• Chavez sentenced a second time in child sex assault case

    GREELEY — Cecilio Chavez will still face 24 years to life in prison for an attack on a developmentally disabled girl on the outskirts of Firestone after he sentencing Thursday, Sept. 11, in Weld County District Court.

    Chavez was reconvicted in June after a judge granted him a new trial following his original conviction in 2003 and sentencing in 2004 — a sentence identical to the one he has received this year following the retrial.

  • Two die after standoff with sheriff's deputies

    KEENESBURG -- Weld County sheriff's deputies continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two people inside a home.

    The incident started late Aug. 4. Sgt. Sean Standridge said deputies tried to arrest a man on a kidnapping warrant. Instead, the man and a juvenile barricaded themselves inside a home in the 400 block of Kaiser Avenue.

  • O’Donnell pleads guilty to accessory in Johns killings

     GREELEY — The woman accused of assisting Cimmeron Johns following the deaths of two women has pleaded guilty.

    Rosann O’Donnell pleaded guilty June 9 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.

    O’Donnell, 41, faces a maximum of six years in prison at her sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on July 25.

  • Girls reported missing from Aristocrat neighborhood found

    FORT LUPTON -- The Weld County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday afternoon that two girls who were reported missing May 30 had been located and are safe.

    Cindy Lemus-Delarosa, 15, and Mirka Munoz, 12, were reported missing Friday evening from the Aristocrat subdivision.


    "They left home and didn't return," said Weld County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Sean Standbridge.

    Investigators were with the girls and reported that foul play is not suspected in their earlier disappearance.

  • Fort Lupton man gets 48 years in prison for ‘mountains of cocaine’

    GREELEY — A Fort Lupton man is set to spend the next 48 years behind bars after he was convicted of possessing large amounts of illegal drugs.

    Rodolfo Sanchez, 47, was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Monday, May 12, in Weld County District Court after pleading guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a Class 2 felony.

  • 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.

  • Court information center aims to help residents help themselves

    GREELEY — For many low-income families, domestic relations cases that go to court often feature one or both parties representing themselves without legal counsel.
        In data released by the Colorado Bar Foundation, 50 percent of Weld County domestic relations cases involve self-represented litigants for both parties.
    And a further 16 percent of those Weld County cases involve one party as a self-representing litigant.

  • Fort Lupton man jailed for role in fatal crash this summer

    LAKEWOOD -- A 61-year-old Fort Lupton is in the Weld County Jail facing numerous charges after a crash near Fort Lupton this summer.

    Dana Beales faces five charges in connection with the crash that killed a Weld County tow-truck driver and injured a state trooper. Beales was booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, careless driving causing injury and reckless driving.


    His first court appearance is at 9 a.m., Nov. 5.

  • Man arrested in string of Weld ‘handyman’ burglary cases

    FREDERICK — Weld County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on suspicion of being a so-called “handyman” burglar.
        Deputies apprehended Jesus Alejandro Portillo-Diaz, also known as Alex Portillo. Sheriff’s office spokesman Steven Reams said Portillo drove onto rural remote properties and/or farm houses in rural unincorporated Weld County and began to distribute fliers.

  • UPDATE: Aurora man dies after US 85 crash north of Brighton

    FORT LUPTON -- An Aurora died Saturday, Aug. 24, after a two-car crash about 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 85 north of Brighton.

    The Colorado State Patrol said the victim, Martin Braden, 47, of Aurora, was a tow-truck operator who worked for C&J Auto Service.