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TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 3 Arizona finally caught Colorado in the final 9 seconds of regulation play, then benefitted from a controversial waved-off basket in the final second and defeated the Buffaloes 92-83 in overtime on Thursday night.
The Buffs believed they had won when senior Sabatino Chen banked in a three-pointer at the final buzzer in regulation of their Pac-12 Conference opener. But after conferring with the timekeepers and watching the replay monitor at McKale Arena, officials disallowed Chen’s shot and the game went into OT.
Shown a replay of Chen’s trey before his postgame interview with KOA Radio, CU coach Tad Boyle said, “That just makes me sick to my stomach . . . I’m sick to my stomach because I think our team deserved to win that game. But we didn’t and we have to move on from it.”
Boyle said he was proud of his team and that it “had that game won in a lot of ways.” He also promised the Buffs would move on, but they also would remember: “We’re not going to move on as, ‘Oh, were going to forget about it and move on.’ We’re going to remember this because you have to remember this feeling. If it doesn’t hurt in the pit of your stomach and you’re not a little bit pissed off then something is wrong with you.”
In the overtime, it was all Wildcats, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half and 16 in the second. Less than a minute into overtime, they took their first lead since 5-4 on a three-point play by Kevin Parrom to make it 83-82.
The Buffs tied it at 83-83 on one of two free throws by Xavier Johnson, who made his first career start in place of Chen. But CU didn’t score again. Arizona – beaten twice by CU last season, the final time for the Pac-12 tournament title – got nine more points and rolled to its first 13-0 start since 1931-32.
The Buffs (10-3, 0-1) play at Arizona State on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Five CU players scored in double figures, topped by Askia Booker’s 18. Freshman Josh Scott and Chen scored 15 each – a career-high for Chen – while Johnson had 13 and Spencer Dinwiddie 11.
Arizona’s Mark Lyons, who sent the game into overtime with a pair of free throws with 9.2 seconds left in regulation, led all scorers with 24 points. He made all 10 of his free throw attempts, while CU hit 17-of-29. In the final 1:44 of regulation, holding a seven-point lead, the Buffs made only three of eight free throw attempts.
“You have to look at the free throws,” Boyle said. “We shot 58 percent for the game; we got away with that earlier in the year at times but tonight we didn’t get away with it, it cost us the game. And I’m not talking any one guy, I’m talking about as a team. So, you’ve got to look at what you can do better, and that is what we can do.”
CU committed only 11 turnovers, but four of them came in the final 2 minutes when Arizona was catching up. Counting the 5 extra minutes, the Wildcats outscored the Buffs 22-5 in the final 6:44. Boyle said he thought his team “got a little soft defensively at the end. Second half they shot 60 percent from the field and we’re one stop away from that game, we’re one or two free throws away from that game . . .
“I asked our guys to play hard, play smart, and to play together. I thought we played hard, I thought we played together, I thought at times we didn’t play smart and those are the things we have to learn as a young team on the road in an environment like this.”
The Buffs, who led by 10 points with 1:53 remaining in regulation, played the extra period minus Andre Roberson. He fouled out in the final 2 minutes of regulation with nine points and 11 rebounds.
For the first time since the opening game, Boyle changed his starting lineup, inserting the 6-6 freshmen Johnson in the place of the 6-4 senior Chen. And Boyle’s move paid immediate dividends as the Buffs started fast by slowing it down. CU controlled the pace and led by as many as 17 points (30-13) with 4:30 remaining in the first half.
CU pulled away with a 15-1 run, and “XJ” was instrumental in that spurt. After opening the scoring with a layup, he finished the half with 12 points, including a pair of the Buffs’ six three-pointers that tied their season high. They finished 10-of-21 from beyond the arc.
But CU was certain that Arizona would snap to life, and it happened in the half’s final 4:30. After their long drought (three field goals) in the opening 15 minutes, the Wildcats closed the half on a 14-4 run and trailed by only 7 (34-27) at intermission.
Helping Johnson with CU’s first-half scoring load was Booker, who contributed three of the Buffs’ treys and finished the half with 11 points. But a Booker miscue in the final 25 seconds also helped the Wildcats boost their momentum heading into their locker room. At the 3.5 second mark, a Booker turnover and subsequent foul sent Nick Johnson to the foul line.
He hit both free throws with 2.2 seconds showing, cutting the Buffs’ lead to 34-27 and finally awakening the McHale Center crowd. But Arizona’s total tied for its lowest of the season, and it matched its field goal total with seven turnovers.
