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Courts/Crime

  • Judge rules Colo. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, stays decision

    BRIGHTON — The legal war over same-sex marriage in Colorado saw another decision against the law as it stands Wednesday, July 9, as an Adams County judge ruled the state's ban unconstitutional.

    While Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree found that the same-sex marriage ban "violates paintiffs' due process and equal protection guarantees under the 14th Amendment," as stated in his ruling, the ruling was stayed pending an appeal.

  • Brighton Police Department honors its finest at annual awards banquet

    BRIGHTON — Detective Justin Moore was honored as the Brighton Police Department’s Employee of the year during the department’s annual awards banquet June 28. 

    Moore was selected to receive the award because of his “exemplary devotion to duty, consistently outstanding job performance, above and beyond expectations.” He has been with the police department since January of 2008 and was assigned to the detective unit in 2013. 

  • Brighton's 2013 annual report shows jump in calls for service

    BRIGHTON — City Council received the city’s annual report during its July 1 board meeting and approved it unanimously following City Manager Manuel Esquibel’s presentation.

    “This is just a quick little snapshot of what’s gone on in the past year,” he said. “This is the fifth time we’ve done it in this manner, and so it’s been received by our citizens very well.”

  • Adams County warns of jury summons scam

    BRIGHTON — If you get a phone call about jury duty, it may not actually be tied to any actual civic duty expected of you.

    The Adams County District Attorney’s Office issued an advisory last month urging residents to beware of phone calls from people claiming to be calling about you failing to show up for jury duty.

  • O’Donnell pleads guilty to accessory in Johns killings

    GREELEY — The woman accused of assisting Cimmeron Johns following the deaths of two women has pleaded guilty.

    Rosann O’Donnell pleaded guilty June 9 in Weld County District Court to accessory to

    a crime — a Class 4 felony — in connection with the deaths of Sheri Pachello and Alisha Johns.

    O’Donnell, 41, faces a maximum of six years in prison at her sentencing hearing, which

    is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on July 25.

  • Brighton blood drive June 5

    Bonfils Blood Center has an upcoming blood drives slated for the Brighton area.

    From 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 5, a blood drive will be held at the Recreation Center Conference Rooms, 555 N. 11th Ave.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-230

  • William Dean Otto gets two life sentences plus 31 years for teenager murders

    BRIGHTON — The Adams County man who killed two teenagers and hid their bodies in Sedgwick in August 2013 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    William Dean Otto, 44, was sentenced to two life sentences and 31 years Friday, May 30, in Adams County District Court, three days after jurors returned a guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one county of tampering with evidence and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

  • Fort Lupton Optimist Club Garage Sale May 17

    Saturday, May 17, is the date for the annual Ft. Lupton Optimist Club garage sale at R&M Services, 622 First Ave. in Ft. Lupton. The selling hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    In case of rain, the sale will be held on Sunday, May 18. Organizers are looking for household items in good working condition. Children’s clothing and toys are highly saleable. All donations are tax deductible and receipts are offered. Proceeds go toward the Fort Lupton Optimist Club senior scholarships. 

  • Slight decrease in Weld County crime data

    GREELEY — Total reported crime from 2012 to 2013 fell 1 percent, according to Weld County Sheriff’s Office preliminary crime statistics released earlier this month.

    Weld County Sheriff John Cooke praised the work of the county’s Strike Team, a special law enforcement group within WCSO that responds to trends in crime data.

     

  • Brighton police chief: Three arrests made in connection to Carmichael Park vandalism

    BRIGHTON — The Brighton Police Department has made three arrests in connection to several cases of vandalism at Carmichael Park.

    Police Chief Clint Blackhurst on Tuesday, Feb. 18, said former school resource officers were able to use their connections with students to identify the three individuals involved. Two middle school students and a high school student were arrested on Friday.

    “We hope that will be a deterrent for that kind of future behavior,” Blackhurst said.