CRIME & SAFETY
Suspects in Berthoud Dropped Water Balloons on Overpass, Police Say
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is searching for suspects involved with a series of recent incidents in Berthoud. According to a Facebook post from LCSO, suspects have been throwing water balloons off the overpass on W County Road 10E, causing "significant damage" to six vehicles over the past few weeks.
Legal documents reveal new details of abuse case against Poudre School District para
New details of the alleged abuse by a Poudre School District paraprofessional tasked with assisting students with disabilities on buses have emerged in a recent court appearance, arrest documents and a letter from an attorney representing the family of three of the child victims. The now-former paraprofessional was fired by...
Livestock Larceny: Police Searching For Stolen Fort Collins Llama
Many Fort Collins residents are familiar with a fleecy fella who's frequently seen standing behind the fence just west of Horsetooth Reservoir. Smokey is a beloved 9-year-old llama that belongs to a family that lives on West County Road 38E. Unfortunately, Smokey is now a victim of livestock larceny. According...
Fort Collins flooding strands hotel guests, damages cars
Spring rain not only caused traffic backups on Interstate 25 but flooding in several areas, as well.
Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe From Burglars When You Go On Vacation
It's that time of year when people hit the road on summer vacation trips. Unfortunately an empty home often is an open invitation for some unwanted guests to pay a visit while you are gone. So how can you keep your home safe while enjoying your summer trip?. Fort Collins...
Colorado couple hopes to prevent drownings with life jacket loaner station
Bill and Melissa O'Melia's son Drennan was just 12 years old when he died in a drowning accident in 2010. Now the couple hopes to prevent drownings in honor of their son. They started "Drennan's Dreams Foundation" which works to prevent drownings across Colorado and the nation. On Tuesday, they opened the Life Jacket Loaner station at Boyd Lake in Loveland. They created the station last summer which is a cabinet of different-sized life jackets that people can borrow and use for a day on the lake. "It was time for us to start giving back to Colorado. Last year in 2022, we had a record number of drownings in the state of Colorado," said Bill O'Melia. The couple hopes to start setting up life jacket loaner stations around the state.
Employee Jason Telleen died at a Transfort facility. We dig deeper into what happened.
Hello, Coloradoan subscribers. Reporter Sady Swanson here. I spent the last several months looking into 37-year-old Jason Telleen’s on-the-job death at the Fort Collins Transfort fueling and maintenance facility in January. Jason was run over by a bus driven by another city employee. To better understand what happened to...
Northern Colorado double homicide case involving musician to be featured on ABC's '20/20'
A Northern Colorado double homicide case will be the subject of an upcoming "20/20" episode, according to ABC. The episode, which airs Friday, June 2, delves into the 2020 murder of Greeley jazz musician Scott Sessions, whose body was discovered in a remote section of Larimer County 40 miles west of Fort Collins on Feb. 10, 2020.
Poudre School District employee charged with assaulting additional students after arrest
An employee with the Poudre School District who was arrested after allegedly hitting a kindergarten student is facing dozens more charges for allegedly assaulting more students. The employee, Tyler Zanella, was a Poudre School District paraprofessional who rode the school buses. Officers viewed the surveillance video from the school bus which investigators said showed Zanella, 36, hitting a kindergarten victim before his initial arrest last month. That victim in the initial case has disabilities. Investigators were able to determine the assault had happened on multiple occasions, April 25, May 19, and May 22 based on the video surveillance reviewed. Zanella was arrested and...
Colorado hiker hears hoax 'cry for help,' prompting multi-department emergency response
According to Poudre Fire Authority, which services the Fort Collins area, a multi-department search and rescue mission that took place on June 1 was the result of a hoax. At about 12:30 p.m., it was announced that an emergency response team was activated in Lory State Park in Bellvue after a hiker traveling down the popular Arthur's Rock Trail reported that they heard someone screaming for help.
Fort Collins father says paraprofessional allegedly hit young son who has autism
Almost a week after a Poudre School District employee was arrested for allegedly hitting a child with disabilities, a Fort Collins father reached out saying this case is involves his son.
Suspect flees authorities, spends six hours floating down river
FORT COLLINS, CO – A 31-year-old man in Fort Collins attempted to evade authorities after they had received several drug complaints by residents. Authorities were able to identify the man and found that he had seven active warrants, including a felony warrant. They witnessed him leave the area in a vehicle and attempted to pull him over. The man got out and fled on foot carrying a backpack.
7 rescued from Poudre River as water levels and temperatures rise
At least seven people -- six tubers and one kayaker -- had to be rescued from the Poudre River in the past week as both temperatures and the river level rise. Poudre Fire Authority is warning those planning to get into the iconic northern Colorado river to plan accordingly and to come prepared with life vests and helmets.The Poudre River is a critical resource for irrigation and drinking water for millions of people. It also serves as a free and easy way to cool down during the warm days of the summer. However, recent rainstorms and increased snowpack have lead...
Loveland officer fired after striking woman in the face, chief says
LOVELAND, Colo. (KUSA) — A Loveland Police officer was terminated days after he was accused of striking a woman in the face during his response to a call, the Loveland Police Department said Wednesday. Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday Loveland Police officers responded to reports of a woman wandering in...
Police Arrest Suspect After River Standoff
On May 25, 2023 members of the Fort Collins Police NET (Neighborhood Engagement Team) were conducting patrols in an area that has received multiple drug complaints from area residents. Officers saw Michael Cortez (dob: 08/08/1991) who they knew to have 7 warrants for his arrest, 4 of which were felony warrants. Cortez got into a vehicle as a passenger and began to leave the area. At approximately 2:30 pm, officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 900 block of North Shields Street.
Loveland Police Officer Fired
As reported in the Greeley Tribune, a Loveland Police Department first year officer has been fired after allegedly “striking” a suspect after she was put into protective custody this weekend; a criminal investigation into the officer is now underway. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday LPD officers responded to a report of an adult woman wandering in and out of traffic and speaking incoherently in the area of North Garfield Avenue and East 29th Street, according to a release from the department. The woman was contacted, placed into protective custody and transported to Medical Center of the Rockies in east Loveland for further evaluation. Allegedly, the woman was verbally abusive to hospital staff and the officers on the scene and the officer struck the female in her face causing minor injury. The officer’s partner “immediately intervened,” removed him from the room and called for a supervisor to respond to the scene, the release said.
Larimer County Loveland Campus Building Closed Due to Public Safety Threat
On May 22, in response to a bomb threat, the Larimer County Loveland Campus was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. A thorough investigation by local law enforcement agencies determined that the bomb threat was illegitimate and there was no imminent danger to the public or the building. During regular business hours, the Larimer County Loveland Campus will be reopened tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23.
Loveland high schooler saves man's life at a McDonald's
A high school senior in Loveland administered Narcan to an unconscious man in a McDonald's restaurant. Kim Posey spoke with the young man about the experience. Loveland high schooler saves man’s life at a McDonald’s. A high school senior in Loveland administered Narcan to an unconscious man in...
Loveland teen saves man's life in McDonald's, 8 days after becoming certified EMT
LOVELAND – Right person in the right place at the right time. In this case, it was a McDonald’s restaurant at 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night. And William Berglin was there, grabbing a late-night bite with a friend when he put his recently completed EMT training to use to save a life.
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