The Buffs opened the second half with the same intensity as they did the first, outscoring the Wildcats 7-0 on two free throws by Scott, a three-pointer by Roberson from the right corner on an assist by Booker and a Roberson throw-down in transition on a sweet lob by Dinwiddie.
CU was up again by 14 (43-29), but the Buffs knew they couldn’t rest on that margin. And other factors came into play: About 51/2 minutes in, both teams had to sit a star each. Roberson went to his bench with three fouls and Solomon Hill to his with four fouls.
After Arizona pulled to within 10 (45-35), Chen replaced Roberson and promptly contributed a conventional three-point play, then hit a trey from the left corner as the Buffs went back ahead by 16 (56-40).
The Buffs were expecting a Wildcats run, but they withstood this one. Just shy of the 10-minute mark, Chen delivered another trey to push CU up 59-49, and the Buffs held that 10-point margin until Lyons hit a layup and Hill followed with a three-pointer.
Suddenly, Arizona was within six (64-58) with just over 6 minutes left.
No sweat for Chen. He hit consecutive layups – the second on a goal-tending call – to restore a double-digit CU lead (68-58) with 41/2 to play. The Buffs kept that 10-point advantage (73-63) on a trey by Booker from the left wing with 2:47 left.
Booker hit two free throws at the 1:53 mark for another 10-point CU lead (75-65), but a traditional three-point play by Lyons pulled the Wildcats to within 75-68 with 1:49 remaining.
With 1:33 left, Arizona trimmed CU’s lead to 78-73 on a three-pointer by Hill, then to 78-74 on one of two free throws by Johnson as Roberson committed a turnover and fouled out. The Wildcats caught the Buffs at 80-80 on Lyons’ pair of free throws, setting up Chen’s nullified three-pointer at the buzzer.
And if the replay monitor wasn’t kind to the Buffs, neither was overtime.
Grand Opening October 29th
Aspen Tan will be opening a new salon on the hill in Boulder. It already has one location at 29th street in Boulder which opened last year.
“Our Boulder Uni Hill location is almost ready. It is located at 1352 College Ave. Suite #120 Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 440-1326 Mon-Sat 10am-9pm Sun 11am-6pm Check out our deals. We are excited for the grand opening on schedule for the last week of October! Keep an eye out for special VIP cards that we will be giving out to some lucky people, allowing them to get a sneak peak tan before opening day! “
Boulder police are investigating an alleged assault which took place during the early-morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 on the Hill.
The assault occurred near Broadway and Regent Drive. The 19-year-old victim told police that he was with a small group of male friends around 12:15 a.m. when they exchanged words with another group of young men, who were across the street on Broadway.
The victim says that the other group of men crossed Broadway and became aggressive with his group of friends. The victim says that one of the males began hitting him in the face, and that he fell to the ground. When comments were made about calling the police, the group of males fled going south towards Baseline.
Police were contacted after the incident while the victim was at the hospital receiving treatment. He says neither he nor his friends recognized any of the young men who became aggressive with them. The suspect was subsequently contacted by a witness and seemed to brag about the assault. He may have sustained minor injuries to his left hand resulting in bloody knuckles.
A witness to the assault was able to provide information for the Boulder Police Department’s sketch artist, and police are releasing the attached sketch of the suspect who is believed to be responsible for the assault.
The suspect is described as a white male, believed to be in his late teens to early 20’s, approximately 5’10” – 6’ tall and 180 lbs. He has dark brown curly hair. He was seen wearing a long tank top with wide horizontal stripes described as green and black in color. He was wearing a dark beanie cap and cargo-style shorts.
Anyone who may have been in the area of Regent and Broadway and who may have seen the altercation is asked to contact Detective Heather Frey at 303-441-3369. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website atwww.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Unknown assailant attacks female victim walking alone in early morning hours
Police in Boulder are looking for a black male in connection with an assault that occurred in the 1100 block of University Avenue. The incident occurred just after midnight on Sunday, Jan. 22, when a 20-year-old woman was walking alone and told police she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male.
She and the suspect struggled and during the struggle, she suffered minor scratches on her forearm from a knife the suspect was allegedly holding. The woman told police she fought back, injured her attacker and was able to run away. She then called a friend, who contacted police.
Police searched the area for the suspect, but were not able to locate him.
The suspect is described as:
- A black male
- Approximately 24 years old
- 5’11” – 6’ tall
- 200 lbs.
- Short hair
- Dark-colored zip-up sweatshirt or jacket; no markings
The case number is 12-1013.
