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Highlands Ranch student Mya Pena, 17, identified as victim in murder-suicide
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The El Paso County coroner on Thursday identified the 17-year-old girl killed in a murder-suicide this week. Authorities found Mya Pena dead in a car in Fountain on Tuesday night along with 18-year-old Samuel Hoffman, who police say shot himself as they approached. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a news conference Wednesday that […]

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Adams 14 school district pays $5 million to former student sexually abused by fourth-grade teacher
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Adams County School District 14 paid a $5 million settlement to a former student who was sexually abused by one of her elementary school teachers nine years ago, her attorneys said Wednesday. Colorado Department of Corrections Gilbert Trujillo The settlement comes two years after the teacher, Gilbert Trujillo, now 70, was convicted of sexually assaulting […]

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Police identify suspect in Sheridan High School shooting as a Denver Public Schools student
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Sheridan police identified the suspect in a shooting at the high school as a juvenile male, and the Sheridan School District closed all schools Wednesday while the investigation continues. A juvenile was shot before 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and was taken to Denver General Hospital where he had surgery, police said. He was out of surgery […]

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Man who murdered Chinese student in Utah now in Golden to face murder charge here
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A murder suspect has been returned to Colorado from Utah and is being held at the Jefferson County jail. Jefferson County District Attorney's office Austin Boutain Austin Jeffrey Boutain, 25, is a suspect in the death of 63-year-old Mitchell Ingle in Golden in 2017, according to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. Boutain is expected […]

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Former staffer at Horizon High School accused of sex assault of special needs student
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via Denver7 Michele Flynn A former staffer at Thornton’s Horizon High School has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old special needs student. Michele Lea Flynn, 45, was taken into custody Monday night in Central Point, Ore., according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. Flynn is awaiting extradition to Colorado where […]

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CU Boulder student charged with rape as allegations prompt campus protest
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A University of Colorado student accused of raping a woman after a sorority event earlier this year was charged with sexual assault Thursday in a case that has sparked outrage on the Boulder campus. Zachary Roper, 19, was charged with sexual assault on a helpless victim and sexual assault on a victim incapable of appraising […]

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Greeley West High School mom arrested on suspicion of threatening to beat student with baseball bat
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Marti Sirio A Greeley woman was arrested this week on suspicion of bringing an aluminum baseball bat onto Greeley West High School grounds and threatening to beat a student who was involved in a fight with her daughter. Marti Sirio, 42, of Greeley, was booked Monday, Feb. 25 into the Weld County Jail on suspicion […]

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Former Douglas County teacher accused of sex assault of student
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Castle Rock Police John Lucas Adkins A former Douglas County school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in position of trust. John Lucas Adkins, 27, of Lone Tree, was taken into custody Wednesday morning by Lone Tree police, according to a news release. Adkins, who taught […]

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2018’s 3 Best PDN Articles for the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Student
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In several past Decembers, I’ve listed the articles and videos that I’ve thought were the best of the preceding year. This year, I’ve singled out 3 articles that I are important for any student of personal defense. As the Executive Director of Personal Defense Network, I have already approved any of the content you see […]

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Colorado teacher pleads guilty to child abuse after forcing student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
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The teacher at Lafayette’s Angevine Middle School accused of assaulting a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has taken a plea deal and retired from teaching. Karen Smith, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to one count of child abuse resulting in injury, according to Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Catherine Olguin. An […]

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Former Colorado teacher’s aide convicted of sex with student sentenced
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GREELEY, Colo. — A former Colorado teacher’s aide convicted of having sex with one of her 14-year-old students was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. The Greeley Tribune reports 26-year-old Jerica Enriquez was sentenced Thursday after a jury found her guilty in May of several felony sex assault counts. Enriquez had worked at Jefferson Junior […]

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Teen high school student jumped, fatally stabbed on East Colfax Avenue in Denver
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A teenager was fatally stabbed in Denver on Sunday on East Colfax Avenue. Police are looking for multiple suspects in the death of a high school student. Reese Grant-Cobb, 17, was beaten by several people and stabbed at about 11:15 p.m. in front of the Bourbon Grill, 571 E. Colfax Ave., according to Denver police. […]

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Man gets 12 years in prison for groping University of Northern Colorado student in dorm shower
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A man who groped a University of Northern Colorado student in a dormitory shower last year was sentenced on Friday to 12 years in prison, according to authorities. Provided by the Weld County District Attorney's Office Carlos Gallegos Prosecutors say 27-year-old Carlos Gallegos peered over a shower stall and watched the student as she showered […]

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4 indicted in cold case murder of CU grad student at lightrail station in 2009
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Andrew Graham was a black belt in taekwondo and a graduate student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado when he was robbed, shot and killed on Nov. 5, 2009, in Centennial. Four people have been arrested for his murder. An Arapahoe County grand jury has indicted four people on felony murder charges in […]

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