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Courts/Crime

  • Police arrest one, seek witnesses to crash and shooting on US 85

    BRIGHTON -- Police arrested one person in connection with an Oct. 27 car crash/shooting and are looking for additional witnesses.

    Police announced the arrest of a Brighton resident, 33-year-old Santana D. Nanez, on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. It's up to the Adams County District Attorney's Office to decide on the formal charges.

  • Predator AWARE Fair in Brighton offers comprehensive child safety tools

    BRIGHTON — Information on keeping your child safe will be available at the Predator Advocating Widespread Access to Resources and Education (AWARE) Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Historic City Hall in Brighton.

    The Predator AWARE Fair is a project of the Brighton Kiwanis Club designed to raise awareness and learning to protect kids  from predatory behaviors including sexual and online predators, child trafficking, exploitation, bullying, identity theft, physical attack and more.

  • One rescued, seven escape early morning house fire in Brighton

    BRIGHTON — One person was rescued and seven others escaped an early morning house fire Thursday, Sept. 25, in Brighton.

    Brighton Fire Rescue crews were called about 3:38 a.m. Sept. 25 to a report of a home on fire in the 1300 block of Strong Street. Upon arrival, one of the residents, a 19-year-old, was still trapped inside; seven other residents had escaped on their own.

  • Attorney General: 55 pounds of meth seized, 17 indicted in ‘Operation Cargo’

    DENVER — Hailed as “one of the largest single incidents of methamphetamine seizure” by Colorado law enforcement, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Monday, Sept. 22, that 17 people were indicted as part of “Operation Cargo” on suspicion of trafficking meth.

  • Man's body found in canal near Barr Lake in Brighton

    BRIGHTON — Law enforcement officials recovered the body of a man Monday morning, Sept. 22, from a canal near Barr Lake in Brighton.

    Officials from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Brighton Fire Rescue and Platte Valley Ambulance responded to the scene, along the Denver-Hudson Canal on the eastern side of the area surrounding Barr Lake, around 9 a.m. Sept. 22, where they found the body of a man in the water.

  • Brighton police arrest one in connection to Sept. 10 assault

    BRIGHTON — Police announced the arrest of a Weld County man on Friday, Sept. 19, after asking for the public's help in identifying two people they say were involved in a serious assault Wednesday, Sept. 10.

    Theodore Mecillas, Jr., was arrested Thursday, Sept. 18, in connection with an assault Sept. 10 after officers spotted him in his vehicle. He was booked in the Adams County Detention Facility on a charge of first-degree assault and later released after posting a $20,000 bond.

  • DUI checkpoint in Brighton Aug. 30

    BRIGHTON — The Brighton Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Aug. 30. The checkpoint is being made possible by High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement grant funds received from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • 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.”