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Courts/Crime

  • Police investigate gun-shop burglary

      Brighton police continued to investigate a burglary of a local gun shop. An undisclosed number of firearms were reported stolen.

         Police received a call for a burglar alarm at South Platte Tactical, 29 S. Fourth Ave., around 1 a.m. Jan. 8. Spokesman John Bradley said officers found someone got into the building, had smashed display cases and may have taken firearms from the display cases.

  • Brighton drunk driver gets 10 years for crash

    Metrowest Report

    A 26-year-old Brighton man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for injuring an Adams County sheriff’s deputy after crashing into his patrol car. 

    David Daniel Martinez was driving 92 miles per hour when he crashed into Sgt. Aaron Pataluna’s patrol car as it was stopped at a red light at U.S. Highway 85 and 120th Avenue.  Pataluna suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and multiple lacerations in the Feb. 13 incident.

  • Police investigate gun-shop burglary

    MetroWest staff

    Brighton police continue to investigate a burglary of a local gun shop in which an undisclosed number of firearms were reported stolen.

    Police received a burglar alarm call at South Platte Tactical, 29 S. Fourth Ave., around 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

    Spokesman John Bradley said officers found that someone got into the building, smashed display cases and may have taken firearms from the display cases.

  • Brighton police review city report

    Officials with the Brighton Police Department are reviewing the $96,000 report that chronicles development work done by former city consultant David Fitzgerald and payment to him.

    The 26-page report was released Thursday, Jan. 5, after an eight-month investigation. City officials announced the same day that Manuel Esquibel, city manager, would retire when his contract expires on Jan. 31.

  • Brighton police report Dec. 19-25

    Reports reflect calls to the Brighton Police Department. The reports do not indicate whether or not arrests were made. Not every call made to the police is listed in this report.

    Dec. 25

    DUI – 12000 block of U.S. Highway 85, southbound

    Domestic violence – 100 block of West Longs Peak Street

    Graffiti – 1800 block of Skeel Street

    Theft – 100 block of Denver Street

  • Brighton police to pay AdCo $33,700 for help

    Brighton police plan to pay the Adams County Sheriff’s Department $33,700 next year for overnight help with a Colorado Crime Information Center terminal, according to Chief Paul Southard.

    But the police department will potentially save about $66,000 by outsourcing the work to the sheriff’s department, Southard said recently.

    Police use the terminal from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to verify that arrest warrants are active before they arrest suspects, Southard said.

  • Lochbuie officer died in rollover crash

    Metrowest Report

    Lochbuie officer Michael Anderson, 36, died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident while he was on his way to work around 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, on East 168th Avenue near Lima Street in Brighton.

  • Brighton police reports Dec. 12 to 17

    Reports reflect calls to the Brighton Police Department. The reports do not indicate whether or not arrests were made. Not every call made to the police is listed in this report.

    Dec. 17

    First-degree burglary, non-residence - 300 block of North Seventh Avenue

    Graffiti - 400 block of Badger Creek Drive,

    Third-degree assault - County Road 2.5 and U.S. Highway 85 southbound

    Harassment - 200 block of North Fourth Avenue

  • Adams County DA charges two with murder

    Two Limon men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of Steven Kent just west of Brighton city limits on Thursday, Dec. 15.

    Ronnie Williams, 35, and Corey Taylor Carroll, 25, were charged on Dec. 20 by the Adams County District Attorney's Office. Kent, 55, was shot at his home at 16400 Tucson St., where he lived with his mother, according to a press statement from the district attorney's office.

  • Inmate turns himself in

    An Adams County inmate  on a work crew at Elmwood Cemetery walked away from custody on Tuesday, Dec. 13. 

    Joshua Dean Seme, 39, turned himself back in to authorities later, said Jim Morgen, an Adams County spokesman, without giving details. He will face escape charges for leaving the work crew, Morgen said.