Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson is a reporter at FOX31 & Channel 2.

Recent Articles
  • Canon City man finds bugs and bloodstains in Denver hotel; fights for a refund

    DENVER– Have you ever booked a hotel without checking the reviews first? That’s what a Canon City man did this weekend, while visiting his son in Denver—and paid the price. Rick Ratzlaff learned a valuable lesson this past weekend. “It’s not always better to get a better deal on a room,” he told FOX31. Ratzlaff says he paid about $85 for a room at the Star Motel on Saturday, in Denver, with his CDL discount. “I planned on having my […]

  • At antitrust hearing, Boulder company says ‘bully’ Amazon cut prices, demanded repayment

    BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder-based company is taking a stand against one of the largest online retailers in the world. Despite its enormous success online, PopSockets CEO David Barnett said he had no choice but to stop selling their popular adhesive phone grips through Amazon. Barnett said his company decided to cut direct ties with Amazon in 2018 after the behemoth sold his product for less than what they agreed upon and then demanded PopSockets pay them the difference. “I […]

  • Police searching for suspects responsible for string of Denver dispensary robberies

    DENVER– The Denver Police Department now believes the same four suspects are responsible for robbing six metro Denver dispensaries, at gunpoint, over the last several months. Frosted Leaf has several locations in Denver. The dispensary, off of Harrison Street, was robbed in early December just as employees were getting ready to close for the night. “It sent shock waves through the whole company,” said Frosted Leaf’s general Counsel, John Goutell. Goutell gave FOX31 and exclusive look at the surveillance footage, […]

  • Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management plans drone sightings for training purposes

    FORT MORGAN, Colo. –There’s only one thing people are talking about more than the steaks at the Flame Steakhouse, in Fort Morgan. “Definitely the drones are the hot topic,” said owner Russell Croft, grinning. There’s been sightings all over the eastern plains this month. “We certainly see more lights in the sky,” said Croft. Just down the road from the steak house, near mile marker 74 on I-76, a new drone has gone relatively unnoticed. “I did not see any […]

  • Suspect accused of fatally stabbing 15-year-old in southwest Denver appears in court

    DENVER — On Friday, Orvelina Gonzalez came face to face with the man accused of killing her 15-year-old son, Wayli Alvarado-Gonzalez. Elijah Martinez, 18, is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder charges for the New Year’s Day stabbing in a southwest Denver 7-Eleven parking lot. “[It’s] really sad because if he would have thought of the consequences of his act and where he’s at, I think he would have thought differently,” Orvelina said through a translator. Orvelina says Wayli had […]

  • US on track for one of the worst flu seasons in decades

    (CNN) — This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades, according to the United States’ top infectious disease doctor. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said while it’s impossible to predict how the flu will play out, the season so far is on track to be as severe as the 2017-2018 flu season, which was the deadliest in more than four decades, according to the US Centers […]

  • Mother speaks out over death of her son

    DENVER –Orvelina Gonzalez is living a mother’s worst nightmare. Her son, 15-year-old Wayli Alvarado-Gonzalez, was stabbed to death at a 7-11, in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. “They took away the most precious thing she has in her life,” Gonzalez’s translator says to FOX31. “She thinks she might never be able to cope with this, because her son is like a treasure.” Gonzalez says her son had been out with his friends, celebrating New Year’s, and they were […]

  • New Colorado law allows transgender people to obtain new birth certificate without proof of surgery

    DENVER — 2020 has already been a big year for 13-year-old Jude, who asked that we don’t use her last name. “On January 2nd, I went to the vital records office.  And I was there to get my gender and name changed on my birth certificate.” The Boulder County teen is the first to benefit from Jude’s Law, named after her, which went into effect Wednesday. Other transgender individuals have gone into the vital records office since then. It allows transgender […]

  • Mother speaks out about son who was shot and killed at Town Center at Aurora

    AURORA, Colo. — Shavon Jones says she never anticipated a family shopping trip on Friday to turn deadly. Jones is the mother of Nathan Poindexter, the victim of the Town Center at Aurora shooting on Dec. 27. Jones was in a different part of the mall when the shots broke out, but quickly learned that her son was near JCPenney. “I see people just running everywhere. Just everywhere. I’m like, where’s my son?” Jones says. She quickly ran up up […]

  • Thousands impacted by outage across Eastern Colorado

    Colo. — Hundreds are still without power in Eastern Colorado tonight, after a big outage hit homes and businesses, spanning from Limon to the Kansas border. K.C. Electric says the outage was caused by the storm, but did not provide additional information to Fox31, as of Sunday night. Out in Flagler, it was business as usual at the I-70 Diner—despite flickering lights and glitchy computers. “We experienced the lights flashing really bad. They’d go down real low and then come […]

  • ‘Marijuana is not harmless’; new campaign launched in Weld County

    WELD COUNTY, Colo.– The Weld County Health Department has launched a new campaign titled “Marijuana is Not Harmless”. “We acknowledge Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department. “However, the general public, and especially youth, need to understand that marijuana use is not harmless. There are consequences to driving impaired and using frequent amounts of marijuana.” According to an annual report released from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug […]

  • Polis pardons Peruvian immigrant convicted of felony, facing deportation

    BOULDER, Colo. — Gov. Jared Polis announced commutations for three people and pardons for five others on Monday. Ingrid Encalada LaTorre was among those granted clemency. The undocumented Peruvian immigrant was convicted of a felony in 2010 for using a false Social Security number. She has spent years living in sanctuary in churches throughout the Denver-Boulder area in an effort to avoid deportation. Most recently, LaTorre was staying at Unitarian Universalist Church in Boulder. Polis’ pardon erases LaTorre’s felony from her […]

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