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Courts/Crime

  • 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. 

  • One arrested in pit-bull attack on young boy

    COMMERCE CITY — Police arrested the owner of a pitbull that attacked a 19-month-old boy in the parking lot of the King Soopers store near 62nd Avenue and U.S. Highway 85 July 13.

    Police arrested the animal's owner, 51-year-old Sue Tackett. She could face charges of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. The final decision on charges is up to the Adams County District Attorney's office. Police said they were able to arrest Tackett without incident.

  • Adams County warns of jury summons scam

     BRIGHTON — If you get a phone call about jury duty, it may not actually be tied to any actual civic duty expected of you.

    The Adams County District Attorney’s Office issued an advisory last month urging residents to beware of phone calls from people claiming to be calling about you failing to show up for jury duty.

  • Commerce City police investigating Tuesday morning shooting

    COMMERCE CITY — Commerce City police are looking for a vehicle in connection with a shooting June 17 that left one man injured.

    It happened around 10 a.m. in the 700 block of state Highway 2.

     

  • William Dean Otto gets two life sentences plus 31 years for teenager murders

    BRIGHTON — The Adams County man who killed two teenagers and hid their bodies in Sedgwick in August 2013 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    William Dean Otto, 44, was sentenced to two life sentences and 31 years Friday, May 30, in Adams County District Court, three days after jurors returned a guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one county of tampering with evidence and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

  • Police investigating thefts from limo rental business

    COMMERCE CITY -- Police are investigating the theft of several vehicles from a limousine rental business.

    The thefts were discovered shortly after 7 a.m., March 9, in the 6200 block of East 49th Drive. Police think the crime happened the night before. Officer Christian Rasmussen said five vehicles and a trailer are missing.