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Denver Post added an article Police drones responding to 911 calls in Colorado? “This really is the future of law enforcement.”

Police drones responding to 911 calls in Colorado? “This really is the future of law enforcement.”

Picture this: You call 911 and a drone comes whirring to your door instead of a police officer.



That could soon be a reality along parts of Colorado’s Front Range. A handful of local law enforcement agencies are considering using drones as first responders — that is, sending them in response to 911 calls — as police departments across Colorado continue to widely embrace the use of the remote-controlled flying machines.



Even the Denver Police Department, which long has resisted drones, is now launching its own program and wants to eventually use them to respond to 911 calls across the city.



“This really is the future of law enforcement at some point, whether we like it or not,” said Sgt. Jeremiah Gates, who leads the drone unit at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.



Like at least 20 Front Range agencies, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office already uses drones for tasks that include searching for missing people, mapping crime or crash scenes, providing overhead surveillance during SWAT operations or tracking fleeing suspects.



But now, the sheriff’s office is considering using its 20 drones to respond to certain 911 calls, sending them both instead of officers and ahead of officers, Gates said.



A remote-controlled drone could be flown to the location of an incident to scope out the area and stream live video back to its operator, who could provide quick, detailed information to responding officers about what’s going on. Or a drone might be the sole response to the 911 call if the operator can determine from the air that officers don’t need to respond.



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2 days ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article Colorado's New Legislation Tackles Housing Affordability Crisis

Colorado's New Legislation Tackles Housing Affordability Crisis

In recent years, Colorado has been a poster child for the U.S. housing crisis. Previously a relatively affordable state, it has seen home prices increase nearly sixfold over the past three decades, outstripping even Florida and California…

2 days ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article Colorado's New Legislation Tackles Housing Affordability Crisis

Colorado's New Legislation Tackles Housing Affordability Crisis

In recent years, Colorado has been a poster child for the U.S. housing crisis. Previously a relatively affordable state, it has seen home prices increase nearly sixfold over the past three decades, outstripping even Florida and California…

2 days ago

Sky High News added an article Grand County fishing report: Boat ramps are open

Grand County fishing report: Boat ramps are open

Grand Lake Fishing 



Ramps are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fishing has been good for all species. Rainbow trout action is excellent around the inlets. Heavy casting spoons like a Kastmaster or Little Cleo in blue/silver color have been our go to. Brown trout action is good, cast around the shorelines with small crankbaits or egg sucking leech streamers.  



Lake trout action is best early in the morning, look for them in 20-60 feet of water. A small black or green grub tipped with sucker has been consistently producing fish.  



Williams Fork Fishing



The east boat ramp opened May 15. Ramp hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The inspection shack has moved from the west end of the parking area to the east end. The water level at opening was 90%, last season the level was only 55%. Current level is 91% with 362 cubic feet per second coming in and 235 cfs going out.



On opening day, we found lake trout fishing to be slow, likely due to unstable weather patterns over the last couple of weeks. Fish were easy to locate in 40 to 60 feet of water. Watching them on Mega Live they would react to jigs, but would rarely bite no matter what color jig or jigging technique was presented to them. The bite will probably pick up later this week.



On paper there shouldn’t be any Kokanee salmon left in the lake. Rainbow trout fishing is slow since the lake hasn’t been stocked in several years. Northern pike is also slow but I’ve heard reports of some being caught in the shallow bays. Northerns are in decline so please practice catch and release on all fish.



Lake Granby Fishing

5 days ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article Don't Miss Blues From The Top 2024: A Weekend of Music in Winter Park, CO!"

Don't Miss Blues From The Top 2024: A Weekend of Music in Winter Park, CO!"

Experience the Best of Blues and Beyond at Blues From The Top 2024!

1 week ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article Don't Miss Blues From The Top 2024: A Weekend of Music in Winter Park, CO!"

Don't Miss Blues From The Top 2024: A Weekend of Music in Winter Park, CO!"

Experience the Best of Blues and Beyond at Blues From The Top 2024!

1 week ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article New documentary "Devastated" looks at Colorado's Fentanyl crisis

New documentary "Devastated" looks at Colorado's Fentanyl crisis

1 week ago

Denver 7 News added an article 6 separate weekend shootings leave 6 wounded in Denver, Aurora

6 separate weekend shootings leave 6 wounded in Denver, Aurora



DENVER Police in Denver and Aurora are investigating six separate weekend shootings, including an attempted carjacking, that left six people wounded and led to one arrest.



There were three separate shootings in Denver on Saturday, and three in Aurora Saturday night and Sunday morning. Aurora police made an arrest in one of the shootings. No other arrests were reported.



