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Opinion: Crime is up, and Democratic lawmakers aren’t helping

In 2020, riots wreaked havoc across the country. In Denver, rioters lit fires around the state capitol and smashed windows like those of the popular sandwich chain Quiznos. As cities were burned and looted, far-left Democrats pushed the dangerous and wildly out-of-touch effort to “defund the police.” In Colorado, violent crimes in 2020 increased 6.5 […]

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Iraqi refugee sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting Colorado Springs police officer in the head

COLORADO SPRINGS — A man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head. The Gazette reports Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi was convicted in June of attempted murder and other charges and was sentenced Thursday for the 2018 shooting that left Officer Cem Duzel with a serious brain […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Environment, News

Thieves want your car’s catalytic converter — just as a new Colorado law drives up the cost to replace it

While police departments across Colorado report an upswing in thefts of catalytic converters, Front Range vehicle experts warn that the cost of new anti-pollution devices has skyrocketed — just as new state clean-air regulations prohibit installing cheaper used devices. The converter, which looks like a small muffler, is designed to turn environmentally hazardous carbon monoxide […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Education, News

Stepmom arrested in Gannon Stauch disappearance was fired from teaching job days before boy went missing

The El Paso County woman arrested on a murder charge related to the disappearance and presumed death of her 11-year-old stepson was fired from a middle school teaching job just days before the boy went missing. Letecia Stauch, 36, was going through orientation for a job at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Academy District 20 […]

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Polis rules out ordering attorney general’s investigation into fatal police shooting of De’Von Bailey

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has ruled out ordering an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of 19-year-old De’Von Bailey by Colorado Springs police.  The decision comes a week after a grand jury declined to charge the officers involved in the August shooting.  Polis had earlier called for an independent review of the encounter and met […]

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Gov. Polis and state lawmakers eye changes to how police-involved deaths are investigated in Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and a leading statehouse Democrat are working together to identify potential changes to the way law enforcement-involved deaths are investigated. But their tentative plans are already drawing skepticism from the top prosecutor in the state’s largest judicial district and county sheriffs. “We need to make sure that when law enforcement kills […]

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Gov. Polis meets with family of Colorado Springs teen De’Von Bailey, who was fatally shot by police in August

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday met privately with the family of a 19-year-old Colorado Springs man fatally shot by police in August and the family’s attorneys.  In the weeks after the shooting, Polis called for an independent investigation to be voluntarily conducted into the killing of De’Von Bailey, who was shot by officers responding […]

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DNA testing leads to break in decades-old Colorado murder case. But privacy questions are being raised.

Michael Whyte drove out of a parking lot, his belly full of fast food lunch, oblivious that police detectives had been watching him eat.  Now, they were gingerly collecting the cup they had seen him drink from just minutes earlier. The two were eager with anticipation because, after more than three decades of fruitless leads, […]