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He Went on a Mountain Bike Ride and Never Came Back

'Outside Online' dives into the still-unsolved killing of Tim Watkins

(Newser) - "I still can’t wrap my head around how you go for a mountain bike ride and are murdered." It's the brutal line that concludes Devon O'Neil's piece for Outside Online on the September 2017 death of 60-year-old Tim Watkins. As far as mountain bikers... More »

Pilot in Hot Water After Giving Airport-Goers an Eyeful

Andrew Collins stood in front of his hotel room window in the buff

(Newser) - Capt. Andrew Collins doesn't deny he stood in his birthday suit in front of his hotel window at Denver International Airport in September. He just didn't think anyone could see him, he now tells the Denver Post . But the 54-year-old United Airlines pilot was definitely visible to a... More »

'He Lied About Everything': Killer's Ex-Girlfriend Speaks Out

Nichol Kessinger was dating 'divorced' Christopher Watts when his family vanished

(Newser) - The allegations against Christopher Watts , the Colorado man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters, are awful, and one person who believes them is the woman he was dating at the time of the murders. "He's a liar," Nichol Kessinger told the Denver Post ... More »

Man Looking for Phone Crushed by Trash Compactor

'He's very lucky to be alive,' friend says

(Newser) - A Denver man is badly injured but lucky to be alive after falling into a weight-activated trash compactor while trying to retrieve a friend's phone. Scott Walsh, 22, tried to help his friend after her phone fell into a trash chute at an apartment complex Friday night. He fell... More »

Her Boss Gave Her an Exam. Then Her TP Turned Purple

Gynecologist doesn't lose license after dyeing employee's vagina purple (yes, you read that right)

(Newser) - If "gynecologist keeps his license after dyeing employee's vagina purple as a 'joke'" isn't a headline that catches your attention, stop reading. For everyone else: This case out of Colorado, in which even the judge uttered an "oh my God," involves Dr. Barry... More »

2 Women Were Told to Speak English. Enter a 'Shero'

Linda Dwire arrested and charged with harassing 2 Mexican women shopping in Colorado

(Newser) - A confrontation among four women in a Colorado grocery store has led to one being called a "shero," two grateful for her efforts, and a fourth, who calls herself the "patriotic" one of the bunch, arrested, per the Daily Dot . The incident took place at a City... More »

Prosecutors Seek Footprint From Chris Watts

The Colorado man is accused of killing his family

(Newser) - Prosecutors want inked footprints from Chris Watts, the Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August. The request came in the form of a motion filed on Wednesday, Denver7 reports. Investigators reportedly found barefoot impressions at the location where Chris Watts allegedly hid the... More »

2012 Video Shows Chris Watts Discussing the Idea of Infidelity

'Good information!' Shanann Watts commented on presentation

(Newser) - A Colorado man charged with killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the midst of an affair with a co-worker once gave a presentation on relationships and infidelity, specifically mentioning the idea of infidelity with a person at work. "Sometimes you find your partner no longer attractive... More »

Colorado Suspect Claims Wife Killed Daughters

Chris Watts says he killed Shanann Watts in a fit of rage after she strangled their girls

(Newser) - Colorado man Christopher Watts has admitted killing his pregnant wife—but he says he's not the only murderer in the family, according to court records released Monday. A court affidavit states Watts told investigators that he "flew into a rage" and strangled his wife Shanann Watts after she... More »

Friends: Murdered Colo. Woman Wanted to Leave Husband

Bodies of Shanann Watts, 2 daughters found

(Newser) - Clues to a motive have emerged in Colorado man Chris Watts' alleged murder of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. A family friend tells People that Chris and Shanann Watts were having marital problems and she was getting ready to leave him. Social media posts show that Shanann... More »

Dad Accused of Killing Family Had Money Trouble, $5 Dog

Chris and Shanann Watts filed for bankruptcy, though fortunes may have improved

(Newser) - Authorities near Denver think they've recovered the body of a missing Colorado woman believed to have been killed along with her two young daughters by her husband. Police are "quite certain" that the body they found is that of the pregnant Shanann Watts, 34, reports Denver's ABC... More »

He Called Family's Vanishing a Nightmare. Then He Was Arrested

Chris Watts' wife, two young daughters have been missing since Monday

(Newser) - Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case. The Frederick Police Department says Chris Watts was taken into custody, reports the AP . Watt's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were reported... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Kills Nephew, Hides Body in Her Room

Colorado 16-year-old to be charged as adult in murder of Jordan Vong, 7

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl killed her 7-year-old nephew, then concealed the secret and his body as a community frantically searched, according to police. Denver's Jordan Vong was reported missing around 4:30pm on Aug. 6, hours after his mother had last seen him, prompting officers to search a 20-block radius,... More »

18K Students Told Not to Show Up on Mondays

4-day week in effect for Colorado school district

(Newser) - Some 18,000 students in Colorado may be the envy of all others this school year: Though they're already back to class, the students of 27J, the 16th-largest school district in the state, have to show up just four days a week, Tuesday to Friday from 8:30am to... More »

Family Comes Home, Finds a Mountain Lion

The family is now grieving the death of their house cat

(Newser) - A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out, the AP reports. Boulder police say the homeowner came back to the house late Thursday night and found the mountain lion inside. It appeared that... More »

Hailstorm Brings 'Massive Loss' for Colorado Zoo

Endangered vulture among 2 animals killed

(Newser) - Hail the size of golf balls and softballs pummeled a Colorado zoo on Monday, leaving 14 people injured and two animals dead, including one of roughly 20 endangered vultures known to be in the US. The 13-year-old female Cape vulture, dubbed Motswari, arrived at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado... More »

'Hero' Killed by Cops Got 5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds

But the scene was noisy and chaotic, and Richard Black's family says his hearing wasn't good

(Newser) - Officers repeatedly instructed Richard "Gary" Black to drop his weapon and show his hands after arriving at his Colorado home in the early hours of Monday morning. The request was made five times over a period the Denver Post reports was 13 seconds. When he didn't, but instead... More »

Before Cops Killed Homeowner, He Fought Fierce Intruder

Stepson says officers 'shot the first thing they saw moving'

(Newser) - If Richard Black's Purple Heart and Bronze Star weren't example enough of his bravery, stepson Chad Hayashi says his last act summed it up. According to Hayashi, the 73-year-old Vietnam veteran fatally shot a naked intruder found choking his 11-year-old grandson, also nude, in the bathtub of their... More »

Denver Hospital Isolates Man With Suspected Ebola

Initial tests came back negative

(Newser) - There were echoes of the 2014 Ebola scare in Denver Sunday after a man who'd been working with virus victims in the Congo suddenly became extremely ill. The man, who returned to the US a few days ago, was hospitalized and placed in isolation, as were three members of... More »

A Bride-to-Be and Her Fiance Celebrated. Hours Later, Death

Jacqueline Souza charged with 2nd-degree murder after pair allegedly argued over infidelity

(Newser) - After leaving a celebration of the couple's pending nuptials, a bride-to-be fatally stabbed her fiance over a potential wedding guest, according to police. Jacqueline Souza, 31, called 911 from a home in Colorado Springs shortly after midnight Saturday, soon after leaving a local bar. When authorities arrived, they found... More »

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