Brandon Johansson

JOHANSSON: Aurora cops and Channel 7 in a Facebook standoff

The relationship between the police and the media can be a touchy one. While the two sides often rely on each other — reporters need the cops to answer our calls, cops often need us to get their message out …

Boy's sign a bright spot on dark day

Boy’s sign a bright spot on dark day

Even on a day filled with heartbreaking stories, the occasional bit of good news pokes through. As our photographer Marla Keown and I headed back this afternoon from Gateway High School — where we tried talk to people connected to …

Police Chief’s critics take to Wiki

Critics of a controversial police traffic stop have moved from online message boards to Wikipedia. A reader today sent us a link to Aurora police Chief Dan Oates’s Wiki page, which now includes some edits critical of Oates. The edits …

Aurora man steamed at Arby’s over alleged scalding

Good-mood food? An Aurora man appears to disagree that a trip to Arby’s will leave customers feeling good. In a lawsuit filed last week in El Paso County District Court, an Aurora man accuses an Arby’s in Monument of having …

Gas can gets safety seat, no such luck for tot

Gas can gets safety seat, no such luck for tot

Aurora police working a seat belt checkpoint last weekend saw a pretty incredible lapse in judgement by a local parent.  Rather than strap their toddler into a car seat, a parent apparently strapped a gas can into the car seat …

Busy Election Day for Hansen?

Nov. 6 could be a very busy day for Leslie Hansen. The long-time Arapahoe County prosecutor is running for District Attorney and if she wins this month’s primary against George Brauchler, her name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. …

Busy crime weekend for Aurora

Memorial Day weekend proved to be a busy one on Aurora’s crime beat. In Aurora, there were two separate homicides, one Saturday, another Monday. We hope to have some updates on both later today. An Aurora man was also arrested …

Bird busted on Colfax

Bird busted on Colfax

It’s not all busting bad guys and solving crimes for Aurora police. Photographer Marla Keown and I learned that firsthand Tuesday when we strolled along East Colfax Avenue with officers Gene Colwell and Bob Benner for this story on beefed …

Illness delays Gillespie trial

Looks like the Anthony Gillespie trial will start a bit later than planned. I just heard from the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office and jury selection has been pushed back to tomorrow because one of the lawyers handling the case …

Guilty plea in '09 slaying

Guilty plea in ’09 slaying

A man charged with murder in connection with a slaying at an East Colfax Motel in late 2009 has pleaded guilty, according to court records. Darrius Dayvon Turner, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at a hearing this month, records …