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  • Restaurant Report Card: 2 longtime metro restaurants struggle with health code violations

    Toasted and Cajun The Denver restaurant failed our report will 11 serious health code violation in December, including: The inspector ordered the restaurant to quit using the dish machine because it wasn’t sanitizing Ice machine had built-up dirt and debris 5-gallon bin of fries tossed due to being held at the wrong temperature Open container of vaping liquid next to spices The owner sent an email that says, in part: “Toasted and Cajun appreciates our customers’ business. We are here […]

  • Understaffed prisons creating dangerous conditions for guards

    DENVER — Colorado’s Department of Corrections is sounding the alarm about how understaffed prisons are creating dangerous conditions for the guards. According to a Problem Solvers investigation, there are 30 correctional officer vacancies at the Denver prison; 34 at the Limon facility; 43 vacancies in Buena Vista; 60 vacancies exist in Sterling. These vacancies represent some of the largest vacancies for this job the state has ever seen. “Do these vacancies put the safety of correctional officers at risk?” FOX31 […]

  • Noble Energy receives biggest fine from Colorado regulators in 2018

    DENVER — Every year the FOX31 Problem Solvers research the biggest fines issued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Through an open records request, the largest fine went to Noble Energy in 2018. According to the COGCC, Noble Energy failed to conduct “Mechanical Integrity Tests” on eight different sites around Weld County. The violations last in some cases hundreds of days. The total fine was $1.6 million. “Mechanical Integrity Tests” have been the focus of COGCC and many other […]

  • Improper food storage, employees not washing hands lead to Restaurant Report Card ‘Fs’

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 and Channel 2 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. Undici Ristorante The Englewood restaurant failed with 10 critical health code violations on October 26. A Tri-county inspector cited the restaurant for the following: Bare hands preparing salad Workers changing tasks not washing hands Not sanitizing food contact surfaces Undici’s owner Alex Kallas sent the following comment: “Everything was corrected on the spot while the health department was […]

  • Dozens of complaints filed against Town and Country Pet Center in Loveland

    LOVELAND, Colo. — Town and Country Pet Center on South Cleveland Avenue in Loveland is currently under investigation by the Colorado Agricultural Department for possible Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) violations. Unhappy customers have filed dozens of complaints online and with the FOX31 Problem Solvers. “I’ve gone to this pet store since I was a kid,” said Anna Hettinger, who bought a Siberian Husky at Town and Country and says the dog was sick when she bought him. “We took […]

  • Health Dept. pictures reveal violations at restaurants getting report card ‘Fs’

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. New Saigon A Denver health inspection cited the restaurant for nine critical violations September 26, 2018. The mistakes included: Food at wrong temperature Food sitting on counters Soiled towels Heavily stained cutting boards Dirty floors We left messages but didn’t hear back so we went by.  Manager Bao Vu said, “All of the corrections have been made the next day. They […]

  • Rodents and roaches problems for restaurants getting Report Card ‘F’s’

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. Bread Winners The Arvada restaurant scored nine critical health code violations in October. The issues included: Rodent droppings No food safety knowledge Handling ready to eat food with bare hands No thermometer The restaurant did not return our messages so we went by for a look. Owner Cynda Trudell said, “They’ve taken care of all the problems. I actually wasn’t here that […]

  • Colorado Springs veteran sues USAA for denying husband’s $1 million life insurance policy

    DENVER — A Colorado Springs woman is fighting insurance giant USAA in federal court. Her suit, filed in Denver, was recently dismissed. She is trying to appeal. Erin Peterson claims the Fortune 500 company refused to pay out a $1 million life insurance policy after her husband unexpectedly died. Peterson and her deceased husband, Ted Bobkowski, were both members of the U.S. Air Force. “USAA has been part of my life, my entire life,” Peterson said. Peterson is a retired […]

  • Video shows wind blowing port-a-potties, damaging man’s car at Red Rocks

    MORRISON, Colo. — A gust of wind created a stinky situation at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater over the summer when the forced portable toilets to be lifted into the air and damaged a man’s car. “They’re clearly not safe when there’s wind possibilities,” Andy Mowery said The FOX31 Problem Solvers requested video from June when Andy Mowery’s car was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Put a big dent in this quarter panel,” Mowery said. Mowery says […]

  • Asian market ordered to clean up mess outside: Restaurant Report Card

    DENVER — Every week, FOX31 looks at health inspections at restaurants in metro Denver and along the Front Range. Little Saigon Super Market The Denver market failed with nine critical violations on August 30, 2018.  The issues included: An excessive amount of trash and old equipment Floor needs repair Employee drinks sitting on cutting boards and counter tops Clams, oysters and other shellfish stored together The market did not return our calls so FOX31’s Erika Gonzalez stopped by. Gonzalez asked, […]

  • Family left without recourse after food poisoning hospitalization

    DENVER — A Salmonella outbreak last November in Weld County has left a single mother whose daughter nearly died with no recourse. “She went through so much. We were so scared at that point,” said Maria Montes. Her then 10-year-old daughter Rosie nearly died after eating at Burrito Delight in Fort Lupton. Montes said, “She could eat nothing not even water. It would all come out. She would throw up everything.” She took her to the emergency room where she […]

  • Lawsuit over marijuana, property values could have broad impacts

    DENVER — A legal fight has started in Federal Court here in Denver. At issue, should a Marijuana Grow House be shut down because of a neighbors complaints?  The courts decision could have a huge impact on Colorado. This is a case that’s not only being watched here in Colorado, but by all states that have legalized marijuana. The question: should Federal Drug Laws supersede Colorado’s laws? This fight is brewing in the the tiny community of Rye, about 30 […]