
Colorado lawmakers blocked some misdemeanor offenders from buying guns. They also made it OK for some felons to own them.
The change to Colorado’s felon-in-possession law was made through Senate Bill 271, a 304-page measure that mostly made changes to the state’s misdemeanor code
Mother of man killed in 1984 Aurora hammer attack testifies
Tuesday was the start of the murder trial of Alex Ewing, a former Nevada prison inmate linked through DNA evidence in 2018 to the 1984 killings
Coroner identifies two of the three people killed in Poudre River flooding; one person remains missing
The flooding happened along the Cameron Peak fire burn scar. Several structures were also destroyed in the torrent of water, mud and other debris.
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
Colorado web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples loses challenge to anti-discrimination law
The Colorado Solicitor General has previously questioned whether Lorie Smith should even be allowed to challenge the law since she had not started offering wedding websites yet.
Man, 75, hit with Taser says Idaho Springs police officer put knee on his neck
The lawsuit by Michael Clark alleges that the pressure that former Idaho Springs police officer Nicholas Hanning put on his neck after he lost consciousness increased his risk of death.
Colorado’s health department argues it can’t be sued in whistleblower lawsuit tied to botched HIV program
Colorado’s former head of disease control, fired last summer amid the pandemic, alleges state health officials retaliated against him after he blew the whistle on financial mismanagement
Jury in southwest Colorado convicts man of killing pro cyclist in crash
Cordell Schneider was found guilty Thursday of vehicular homicide and reckless driving for the March 4, 2020, crash near Marvel that killed 39-year-old Benjamin Sonntag
Ex-Nevada inmate going on trial in Aurora hammer killings
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Friday for Alex Ewing in the deaths of Bruce and Debra Bennett and their 7-year-old daughter Melissa
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.
Westminster police told the world Armando Valdez Gonzalez stole a bag of cash and assaulted a woman. Except he didn’t.
Attorney blames “jump to judgment” for $11,000 debt and public shaming of a man a yard sale host accused of stealing her bank bag
Colorado expected to receive at least $300 million through opioid-crisis settlement — if local governments approve the deal
The tentative settlement, announced Wednesday, would bring to nearly $400 million that could come to Colorado through opioid litigation
Racial discrimination still exists in jury selection. Colorado’s Supreme Court rejected a proposal meant to fix that.
The court rejected a proposal, modeled after one adopted in Washington state, aimed at addressing implicit racism in how juries are picked
Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, Aspen man among trio accused of being United Arab Emirates agents
Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, was charged alongside Matthew Grimes, 27, of Aspen, Colorado and Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, 43, of the United Arab Emirates
Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.
As expected, marijuana-related arrests are down and tax revenue is up, but other trends are less clear.
A Colorado officer was convicted of excessive force. He went on to become an interim police chief.
Jon Geiger's criminal conviction was supposed to prevent him from ever again working as a police officer in Colorado. A loophole allowed him to stay on the force.
Man convicted of killing Denver-area driver while going 120 mph during speeding livestream
Bryan Kirby was accused of driving as fast as 167 mph during the livestream while making comments to viewers about his speed