Crime/Police

CHV Police Chief Michelle Tovrea retires after 39 years in law enforcement

Looking back on her nine years as chief of police for Cherry Hills Village, Michelle Tovrea told The Villager that she considers her most important accomplishment leaving the department better than when she found it. “We’ve moved forward in many ways,” she shared. Chief Tovrea told us that becoming a law enforcement officer “was a complete …

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Man who shot at Littleton drivers sentenced to 30 years in prison  

A Denver man who shot indiscriminately at drivers in Littleton has been sentenced to 30 years in the Department of Corrections. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Shay Whitaker sentenced Theodore Hrdlicka, 51, after he pleaded guilty in November 2021 to three counts of attempted first-degree murder extreme indifference. Other counts were dismissed as part of …

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Sen. Ginal introduces bill to prevent catalytic converter thefts 

Senator Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at cracking down on stolen catalytic converters in Colorado. The bill, SB22-009, seeks to cut down on the spiking number of catalytic converter thefts across Colorado by making it illegal to install, sell, or advertise a used, recycled, or salvaged catalytic converter without first meeting certain …

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GV Police Officer Albert Barcena has received three lifesaving awards 

Greenwood Village Police Officer Albert Barcena has received three lifesaving awards in the three short years since he joined the force.  Officer Barcena earned his first lifesaving award when he was dispatched to a call at a local hotel where a person was reported to be unconscious and not breathing after ingesting illegal drugs. Barcena …

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Rodney Valenzuela is Greenwood Village Sworn Police Officer of the Year for 2020

At the Greenwood Village City Council meeting on December 6, GV Police Chief Dustin Varney recognized Officer Rodney Valenzuela as the 2020 sworn police officer of the year.  Varney explained that all non-supervisory level GV police officers are eligible for this award and the winner is selected by his or her peers in the department. …

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Teenager is dead after exchange of gunshots in Aurora with former GV police officer

A report filed by the public information officer for the City of Aurora Police Department (APD) on November 25 and not updated as of press time said that an altercation over alleged careless driving led to an exchange of gunfire between an adult subsequently identified as Adam Holen, 36, who was a Greenwood Village police officer …

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