• 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.

  • 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.”