Blue Byline

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Tag: Chief Brett Farrar

April
9th

Lakewood scandal: great article, wrong target

The twisted saga of Skeeter Manos, former Lakewood police officer, is a case study in betrayal. In a scathing article (TNT 4/7) on theft that shook the foundation of a grieving community, TNT investigative reporter Christian Hill drags Manos’ crime into the harsh light of day.

It was a worthy effort, but praise comes with a caveat. The subject of the story was not Manos, the central figure sentenced to 33 months in a federal penitentiary last year for embezzling more than $150,000 from a charity fund destined for widows and orphans of the fallen Lakewood officers.

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Nov.
29th

The tragic relativity of time

Three years is a long time.

Since 2009, I have watched my youngest teenager add a foot in height, seen our economy rise from the ashes and struggled to make sense of the politics behind our embittered national election.

Reading the paper this morning, I recalled another horrific milestone now three years in our rearview mirror. On November 29, in 2009, four Lakewood police officers were shot and killed in a Lakewood coffee shop.

We all know the brutally tragic story of Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Mark Richards, Tina Griswold and Ronald Owens. I remember hearing the news, the

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