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Video shows Weld County teacher taping middle school student to chair, police say

2 hours 32 min ago

EVANS, Colo. — The Evans Police Department is investigating a Prairie Heights Middle School teacher after police say cellphone video surfaced showing the teacher taping a 7th-grade student to a chair.

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In a news release Thursday, Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt described the video as “alarming” and after viewing it, said the case warranted further investigation.

Evans police have declined to release the video at this time.

In the video police received Thursday, the male 7th-grade student is seen sitting in a chair, and a teacher is taping the child to the chair.


Trump says there will be “severe” consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

2 hours 41 min ago

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it “certainly looks” as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage.

Before Trump spoke, the administration announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had pulled out of a major upcoming Saudi investment conference and a U.S. official said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader is at stake.

Pompeo said the Saudis should be given a few more days to finish and make public a credible investigation before the U.S. decides “how or if” to respond. Trump’s comments, however, signaled an urgency in completing the probe into the disappearance of the journalist, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The messaging underscored the administration’s concern about the effect the case could have on relations with a close and valuable strategic partner. Increasingly upset U.S. lawmakers are condemning the Saudis and questioning the seriousness with which Trump and his top aides are taking the matter, while Trump has emphasized the billions of dollars in weapons the Saudis purchase from the United States.

Turkish reports say Khashoggi, who had written columns critical of the Saudi government for The Washington Post over the past year while he lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S., was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by members of an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis have dismissed those reports as baseless but have yet to explain what happened to the writer.

Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions, did not say on what he based his latest statement about the writer’s likely demise.

Asked if Khashoggi was dead, he said, “It certainly looks that way. … Very sad.”

Asked what consequence Saudi leaders would face if they are found to be responsible, he replied: “It will have to be very severe. It’s bad, bad stuff. But we’ll see what happens.”

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier in Colorado that “the world deserves answers” about what happened to Khashoggi, “and those who are responsible need to be held to account.”

In Istanbul, a leaked surveillance photo showed a man who has been a member of the crown prince’s entourage during trips abroad walking into the Saudi Consulate just before Khashoggi vanished there — timing that drew the kingdom’s heir-apparent closer to the columnist’s apparent demise.

Turkish officials say Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb flew into Istanbul on a private jet along with an “autopsy expert” Oct. 2 and left that night.

In Washington, Pompeo, who was just back from talks with Saudi and Turkish leaders, said of the investigations in Istanbul:

“I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that, at which point we can make decisions about how, or if, the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi.”

Although Pompeo suggested the U.S. could wait longer for results, an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said the secretary had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly.

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The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the private meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Pompeo told the crown prince that “time is short.” The official added Pompeo had warned him that it would be “very difficult for you to be a credible king” without a credible investigation. The prince is next in line for the throne held by his aged father King Salman.

Shortly after Trump and Pompeo met at the White House, Mnuchin announced that after consulting the president and his top diplomat “I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia.”

The Saudis had hoped to use the forum, billed as “Davos in the Desert,” to boost their global image. But a number of European finance ministers and many top business executives have pulled out as international pressure on Riyadh has intensified over Khashoggi.

Pompeo said that whatever response the administration might decide on would take into account the importance of the long-standing U.S.-Saudi partnership. He said, “They’re an important strategic ally of the United States, and we need to be mindful of that.”

Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

2 hours 58 min ago

MISSOULA, Mont. — President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana.

At a campaign rally in Missoula Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The attack came a day before Gianforte won a 2017 special election to serve the remaining 18 months in the House term vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

“Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said to cheers and laughter from the crowd. “He’s a great guy, tough cookie.”

His remarks praising Gianforte come amid an international furor over the apparent assassination of a Washington Post columnist, who, according to an account in Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper, allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

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In the case of Gianforte, witnesses including members of a Fox News crew say Gianforte became enraged over what he perceived as biased coverage before body-slamming Jacobs, throwing him to the ground and punching him.

Gianforte initially misled investigators about what had happened, falsely claiming that Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor, according to documents released under a court order following requests from news agencies.

The president said he was in Rome with other world leaders when he heard about what had happened.

“And I said, oh, this is terrible. He’s going to lose the election,” Trump recalled. “And then I said, well, wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him. And it did.”

Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in June 2017 and said in an apology letter that he alone was responsible for the attack. He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling. He also donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump referenced Gianforte again later in the rally when discussing former Vice President Joe Biden, who once said he would “beat the hell out of” Trump if they were in high school.