At this time, police do not know the motive of the attack. The suspect did not attempt to sexually assault the victim or attempt to rob her.
Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect. Anonymous tips may be left on the Boulder Police Department’s Tip Line, at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers
Police search for suspect in assault of young woman
Police in Boulder are releasing this sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with an assault that reportedly took place in the 1100 block of College Avenue around 2:37 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
A young woman was walking with a male friend when an unknown male ran up to them, punched the female in the face and then knocked her to the ground. The suspect punched the woman in the face several times while she may have been unconscious. The suspect was seen yelling at people along 10th Street before the incident..
The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. She was treated and released.
Police searched the area for the suspect, but were not able to locate him. A composite sketch is attached. He is described as:
- White male
- 22 to 23 years old
- 6’1” tall
- 180 pounds
- Brown hair
- Last seen wearing an unbuttoned flannel shirt with jeans, with a black shirt underneath
The case number for this incident is 11-14880.
Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect. Suspect information can be provided to Detective Kurt Foster at 303-441-4329. Those who have information but who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers
Phone: (720) 565-2826
New Location on the Hill
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grand Opening October 29th
Our Boulder Uni Hill location is almost ready. It is located at 1352 College Ave. Suite #120 Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 440-1326 Mon-Sat 10am-9pm Sun 11am-6pm Check out our deals. We are excited for the grand opening on schedule for the last week of October! Keep an eye out for special VIP cards that we will be giving out to some lucky people, allowing them to get a sneak peak tan before opening day!
“Our Hill, Our Home:” Pilot project planned for high-density residential services district
The City of Boulder and a group of engaged University Hill community members are launching a pilot program this fall that will test-drive the creation of a new services district concept in the Hill neighborhood to support ongoing revitalization efforts. The idea of the district is to share costs and create economies of scale for basic maintenance services, such as litter, graffiti and snow removal. The target area is the neighborhood zoned as high-density residential, adjacent to the Hill commercial district.
This concept is one of two “big ideas” presented to City Council in April 2010 by the Hill Ownership Group, an ad-hoc group of University Hill property managers, residents, business owners, CU employees and students, and city staff working together to support neighborhood improvements. The other “big idea” is the creation of an innovative/creative/arts district in the Hill commercial area.
The high-density residential services district is conceptual at this point, with boundaries, services and governance structure still to be determined. The Hill Ownership Group is continuing to explore the concept of a taxing district that could potentially address the following services:
· Litter pickup in the public right of way and potentially, with appropriate waivers, in specific areas on private property, such as front yards;
· Graffiti removal in the public right of way and potentially, with appropriate waivers, on specific types of private property;
· Weed removal in the public right of way;
· Sidewalk snow removal;
· Notification procedures for more serious quality of life offenses;
· A coordinated approach to recycling; and
· Additional trash service pickups at specific times, such as during move in and move out periods.
“Most of the property owners and managers on the Hill are already paying individually for these services. By pooling funds to purchase the same services, the district could create economies of scale,” said Ron Mitchell, Hill property owner and committee member.
The pilot project, which will run from Sept. 30 through Nov. 7, 2011, is designed to gather information and determine whether there are positive effects of coordinated maintenance in a limited area. The area covered by the pilot program will generally be between 10th and 13th streets, and between College and Pleasant avenues. The services provided during the pilot project include litter pick-up, graffiti removal, limited landscaping clean-up, and limited snow removal, depending on weather.
A subcommittee of the Hill Ownership Group is in the process of contacting property owners and managers in the pilot area to inform them of the project and obtain permission to remove litter and graffiti from portions of their properties.
The city will provide supervisory staff, and donated funds will pay for temporary labor and supplies (paint, garbage bags and tools). Sponsors of the pilot project include University of Colorado administration and student government, Roche Colorado, the University Hill Neighborhood Association, Boulder International Youth Hostel, Four Star Realty, Michael Boyers and Western Disposal Services. The pilot will include students from the restorative justice program for a few larger clean-ups. An important component of the pilot project will be documentation of before and after conditions and accounting for budgeting and planning purposes.
If, after the completion of the pilot program, there is support from property owners and residents to create a taxing district, the city will put the concept to a vote. The election, likely to occur in November 2012, would be limited to voters and property owners within the proposed district boundaries.
“This is an idea created by a cross-section of the Hill community, the very people who make the Hill the vibrant and innovative community it is. The city is excited to see what types of impact a residential services district can have,” said Molly Winter, director of Boulder’s Downtown and University Hill Management Division. “We are hopeful that if the Hill is a cleaner and well-kept community, those who live, work and play there will want to become partners in upholding a more desirable quality of life for everyone.”
