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Courts/Crime

  • Police continue to investigate Interstate 76 death

    Brighton police officials are investigating how a woman was killed along westbound Interstate 76 near 136th Avenue in the early morning of Friday, Aug. 19. 

    Cindy Augustian, 51, of Aurora, has been identified as the woman. She was found dead on the shoulder of the highway around 6:20 a.m. Aug. 19, according to John Bradley, police spokesman. 

  • Four men charged in counterfeit Broncos merchandise scheme

    Four men have been charged with counts of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy for allegedly selling counterfeit Denver Bronco’s merchandise at Mile High Flea Market in Commerce City.

  • Brighton Police Report July 25 to July 31

    Reports reflect calls to the  Brighton police department. The reports do not indicate whether or not an arrest was made. Not every call made to the police department is listed in this report.

    July 31

    Penalty for possession of paraphernalia – East 160th Avenue and Sierra Street

    Domestic violence – 800 block of First Avenue

    Possession of a controlled substance – 100 S. Telluride St.

  • Brighton drunk driver receives eight-year prison sentence

    A Brighton man received an eight-year sentence on Aug. 3 for repeatedly driving drunk and for child abuse, according to a press release from District Attorney Dave Young. 

    Wesley Glen Hunt, 35, received the sentence after his fifth drunk driving offense, according to the release from the 17th Judicial District, which includes Adams and Broomfield counties.

  • Crime spree suspect in custody

    A 32-year-old Colorado Springs man is now in custody after allegedly going on a multi-day crime spree in Brighton, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs recently.

    Brighton police said the man's name is not being released until charges are filed locally.

  • AdCo sheriff's office searches for suspect

    Adams County sheriff's officers are searching for Lyle Steven Mestas, 30, after he failed to appear in court and removed an electronic ankle monitor he was wearing as a condition of his bond.

    Mestas was out on bond while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance, the sheriff's office said in a press statement. He last was seen around Interstate 76 and 120th Avenue in Adams County, according to the press statement.

  • Southard tapped for top police job

    Deputy police chief Paul Southard will be Brighton’s new chief of police after current chief Clint Blackhurst retires.

    The announcement was made by city officials July 5. Blackhurst said recently that he’ll retire this month after 21 years of service. Southard started working for the police department as a patrol officer in 1988 and has since worked as a detective, sergeant and lieutenant.

  • Family files suit against Adams County

    Tyler Tabor’s family has filed a lawsuit against Adams County and Corizon Health Inc. in connection with Tabor’s heroin withdrawal death in May 2015.

    In the lawsuit, the family says Corizon nurses and a doctor did nothing when Tabor, a Thornton resident, begged them for intravenous fluids. Tabor went through heroin withdrawal in a jail cell at the Adams County Detention Center in Brighton in May 2015 after turning himself in for a warrant, according to the lawsuit, which is posted online.

  • Brighton approves $240,000 settlement

    A woman arrested in March 2015 in Brighton is to receive $240,000 from the city to settle an excessive force complaint, after city council members approved an agreement Tuesday, June 28.

    Angela Gonzales is named in an agreement that calls for her to receive $230,000 as an initial payment and $10,000 after she “resolves and pays all liens related to (her) medical care.” The claim relates to injuries she received in an arrest related to an outstanding warrant, Margaret Brubaker, city attorney, said Tuesday.

  • 16 charged in connection with drug ring

    Two Commerce City and one Brighton resident were among 16 individuals charged in connection with a drug ring operating in the north Denver metro area, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office.

    Cynthia Orozco, 35, of Commerce City, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy and with 19 counts of distribution of a controlled substance, among other counts, the District Attorney's office said in a press statement June 14. Orozco was taken into custody and is being held on a $250,000 bond.