Xavier McDaniel sentenced for brutal attack on teen girl while on bond for another sex case

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During an attack on a fifteen-year-old Littleton girl, Xavier McDaniel allegedly told her, "Get ready to die."

Instead, she fought back, surviving the attack despite sustaining fearsome injuries. And now, McDaniel, 22, could spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime committed while he was out on bond for a sex crime against another woman.

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Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado

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This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days this part of the country has ever seen. "April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening line of The Waste Land, "breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire." And some of the memories of April 20th in Colorado aren't exactly blissful.

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Painting of Full House's Joey stolen from restaurant, returned in trash bag

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Big Al's Burgers and Dogs has an attribute unique in Fort Collins and, probably, on planet Earth -- a series of paintings that pay tribute to characters from the iconic '80s/'90s sitcom Full House. So you can imagine the heartbreak when someone stole the portrait depicting Joey Gladstone, portrayed by the brilliant Dave Coulier. But fortunately, this shocking tale has a happy ending.

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Update: Justin Jay Hatfield busted in alleged sex assault, kidnapping of male Good Samaritan

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Update below: The online profile of Justin Jay Hatfield suggests that he's among the unlikeliest kidnapping-and-sex assault suspects ever. Most of the recent posts on his Facebook page highlight paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a YouTube video shows him singing opera. Yet the Colorado Springs Police Department has named him a suspect in a crime involving a man who was allegedly victimized after acting as a Good Samaritan. Details and more photos below.

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23 crimes in one part of Denver over eleven days: See where they happened

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Most of us tend to hear about major crimes in Denver. But what about the lower-profile offenses, such as robberies, burglaries and assaults? A website called RAIDS Online tracks them in a number of Colorado cities, including Denver -- and there are plenty of them. We looked at the quadrant of Denver that encompasses Westword's offices at 10th and Broadway and found listings for 23 crimes in just eleven days, from April 2 to April 13. What happened and where? Let us show you.

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Henry Ford arrest update: Charges against deputy include incest

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Update: Last week, we told you about the arrest of Adams County Deputy Henry Ford in regard to suspected sexual assault on a child. See our previous coverage below. Now, Ford has been formally charged, and one of the accusations -- incest -- reveals that the alleged victim in the case is his own daughter.

Thus far, law-enforcement sources have been extremely cautious about releasing information about the case against Ford. Indeed, prosecutors shared one detail only to ask the media not to divulge it.

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Spice bust in Loveland puts focus on dangers of "synthetic marijuana"

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Last September, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment issued an alert suggesting that spice, inaccurately but popularly known as synthetic marijuana, could well be more dangerous to kids than the real thing. Yet despite the January 1 start of recreational pot sales in Colorado, spice continues to be available -- although no longer at the Down Low Glass Detox in Loveland, where three people were busted and more than 700 grams of the stuff was seized, including spice packaged under the product name Scooby Snax. Photos and details below.

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Eddie Simon faces possible life sentence for brutal cold-case sex assault

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We recently told you about the role DNA played in the arrest and subsequent guilty plea of Alfred Flores in a 2011 head-shot murder. Turns out DNA also proved key in an even older crime: a 2001 sex assault for which Eddie Simon was busted more than a dozen years later.

Now, a jury has found Simon guilty, and he could face a sentence up to life in prison. Continue for the details, including photos and his complete arrest report.

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Alfred Flores guilty in head-shot murder thanks in part to his chewing gum

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The little things often prevent a murderer from getting away with his crime, as Alfred Flores understands all too well. As we noted in a November 2012 post, one of the key bits of evidence implicating him in the slaying of 27-year-old Manuel Martinez was a piece of chewing gum.

Now, Flores has pleaded guilty in the brutal crime. Continue to learn about his sentence and what he did to earn it below.

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Four hit-and-run crashes in 24 hours, two deaths: See where they happened

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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As we've been reporting, hit-and-runs aplenty have taken place in Denver and Boulder of late, several with fatal consequences. But yesterday (when a storm system rolled into the area) saw an unprecedented number of such crashes: four in less than 24 hours, with two resulting in deaths.

Look below to get information about each incident, including interactive graphics showing the areas near the scenes; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View Larger Map."

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