For more information about the pilot program, the work of the Hill Ownership Group or the possibility of a taxing district, please contact Jennifer Korbelik,
CU-BOULDER CONFIRMS OFF-CAMPUS DEATH OF 21-YEAR-OLD STUDENT MICHAEL A. HOFFMAN
The University of Colorado Boulder today confirmed the recent death of CU-Boulder student Michael Hoffman, 21, on Aug. 30.
Hoffman was found unconscious at an off-campus apartment building on the Hill in Boulder in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 26.
Hoffman and a friend were drinking and socializing on the Hill in the early hours of Aug. 26, but later became separated. He was found unconscious on a doorstep of an apartment building by a resident of the building who called 911. Paramedics responded, Hoffman was taken to the hospital and he never regained consciousness.
Hoffman was an open-option Arts and Sciences major from New Jersey.
CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said of Hoffman’s passing, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our students, Michael Hoffman, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael’s family and friends.
“The loss of any of our students is a blow to our community and a harsh limit placed on the future of our world. I believe this is a challenge to us to continue our efforts in alcohol and drug education, as well as a strong incentive to strengthen our partnerships with the city of Boulder and other stakeholders to reduce the often tragic role that alcohol and drug abuse play in our state and community.”
Counseling resources are available to Michael Hoffman’s friends and classmates, or to others in the community affected by his passing, through CU’s Office of Victim Assistance at http://cuvictimassistance.com/ or 303-492-8855, or the office of Counseling and Psychological Services at https://counseling.colorado.edu/ or 303-492-6766. Faculty and staff can also visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 303-492-3345.
University of Colorado Boulder environmental design students are kicking off a community discussion on the future of University Hill public space through a series of installations being placed throughout the neighborhood this week.
The temporary installations will serve as the basis of a community charrette, an intense planning and design collaboration, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 3. The event is part of the International Town & Gown Association conference and is cosponsored by the city of Boulder.
“We take great pride in partnering with the city to provide opportunities for students to solve real-world problems,” said Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for administration. “The ability of our students to connect and engage the University Hill community through this interdisciplinary project is truly remarkable and can result in progress for the neighborhood.”
Charrette participants will explore revitalization ideas for University Hill that encompass the education, research and community service resources of CU-Boulder and the vibrant culture of the area as a commercial and residential district, according to organizers.
The project stems from a CU-Boulder Maymester course called Finding Ground. The student works include two interactive survey boards, two tables and 25 hammocks, all for public use.
“The installations are meant to bring people together to explore ideas for community connectedness and the overall use of public space,” said Finding Ground student Richard Mapes, a senior in architecture. “It’s amazing to see so many groups working to positively change the course of University Hill.”
Students carried out mapping exercises, interviews, precedent studies and presentations. They also conceptualized, designed and built the installations.
“We are excited about the close collaboration we’ve had with the university in preparing for this event, and look forward to learning more about the students’ work and their creative ideas during Friday’s charrette,” said David Driskell, executive director of Community Planning and Sustainability for the city of Boulder. “University Hill is a unique Boulder neighborhood, where the university and community literally come together. This course and Friday’s activities are just one example of how we can work together to make the Hill a vibrant and successful place that is welcoming for everybody.”
Students also maintained a group blog and developed a quick response code, which is displayed on three project information signs located on University Hill. It also will be stenciled in chalk on University Hill sidewalks. Visitors with the appropriate cellular phone technology can scan the QR code to be linked to the project website for more information.
When a parent checks a baby’s diaper and the results are ‘positive’ — in other words, indicative of
a needed change — the slang term to describe that circumstance is known as “pooh finger”.
I believe the city has pooh finger when it comes to violence on the Hill.
I want to point out one or two things that may apply,
in particular to incidences of “riot-like behavior” or the homicide recently occurring on the Hill.
I think there is a violent mindset among a small subset of college-age male adults in this community.
That said, the incidences of murder or aggravated assault are low statistically. I ask that council verify this information
with the Boulder and CU police departments, which I think both do an outstanding job of lessening occurrence.
With regard to the incidence of a lethal assault; these incidents are very rare, and I think it’s important
for council to have an accurate picture, so statistics are not insignificant. While the low rate of incidence does not lessen
the sadness of last week’s incident, the entire community wants policy based on facts rather than
an emotional response to high-profile news stories.
