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Courts/Crime

  • Weld County burglary suspects at large

    Weld County sheriff’s deputies are seeking two burglars who broke into a home near Fort Lupton on Friday, Jan. 27, in the 9000 block of Weld County Road 22.

    The masked burglars stole several items from the home, according to surveillance camera footage given to the sheriff’s office.

    Jonathan Michael Johnson, 20, is believed to be one of the men caught on the surveillance camera, the sheriff’s office said.

  • Man arrested in connection with stabbing

    MetroWest Report

    A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with a stabbing in the 1000 block of North Pond Drive around noon on Sunday, Jan. 22.

    Che Jason Bachicha was charged with attempted first-degree murder after a 56-year-old Brighton man was stabbed in the neck, police said in a press release. The man who was stabbed spoke to police officers, and his injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, according to the release.

  • Brighton drunk driver gets 10 years for crash

    Metrowest Report

    A 26-year-old Brighton man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for injuring an Adams County sheriff’s deputy after crashing into his patrol car. 

    David Daniel Martinez was driving 92 miles per hour when he crashed into Sgt. Aaron Pataluna’s patrol car as it was stopped at a red light at U.S. Highway 85 and 120th Avenue.  Pataluna suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and multiple lacerations in the Feb. 13 incident.

  • Police investigate gun-shop burglary

    MetroWest staff

    Brighton police continue to investigate a burglary of a local gun shop in which an undisclosed number of firearms were reported stolen.

    Police received a burglar alarm call at South Platte Tactical, 29 S. Fourth Ave., around 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

    Spokesman John Bradley said officers found that someone got into the building, smashed display cases and may have taken firearms from the display cases.

  • Police investigate gun-shop burglary

      Brighton police continued to investigate a burglary of a local gun shop. An undisclosed number of firearms were reported stolen.

         Police received a call for a burglar alarm at South Platte Tactical, 29 S. Fourth Ave., around 1 a.m. Jan. 8. Spokesman John Bradley said officers found someone got into the building, had smashed display cases and may have taken firearms from the display cases.

  • Brighton police review city report

    Officials with the Brighton Police Department are reviewing the $96,000 report that chronicles development work done by former city consultant David Fitzgerald and payment to him.

    The 26-page report was released Thursday, Jan. 5, after an eight-month investigation. City officials announced the same day that Manuel Esquibel, city manager, would retire when his contract expires on Jan. 31.

  • Brighton police report Dec. 19-25

    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.

    Dec. 25

    DUI – 12000 block of U.S. Highway 85, southbound

    Domestic violence – 100 block of West Longs Peak Street

    Graffiti – 1800 block of Skeel Street

    Theft – 100 block of Denver Street

  • Brighton police to pay AdCo $33,700 for help

    Brighton police plan to pay the Adams County Sheriff’s Department $33,700 next year for overnight help with a Colorado Crime Information Center terminal, according to Chief Paul Southard.

    But the police department will potentially save about $66,000 by outsourcing the work to the sheriff’s department, Southard said recently.

    Police use the terminal from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to verify that arrest warrants are active before they arrest suspects, Southard said.

  • Lochbuie officer died in rollover crash

    Metrowest Report

    Lochbuie officer Michael Anderson, 36, died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident while he was on his way to work around 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, on East 168th Avenue near Lima Street in Brighton.

  • Brighton police reports Dec. 12 to 17

    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.

    Dec. 17

    First-degree burglary, non-residence - 300 block of North Seventh Avenue

    Graffiti - 400 block of Badger Creek Drive,

    Third-degree assault - County Road 2.5 and U.S. Highway 85 southbound

    Harassment - 200 block of North Fourth Avenue