Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s plans for a $450 million infrastructure bonding package to put to voters includes a new, mid-size “state-of-the-art” arena. He made the announcement during his annual State of the City address, conducted virtually on Monday morning. He dedicated much of the speech to the topics of homelessness, criminal justice and post-pandemic resilience. The infrastructure package represented the most substantial spending proposal in the speech. A $450 million investment, he said, “will help create 7,500 good-paying jobs, $483 million in worker wages and benefits, and $1 billion in economic benefits. Read the rest of this story on TheKnow.DenverPost.com.
Published: Apr 30, 2020, 10:54 pm • Updated: Apr 30, 2020, 10:55 pm By Kieran Nicholson Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized. Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release. El Paso sheriffIllegal marijuana raids in El Paso County. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Published: Apr 3, 2020, 9:07 pm • Updated: Apr 3, 2020, 9:09 pm By Kieran Nicholson Parents and a toddler missing from Thornton have been found crossing the U.S. border into Mexico. Reported missing on Wednesday, the family is “safe and unharmed,” said Matt Barnes, a police spokesman. Missing Thornton Family Update. Preliminary details,the family of three has been located at the Mexico and California border. Investigation is on-going. Limited details at this time. We want to thank the public for their assistance. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
A Rocky Ford police officer, accused of illegally confiscating marijuana during an active police investigation, has been criminally charged with distribution of the drug. Officer James Lopez is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and official misconduct, stemming from a December 2019 incident in southeast Colorado, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation news release. Lopez allegedly confiscated marijuana in the Rocky Ford area and later brought about a pound of marijuana to the residence of an acquaintance, who is not a law officer, and packaged the drug for apparent distribution, the release said. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Published: Feb 5, 2020, 4:12 pm • Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 4:15 pm By Tiney Ricciardi Denver prosecutors have charged a suspect in the armed robbery of a marijuana dispensary last month that law enforcement officials believe is connected to five similar hold-ups in late 2019. Courtesy Denver District Attorney’s OfficeSabastian Littlejohn Sabastian Tremayne Littlejohn, 25, was arrested on charges stemming from a robbery at Lightshade dispensary at 330 S. Dayton St. on Jan. 8. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Police are investigating a string of armed robberies of metro-area dispensaries in December as the number of break-ins at Denver marijuana businesses hit a three-year high in 2019. Dispensaries in the city reported five robberies and 122 burglaries last year, according to the Denver Police Department. Both offenses increased slightly from 2018, when Denver marijuana businesses reported one robbery and 120 burglaries. Overall, crimes related to the marijuana industry accounted for 0.30% of Denver’s total offenses reported in 2018, the latest year data was available, according to the police department. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.
Denver police investigators believe the same armed and masked robbers have struck at multiple marijuana businesses in the metro area since early November. The robbers have brandished multiple weapons in five robberies, the first on Nov. 4 and the most recent on Dec. 11, according to police. All the robberies have happened at night and all four robbers have worn hooded jackets. Police believe a silver 2009 Chevrolet Equinox SUV has been used in the robberies. #Denver, can you help investigators solve these robbery cases? If you have any info, you could earn a cash reward! Just call @CrimeStoppersCO at 720-913-7867. pic.twitter.com/ndjCZuMHw1 Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.