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Local Priest Allegedly Investigated Over Allegations of Fraud

When you are being investigated for fraud or may have some role in a fraudulent activity, then you should do everything you can to defend yourself. Fraud allegations are serious. They are often investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and may lead to felony charges.

In Lakewood, an Aug. 27 report discussed the fact that a local priest has been implicated in a case of fraud. Interestingly, the parish priest at St. Rafka's is being investigated for inappropriate conduct, but no specific charges or allegations have been made.

Camping Ban on Public Real Estate Constitutional, Judge Rules

Many cities struggle with the issue of homelessness. Denver is no exception. In an effort to move individuals camping on public real estate to shelters, the Colorado town passed a bylaw banning camping on public property. The law, which has been called into question for its constitutionality, has recently been ruled as constitutional by a Denver District Court judge.

This law has been enforced steadily since being passed, with the exception of a brief period when a county-court judge ruled it unconstitutional. Enforcement continued while the case was under appeal, and it will continue now that the decision has been reversed. While the ruling may not increase enforcement of the law, it may help to determine the future of legislation related to this topic.

Semi Truck Wreck Sends 3 to Hospitals

Anyone who has ever traveled down I-70 next to a big rig behemoth has likely felt their much smaller passenger vehicle shuddering from the sway of the semitruck doing 70 mph or greater.

It's a given that those who share the roads with these large, commercial trucks face an enhanced risk if the situation deteriorates rapidly on the road. Such was the case on the start of the recent Labor Day weekend on Interstate 70 when a semitruck caused a serious accident in Dillon.

DUI Suspected in Serious Accident that Killed Pedestrian

The Colorado Springs Police Major Crash Team is investigating the death of a pedestrian on a recent Monday evening. The investigation was launched after a serious accident at a Colorado Springs intersection. The city's fire department and police were present after responding to an alert about the crash.

A preliminary crash report indicates the accident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. It states that the pedestrian was heading south when he or she crossed the street at a crosswalk. While the pedestrian was in the crosswalk, an eastbound SUV approached and struck the pedestrian, causing critical injuries.

Are there Requirements for Getting a Divorce in Colorado?

If you are in an unhappy marriage, you could be considering your options. Of course, trying to reconcile your relationship might be a priority, but many spouses conclude that they and their partners are fundamentally incompatible. If you have resigned yourself to divorce, starting to think about the process and your desired goals/outcome are the most logical next steps.

If you want to get the best possible divorce settlement for yourself, it is important that you take early action to understand the law in full. By doing so, you will be in a better situation and more prepared for all aspects of divorce. The following is an overview of what circumstances need to be present in order to get a divorce in Colorado.

What are Common Risks of Forming a Business Partnership?

Forming a business is a big step. For many people, going it alone is too scary of a concept and, therefore, may prompt them to bring in a partner. While going into business with your best friend, peer or significant other may sound like a wonderful idea, the truth is you may not be able to count on that relationship if, and when, times get tough.

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Aims to Prevent Serious Accidents

Holidays are known for positive memories and relaxation, but they can also increase the risk of accidents -- especially if individuals act irresponsibly. Colorado law enforcement often increases patrols during periods where people may be celebrating, in order to prevent a serious accident or accidents that could be caused by drunk driving. Once again, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement will be increasing their enforcement from Aug. 21 to Sept. 8. 

From January to July 2019, 28% of fatalities on the state's roads were due to a DUI. In 2020, this percentage increased to 30% during the same period. This is particularly concerning as, during this same period, the number of vehicles on the road actually decreased. This concerning statistic, combined with data showing the DUI increase in summer months, has put law enforcement on high alert going into the Labor Day weekend.

Data Modernization takes Aim at Serious Accident Prevention

With regards to impaired driving prevention efforts, data can often make a difference. Knowing where, when and how a serious accident is more likely to occur can make a big difference for law enforcement, regulators and the public.

As such, the National Governors Association is looking to modernize its data collection practices for impaired driving. Colorado is among the 10 states selected for a grant to participate in this modernization. 

Drunk Driving Causes an Accident in Colorado

No one is immune from being a victim of a drunk driving accident, since even the most seemingly trustworthy people can engage in drunk driving. Early on Saturday, August 8, 2020, a detention officer based in Colorado was arrested on drunk driving charges.

The detention officer, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested on the Highway 34 bypass near Promontery Parkway in Greenly. He was assigned to the Weld County Sheriff's Office. However, in light of his arrest, a spokesperson for the County Sheriff's Office stated that that they were "working through the termination process" of the detention officer.

Colorado Introduces New Paid Time Off Business Law

As a business owner, it's important to always stay on top of legislative or regulatory changes that may affect one's business. Recently, Colorado introduced a new business law requiring paid time off for all employees in the state. News outlets have been reporting recently on the response business owners have had to the new law.

The act signed by the governor stipulates that all Colorado employees be entitled to up to 48 hours of paid sick leave. The amount of sick leave an employee is entitled to varies, depending on the number of hours worked; workers earn one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours of work, according to the law. This means that part-time employees will also have access to paid time off, the exact hours of which are based on their hours worked prior.

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