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Courts/Crime

  • Vehicle sought in fatal hit-and-run crash

     Brighton investigators are seeking help from the public in locating a vehicle that fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash which killed a pedestrian in Brighton on Sept. 19 at about 7:30 p.m.

  • Lochbuie police investigating fraud case

    Lochbuie police are investigating fraud and scam case.

  • Brighton man charged with sexual assault on a child

    Police authorities announced Sept. 13 that a Brighton man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault on a child following an investigation by the Commerce City-Brighton Sexual Assault Task Force.

    Sept. 10, detectives from the task force 21-year-old Victor Lee Merritt into custody. Due to the age of the victim, authorities are withholding further details on the case for the time being.

    Brighton authorities reminded the public that the charges are merely accusations, and the accused should be considered innocent until and unless convicted in a court of law.

  • Four vehicles missing from local car lot

    Weld County sheriff's deputies are searching for four vehicles that were stolen from Berkenkotter Motors Sept. 13.

    The business is on Weld County Road 2 1/2 near Brighton.

    Sheriff's spokesman Francisco Saucedo described the five stolen cars. One was a 2015 beige Lexus IS, one was a 2006 black Lexus GX 470 (Colorado license plate VXV568) and one was a 2013 white Nissan Rogue (Colorado plate 342 UGR).

    The other cars were a 2015 grey Ford Fusion (Colorado plate KQF 583) and a 2012 blue Ford Flex.

  • Woman killed; suspect on the run

     Brighton police would like to talk to a man about a homicide that occurred early Sept. 20.

    In a press statement, police said they are looking for 33-year-old Ryan Johnson, of Brighton, in connection with the case.

    Spokesman John Bradley said officers went to a disturbance at the Eastgate mobile home park about 4:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found a woman in her 30s who had been killed. The suspect got away.

  • Police report Aug. 13

    This report reflects calls made to the Brighton Police Department between Aug. 5 and 12. Not all calls made to the department are listed in this report. Arrests merely reflect accusations of crimes, all subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    Aug. 12

    Shoplifting – 2400 block of Prairie Center Parkway 

    Altered license plates – 200 block of Jessup Street 

  • Sheriff seeks public's help to find child sex abuse offender

    MetroWest Report

    The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Michael Baltazar, 26, who is to be sentenced after being found guilty of charges of sexual assault on a child

    Baltazar was out on bond awaiting sentencing for the charges of sexual assault on a child and assault on a child causing serious bodily injury in Adams County.

  • Youth counselor allegedly maintained sexual relationship with underage patient

    The Adams County District Attorney's Office has charged Michelle Theresa Sarillo, 29, with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse.

  • Man sentenced to 48 years for wife's death

    A judge sentenced Commerce City resident Derek Michael Johnston to 48 years in prison Thursday, July 26, in connection with his wife’s murder last September.

    Commerce City police found Melissa Ehrmann, 38, badly beaten and unresponsive in the couple’s home at 14802 E. 119th Ave. on Sept. 6. The couple’s 19-month-old son also was at home at the time. Ehrmann was taken to University Hospital where she remained unresponsive with no brain function for four weeks until life support was removed on Oct. 6.

  • Sex assault charges for local youth counselor

    A former youth counselor at the Adams County Youth Services center in Brighton faces two felony sexual assault charges.

    The Adams County District Attorney's Office charged Michelle Theresa Sarillo, 29, with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse.

    Sarillo's first court appearance was July 20. Her preliminary hearing is to be set at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in Adams County Court. Her bond was set at $20,000.