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

Jay Hemphill allegedly pointed a gun at a driver near the Colorado Capitol

Crime and Courts

Four teens die in SUV crash on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The crash happened in Prowers County at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Prowers County Road 196 near the town of Wiley. The youngest victim was 15.


Horses escape from Eagle County Fairgrounds, lead motorists in chase on I-70

Drivers who cursed the closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon earlier in the day were grateful for the lack of traffic as they herded runaway horses in the dark.


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.


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

Wesley Dakan is charged with menacing and was fired June 1, after an internal affairs investigation.

Crime and Courts

Colorado State Patrol trooper fired after arrest in felony menacing case

Wesley Dakan, 44, was put on paid leave after the Colorado State Patrol was notified about the allegations by Denver police in the April 25 incident and fired on Tuesday after an internal affairs investigation

Crime and Courts

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

State patrol has teamed with Bandimere Speedway to lure racers from public areas to a more controlled environment, even allowing participants to race a trooper driving a patrol car.

Crime and Courts

Truck driver who killed Colorado State Patrol trooper was convicted of two traffic offenses

Noe Gamez-Ruiz was found guilty of careless driving while passing an emergency vehicle resulting in death

Crime and Courts

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

State Rep. Leslie Herod says we should stop taking away driver’s licenses for failing to pay hefty fees completely unrelated to driving crimes.

Politics and Government

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

There’s security to consider, as well as Interstate 70 traffic and snowstorms. “It’s getting (different) groups to come together to put the syringes in the arms at the end of the day,” one official said.


Smartphone and registration?: Colorado state troopers will now ask for your digital driver’s license

But you still need to carry your plastic version as proof since local police and law enforcement haven’t adopted the technology.


Colorado’s I-25 project on “The Gap” combined data, thousands of photos and engineering to minimize roadkill

On vast, contiguous public and private land, abundant wildlife has been meticulously preserved. But growing safety hazards couldn’t be ignored.


Police search for suspect after three people’s remains are found in San Luis Valley

Adre “Psycho” Jordan Baroz, a 26-year-old from Conejos County, is wanted in connection with the deaths

Crime and Courts

On-duty Commerce City police officer, civilian killed in three-vehicle crash

Commerce City police Officer Curt Holland and Francesca Dominguez died in the crash


Encampment near Capitol cleared out days after governor invites cleanup, troopers get OK to enforce Denver ordinances

Colorado State Patrol troopers in helmets and yellow booties swept through Lincoln Park on Wednesday morning. Crews used snow shovels to pile up trash.


Denver gives state troopers ability to enforce city laws around Capitol, governor’s mansion at Polis’ request

The move gives the Colorado State Patrol more leeway to stop graffiti and address encampments on state-owned land in Denver. It comes as a growing number of people camp out near state-owned buildings.

Crime and Courts

Eighth person dies after head-on crash in eastern Colorado; victims include two kids

The Colorado State Patrol says the crash remains under investigation.


7 die in head-on crash on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The Colorado State Patrol says the wreck happened on U.S. 40 between Hugo and Kit Carson at about 4:30 p.m.


Coronavirus has Coloradans driving fast and furious. Knock it off, law enforcement says.

Tickets for drivers speeding more than 40 mph over the limit remain high even as Colorado traffic has declined as much as 80%. “There are no autobahns in Colorado, but some drivers right now seem to think there are,” one state trooper says.


A deputy’s knack for sussing out mules has made a lonely stretch of I-70 the top drug-bust site in Colorado

Mesa County deputy Mike Miller has patrolled a stretch of desert west of Grand Junction for decades. The DEA says his busts have kept 20 tons of illicit drugs off the streets

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