Archive for the ‘Bad news’ Category

From the blotter: 7/1/11 — wrapping up the blotter catch-up

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

July 1

Police responded to a call at a residence in the 2600 block of Juniper Avenue on a domestic violence report. After investigating the incident, police arrested a 31-year-old woman for Domestic Violence, Physical Harassment and Child Abuse.

And amazingly, nothing in our area was on the blotter on Independence Day.

A little blotter clean-up

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

More catch-up work… here are a few police blotter highlights from the last little while. I’m writing this before the July 4th weekend stuff is available, and I’m sure there’ll be more to mine there.

  • Thursday, June 23: An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the area of 34th and Valmont after officers noticed her car weaving in traffic.It appeared she had been drinking and she was arrested for DWAI, Lane Usage Violation, Underage Alcohol Possession and Failure to Present Evidence of Insurance. A minor who was a passenger in the car was issued a summons for Minor in Possession of Alcohol after the officer noticed the minor had an open bottle of alcohol.
  • Friday, June 24: Police arrested a 39-year-old man in the area of 34th and Valmont after witnesses reported that the suspect hit a street sign and then left the area. The suspect did not cooperate with police after he was stopped. The suspect was arrested for DUI, DUI Per Se, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, DUI/DWAI Third Offense.
  • Saturday, June 25: An employee of a restaurant in the 3100 block of 28th Street told police he had asked a male patron to leave after the patron brought an open container of alcohol into the business. When police arrived, the male left and ran through a neighboring business to escape, and then entered a home where he demanded alcohol from the resident. The 33-year-old man was arrested for First Degree Criminal Trespass.


From the blotter 5/14/11

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Police responded to a report of a prowler who was knocking on the doors and windows of a residence in the 3200 block of O’Neal Circle. Police found a 46-year-old man outside and arrested him for Domestic Violence, Harassment and DUI and DUI per se. The man is a former boyfriend of the victim. 11-5916

Someone tampered with an irrigation ditch gate at the Goose Creek Fork, (approx. 2635 Mapleton), flooding an area near 30thStreet & Pearl Parkway. No suspect information. 11-5924

From the blotter 5/9/11

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Police investigated a burglary in the 2700 block of Valmont. The residents admitted to leaving their door unlocked. A game system and computer items are missing. No suspect information.

From the blotter 5/4/2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I guess that’d be the Walgreens?

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for Fraud & Deceit and False Reporting to Authorities after the woman tried to falsely obtain a prescription for a controlled substance at a pharmacy in the 2700 block of 28th Street.”

From the blotter 5/3/2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Police responded to an auto-pedestrian accident in the 2600 block of 28th Street. A young boy had been playing on a trailer that was towed by a pick-up truck. It appears the driver of the truck was unaware of the boy when he drove away, and the boy was run over by the trailer. He was transported to the hospital.”

Big wreck at 28th and Iris; 34th and Iris graffiti

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Last night there was yet another big car wreck at 28th and Iris. We couldn’t tell exactly what happened, but it looked like two cars were involved. One ended up in the westbound lane of Iris (next to the sign for Rocky Mountain Soccer, the liquor store and Murphy’s and all of that), facing east. Couldn’t tell if it started out that way or what. Southbound 28th was blocked off by a fire truck, an ambulance, couple of police cars…

Unrelated, this was on the blotter for April 18:

Police investigated an anonymous report of a substantial amount of graffiti in the area of 34th Street and Iris Avenue. Many electrical boxes, mail boxes, newspaper stands and parking signs were tagged. No suspect information. 11-4781

Diagonal tale of horror

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

If you saw a hearse going the wrong way on the Diagonal recently, here’s why: the body of the young man who was killed at the intersection of 28th and Iris Ave. was headed for a funeral. His father was in the hearse. And…

On the ride there, the hearse driver entered the Diagonal Highway going the wrong direction, “barely escaping oncoming traffic,” and didn’t pull over until Phillip Maldonado screamed, according to the lawsuit. After that, the driver began speeding toward a red light and slid to a stop only after Phillip Maldonado screamed again, the lawsuit said.

“To make matters worse, this was the same road that Mr. Maldonado’s son, Alex, was killed when a driver ran a red light only four days earlier,” the lawsuit said. “Crist and its driver employee was aware of the manner, cause and location of Alex’s death, yet drove the hearse with both Mr. Maldonado and Alex’s body in an egregiously insensitive, reckless, negligent and dangerous manner.”

When they arrived at the funeral home, the driver and another employee tried to unload the casket from the hearse.

“With Mr. Maldonado watching, one or more of the handlers let go of the casket and dropped it,” according to the lawsuit. “The casket went crashing to the cement ground, its lid opened suddenly, and Alex’s body tumbled out and fell directly onto its face directly in front of Mr. Maldonado.”

Maldonado is suing Crist Mortuary. Crist, for what its worth, says it is sorry.

PHOTO: The early smoke

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

At first, I thought it was a huge cloud. This was probably half an hour after the fire started. The wind carried the plume of smoke in such a way that it drew a straight line to 28th St. and Iris Ave.

Photo taken from Villa Shopping Center parking lot.

Photos of ash on the doormat didn’t turn out too well, but it doesn’t matter — there are photos that tell the story far more compellingly now.

Tonight, there’s a benefit just outside of what we’d call “our neighborhood,” but it still has some Condo City flavor: The Whiskey Bottles will play some tunes, Comida and Streat Chefs will sell some food and Common Threads and other businesses will collect donations for Fourmile Canyon Fire relief at Common Threads.

Fourmile Canyon fire ash falling on neighborhood

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Needless to say, it’s bad out there — close your windows, keep your air recycled and get a mask if you have to go outside. The light turned orange about 11:30 this morning and that’s when the ash started falling. The smoke was going directly over Iris and 28th today early on, and now it has widened to become a giant cloud over the city.

Drink a lot of water today, folks.

Follow the developing Fourmile Canyon fire story at the Camera.

Send in your smoke photos of you’ve got ‘em. I’ll post some when I’m not so busy. Here’s one from a Camera reader, taken from Nederland.