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Courts/Crime

  • Police investigating series of thefts from locked cars

    Commerce City police continued to investigate a string of thefts from inside locked vehicles.

    It happend late Aug. 29 in the northern area of town, according to police.

  • Man arrested shortly after incident at area middle school

    An unidentified man is in jail, and Commerce City police are trying to determine whether he was involved in an incident at Kearney Middle School Aug. 19. The school is in the 6100 block of Kearney Street,

    According to a Facebook post from school Principal Tom Ciolek, an unknown man driving a small sports car invited two students to get into his vehicle. It happened around 4:15 p.m. The students and reported the incident to a parent.

  • Man charged in Realtor attack

    Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney Dave Young formally charged a 43-year-old man in connection with an attack on a Realtor at a Commerce City condominium complex.

    Among other counts, Ernest Robert Christman faces a first-degree burglary charge, a charge of attempted aggravated robbery and attempted kidnapping. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Adams County Court.

  • Man arrested for attempted robbery

    Commerce City police arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of burglary and robbery after an incident involving a Realtor near East 104th Avenue and Sable Boulevard.

    Police identified the suspect as Ernest Robert Chrisman.

    The incident happened Aug. 4 around 11:30 a.m. Cmdr. Greg Sadar said officers met with the Realtor who was conducting an open house at a residence. A man threatened her with a knife and ordered her to give him some of her possessions, according to a statement.

  • Grand jury indicts sheriff's sergeant for sexual-contact crimes

     The 17thJudicial District grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Adams County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Benson.

    Benson faces one count of sexual assault, a felony, and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct, all of which are misdemeanors. His first court appearance was Jan. 17, and Benson is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

    The indictment says the sexual contact charges involved one victim and took place between Feb. 11 and July 3.

    Benson won a departmental award in 2015 for physical fitness.

  • Deputies looking for attempted murder suspect

     The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 21-year-old man who removed his ankle monitor.

    Deshawn Avila-Baros, who was out of jail on bond, was awaiting trial for attempted first-degree murder, sexual assault and assault. Deputies said the monitor was a condition of his bond as part of the supervised release program. 

  • Police solve 20-plus-year-old murder

    It took 22 years. But Commerce City police know what happened to a murder suspect.

    In a press statement, police said they were able to identify the suspect who himself was murdered in Juarez, Mexico, in 2010.

    The incident began with a disturbance inside a bar Sept. 30, 1996. The victim, Michael Jajdeslki, 35, died of stab wounds. Authorities found him in Los Vallientes Park. Detective were able to identify the suspect within days. His name was Jerime Galvan. The Adams County District Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for first-degree murder.

  • Ex-chamber president draws probation in embezzlement case

     The former president of the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce drew 10 years’ probation for embezzlement.

    Holly Hansen also has to pay $112,000 plus interest in restitution for the money she stole from the chamber and the city of Brighton during her employment. Sentencing was Nov. 14.

  • Hit-and-run crash leaves one seriously hurt

    Commerce City police are looking for the driver of a silver/blue Dodge pick-up truck that left the scene of a crash Oct. 26.

    It happened around 4:35 p.m. at East 72nd Place and Magnolia Street. The other vehicle involved was a motorcycle. Officers found the motorcyclist who has serious injuries, according to a press statement.

    The statement says the truck has a license plate of SMQ 243. Officers think there may be damage to the truck as a result of the crash. The truck has a silver utility work rack on the bed of the truck.

  • Hit-and-run crash kills one, closes freeway

    Commerce City police found the vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian early Oct. 4.

    It happened around 4:15 a.m. on I-270 near Vasquez Boulevard.

    In a press statement late in the afternoon Oct. 4, police said they also identified the driver of the car that was involved. His name hasn't been released. Police also said they aren't looking for other cars or other people in connection with the crash.