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Courts/Crime

  • Former chamber president draws 10 years probation

     The former president of the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce drew 10 years’ probation for embezzlement.

    Holly Hansen also has to pay $112,000 plus interest in restitution for the money she stole from the chamber and the city of Brighton during her employment. Sentencing was Nov. 14.

  • AdCo sheriff candidates spar over staffing, strategy

     This year’s race for Adams County Sheriff is a rematch, with current sheriff Mike McIntosh once again facing former employee Rick Reigenborn for control of the office.

    McIntosh has enjoyed what he characterizes as a successful first term in office, completing a “180-degree turnaround” in the reputation and efficiency of the office.

  • Officials break ground on new juvenile detention facility

    The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services broke ground Oct. 3 on a new juvenile detention facility in the 100 block of Bromley Business Parkway to replace the current Adams Youth Services Center, which serves detained juveniles between the ages of 14 and 21 in Adams and Broomfield counties. 

    The new, 32,800-square-foot, 40-bed facility increases the department’s capacity to serve the 17th Judicial District, which officials claim contains one of the state’s fastest-growing juvenile populations. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lochbuie police investigating fraud case

    Lochbuie police are investigating fraud and scam case.

  • 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.

  • 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.