On Biden challenging him to a fight, Trump said, “He’d be down, faster than Greg would take him down.”

Gianforte, who attended the rally with the president, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams. The president’s next stop on his three-day trip out West is Arizona.


Thomas reported from Washington.

Cañon City man who set friend on fire seeks sentence reduction

3 hours 11 min ago

PUEBLO — A Colorado man convicted of setting his friend on fire is seeking a sentence reduction.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports 35-year-old Michael Scavarda of Cañon City was sentenced in July to 15 years in prison after a Fremont County jury found him guilty of assault, arson and menacing charges.

Authorities say Scavarda threw gasoline on 41-year-old Jason Crowder and set him on fire in March 2017, causing severe burns.

Defense Attorney Joe Koncilja says he plans to file a motion for a sentence reconsideration and is considering seeking a new trial.

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Koncilja claims a juror had improperly brought extraneous information into the jury room that could have prejudiced the case.


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Woman shot by deputy after chase in Grand Junction, police say

3 hours 22 min ago

GRAND JUNCTION — Police say a woman was shot on the hand by a Colorado deputy following a car chase in Grand Junction.

The Daily Sentinel reports a Colorado State Patrol trooper approached a parked car occupied by a man and a woman Thursday morning, but the car tried to flee, hitting the patrol vehicle.

Grand Junction police say the man exited the car, but the woman continued fleeing. Police gave chase, and a Mesa County deputy fired a shot, striking the woman.

The woman was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening. The deputy was also treated for a minor injury.

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The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting.


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CU Boulder guarantees admission for high school students who study education

3 hours 31 min ago

Some Colorado high school students can now guarantee their admission to the University of Colorado’s School of Education for next year.

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CU partnered with two concurrent enrollment programs, Teacher Cadet and Pathways2Teaching, to extend the admissions guarantee, according to a CU news release Thursday. Both programs offer college readiness courses and a way for students to learn about teaching as a career path.

To qualify for the admissions guarantee, students must be in good standing within their programs; meet both Colorado Commission on Higher Education admission requirements and the university’s minimum academic preparation standard curriculum; maintain a B- or higher in Teacher Cadet or Pathways2Teaching courses; have a weighted high school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; earn an ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1110 or higher; and complete the CU application process by Jan. 15.

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Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders catches and throws touchdowns at Cardinals

3 hours 45 min ago

The evolution of Emmanuel Sanders has reached new heights.

Who says you can’t teach an old-dog, or a ninth-year NFL receiver, new tricks?

The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 45-10 on Thursday night, snapping a four-game slide, and Denver’s first offensive touchdown stunned the orange-heavy crowd inside State Farm Stadium. Sanders, four days removed from a taunting flag against the Rams which cost Denver four points in a three-point defeat, wasted no time restoring his reputation.

The Broncos’ offense faced first-and-5 from just inside the Arizona 30-yard line midway through the first quarter. Quarterback Case Keenum took a snap under center and faked a handoff to running back Royce Freeman while Sanders got the ball on an end-around. But Sanders’ didn’t run for long. He stopped, tracked fellow wide receiver Courtland Sutton streaking into the end zone and tossed him a dime in stride for the score.

It marked Sanders’ first career touchdown pass.

Asked about the play, Sanders said, “How often do you get to throw a touchdown pass? I gotta ice my arm. It’s a little sore. … What a great call by (offensive coordinator) Bill Musgrave.

“I’m having fun out here. That’s what it’s about.”

Call it a trend.

In Week 3 at Baltimore, Sanders took a 35-yard reverse to the house; his first-ever NFL rushing score. Sanders is now the only wide receiver in team history to record a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same season — and the first league-wide in a decade (2008, Baltimore’s Mark Clayton).

However, while taming the Cardinals, Sanders wasn’t done yet.

The Broncos began the second quarter with a 21-3 advantage. Only four plays into that drive, Keenum found Sanders uncovered for an easy 64-yard touchdown punctuated with a classic Sanders front-flip into the end zone. Sanders ended his night with six receptions for 102 yards before leaving with an ankle injury.

“You have to give the coaches a lot of credit (for that play),” Keenum said. “They saw something in the defense they wanted to exploit and it was designed great. Emmanuel ran a great route and I tried to get it out there for enough for him.”

