Archive | July, 2009

Hackers attack Flagstaff police office

31 Jul

Associated Press:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A virus has invaded a computer system used by Flagstaff police and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s office technical support said each department’s individual computers and servers were infected with a virus that allows somebody else to control the system and use the power of the system that has been taken over.

The most common side effect of the virus is locking out account users from the system.

Authorities said the virus is not designed to compromise personal or sensitive information.

A Flagstaff police spokesman said officers wrote their reports in their vehicles and stored the information on flash drives to be printed out in hard copy later.

Authorities aren’t sure when the computer system would be completely cleaned and fully back online.

Slain Colorado cop was wearing bulletproof vest

30 Jul

Associated Press:

MONTROSE (AP) – Authorities say a Montrose police sergeant was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and killed, but the fatal blast struck an unshielded area on his side.

David Kinterknecht was killed and two other officers were injured during a domestic disturbance call Saturday. Investigators say the suspected gunman, 52-year-old Dennis E. Gurney, fatally shot himself. Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield says Kinterknecht had turned sideways to move around a door and was hit under his left arm between the vest’s front and back plates. Officers Rodney Ragsdale and Larry Witte were shot in the legs. Ragsdale was in fair condition at a Grand Junction hospital. Witte was released from a Montrose hospital Tuesday.

Man stabs boss, arsons workplace

28 Jul

Molotovs stockpiled in 11-hour standoff

Fires set off propane tank explosions

Denver Post, July 24

aerial view of RV storage facility on fire

KEENESBURG, Colo:

The man who surrendered to authorities early today after a lengthy standoff at a Keenesburg storage facility is accused of stabbing the owner of the complex and setting fire to some of its buildings, Weld County officials said this afternoon.

Richard Charles Norton, 63, allegedly stabbed owner Dan Stallsworth, said Shane Scofield, spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Department.

Both men lived at the storage facility, where Norton worked for the 64-year-old Stallsworth. Norton lived on the property for the last seven years.

The standoff began at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday after Stallsworth was stabbed and Norton allegedly set fires in the facility, authorities say.

During the standoff, propane tanks in the burning buildings would periodically go off, producing fireballs.

Scofield said that deputies tried negotiating with Norton for hours and then entered the building where he was hiding.

During the standoff, Scofield said the Weld County sheriff’s SWAT team used flashbangs and tear gas in an attempt to get Norton to surrender. Norton refused to talk to negotiators after they threw a phone into the building, said Scofield.

SWAT team members eventually breached the fortified building with an explosive.

Inside the building, the SWAT team found two couches soaked in gasoline, four Molotov cocktails with fuses and a gas can with a knife in it. There was concern that Norton would ignite the premises as the SWAT team advanced, said Scofield.

When the SWAT team confronted Norton, he had a “zip gun” in one hand and a claw hammer in the other. He also was carrying a knife, said Scofield.

Officers arrested Norton at about 1:08 a.m. today without incident, said Scofield. For whatever reason, Norton decided to finally comply with SWAT team orders, said Scofield.

Scofield said Norton was booked into the Weld County Jail for investigation of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree arson and four counts of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer.

Norton also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender.

Police blotter: two attacks on cops

28 Jul

There’s no reason to ever trust what the police say, but still. These were both reported on July 21 in Denver:

POLICE TASER HAMMER-WIELDING MAN
Police used Tasers to subdue a 60-year-old man whom they said swung a hammer at them on July 21. According to reports, officers found the man digging in a trash bin in an alley between Clay and Bryant streets. When police contacted the man, he reportedly swung a hammer at them. Police said they attempted to calm the man down verbally, but failed and resorted to using the Tasers. The suspect was taken into custody and treated on the scene by paramedics from Denver Health.

TRAFFIC STOP BECOMES ASSAULT ON COP
A 34-year-old Brighton man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop, according to police reports. Police said they attempted to pull the man over on the 900 block of Perry Street at about 5:46 p.m. July 21. The suspect reportedly stopped the vehicle and fled on foot. When caught by one pursuing officer, police said the suspect turned around and punched him several times in the head, injuring the officer’s ear and nose. Two officers were reportedly able to restrain and arrest him.

’til it breaks #1 out now

27 Jul

itbreaks1cover.

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this is the first issue of ’til it breaks, a denver anarchist periodical.

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the theme of this issue is meaningless destruction.’

