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Colorado man convicted of rioting sentenced to 180 days in jail

In July last year, we told you about a 24-year-old man who was charged with engaging in a riot with a deadly weapon in connection with an incident involving about 800 people in Fort Collins, Colorado, last April. When his case went to trial, he was not convicted of this felony criminal charge but of a misdemeanor.

The man's attorney had asked the judge to sentence his client to community service and probation, while the prosecutor asked for three to 12 months in jail. The judge sentenced the man to 180 days in jail - to begin immediately - and the defendant was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Colorado task force continues arrests in alleged drug ring

For over the last month, the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force has been making arrests in an alleged meth ring in Fort Collins. As of now, at least 20 arrest warrants have been served, but there really isn't much information about the charges being released to the news.

There are reports of what has been seized in the last month or so by law enforcement when arrests have been made and search warrants executed, though. According to the NCDTF, over 2.25 lbs of methamphetamine have been seized, as well as heroin, marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and substantial amounts of cash. These are some of the seized items reported from Dec. 7 until now.

Rockies co-owner charged with DUI

Colorado baseball fans likely know Charlie Monfort, a co-owner of the Rockies. He was arrested in November after being pulled over for speeding 10 to 20 mph over the limit. He pled guilty to the charges and has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Monfort's probation includes public service hours and an alcohol rehabilitation program. According to news sources, this is his second DUI conviction. Monfort will also be required to submit to two breath tests, every day, using a Soberlink device and will have 45 days of home monitoring with what is called a Transdermal Alcohol Detector.

Fort Collins police arrest man for sign shop burglary

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 23, 2013 by Fort Collins police and charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft and second-degree burglary. Police pursued the man on foot for a short distance after it was discovered that he was driving a truck previously stolen from a supply store near a business that was burglarized earlier in the day.

That business, Signs Now, was also the scene of a fire that caused "very, very devastating damage" according to a captain with the fire department. The damage was estimated to be at least $1 million, and the fire's cause is now under investigation by the Poudre Fire Authority and the Fort Collins Police Department. There were no sprinklers in the building. A day after the fire, a police officer was guarding the building.

Domestic violence charges dropped against pro hockey player

Domestic violence charges can carry significant penalties, including jail time, fines and probation. However, there are other possible penalties as well, including restrictions from one's home and children. When facing domestic violence charges, it's important to learn as much as you can about your case and to find an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.

One man who was charged with domestic violence assault against his girlfriend has seen those charges dropped by the prosecution. The man, Semyon Varlamov, a pro hockey player for the Colorado Avalanche, was arrested on Oct. 30 after his girlfriend told police that he had kicked and stomped on her, as well as dragged her by her hair.

Christmas office party gets out of hand at Fort Collins hotel

The holiday season brings joy to many people. There are parties, gatherings and merriment to be made. Unfortunately, some of those gatherings, whether with family, friends or co-workers, can end up out-of-hand. That's what happened at a Fort Collins hotel on Dec. 14.

The party was being thrown by the Boulder Scientific Company. The Marriott Hotel on Horsetooth Road was the scene of the disturbance that culminated in the arrests of five individuals. According to reports, a noise complaint by the staff brought the Fort Collins police to the hotel. The party was taking place on the fifth floor, in a ballroom.

6 search warrants in Larimer County result in 14 arrests

Fourteen people are facing drug charges after officers with the Northern Colorado Task Force and other law enforcement agencies served search warrants in Larimer Country and Denver, Colorado. According to a press release issued by the NCDTF, there are other individuals that have charges pending in relation to the same investigation.

The 14 who were arrested range in age from 27 to 54. Some were arrested on warrants, while others are facing charges from findings of the search warrants. The investigation that led to the arrests was described by news reports as a "long-term investigation into methamphetamine distribution in Larimer County."

Drunk driving suspected in ATV accident that claimed 1 life

When most people think of drunk driving, they associate the crime with a car, truck or other motor vehicle. However, ATVs are also considered motor vehicles, and as a result, the operator of such a vehicle can be charged with drunk driving. It's not a common occurrence, but the death of a Fort Collins woman in a Nov. 18 ATV accident may prompt such charges.

The 26-year-old woman was a passenger on an ATV that was traveling on a roadway in Fort Collins. The driver of the ATV, a 29-year-old local man, was seriously injured in the crash, while the woman was ejected off the vehicle and died. According to police, the man could be facing charges of drunk driving in relation to his friend's death.

Fort Collins police arrest hit-and-run driver

A 21-year-old Colorado Springs University student was seriously injured earlier this month as he was riding his bicycle near Birch on Shields Street in Fort Collins. According to witnesses to the accident, the bicyclist was hit when he turned in front of a white car.

The female driving the car got out after striking the cyclist, the witnesses told police. She didn't offer aid to the injured man, though. Instead, she returned to her vehicle and drove away. Police were finally able to identify the woman, 31, on Friday, Nov. 15. She has been arrested for a class 4 felony of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury.

New executive director named to Alternatives to Violence agency

Alternatives to Violence, a local non-profit dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence through education, prevention and intervention, has named its new executive director. The agency is located at 313 East Fourth Street.

The new director knows from personal experience the sense of powerlessness those victimized by abuse can feel. When she was in her own dangerous situation, there was no place like Alternatives to Violence to turn to for support and assistance. She was one of the lucky survivors who managed to escape her abuser. She enrolled in college and earned a degree enabling her to support herself and provide options to others in similar situations and crises.

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