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  • 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.

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  • Embattled Lochbuie officer resigns amid allegations

    LOCHBUIE — A Lochbuie police officer resigned following a number of citizen complaints and allegations of misconduct.
        Cpl. Brock Williamson resigned July 5 from the Lochbuie Police Department.
        “Cpl. Williamson submitted his resignation and is no longer employed here,” Chief Tracey McCoy said, adding that any additional information is confidential and is a personnel matter.
        He said the process to hire a replacement for Williamson’s position has already begun.

  • Adams County unveils draft Open Space master plan, seek public input on ideas

    ADAMS COUNTY — A multitude of new bike trails, protected open spaces and other natural or agricultural lands were mapped out as Adams County Open Space officials presented their draft master plan last week.
        About 30 people gathered July 13 at the Adams County Fairground to hear the details of the plan from Anna Gagne of Aspen-based Design Workshop, which worked with the county to craft the proposal.

  • Adams County among top DUI-arresting agencies during July 4 weekend crackdown

    DENVER — Adams County sheriff’s deputies arrested 28 people on suspicion of driving under the influence during the Fourth of July weekend. That was the third-highest arrest total among participating law enforcement agencies.
        Denver police arrested 85 suspected drunk drivers, and police in Colorado Springs nabbed 37. Statewide, more than 1,174 drivers have been arrested as part of the state’s Heat is On campaign. It started Memorial Day weekend.

  • Hammering away

    COMMERCE CITY — With a few ceremonial smacks against drywall with their sledgehammers, members of city council and the senior advisory committee broke not ground but structure on the renovations at the senior center July 10.

        The work, funded partially by an Adams County Open Space grant of about $326,000, is part of a project to add features to the city’s recreation center, where the senior center calls home.
        “The renovated senior center will create opportunities to engage and interact with other seniors, which is vital to emotional and physical well-being for our aging population,” Mayor Sean Ford said in a press release.

  • Carol Snyder to retire as Adams County Public Trustee after governor asks for resignation

    BRIGHTON — The Adams and Weld county trustees were asked to resign July 10 by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

    Carol Snyder, the outgoing Adams County public trustee who has filed to retire, and Susie Velasquez, Weld County’s outgoing trustee, were named in a Denver Post report on potentially improper spending in their offices.

  • Grant money to help Fairfax Park work

        City council officially accepted two grants during its July 2 meeting from Adams County Open Space — one for $465,000 and another for $529,000 — for renovations at Fairfax Park.
        The first open space grant is intended for new landscaping, shelters, tables, grills, trash can, a perimeter trail and a new parking lot at Fairfax Park. The second grant will be used for improvements to basketball, tennis and handball courts, as well as three ball fields and the burying of power lines.

  • Speed table on the way

        After months of concerns about speeding in the Belle Creek neighborhood, Public Works Director Gregg Clements told council July 2 that staff are ready to build a speed table at Belle Creek Boulevard and 106th Drive.
        After discussions with the Belle Creek neighborhood group, Clements said the test barricade system may be discontinued and the school zone flashing lights will be put back on a regular schedule once the new school year starts.
        The cost of the plan is estimated at $6,000.