Added Sanders: “I work my butt off. It feels good to see that work paying off. It’s very humbling, because I know how it feels not to be on that field.”

On Tuesday, linebacker Von Miller all but guaranteed a victory, saying the Broncos were going to kick the Cardinals’ butt. “It just felt good to go out there and back it up,” Sanders said.

The last Broncos’ player, regardless of position, to score a throwing and receiving touchdown in the same game? Some guy named John Elway in 1986.

Good company to keep.

Kiszla: Call him Vonstradamus. As Miller predicted, Broncos kick booty in Arizona and keep hope alive.

3 hours 48 min ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Where Von Miller comes from, deep in the heart of Texas, I think they call this a booty-beatin’.

The Broncos kicked butt and took names Thursday, thumping Arizona 45-10, in a game not as close as the score might indicate.

Call him Vonstradamus. When a reeling team had every reason to doubt itself, Miller vowed to keep hope alive.

“He’s our captain. He’s our guy. He’s a franchise player, brother. We all have his back,” Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko said. “(He) said in the media that we we’re going to come out here and kick their (butt). We did that, man … Big shout out to Von. And big shout-out to our defense.”

Earlier in the week, with Denver burning with a fever to run everybody from embattled coach Vance Joseph to struggling quarterback Case Keenum out of town, Miller declared the Broncos aren’t done yet.

“We’re going to beat their (butt),” he vowed Tuesday. “Make sure you put that out there.”

With apologies to Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton, I’m starting a write-in campaign for Miller as the next governor of Colorado. In an era of empty promises and endless negativity, Miller delivers.

This was fun. The way football is supposed to be in Broncos Country.

Broncos linebacker Todd Davis scored a touchdown. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders passed for a touchdown. Joseph saved his job as Denver coach until further notice.

And that was just what happened in the first quarter alone.

Remember all the bad stuff that happened to the Broncos during their four-game losing streak? They took it out on Arizona.

As franchise president Joe Ellis watched from the press box, a sense of impending doom was lifted from the backs of Denver players and coaches, rising through the open roof of State Farm Stadium, with the bad mojo chased away by thousands of die-hards that followed the Broncos on the road, at a time when it would’ve been easy to abandon their team.

With rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and Arizona teammates in the huddle, Peko not only dared to stand and wave his arms, asking for noise in a stadium on the road, he got the desired response. “All I saw was an orange sea,” Peko said. “It felt like a home game.”

Rosen appeared rattled from the first blast of Rocky Mountain thunder, throwing an interception Davis returned 20 yards to the end zone on the second snap of the first quarter. Before the game was 60 seconds old, a team desperately needing a reason to smile was ahead 7-0. Just like that, Denver took advantage of a Mike McCoy game plan like it never could a year ago, when he was offensive coordinator for the Broncos instead of Arizona.

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Now, don’t get carried away. The Cardinals are bad, so bad that when the clock starts on the next NFL draft, they should be picking first. The five turnovers, not to mention six sacks, forced by Miller and the defense reduced 90 yards rushing by Phillip Lindsay and 161 yards passing by Keenum to happy fluff nearly irrelevant to the outcome.

“That’s our formula,” said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, who contributed a pick-six of his own. “If we get up on teams, we can turn the dogs loose. That’s how we’re built.”

But this much we know is true: The spring is definitely back in the Broncos’ step. What had seemed like the football equivalent of a death march has been replaced with tangible reasons for Denver to keep fighting.

Instead of looking at the calendar with dread, the team can now circle Oct. 28 in red, for a date with the first-place Chiefs. With a 3-4 record, Joseph can now stand in front of his players and tell them if they overcome the odds and win at Kansas City, the Broncos can not only stick it to the doubters, but enter the midway point of this season with renewed hope of qualifying for the playoffs.

Could this one dominating performance against Arizona be what starts Denver on a roll?

“Heck, yeah,” Peko replied. “That’s all we were talking about: ‘We just need one. We just need one back and get the wheels turning.’ Now the wheels are going to be turning. Can’t wait to take these wheels up there to K.C., and get this (stuff) going.”

On to Kansas City. Want to make a bold prediction for the Chiefs, Vonstradamus?

“You want me to do it?” Miller said.

Yes, please. Keep hope alive.

WATCH: Broncos post-game report — Breaking down the Denver-Arizona Week 7 game

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Denver Post reporters Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson break down what happened during the Broncos’ 45-10 win over the Cardinals on Thursday at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix.

