As few as 1 in 5 people who were sent warnings to flee the fast-moving Marshall fire confirmed they received them, newly released figures show. In all, fewer than 5,000 of the 24,289 phone calls, texts and emails that went out Dec. 30 were marked as having been received during the emergency, according to new […]
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
First phone alert for the Marshall fire sent 42 minutes after it started — and only to 215 contacts
The first phone alert warning Boulder County residents to flee the Marshall fire was sent at least 42 minutes after flames broke out — at most to 215 people. By then, at least one structure had burned and the wind-driven fire was on its way toward consuming more than 1,000 homes and businesses, becoming the […]
Former Boulder County sheriff’s deputies get prison for detox van death
BOULDER — Two former Colorado sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to prison Thursday for causing the death of an intoxicated man by placing him on his stomach and squeezing him into a van to take him to a detox center. Former Boulder County sheriff’s deputies James O’Brien and Adam Lunn were sentenced to six years and […]
Jury convicts Boulder County deputies of manslaughter in detox van death
BOULDER — Jurors convicted Friday two former Colorado sheriff’s deputies accused of causing the death of an intoxicated man by placing him on his stomach and squeezing him into a van to take him to a detox center. Former Boulder County sheriff’s deputies James O’Brien, 52, and Adam Lunn, 39, were found guilty of manslaughter […]
Jury deciding fate of Boulder County deputies in detox van death
BOULDER — Jurors began deliberating Friday in the trial of two former Colorado sheriff deputies accused of causing the death of an intoxicated man by placing him on his stomach and squeezing him into a van to take him to a detox center. Former Boulder County sheriff’s deputies James O’Brien, 52, and Adam Lunn, 39, […]
Colorado’s largest jails cut their populations because of coronavirus. Now the numbers are creeping back up.
Colorado’s largest jails are becoming more crowded after population levels dropped to historic lows last year as officials made efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. Now, as the world returns to a version of “normal” and court hearings have resumed, numbers are creeping closer to pre-pandemic levels at many of Colorado’s largest […]
Colorado prisons have strict limits on when they can place inmates in solitary confinement. Jails could be next.
Ryan Partridge had a number of run-ins with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department in 2016. At the time, he suffered from paranoia, delusions and psychosis, and was in and out of jail for minor charges. While in jail, Ryan Partridge was often placed in a restraint chair or kept in solitary confinement for several days […]
Investigators unable to determine cause of Cal-Wood fire, which destroyed 20 Boulder County homes
Investigators are unable to determine the cause of the Cal-Wood fire, which burned more than 10,000 acres and destroyed 20 homes in Boulder County in October. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday authorities were able to narrow down a 500 foot radius of land near Jamestown where the fire started. As part of the […]
Skier dies after hitting a tree at Eldora Mountain Resort
Authorities say a skier died after he fell and slid into a tree at Eldora Mountain in northern Colorado. Boulder County sheriff’s officials say the man, who was in his 50s, crashed on the expert Corona run on Thursday morning, and ski patrollers took him down the mountain to an ambulance at the base of […]
Colorado jails can’t hold people accused of low-level crimes in lieu of bail anymore. And that means current inmates could be released.
Gov. Jared Polis’ signed a bill Thursday preventing people accused of many low-level offenses — such as petty, traffic or most municipal charges — from being jailed because they can’t pay their cash bail. That also means people currently locked up in Colorado on those types of charges, who are unable to pay their bail, […]