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Bronco linebacker shares family’s fight against cancer

3 hours 36 min ago

DENVER -- As the Broncos kick off their “Fight Like a Bronco” campaign to raise funds for cancer research and prevention, one linebacker is sharing his family’s story.  Keishawn Bierria has spent much of his life supporting family members in their fight with the disease.

His father died from bone cancer, leaving his mother to raise four boys. Then his mother was diagnosed with leukemia.

“We have experienced a lot, and had to grow up fast and learn things,” Bierria said.  “I know what it feels like when your mother is in the hospital and your dad's not there.”

His mother, Simonne, beat leukemia. His aunt Kimberly Williams is a survivor as well. Both women, who are from Carson, California, were at the game against the Rams when the team honored cancer survivors.

“It’s just an awesome feeling,” Simonne said.

Keishawn, she says,  was good to her when she was sick.

“Keishawn is my son that comes in the hospital and picks me up and walks around the room with me and makes me laugh.”

Now that she is better, Bierria is taking that same energy to visit cancer patients at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital’s infusion center.

He, Justin Simmons and other players tried to brighten their day earlier this month.

“Those people are going through something that can get dark at times, so you always have to be positive, you know, always be positive for them,” he said.  “A lot of people are affected by cancer, so it’s important that we support each other.”

The visit definitely seemed like it was well-received.  One patient said it was the best chemo of her life!

Learn more about the "Fight Like a Bronco" program here.

Colorado mom warns of ‘choking challenge’ after losing 11-year-old son

3 hours 47 min ago

ELIZABETH, Colo. -- A mother who lost her son to a popular online challenge is hoping to let other parents know about its dangers.

Tia Bodkins said the last thing she said to her 11-year-old son Carson were “I love you very much I'm very proud of you," before he went upstairs to pack for a family trip. Ten minutes later, he was dead.

Bodkins says her son had been playing 'the choking game,' which involves cutting off oxygen to the brain to achieve a feeling of being high. Cyber experts say the deadly challenge is spread online.

Those who play the game may have frequent headaches and bloodshot eyes. Bodkins tells FOX31 she wanted to come forward to warn parents about the importance of monitoring their child's online activity. She emphasizes that properly doing so means doing more than just activating safety settings.

“We have internet blocks, internet protections for all of the boys. But I had let him look at YouTube so he could learn skateboarding tricks, I assumed that's what he was looking at," Bodkins said.

She adds that parents must check the online history as well. Stepfather Jason Davis says it is important to protect kids from the dangers that lurk on the internet,  even if doing so breeds resentment.

“As parents, the responsibility lies on us to go in and make sure [kids] are protected, and sometimes that might be an invasion of their privacy," he said.

Carson was a very popular student who excelled at Legacy Academy in Elizabeth.  His desk is marked with loving notes and a flower from grieving students. His locker adorned with final farewell messages.

Principal Kurt Naber tells FOX31 the school is providing counseling and support for students and teachers.

“It is heartbreaking to lose a student so young and it really hits home as the parent of a 5th-grader myself," Naber said.

Naber adds that information is key when it comes to arming parents against online dangers.

"This is probably more widespread than most parents and most schools would assume," he said.

Carson loved sports and skateboarding, and is described as a boy who made everyone laugh and smile. Bodkins says the entire family is trying to stay strong as they cope with the immeasurable pain of their loss.

“We're living minute-by-minute. We're all very sad. We miss him very much," she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for a skatepark or playground donation in Carson’s name.

For more information about the signs of The Choking Game and ways to keep your child safe visit the following websites:

G.A.S.P  Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play

Child Mind Institute

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Culture of Safety

Time Magazine

Police investigating shooting in Denver’s Baker neighborhood

4 hours 19 min ago

DENVER — Officers are investigating a shooting at 1st Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver’s Baker neighborhood.

At 10:08 p.m., the Denver Police Department tweeted that at least one person suffered a gunshot wound and was seriously injured.

Police did not release additional details. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

#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 pic.twitter.com/fklsPudbkV

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

Landeskog’s hat trick leads Avalanche past Devils 5-3

4 hours 20 min ago

NEWARK, N.J. — Colorado squandered a chance at victory on the start of its East Coast swing, and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog wasn’t about to let it happen a second time.

Landeskog scored three goals, the last of which put Colorado ahead with 3:22 remaining, and the Avalanche beat the previously unbeaten New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Thursday night.

