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Courts/Crime

  • Habitual drunk driver gets jail time

    Albaro Bustillos, 53, of Hudson, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Thursday, May 4, after a jury found him guilty recently of his eighth DUI.

    Bustillos received his first drunk driving charge in 1994. He has been convicted of similar charges over the past two decades in Westminster, in Commerce City, in Brighton and in Weld County.

  • Student who threatened others has June court date

    A Prairie View High School student who threatened to shoot others at school had his court date postponed after his lawyer, Joshua Amos, requested a continuance on Wednesday, May 3.

    Frank DeFiore, 18, is now scheduled to appear in Adams County court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 14.

  • Adams County deputy arrested on assault charge

    Adams County Deputy James Cook has been arrested on charges related to an incident in which he allegedly physically forced a subject off of a roof, according to witnesses.

    Cook, 33, was arrested by the Weld County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 13, and charged with second-degree assault causing bodily injury. His bond is set at $5,000. Cook has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to a press release from the Adams County Sheriff's Office. 

  • Prairie View student out on bond

    Prairie View High School student Frank DeFiore is out on bond as he waits for a scheduled arraignment hearing Wednesday, May 3, in Adams County court.  

    The 18-year-old Prairie View High School student threatened to shoot kids at school and was arrested in March after posting threatening messages on social media and harassing another student. 

  • Inmate re-arrested in Commerce City

    Deputies re-arrested an Aurora resident who had been released by mistake from Adams County Jail in Brighton, the sheriff's office said in a press statement.

    Deputies found Shannon Owens, 31, at a motel near East 88th Avenue and Interstate 76 on Sunday, June 9. They contacted him by phone, and he was taken into custody.

    Owens was released on Friday, April 7,  after he told authorities he was another inmate who was scheduled for release.

  • Fort Lupton driver charged in multi-car crash

    Brighton police arrested the driver in a multi-car crash that sent a Northglenn woman to the hospital Thursday, March 2.

  • Prairie View student makes first court appearance

    An 18-year-old Prairie View High School student who threatened to shoot kids at school faces two misdemeanors and one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals after his first court appearance Friday, March 17.

  • Former city councilman Chris Maslanik charged with two felonies

    Brighton planning commission chair and former city council member Chris Maslanik, was arrested and charged recently with one count of felony theft and one count of forgery for unpaid business contracts and using money from business transactions for personal use. 

    Police arrested Maslanik at the Brighton Elk’s Club, 101 North Main St., on Saturday, March 3. He was booked into the Adams County jail and released on bond March 4.

  • Brighton police report Feb. 27 to March 5

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

    March 5

    Drunk driving – 15000 block of Brighton Road

    Theft – 2100 block of East Egbert Street

    Driving while impaired – North Fourth Avenue and East Bridge Street

    March 4

  • Man admits to convenience store crime spree

    A Brighton man could face charges of aggravated robbery, felony menacing and theft for multiple gas station robberies in Brighton, Thornton, Broomfield, Dacono and Longmont.

    Benjamin Jose Martinez, 33, told police that he needed money to provide for his family after he lost his job at Golden Van Lines in early February and was too embarrassed to tell his wife.

    Martinez was arrested by Broomfield police after a robbery at the Alta convenience store in Longmont around 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3.