With regard to the “riot-like” behavior, city policy creates a lot of unanswered questions.
I would argue that “riots” occurring either before or after concerts at venues like the Fox or Boulder Theater are
much rarer than “riot-like” or “riotous” behavior associated with large parties where alcohol is consumed.
In spite of that information, either the planning board or city council or city staff have been involved in
STOPPING the development of at least two supervised concert venues on the Hill within the past six or seven years.
One proposal was for a redevelopment of Tulagi’s as a music/restaurant venue; the other was for the redevelopment
of the Flatirons theater as a concert/movie/event venue.
I had the opportunity to discuss both of the above proposals with the owners of the properties when they were
in process, and it was clear from what I was told that there was very strong political impetus opposing these projects
from influential members of the community. I’m not now pointing my finger at Ken Wilson;
but the projects failed to go forward, at least in part, because Hill residents who were not students, thought these projects
would bring unwanted consequences.
In my estimation, and based on factual information I’m certain is available to council members, the influence
of supervised venues for entertainment is a good one when talking about these issues of violent behavior.
In point of fact, CU officials have acknowledged that Hill parties — not held at supervised venues — are much more
of an aggravating circumstance than any event taking place at the Fox, or Macky or the Field House or even one of the bars.
A “solution”– such as additional taxing of Hill businesses– that has very little to do with
the source or sources of the actual problem, is not a significant solution. If anything, city policy has moved us in the other direction,
where college-age adults looking for fun are more reliant than ever on the drinking party circuit.
City council will respond as it will to current issues of violence on the Hill;
however, a critical evaluation would show that the city has not been particularly responsive when given simple
positive options. Parties are a big part of college life, and not the basis for
further weakening of Hill businesses with the added burden of a “self-imposed” tax recommended by the City.
Rather than point fingers, the first step for the City would be a “pooh finger” check on itself.
Vice Chancellor Frank Bruno “oh no things are fine!”Mayor Susan Osborne and Ken Wilson Boulder Deputy (dog) Mayor have just about had enough of you college kids Fucking Up on the hill!!! #boulder #fuckups0
Thank you for your message and the ideas that you’ve highlighted. I wanted to take a moment to state the University’s intention to continue to partner with the City on the problems that remain. I believe that we’ve made progress, but there continues to be room for improvement. I also want to share for the record what may not be common knowledge-The Chancellor and Campus leadership has been very supportive of our adding police resources despite taking deep budget cuts on the campus and within my division (which includes CUPD). Over the past two years we have added six CU police officers to enable us to move to a Platoon schedule. This basically enable us to place more officers on patrol on campus and also enhance our ability to partner with the Boulder Police Department on the Hill and occasionally to assist in covering calls in the City as we did last Thursday night. I look forward to discussing these issues during the CU/City meeting next week as well as the ongoing conversations with the Hill Ownership group concerning the safety and appearance of the Hill commercial and residential areas. I believe that you are also aware of the very productive ongoing work that is being done in Student Affairs-specifically the Dean of Students (Deb Coffin), and the head of the Office of Student Conduct (Jamal Ward) in dealing with the challenging behavioral issues that you’ve raised.
Very best regards,
Thank you, Ken. I’m out of town with grand daughters and have had only sporadic computer service. I’d add my voice to others on council saddened by last Thursday’s violence and the loss of a young life. I also share the view that we must put a stop to the lawlessness and riot-like bahavior… I saw it on my first police ride-along, and regret that we apparently haven’t made progress.
I’d add to Ken’s good list, the project that Molly W has begun to use an improvement district approach for district garbage removal, snow shovelling and the like. This approach may give landlords the opportunity to show their acknowledgement of the problem and good will to neighbors. If owners don’t agree to a district wide, shared approach to on-going clean up and maintenance, a strict and uniform enforcement of the housing code and related codes should be begun.
I’d also like to understand what we know about “problem” houses – both in terms of police and noise calls and code enforcement violations.
Susan Osborne, Mayor
I have lived on University Hill for almost 16 years. In 1999, after the fourth or fifth riot, many of us felt the safety of the neighborhood had degraded to point where we needed to do something. We formed the University Hill Neighborhood Association (UHNA). Many of us worked very hard, with City Council and City Staff to make the neighborhood safer. We organized monthly clean ups, worked to get new laws passed to give the Police Department better tools, and pushed Environmental Enforcement to address problems in a more focused way. The Hill got better and the riots stopped after a few years.