The first shooting occurred in Denver around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Glenarm Place. One person was shot and self-transported to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.



The second shooting occurred in Aurora at 9:32 p.m. Saturday at 10792 E. Exposition Avenue. Police said a 35-year-old Denver man sustained multiple gunshot wounds. None were life-threatening.



The 35-year-old victim was able to describe the suspect, and police later arrested 51-year-old Rodney Youngblood on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.





Around the same time in Denver Saturday night, a shooting in the 2200 block of E. Bruce Randolph Avenue sent one person to the hospital with unknown extent of injuries. No suspect details were available.



About an hour later in Denver, one person was shot and sustained what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries in the 3000 block of N. Monaco Street, according to police. No arrests were made.



1 week ago

KDVR Fox 31 added an article Colorado is the third most dangerous state in country: US News ranking

<p><b>Colorado is the third most dangerous state in country: US News ranking</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/27023/GettyImages-2002719542.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><p>DENVER (<a href="https://kdvr.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">KDVR</a>) — Each year, <a href="https://www.usnews.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">U.S. News and World Report</a> releases a report ranking each state on several factors. In the most recent report, Colorado made a top 10 list -- for most dangerous states.</p>

<p>On Thursday, U.S. News and World Report released the <a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/slideshows/10-most-dangerous-states-in-america?onepage" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">"10 Most Dangerous States in America"</a> list. Each of the 50 states was judged on violent crimes and property crime rates.</p>

<p>Colorado was recognized as the third most dangerous state, largely in part because of its property crime rate.</p>

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<p>The report pulled violent and property crime numbers from the <a href="https://cde.ucr.cjis.gov/LATEST/webapp/#/pages/explorer/crime/crime-trend" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"

1 week ago

KDVR Fox 31 added an article Study: These are the best (and worst) cities to move to in Colorado

<p><b>Study: These are the best (and worst) cities to move to in Colorado</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/27338/Getty-City-Park-Light-Rain.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><p>DENVER (<a href="https://kdvr.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">KDVR</a>) - The Mile High City is home to an uninterrupted view of the mountains and claims of 300 days of sunshine. However, based on a new study, Denver is actually one of the worst cities to move to in Colorado - and it's not because of the elevation or the <a href="https://kdvr.com/sports/colorado-rockies/how-bad-are-the-colorado-rockies-really/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Colorado Rockies</a>' record.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/money/homefront/moving/best-cities-in-colorado/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">USA TODAY</a> released a study looking into some of Colorado's largest cities and ranking them as the best and worst cities to live in, based on several factors including health, safety, entertainment and more.</p>

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<p>While some Colorado cities are known as the <a href="https://kdvr.com/news/local/these-2-colorado-cities-among-top-25-most-popular-to-visit/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="

1 week ago

Denver 7 News added an article Off-duty Jeffco sheriff’s deputy, Jerold Taylor, agrees to plea deal in crash that paralyzed girl

<p><b>Off-duty Jeffco sheriff’s deputy, Jerold Taylor, agrees to plea deal in crash that paralyzed girl</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/26296/lucy-harris.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><meta charset="utf-8"><meta property="op:markup_version" content="v1.0">
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<p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. On the day his trial was to start, an off-duty Jefferson County sheriffs deputy who was accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that paralyzed a 10-year-old girl, pleaded guilty on two charges.</p>

<p>Jerold Taylor was accused of failing to slow down ahead of stopped traffic on I-70 near Genesee causing the July 15, 2023 crash that paralyzed Lucy Harris.</p>

<p>The Jefferson County District Attorneys Office on Thursday told Denver7 Taylor pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving resulting in injury, which are misdemeanor charges.</p>

<p>Two other charges of careless driving resulting in injury were dismissed, the DAs office said.</p>

<p>Both parties agreed that Taylor would not serve jail time but would pay over $3.2 million in restitution, according to the DA.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.denver7.com/news/local-news/off-duty-jefferson-county-sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-paralyzing-girl-in-crash-pleads-not-guilty" target="_blank">Taylor previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.</a></p>

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1 week ago

CBS 4 News added an article Denver police will not pull over drivers for low-level traffic violations in policy shift

