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Courts/Crime

  • Referee gets probation in sexual contact case

    Erie resident Peter Joseph Labella  Jr. was sentenced to three years’ probation on Sept. 20 for unlawful sexual contact.

    The 57-year-old, a long-time sports referee, was originally charged with trying to lure a child over the internet. The charge of internet luring was dismissed when he took a plea deal on July 19 in the 17th Judicial District court in Brighton.

  • Suspect arrested after multiple vehicle thefts

    Weld County sheriff's deputies arrested a 22-year-old Brighton woman on suspicion of car theft.

    It happened around 3:45 p.m., Sept. 12, near Weld County roads 23 and 6. Authorities identified the woman as Toni Jazzmin Marie Sandoval, of Brighton.

  • Suspect charged with first-degree murder

    Anthony Dennis Grayson, 42, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Alejandro Alvear, 49 at a Family Dollar store on Sept. 1, according to a statement from District Attorney Dave Young's office.

  • Pet store owner told not to work with animals

    Officials have ordered a pet store owner to have no contact with animals for her involvement in animal cruelty at the Jurassic Pets store in Thornton.

    Lynn Kubic, 55, also must perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $100 fine and serve one year of probation, according to a press statement from the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office. She was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

    Kubic pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

  • Police continue to investigate Interstate 76 death

    Brighton police officials are investigating how a woman was killed along westbound Interstate 76 near 136th Avenue in the early morning of Friday, Aug. 19. 

    Cindy Augustian, 51, of Aurora, has been identified as the woman. She was found dead on the shoulder of the highway around 6:20 a.m. Aug. 19, according to John Bradley, police spokesman. 

  • Four men charged in counterfeit Broncos merchandise scheme

    Four men have been charged with counts of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy for allegedly selling counterfeit Denver Bronco’s merchandise at Mile High Flea Market in Commerce City.

  • Brighton Police Report July 25 to July 31

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

    July 31

    Penalty for possession of paraphernalia – East 160th Avenue and Sierra Street

    Domestic violence – 800 block of First Avenue

    Possession of a controlled substance – 100 S. Telluride St.

  • Brighton drunk driver receives eight-year prison sentence

    A Brighton man received an eight-year sentence on Aug. 3 for repeatedly driving drunk and for child abuse, according to a press release from District Attorney Dave Young. 

    Wesley Glen Hunt, 35, received the sentence after his fifth drunk driving offense, according to the release from the 17th Judicial District, which includes Adams and Broomfield counties.

  • Crime spree suspect in custody

    A 32-year-old Colorado Springs man is now in custody after allegedly going on a multi-day crime spree in Brighton, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs recently.

    Brighton police said the man's name is not being released until charges are filed locally.

  • 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.