For the past few years, we have noticed problems on the increase again. Late night noise, wandering bands of very intoxicated people, fireworks and other problems have noticeably increased. And violence has been on the increase, from small things like broken car windows and mirrors, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and now a very tragic death. While violence can happen anywhere in a city, there is good evidence from studies in other cities that violence is more likely in neighborhoods where properties are run down and streets and yards are littered and unkempt. This is the “Broken Windows” theory that has received national attention at various times over the past decade. Those of us on the Hill see this problem happening around us.
I think we need to renew our focus on the Hill and on activities that were initiated after the death of Gordey Bailey – and never completed – surrounding alcohol abuse. I am making this request primarily of City Staff, with support from City Council and CU:
1. Review the Police Department budget cuts to see how they have impacted officer performance and the PD’s ability to adequately patrol the city.
2. Discuss the status of the Nuisance Abatement ordinance to see how it is being used and whether Staff is proactively using this ordinance to address problem properties.
3. Speed up changes that have been underway for over a year in the Environmental and Zoning Enforcement Organization (EZEO), also reviewing the number of complaints taken and tickets issued over the past 12 years.
4. Speed up land use and code changes that have been under review for years for properties where liquor licenses are requested or could be requested, along with changes the Beverage License Authority (BLA) has requested.
5. Have a discussion on potential impact fees for restaurants and taverns that stay open after 11:00 pm. We know that businesses staying open late and serving alcohol cause a disproportionate amount of police activity, such that at “bar close” on weekend nights most of our police officers are necessarily focused on stopping fights and other problems as people are moved out of bars and onto the street, between 1:30 and 2:30 am. The idea here would be for the late night bars to help fund additional police officers that are needed because of the impacts their late night service creates.
6. Have the Police Department do more DUI stings on the Hill, late at night. Those of us who live on the Hill know that many of the cars driving around late at night are being driven by intoxicated people. We know because we see the empty bottles of alcohol that they leave in our front yards as they pitch them out of their cars before driving off.
7. Look at our Nuisance Party ordinance to see if it needs to be updated.
8. City Staff and CU should work together to bring back Hill cleanups. For two years, during the early 2000′s, a small group of UHNA members led a volunteer effort to do monthly Hill cleanups. We went out picking up bottles and trash from yards, sidewalks and streets. Restorative Justice participants helped, as did neighbors and sometimes students. The City and CU should bring this back, providing organization and recruiting volunteers from the neighborhood, CU students, the Greek Community, and restorative justice. This should be done every week, or at least every other week.
I’m sure we can think of other things we should do and I am hoping that CU has some ideas as well. CU has become a better partner with the City in recent years and we need to work with them to figure out how to better leverage our new, more cooperative partnership. We have areas in our City that are not safe late at night. We need to be aware of this and work on the problems that are causing it.
Council Member and Deputy Mayor
11:15 3/19 Boulder Police Press Release on Murderer Kevin McGregor a March 19, 2011 – Boulder Police arrest suspect in connection with fatal shootingBoulder Police arrest suspect in connection with fatal shooting Late last night, Boulder Police arrested Kevin Michael McGregor (DOB 10/03/88) in connection with the fatal shooting of Todd MaClain Walker (05/01/90) during the early morning hours of Friday, March 18, 2011 in the University Hill area.
McGregor faces three felony charges: Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the First Degree (during the commission of another crime/robbery), and Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Robbery.
“We are very pleased to have quickly identified and removed a dangerous individual from our community. My thanks to all who worked so tirelessly on this case and to the community for all of their assistance,” said Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner.
McGregor is currently being held in the Boulder County Jail without bail.
11:00 3/19 At a press conference today Boulder Police Kevin McGregor, 22, accused of first-degree murder in University Hill attack Boulder police arrest Longmont man in fatal shooting of Todd Walker
FROM DAILY CAMERA Kevin McGregor, 22, accused of first-degree murder in University Hill attack
Officers arrested Kevin Michael McGregor while he was working at Which Wich Superior Sandwiches on University Hill late Friday, just blocks away from where he’s accused of killing 20-year-old Todd Walker.
According to Boulder police, he was walking with a female friend, Elizabeth Roach, to her house around 2 a.m. after attending parties on University Hill — including one that sparked a riot at 1555 Broadway. They were confronted at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue by a man wearing a black bandanna over his face.
Kevin McGregor’s booking mug (Boulder County Jail)
say they think it was initially an attempted robbery, but after a verbal and physical confrontation, in which the woman pulled the bandanna off the assailant’s face, he brandished a gun and fired a shot into the air. McGregor then shot Walker and ran from the scene, according to police.
