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Police: Body of deceased woman, 30 human cremains found at house after ex-funeral home owner evicted

DENVER (AP) — Colorado authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday for a former funeral home owner they say kept a deceased woman's body in a hearse for two years at a home where police also found up to 30 cremated remains. The grisly discovery occur...

 

Couple accused of abandoning nearly 200 bodies spent cremation money on vehicles, $1,500 dinner

DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado funeral home owners accused of abandoning nearly 200 bodies took payments from families that were meant for cremations and burials and instead bought vehicles, cryptocurrency, a $1,500 dinner in Las Vegas and other p...

 

Family of Black girls handcuffed by Colorado police, held at gunpoint reach $1.9 million settlement

DENVER (AP) — The four Black girls lay facedown in a parking lot, crying "no" and "mommy" as a police officer who had pointed her gun at them then bent down to handcuff two of their wrists. The youngest wore a pink tiara as she held onto her t...

 

Shooter who killed 5 people at Colorado LGBTQ+ club intends to plead guilty to federal hate crimes

DENVER (AP) — The shooter who killed five people and endangered the lives of over 40 others at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs plans to plead guilty to new federal charges for hate crimes and firearm violations under an agreement that w...

 

Investigators found stacked bodies and maggots at a neglected Colorado funeral home, FBI agent says

DENVER (AP) — Investigators who entered a Colorado funeral home where nearly 200 abandoned bodies were found encountered stacks of partially covered human remains, bodily fluids several inches deep on the floor, and flies and maggots throughout t...

 

One police officer was convicted of killing Elijah McClain. Will he spend any time behind bars?

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer convicted of killing Elijah McClain, a young Black man walking home from a store, is expected to learn Friday whether a judge will sentence him to prison or he will receive probation. McClain's mother also m...

 

A Colorado funeral home owner accused of abandoning dozens of bodies may be close to leaving jail

DENVER (AP) — An owner of a Colorado funeral home accused of abandoning nearly 200 bodies in a building for years was worried as far back as 2020 about getting caught, a prosecutor said Thursday at a hearing where the prosecution objected to l...

 

Gunman breaks into Colorado Supreme Court building; intrusion unrelated to Trump case, police say

DENVER (AP) — A man leaving the scene of a car wreck Tuesday shot his way into the Colorado Supreme Court building and inflicted "extensive damage" to the building before being arrested by police, authorities said, adding the incident seems u...

 

Paramedics were convicted in Elijah McClain's death. That could make other first responders pause

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — Two Denver-area paramedics were convicted Friday for giving a fatal overdose of the sedative ketamine to Elijah McClain in 2019 — a jury verdict that experts said could have a chilling effect on first responders around the cou...

 

What to know about Elijah McClain's death and the cases against police and paramedics

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Denver-area police officer of manslaughter, following trial testimony that he put Elijah McClain in a neck hold before the Black man was injected with the powerful sedative ketamine by paramedics and d...

 

Judge delays deciding whether prosecution of man charged in Colorado supermarket shooting can resume

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday granted a defense request to hold a hearing with experts to determine if a mentally ill man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket in 2021 is mentally competent to be prosecuted for the m...

 

Denver police officer fatally shot a man she thought held a knife. It was a marker

DENVER (AP) — When officers responded to a domestic violence call Aug. 5, Brandon Cole reached into a vehicle, took an "aggressive stance" and then rushed toward one of them, police said. Thinking he was holding a knife, the officer fired twice, k...

 

Officer who put woman in a police car hit by a train didn't know it was on the tracks, defense says

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer accused of putting a handcuffed woman in a parked police car that was hit by a freight train did not know the car was parked on the tracks, the officer's lawyer said in court Monday. While evidence will show O...

 

Insurance companies sue energy corporation after it was blamed for helping start Colorado wildfire

Dozens of insurance companies are suing Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy to recoup money paid out to homes and businesses lost in Colorado's most destructive wildfire in 2021. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, a few weeks after investigators announced...

 

Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ club mass killer gets life in prison, victim says 'devil awaits' defendant

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The person who killed five people at a Colorado Springs nightclub in 2022 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, after victims called the shooter a "monster" and "coward" who hunted down revelers in a calculated a...

 

Drug deal likely sparked Denver mass shooting after Nuggets' NBA win, police say

DENVER (AP) — A shooting in downtown Denver amid fans celebrating the Nuggets' first NBA championship win was likely sparked by a drug deal gone wrong, police said Tuesday. The violence left 10 people wounded, including one of two people arrested i...

 

Colorado offers safe haven for abortion, transgender care

DENVER (AP) — A trio of health care bills enshrining access in Colorado to abortion and gender-affirming procedures and medications became law Friday as the Democrat-led state tries to make itself a safe haven for its neighbors, whose Republican l...

 

Detective: Colorado Springs club shooter ran neo-Nazi site

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 22-year-old accused of carrying out the deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs in November posted to a neo-Nazi website and used gay and racial slurs while gaming online, a police detective t...

 

Colorado officials plead not guilty in Elijah McClain case

DENVER (AP) — A group of police officers and paramedics pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the role they are accused of playing in the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was forcibly restrained and injected with a powerful s...

 

'Next mass killer': Dropped case foretold Colorado bloodbath

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Anderson Lee Aldrich loaded bullets into a Glock pistol and chugged vodka, ominously warning frightened grandparents not to stand in the way of an elaborate plan to stockpile guns, ammo, body armor and a homemade b...

 

Amended autopsy: Black man died due to sedative, restraint

DENVER (AP) — A Black man died after a police encounter in a Denver suburb in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released Friday. Despite the finding,...

 

Activist's self-immolation stirs questions on faith, protest

Wynn Bruce, a 50-year-old climate activist and Buddhist, set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, prompting a national conversation about his motivation and whether he may have been inspired by Buddhist monks who...

 

Police: 5 killed, including gunman, in Denver area shootings

DENVER (AP) — 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 a...

 

Suspect in Denver shootings wrote books previewing attacks

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing five people in a rampage in Denver is believed to have written fictional books self-published online that named some of his real-life victims and described similar attacks. The writings are part of the investiga...

 

United States issues its 1st passport with 'X' gender marker

DENVER (AP) — The United States has issued its first passport with an "X" gender designation, marking a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broadl...

 

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