Homebrew: Sheriff’s deputies suspended for incompetence

Bad job

Three sheriff’s deputies at the Denver jail have been suspended “with two of them erroneously releasing a prisoner, and the third missing the fact that an inmate was dead when she didn’t turn on housing unit lights at the proper time,” writes Tom McGhee in The Denver Post. That’s right – the deputy didn’t realize an inmate was dead.

Billionaires’ playground

Not that it’s a surprise, but young people can’t live in Aspen – a town increasingly known as a billionaires’ playground – because of housing costs, according to a new report from NextGen. Nonetheless, one group seems to be fairing well: real estate agents. Via The Aspen Times.

Check up

You thought you had a long line the last time you tried to see the doctor? Try being a military veteran in the San Luis Valley. According to The Denver Postveterans have been waiting for months for a doctor, and eastern Colorado’s VA clinic has the third worst wait times in the U.S.

Trigger warning

Monday, Aurora cops received a threatening call aimed at them and the Denver Police Department, reported The Aurora Sentinel.

“It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves. This will go for the Sheriff’s Department. You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by y’all self and it’s shots fired.”

Later in the day, four cops were shot at and one or more may have been hit. While the two incidents are not related, they have sent a shock through the Aurora Police Department.

Pot shot

Gov. John Hickenlooper has come a long way on the pot-issue. The Stoner, Westword’s marijuana reporter, sits down with the guv to talk weed, TABOR and the pot-tax holiday.

Bad water

Members of the U.S. House environmental committee went head to head with EPA officials over who’s to blame in the Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River, according to The Denver Post. “Had the EPA exercised the same care in making their decisions as an ordinary prudent person, this whole incident could have been avoided,”said Texas Rep. Lamar Smith to The Post.

Recycle this

Guilty about your styrophome coffee cups and take out plates? In the future, you won’t have to feel quite so bad. Styrophome recycling will soon grace our state, reports Melanie Asmar of Westword.

Candid cameras

Denver Police will be required to wear body cameras in most encounters with the public. If they fail to do so, they will be penalized, writes Jesse Paul in The Denver Post.

Springs time

Wondering what former Attorney General John Suthers has in store for Colorado Springs now that he’s mayor? Check out his State of the City address in The Gazette.

 

Photo credit: Bernd, Creative Commons, Flickr

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