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Denver officer suspended for hitting man with patrol car

Aug. 8, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer was suspended for about a month after she struck a pedestrian with her patrol vehicle last year while using her cellphone, authorities said. Officer Jamie Taft was suspended for 38 days after pleading guilty to careless driving in January, KDVR-TV reported. Taft was...

Families create 'learning pods' amid uncertain school year

Aug. 8, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The unprecedented uncertainty whipped up by COVID-19 just weeks before the start of the school year is prompting an increasing number of parents to pursue what amounts to an academic side hustle — small-group “learning pods” that families hope will bring some stability...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, District Attorney George Brauchler speaks during a news conference in Castle Rock, Colo. An investigation will determine if police officers in suburban Denver will face charges after handcuffing two Black girls and placing them on the ground while mistakenly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, a prosecutor said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson and the department are cooperating with the investigation, Brauchler said. He called the public accounts of the confrontation

Prosecutors investigating police who handcuffed Black girls

Aug. 7, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors are investigating whether suburban Denver police officers should face criminal charges for putting four Black girls on the ground and handcuffing two of them after mistakenly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, a district attorney said Friday. The incident Sunday...

This Internet wanted poster was released by the Denver Police Department on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, as they and federal investigators seek the public's help in finding a suspected arsonist of a house fire where five people were found dead in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the home's second floor. Authorities suspect the fire was intentionally set. (Denver Police Department via AP)

Reward offered in Denver fire that killed 5 from Senegal

Aug. 7, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A $14,000 reward was offered Friday for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for setting a house fire that killed five people with ties to Senegal. The victims were members of a family who were “headed in the right direction", Joe Montoya, division chief of...

Colorado prison escapee caught after nearly 50 years on run

Aug. 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974 was found living under an alias in a small town in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot decades ago helped track him down, authorities said. Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in...

Bowlen family feud trial pushed back from September to 2021

Aug. 6, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — The Denver Broncos ownership trial that was supposed to begin next month has been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 1 via videoconference in front of Arapahoe County Court Judge John E. Scipione. It’s now...

San Francisco Giants shortstop Mauricio Dubon catches a fly ball at the wall off the bat of Colorado Rockies' Matt Kemp during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Murphy's pinch-hit HR lifts Rockies over Giants 6-4

Aug. 6, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a two-run, pinch-homer during a five-run seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Thursday. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies to spoil Tyler Anderson’s return to Coors Field. Anderson was...

An investigator stands in the doorway of a home in suburban Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, where five people were found dead after a fire. Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the home's second floor. Investigators believe the victims were a toddler, an older child and three adults. Authorities suspect was intentionally set. Witnesses told firefighters that three people on the second floor of the burning home jumped to safety. A fire department spokesman said the fire's heat pushed back a police officer trying to rescue the people who were on the home's first floor. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Senegal president offers condolences to Denver fire victims

Aug. 6, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The president of Senegal offered his condolences on Thursday after five people who immigrated to Colorado from the West African country were killed in a suburban Denver house fire that authorities say they suspect was intentionally set. President Macky Sall tweeted in French that he was also...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) reacts against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Justin Simmons had an eventful offseason, finding his voice during peaceful protests of racial and social injustice from his hometown in Florida to downtown Denver. The fifth-year safety and first-time All-Pro also failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Broncos, so he's playing under the franchise tag in 2020.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Simmons had enlightening offseason despite no new contract

Aug. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A breakout 2019 season garnered Justin Simmons his first All-Pro nod and the Denver Broncos’ franchise tag. So, he was counting on two things in the offseason: laying low and signing a big contract. George Floyd’s fatal arrest changed Simmons’ plans to stay...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West filed signatures on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Ohio, to run for president as an independent candidate in November. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Republicans push Kanye 2020. But will it really hurt Biden?

Aug. 6, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden. The rapper qualified...