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Courts/Crime

  • Police identify man who died at Veterans Park

    Joseph Garcia, 58, of Brighton, apparently drowned in the McCann Ditch near Veterans Park earlier this week, police said.

    A Brighton man called police Tuesday, Jan. 30, to report what he believed was a human body in a pond inside park boundaries at 199 W. Bridge St., the Brighton Police Department said in a press statement. Police found Garcia's body partially submerged in the ditch.

    The coroner's office determined that the death was by accidental drowning.

  • Sheriff's deputy shooting suspect appears in court

    The 22-year-old man accused of murdering an Adams County sheriff's deputy made his first court appearance Jan. 26.

    Dreion Martise Dearing is due back in Adams County District Court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, for the filing of formal charges.

    The deputy, Heath Gumm, died Jan. 24 near Skyview High School in Thornton as he responded to an assault call. 

    Dearing remained in the Adams County Jail without bond.

    Officials sealed the affidavit in the case, according to Sue Lindsay, spokesperson for the 17th Judicial District.

  • Police make arrest in suspicious signs incident

    Brighton police arrested a woman they say posted a series of suspicious signs around town.

    Officers identified her as 36-year-old Lea Romero, of Brighton.

    Officer Frank Acosta said police contacted the driver of a car with suspicious writing on the trunk. The writing was similar to what officers saw on the signs in and around Brighton since late Jan. 23.

  • Police investigating suspicious signs

    Brighton police continue to investigate what they termed a "vague warning" about a threat to the community.

    Spokesman John Bradley said officers discovered the threat during an investigation of graffiti left on a building in the 900 block of East Bridge Street. It happened Jan. 23. Bradley said the threat "was to occur in the next couple of weeks."

  • Officer-involved shooting kills man

    An Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man at Pinetree Village Apartments near Thornton Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    Neither the man’s name, nor the sheriff’s deputy’s name, was immediately available from the sheriff's department.

    The deputy used his Taser and eventually fired his weapon at the man, who was in the hallway at the apartments at 7520 Broadway, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

  • Person of intersest in Bollinger case arrested in Boulder County

    Boulder police recently arrested a “person of interest” - Shawn Schwartz - on other charges, after questioning him about the death of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger.

    Schwartz has been accused of assaulting police officers, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on Monday, Jan. 8, according to officials with the Boulder County District Attorney’s office.

  • Denver man in custody in kidnapping case

    A 27-year-old Denver man is in jail on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic violence and vehicular eluding after an incident that started at the Wal-Mart in Brighton.

    The 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office will decide on formal charges for 27-year-old Emmanuel Gonzales.

  • Police report Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

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

    Jan. 1

    Disorderly conduct – 1500 block of Myrtle Street

    Graffiti – 000 block of North Main Street

    Motor vehicle theft – 3000 block of East Bridge Street

    Disorderly conduct – 1600 block of Prairie Center Parkway

    Dec. 31

    Graffiti – Bush Street

  • Rodriguez out on bond

    A former Brighton High School graduate is out on a $25,000 bond after the Grand Junction district attorney’s office charged him with assaulting his girlfriend who later died.

  • Passerby finds missing woman's body on Riverdale Road

    A passerby found the body of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger on Riverdale Road in Thornton on Friday, Dec. 29, after she was declared missing the day before, according to the Adams County Coroner's Office.

    The person directed sheriff's deputies to a wooded area near 11600 Riverdale Road, which is near the McIntosh Farm in a rural area. Bollinger, a Broomfield resident, was declared missing on Thursday, Dec. 28.