Michael Ryan, Denver cop, not cited in apparent prostitute blowjob incident: Why not?

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Last week, Denver Police Department Detective Michael Ryan, fifty, was reportedly parked in a dark spot with his belt unbuckled and a prostitute in close proximity to his happy place when officers from the Lakewood Police Department interrupted the festivities. Yet neither Ryan nor the woman received a citation, even though such a summons would have been standard procedure. Why not? A Lakewood police spokesman can't go into detail at this point. But he makes it clear that Ryan shouldn't be sighing with relief just yet.

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Alison Michelle Ernst, Hillary Clinton shoe thrower: Misinfo in ties to James Holmes case

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Last week, Alison Michelle Ernst hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton while the latter spoke at an event in Las Vegas. Afterward, the press found a tie between Ernst and the case against Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, and it's legit. However, major outlets such as the Associated Press are reporting that Ernst filed bizarre motions in the matter, with one claiming that Holmes had invaded her brain. That's wrong, and we bet the misinformation thrills the real man behind the document: Jonathan Lee Riches. Here's the twisted story.

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Washington Park alcohol ban meeting: Freedom and responsibility versus urine and vomit

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Over a hundred residents of Washington Park and beyond made their way to the Denver Baha'i Center last night to debate whether or not the park should put a temporary ban on alcoholic beverages -- specifically 3.2 beer, the only liquor allowed there.

The crowd seemed evenly divided, with half of those in attendance agreeing that a ban should be put in place to solve some of the problems in the park and surrounding areas, while the other half argued that the ban wasn't the right fix.

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Pamela Phillips, ex-Aspen socialite, convicted in car-bomb death of her ex-husband

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Aspen socialites and crime aren't usually synonymous -- but two recent high-profile cases are exceptions.

We recently reported about the shocking murder of Nancy Pfister, whose parents founded the Buttermilk ski area. And now, Pamela Phillips, a high roller who called Aspen home as recently as 2008, has been convicted in Arizona of hiring a man to kill her ex-husband, Gary Triano, using a car bomb.

Continue for photos, videos and the lurid details.

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Here's how Bradley Justice got paid $25,000 for yelling "F*ck you, copper!"

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Attorney David Lane is well known for defending speech, even when it's rude. Note his 2010 advocacy on behalf of a bar owner who faced the prospect of losing his liquor license for singing "Fuck the condo people" to the tune of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." The latest example: Lane recently helped win a $25,000 settlement for Bradley Justice over the actions that followed his shout of "Fuck you, copper!" at a Colorado State Patrol trooper. Learn about what Lane calls the "pursuit of Justice" below.

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Videos: Police brutality protests by Occupy Denver, Anonymous end in six arrests

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Although many in the public perceive Occupy Denver to be a thing of the past, the organization remains quite busy, staging regular protests that recently were dubbed "reprehensible" by the Denver Post.

More evidence of ongoing activity: This weekend, a downtown march featuring OD and Anonymous resulted in a dust-up with Denver cops that ended with the arrest of six demonstrators and claims of police brutality -- the subject of the march in the first place.

Get details and see photos and videos below.

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Dwayne Kelly killing ruled a Make My Day case, no charges filed

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Update: Last month, we told you about a fatal shooting that killed Dwayne Kelly, 52, on the 1600 block of Yates; see our previous coverage below. At the time, the Denver police intimated that the incident may have been a Make My Day case, in which a homeowner fired in defense of his property, and that's proven to be the case. The Denver DA's office has decided not to prosecute the homeowner, a legal gun owner who says he found Kelly stealing stuff from his place, then shot when the intruder tried to take his weapon. See our previous coverage below.

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Washington Park alcohol ban pushed to address "belligerent drunken behavior"

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Washington Park is without question one of Denver's favorite parks. But is this status endangered by the bad behavior associated with alcohol?

That's among the assertions made in a letter by Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt, who's calling for a ban on alcohol in the park.

Continue for more information, including some push-back from a prominent Wash Park organization.

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Marijuana edible contributed to Levy Thamba's fatal fall, coroner says

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In a highly unusual move, the Denver coroner's office has listed marijuana intoxication as a contributing factor in a death -- the fatal fall of college student Levy Thamba from a hotel balcony last month.

Thamba consumed a marijuana edible before he died.

A coroner's office spokeswoman says the facts of the case explain why the decision to include information about marijuana was made.

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Video: Roy Hanthorn slays fellow Colorado fugitive Rhiannon VanTassell, kills himself

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Rhiannon VanTassell's mom recently shared a Facebook plea in which she asked her Colorado Springs-based daughter to return home rather than remain on the run with Roy Hanthorn, a fugitive she'd allegedly chosen over her own child.

A subsequent post suggested a happy ending might be in the offing. But unfortunately, things didn't work out that way. Yesterday, Hanthorn allegedly ended a police chase in Tulsa, Oklahoma by killing VanTassell and then himself. See photos, video and details below.

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