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  • Shooter threatened law professors, police before killing

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Douglas County shooter Matt Riehl had no criminal background, but according to the sheriff’s office, he was “known to them.” Part of that reason was Riehl’s angry, strange and threatening social media postings. Riehl used the alias “Matt Gonzo” on Facebook. Using various means of video recording, Riehl complained about the politics and tactics of several local police agencies. Before Riehl opened fire on Douglas County deputies early Sunday morning, he was busy on Facebook calling […]

  • Plea deals for faulty headlamps deny justice for victims

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Fictitious traffic tickets have been generating big money for Broomfield City Court this past year. About one-fifth of all moving violations were pleaded out to the same charge: Faulty headlamp. According to court records, prosecutors allowed 840 drivers to plead guilty to faulty headlamps, even though the Broomfield Police Department cited zero drivers for having a broken headlight. Although the plea agreements were designed to cut court costs and increase money collected from fines, the system denied […]

  • ‘Cyanide bomb’ expert under investigation by Colorado State Department of Agriculture

    LAPORTE, Colo. — Plenty of residents living in Laporte’s dog-friendly Rolling Hills neighborhood love animals. Chickens and horses prominently roam among large family homes, pens and yards. But a man living on Moccasin Circle has some of his neighbors feeling threatened. They say they are uncomfortable with the private property owner setting cage traps, placing unknown objects such as spikes into groomed ground, and according to police, allegedly setting out poison to kill skunks.  “The wildlife is not his to […]

  • Outrage over casinos prosecuting gamblers who use small abandoned slot credits

    BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Seventy-six cents. That’s how much a Denver man said he was convicted of “stealing” from a Colorado casino after he innocently played that small credit abandoned on a slot machine. On Wednesday, the FOX31 Problem Solvers exposed how casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek are helping prosecute hundreds of customers a year under a little-known statute: Fraud — Take Money not Won. Since then, similar stories of casinos and prosecutors making criminals out […]

  • Colorado casino customers prosecuted for playing abandoned slot credits

    BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Casinos in Colorado have been quietly helping prosecute hundreds of everyday gamblers under a little-known law. Court records show in the past five years, 728 casino customers in Black Hawk and Central City, and 202 more mostly slot machine players in the Cripple Creek area, have been cited or arrested under Colorado Statute 12-47.1-823(1)(c). Their indiscretions range from innocently playing abandoned slot credits left on machines by other customers, cashing in credit vouchers found on the […]

  • Denver high school coach collected fees for players’ college recruiting exposure

    DENVER — The deal pitched by Denver South High School baseball coach Paul Grubesic to some families of his players was relatively simple: For a fee, a company called Athletes for College would help the high school players get noticed by college coaches. Such attention, Grabesic wrote in his sales presentation, was a “can’t lose offer … if you are serious about getting your athletes to the next level.” But an extensive FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation discovered Grubesic wasn’t fully […]

  • Foul play suspected in case of missing mother

    CRESTONE, Colo. — Former Denver resident Kristal Anne Reisinger, 29,  moved to a small town near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains seeking religious enlightenment. Then around July 13, 2016, she disappeared. Over the past year, the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office has transformed its investigation from that of a missing person to a case of suspected foul play. Two detectives from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have also joined the team looking into what might have happened to Reisinger. Although those […]

  • Emails tie DMV computer failures to $17 million in upgrades

    DENVER — Two years ago, state lawmakers allocated $93.3 million to the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to upgrade computer systems at the Division of Motor Vehicles. The project was nicknamed DRIVES — Driver License, Record, Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution. OIT records show it has spent more than $17 million from the DRIVES fund. But repeated computer-system meltdowns at DMV offices this year continue to cause long lines and delays for people trying to get driver’s licenses. From Feb. 22 to […]

  • Man accused of killing fellow inmate released from Denver jail despite ICE detainer

    DENVER —  Prosecutors in Denver have declined to file homicide charges against a teenage jail inmate who allegedly beat another inmate to death on Monday. Now he’s free and wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the Denver City Jail already released him. Police, prosecutors and jail sources said 19-year-old Ricardo Lopez Vera got into a “mutual combat” fight with 42-year-old William Anderson in or near the shower area in pod H on Monday morning. The Denver Office of […]

  • Governor discusses oversight for unsanctioned horse races

    DENVER — After seeing a months-long FOX31 investigation into the dangers of unsanctioned horse racing, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said he’s supportive of some sort of new oversight. “When financial self- interest is involved, people might dope up horses — do things that are unacceptable for almost everyone,” Governor Hickenlooper told FOX31 during a recent on-camera interview. “You want to get all those people together and say how can we make sure these horses are not mistreated for the lowest […]

  • Unsolved death on Amtrak train ‘frustrates’ medical examiner

    DENVER — Denver Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Caruso doesn’t like mysteries. Over a two-year period, he and his staff of forensic pathologists performed 1,257 autopsies and 357 chart reviews. Of those, doctors failed to determine a specific cause of death only 47 times. “We try not to use undetermined very often. It is very unrewarding for the doctors. We don’t like it, but in some cases it’s all we can do,” Caruso said. “We sort of feel like we […]

  • Arapahoe County deputies hired to work at unsanctioned horse races

    DEER TRAIL, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers first exposed unregulated match races: Doping, gambling and abuse of horses going unchecked by regulators and politicians. Now, it’s been uncovered that Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies not only knew about the horse races, they profited from them. Public records show the organizers of an unsanctioned series of “Mexican Horse Race” events held in Deer Trail hired at least 30 deputies on 14 occasions to provide extra patrols. Residents who live near the rodeo […]