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With Son's Disappearance Gone Cold, Dad Makes an Offer

(Newser) - "I think it's time to bring him home," says Richard Johnson, and he's putting up a huge reward in hopes of making that happen. The man from Boulder, Colo., is referring to son Ryder, who hasn't been seen since Jan. 17. The 20-year-old was seen... More »

Ex-Colorado U Student Spared Prison for Rape

Prosecutors wanted him to serve up to 12 years

(Newser) - A rape case in Colorado has strong echoes of the Brock Turner case at Stanford in the defendant's behavior, the victim's powerful statement—and the controversial light sentence. Former University of Colorado student Austin James Wilkerson, 22, was spared a sentence in state prison Wednesday after he was... More »

After 20 Years, JonBenet's Brother to Break Silence

'Dr. Phil Show' says he has 'shocking' details

(Newser) - The Dr. Phil Show says "never-before-heard details" about the JonBenet Ramsey murder will be aired this fall when her brother speaks to the press for the first time. Burke Ramsey, who was 9 years old when his younger sister was found beaten and strangled to death in their Boulder,... More »

Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation

(Newser) - A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports.... More »

Colorado Town's Water Supply Contains THC

Former mayor 'might have to go drink some water'

(Newser) - The 750 or so residents of Hugo, Colorado, are being warned not to drink, cook with, or bathe in the town's water for the next two days, the Denver Post reports. That's because officials have detected evidence of THC in the water supply. It's unclear how the... More »

Dad, 3 Kids Survive Days Lost in Wilderness

They apparently had bad directions

(Newser) - A hiker and his three young children have made it to safety in southwest Colorado after two nights spent lost in the wilderness. Volunteers in the Weminuche area spent hours searching for Dustin Beaver, 33, his 8-year-old son and daughter, and 6-year-old son, after they failed to return from a... More »

Deputy Disables Robber's Gun With 'One in a Billion Shot'

'I don't know that that can be done again'

(Newser) - In what a Colorado district attorney calls a "one in a billion shot," a Jefferson County deputy successfully disabled a robber's gun by firing a bullet down its barrel, the Denver Post reports. According to KUSA , the shooting happened in January, but authorities released their report on... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Alabama Campers Arrested Over Colorado Wildfire

More than 600 acres have been scorched, 2K people evacuated

(Newser) - More than 50 Colorado National Guardsmen are helping hundreds of firefighters battle a blaze that the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says was started by two careless campers from Alabama, USA Today and the AP report. Jimmy Suggs, 28, and Zackary Kuykendall, 26, of Vinemont were arrested Sunday and charged... More »

Baby Deer Euthanized After Humans 'Rescue' It

They, likely wrongly, believed the fawn had been abandoned

(Newser) - “It’s a death sentence when people pick up a baby critter and turn it over to us.” That's the message Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski had for a group of people who tried to help a week-old baby deer last weekend in the La... More »

Denver Parents Find Hooters Girls at Cub Scout Day Camp

And they weren't happy about it

(Newser) - Parents who went to pick up their Cub Scouts from a day camp in Denver were likely excited to hear about their sons' experience, but that excitement was quickly marred when they found out the camp had been sponsored by Hooters, the AP reports. Although pictures accompanying a Facebook post... More »

Boycott Urged After Theater Seeks $700K From Shooting Victims

'Don't add to their $194 million profit while they come after Aurora victims'

(Newser) - Calls for a boycott of Cinemark are gaining steam after it was revealed this week that the country's third-largest theater chain was seeking to recoup $700,000 in legal fees from the victims of the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting, the Guardian reports. “Please boycott Cinemark," tweets... More »

Mom Saves Son From Mountain Lion Attack

The 5-year-old suffered injuries to his head, neck, and face

(Newser) - A Colorado mom whose 5-year-old son was being attacked by a mountain lion leapt into action Friday, fighting off the animal and potentially saving the boy's life, NBC News reports. The boy was playing with his older brother in their yard about 10 miles outside of Aspen when his... More »

Drunk Diner Accidentally Tips 1,800%

He asked for it back once he'd sobered up

(Newser) - A waiter at a Thai restaurant in Edgewater, Colo., was feeling pretty good about himself after receiving a $1,088 tip over the weekend—until the drunk customer who left it returned to get it back. Owner Bee Anantatho of Thailicious says a server was clearing a table when he... More »

2 Shots Fired After Man Challenges Daughter to 'Duel'

Dad was booked for child abuse, among other charges

(Newser) - A Colorado man has been arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident that included challenging his daughter to a "duel," KRDO reports. Robert Williams, 38, of Calhan was arguing with his daughter on Wednesday evening when things "escalated to the point that the father pulled out a... More »

911 Dispatcher Told Them to Return to Scene of Crime; One Ended Up Dead

A court just found the dispatcher not liable

(Newser) - A Colorado 911 dispatcher may have been "foolish" and acting "incompetently," but he's not responsible for the death of a Sudanese immigrant four years ago, according to a court ruling Tuesday. The Denver Post reports Jimma Pal Reat, his brother Ran Pal, and others were driving... More »

3K Need HIV Tests in Surgery Tech's Drug-Stealing Case

Rocky Allen, accused of swapping syringes at Colorado hospital, tested positive for virus

(Newser) - Another bombshell Wednesday about an ex-surgical tech at a Colorado hospital who allegedly stole liquid painkillers by swapping syringes, per federal prosecutors: He has HIV, putting thousands of former patients at risk, the Denver Post reports. Rocky Allen, 28, accused of stealing fentanyl citrate in January from Swedish Medical Center... More »

After Girl's Suicide Attempt, Teacher Pens 130 'Incredible' Notes

She wanted to make every student feel special

(Newser) - When finals wrapped up at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs last week, Brittni Darras handed each of her students a handwritten letter. They contained messages like, "I hope you know how special you are to me" and "You inspire me to be a better person." It... More »

Kindergartener Suspended for Packing Bubble Gun

'Could we have a warning?' asks mom

(Newser) - A 5-year-old in Colorado is in hot water for bringing a gun to school. A toy bubble gun. The girl's mother—Emma, no last name given—tells Fox 31 that she didn't know her daughter had stashed the plastic toy in her backpack. She says she was shocked... More »

Cops: Babysitter Takes Kids Along for Bank Robbery

She claimed there was a man threatening to hurt them

(Newser) - Apparently the Babysitters Club turned into more of a Babysitters Gang as they got older. The Coloradoan reports a 28-year-old babysitter allegedly used the two children she was taking care of to rob a bank Friday in Severance. Authorities say Rachel Einspahr pulled up to the drive-thru at the Colorado... More »

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