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Weld County judge orders body camera video release in alleged chokehold arrest after media challenge

A judge on Thursday ordered the release of police camera footage of an incident in which a Greeley officer is accused of using a chokehold during an arrest, siding with news media that argued a new Colorado law requires disclosure of video upon request involving alleged police misconduct. Officer Ken Amick was charged with second-degree […]

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Weld County grand jury indicts man in 1984 Greeley cold-case murder of 12-year-old girl

Nearly 36 years after 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews disappeared from her Greeley home, a Weld County grand jury has indicted an Idaho man for her death. Steven Pankey, who lived in Greeley at the time of Jonelle’s disappearance and had ties to the family’s church, was indicted on Oct. 9 on five charges, including first-degree murder […]

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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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Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate being investigated for 1984 Greeley cold-case murder of 12-year-old girl

A failed two-time Idaho gubernatorial candidate says he is being investigated in the disappearance and death of a 12-year-old girl in Greeley 35 years ago. Steve Pankey, who previously lived in northern Colorado, told the Idaho Statesman that the first time he heard about the murder case of Jonelle Matthews was the day after Christmas […]