Landeskog completed his third career hat trick with a one-timer off a pass by Mikko Rantanen from behind the net. He also scored earlier in the third period on a deflection of a shot by Ian Cole.

“We were starting a road trip and wanted to get off well,” Landeskog said of the Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers. “We got the point at MSG (Madison Square Garden). I said, ‘Just give me the puck and I hope I can bang it in for you.’ No, seriously, you can’t over think it too much. It’s good for our team bonding.”

Landeskog has five goals in the young season.

“No question, we obviously felt confident playing anyone, but this is a very tough team,” Landeskog said. “They’re a good defensive team and we scored five goals on them.”

Cole praised his captain.

“He’s very strong and very capable to accept contact and stay with the play,” Cole said. “You can see how well he can carry a team. They’re a very good hockey team. They’re very well coached. They play hard. They’re good defensively. You could see they were pushed hard by us and then they pushed back. Luckily, we kept coming back. We were able to stick to our game plan and get the win. It’s a great sign for us. This was as complete as we’ve been this season.”

Mikko Rantanen had an empty net goal with 12.1 seconds left and added three assists, giving him 11 for the season, good for the lead in the NHL.

“When Mikko’s skating that well, he’s a lot to handle,” Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said. “He was holding guys off. He’ll eventually find you open. He made some nice plays and that’s what he can do.”

Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots for his first win of the season, including a glove save on Kyle Palmieri with just 44 seconds left to preserve the win.

“I think the guys made it easy for me,” Grubauer said. “I felt good about getting the start. It’s always different when you step out onto the ice. They really didn’t have too many chances or odd man rushes on me. Everything was pretty much in front of me.”

Bednar was impressed with his goalie’s performance.

“He made some really big saves when we needed them,” Bednar said. “He hadn’t been on the ice in a while, but he was sharp.”

Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves in net for the Devils.

The Devils got on the board first in the first period, when Nico Hischier scored his first goal of the season with 2:18 remaining in the period. While on the power play, Hischier received a great pass from Travis Zajac and fired a wrist shot past Grubauer for a 1-0 lead.

The Avalanche scored twice to start the second period.

The first goal, scored by Sven Andrighetto, came just two minutes into the second. It appeared that Devils goalie Kinkaid made a spectacular glove save, but after league replay review, it was determined that Kinkaid’s glove was over the goal line, so Andrighetto, playing in his first game of the season, tied the game at 1-1.

The Avalanche then took a 2-1 lead when Landeskog made a brilliant burst of speed past the Devils’ defense and lifted a wrist shot past Kinkaid.

The Devils then tied the game at 2-2 on Taylor Hall’s first goal of the season. On a delayed penalty, Hall took a fine pass from Andy Greene and fired a shot past Grubauer. Hischier got the second assist on the goal.

The Devils took a 3-2 lead when Brian Boyle was credited with his second goal of the season, when Palmieri’s shot went off Boyle’s leg with 13:38 left.

Less than two minutes left, when Landeskog scored his second goal of the game off a deflection of a Cole shot with 11:52 remaining.

“They had a game plan and went out and executed it,” said Palmieri, who saw his goals streak snap at four games. “We weren’t ready to push it back.”

“We weren’t clean enough in our plays tonight,” said Devils captain Andy Greene. “We don’t give up or quit. We didn’t back down.”

Mother who postponed chemotherapy to save unborn baby dies of cancer

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:55

ROSSENDALE, U.K. — An English woman who decided not to have chemotherapy in order to save her unborn child’s life has died, according to Fox News.

Gemma Nuttall lived in Rossendale, Lancashire, England. She had been battling ovarian cancer for five years before passing away Sunday.

Efforts to help the mother had spread worldwide. Actress Kate Winslet was among those who publicized the Nuttall’s efforts to pay for treatment after she had given birth.

The treatment was initially successful, according to Fox News. However, the cancer returned, eventually leaving her daughter, 4-year-old Penelope, without a mom.

Nuttall’s mother confirmed her death in a Facebook post, according to Fox News.

“It is with an utterly broken heart that I have to tell you all that my beautiful warrior lost her battle early this morning,” the post from Helen Sproates reads. “We fought so hard but we just couldn’t do it anymore – I am one very proud but devastated mum right now. Sleep tight Gemma – My world will never be the same again.”

A GoFundMe has raised £342,000 (about $445,000) for Nuttall.

DPD: Three pedestrians injured in Capitol Hill hit-and-run

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:43

DENVER -- Three pedestrians were struck by an SUV in the Capitol Hill area Thursday night, according to the Denver Police Department.