<p><b>Denver police will not pull over drivers for low-level traffic violations in policy shift</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/26688/dpd-badge-generic.jpeg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><p>There's a new approach to how the city of Denver will handle low-level traffic violations.<br />
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Cities like Los Angeles and Philadelphia have told their police officers to stop pulling drivers over for low-level traffic infractions. A similar approach is now taking place in Denver, this time under a new police policy. The stops will not happen in the Mile High City regularly now, unless there's a real threat to safety.<br />
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Denver's policy was approved on May 1 and it comes after the city council suggested the idea to Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas a year ago. It is based on a study by the Vera Institute of Justice that suggests law enforcement departments whose officers are stopping fewer drivers in other cities are seeing an increase in public safety.<br />
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After doing his own research, Thomas felt this was the right time to move forward with this new policy.<br />
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"I think we need to be more useful with our time and so, we did some study to identify the fact that one, low-level traffic stops have no impact on safety, no impact on crime reduction, but they do take time, and if they don't have any connection to traffic safety, I think we need to be careful of how we spend our time," said Thomas.<br />
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According to Thomas, calls for service continue to increase. For this reason, they look to invest energy and necessary resources on more serious crimes and respond to calls for service more efficiently.<br />
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"For us a low-level traffic stop is a traffic infraction

2 weeks ago

Denver 7 News added an article Off-duty Jeffco sheriff’s deputy agrees to plea deal in crash that paralyzed girl

<p><b>Off-duty Jeffco sheriff’s deputy agrees to plea deal in crash that paralyzed girl</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/26296/lucy-harris.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><meta charset="utf-8"><meta property="op:markup_version" content="v1.0">
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<p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. On the day his trial was to start, an off-duty Jefferson County sheriffs deputy who was accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that paralyzed a 10-year-old girl, pleaded guilty on two charges.</p>

<p>Jerold Taylor was accused of failing to slow down ahead of stopped traffic on I-70 near Genesee causing the July 15, 2023 crash that paralyzed Lucy Harris.</p>

<p>The Jefferson County District Attorneys Office on Thursday told Denver7 Taylor pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving resulting in injury, which are misdemeanor charges.</p>

<p>Two other charges of careless driving resulting in injury were dismissed, the DAs office said.</p>

<p>Both parties agreed that Taylor would not serve jail time but would pay over $3.2 million in restitution, according to the DA.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.denver7.com/news/local-news/off-duty-jefferson-county-sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-paralyzing-girl-in-crash-pleads-not-guilty" target="_blank">Taylor previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.</a></p>

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2 weeks ago

Denver 7 News added an article Off-duty Jeffco sheriff’s deputy agrees to plea deal in crash that paralyzed girl

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<p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. On the day his trial was to start, an off-duty Jefferson County sheriffs deputy who was accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that paralyzed a 10-year-old girl, pleaded guilty on two charges.</p>

<p>Jerold Taylor was accused of failing to slow down ahead of stopped traffic on I-70 near Genesee causing the July 15, 2023 crash that paralyzed Lucy Harris.</p>

<p>The Jefferson County District Attorneys Office on Thursday told Denver7 Taylor pleaded guilty to two charges of careless driving resulting in injury, which are misdemeanor charges.</p>

<p>Two other charges of careless driving resulting in injury were dismissed, the DAs office said.</p>

<p>Both parties agreed that Taylor would not serve jail time but would pay over $3.2 million in restitution, according to the DA.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.denver7.com/news/local-news/off-duty-jefferson-county-sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-paralyzing-girl-in-crash-pleads-not-guilty" target="_blank">Taylor previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.</a></p>

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<p>A report from the Colorado State Patrol claimed Taylor was distracted by something outside of his vehicle.</p>

<p>Lucy, who attended Taylors arraig

2 weeks ago

KDVR Fox 31 added an article Reward increased for information in deadly Downtown Aquarium shooting

<p><b>Reward increased for information in deadly Downtown Aquarium shooting</b></p><p>Family still seeking answers in the murder of Dacien Salazar</p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/20732/Use_Descriptive_File_Name-2024-04-17T163129.415.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><p>DENVER (KDVR) -- The family of a 19-year-old killed in a <a href="https://kdvr.com/news/local/denver-downtown-aquarium-shooting/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">shooting that happened near the Downtown Aquarium</a> on Valentine's Day has increased the reward for information to $3,000, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers said in a release.</p>

<h3>The Denver Police Department said the victim, Dacien Salazar, appeared to be the intended target of the shooting.</h3>

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<p>On the day of his death, Salazar had traveled from southern Colorado to Denver to spend the day with some friends, according to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.</p>

<p>"His day ended in tragedy when he was struck by gunfire from a moving vehicle, this does not appear to be a random act," Crime Stoppers said in a release.</p>

<p>Salazar's family has increased the reward with an additional $1,000 donated by his grandfather. The family, along with the Denver Police Department and Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, are asking the public for help in

1 month ago

Colorado Sun added an article Colorado locked up middle-aged women for “lunacy,” old jail ledger reveals

Colorado locked up middle-aged women for “lunacy,” old jail ledger reveals

GOLDEN — The leather-bound ledger smells of tobacco and dust, each page listing the names of people booked into the Jefferson County Jail more than 100 years ago. 

