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Courts/Crime

  • Lopez sentenced for 2009 murder

    BRIGHTON – The man who plead guilty to second-degree murder in connection with a business owner almost 19 months ago was sentenced to 48 years in prison plus five years of parole.

    Juan Carlos Lopez entered his plea in early December. He shot Dung Le inside a Dollar Plus store in June 2009.

    Lopez, 29, also faces a first-degree murder charge for a case that happened in Denver shortly after the Commerce City killing.

  • Man found dead in unincorporated Adams County

    A man was found dead inside a second-floor apartment in unincorporated Adams County Monday night. His name hasn't been released pending notification of relatives.

    Deputies responded to a report of shots fired call at 10:45 in the 7500 block of Broadway when they found the victim, according to Sgt. Candi Baker. Witnesses said they saw three masked men running from the area after the shots were fired. There are no descriptions.

    An autopsy is pending. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 720-322-1313.

  • Torres misses court appearance

        BRIGHTON – The man who led the Colorado State Patrol on a chase through parts of the north metropolitan area, including Commerce City, missed a court appearance at which formal charges were to be presented.

    Instead, there will be a review of the case in early January for Joseph Torres. He was arrested in Denver at his home. The Nov. 19 chase ended at Interstate 270 and York Street. Troopers were able to get a license number off Torres’ car and were able to arrest Torres without incident.

  • Embezzlement suspect dies

         An Adams County victims’ advocate who was facing embezzlement charges died the day she was supposed to make her first appearance in court.

          Tomi Prohaska-Sanchez, 55, was to appear in Adams County Court on a charge of embezzlement of public property, theft of under $500 and official misconduct.

    Adams County Sheriff’s Sgt. Candi Baker confirmed that Prohaska-Sanchez did pass away. Online obituaries indicated services for Prohaska-Sanchez were in Denver Nov. 16.

  • Lopez motions hearing set

    BRIGHTON – Juan Carlos Lopez, the man accused in the shooting of a Commerce City businessman almost 18 months ago, is due in Adams County Court for a motions hearing Nov. 19.
        The hearing is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.
        Lopez faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the murder of Dung Le, who was working inside a Dollar Plus store at the time.
        Lopez also faces a first-degree murder charge for a case in Denver that happened a week after Le’s murder.

  • Gas station’s door broken

        Someone broke the glass door of a Brighton gas station Sept. 22 but didn’t gain entrance to the building.

  • Brand new, slight bullet damage

        A vehicle on the Brighton Ford lot was damaged sometime last week but police aren’t sure if it was targeted.

  • Takeout for IHOP customers

        Two women ate and ran from the Brighton IHOP, 962 S. Fourth Ave., Sept. 21.

  • Employee’s money, cigarettes stolen

        An employee at Sterling House in Brighton, 2215 Egbert St., said items were stolen from her purse during her work shift Sept. 19.

  • Copper pipe stolen from home

        About $1,600 worth of copper pipe was stolen sometime between Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 from a home under construction in the 4600 block of Tumbleweed Drive.
        A Richmond Homes employee reported the 220 linear feet of pipe missing to police about 10 a.m., Sept. 17. She said she saw the pipe was still there at 5 p.m., Sept. 16 but, when plumbers arrived the next day, it was gone.
        Police have no suspects or leads in the theft.