• 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.

  • Alvarez-Martinon gets life in Moran stabbing death

    BRIGHTON — The first of two defendants in the 2012 stabbing death of Francisco Moran has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.


    Hector Alvarez-Martinon, 19, was convicted Jan. 31 of first-degree murder in Adams County District Court. He was sentenced Feb. 7 to the mandatory life in prison without parole.

  • Former Brighton pharmacist sentenced to 15 years in oxycodone-trafficking ring case

    DENVER — A former Brighton pharmacist was sentenced to 15 years in prison following his indictment and conviction in an oxycodone drug-trafficking case.

    Jeffrey Clawson, the former owner of Platte Valley Family Pharmacy in Brighton, was remanded to the custody of the Adams County Sheriff following sentencing Friday, Jan. 31. He will serve his term at Adams County Community Corrections, according to a release announcing his sentencing from the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

  • Police: No explosive device found near 22nd and Jessup

    BRIGHTON — Brighton police said they did not find an explosive device in the area around South 22nd Avenue and Jessup Street Friday morning, Jan. 31.

    The area was evacuated as a precaution, but homeowners started returning home shortly before 11:45 a.m.


  • Brighton police blotter

    Brighton police arrested two fugitives at the Best Western Brighton Inn Wednesday night, Jan. 22. 

    Bianca Montiel, 24, was arrested for five outstanding warrants — four of which are felonies — and a new charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was taken into custody without incident. 

  • Victim ID'd in weekend shooting

    BRIGHTON -- Police released the name of the man who died after a family disturbance and double shooting early Jan. 25.

    The victim was Jay Michael Landeck, of Brighton. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3500 block of Hottman Street. Police department spokesman John Bradley said Landeck died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    The other victim was taken to an area hospital after the incident. Police haven't said if the two are related.

    The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

  • Hughes gets home detention, probation in embezzling case

    BRIGHTON — Former Eagle Ridge Academy executive director Bob Hughes was sentenced Jan. 8 to 60 days of home detention and 10 years of probation in Adams County District Court.


    Hughes pleaded guilty Sept. 18, 2013, to a charge of embezzlement of public property after originally facing an addition charge of theft.