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Courts/Crime

  • 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. 

  • DUI enforcement for Labor Day holiday

    The Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are going to participate in “The Heat is On” campaign during the Labor Day weekend. Sheriff’s deputies will be doing a DUI saturation Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Last year, Adams County deputies arrested 30 drunk drivers over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Police blotter

     This report reflects calls made to the Brighton Police Department between Aug. 5 and 12. Not all calls made to the department are listed in this report. Arrests merely reflect accusations of crimes, all subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

     

    Aug. 12

  • Man sentenced to 48 years for wife’s death

    MetroWest Report

    A judge sentenced Commerce City resident Derek Michael Johnston to 48 years in prison Thursday, July 26, in connection with his wife’s murder last September.

  • Commerce City crash kills baby

    An 11-month-old girl died after a single-car accident Saturday, July 28, in the 6500 block of East 80th Avenue, according to the Commerce City Police Department.

    The mother remains hospitalized with serious injuries, police said. Her name and age were not immediately available. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the accident.