• AdCo sheriff's office searches for suspect

    Adams County sheriff's officers are searching for Lyle Steven Mestas, 30, after he failed to appear in court and removed an electronic ankle monitor he was wearing as a condition of his bond.

    Mestas was out on bond while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance, the sheriff's office said in a press statement. He last was seen around Interstate 76 and 120th Avenue in Adams County, according to the press statement.

  • Southard tapped for top police job

    Deputy police chief Paul Southard will be Brighton’s new chief of police after current chief Clint Blackhurst retires.

    The announcement was made by city officials July 5. Blackhurst said recently that he’ll retire this month after 21 years of service. Southard started working for the police department as a patrol officer in 1988 and has since worked as a detective, sergeant and lieutenant.

  • Family files suit against Adams County

    Tyler Tabor’s family has filed a lawsuit against Adams County and Corizon Health Inc. in connection with Tabor’s heroin withdrawal death in May 2015.

    In the lawsuit, the family says Corizon nurses and a doctor did nothing when Tabor, a Thornton resident, begged them for intravenous fluids. Tabor went through heroin withdrawal in a jail cell at the Adams County Detention Center in Brighton in May 2015 after turning himself in for a warrant, according to the lawsuit, which is posted online.

  • Brighton approves $240,000 settlement

    A woman arrested in March 2015 in Brighton is to receive $240,000 from the city to settle an excessive force complaint, after city council members approved an agreement Tuesday, June 28.

    Angela Gonzales is named in an agreement that calls for her to receive $230,000 as an initial payment and $10,000 after she “resolves and pays all liens related to (her) medical care.” The claim relates to injuries she received in an arrest related to an outstanding warrant, Margaret Brubaker, city attorney, said Tuesday.

  • 16 charged in connection with drug ring

    Two Commerce City and one Brighton resident were among 16 individuals charged in connection with a drug ring operating in the north Denver metro area, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office.

    Cynthia Orozco, 35, of Commerce City, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy and with 19 counts of distribution of a controlled substance, among other counts, the District Attorney's office said in a press statement June 14. Orozco was taken into custody and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

  • Brighton police report June 6-12

    June 12

    Aggravated motor vehicle theft - 335 N. Seventh Ave.

    Vehicular eluding - South 27th Avenue/East Bridge Street

    Third-degree assault - 78 W. Walnut

    Registration-fictitious plate - 347 N. Seventh Ave.

    Theft - 1216 Finch Ave.

    Theft - Jordinelli’s - 25 N. Main St.

    June 11

    Aggravated motor vehicle theft - 465 S. Miller Ave.

    Aggravated motor vehicle theft - 190 W. Bromley Lane

  • Brighton police report - May 23-29

    May 29

    Fictitious license plates – East Egbert Street and South Main Street

    Forgery other than checks – Agfinity Inc., 55 W. Bromley Lane

    Second-degree burglary – residence, 70 S. Third Ave.

    Exceeding restrictions and limitations on marijuana cultivation – 471 Grey Swallow St.

    May 28

    Criminal mischief less than $500 – Mustang Lounge, 490 N. Main St.

  • Man faces murder charges

    A 37-year-old man faces murder charges in the shooting death of a man found in a Super 8 Motel parking lot in Adams County.

    Jose Alfredo Ocampo was charged with three related counts of first-degree murder in Adams County District Court in Brighton on May 11. Ocampo also was charged with committing a crime of violence as a habitual offender. Michael House, 29, was found by Adams County sheriff’s deputies on May 4 in the parking lot of the motel at 5888 Broadway.

    A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. June 17.

  • Child abuse case mom appears in court

    The Weld County District Attorney’s office charged a Lochbuie mom with two accounts of child abuse on Friday, May 27, including one count of abuse causing injury.

    Katrina Flores Kennedy, 27, appeared in court to hear the charges against her. She was arrested last week after she allegedly abused her young son in a 16-minute video that has gone viral on YouTube. Her son is in protective custody, according to published reports.

  • Lakewood contractor charged with theft

    A Lakewood electrical contractor has been charged with theft of an at-risk elderly person after allegedly taking money from a customer in Brighton and one in Adams County but never doing any work.