Shopping this weekend? Please keep the less fortunate in mind. Join our toy drive
  • Follow me on:

Matt Farley is a web producer with KDVR and KWGN. A former crime reporter on California's Central Coast, he has since worked as a writer, photographer and editor for the Reno Gazette-Journal and Metromix Denver. His work has been syndicated by USA Today, The Associated Press and

Recent Articles
  • Woman kidnapped after van slams into her car in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A woman was abducted Saturday morning when her boyfriend reportedly rammed her car with a heavy van, dragged her inside and drove away. The incident happened near Highway 93 and Matthew Winters Park, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said. Megan Vandellen, described as a 26-year-old white woman with dark hair, was driving along when a white cargo van with a push bar or heavy-duty bumped slammed into her, witnesses said. Vandellen spoke briefly with the adult […]

  • File photo credit: KATU

    Principal suspended after secret school shooting drill terrifies students, teachers

    POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A middle school principal was suspended Tuesday in the wake of a controversial safety drill that led students, teachers and parents to believe that a real school shooting was underway. Jewett Middle Academy suspended Jacquelyn Moore pending a full investigation into last week’s drill, The Ledger reported. School administrators reportedly initiated a school lockdown, and real police officers began clearing the school with loaded firearms drawn, just as they would during an actual shooting, the paper reported. Some […]

  • ramos

    Former treasurer accused of embezzling $15K from school district

    BENNETT, Colo. — The former treasurer of Bennett Elementary School has been formally charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the local parent-teacher association. Angelita Sue Ramos, 39, faces seven counts each of theft and forgery, 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced. Ramos is accused of taking cash and checks totaling $15,119.21 from the Bennett Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association between 2012 and 2013 while she served as treasurer of the organization. The charges allege that she forged signatures […]

  • 40714B00-THQTD

    Federal drug agents search NFL teams playing away games Sunday

    NEW YORK — Federal drug agents surprised at least six NFL teams Sunday with bag searches and interrogations of team doctors as part of an investigation into illegal prescription drug use. The searches targeted the medical staffs of teams playing away games this week, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was not immediately known if the Denver Broncos — playing in St. Louis — were contacted. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Transportation Security Administration were […]

  • Denver Broncos logo

    Bad news, Broncos: St. Louis Rams batter Denver 22-7

    ST. LOUIS — Perhaps the St. Louis Rams were NOT who we thought they were. The Rams (4-6) battered the Denver Broncos 22-7 in St. Louis on Sunday, calling into question the roadworthiness of this year’s Broncos crew. Sunday’s drubbing dropped the Broncos to 7-3, with two  away victories all season. Just who have they managed to beat on the road? The winless Raiders and the almost-winless Jets. Denver QB Peyton Manning tossed just one touchdown against St. Louis while […]

  • Homeless winter

    Showdown coming over Florida law that prevents feeding the homeless

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is cracking down on those who would provide free food to the homeless. On Halloween, the city charged at least three people with crimes under a new ordinance that states the homeless may only be fed at special designated locations. One 25-year-old suspect was held in jail for six hours before being charged with illegal food distribution and “resisting without violence,” reported. “I was laughing. I thought, you know, this is […]

  • broncos-raiders

    After shaky start, Denver Broncos thrash Oakland Raiders 41-17

    OAKLAND, Calif. — They’re words you don’t see in the same sentence very often: “Peyton Manning” and “sloppy.” But that’s how the Denver Broncos quarterback looked for much of the first half of Sunday’s win against the Oakland Raiders. Oakland was up 10-6, Manning had thrown two interceptions, and Raiders linemen were batting his passes back at him with an alarming regularity that seemed more like volleyball than football. Then with less than four minutes left in the second quarter, […]

  • slap

    WATCH: Deputy suspended for hitting, threatening man who declined to be searched

    SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A New York sheriff's deputy was suspended late this week after a viral video surfaced that appeared to show him slapping and threatening a man who declined to let him search his car without a warrant.

  • lopez

    Barricaded Aurora suspect captured after police deploy gas canisters

    AURORA, Colo. — A barricaded suspect prompted a SWAT team response, street closures and emergency phone notifications to residents Saturday afternoon in Aurora. A felony menacing suspect, believed to be armed and dangerous, was located inside a home in the 1300 block of Florence Street, the Aurora Police Department said. When police arrived at the home looking for him, other people came out, but the suspect apparently remained inside, APD said. Florence Street was closed in the area, eventually firing a […]

  • Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder.

    Boulder Rep. Jared Polis wins fourth term

    DENVER — Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder won a fourth term Tuesday night, garnering about 55 percent of the vote. The Democrat defeated Republican George Leing in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. Leing finished with 45 percent of the vote. Polis, first elected in 2008, is known for supporting marijuana legalization, as well as his opposition to expanded fracking and oil drilling. He is one of the few openly gay House […]

  • Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.

    Ken Buck wins Weld County congressional seat

    DENVER — Weld County Republican Ken Buck defeated Democrat Vic Meyers on Tuesday to win an open race in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. Buck will succeed Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Yuma, who withdrew to launch his successful bid for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s seat. Buck lost a painfully close Senate race to Democrat Michael Bennet in 2010. Buck originally announced plans to take on Udall himself, but stepped aside when Gardner announced his campaign. Buck beat Meyers 66 percent […]

  • (Photo: Thinkstock)

    Colorado’s Amendment 68, gambling at horse tracks, fails

    DENVER — With more than 1.8 million votes counted as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, Colorado’s Amendment 68′s fate was sealed. A “no” vote on the measure was leading 1,280,313 to 516,957, a 71 percent to 29 percent divide. Amendment 68 would have allowed limited gambling at horse racing tracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties. Some percentage of the gambling revenues would go to a fund designed to help finance K-12 education in the state. The Yes on 68 campaign […]