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Courts/Crime

  • Driver charged with DUI, vehicular homicide after deadly crash in Commerce City

    COMMERCE CITY — A two-vehicle collision about 4:41 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, killed one motorist and seriously injured another, and investigators say alcohol played a critical factor in the fatal incident.

    Commerce City police say the vehicles collided in the intersection of 60th Avenue and Highway 85, with one driver dead at the scene. The other driver was transported to Denver Health with serious injuries.

  • Adams County Drug Court marks third anniversary with latest graduate

    BRIGHTON — A program that’s helped change lives and save the state more than $1 million recently marked its third anniversary in Brighton.

    Adams County’s intensive Drug Court program honored its ninth graduate, Jason Krumpholz, on Thursday, Nov. 20, during a ceremony marking the program entering its fourth year.

  • Trial of former Adams deputy accused of sex assault pushed to 2015

    BRIGHTON — The trial of an Adams County sheriff’s deputy charged with sexual assault on a child won’t begin until spring of next year.

    Sue Lindsay, spokeswoman for the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, said Friday, Nov. 14, that the trial for Henry Ford II has been continued to April 27, 2015. The trial had been set to get underway Monday, Nov. 17.

  • Victim advocates, often unheralded in law enforcement infrastructure, work to grow influence

    COMMERCE CITY — One of the television programs Jaylynn Wayman enjoys watching is “Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.”

    But she has a problem with it. No one portrays a victim advocate, which is something near and dear to her heart.

  • Adams City High School temporarily locked down over 'gravity bong'

    COMMERCE CITY — Adams City High School was in a lockdown mode for just over an hour Friday, Nov. 7, after the discovery of a marijuana device in a student’s backpack. 

    The device, described by some as a “gravity bong,” was made out of a bucket, according to Adams 14 officials.

  • Commerce City officer kills dog after it bites him during child abuse call

    COMMERCE CITY — A Commerce City police officer’s fatal shooting of a dog Wednesday, Sept. 24, is under investigation.

    According to department spokesman Officer Chris Dickey, two officers were investigating an alleged child abuse report about 1:15 p.m. Sept. 24 at a home in the 7300 block of East 82nd Avenue. Upon opening the gate to the residence, both officers were “charged” by an aggressive, 40- to 50-pound Bull Mastiff Labrador mix named Bugs, which came out of the house and through the gate to bite one of the officers on the leg.

  • Commerce City police officer suffers minor injuries in late-night rollover crash

    COMMERCE CITY — An off-duty Commerce City police officer suffered minor injuries in a single-car crash early Monday morning, Sept. 15.

    The officer, who was not named as of press time, was responding to cover another officer, according to a police department spokesman, about 1:34 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 11200 block of East 104th Avenue.

    According to the department, the officer was driving through a construction area when he lost control of the vehicle, which proceeded to veer off the south side of East 104th Avenue and roll onto the driver side.

  • Youth soccer coach accused of secretly taping underage girls pleads guilty

    COMMERCE CITY — A Missouri man who was accused of stealing merchandise at a soccer match last year pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to produce child pornography Wednesday, July 30, in federal court in Kansas City, Mo.

     

    Joel White, 42, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., had been approached by law enforcement during the March 22, 2013, FIFA World Cup-qualifying match between Costa Rica and the United States at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

  • 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to host Citizens Academy starting Sept. 16

    The District Attorney’s Office for Adams and Broomfield counties will hold its second annual Citizens Academy in September, offering the public an inside look into how the criminal justice system works.

    Participants will learn how a homicide case unfolds from the time a crime is committed through conviction and sentencing, how forensic experts analyze a crime scene and how the real work that prosecutors and investigators do is different from what is portrayed on television and movies.

  • Police investigating series of thefts

     Commerce City police are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles and auto thefts from open garages.

    The targeted areas are The Dunes, River Run, High Point, Fronterra and Eagle Creek.