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Poaching conviction nets thousands in fines for Douglas County family

Rhonda Moore | Highlands Ranch Herald

Three Douglas County men were convicted of illegal possession of wildlife following a year-long investigation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. The three are family members who were advertising illegal hunts on the online trading post Craigslist.com.

In an investigation triggered by a tipster, parks and wildlife investigators found that Gary Morrow, 55 and Jacob Morrow, 28, both of Sedalia, and Zachary Morrow, 24, of Highlands Ranch, were advertising illegal hunts on Craigslist.com, offering the use of their hunting licenses to paying clients, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Marijuana DUI standard up for discussion before Colorado task force

Marijuana DUI standard up for discussion before Colorado task force

A marijuana driving standard in Colorado could be moving closer to reality.

A special task force to study an impairment standard for drivers using medical marijuana is set deliver a report on Wednesday.

Beware of calls from disreputable magazine subscription companies

Your Better Business Bureau has learned of a scam involving a company called Western Renewal Service, a magazine subscription company that alleges to be located in Albuquerque, NM.  The scam has been reported by at least one consumer in the state of Colorado.

Suspect reveals horrific details in Douglas Co. murders

Suspect reveals horrific details in Douglas Co. murders

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Explosive new details are coming out in the murder of two people earlier this year in Keene Ranch in Douglas County, after the suspects in the killings appeared in court for their preliminary hearings.

26-year-old Josiah Sher said he murdered Amara Wells, 38, and Wells’ brother-in-law Bob Rafferty, 49, using two handguns and a knife early on the morning of February 23, 2011.

He said he was high on cocaine when he tried to cover evidence by setting fire to the Keene Ranch home.

In a two-and-a-half hour interview with lead investigator Sgt. Jason Weaver, Sher said Micah Woody hired him for $20,000 for Chris Wells in a murder plot hatched the week before.

Sher pinned Matthew Plake as the getaway driver on the morning of the murders.

Sher says he went through the front door of the home to Wells’ downstairs bedroom and fired numerous shots, hitting her at least twice.

Police search for purse thief

Police search for purse thief

The Greenwood Village Police Department responded to several calls where purses and wallets were taken from office buildings in the Greenwood Plaza Boulevard area.

Prior to stealing the items, the suspect distracted the office personnel by asking several questions, including asking for a business card. Once the office personnel became distracted, the suspect took the wallets and purses.

Douglas County Sheriff's Detectives arrest sex offender

Douglas County Sheriff's Detectives arrest sex offender

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit arrested Roger Charette, 59, from Highlands Ranch, on 13 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child (C-3-F), Aggravated Incest (C-3-F) and Habitual Sex Offender Against Children.   The Habitual Sex Offender Against Children charge is a sentence enhancement, which upon conviction, requires the Court to sentence the defendant to a term in the department of corrections of not less than three times the upper limit of the presumptive range for that class felony. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigation began in June of 2011, and a warrant was signed for Charette’s arrest on July 1, 2011.  He was taken into custody later that day and is currently in the Douglas County Detention Facility on a $250,000.00 bond.

2010 crime in Colorado report released

2010 crime in Colorado report released

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation today released CBI’s annual 2010 Crime in Colorado report, Director Ronald C. Sloan announced. 

The report includes statewide crime statistics reported by Colorado law enforcement agencies and departments.  An increase of 0.8 percent in total crimes was reported for 2010, although Colorado’s overall crime rate dropped.

The 2010 report shows a 3.4 percent increase in violent crimes and a 1.5 percent decrease in property crimes, with an overall decrease of 1.0 percent in the crime rate per 100,000 population. The violent crime category includes homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.