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Scoop: Denver sheriff gets 25-day suspension for hitting inmate

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A sheriff's deputy was suspended in late July for inappropriate use of force after hitting an inmate multiple times in the head at the Downtown Detention Center, according to records obtained by Axios Denver.

State of play: A review from the city's public safety department found that Denver Deputy Sheriff Michael Pablo violated department rules on use of force when he struck an inmate approximately 17 times with his fist in September 2021.

How the Walton family became the most influential player in Colorado

Rob Walton is the lead buyer of the Denver Broncos. Photo: Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images
Rob Walton is the lead buyer of the Denver Broncos. Photo: Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images

The Walton family is now the most influential force in Colorado.

Driving the news: Rob Walton's $4.65 billion purchase of the Denver Broncos — set to become official Tuesday — is the most visible example.

John Frank
16 hours ago - News

Colorado chief justice obstructed investigation into misconduct

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright. Photo:AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images

The chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court obstructed an ongoing investigation into misconduct allegations in the judicial department, a new report reveals.

Driving the news: In an explosive 11-page letter sent to lawmakers Monday, the state's Commission on Judicial Discipline outlines how the department's leaders worked to cover up the scandal by refusing to provide records and supplying outright falsehoods.

Denver flooding prompts rescues, state probe

A drivers moves through a partly-flooded residential street in Denver. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Heavy rain flooded several streets across the Denver area on Sunday, resulting in dozens of service calls to the city's fire department. No injuries were reported.

Driving the news: Flooding struck residential streets and highways, with parts of the metro area seeing as much as 1.61 inches in about 20 minutes, and some areas seeing up to three-quarter-inch hailstones.

Flood rescues in Denver as Kentucky braces for another possible deluge

 A car is still partially submerged in Troublesome Creek in Perry County, Kentucky near Hazard on August 6.
A car is still partly submerged in Troublesome Creek in Perry County near Hazard, Kentucky, on Aug. 6. Photo: Michael Swensen/Getty Images

Firefighters in Denver rescued multiple people from their vehicles Sunday night, as the National Weather Service warned monsoonal showers and thunderstorms could trigger flash flooding and "debris flows" from the Four Corners region into the Southwest.

The big picture: Flood-ravaged Kentucky was still under threat from another deluge, as President Biden and first lady Jill Biden prepared to visit the state, in response to at least 37 people being killed in last week's catastrophic flooding in the Appalachia.

John Frank
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Limon sets new temperature record in July amid heat wave

Data: Southeast Regional Climate Center; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The Eastern Plains town of Limon is one of 43 localities across the U.S. that set or tied their hottest July on record.

By the numbers: Limon's average temperature this July was 79.6° — well above its normal average of 75° — according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Alayna Alvarez
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Denver ballot measures on sidewalks, education and more are locked

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The signatures are in. Denver voters will weigh four citizen-led initiatives in this November's midterm, the city's elections division tells us.

Why it matters: The ballot questions mostly seek to increase taxes and fees to cover the cost of the proposals.

John Frank
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Denver looks at turning former Xcel power plant into community hub

Xcel Energy's Zuni generating station. Photo: John Frank/Axios
Xcel Energy's defunct Zuni generating station. Photo: John Frank/Axios

One of Denver's prominent eyesores is getting a second look as a possible community hub.

What's happening: The Sun Valley neighborhood wants the city to transform Xcel Energy's defunct Zuni generating station between Interstate 25 and the Platte River into a food hall and public market.