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Suspect arrested in kidnapping of worker at Colorado ranch owned by Michael Bloomberg

MEEKER — Authorities say they’re investigating after a man went to a western Colorado ranch owned by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and kidnapped an employee at gunpoint. Joseph Beecher, 48, took the woman from the ranch Wednesday in her vehicle and then to several places in the Denver area before going to […]

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Colorado man pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme that defrauded professional athletes

A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors, including multiple professional athletes, of millions of dollars in a nearly decade-long Ponzi scheme. Tyler Tysdal, 50, of Lone Tree, faces up to eight years in prison and must pay more than $18 million in restitution as part of a plea deal, the Denver District Attorney’s […]

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New federal charges against Planned Parenthood gunman don’t necessarily equate to a faster outcome

New federal charges against the man accused of attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs four years ago — brought as state charges are stalled by questions about his mental competency — may not lead to a faster outcome in the case. That’s because if his competency is also questioned in the federal case, […]

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After haunting Colorado for three decades, there is new hope in the Jonelle Matthews case

Before 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews went missing, Greeley was half the size it is today.  Kids rode their bikes on dirt roads past farmers’ fields, explored ravines and sold Girl Scout cookies door to door. On the night Jonelle was last seen, Christmas presents were already tucked beneath trees and holiday lights blinked from rooftops and […]

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Colorado prosecutors warn DUI-testing mess could have impacts far beyond drunken driving cases

Two district attorneys representing some of Colorado’s largest counties are warning that problems with the state’s ability to conduct blood testing in driving under the influence cases could have much broader impacts across the criminal justice system if they aren’t quickly resolved.  That includes placing in jeopardy cases ranging from vehicular homicide to murder, where […]

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11,467 Colorado parolees can now vote after new law goes into effect

Nearly 11,500 parolees in Colorado now can legally vote under a law that took effect Monday broadening voting rights for people convicted of felony crimes. State lawmakers this year passed the legislation as part of a criminal justice reform package. Before Monday, parolees had to complete their sentences before being able to cast a ballot. […]

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Denver officials want to clear some 10,000 low-level marijuana convictions, following in Boulder County’s footsteps

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale of marijuana by adults, but cities elsewhere have led the way on automatic expungement of past misdemeanor […]