Crime/Police

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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Cherry Hills Village Police Foundation’s mission to is serve those who protect

Earlier this year, Mark Griffin, a former CHV city council member, announced the formation of the Cherry Hills Village Police Foundation. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that is entirely independent from CHV city government. Its goal is to provide “vital resources and critical support to the CHV Police Department.” Griffin said, “When I …

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20 years in prison for man who injured Sheridan police officer

SUBMITTED BY THE OFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY18TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ARAPAHOE COUNTY The driver who injured a Sheridan police officer while fleeing officers was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Arapahoe County Court Judge Ben Leutwyler sentenced Ismael Rayos, 30, after he pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to one count of first-degree assault, threatening a peace officer, …

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Shooter of CHV police officer is sentenced to 44 years in prison

On October 11, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Eric White sentenced the 20-year-old felon (Out of respect to Officer Sack and the community, The Villager has chosen not to publicize his name.) who emptied his gun directly toward Cherry Hills Village Police Officer Cory Sack on August 20, 2018 to 44 years in prison. It …

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