Jul 31



Broncos Fans are really excited about the upcoming season! So much so, that even the expanded facilities could not accommodate the rush of enthusiasm.


The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office allowed use of a dirt lot between the administration building and the UC Health Training Center for overflow parking, but fans quickly overflowed into unauthorized areas of the sheriff’s office grounds. Deputies discovered that signs prohibiting parking had even been taken out of the ground. Businesses in the surrounding area were affected similarly.


The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office supports the Denver Broncos and wants fans to have an enjoyable experience. As they come to experience the fun of training camp, we ask that they park only in designated areas. We strongly encourage carpooling and alternate transportation methods.


Parking at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Facility is permitted only for those conducting business at the Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices. Parking at the Arapahoe County Justice Center is permitted only for those with business with the courts or detention facility. Fans should also respect the private property of local businesses.


While no vehicles were towed from Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office property today, impacts in the future may require it.


Jul 31

Rep. Saine’s Felony DUI bill goes into effect

DENVER — On Wednesday, August 5th, Representative Lori Saine’s (R-Firestone) House Bill 1043, the felony DUI law, officially goes into effect. The new law gives district attorneys the option to prosecute a fourth DUI in a lifetime as a Class 4 felony. This was the fourth Republican-led effort in the past six years to establish a felony DUI statute in Colorado.

“Beginning today, habitual drunk drivers in Colorado will face far more serious consequences for their reckless behavior,” said Saine. “I’m proud to have worked with countless volunteers and many victims who have sacrificed so much to bring peace of mind to Colorado families by getting these habitual drunk drivers off of our streets.”

Jul 31

Three GOP bills helping Colorado veterans and active-duty members go into effect

DENVER — On Wednesday, August 5th, three laws benefiting Colorado veterans and active-duty service members will go into effect. House Bill 1030, sponsored by Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain), establishes a pilot program to help 20 veterans be successful in the civilian workforce. Within this program, a non-profit employment agency will provide employment services such as job mentoring, guidance, and mediation services between the veteran participants and their employer to determine the most effective strategies to ensure veterans are successful in the private sector.

“While there are many skills that are transferable from military service to the private sector, some of the sacrifice service members make comes in the form of professional training and education required to gain employment in the civilian workforce,” said Landgraf. “This new law will help Colorado better understand how to help our military veterans transition out of the armed forces and into the civilian workforce.”

House Bill 1026, sponsored by Representative Kit Roupe (R-Colorado Springs) allows the Division of Motor Vehicles to add a Person with a Disability (PWD) emblem to the existing 36 military special license plates. Currently, a disabled veteran who received the Distinguished Flying Cross has to choose between a license plate displaying his or her military distinction or a disabled veteran plate. House Bill 1026 will allow a disabled veteran to choose a plate that also displays his or her military distinction.

“Starting August 5th, disabled veterans will not have to choose between disabled license plates and displaying their military distinction,” said Roupe. “I am so grateful our state gives our veterans the opportunity to display such honorable distinctions as the Distinguished Flying Cross or Silver Star, and I am pleased this new law will allow our disabled heroes this same honor.”

House Bill 1181, known as the Honoring Our Military Exemption (HOME) Act, sponsored by Representative Jon Keyser (R-Morrison), will allow active-duty military personnel from Colorado to reacquire their Colorado residency without adverse financial consequences.

With this bill, Colorado will be taking a first step in joining the majority of other states with regard to how the state treats active-duty military members for state income tax purposes. Federal law allows active-duty military members to select their state of residency, and because a majority of other states do not require active-duty military members to pay state income taxes, Coloradans that join the military typically become residents of other states during their time of active service.

“We are in the midst of the longest period of continuous war in our nation’s history. At the same time, we have an all-volunteer force, but only five percent of Americans serve on active duty. The Department of Defense decides where Colorado’s sons and daughters are stationed—often in far flung places around the globe—but with the passage of the HOME Act, I hope our women and men in uniform know that no matter where they get stationed, Colorado can always be their ‘home’,” said Keyser.

Jul 25

Fugitive of Justice: Rafael Sanchez

Adams County, Colo. – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating Rafael Sanchez DOB 02-14-1984, he’s a white male, 5’07”, 190 lbs, Brown hair, and Hazel eyes.

Rafael Sanchez

Rafael’s charges include Sex Assault on a Child (X7), and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (X3).

Rafael has two warrants out of Adams County for Failure to Appear and Failure to Comply. Rafael’s last known location was in Brighton, Colorado.

If you know the whereabouts of Rafael Sanchez or see someone matching this description please call 911 immediately.


Jul 24

Twitter is your friend. Not.

Judge slaps ban on Newsweek and reporter who ID’d juror in a tweet.

Twitter is like that popular girl  you didn’t trust but you made friends with anyway.  Her friendship got you a place at the cool cafeteria table, but one bad move and you were stuck by yourself with your sack lunch.

A respected and experienced Newsweek reporter made a bad move on Twitter Thursday in the mad scramble to report the theater shooting trial verdict. Now Nina Burleigh is taking her lumps over a split-second decision social media blunder.

