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U.S. Marshals apprehend sex offender in Aurora

DENVER – U.S. Marshals captured a wanted sex offender in Aurora this afternoon, officials reported in a media release.

A warrant was issued for Matthew Preston Caulk after he absconded from a Denver halfway house on Feb. 15, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Members of the Colorado Violent Offender Task Force finally found and arrested the fugitive about 2 p.m. Sunday at a house in the 3800 block of South Ventura Street in Aurora.

“Despite the weather conditions here in Colorado we continued to pursue Caulk night and day,” said Chief Deputy Kenneth Deal.  “When a dangerous predator is on the loose we don’t stop.  A CrimeStoppers tip and a lot of old fashioned detective work led us to Caulk.”

Police look for suspect who exposed himself to Arvada H.S. students

ARVADA, Colo. — Parents of Arvada High School students received a letter from the school Thursday warning about a suspect who police say exposed himself to two students near the school.

Police say the suspect called a student over to his dark 4-door sedan last week and then again Thursday morning. In both instances, police say he exposed himself to the students.

The limited description of the suspect is a Hispanic man in his early 30s.

Teens send text messages to get questions about sex answered

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Text messaging got off to a slow start in the U.S. in 1996, but it’s grown immensely popular with nearly 75 percent of Americans texting.

It’s made an impact on law and crime, social unrest and politics.

And now the short message is taking on teenagers and their most intimate questions.

Jefferson County’s Department of Public Health Monday launched “Go Ask Tish.”

It’s a text message service in which teenagers ask anything they ever wanted to know about sex.

They text questions to nurses who text answers right back.

“When we get bored, this is what we do,” says Tiana Vialpando, 16, a junior at Wheat Ridge High School.

Teens fast fingers seemingly text nonstop.

“Usually pretty often, probably like all day,” laughs Mia Guzman, 14, about how often she texts.

It’s mostly for fun.

“I am very social. So maybe around 100-plus, a day,” laughs Vialpando.

Small Businesses Are Growing in Weld County

According to information presented at the January 2013 Advisory Board meeting of the Northeast East Central Colorado Small Business Development Center (NEECCO SBDC), small businesses in Weld County are growing and thriving.

According to Richard Pickett, executive director of the SBDC, the Northeast East Central Region, to which Weld County belongs, realized $17,582,840 in capital formation in 2012.

Consumer alert: Sweepstakes is really scam to steal your personal info

DENVER — A warning about information arriving in your mailbox that promises millions of dollars. It’s really just a ploy to steal your personal information according to officials.

The big tan-looking envelopes have been showing up in mailboxes across Colorado.

It looks authentic with lots of markings for a professional financial institution. It’s also wants you to act quick… saying you have just a few days to fill out the information and sent it back in the mail or lose your chance at millions of dollars.

Victor Bernal had a great question when he received one of the envelopes in the mail this week. “Am I really going to receive $2 million?”

The sweepstakes entry told him he had two days to return it. “It looked absolutely real; it had time sensitive dates on it.”

All he needed to do was send $20 and some banking information and then they would deposit more than $2 million in his account.

15-year-old boy accused of creating online ‘burn book’ arrested

ARVADA, Colo. — Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly creating an online “burn book.”

It was made famous in the movie “Mean Girls.” A burn book is someplace where photos are posted and nasty comments are made about them.

The boy, a student at Ralston Valley High School, faces cyber bullying charges.

Police say in this case the photos were posted on Instagram and included derogatory and sexual comments about the suspect’s classmates.

“He was just saying things you would never expect that these kids would do and just how they were doing inappropriate stuff and…it’s not true,” one student says.

Arvada skater heads to Special Olympics World Games

ARVADA — Getting in one last on-ice training session, we found Amanda Douglass lacing up her figure skates before taking in messages on how she can go for gold next week in South Korea.

Amanda is one of 152 athletes who make up Team USA. The athletes will compete in every sport from cross country skiing to snowboarding to figure skating.

These are the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games; more than 2,300 athletes from more than 110 countries will take part in the games.

Colorado is sending 11 athletes to the ‘life-changing’ winter tournament. Many, like Amanda, were chosen after winning gold at the state level.

Colorado has 12,000 athletes who compete in 22 sports.