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Courts/Crime

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • String of vehicle vandalism reported

    The Commerce City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in a string of vehicle vandalisms that occurred earlier this month.

    Officers received several reports of car windows being damaged Jan. 19 in the area of East 104th Avenue and Chambers Road. Reports were taken on 15 vehicles with windows damaged by BB gun shots through the windows between midnight and 8 a.m. Jan. 19.

  • Deputies investigating possible homicide

    Adams County sheriff's deputies are investigating what they think is a homicide.

    Officers found the bodies of an adult female and a juvenile female inside an apartment near West 66th Avenue and Federal Boulevard Friday, Jan. 3, shortly after 8 p.m.

    No names have been released. Sgt. Paul Gregory said the office is treating the case as a homicide.

    Check back for updates.

  • Global owner pleads guilty in tax case

    COMMERCE CITY — The owner of a Commerce City-based transportation company pled guilty Friday, Jan. 3, after being accused of withholding more than $2 million in unpaid taxes.

    Lucilious J. Ward, 63, of Denver, Colorado, entered the guilty guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock on one count of failure to account for and pay over the employment taxes withheld from his employees’ paychecks and one count of making a false claim against the United States.