Today's News

  • Crash hampers evening commute
  • Colwell steps down from Brighton chamber

     The Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce needs a new executive director.

    Naomi Colwell stepped down Jan. 17. She will take a job as executive director of the Aurora Police Foundation. The announcement came by way of a letter to chamber members.

    The letter said it was "difficult" for the chamber to hear the news.

  • Hitbox owner hits strongman stride

    Adam Geiger owns Brighton Hitbox on South First Avenue.

    But in his other life, Geiger is involved in Strongman, competition in strength-based athletics. It started seven years ago.

    "A friend of mine and I were playing on a flag football team. He had currently been doing Strongman for roughly three years and had all the equipment at his house," Geiger said. "He had invited me over to work out, as he knew I loved to lift."

    At that time, Geiger "was a pretty skinny 210-pound guy."

  • New city finance director excited to serve the public again

     “I’m really in this, and I think anyone working in city government would tell you this, because of the pride of public service. The ability to serve, to help the community is why we’re here.” 

    Ron Lay was hired recently to be the city of Brighton’s new finance director. As director, Lay will oversee the city’s accounting, budget implementation, procurement and contracts, revenue, and customer connections. It’s a job, Lay said, that feels like the natural next step in his career.

  • 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.

  • AdCo swears in elected officials

    Adams County marked the commencement of new terms for seven elected officials and 10 judges in an inauguration ceremony Jan. 8 at Riverdale Regional Park. Residents, employees, and family and friends filled the Waymire Dome to watch the proceedings.

  • Fire victims’ fix fuels fundraising effort
  • 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. 

  • Memories
  • Rodriguez receives five year sentence for manslaughter in 2017 death of girlfriend

     A former Brighton High School grad convicted of manslaughter and assault last year in the death of his girlfriend delivered a tearful apology as he was sentenced to five years in prison.

    “If I could change things and bring Morgan back, I would,” Oscar Rodriguez said, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel. “I would give anything to see her right now, to hold her, to tell her I’m sorry. But I can’t.”