NEWS: Thursday December 2, 2010

Dec 2nd @ 10:33 am in News by Scott Staley

It was toy robot vs. bomb-squad robot. Toy robot lost after a two-hour standoff in downtown Denver. Police called out the bomb squad Wednesday afternoon after a report of a toy robot cemented to a pillar of a footbridge.  A bomb-squad robot took pictures of the toy and after a couple hours, an officer wearing protective gear attached a small explosive to the toy. The plastic toy exploded into several bits. Police spokesman Matt Murray tells the Denver Post that while the bomb squad doesn’t automatically respond to all suspicious objects, the robot was strange enough to warrant a call. Murray says in the end, the incident turned out to be “a whole lot of nothing.”
Source: Denver Post (Posted 10:39a)

A judge says he’ll decide within 45 days whether to dismiss a case against a Fort Collins police officer accused of lying in the investigation of a botched murder case. Defense attorneys say prosecutors withheld information from the grand jury that indicted Lt. James Broderick for his work in the investigation of Tim Masters. They argued their case in a hearing Wednesday. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that about a dozen members Masters’ family were among those that gathered to watch the proceedings. Masters was released in 2008 after nearly a decade in prison when his murder conviction was overturned by new DNA tests. Broderick was indicted on eight felony perjury counts in June. He has denied the allegations.
Source: Coloradoan (Posted 10:34a)

Crime of the week. The Grand Junction Police Department needs the public’s help to identify and locate suspect(s) that were involved in a theft from auto. Sometime between the hours of 11:30pm November 15th and 11:45am November 16th, unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered the victim’s 1995 brown Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the 200 block of Franklin Avenue. The suspect(s) broke the antenna then forced open the passenger side front door and removed a wallet. The subject later used the victim’s credit cards at several retail stores. The total loss is over $1,000. If you have any information about this crime, or have any information about any other crimes, be a Crime Stopper by calling 241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at GJPD Case Number: 10-068546
(Posted 10:32a)

New Captain. Gunnison County Jail Sergeant Kathleen Coleman has been appointed as the new Gunnison Jail Captain after former Captain Michelle Zadra, along with four others, were charged with numerous counts earlier this year. The Gunnison Country Times says Coleman is a Creste-Butte native; she started her new position a few weeks ago. Her promotion has created a void in the department and the hunt is on for a new sergeant at the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office.
Read previous posts about this story HERE & HERE.
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 9:32a)