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Colorado trooper who guards Capitol and governor charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at driver

A Colorado State Patrol trooper assigned to a unit that protects the legislature and serves as the security detail for Gov. Jared Polis has been charged with felony menacing after he allegedly pointed his gun at a driver near the state Capitol while on duty. Jay Hemphill, 49, has been placed on administrative leave.  Hemphill […]

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Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.

More than seven years since Colorado became the first state to allow cannabis to be sold at stores for recreational use, pot arrests are down, marijuana-impaired driving cases are up and school expulsions are both up and down. Those numbers — and a whole lot more — come from a new report released Monday by […]

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Now-fired Colorado state trooper pointed rifle at car in off-duty dispute, police say

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A now-fired Colorado state trooper charged with menacing allegedly pointed a semi-automatic rifle at two people in a car during a confrontation in Denver while he was off duty, according to a police report. According to the report released Monday, Wesley Dakan, 44, pulled out the gun from the […]

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To stop the rise in street racing, Colorado State Patrol is sending drivers to the racetrack

By Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press MORRISON — Frustrated by an increase in dangerous street racing amid the pandemic, Denver police have deployed the department’s helicopter to track races, closed lanes in areas often used by racers and sent officers to places where the groups meet. But law enforcement also has shifted gears to tackle […]

Posted inBig Idea, Crime and Courts, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Big Idea: Colorado drivers shouldn’t lose licenses just for being too poor to pay court fines

In her passionate defense of the right of working families to keep their drivers licenses in order to get to jobs and support each other, Rep. Leslie Herod says she now has backing from the Colorado State Patrol to end suspensions over unrelated court fees. Colorado should join other states in stopping the practice of […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Colorado’s final coronavirus vaccine preparations include practicing for high-stakes delivery road trips

At 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday, a plain cardboard box about the size of a large suitcase was placed on a dolly and wheeled out of a building near the busy runways at Denver International Airport.  The precious cargo inside represented — hopefully — the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic: vials of a […]