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  • Mall bombing suspect appears in court

    Southwest Plaza bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore appeared in federal court at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer advised him of his rights.

    Moore faces one count of arson in connection with explosives discovered April 20 in a back hallway at Southwest Plaza mall.

    Though Shaffer scheduled preliminary and detention hearings for May 6, attorneys indicated a federal grand jury indictment could be issued against Moore on May 5.

  • Jeffco approves pact with Boulder on Jefferson Parkway

    Jeffco inched closer Tuesday to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, approving an agreement along with Boulder County that leverages Open Space funds for cooperation on the controversial project.

  • Some mall employees uncomfortable with response to incident

    Southwest Plaza employees had differing reactions to safety precautions taken in the aftermath of the April 20 bomb scare, in which two propane tanks and a pipe bomb were found in the mall.

    Most were shaken by the event, particularly regarding the overlap with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, a coincidence virtually impossible to ignore.

    But regarding the security response since the event and a perceived lack of communication from mall leadership, store employees differed when interviewed about how well the situation has been handled.

  • Columbine, Dakota Ridge launch IB programs

    Students at Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools may soon be designing their own scientific experiments and performing community-service projects for college credit.

    International Baccalaureate programs will be offered for the first time later this year at both schools, which recently gained approval after a rigorous three-year application process.

    IB courses, which emphasize applied knowledge and critical thinking in a multitude of disciplines, are an alternative to traditional and advanced-placement classes.

  • Friends in need

    Stacey Edgar knows the importance of earning a return on investments.

    Eight years ago, the former social worker and mother of three hosted a party in her Ken Caryl home, informally selling a unique array of wares to her friends. Despite her limited market, the $2,000 worth of inventory she had acquired with a tax refund was quickly depleted.

  • Bombing suspect captured in Boulder

    Authorities captured Southwest Plaza mall bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore early Tuesday morning in Boulder, ending a nationwide hunt for the 65-year-old that lasted several days.

    Moore was spotted having coffee at 7:22 a.m. at a Starbucks inside the King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa Drive. A customer noticed the man’s likeness to heavily publicized photos in the local and national media, said King Soopers spokeswoman Kelli McGannon. The customer spoke with a store employee to verify the similarity before calling 911.

  • Suspect identified in Southwest Plaza bomb case

    The FBI on Sunday identified the suspect linked to the bombs found April 20 in Southwest Plaza mall, saying he remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

    The Joint Terrorism Task Force said it is searching for Earl Albert Moore, 65, who has an extensive criminal background.

    Reports on Sunday indicated that Moore had been released from a federal prison a week before the bombs were planted at the mall. He had been serving a sentence for bank robbery.

  • New photos released of 'person of interest' in mall bombs; man is now a suspect

    The FBI on Friday morning released three additional photos of the man named as a person of interest in connection with explosives planted at Southwest Plaza earlier in the week.

    Though still unidentified, he is now considered a suspect.

    The photos show the man riding an RTD bus that left the mall on northbound Wadsworth Boulevard about 8:30 p.m. April 19, the day before a pipe bomb and two propane tanks were discovered in the mall.

  • FBI, Jeffco release few details about investigation

    The FBI is examining myriad leads related to the pipe bomb and two propane tanks discovered Wednesday in Southwest Plaza mall, but the agency is mostly mum about the investigation.

    In a joint effort with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Denver FBI continues to search for a “person of interest,” a man seen by at least two of the mall’s security cameras.

  • South Jeffco schools lockout lifted

    Stony Creek Elementary School was evacuated today around 1:20 p.m. after staff contacted the police about a suspicious man entering the school to use the bathroom.

    Though 25 South Jeffco schools were also placed on lockout, meaning no one could enter or exit the buildings, the information causing the increased security was apparently unsubstantiated.

    “Some guy entered Stony Creek to use the bathroom,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer. “There’s no criminal act. We are disassociating ourselves from it.”