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Courts/Crime

  • Frozen body ID'd

    LOCHBUIE -- Weld County sheriff's deputies identified the man whose frozen body was found under a bridge Friday morning.

    He was 23-year-old Adrian Tavera-Avalos, whose last known address was in Henderson.

    Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said family members contacted the sheriff's office after reading media accounts of the incident. Detectives confirmed Tavera-Avalos' identity through fingerprints.

  • Man arrested in Picadilly Road crash

    ADAMS COUNTY -- The Colorado State Patrol arrested a 64-year-old man on suspicion of vehicular homicide Friday afternoon in connection with the Jan. 13 death of a woman east of Brighton.

     

    Leyla Sahs, 33, died when a Toyota Camry struck her near 152nd Avenue and Picadilly Road. The car's driver, John Mayner, could also face driving under the influence of alcohol charges and driving with excessive alcohol content. Formal charges had not been filed late Friday afternoon.

  • Parole suspect arrested after short chase

    ADAMS COUNTY -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man wanted for a parole violation early Jan. 25 after a short pursuit.

    The trouble began around 1 a.m. near West 73rd Avenue and Pecos Street. Sgt. Candi Baker said deputies tried to stop a car driven by 19-year-old Alejandro Jaimez of Denver. He tried to leave as deputies talked with him. Baker also said Jaimes tried back the car toward several deputies and and rammed a marked patrol unit. Several of the deputies had to get out of the way to avoid the car.

  • Rapist gets three lengthy sentences

    BRIGHTON -- Three consecutive sentences of 48 years to life.

     

    That's the sentence handed down for a serial rapist convicted of three counts of sexual assault using a weapon causing serious bodily injury.

  • Rapist gets three lengthy sentences

    BRIGHTON -- Three consecutive sentences of 48 years to life.

     

    That's the sentence handed down for a serial rapist convicted of three counts of sexual assault using a weapon causing serious bodily injury.

  • 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.