Denver

Courtesy of Kyle Borthick

Updated 2/17/2019 at 11:30 a.m.

Investigators with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office arrested Kevin Dean Eastman, of Greeley, on Feb. 16 in connection with the homicide of Scott Sessions.

Eastman was booked on allegations of first-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body, along with an outstanding warrant from the Denver Police Department. No additional details are being released at this time.

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A domestic violence gun investigator was hired by Denver prosecutors amid efforts to enforce a law banning most domestic violence offenders and suspected offenders from possessing firearms.

Denver Zoo

One of the Denver Zoo’s former polar bears is now a “papa” bear.

Lee was moved to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last fall in the hopes that the 20-year-old bear would finally produce offspring. On Thanksgiving Day, Lee’s mate, Aurora, gave birth to a cub.

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Colorado Ballet is looking to replace its beloved “Nutcracker” - at least parts of it.

The organization hopes to raise $2.5 million to cover the cost of commissioning new sets, props and costumes in time for the ballet’s 60th anniversary next year.

From disintegrating headpieces to a nutcracker doll whose had its share of breaks, KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick spoke with the ballet’s artistic director Gil Boggs about how hundreds of performances have taken its toll.

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As she tells the story she's told many times before, Ryan Moulton knows how weird this sounds.

"It's 3 o'clock in the morning at this point, maybe … Police lights are flashing and we're like 'oh crap!' So he shines his lights at us, we drop our knives and wave very friendly — covered in blood. It takes him five minutes — five long, eternal minutes — to come out of his cop car. He came out with a bullet-proof vest."

She now realizes how it must have looked to the Montana state patrolman who happened upon her and her wife, Lisa, on the highway that night.

Shoes
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A giant shoe box has popped up on Denver's 16th Street Mall across from Union Station. Inside are more than 30 pairs of shoes — along with recorded stories from those who walked in them.

The project is part of the Biennial of the Americas Festival exhibit "A Mile in My Shoes" where you can literally try on someone else's shoes while listening to their story.

Denver city councilors have refused to renew more than $10 million in contracts with two of the nation's largest private corrections companies that operate halfway houses in the city partly due to their track record running immigration detention facilities, a sudden move which puts current inmates and people leaving prison in limbo.

Stapleton
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Voting closes tonight for Stapleton property owners in a referendum to change the name of the neighborhood.

Activist groups like Rename Stapleton say residents have been trying to change the neighborhood’s name since development began in the 1990s.

John De La Rosa / U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The Denver Police Department has started using encrypted transmissions to block public access to its communications.

The Denver Post reports the department began using digitally encrypted radios Monday in a move criticized by transparency advocates.

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An animal rights group has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of a recent goose culling in Denver that delivered the meat to a food pantry.

KDVR-TV reports that Friends of Animals filed the U.S. District Court suit Tuesday against Colorado Wildlife Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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