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Courts/Crime

  • Police arrest Denver man for heroin possession

    Denver resident Alex Lyman could face up to six charges for his arrest in Fort Lupton.

    Police found Lyman, 22, in his 2008 white Ford Taurus near the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Lantern Drive around 8 p.m. He tried to lie about his identity and failed a sobriety test. Police later found heroin and heroin paraphernalia - tin foil and cut straws - in Lyman’s possession.

  • Fort Lupton man charged with assault, harassment

    A Fort Lupton man was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, two counts of harassment, and criminal mischief after an argument in the 300 block of Wagonwheel Drive Saturday, July 1.

    Troy Randolph, 41, allegedly pushed a victim up some stairs  and sent abusive text messages, according to a court affidavit. The Fort Lupton Press is not publishing the exact address of the alleged crimes because of an agreement with area police departments to publish the general vicinity of domestic violence cases.

  • Sgt. John Fryar to take over for Chief Poncelow

    Starting July 10, there will be a new "sheriff" in town.

  • Fort Lupton chief of police Ken Poncelow to retire

    It has been a long road for Fort Lupton Police Chief Kenneth Poncelow.

    “I’ve been servicing all the acts, tired of playing with all the clowns,” Poncelow said about the criminals he has dealt with throughout his career.

    Now, the 42-year police veteran has decided to hang up his police uniform, announcing recently that he will retire July 10.

    Poncelow said he took over a department in shambles when he came to Fort Lupton as chief of police in 2010 after serving as a commander for Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Wave of burglaries disturb Fort Lupton businesses

    Video surveillance from early Friday morning, June 16, shows three burglars draped in baggy hoods and black bandannas enter through the back door at the Balderas family's MB Towing Services at 2732 Weld County Road 27.

    The tape shows robbers finding their way to the safe, forcibly opening a drawer with a crowbar and stealing $2,800 from inside, but not before leaving critical fingerprints on the counter above.

    In a previous incident in December, a single burglar with a limp - an uncanny resemblance to a burglar from the second attack - stole around $1,800.

  • Couple charged with child abuse had meth

    A Fort Lupton couple has been charged with child abuse, drug possession, and first-degree criminal trespass in connection with police finding methamphetamine in the trailer home where the couple lived illegally with their four children.

  • Fort Lupton couple faces child abuse charges

    Police arrested three people at a Fort Lupton home, Saturday, June 3, in connection with drug paraphernalia found in the home and alleged child abuse.

    Robert Chavez, 34, his wife Melissa Gallegos, 37, and Anthony Salcido-Andrade, 19, were arrested at the home at 1107 Shortline Drive. Chavez and Gallegos were booked into Weld County Jail, early Sunday, June 4.

    Police also took six children into custody, including the couple’s two children, 11 and 16. No charges have been filed in the case.

  • Trial date set in kidnap case

    Fort Lupton resident Vivian Manning faces trial in August on charges of attempted kidnapping and assault on another woman last fall.

    Manning, 42, Diana Gallegos, 45, and Jessica Gallegos, 23, all were charged in connection with the incident Sept. 7. The three women allegedly went to another woman’s home in Fort Lupton, assaulted her and attempted to take her to another place, according to Officer Doug Perry, a spokesman for the Fort Lupton Police Department.

  • Rodello to undergo competency test

    A Fort Lupton man who allegedly threatened students in October by making a gun shape with his hands is undergoing an outpatient evaluation from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

    A Weld County judge ordered on March 17 that Rupert Rodello, 29, undergo the evaluation to determine whether he can be brought to court and stand trial. Results will be presented to the court on June 2 to determine how the case moves forward, according to court documents.

  • Habitual drunk driver gets jail time

    Albaro Bustillos, 53, of Hudson, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Thursday, May 4, after a jury found him guilty recently of his eighth DUI.

    Bustillos received his first drunk driving charge in 1994. He has been convicted of similar charges over the past two decades in Westminster, in Commerce City, in Brighton and in Weld County.