Judge Carlos Samour put out an official order banning her and any other Newsweek reporter from the courthouse for the duration of the trial.

“Newsweek and its reporters should have known better,” he wrote.

Juror 737’s voice was trembling yesterday as he told a closed courtroom that he had been ID’ed in the tweet by Newsweek.  The tweet had a link to a story, which also ID’ed him, on the guilty verdict rendered by the jury.  His name was tweeted in cyberspace and then broadcast over and over.

These jurors have a serious job to do in these next couple of weeks. They are deciding whether the convicted theater shooter will die for killing 12 people and injuring 70 three years ago.  The extra stress now that many people know his name is likely keeping 737 up at night.

The defense is livid about the gaffe.  Holmes’ attorneys are likely worried that 737 will lose his objectivity. Anonymity breeds security; but, now that the light is shining on  him,  there may be invisible pressure to vote for the shooter’s death because that’s what society wants for him to do.

James Holmes public defenders know he is a pariah. During jury selection, they specifically asked prospective jurors if they would have any qualms about making the unpopular decision of letting him live out his life in prison as opposed to killing him.

“This will be an appellate issue,” predicts former prosecutor Bob Grant. “I’m surprised the judge didn’t put somebody in jail.”

The broader issue is how we as journalists deal with the powerful tattletale that is Twitter.

The answer — we need to think before we tweet.

The immediacy of Twitter is a temptation for reporters who want to be first.  Our editors encourage us to get the word out right away.  But is five minutes of thought and cross-checking really all that long?  If you are the only one to break the news, why the worry that someone else will beat you?

And if a dozen other journalists are scrambling to be first with the same news, then who cares if you’re sixth? It’s not worth getting the facts wrong.

It’s ironic that this would happen to Juror 737. He is perhaps the most unlikely juror, as he is a Columbine survivor who was once close to the the killers; and after that friendship lapsed, ended up taking one of the victims to prom the week before she was killed. F

Further, he is not just one of the 12,  he is the foreman.  He knows about the media. He knows about mental illness. He knows about tragedy. And he does know about how the media works because Columbine was an international story for months.

It’s true, there are more important issues.  Like death and vengeance and mental illness and guns and sorrow and loss.  Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh is not the person on trial here.  But on a slow day at the courthouse as the jury deliberates the aggravating factors in phase 1, it’s worth taking a look at the roll that Twitter is taking on our profession and how we can from finding ourselves ashamed and feeling responsible when our only real responsibility as journalists is to be a messenger.


Jul 23

Rustle up some fun with 4-H youth and animals at the Arapahoe County Fair

Aurora, Colo. — Mark your calendar for four days of family fun and entertainment at the 2015 Arapahoe County Fair, July 23-26, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. It’s the best bargain of the summer and for those who visit the Fair on Saturday, general admission includes the 4-H Youth Livestock Auction at 6:30 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion.

The Youth Livestock Auction is a long-standing tradition at the Fair where citizens and businesses are invited to attend and bid on locally-raised lambs, hogs, goats, poultry, rabbits and beef in support of local 4-H youth. Proceeds go directly to the individual 4-H exhibitor to invest in their future education and help to offset the cost of raising the animal.

4-H participants follow quality production practices in nutrition, health, the care and handling of their livestock. Animals are judged at the Fair by experienced livestock evaluators, and those that meet established market quality standards may be auctioned at the Youth Livestock Auction.

Arapahoe County’s 4-H is a youth development program through Colorado State University Extension that brings together members, ages 5-18, to learn life skills, build friendships and have fun. 4-H has long been the heart of the Arapahoe County Fair. Local youth spend months preparing projects and animals for the Fair, where they contend for a judges’ nod, prize ribbons and cash premiums.

In addition to the Youth Livestock Auction, discover the terrific handiwork of 4-H home economic and general projects from woodworking and baking to sewing, photography and cake decorating.

This year, there are 288 4-H active members in Arapahoe County. Next year, we anticipate that number to grow.

Enrollment for the 2015/2016 4-H program begins in October. Parents who are interested in finding out more about 4-H for their kids can do the following:

  • Call the 4-H office at CSU-Extension at 303-730-1920.
  • Go online and fill out a form: http://arapahoe.wufoo.com/forms/request-more-information-from- arapahoe-county-4h/
  • Fill out a 4-H inquiry card available at the 4-H information table during the Fair.

If you are attending, remember, pre-sale daily admission tickets are available if you buy online at www.arapahoecountyfair.com right now for $10, that’s $5 cheaper than at the gate.

Admission includes unlimited carnival rides, fireworks, concerts on the main stage, rodeos, the high-flying dock dogs, 4-H exhibits, open class contests, tractor pulls, and demo derby.

Find information and a schedule of events at www.arapahoecountyfair.com.

Jul 22

Community Supports CALF’s City to Ranch Program

Castle Rock  —  Tomorrow, Thursday, July 23rd, many members of the agricultural community are helping the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) host 75 children and youth from The Bridge Project at DU’s Westwood Center.   As many as 20 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members will be working side-by-side with the Bridge Project participants to help show them where their food comes from and about gardening and raising livestock.  In addition, another 20 adult volunteers are helping with the program and preparing food in the show of rural hospitality.  The National Western Stock Show and an anonymous donor donated funds to help pay for transportation and other program costs.  JBS USA in Greeley, Colorado donated 150 hamburgers to help feed the participants!

