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Courts/Crime

  • Brian Mason announces candidacy for DA of 17th judicial district
  • Three district judge slots open in Adams, Broomfield counties

         The Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday, May 15, at the Adams County Justice Center, 1100 Judicial Center Drive, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties). 

    The Hon. Patrick T. Murphy is retiring July 15, and the Hon. Jaclyn Brown is taking a new post on the court of appeals Mat 31.

  • Judge enters plea for suspect in AdCo deputy's death

     An Adams County district court judge entered not-guilty pleas for the suspect accused of killing an Adams County sheriff's deputy last year.

  • Search for hit-and-run driver is on

    Brighton police are looking for a hit-and-run driver in connection with a crash on I-76.

    It happened in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near Eagle Boulevard around 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

    Police are looking for a maroon, late 1990s model convertible Misubishi Eclipse. The vehicle has a fin on the trunk. It continued eastbound on I-76 after forcing a second vehicle off the road.

    If you see the car, call 303-288-1535.

  • Image Summit March 7-8

    The city of Brighton is taking proposals for workshop presenters at the annual Image Summit March 7 and 8 at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St. 

    The mission of the youth conference for 10- to 19-year-olds is empowering young people in the state to impact government and become active community members. 

    Featured speakers are Jessie Funk and Shane Feldman. There will be breakout sessions, chances to talk with elected officials from across the state.

    The cost is $20. Call 303-655-2119 or visit www.brightonimagesummit.org.

  • Evolution Women’s Conference March 1

    This year’s Evolution Women’s Conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Bella Sera Events Center, 45 Strong St.

    The keynote speaker is Denise Burgess, president and CEO of Burgess Services, a construction management firm in Denver. She’s been on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2010.

    Other guest speakers are Susan Frew of Sunshine Plumbing, Heating and Air, wellness coach Melissa Healy and Ramina Wilkerson, motivational speaker and life coach.

  • W-hoops, wrong number!

    A lockout occurred at Prairie View High School Jan. 31 that school officials say was in response to police activity in nearby neighborhoods. The lockout lasted 15 minutes and was lifted shortly after 2 p.m., and according to school and police officials, no one was in danger at any time. The reason for the lockout, however, is far more interesting.

  • Brighton police crack down on unattended cars in face of rising vehicle theft

     In observance of National Puffer Awareness Week, which began Jan. 27, the Brighton Police Department announced that it will be enforcing more strictly rules concerning “puffers,” vehicles that are left running while unattended and unsecured. Brighton police officials claim that puffers account for more than half of all cars stolen each year, a share that rises even more in colder months.

  • Grand jury indicts sheriff's sergeant for sexual-contact crimes

    The 17thJudicial District grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Adams County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Benson.

    Benson faces one count of sexual assault, a felony, and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct, all of which are misdemeanors. His first court appearance was Jan. 17, and Benson is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The indictment says the sexual contact charges involved one victim and took place between Feb. 11 and July 3.

    Benson won a departmental award in 2015 for physical fitness.

  • Deputies searching for attempted murder suspect

    The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 21-year-old man who removed his ankle monitor.

    Deshawn Avila-Baros, who was out of jail on bond, was awaiting trial for attempted first-degree murder, sexual assault and assault. Deputies said the monitor was a condition of his bond as part of the supervised release program.