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Immigrant taking sanctuary in Boulder marks year of resistance

4 hours 12 min ago

Ingrid Encalada Latorre’s 10-year-old son Bryant had a message for the few dozen people gathered Thursday evening inside the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder.

“Hi, everyone,” he began. “Thanks for helping my mom. I appreciate it a lot and thanks for coming and celebrating with my mom of her first year here. If we can really have all of your help, then my mom can get out of church.”

The audience broke into laughter and then applause. They had come to the church not to celebrate but to mark the year that Encalada Latorre has taken sanctuary, first at a Unitarian congregation in Fort Collins and now in Boulder.

“I don’t want to call this a party,” Encalada Latorre said, adding that the meeting at the church was part of a broad “seven days of action” she is participating in throughout the week.

Those actions, she said, include calling potential voters, demonstrations in Boulder and Longmont this weekend (in which she cannot participate) and continuing to push for a “People’s Resolution” that calls on state and federal lawmakers to clean a “broken and overly complex immigration system.”

Encalada Latorre immigrated to the United States from Peru illegally in 2000. She was later arrested for using a stolen security number to work and pleaded guilty to a felony. She went into sanctuary last year to avoid being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as she has no legal recourse.

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Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

4 hours 33 min ago

HOUSTON — David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight — including three in a row at Minute Maid Park to improve to 5-0 on the road in these playoffs.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the 108-win Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth crown in 15 years when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.

“We got four more wins. That was very, very special, absolutely. But we want more,” Price said.

Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

Left fielder Andrew Benintendi caught a long fly for the last out — not nearly as dramatic as his game-saving diving grab the previous night. Even so, it set off an enthusiastic celebration for the Red Sox, who gathered to pose for pictures in the middle of the diamond.

Despite leading the majors in wins during the regular season, the Red Sox were underdogs against a Houston team that defeated the Dodgers in last year’s World Series and romped past Cleveland in the Division Series this month.

But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. Still, no team has repeated as World Series champs since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.

Pitching on only three days’ rest after Boston ace Chris Sale was ruled out while recovering from a stomach illness, Price struck out nine in six shutout innings of three-hit ball. The left-hander, who has had a rough time in Boston since signing a $217 million contract before the 2016 season, entered 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts.

“It felt good. Honestly, it really started last night in the bullpen. Threw quite a few pitches to come in for the next hitter, found something out while doing that and kind of just carried that over to today,” Price said.

Price tipped his cap to a few hundred Red Sox fans assembled behind the Boston dugout while they cheered as he walked off the field following postgame interviews.


Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his third save of the series.

Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.

“It’s a little sweeter, obviously,” he said. “But it’s one of the things where I’m past it, and I’m here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there,” he said.

“To win 108 games in a season, you’ve got to have a complete team and I think that was on display this series. The whole playoffs, actually,” he said.

Three pedestrians hit by SUV in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in hit-and-run

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:51

Three pedestrians were hit by an SUV in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood Thursday night, and the driver fled the scene.

The hit-and-run happened at 10th Avenue and Broadway, police said.

#TRAFFIC #HEADSUP #DPD Officers are on-scene at 10th & Broadway in regard to a Serious Injury, Auto/Ped, Hit & Run. Three Pedestrians were struck by the vehicle, which is presently described as a Silver or Grey SUV. #DENVER

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 19, 2018

The victims suffered serious injuries. Police are looking for a silver or gray SUV in the incident.

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An investigation is ongoing.

Two shootings in Denver Thursday night — one in Five Points another in Baker

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:36

A person was shot in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood Thursday night and a short time later police responded to a shooting in the Baker neighborhood.

#DPD Officers are present in the 2300 Blk of Welton St. in regard to a shooting. Due to the nature of a GSW, the injuries are considered Serious Bodily Injury. #DENVER

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 19, 2018

The earlier shooting happened in the 2300 block of Welton Street, police said.

The victim, who suffered serious injuries, was taken to a hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

The second shooting happened at West 1st Avenue and Bannock Street in the Baker neighborhood, police said. The victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

#DPD Officers are present @ 1st & Bannock St. in regard to a shooting. Due to the nature of a GSW, the injuries are considered Serious Bodily Injury. There is no additional information at this time. #DENVER

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 19, 2018

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Vance Joseph off the hot seat? The last time the Broncos scored 35 first-half points, they fired their coach 3 weeks later.

