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Courts/Crime

  • Volunteers sought for Commerce City victim advocate training next month

    COMMERCE CITY — The police department is looking for “compassionate, self-motivated and dependable” applicants to volunteer as victim advocates, according to a release from city spokeswoman Michelle Halstead.

    The fall training academy for victim advocates is set to begin Sept. 18, and the department says they're looking for more members of the public to help in times of crisis.

  • Body found in Commerce City identified as missing 47-year-old man

    COMMERCE CITY — A man found dead Aug. 15 was identified as a 47-year-old who was reported missing early that day, according to a release from Lt. Dennis Moon, Commerce City police spokesman.

    The man, whose name has not been released, was initially reported missing about 3 a.m. Aug. 15 from the area north of East 120th Avenue and Chambers Street. Authorities were told that he may have been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.

  • Page bound over for trial

    BRIGHTON -- An Adams County Court judge bound a Commerce City mother over for trial in the death of her son.

     

    The arraignment for Sharrieckia Page was set for 8:30 a.m., Sept. 20. She's been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

    Her 7-month-old son was reported missing from an apartment complex on Olive Drive in March. In June, Commerce City police announced DNA tests revealed a body found in a landfill near the Aurora Reservoir was that of her son.

  • Carjacking suspects elude police

    DENVER -- As of late Monday night, at least two carjacking suspects managed to avoid Commerce City and Denver police officers as well as Adams County sheriff's deputies.

    Shortly after 8:45 p.m., Commerce City police tried to pull over the vehicle, a Volvo -- without luck. Officers pursued the car into Denver -- at speeds of 110 mph at times -- before the car was ditched in an industrial area near Interstate 70 and Federal Boulevard.

  • Pair of Adams County workers fired, three others on leave for drugs at work

    ADAMS COUNTY — Two Adams County workers were fired in May and three others placed on administrative leave with pay after an internal investigation of drugs being distributed among workers in the Human Services Department.

    Justina Lucero and Trisha Segura, both former welfare eligibility workers for the county, were terminated after the North Metro Drug Task Force uncovered the drug distribution.

    A criminal investigation is under way in the matter.

    The employees placed on administrative leave have not been named.

  • Former Adams County Public Works construction manager Gomez sentenced to eight years in Quality Paving case

    ADAMS COUNTY — Judge Stephen Shinn sentenced former Adams County Public Works employee Samuel Gomez, 65, to eight years for his role in the Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing scandal, 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick announced July 19.

  • District Attorney Don Quick honored for public safety achievements

    ADAMS COUNTY — District Attorney Don Quick was honored June 23 with the Fields Wolfe: Journey to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award. About 100 people gathered for the event, organized by state Rep. Rhonda Fields, founder and president of the Fields Wolfe Foundation.

    Fields, an advocate for victims of violent crimes, said Quick earned the honor for the “powerful difference he has made in his partnerships over the years to prevent crime, reduce recidivism and protect fellow citizens.”

  • Convictions for trio in 2011 family kidnapping, ransom

    DENVER — Three Denver-metro men accused of kidnapping a family and holding them for ransom were found guilty June 21 after a six-day trial in U.S. District Court.

    Tracy Morgan, 41, of Denver, Killiu Ford, 38, of Aurora, and Augustus Sanford, 34, of Denver, were indicted by a federal grand jury Aug. 3, 2011, and their trial started June 11. According to a release from U.S. Attorney’s Office of Colorado spokesman Jeffrey Dorschner, the jury deliberated a full day before returning unanimous guilty verdicts on all counts.

  • DNA results confirm remains found in landfill are of mssing Commerce City 7-month-old

    COMMERCE CITY — The remains of a young child found in an Arapahoe County landfill last week are those of Torrey Brown Jr., according to a release from Commerce City police.

    Interim Police Chief Chuck Saunier and Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said DNA testing has confirmed the identity of the remains.

  • Police: Child's remains found in Arapahoe County landfill

    BRIGHTON — Prosecutors say Commerce City police have found the remains of an infant at an Arapahoe County landfill May 30. Authorities are determining the identity through forensic testing.