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Courts/Crime

  • 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.

  • Commerce City teen dies after being struck at Aurora street race

    AURORA — A teenager from Commerce City died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, after the vehicle he was in was hit by a stolen car taking part in an illegal street race, police said.

    Louis Andrew Guerrero-Sanchez, 17, of Commerce City, reportedly was an observer during an illegal street race about midnight Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, near the intersection of East Smith Road and Ensenada Street in Aurora.

  • Owner of slain dog files lawsuit against city, police officers

    COMMERCE CITY — The owner of a dog shot and killed by a Commerce City police officer last year filed a lawsuit against the city and the officers involved in the shooting.

  • Padilla-Villalobos sentenced to 80 years in the stabbing death of Gabriella Acosta

    BRIGHTON — Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 12, to 80 years in prison in connection to the kidnapping and subsequent stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl last December.
        Padilla-Villalobos, 24, was formally sentenced after pleading guilty in September to charges of second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping of a child with a knife related to the disappearance and death of Gabriella Acosta, who was a freshman at Broomfield High School.

  • Vigil pleads guilty to gun charge

    CENTENNIAL — The Commerce City woman accused of providing the gun that killed Colorado  Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements earlier this year pleaded guilty last week.

  • Train hits empty vehicle after occupants flee

    COMMERCE CITY -- Police arrested three people -- two men and women -- early Monday morning after police heard shots and a train collided with a car.

    It started around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when police heard shots near 83rd Avenue and Rosemary Street. Officer Christian Rasmussen said when officers arrived, they saw a black Toyota sedan leave the area.

  • Commerce City officer Robert Price found not guilty in dog-shooting case

    BRIGHTON — A Commerce City police officer who shot and killed an unrestrained dog in November 2012 was found not guilty by an Adams County jury Wednesday, Oct. 2.

    Robert Price faced felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection to the Nov. 24, 2012, shooting of Chloe, a pit bull who was found unrestrained in the 9600 block of Nucla Street.