SUS­PECT IN RE­PORTER’S DEATH WAIVES PRELIM HEAR­ING

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A 23-year-old man charged with ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide in the death of a Den­ver Post re­porter waived a pre­lim­i­nary court hear­ing Wed­nes­day and is now sched­uled for ar­raign­ment on Jan. 23.

Je­sus Car­reno, who is free on $50,000 bond, is sus­pected of driv­ing into Colleen O’Con­nor, 60, as she crossed the in­ter­sec­tion of East First Av­enue and South Down­ing Street, on Aug. 31. The Den­ver coroner’s of­fice de­ter­mined that O’Con­nor died of mul­ti­ple blunt-force in­juries in the crash.

Car­reno has been charged with ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide while drunken driv­ing and ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide while driv­ing care­lessly.

Grand jury re­view­ing fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A Jef­fer­son

County grand jury is re­view­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a May fire at an Ar­vada group home that killed three peo­ple and sent sev­eral oth­ers to hospi­tals.

Pam Rus­sell, a spokes­woman for the 1st Ju­di­cial District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, con­firmed Wed­nes­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been re­ferred to grand ju­rors, though she de­clined to speak fur­ther about the case. The news was first re­ported by KCNC-Chan­nel 4.

The fire hap­pened early May 14 at the host home at the in­ter­sec­tion of Robb Street and Al­len­dale Drive. A 4-year-old girl, 24-yearold Cristina Conving­ton and 39-year-old Tanya Marie Bell died in the blaze. Au­thor­i­ties have not re­leased the child’s name.

Man charged in death of 3-month-old daugh­ter.

Prose­cu­tors have charged a 21-year-old Lake­wood man in the death of his 3-month-old daugh­ter, who died in March af­ter be­ing brought to a hospi­tal with se­vere head trauma.

Josiah La­marr Jones is sus­pected in the case of child abuse re­sult­ing in death, a Class 2 felony; child abuse; and vi­o­la­tion of a pro­tec­tion or­der.

Man sen­tenced in sex traf­fick­ing case. A man

has been sen­tenced to 30 years in prison for sex traf­fick­ing a run­away 17-yearold girl whom he pro­vided metham­phetamine and a place to stay in ex­change for her pros­ti­tu­tion work in the Den­ver area, prose­cu­tors say.

John Charles Sears, 42, pleaded guilty in Septem­ber to hu­man traf­fick­ing, pimp­ing of a child and first-de­gree as­sault — all felonies.

The 1st Ju­di­cial District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, which cov­ers Gilpin and Jef­fer­son coun­ties, says his penalty was handed down Nov. 28.

Two oth­ers were also ac­cused in the case.

Darla LaDeaux pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to hu­man traf­fick­ing of child and first-de­gree as­sault in the case. She is set to be sen­tenced on Dec. 12.

Benny Gon­za­les pleaded guilty to con­tribut­ing to the delin­quency of a mi­nor and in­de­cent ex­po­sure. Au­thor­i­ties say he drove the teen vic­tim to her “dates” upon the di­rec­tion of Sears.

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