The men in the ledger, identified in old-timey cursive as immigrants, Native Americans and miners, were mostly booked for crimes typical in Golden’s mining heyday — drunkenness, bootlegging, fighting and murder. 



The most common charge for women, however, was lunacy.



Of the 280 charges against women listed in the book, 74 are for “lunacy” or “insanity.” And of those women, at least 31 were sent from jail via train to what was then called the Insane Asylum at Pueblo. That’s 26% of all charges against women.



The Golden History Museum, a collection of dinosaur fossils and mining-era artifacts along Clear Creek, first used the ledger to investigate a 1879 lynching long part of town lore. Two men who murdered a well-liked Golden citizen and stole his wagon were pulled from jail by an angry mob and hung from a trestle bridge.



But as museum curator Stephanie Gilmore and program assistant Bianca Barriskill turned the giant pages of the 1878-1929 ledger, some stained with ink blotches or coffee, what jumped out at them was the number of times women were locked up for being “insane.” 



The discovery set Barriskill on a monthslong exploration that included three trips to the old mental hospital in Pueblo, where she read logs listing what the women were wearing when they arrived, who dropped them off and whether anyone ever visited them again. The rich women arrived with si

1 month ago

Colorado Sun added an article Colorado House passes bill banning sale of so-called assault weapons. It now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Colorado House passes bill banning sale of so-called assault weapons. It now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

The Colorado House of Representatives on Sunday passed a bill that would ban the purchase, sale and transfer of a broad swath of semiautomatic firearms, defined in the measure as assault weapons. The legislation now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.



House Bill 1292 passed 35-27, mostly along party lines, with three representatives excused.



Republicans in the chamber voted uniformly against the measure. They were joined by nine Democrats, including Reps. Meghan Lukens of Steamboat Springs, Bob Marshall of Highlands Ranch and Mary Young of Greeley.



Republicans argued during roughly four hours of debate Sunday that the measure would violate the Second Amendment and that it wouldn’t address the societal causes of mass shootings, like mental

1 month ago

KDVR Fox 31 added an article Glenwood Hot Springs building a new pool experience

<p><b>Glenwood Hot Springs building a new pool experience</b></p><p></p><img src="/Portals/4//EasyDNNnews/20388/IMHS-NNL.jpg" width='150' class='jphoto' style='float:left;padding-right:8px; padding-bottom:5px;'/><p><p>DENVER (<a href="https://kdvr.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">KDVR</a>) - The <a href="https://www.hotspringspool.com/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Glenwood Hot Springs Resort</a> is opening a collection of new pools that range from cold plunges to hot baths with water features overlooking the Rocky Mountains.</p>

<p>Five new pools, collectively called the Yampah Mineral Baths, will be available in just over a month, each coming with a new experience and different therapeutic benefits, according to the resort.</p>

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<h2>Glenwood Hot Springs Resort has a specific way to experience all five pools:</h2>

<h3 class="wp-block-heading">#1 Cascade Waters</h3>

<p class="wp-block-heading" style="margin-left: 40px;">The first pool is a warm-up with water temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 104 degrees. This pool focuses on the sound of running water, which the resort says is proven to moderate blood flow as well as ease stress and anxiety.</p>

<h3 class="wp-block-heading">#2 Sacred Waters</h3>

1 month ago

Colorado Sun added an article Colorado House passes bill banning sale of so-called assault weapons. It now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Colorado House passes bill banning sale of so-called assault weapons. It now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

The Colorado House of Representatives on Sunday passed a bill that would ban the purchase, sale and transfer of a broad swath of semiautomatic firearms, defined in the measure as assault weapons. The legislation now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.



House Bill 1292 passed 35-27, mostly along party lines, with three representatives excused.



Republicans in the chamber voted uniformly against the measure. They were joined by nine Democrats, including Reps. Meghan Lukens of Steamboat Springs, Bob Marshall of Highlands Ranch and Mary Young of Greeley.



Republicans argued during roughly four hours of debate Sunday that the measure would violate the Second Amendment and that it wouldn’t address the societal causes of mass shootings, like mental

1 month ago

DenverVisitor.com added an article Wheat Ridge Police catch suspects who Stole Kia near I-70 and Kipling

Wheat Ridge Police catch suspects who Stole Kia near I-70 and Kipling

With the quick actions of the Wheat Rdige Police officer, they were able to catch 2 males who appear to have stolen a KIA vehicle.



 

1 month ago