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Courts/Crime

  • Former city councilman Chris Maslanik charged with two felonies

    Brighton planning commission chair and former city council member Chris Maslanik, was arrested and charged recently with one count of felony theft and one count of forgery for unpaid business contracts and using money from business transactions for personal use. 

    Police arrested Maslanik at the Brighton Elk’s Club, 101 North Main St., on Saturday, March 3. He was booked into the Adams County jail and released on bond March 4.

  • Missing infant safe; suspect still on the run

    DENVER – A 3-month-old infant turned up safe in a northwest Denver alley near 6th Street and Federal Blvd. on March 7. The search continues for the person who took the child from a Brighton strip mall parking lot in front of Safeway, 1605 E Bridge Street, plus the person's pick-up truck.

     

  • Man admits to convenience store crime spree

    A Brighton man could face charges of aggravated robbery, felony menacing and theft for multiple gas station robberies in Brighton, Thornton, Broomfield, Dacono and Longmont.

    Benjamin Jose Martinez, 33, told police that he needed money to provide for his family after he lost his job at Golden Van Lines in early February and was too embarrassed to tell his wife.

    Martinez was arrested by Broomfield police after a robbery at the Alta convenience store in Longmont around 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

  • District attorney's office charges man with murder

    The district attorney’s office charged a 37-year-old Wheat Ridge man with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in February in Commerce City.

    Christopher Toney was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree felony murder and first-degree burglary in an apparent quarrel over a girlfriend according to an affidavit for the arrest warrant in the case.

  • Former teacher convicted of sex abuse

    A former Adams 14 teacher was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 14, of four charges in connection with sexual assault on two girls that happened between 2004 and 2011, according to the Adams and Broomfield Counties district attorney’s office.

  • Man charged with contacting child prostitute

    Police have charged Benjamin Allen Holtry, 32, of Fort Lupton, with patronizing a child prostitute in Brighton.

    Holtry posted an ad on CraigsList, and a resident mentioned it to Brighton police, according to a police statement on Sunday, Feb. 19. Police detectives posed as the stepfather of a fictitious underage female and conversed with Holtry through emails and text messages for several days.

  • Kidnapped Brighton woman found unharmed

    An 18-year-old Brighton woman was reportedly taken from her home at gunpoint by her father on Sunday, Feb. 19.

    The 18-year-old was at home in the 200 block of Denver Street, watching television with her two younger sisters and an unrelated female, when she found out her father was outside, according to witnesses.

  • Fort Lupton driver charged in multi-car crash

    Brighton police arrested the driver in a multi-car crash that sent a Northglenn woman to the hospital Thursday, March 2.

  • Prairie View student makes first court appearance

    An 18-year-old Prairie View High School student who threatened to shoot kids at school faces two misdemeanors and one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals after his first court appearance Friday, March 17.

  • Brighton police report Feb. 27 to March 5

    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.

    March 5

    Drunk driving – 15000 block of Brighton Road

    Theft – 2100 block of East Egbert Street

    Driving while impaired – North Fourth Avenue and East Bridge Street

    March 4