DPD said the incident happened at the intersection of West 10th Avenue and North Broadway.

Police said the vehicle involved is a silver or gray SUV, the driver of which fled the scene without stopping to help.

According to DPD's Twitter account, at least one person suffered a serious injury in the hit-and-run.

Officers are at the scene investigating.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as authorities make more information available.

#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 pic.twitter.com/yoQQKsELlj

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

Police are asking anyone in the area who might have surveillance footage to contact them.

Denver police investigating shooting in Five Points

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:34

DENVER — Officers are investigating a shooting in the Five Points area north of downtown Denver.

The Denver Police Department said the shooting happened on the 2300 block of Welton Street. At least one person suffered a gunshot wound.

Police did not disclose further details apart from saying the person who was shot has a “serious bodily injury.”

This story will be updated at authorities make more information available.

Broncos snap 4-game losing streak, beat the Cardinals 45-10 in Arizona

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GLENDALE, Ariz — Emmanuel Sanders threw and caught touchdown passes, Denver returned two interceptions for first-quarter touchdowns and the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak with a 45-10 rout of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

RELATED: View our play-by-play review of the game

Todd Davis returned rookie Josh Rosen’s deflected pass for a touchdown on the second play of the game and Chris Harris Jr. took another back 53 yards for a score with 2:02 left in the quarter as the Broncos (3-4) opened a 21-3 lead.

Rosen threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice on a rough night that began badly for him and never got better. He limped off the field after he was sacked for the fifth time, on a fourth-and-16 play near the end of the game.

The Cardinals (1-6), down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979.

Case Keenum completed 14 of 21 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown with one interception for Denver. Phillip Lindsay rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries, including a 28-yard TD run.

Rosen had called a time out after the game’s first play. Then his pass was deflected by the outstretched hand of defensive end Derek Wolfe. The ball dropped into the hands of Davis, who ran it in from there.

Arizona followed with a three-and-out and the Broncos quickly made it 14-0 with a six-play, 77-yard drive. Sanders took the ball on an end around and threw to a wide open Courtland Sutton 28 yards for the touchdown.

The receiver may have run the wrong route on Rosen’s second “pick six.” In a third-and-one situation from the Arizona 46, Rosen passed but there was no one near the ball except Harris, who returned it 53 yards to make it 21-3.

The Broncos made it 28-3 in the second quarter when Keenum found Harris wide open on a 64-yard TD play, the Denver receiver doing a front flip over the goal line.

A pass interference play against Bene Benwikere in the end zone set up Royce Freeman’s one-yard TD run that made it 35-3 with 21 seconds left in the half. The run capped a 15-play, 70-yard drive that used up 6:39.

The Arizona fans booed as the team left the field for the half, while there were cheers from the sizable contingent of orange-clad Broncos supporters.

Suspect killed in Arvada officer-involved shooting

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:53

ARVADA, Colo. — An Arvada police officer was involved in a shooting near city’s boundary with Wheat Ridge Thursday evening.

The Arvada Police Department said the incident happened at West 49th Avenue and Kipling Street, which is just north of Interstate 70.

No officers were injured.

Police did not provide details as to the circumstances of the shooting or whether any civilians were hurt.

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

Det. David Snelling with Arvada police said police were tracking a stolen vehicle shortly before 6:15 p.m. Police believe the driver was involved in several crimes in Arvada.

Officers followed the vehicle and said the male driver had a warrant for felony menacing. APD added that the suspect would have also faced additional charges including robbery, burglary, assault and kidnapping due to alleged crimes that occurred Thursday.

Officers were eventually able to confront the suspect, and an altercation ensued. The suspect was shot several times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rockies raising price of season tickets

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:09

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies are raising the prices of season tickets for the 2019 season.

Owner/Chairman and CEO Dick Monfort announced the decision in an email to fans Thursday.

“As we prepare for the 2019 season, a natural step in our annual business planning is evaluating our ticket pricing. We understand that no one wants to pay more. However, our prices continue to be some of the lowest in baseball. We will be instituting a modest price increase for 2019, and hopefully this will allow us to assemble the championship team we all want,” the email read.

According to the Rockies website, season ticket prices now range from $916 for lower rooftop reserved seats to $3,957 for Club Level infield seats. That compares to a range of $884 to $3,725 for the same seats in the 2018 season.

Monfort also thanked fans for their support this season.