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you can download it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?gdfnncnnkyj

to the spirit of marvin heemeyer

The Colorado mountain town of Granby was destroyed by a single determined person named Marvin Heemeyer on June 4, 2004. Heemeyer had a grudge against the town government and several business owners related to a situation that dated back several years. Quietly, he prepared his revenge.

For a year and a half, Heemeyer welded away in his garage, converting a bulldozer into a veritable tank with layers of steel armor and concrete. Then, on the final day, he sealed himself into the cockpit and began to drive. There wasn’t a single hole or window in the cockpit. Heemeyer had installed a life support system and external cameras that were covered in several inches of bulletproof plastic and hooked up to internal monitors. Front-, rear-, and side-firing guns were mounted in the tank, and Heemeyer used these to fire at power transformers, propane tanks, and police.

Using the dozer, Heemeyer systematically demolished 13 selected buildings in town. The city hall, the home of a former judge’s widow, the concrete plant, the office of the local newspaper, a hardware store, and 8 other buildings were razed, all of which were owned by people Heemeyer had grudges against. The bulldozer also knocked out natural gas service to City Hall and the cement plant, and damaged a truck and part of a utility service center. Damages were estimated at over $7 million.

Over 200 bullets and 3 explosives were used against the bulldozer, but the armored machine was impervious. The National Guard was called in to provide armor-piercing rounds. At that point, however, Heemeyer’s rampage was nearly finished.

In the midst of destroying the hardware store, the dozer’s engine started to overheat because the radiator had been damaged. Heemeyer got stuck in with one tread in the basement. He shot and killed himself with a handgun, and it took the police 12 hours to cut into the cab with an oxyacetylene cutting torch.

Heemeyer quickly became a folk legend of the mountains.

the inspiring thing about marvin heemeyer is not just that he destroyed some government buildings and businesses—this is exciting, of course, but militaries do the same thing—and it’s not just that he did it all by himself. his last acts are remarkable and inspirational because they so completely shattered the normality of daily life. when certain flows of power—say, the destruction of low-income housing and building condos in their place—are so normalized that they are carried out in broad daylight, actions that reverse this flow—such as the destruction of a condo—become spectacular, deviant, and delicious.

…kick it ’til it breaks…

Colorado police chief’s death ruled a suicide

27 Jul

Denver Post:

CREEDE, Colo.—The death of a rural southwest Colorado police chief has been ruled a suicide.

Mineral County Coroner Charles Downing said Monday that 51-year-old South Fork Police Chief Robert Harris died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

Downing says investigators determined the shooting was not accidental, but he declined to say if a note was found or release any other details.

Harris was found dead Thursday in his home in Creede, about 20 miles from South Fork. Downing would not say who found him.

Harris retired from the Army in 2004 after a 28-year career and was recently named police chief in South Fork.

3 police officers shot in Montrose, Colorado

26 Jul

(Montrose is a mountain town on Route 50 southeast of Grand Junction.)

Denver Post

Montrose shootout leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded

07/26/2009 10:39:38 AM MDT

A man shot and killed one Montrose police officer and wounded two others after they arrived to handle a domestic disturbance in an affluent neighborhood on Saturday.

Montrose police haven’t identified the man, who also died at the scene, authorities said.

The police did not indicate whether the man had shot himself or been shot during the melee.

The dead officer is Sgt. David Kinterknecht, 41. Wounded were Rodney Ragsdale, 55, and Larry Witte, 23.

Property records show that the $632,320 home at 16915 64.50 Road, is owned by Dennis and Pamela Gurney.

Through a friend, Cindy Gay Dick, Pam Gurney declined an interview with The Denver Post.

A neighbor said that Gurney was a firefighter who had been severely burned on the job. The couple was quiet and kept to themselves, the neighbor said.

Sheriff’s Deputies and police went to the home around 8:30 p.m. and began talking to the person who reported the incident, according to a police statement.

A man who had blocked himself in the garage began shooting, hitting the three police officers, the statement said.

All three officers were taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Around noon today, two bodies in red body bags were removed from the house, a two-story home across from the Cobble Creek Golf Course.

Ragsdale’s daughter-in-law, Victoria Ragsdale, said he was shot three times in his left leg and once in the right leg. Doctors operated on him and placed a rod in one leg and he is doing well, she said.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation along with the 7th Judicial Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident.

UPDATE: July 29: Coroner’s report states shooter shot himself in the head after shooting the three officers. Sgt. David Kinterknecht was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest. Then the other officers were shot and wounded in their legs.