MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING
A 23-year-old man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was protecting his wife after police say the suspect struck her in the face during an argument about car dents.
Benard Reed is accused of fatally shooting 39-yearold Oscar Hernandez in the 3400 block of West Kentucky Avenue on Oct. 26.
Reed allegedly parked his Lincoln Navigator SUV next to a Honda, and a passenger or passengers in the SUV hit the Honda several times while opening their doors, according to a news release from Ken Lane, spokesman for Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.
Hernandez’s wife, who was not named, got out of her car and walked to Reed’s SUV to talk to him about the dings in her car, according to Lane. Reed and the woman began arguing. Reed then punched the woman in the face, Lane said.
At that point, Hernandez arrived at the scene and confronted Reed, who then shot him to death, according to Lane. Hernandez managed to drive himself to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Woman pleaded guilty in bogus bear attack report.
A Gilpin County woman who raised false alarms over a bogus bear attack outside Golden pleaded guilty Tuesday to false reporting.
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation into the Sept. 19 incident at Golden Gate Canyon State Park has resulted in a citation being issued to 38-year-old Julie Bosworth, according to a news release.
Bosworth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service by Gilpin County Judge David Taylor.
The citation was issued Oct. 9 after an investigation determined that Bosworth’s injuries were not caused by a bear.
Gilpin County deputies, a park ranger and wildlife officials responded to the false report the day of the incident. Bosworth was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood to be treated for injuries on her arms, legs and head.
Halloween enforcement nets nearly 350 DUI arrests.
Just under 350 suspected DUI drivers were arrested across the state during a heightened lawenforcement campaign around Halloween.
The Heat Is On campaign, funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation with statewide law enforcement partners, including the Colorado State Patrol, ran from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, according to a news release.
Officers arrested 349 suspected impaired drivers, down from 375 last year.
Throughout the state, 74 agencies reported arrests from the Halloween enforcement period. Colorado Springs police made 39, Denver 23 and Loveland 14, according to the CDOT release. The state patrol made 57 arrests statewide.
During an earlier Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period, which ran from Sept. 14 to Oct. 22, officers arrested 1,801 impaired drivers, an average of more than 45 per day, CDOT said. The state patrol made 255 arrests statewide.