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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Brighton hospital can now treat complex injuries

    Patients who have been in severe car accidents and others with complex injuries now can be treated at Platte Valley Medical Center rather than get sent to other hospitals.

    The Brighton hospital recently received a Level III trauma center designation, meaning it can now treat patients with more complex injuries. The new designation could increase patient volume at the hospital by about one additional patient per day, according to the hospital.

  • Arrest made in shooting

    Brighton police arrested a Brighton man in connection with a Jan. 10 shooting.

    Police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Rodney Morales. He could face an attempted second-degree murder charge plus a count of possessing a defaced firearm. It's up to the Adams County District Attorney's Office to decide on charges.

  • Into the pool
  • Brighton city manager to step down Jan. 31

    City Manager Manuel Esquibel will retire when his contract expires on Jan. 31.

  • Brighton Chamber on hunt for new leader

    Officials are on the hunt for a new president and chief executive officer for the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce – a job that could pay the top candidate $65,000 a year, according to an announcement made Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    Former director Holly Hansen resigned recently after discrepancies were found during a financial audit. Authorities were contacted, and the matter is under investigation, Larry Barnaby, board chairman, said in a letter to chamber members Wednesday, Jan. 4.

  • 27J school district contracts with company to provide special needs transportation

    Seven special needs students have a new way to get around, now that School District 27J officials have signed a contract with American Logistics Co. based out of San Clemente, California.

    School district officials decided to outsource the job, after running short of bus drivers and transportation paraprofessionals on four routes, according to Edie Dunbar, the district’s transportation director. Staffers in the operations department previously had been driving the students to day treatment facilities outside of the district’s boundaries, she said.

  • New Trans-West Inc. manufacturing facility planned

    As many as 200 new jobs could come to Fort Lupton, officials say, after GEP Investments Inc. recently paid $2.5 million for 39 acres at 13525 County Road 8.

    Trans-West Inc. head George Eidsness is listed as the registered agent of GEP Investments, which is based in Brighton, according to documents filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

    Eidsness did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Fair, Brighton High School Grad, dies

     BOULDER – Brighton High School graduate Grant Fair died Jan. 3. He was 19.

    Fair, who graduated from BHS in 2015, was a student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was studying business economics and accounting. His father, Rod, is an optometrist in Brighton.

    A memorial was set up in the front lobby of the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., for people to give condolences or leave items to remember Fair. Friends also took to social media to express their condolences.

  • Police Report for Jan. 2 to Jan. 8

    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 is listed in the report.

    Jan. 8

    Possession of greater than one ounce of marijuana – North Sixth Avenue and Denver Street

    Possession of greater than one ounce of marijuana – 1400 block of East Bridge Street

    Disorderly conduct – 900 block of Longs Peak Street

    Misuse of plates, fictitious – Brighton Pavilions roundabout