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Owner of Sol Tribe, a well-respected Denver tattoo shop, was among Monday’s shooting victims

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Police were investigating Tuesday after a gunman went on a shooting rampage through several business districts in the Denver area, killing four people and wounding three others, including an officer as police pursued him. The suspect also died Monday night after exchanging gunfire with officers in a shopping district […]

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The Denver Police Department hopes its new therapy dog will break down barriers with the community

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press The Denver Police Department’s first therapy dog was originally trained to be a guide dog, but she turned out to be too friendly to focus on helping one person. Now the department is counting on the Black English Labrador Retriever’s outgoing nature to help it break down barriers and […]

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Denver’s new massage parlor ordinance adds investigative power to the city’s robust human trafficking units

When Aurora cracked down on massage businesses involved in human trafficking, the “bad apples” moved their operations across city lines into Denver.  Now Colorado’s capital city — thanks to a massage parlor ordinance passed in July and one of the only district attorney’s offices and police departments in the state with dedicated human trafficking units […]

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Denver man paid to house, care for people with developmental disabilities is accused of killing one of his residents

A Denver man who is paid to house and care for people who have developmental disabilities is accused of killing one of his residents by shoving him across a room, according to police.  Ben Garbooshian, 39, was arrested Saturday and accused of second-degree murder after he allegedly pushed the man, causing him to fall back […]

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Opinion: Denver should implement the police task-force recommendations

In our combined experience working with communities across the United States to transform policing, one thing is abundantly clear, especially in Denver: Community members are in the best position to provide solutions to their public safety needs. The Denver community has spoken, and local government leaders should implement the recommendations recently released by the community-led […]

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Four arrested on gun charges after investigation into “suspicious occurrence” at hotel near Coors Field

Four people were arrested on charges related to illegal guns and drugs after Denver police began investigating a “suspicious occurrence” Friday at a hotel near Coors Field. “We have recovered weapons. We have recovered narcotics,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said. “This investigation really is just getting started. There’s a lot of questions that we […]

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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 […]

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The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers

In the places of last resort for Colorado’s most troubled kids, the doors are not locked.  And the children run.  They scale fences and slip through gates. They bolt from staff, who are not allowed to block or restrain them, and they roam city streets for hours or sometimes days.  Children and teens run away […]

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Loveland ex-cop accused of kneeling on Black door-to-door salesman’s neck sentenced to 4 years probation

A former police officer accused of holding two door-to-door roofing company salesmen on the ground at gunpoint and kneeling on the neck of one of them who is Black, saying they were terrorists and part of antifa, was sentenced to four years of probation on Tuesday. Scott Gudmundsen, 66, of Loveland pleaded guilty to a […]