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  • 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 […]

  • Unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in rural Colorado

    DEER TRAIL, Colo. — It’s Easter outside the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds. Armed teams of private security in flak jackets set up a roadblock searching passengers and vehicles. What they are looking for is unclear, but alcohol and beer are allowed to pass. An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy drove by slowly on the street outside the stadium but did not stop. By early afternoon, approximately 500 spectators are lined up along metal railings near a long, manicured dirt track. They […]

  • Boulder’s repeat false alarm violators exposed

    BOULDER, Colo. — Fining Boulder businesses for repeatedly setting off false security alarms seems to be working to reduce unnecessary police calls. Before March 1, owners of security alarms faced no penalty for falsely summoning police. Only a month into the new program, which fines false alarm violators up to $450, the Boulder Police Department said officers have seen a “dramatic” reduction. Using the Colorado Open Records Act, the FOX31 Problem Solvers identified 40 businesses that over a two-year period created at […]

  • 142 Colorado dams flunk latest safety inspection

    DENVER — According to safety records on file at the Colorado Division of Water Resources, at least 142 active dams flunked their latest inspection. Thirty-two of those deficient dams are in areas where, if they fail, state engineers expect either a “loss of human life” or “significant damage to improved property.” Map: See every dam in Colorado and its safety record “Those are the ones we keep an eye on the most. They wouldn’t be on that list if we […]