Walker was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
4:oo am 3/19 Boulder Police have no leads. As of this morning over 24 hours after Todd Walker was gunned down while trying to protect a CU girlfriend Boulder Police department have not made any arrests, have no suspects and it’s questionable if they have any credible leads. Repeated requests for information on the case have resulted only with a civilian PIO statements asking for the publics help……read…they don’t have a clue. Calls to detectives were not returned. Police could not even answer what kind of gun was used or what the caliber was used. When we asked detectives if they had any leads, their PIO answered, “We are going to increase patrols on university hill” That is a flat no. Cops need a break on this case, but will they catch one?? Right now all indications from police is not looking good.
Meanwhile, the tragedy of what has happened has begun to set in. Todd Walker from Vail was a visiting University of New Hampshire football player. He was here attending a party during spring break. So not only does this affect Boulder, CU, but Vail, Edwards, and the University of new Hampshire. His parents are in Boulder now. It is a very sad situation all around.
Additionally, one has to question the budget cuts to the Boulder Police department especially on University hill are. It is allready the highest crime area in the city for break in, sex assaults, robberies and now cold blooded murder. The city has cut the police department budget for manning, funding patrol officers in that area. What are they thinking?
5:30 11/18 A statement from CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Todd Walker, a University of New Hampshire student, and Vail, Colo., resident whose life was taken so abruptly and tragically in a shooting on the Hill early Friday morning. While fatal stranger assaults are extremely rare in Boulder, this act of senseless violence is a reminder to us that no community is immune from violence, and that the struggle against it is perpetual. This is also a moment for us to join together to deplore violence in our community, and to rededicate ourselves to protecting one another, and encouraging personal safety in all places, at all times.
2:30 3/18 Witness at crime scene tell Boulder Channel 1 news “killer came back” Students all along Pennsylvania where the crime scene stretches for a full block say they heard two shots; first one and then 20 seconds later a second loud shot rang out. Then there as a girl screaming in the street “My friends been shot my friends been shot!”
Two girls who live in a house directly in front of the shooting ran out to see what was happening. One of them saw the shooter come back…perhaps to kill the only remaining witness? But when he saw the girls , he turned and ran. When the two girls walked around a green sedan, there was a girl screaming into her cell phone at the police dispatcher ”tell them to hurry up hurry up.” Laying on the ground in front of them was a boy who “was gone” he was obviously dead and bleeding. Blood in the street at the murder scene indicate it might have been a heart shot , and the victim apparently bled out immediately for he was shot dead immediately.
It was st Patricks Day on the Hill. CU had just won the first game in the NIT playoffs and it was party time. But the night was coming to shocking end.
Why was there a 20 second delay between shots?. Police report below indicates that the girl started to fight with the assailant by trying to take his mask off. Then the shooter fired one shot in the air. As a warning?. Was there a struggle for the gun? Eventually the young man was shot dead. Did his girl friend get him killed by fighting with the assailant, feeling that her male friend would protect her. ? Did they both not heed his warning shot? A terrible fatal mistake?
At the crime scene detectives would not say if they had any leads or even what the caliber of the hand gun was. For now The St Patricks day killer is a mystery.
Drunken CU St Patrick day party Riot preceded shooting
From Daily Camera:
3/18 3″00pm A crowd of about 500 turned violent late Thursday night after Boulder police tried to break up a St. Patrick’s Day party on University Hill and were met with revelers throwing bottles at officers and damaging a patrol car with a rock.
The incident happened around 11:15 p.m., when officers were called about the noise coming from a large party at 1555 Broadway — one of several parties believed to have been attended by the the manfatally shot early today on the Hilland his female companion.
“When (officers) arrived, there were about 500 people in the courtyard” of the apartment complex, according to police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. “They started throwing bottles at police and shouting obscenities.”
Boulder Police investigating overnight shooting
3/18 8:00 am A 20-year old male is dead after an apparent attempted robbery turned into a fatal shooting on the University Hill. The victim is not a student at the University of Colorado, but was a Colorado resident.
A male and a female were walking home to her house at about 2:00 a.m. after attending parties on the Hill when they were confronted by another male at 10th and Pennsylvania. A black bandana was covering the suspect’s face.
Police believe it was initially an attempted robbery, but after a verbal and physical confrontation in which the female victim was able to pull the bandana off the suspect’s face, the male suspect pulled out a gun and fired one shot into the air. He then fired a second shot which struck the 20-year-old male. The male victim was transported to Boulder Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Boulder County Coronor’s identification of the victim is pending notification of relatives. The female was not injured and has worked with police to develop a composite sketch of the suspect.The sketch is attached.
