• Driver in fatal I-76 crash facing careless driving charges

    ADAMS COUNTY — A Nebraska man was in Adams County court last week on charges stemming from an automobile accident Sept. 14 on Interstate 76 that left one woman dead.

    Conner Maurer, 22, of Minatare, Neb., has been charged with careless driving resulting in death after his Jeep Rubicon struck another vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed, killing the other driver.

    Danielle Lunt-Thomas, 52, of Lochbuie, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Former Dupont Elementary teacher ordered to trial on sex assault charges

    COMMERCE CITY — A former Dupont Elementary School teacher was ordered Aug. 28 to stand trial on 13 charges of sexual assault on a child.

    Gilbert Trujillo, 65, was originally charged June 23 with 11 counts of sexual assault, but Adams County Judge Michael Cox on Friday also granted a motion adding additional counts of sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, concerning a sixth victim. 

  • Hunter could face assault charges for firing at aircraft

    ADAMS COUNTY — A hunter was arrested on assault charges after he allegedly shot at an ultralight aircraft pilot Sept. 1, while the hunter and another man were hunting in unincorporated Adams County, about 50 miles east of Commerce City and 10 miles north of Byers.

  • BHA Assistance, Resource Fair Sept. 16

    BRIGHTON — The Brighton Housing Authority will host its fifth annual Applicant Assistance Program Resource Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 16, at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., in Brighton. 

    The fair is an opportunity for Brighton residents to see what community resources are available to them beyond the Housing Authority’s programs.

  • No charges filed against prison guards in April death of AdCo inmate

    MetroWest report


    BRIGHTON — No criminal charges will be filed after investigators determined that an inmate who was found unresponsive April 8 in a shower stall at the Adams County Detention Facility by suicide.

  • Police cleared of lethal force in June’s high-speed chase incident

    BRIGHTON — A Grand Junction woman who in early June led Greeley police on a high-speed chase south on Highway 85 to Brighton died by suicide, according to a report from the Adams County Critical Incident Team.

  • UPDATE: Sex-assault suspect in custody

    BRIGHTON -- Adams County sheriff's deputies said a sex-assault suspect is in custody.

    Rafael Sanchez, 31, turned himself in to authorities early July 25. He faces charges of sex assault on a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also has a pair of warrants for failure to appear and failure to comply.

    By way of Facebook, deputies said Sanchez turned himself in at the detention facility in Brighton.

  • Judge reduces sentence for paving owner convicted of $1 million fraud

    BRIGHTON — Adams County District Court Judge Steven Eugene Shinn on June 2 reduced the sentence of former Quality Paving owner, Jerry Lee Rhea, to six years in prison. 

    The reduction in sentence came despite objections by the District Attorney’s office. 

  • AdCo Fair coordinators seeking volunteers Aug. 5-9

    BRIGHTON — The Adams County Fair is seeking volunteers age 16 or older Aug. 5-9. Volunteers will help sell concert merchandise, staff the remote welcome center and information booth, monitor exhibits, serve as gate attendants, help with Senior Day and Kids Day and more.

  • Northglenn police officer shot, suspect killed

    MetroWest report

                NORTHGLENN — A Northglenn police officer is in stable condition after getting shot Thursday morning while executing a search warrant connected to a narcotics investigation.

                The suspect who shot the officer was killed at the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital and later released in stable condition.