“For the first time since 2001, we sold over three million tickets! Even though Denver is the 19th largest market, our fans turned out in numbers that ranked seventh in baseball in attendance. That’s an elite mark that you all set and we thank you for your tremendous support,” the email read.

While the Rockies made it to the National League Division Series this year, but fell to the Milwaukee Brewers.

‘I just gave her a hug’: Man accused of attempted Aurora kidnapping denies wrongdoing

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:18

AURORA – There are new details about a man charged with the attempted kidnapping and unlawful sexual contact of a young girl.

The surveillance video is haunting. It shows a man in a hood sprinting down Exposition Avenue in Aurora.

Tyler Christensen, the man charged in the case, is a registered sex offender.

“He didn’t want to get caught,” James Kissel said. Cameras outside his home recorded who police believe are the suspect and victim in the incident.

Minutes before the man is seen running, an unassuming 11-year-old girl walks past Kissel’s camera. She had just gotten off the school bus around 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. She told police a tall man approached her and “grabbed her around her stomach”. As she screamed, he covered her mouth. She then "bit his right ring finger until he let go of her.”

“I can’t believe that we have predators like that,” Kissel said.

As police swarmed the neighborhood going door to door, they stumbled upon Kissel and the very images they needed to crack the case.

“It was a shock that was the guy on my camera,” Kissel said.

Police internally shared Kissel’s surveillance image. Just one day after the attack, a patrol officer spotted a man matching the description at the RTD Nine Mile Station. Christensen told police about the incident. He said, “I really wasn’t thinking much at all. I just walked by her and gave her a hug.”

Christensen  was previously arrested for a sex offense 11 years ago in Grand Junction. He told officers “he had previously been criminally charged for an incident in which he had fondled a woman.” He told police he underwent therapy during which sexual urges were discussed. Christensen told detectives when he saw the girl, he "had an urge."

"I’m going to be truthful. I’m not going to hold that back. I did have an urge. I didn’t know how old she was," Christensen said.

Even with Christensen under arrest, the attempted abduction leaves neighbors on edge.

“It’s scary. It’s scary now. I feel like I can’t leave my kids alone at all,” Elizabeth Moreno said.

Kissel said he’s glad he played a role in helping police and plans to stay vigilant.

“I’m just a protector of the neighborhood. The police are the real heroes because of the way they got on it real fast,” Kissel said.

Christensen will be back in court on Nov. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

Vice President Pence speaks on Stapleton, missing journalist during Denver visit

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:03

DENVER -- Vice President Mike Pence made a brief stop in Colorado to speak at a luncheon hosted by a conservative super PAC.

The vice president landed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora just after 11 a.m., greeting and taking pictures with a few dozen service members who gathered for the arrival.

No Colorado politicians greeted the vice president at Buckley.

FOX31 political reporter Joe St. George was able to ask the vice president questions regarding Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton and missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

VIDEO: My conversation with Vice President Mike Pence. I ask him if he is insulted the Colorado GOP has not asked him to do a public campaign event while he is in Colorado today. Pence only holding a private SuperPac Lunch #copolitics #cogov #kdvr pic.twitter.com/VjUl81bzkx

— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) October 18, 2018

Pence went to a private luncheon at the Four Seasons in downtown Denver for the America First Action super PAC, but he did hold any public events or rallies with Republican officials while in Colorado.

"Do you feel insulted that they haven't invited you to do a public event in Colorado?" St. George asked.

"No. I just spoke with Walker Stapleton on Air Force Two. He is in another part of the state campaigning today but President Trump and I couldn't be more proud. He will be a great governor of Colorado," Pence said.

"Why aren't you doing a public event with him?" St. George asked.

"His campaign took him to another part of the state today and we greatly respect that," Pence said.

In regards to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Pence said "there will consequences" if some of the reports hold true.

Video: Vice President Mike Pence on @stevenmnuchin1 decision to skip going to #SaudiArabia. I ask him if he will hold the country accountable. #copolitics #kdvr #kwgn pic.twitter.com/QcN5I4j5dU

— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) October 18, 2018

After his time in Colorado, Pence traveled to neighboring Oklahoma and Kansas, where he spoke at campaign events for those states' gubernatorial candidates.

Watch: Emmanuel Sanders throws touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:51

GLENDALE, Ariz — Emmanuel Sanders threw a 28-yard to Courtland Sutton as the Broncos faced the Cardinals on “Thursday Night Football” on FOX31.

