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Courts/Crime

  • Crime on the decline in Weld County

    WELD COUNTY — Weld County continued to buck statewide trends as it posted its second straight year of declining crime statistics, while the state as a whole moved ever-so-slightly in the opposite direction.

    Places such as Fort Lupton and the Tri-Towns continued to show a decline for the second straight year in regard to the most common crimes, like assault, robbery, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, according to statistics released last month by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. 

  • Man pleads guilty to accessory in Johns case

    Greeley — Justin O’Donnell, 24, pleaded guilty Friday, July 25, in Weld County District Court to accessory to a crime — a Class 4 felony — in connection with the deaths of Sheri Pachello and Alisha Johns.

     

  • Cecilio Chavez convicted in retrial of 2002 Firestone sex assault case

    GREELEY — A Weld County jury on Friday, June 27, convicted the man accused of attacking a developmentally disabled girl near a ditch in Firestone 12 years ago.

    Cecilio Chavez, 62, was found guilty of sexual assault on an at-risk juvenile with force, which is a Class 2 felony. Chavez originally was convicted in this case in 2003 and sentenced to an indeterminate sentenced of 24 years to life in prison in 2004.

  • Double homicide shocks Tri-Towns

    FREDERICK — A local woman and her mother were found dead last week, and the man suspected of abducting and killing them was found dead Friday night, Feb. 7, after a standoff with police in Thornton.

     

    Cimmeron Johns, 37, was spotted by Thornton police Feb. 7 after the discovery of two bodies in Weld County. Law enforcement agents tracked him to an apartment in the Bravado Viewpoint complex on the 10200 block of Ura Lane in Thornton.

  • Frederick Police Make Arrests in Theft Case

     FREDERICK — Frederick police arrested two men and detained a teenager on suspicion of stealing metal from Glacier Business Park.

  • Two arrested, one detained in Frederick metal theft case

    FREDERICK — Frederick police arrested two men and detained a teenager on suspicion of stealing metal from Glacier Business Park.

    Isaac Mario Santana, 21, and Victor James Bustamante, 23, both of Lakewood, were arrested and are set to be charged with second-degree burglary, theft and second-degree trespass. A 16-year-old male also was detained and also will face charges.

  • Frederick woman charged in son's fatal gun accident

    FREDERICK — Weld County District Attorney’s Office announced charges Dec. 10 against a Frederick woman alleging criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death.

    According to a press release, Dione Warren, 32, turned herself in Dec. 9 on the class 3 felony charge. 

  • Fort Lupton man faces five counts for role in crash

    GREELEY — A 61-year-old Fort Lupton man faces five formal charges for his part in a crash near Fort Lupton this summer.

    Dana Beales’ next court appearance is at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17. The Weld County District Attorney’s Office charged him with vehicular homicide, third-degree assault of a first responder, two counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

    Prosecutors believe there could be a disposition of this case at the December appearance.

  • Investigation continues into shooting death of 3-year-old

         Frederick police are investigating the Oct. 28 shooting death of a 3-year-old at a residence in town. An autopsy was completed today by the Weld County Coroner's Office, which found that the cause of death was due to an accidental gunshot wound to the head.
         In a release to media, Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour identified the victim as Sheine Steine, the mother's name is Dione Warren and the step-father's name is Jeremy McCollem.

  • District attorney warns of fake charities and repair scams in aftermath of flooding

    GREELEY — Times of disaster such as last month’s flooding across the Front Range are crucial times to be on the watch for scams associated with home repairs and with charitable donations.
        The Weld County District Attorney’s Office issued an advisory last month warning residents to be on the lookout for potential scammers.