• Car dealership owner, two others arrested in money laundering, structuring case

    COMMERCE CITY — The owner of Chopeque Auto Sales and two associated were arrested Tuesday, March 5, following an investigation into money laundering and structuring by the IRS, Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Raul Mendoza, 48, Julia Castillo-Caraveo, 28, both of Denver, and Isidro Noe Mendoza-Ortiz, 25, of Thornton, were taken into custody March 5 after a federal grand jury returned an indictment into the case Feb. 14.

  • Sheriff's Office: Woman identified in Adams County homicide

    ADAMS COUNTY — Investigators have identified the woman killed March 3 on the 5200 block of Pecos Street in Adams County.

    Adams County Sheriff's Office officials say Yajaira Zamarippa, 23, was killed March 3 at 5211 Pecos St. Her identity had been withheld until March 5 for notification of next of kin.

  • Adams County DA: No criminal charges for sheriff's deputy who shot, killed Ziggy the dog

    BRIGHTON — The Adams County Sheriff's Deputy who shot and killed a dog after officers mistakenly responded to the wrong address after a burglary alarm will not face criminal charges.

    In a letter to Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr dated March 1, Adams County District Attorney Dave Young concluded the investigation into the Jan. 14 shooting would not yield charges against Deputy Wilfred Europe.

  • 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.