It was the Broncos’ second touchdown of the game, the first one came on an interception return by Todd Davis.

The Broncos went 77 yards in six plays on the drive, which included a 22-yard carry by Phillip Lindsay.

RELATED: Follow along with the game with our live blog

FOX31 Broncos Game Day: Join FOX31 News after the game for reaction and interviews. 

The pass was Sutton’s second touchdown of the season and Sanders’ first career touchdown pass. Previously, Sanders had only thrown one pass in his NFL career back in 2011 with the Steelers.

The pass gave the Broncos a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

.@ESanders_10 just threw a TD pass!

And @SuttonCourtland makes the diving grab! #BroncosCountry #DENvsAZ

Canadian girl sells out of cookies in minutes to crowd outside marijuana store

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:45

EDMONTON, Alberta – Next time, she’ll need a bigger wagon.

On Wednesday, it took a 9-year-old Canadian girl less than 45 minutes to sell every box of Girl Guide cookies she had to customers lining up outside a marijuana dispensary in Edmonton, according to Global News.

With a smile and a winning product, Elina Childs worked her way up and down the crowd lining up along red carpet outside Nova Cannabis.

The child’s father told the CBC that she sold a box of cookies every minute-and-a-half, quickly turning all 30 boxes into $120 for the Girl Guides, part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

“It amazed me how quickly they went,” Elina’s father, Seann Childs, told the CBC. “Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies.”

On Wednesday, people across Canada celebrated the legalization of marijuana by lighting up on sidewalks and in parks. One day later, there was already a shortage of marijuana in the country as suppliers struggled to keep pace with demand.

Evans police: Cellphone video shows teacher taping student to chair

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:14

EVANS, Colo. -- Police are investigating a reported incident of a teacher taping a middle school student to a chair.

The Evans Police Department said cellphone video shows a teacher at Prairie Heights Middle School taping a 7th-grade student to a chair.

"In the video, a male student is seen sitting in a chair and a teacher is taping the child to the chair.The tape was wrapped several times around the child’s torso and thighs.The teacher is also seen putting tape on the child’s mouth, which the child immediately removed," EPD said in a statement early Thursday evening.

Police said the teacher's actions were likely "punitive" based on the information they have received.

“We were made aware of a situation where a student was potentially mistreated in the classroom,” Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt said. “The school notified one of our officers of the alleged incident and we immediately launched an investigation. The video was alarming and gave us reason to probe the situation further.” 

The incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed. EPD did not release the cellphone video.

The Greeley-Evans School District (Weld County District 6) sent the following statement to FOX31 and Channel 2:

"We are working closely with the Evans Police Department. The teacher has been placed on paid [administrative] leave pending the outcome of the [investigation]."

Evans is located just south of Greeley in Weld County.

Smash-and-grabs continue to plague metro Denver

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:04

DENVER – There have been 43 smash-and-grab burglaries in Denver since August 1, according to police. That includes six reported early Thursday. Within the past two weeks, smash-and-grabs have been reported in Arvada, Parker, Centennial and Aurora. Police in Aurora were called to three smash-and-grabs early Thursday alone.

“It makes you feel a little vulnerable,” said Ben Briggs who owns Mixing Bowl Cookie Dough in Aurora. “We’re going to put additional security measures in place.”

Earlier in the week, seven businesses were hit in Parker. Another eight were hit in Arvada last week. Los Dos Portillos Mexican Restaurant in Centennial was targeted at some point between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. There have been 17 smash-and-grab burglaries in Aurora within the last month, according to police.

“We do have a pattern that we have established here in Aurora and in the metro area,” said Sgt. Bill Hummel with the Aurora Police Department.

Hummel released pictures of smash-and-grab suspects that could be responsible for as many as 30 thefts since the beginning of June. Officers in Denver and Aurora insist they are working with neighboring agencies -- comparing notes -- hoping their investigations will lead to arrests.

“[Investigators will] be in contact with the other detectives and try to figure out how they can catch these people,” said Denver Police Technician Jay Casillas.

Meanwhile, officers want everyone to not be shy about calling police when we see something out of the ordinary.

The targeted locations have primarily been family-owned businesses. Police are reminding business owners to clear out cash registers before closing down for the night. Officers also recommend leaving empty drawers open and visible from outside windows to deter would-be crooks.

Denver police officer arrested for investigation of assault

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:53

DENVER -- An officer with the Denver Police Department has been arrested for investigation of second-degree assault, the department said Thursday.