Police are asking the public for help in finding the suspect, who was last seen running from the area. He is described as:
- White male
- 5’10” – 6’ tall, medium build
- Blondish-brown hair
The suspect was possibly wearing blue jeans, and a black “Analog” brand snowboard jacket with the initials “AG” displayed prominently over the left breast. Attached is a photo of a jacket similar to the one the suspect was wearing.
Police have been canvassing the neighborhood and talking to witnesses and friends of the victims. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who might have been in the area and who may have witnessed the confrontation, and are asking nearby merchants who use video surveillance equipment to contact the police department.
Prior to the confrontation and shooting, both victims attended a number of parties on the Hill, one of which was at 1555 Broadway. Detectives are asking anyone who attended that party and who might have seen the suspect or taken photos or video to contact the Boulder Police Department. It’s possible that the suspect may have attended the same party as the victims.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 303-441-1974. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Meet and Greet with Chip, Grand Marshal and International Coffee Hour at 4PM in the UMC Dining Room
Home coming Parade on the Hill, 5:15PM
Pearl Street Stampede and Pep Rally, 7 PM
Saturday: October 23
music SOMETHING OR OTHER, 3 Hours of Geeks + Music Spend an evening of “nerds and music” with the Discovery Channel’s Adam Savage (“Mythbusters”) and comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. Songs, comedy, storytelling, and any number of surprises are in store for what will undeniably be a geeky, hilarious evening. Also featuring an appearance by “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait (Discovery Channel’s “Bad Universe”). Boulder Theatre
Saturday is for Cyclists. Go to the Velo Swap from 9am – 4pm in Denver at the National Western Complex. Bikes and bike parts will be available and the event is frequented by professional cyclists so you might get some great deals on parts. www.velowswap.competition.com
Bring your horse to “Yoga for Horses.” That’s right. A class is being offered in Loveland. Can’t you imagine a horse trying the serpentine! Maybe that’s old school yoga!
More Openings at 29th Street:
Look for Garbonzo Mediterranean Grill to open by the end of the year next to the Vitamin Store on the Mall’s north side, Panera Bread’s expansion is nearly complete, Z-Pizza is coming next to Jamba Juice on the south, Pure Barre will be on the Mall’s 2nd floor, Nordstrom’s Rack opens next to Staples next year and the Colorado Athletic Club pool is under construction.
On Pearl Street: , look for “Smokin’ Gun” airstream type trailer on Tuesdays and Fridays parked at 20th and Pearl Street. It’s bar-b-que fare and good.
BOULDER BETWIXT AND BE TEENS! No Place to go
Boulder’s teenagers are at a loss. So many families have two parents working full time, giving Boulder’s teens few options for play. Recently Mark Megibow, the original percussionist for Face — the all-vocal group, came up with a plan. Start a “teen club” and use the former Purple Martini bar facilities at 29th Street above Laudisio’s restaurant. There Megibow will have musical entertainment in a club atmosphere for teens. Will costs prohibit some from going there?
Not long ago a group of high school teens were overheard talking after school hours about what to do. One said, “My parents aren’t home and we can’t go there now,” another said, “My parents don’t want us at the house” and it went on from there. While “use to be’s ” don’t count any more the truth is there were so many activities and sport options during the summer and school years for teens until schools and teachers decided they didn’t have budgets nor time for these activities. In the winter the well-off go skiing while the others seem to hang around shopping centers.
A few years ago, several people started a teen center on the Hill and it failed badly with the organizers deciding that most teens don’t want a “center.” After that, some proposed a fancy teen club in the Flatirons Theater building but that was heavily thwarted by the Hill residents who used parking as an excuse. I would say a better excuse was that it was too close to all the bars and alcohol outlets on the Hill.
Teenagers are filled with fun-loving positive energy until it is thwarted by bad experiences or influential friends and others. Let’s support a safe, positive and entertaining environment for these young people who represent this country’s future. Provide activities, including musical lessons, opportunities to perform on stage, etc.and sports. We wish Mark Megibow and others who join in this new proposed venture, the very best in this new teen club idea!
Positive stories about teenagers are wonderful, enriching and inspirational. Let’s see where this “club” idea goes. Support these beautiful teens! They are the future!
Donna Marek writes for Boulder Channel 1 News 3-5 times a week. contact her here in the comments section.