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Courts/Crime

  • Chase puts Denver man behind bars

    COMMERCE CITY ― A 26-year-old Denver man is in jail after officers said he led them on a chase in Commerce City Saturday. His name hasn't been released.

    It started around 1 p.m. near East 72nd Avenue and Monaco Street. Lt. Dennis Moon with the Commerce City Police Department said an officer tried to stop a suspect who made threats against another motorist.

  • Leavitt pleads guilty in Roan murder trial

        DENVER — A man charged with being an accessory in the 2011 shooting death of Alsup Elemetary School teacher Andrea Roan pleaded guilty last week.
        Richard J. Leavitt, 28, entered a guilty plea in Denver District Court on a second-degree murder charge. He was accused of driving Ryan Miller, 28, to and from Roan’s Denver home on Dec. 16, 2011. Miller, who is awaiting trial, is accused of shooting Roan, his ex-girlfriend.
        Leavitt is scheduled to be sentenced May 13.
     

  • Commerce City officer loses control of vehicle, crashes into city snow plow en route to Adams County Jail

     

    COMMERCE CITY -- Two people were taken to the hospital after a Commerce City patrol car was hit by a city snow plow early Tuesday morning, Jan. 29.

    According to Commerce City police spokesman Lt. Dennis Moon, an officer was driving northbound in the 8900 block of Highway 2 while transporting a man and woman to the Adams County Jail and lost control of the vehicle.

  • Campaign aims to help curb auto thefts in Commerce City

    COMMERCE CITY — Two campaigns aimed to educate the public on the risks of car theft in the winter months are under way around town.

    Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) and the Commerce City Police Department have teamed up to increase awareness of car thieves who target “puffers” and vehicles left unattended with valuables inside during the holiday months.

  • Suspect in teen girl's stabbing death held without bond in Adams County Jail

    COMMERCE CITY — A 24-year-old man turned himself into police shortly before midnight Sunday, Dec. 23, following the stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl in the 8600 block of Verbena Street.

    According to a statement by Commerce City police, officers received a 911 call from Esequiel Padilla-Villalobos, “who said he had just killed someone, and wanted to turn himself in.” Police say Padilla-Villalobos was cooperative and gave the location of the girl’s body near a stable where Padilla-Villalobos was working earlier in the day.

  • Simon joins Colorado State Patrol's Adams County office

    DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol welcomed 25 new troopers to its ranks Friday at a ceremony at the El Jebel Shrine.

    Caleb Simon is one of those new troopers, and Simon will be assigned to the Adams County office. He and the other newcomers finished 22 weeks of training.

    Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the patrol, and keynote speaker John L. Kammerzell, the U.S. marshal for the district of Colorado, were among the featured speakers at the ceremony.

  • Commerce City police officer charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in fatal dog shooting

    BRIGHTON — Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced Dec. 20 that Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price is being charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the Nov. 24 shooting of a dog.

    The offense Officer Price is charged with is a Class 6 felony. The DA's office noted that other aspects of the case are still being investigated and further charges could be forthcoming.

  • Grand Junction deputy chief Troy Smith selected as next chief of police in Commerce City

    COMMERCE CITY — Troy Smith, deputy police chief for Grand Junction for the past nine years, has been selected as the new chief of police for Commerce City.

    City Manager Brian McBroom announced the selection Dec. 7, according to a city news release. The selection comes with a five-year contract at an annual salary of $132,000. Smith is slated to begin work Jan. 14, 2013.

  • Investigation launched into fatal shooting of dog by Commerce City police officer

    COMMERCE CITY — An investigation has been ordered regarding the fatal shooting of a lab/pit bull mix by a Commerce City police officer after video of the incident circulated on the Internet and local media.

    In a press release from Det. Christian Rasmussen, Interim Police Chief Chuck Saunier sounded off on the probe of the shooting, which happened after officers and Animal Control responded about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, to a call of a loose pit bull in the 9600 block of Nucla Street.

  • Attempted robbery injures one person

     

     

     


    An Adams County sheriff's deputy gathers evidence from near a house in the 8200 block of Quebec Street in Commerce City Wednesday afternoon. Deputies and Commerce City police said the first report of an attempted armed robbery and an assault came around 2:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found a victim critically injured. No names were released at midafternoon Wednesday. Northglenn Ambulance took the victim to a Denver trauma center. The victim's condition is unknown.