News & Press Releases 2009

DENVER — The Office of the Attorney General joined its partner agencies today in praising the award of nearly $2.5 million in natural resource damage funds to support projects aimed at restoring and improving the open space surrounding the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site.

DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office called a judge’s decision that the Adams County Board of Commissioners had misapplied hazardous waste funds a victory for hazardous waste management in Colorado.

“The money Adams County dipped into was intended to help state and local authorities accommodate the Clean Harbors hazardous waste facility and ensure safe operations,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “We are glad to see the court defend the proper use of this fund.”

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and AARP ElderWatch issued a consumer advisory today warning Coloradans of a reported scam involving door-to-door salesmen selling subscriptions to the “new” Rocky Mountain News.

According to AARP ElderWatch, one of the Office of the Attorney General’s partners in fraud prevention, the door-to-door salesmen have told Colorado Springs residents they only can accept cash in exchange for a subscription.

DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Edward Degner (DOB: 4/28/1954) on a series of felonies for his role in a statewide motorcycle chop shop and theft scheme.

According to the indictment, Degner is suspected of committing 18 different crimes related to his operation between April 2004 and April 2007, including 14 counts of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has issued a 25-count indictment against Timothy Kuskowski (DOB: 7/20/1963) who is suspected of stealing the identities of nearly two dozen Coloradans and using them to pass fake checks in 10 counties across Colorado.

DENVER — Attorney General John Suthers jointed state and federal officials today to urge borrowers at risk of losing their homes to use Colorado’s free Foreclosure Hotline,
1-877-601-HOPE (4673).

“Borrowers facing default or foreclosure should act now to save their homes,” Suthers said. “Free help is only a phone call away.”

The Foreclosure Hotline is staffed with HUD approved nonprofit housing counselors who can talk with them about their mortgage. Homeowners contacting the Fore-closure Hotline stand a good chance of saving their home with little or no cost.

DENVER — The Office of the Attorney General has received a notice from Flatirons Behavioral Health Corporation, Arapahoe House, Inc., and UHS of Centennial Peaks, LLC, of a transaction in which Flatirons proposes to sell its sole asset, Centennial Peaks Hospital, a free-standing, 72-bed, acute-care psychiatric hospital, located at 2255 South 88th St. in Louisville, Colorado. The Office of the Attorney General reviewed UHS of Centennial Peaks, LLC’s move to purchase the hospital as required by state statute.

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Olympic gold medalist and profession beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor have joined together in a new public service announcement to fight underage drinking.

“Athletic involvement has a positive effect on a teen’s self confidence, school performance and overall wellness,” Suthers said in the public service announcement, set to air on Denver’s ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates between April 8 and April 22.

DENVER — Attorney General John Suthers said he is troubled by provisions in the proposed 2009 School Finance Act, Senate Bill 256, that would penalize school districts that reinstate their revenue caps to keep property tax rates low.

“Now that the voters have a chance to cast an informed vote about whether they want to see their property taxes increase, the Legislature wants to punish them if they vote in favor of lower taxes,” Suthers said.


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