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:35

Scoring 35 points in a half seems like reason to celebrate — and for a coach whose seat is as hot as Vance Joseph’s, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at — but the last time the Broncos had such a feat, the season didn’t end well for their coach.

On Nov. 14, 2010, the Broncos scored 35 first-half points in a 49-29 victory over the Chiefs. Their coach at the time? Josh McDaniels. It would be his last victory with Denver; he was fired three weeks later.

Here are the seven times the Broncos have scored 35 points in the half.

Date Opponent Outcome Oct. 18, 2018 Cardinals W, 49-10 Nov. 14, 2010 Chiefs W, 49-29 Oct. 4, 1998 Eagles W, 41-16 Sept. 13, 1998 Cowboys W, 42-23 Nov. 11, 1989 Seahawks W, 41-14 Nov. 18, 1984 Vikings W, 42-21 Nov. 11, 1979 Patriots W, 45-10

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Broncos Analysis: All-around effort produces much-needed victory over Cardinals

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:27

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Von Miller and Vance Joseph knew what they were talking about, Miller promising domination and Joseph predicting a Thursday night game was just what the Broncos needed.

They realized the awful Arizona Cardinals represented the perfect elixir for a team desperate to end a four-game losing streak.

Before thousands of Broncos fans at State Farm Stadium who roared in approval from start to finish, the players responded with their most complete performance of the season (and probably the Joseph Era) in a 45-10 win over the Cardinals.

What a time to be at their best.

“Von set the tone early with the comments he made and we kept talking about how we’re a family and a team and we had to back him up,” safety Justin Simmons said. “And that’s what we did.”

On Tuesday, Miller said the Broncos were going to “kick their (butt).”

“We finally played to our potential as a team, but obviously, we can keep building on this,” linebacker Brandon Marshall said.

A city “on fire,” as Joseph called it Tuesday ,can take a small breath. And so can Joseph. Not that his job was in jeopardy, but a fifth consecutive loss might have prompted general manager John Elway to order staff and/or personnel changes. The players, meanwhile, can go into their free weekend knowing the season has hope with a 3-4 record.

The Broncos aren’t a great team, but they did what even average teams should do by pounding an inferior opponent.

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“It’s a good win for our football team,” Joseph said. “It’s been a tough, tough two weeks. These guys work so hard. They didn’t complain about the short week and they came in and played their game of the year.”

It begs the obvious question: Where the heck was this team all season?

The team that produced two defensive touchdowns, the team that scored on a trick play and a long pass and the team that put together two 70-yard scoring drives … all in the first half, after which they led 35-3.

Regardless of where this performance came from, it better stay here.

The schedule does not get any easier — at Kansas City (5-1) and vs. Houston (3-3 with three consecutive wins) before the bye week. A split of those two games will make November interesting; a surprising sweep will really spice things up. Denver’s performance Thursday was a perfect formula.

The Broncos scored their most points since a 47-14 win over the Chargers in the 2014 finale. It was their highest-scoring road game since a 51-48 win at Dallas in 2013.

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A team previously awful on the road under Joseph’s watch ended this game at halftime.

In a tour de force first half, the Broncos:

*Scored at least 35 first-half points for the seventh time in franchise history and the first time since a 49-29 win over Kansas City in 2010 that was coach Josh McDaniels’ final win.

*Led by 32 points at halftime was the second-largest in team history, behind only a 35-2 lead over Philadelphia in 1998.

*Scored on an Emmanuel Sanders 28-yard pass to Courtland Sutton and a 64-yard catch by Sanders.

*Returned two interceptions for touchdowns (20 yards by Todd Davis and 53 yards by Chris Harris) in a game for the first time since 1989 (fourth time overall).

*Outgained the Cardinals 237-82.

Let us say it again: That was all in the first half.

The Cardinals couldn’t get out of their own way in any phase, Josh Rosen looked like a rookie quarterback, Mike McCoy an overmatched-and-probably-fired-soon offensive coordinator and their defense played without any regard for details.

The thoroughness of the game began right away. First play – – Domata Peko and Derek Wolfe stuffed David Johnson for no gain. Second play — Wolfe deflected a Rosen pass that was intercepted by Davis (the first of his 62-game career), who scored. Fifty-nine seconds in, the Broncos led 7-0.

Davis’ interception was the first of five takeaways by the Broncos, interceptions by Harris and Bradley Roby and two forced fumbles by Miller.

