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A Republican candidate for Colorado governor was arrested three times, is subject of restraining order

Republican gubernatorial candidate Danielle Neuschwanger, a top contender to take on Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in November, was arrested three times from 2008 to 2011 and also had a permanent restraining order issued against her during that period, according to court documents and police records obtained by The Colorado Sun. Serious charges against Neuschwanger, now […]

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Sexual abuse, misconduct allegations kept quiet for decades at world-renowned Colorado Center for the Blind

More than a dozen previously unreported instances of sexual misconduct and abuse spanning at least two decades at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton have surfaced during an internal investigation of the school’s parent organization. Among the offenses were the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl by a summer youth camp counselor […]

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

In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died after taking the synthetic […]

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

Kate Lacroix was screaming at the top of her lungs on social media. Boulder teens were dying of fentanyl, swallowing pills that looked like real pharmaceuticals but instead were counterfeits laced with lethal doses of the synthetic opioid.  “URGENT COMMUNITY WARNING,” she said in one February Facebook post, begging others to help spread the word. […]

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

Jack Swanson, 18, died in February while listening to music in his bed. Next to him were little blue pills and rectangular-shaped white ones, the kind sold in his hometown of Boulder and throughout Colorado as “mexis” and “xanny bars.”  Two in five of the counterfeit pills circulating the country, drugs made in Mexico to […]

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Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation

A state child welfare committee will consider changing the way allegations of institutional abuse are investigated at residential centers for troubled kids, following news reports about a chronic runaway problem that resulted in two deaths.  Two state lawmakers, meanwhile, are vowing to strengthen mental health treatment for children and compel the state child welfare division […]

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Families kept in the dark about children’s safety in Colorado’s child welfare system

When a child dies from abuse or neglect in Colorado, a team of experts reviews the disturbing details, seeking reforms that could make kids safer. But when 12-year-old Timmy Montoya-Kloepfel was able to run away from a state-licensed residential child center, roam the streets alone in the dark, and then die from injuries he suffered […]

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With bites, bruises and low pay, caretakers for Colorado’s troubled youth say there’s not enough staff to keep kids — and each other — safe

Olivia Couch followed as the boy hopped two fences and climbed into a drainage ditch filled with water.  Her job was to keep the 12-year-old safe, and protocol at the residential treatment center was to “shadow” children who ran off campus but not restrain or block them. Couch had never given up on sticking with […]