The Bridge Project participants will arrive at CALF’s Lowell Ranch (just south of Castle Rock) at about 9 am.  In small groups, participants will help work in the gardens and production fields to learn about growing fruit, herbs and vegetables.  Then each group will be paired with 4-H and FFA members, that house their livestock projects at CALF’s Lowell Ranch, to feed and care for livestock (either steers, sheep, goats, hogs, turkeys, goats or ducks).  At about 11 am, the participants will see first-hand a cattle round up.  After lunch, the participants will experience making butter, the strength of eggs, creating their own mini-greenhouse and making their own brand.

The Bridge Project at the University of Denver strives to help children and youth living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults. The Bridge Project operates four sites in Denver, and participants from the Westwood Site located at Westwood Site, 855 South Irving Street will participate in this pilot project.

Founded in 2002, the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation (CALF) at Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek three miles south of Castle Rock is a 133-acre working educational ranch that “connects people to agriculture” through authentic educational programs, special events and community projects.  CALF aims to build a better understanding of the importance of agriculture in everyday life.  Contact Brooke Fox, President/CEO at 303-688-1026 or Brooke@thecalf.org.

Jul 20

Innovative transportation proposals wanted

DENVER, COLORADO — The Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) is soliciting proposals for projects that advance innovation in Colorado transportation.

Supplemental funding of $21,000 has been made for the fiscal year ending September 30.  Proposals must be received by close of business of Friday, July 24, 2015.

The Innovation Council is looking for proposals in any or all of the following areas:

·        *  Training and other deployment efforts;
·       *   Conducting internal assessments;
·       *   Developing guidance, standards, and specifications;
·        *  Implementing system process changes;
·        *  Organizing peer exchanges; and
·        *  Sharing innovation technologies.

Any public sector organization is eligible to submit a proposal, including any city, county, tribal, state government, and federal government agency operating in Colorado.  Proposals may include partners from the private sector, but the proposal itself must be submitted by a public-sector agency.

Submit proposals to Gary Vansuch, Colorado Department of Transportation, at this e-mail address: gary.vansuch@state.co.us

For more information about submitting proposals to be funded, visit  https://www.codot.gov/business/process-improvement/colorado-state-transportation-innovation-council-stic

Jul 20


In a continuing effort to ensure traffic safety through education and enforcement, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate with other agencies across Colorado and the nation in the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt safety campaign that runs from July 20 through July 26, 2015. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, in partnership with other Colorado law enforcement officers, will be working to keep fatality numbers down by enforcing seat belt laws.

Seat Belt Laws/Ordinances in the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Service Area (unincorporated Arapahoe County and contract cities and towns including Centennial, Foxfield, Deer Trail, Bennett and Watkins):

  • Adults – Arapahoe County and those cities/towns which have adopted traffic ordinances all have secondary enforcement laws for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt laws if they are stopped for another traffic violation. Click It or Ticket enforcement focuses on speeding and aggressive drivers. Drivers who are stopped for a traffic violation and are not using a seat belt will be ticketed.
  • Teens – Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, no matter what their age, to wear seat belts. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
  • Children – Colorado’s child passenger safety law is primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association indicates that only 84 percent of Americans routinely use seat belts and in Colorado the percentage is even lower. Survey data from the Colorado Department of Transportation shows that only 82.9 percent of Colorado residents routinely use seat belts, though this figure has risen 10 percent since 2002. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts, with the majority of fatalities occurring at night.


  • Young adults are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
  • Those who drive and ride in pickup trucks may think that their large vehicle will protect them more than other vehicles in a crash. This false sense of security may cause them to not wear their seat belts, but the stats show that this bravado is misplaced. Sixty-six percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled up. That’s compared to 45 percent of car occupants who were killed while not wearing their seat belts.
  • More men than women die every year in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2012, 65 percent of the 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants killed were men. Men also wore their seat belts less than women in fatal crashes – 56 percent of men were unrestrained, compared to 43 percent for women.
  • Day or night, local law enforcement officers are on the lookout for those not wearing their seat belts–and for good reason. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.
  • Local law enforcement officers are actually trained to spot seat belt violations at night, so just because it’s dark, don’t think they won’t be able to spot unbelted drivers.Learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization and seatbelt safety across the nation at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot and across Colorado at https://www.codot.gov/safety/seatbelts-carseats.

Jul 20

MISSING PERSON: Brandi Trujillo

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NAME: Trujillo, Brandi

DOB/AGE: 07/26/94 (20 Years Old)

Physical Description: W/F, 5’1”, 160 lbs.

Last Seen: 07/19/15 at 7:15 pm wearing tan shorts and a green shirt, with red & white shoes, and a blue backpack.

Additional Information: Subject is developmentally delayed and is unfamiliar with the area. Last Facebook post requested a ride to the Denver Zoo on 07/19/15.


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