The game got out of hand so quickly the Broncos’ rush defense didn’t even have a chance to show their fixes after allowing 323 and 270 yards in losses to the Jets and Rams in the past two weeks.

The Broncos’ offense was successful in keeping up with the defense.

On their first possession, they converted a third-and-6 when Case Keenum threw 10 yards to Demaryius Thomas. Two plays later, Sanders took the pitch from Keenum and instead of running down the right sideline, threw to Sutton, who made a diving catch in the end zone.

The 14-0 lead was the Broncos’ largest of the season. It only got bigger.

Harris’ interception, helped by safety Will Parks colliding with a Cardinals receiver, made it 21-3. The Keenum-to-Sanders bomb made it 28-3. And looking to close out the first half with a long drive, the Broncos delivered a 15-play, 70-yard march that consumed 6:39 of the clock.

“We wanted the whole country to know tonight who we are and what they’re up (against),” left tackle Garett Bolles said. “They all better be ready because we’re coming.”

A new test will be administered next week: Can the Broncos handle prosperity unlike how they followed their 2-0 start with a month-long losing streak? At least they get to ask that question.

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Broncos report card and game balls from Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:25

Offense — A

Quarterback Case Keenum, accurately maligned during the four-game losing streak, looked like a different player against Arizona. He kept plays alive by leaving the pocket, even converting a third-and-6 via scramble, saw Emmanuel Sanders was uncovered 45 yards downfield (64-yard touchdown) and threw a couple of darts to Demaryius Thomas on the sideline. For all the talk about run-pass balance, this is an offense whose most seasoned players are involved in the passing game (Keenum/Thomas/Sanders).

Defense — A

The Broncos’ defense had four interceptions in Weeks 1-6 (200 pass attempts). Against Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, they had two interceptions in his first 11 attempts and returned both for touchdowns — Todd Davis (20 yards) and Chris Harris (53 yards). Zach Kerr and Shaq Barrett had first-half sacks. We never got a good look at how the Broncos would have solved their rush defense issues because the 35-3 halftime lead forced Arizona to become one dimensional.  Von Miller added a third-quarter sack/forced fumble.

Special teams — A

If he wanted to, Brandon McManus could boom every kickoff into the end zone. But his first-half kickoffs went to the 4- and 2-yard lines and the goal-line and the Broncos’ coverage team raced downfield to stop the Cardinals at the 17-, 16- and 14-yard lines. It is something that should be implemented moving forward. Phillip Lindsay got his first chance to return punts and had a 15-yard return. If DaeSean Hamilton (knee) misses time and Adam Jones (thigh) continues to be out, Lindsay is a nice option.

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Coaching — A

All coaches look better when the defense produces two touchdowns in the first quarter. But the play-calling appeared to be all-around solid. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dialed up a trick play that had Sanders throwing a 28-yard touchdown to Courtland Sutton and also re-introduced the screen game, something future opponents will have to acknowledge. On defense, the Broncos knew Arizona was playing without both starting guards and their two first-half sacks (by Zach Kerr and Shaq Barrett) came up the middle.

Game Balls

LB Todd Davis: On the game’s second play, posted his first career interception (off a Derek Wolfe deflected pass) and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.

WR Emmanuel Sanders: In just the first half, he threw a 28-yard touchdown to Courtland Sutton and collected a 64-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum.

CB Chris Harris: His first interception return for a touchdown since 2015 went for 53 yards.

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Broncos’ up-down drill: Best and worst at the Arizona Cardinals

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:25

Ups and downs from the Broncos’ victory against the Cardinals on Thursday night.

UP: Fast starts. The Broncos opened the game with a 14-0 lead, its largest advantage in any game so far this season, and extended it to 21-3 to end the first quarter. Finally Denver played with a significant lead, and positive results followed.

DOWN: Health. The Broncos lost two players to injury in the first half — wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (knee) and safety Darian Stewart (neck).

UP: Pick-6s. The Broncos’ tallied two in the opening quarter. Linebacker Todd Davis ran back the first 20  yards on a pass tipped by defensive end Derek Wolfe. Cornerback Chris Harris nabbed the second and ran 53 yards, untouched, for the score, with a nice cutback move in the middle of the field.

DOWN: Keenum’s INT streak. Quarterback Case Keenum deserves ample credit for an impressive Broncos effort on offense. However, his third quarter pass was intercepted by the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson on a poorly thrown ball intended for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Keenum has thrown at least one pick in each of his seven games this season and nine overall.