Sgt. Joseph Rodarte was arrested for a "use of force" incident that happened while he was on duty on Aug. 22, DPD said through a statement issued early Thursday evening.

"Per standard protocol, the Denver Police Internal Affairs Bureau conducted a Use of Force review, and after consulting the Denver District Attorney’s Office, the Department made the decision to arrest the officer," DPD said.

Sgt. Rodarte is currently suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

Police did not provide further details regarding the Aug. 22 incident.

Officials have not yet released a mug shot or affidavit, as the booking process is ongoing.

Sgt. Rodarte was previously disciplined for an incident in November 2017. According to Denver Public Safety documents, Rodarte was the supervisor on scene when a different officer subdued a suspect with a Taser.

"In his report, Sergeant Rodarte indicated that he found [the officer's] actions in tasing the suspect 'reasonable under state law considerations' even though the suspect posed no threat to anyone, was not engaged in 'active aggression' and thus, under departmental policy, should not have been tased. Moreover, Sergeant Rodarte did not recommend further investigation to determine if DPD's Use of Force policy was violated," the report reads.

Det. Nick Rogers, the president of the Denver Police Protective Association, sent the following statement to FOX31 and Channel 2:

"The Denver Police Protective Association represents almost 1400 Denver Police Officers.  We believe in our officers and in our judicial system. In the United States of America, all citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty, even police officers.  I have known Sgt. Joe Rodarte for over 20 years and he has served the citizens of Denver with honor and integrity. I have not seen nor been provided any specific information regarding this specific case. The PPA trusts the judicial system, and we are confident the truth and ultimate justice will prevail."

Motorcyclist killed in Centennial crash

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:06

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on South Colorado Boulevard in Centennial Thursday afternoon.

Just before 4 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a GMC Canyon pickup truck near Colorado’s intersection with East Geddes Avenue at the entrance to The Knolls subdivision.

The 36-year-old man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said Colorado was closed between East Dry Creek Road and East Easter Drive for more than three hours while deputies investigated.

Authorities did not disclose information regarding the circumstances that lead to the crash.

Arizona man breaks legs during fall into mine shaft; kills rattlesnakes before being rescued

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:26
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AGUILA, Ariz. – An Arizona man should be a bit more comfortable in a hospital bed having spent two days stuck at the bottom of a 100-foot mine shaft.

62-year-old John Waddell is believed to have been descending into the gold mine shaft near Aguila, 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, when he fell Monday. He suffered two broken legs, according to KSAZ. But his hardships didn’t end there.

The father also battled three rattlesnakes (now dead) and severe dehydration over 48 hours without food or water before a neighbor discovered him Wednesday.

Terry Schrader had agreed to check on Waddell at the shaft if he didn’t return by Tuesday, though it was Wednesday before he actually went searching.

“I was afraid of what I was going to find,” Schrader says. “As I pulled up my truck, I could hear him hollering, ‘Help, help.'” Schrader adds, per ABC15, that “the carabiner broke, I guess, and he supposedly fell 40 to 50 feet.”

Though Waddell had a phone, there was no cell service; Schrader had to drive out of the desert to call authorities.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office organized the rescue beginning around 2 p.m., reports the Arizona Republic. It took more than six hours and a team of more than a dozen before Waddell could be airlifted to a hospital.

“We are looking forward to his recovery,” an MCSO rep says. Regardless of his screams as he was removed from the shaft, “he’s a tough guy,” Schrader says.

Game Day Review: As Von Miller predicted, Broncos kick some butt in Arizona, 45-10

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:52

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As Von Miller first predicted after practice this week, the Broncos went to Arizona and kicked some behind. Denver beat up on the Cardinals, 45-10, on FOX31.

The win comes after losing four straight games and now the team improves to 3-4 on the season.

RELATED: Recap and photo gallery of the Broncos’ 45-10 victory

Review the game in the live blog below and be sure to like FOX31 on Facebook to join the conversation for the next Broncos game. We’ll have pictures to share with your friends and a halftime Facebook Live to talk about the game.

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First quarter

The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to defer to put their defense on the field first against the Cardinals and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.

Following a bad punt return, the Cardinals were stuck at their own 17-yard line. After no gain on the first run, Rosen called a timeout on second down.

Following the timeout, Rosen’s pass was tipped by Derek Wolfe and intercepted by Todd Davis who returned it for the touchdown.

Just a minute into the game, the Broncos were already up 7-0.

.@BamBamDavis51 PICK-6!