• Drive-by shooting under investigation

    LONGMONT -- Weld County sheriff's deputies are looking into a drive-by shooting that happened around 2 a.m. Oct. 18. The incident injured one person. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

    It happened on I-25 between state highways 52 and 119. Sgt. Sean Standridge said the victim was in a black, GMC Silverado. The shooter, who was driving the other vehicle, remained at large Oct. 20.

  • Deputies investigating attempted robbery near Dacono

    Weld County sheriff's deputies are looking into an attempted robbery at a hotel near Dacono.

    Sgt. Sean Standridge said it happened around 3 a.m., Oct. 5, at the Quality Inn Hotel, 10811 West I-25 Frontage Road. Deputies said the suspect entered the hotel, brandished a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk told the suspect the hotel didn't have any money, and the suspect left the area on foot.

  • Mother, son receive max sentence in aiding Johns killings

    GREELEY — A mother and son convicted to aiding Cimmeron Johns following a double homicide earlier this year received the maximum sentence allowable last week in Weld County District Court.

    Justin O’Donnell, 24, and Rosann O’Donnell, 42, were each sentenced to six years in prison after they pleaded guilty to accessory to a crime for their roles in connection to the deaths of Sheri Pachello and Alisha Johns.

  • Fall Clean-Up Day Sept. 27 in Fort Lupton

    Fall Clean-Up Day, set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works Shop at 800 12th Ave. in Fort Lupton, offers residents a convenient opportunity to dispose of unused household items and yard debris (No household trash, concrete, Freon based appliances, or electronics will be accepted; some items may require a fee). There is a suggested donation of $10, and there is a $5 fee for each tire dropped off.

  • 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.