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UP: Broncos Country. Forgive the Cardinals’ faithful for a slow entrance to State Farm Stadium, battling rush-hour traffic on a Thursday, but Denver fans showed out on the road with nearly equal parts orange and red scattered throughout the stands. Broncos Country in the desert had plenty to cheer, too.

DOWN: QB Josh Rosen. Tough sledding for Arizona’s No. 10 overall draft pick. Rosen finished the first half with a paltry 16.4 quarterback rating. And, the Cardinals went 0-of-7 on third down through two quarters continuing its stretch from an 0-10 showing against Minnesota on Sunday. Rosen shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for this blowout with uninspiring performances across Arizona’s roster, but the Broncos clearly frustrated the rookie, who suffered a blow to the head on a sack in the second quarter.

UP: Trickery. The Broncos’ first offensive touchdown flexed the play-calling chops of Bill Musgrave. Keenum handed off to Sanders on an end-around, and instead of turning the corner up-field, Sanders tossed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Courtland Sutton. A pair of SMU graduates connecting in a big way.

DOWN: Arizona uniforms. Sure, the Cardinals’ white helmets, black uniforms and black pants likely looked sharp on national television. But those red numbers? Impossible to read from high up in the press box (yes, I know, a first-world problem).

Officer involved shooting in Wheat Ridge, Arvada police say

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:24

An officer-involved shooting happened Thursday night in Wheat Ridge.

The shooting involved an Arvada officer at West 49th Avenue and Kipling Street, Arvada police said.

Arvada Police Officer Involved Shooting in Wheat Ridge/Arvada at W. 49th Avenue and Kipling Street. PIO is on scene and will conduct a press briefing in 30 minutes on the northwest corner just north of the Sinclair Gas Station. No Arvada Officers are hurt.

— Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) October 19, 2018

No Arvada officers were hurt. An investigation is ongoing. This story will be updated.

NFL to celebrate 100th season in 2019 with series of events

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:06

NEW YORK — The NFL will celebrate its 100th season in 2019 with a yearlong series of “NFL 100” events.

The league says the historic celebration will salute fans; highlight the unifying nature of football and its positive impact in communities; bring together generations of past, present and future players; and look ahead to the NFL’s next 100 years.

A special “NFL 100” logo was unveiled Thursday night during halftime of the Broncos-Cardinals game. It will be prominently displayed throughout the 100th season during celebrations on the field, in stadiums, game broadcasts, NFL Films and NFL Network programming, and in digital and social media content. That logo will be featured on game balls and on every player’s game jersey in the neck area.

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NFL 100 will officially kick off at the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

“For nearly 100 years, the NFL has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players.” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Next year, we will join our fans in celebrating what this incredible game means to each of us.”

A panel of former players, general managers, coaches, NFL historians and media will select an all-time team and the 10 greatest coaches in NFL history.

Cocaine, meth rings connected to Denver metro smashed in early morning raids by more than 100 officers

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:04

More than 100 police officers early Thursday morning raided two cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking rings, with ties to Denver, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, based on a federal grand jury indictment.

During the raid investigators in Denver seized four kilos of heroin, 1 ¼ kilo of cocaine, $47,000 cash, five handguns, two rifles — an AK-47 and AR-15 — and a car, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado, news release.

Simultaneous raids were carried out in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Multiple arrests were made, including eight suspects each in Denver and Mexico, two in El Paso and one in New Mexico, according to a news release. At least one suspect in Denver is at large.

In January of 2015, the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force began investigating the “Acosta” cocaine trafficking ring, according to a news release. In March of 2017, a Denver strike force “investigated two independent but connected cocaine trafficking organizations.” The organizations “used a common source of supply, shared distributors, and maintained an overlapping customer base.”

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Cocaine, from Chihuahua, Mexico, was smuggled into the country along the border of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. Multi-kilogram shipments of cocaine were then transported to Colorado.

Based on the investigation, a federal grand jury in Denver returned five indictments charging 35 defendants with drug trafficking related crimes. Prior to Thursday, law enforcement had seized about 25 kilograms of cocaine, 25 pounds of methamphetamine and $500,000.

If convicted, defendants face multiple drug trafficking charges with sentencing ranges from 10 years to life and fines up to $10 million. The FBI, DEA and IRS also aided in the investigation.

Multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies participated in Thursday’s raids.