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Courts/Crime

  • Local woman arrested for crimes in Fort Lupton, Brighton

    Fort Lupton police arrested resident Nicole Zapata, recently, for warrants related to some previous charges of child abuse, drug possession and other related issues.

    Zapata remains in custody at the Weld County Jail in Greeley in lieu of a $15,000 bond. She is scheduled for a deposition hearing Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Weld County Courthouse.

  • Former Firestone resident found guilty of forging ballot

    Weld County District Court recently found former KLZ-AM 560 radio host and Colorado Republican Party chair Steve Curtis, of Firestone, guilty of forgery and voter fraud for signing his ex-wife’s ballot during the 2016 election.

  • Police ask for public's help in U Pump It robbery

    Fort Lupton police continue to investigate a robbery at the U Pump It gas station that happened around 10:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

    Authorities say an unidentified man wearing a mask entered the building at 105 First St., demanded money from the employee  behind the counter and threatened her with a handgun.

    The man left the store in a silver Saturn sedan with a little more than $1,000. Witnesses did not see the license plate number on the vehicle.

  • Weld County dismisses charges in heroin case

    Citing insufficient evidence, the Weld County District Attorney's Office decided to dismiss all charges against two women originally accused of attempting to smuggle heroin into the county jail in Greeley in November. 

    Police say they originally found Jacqueline May, 22, and Sabrina Martinez, 28, with heroin, methamphetamine and narcotic equipment at a house at 1209 Lancaster Ave. in Fort Lupton, Thursday, Nov. 23.  The two also were found to be under the influence of heroin, according to police.

  • Police chief wants to offer video surveillance

    A burglar strikes in the middle of the night, damaging property with a forced entry and slipping off with thousands of dollars in merchandise before authorities can arrive.

    It might be a scene that replays constantly in most small business owners’ heads, but most don’t do much to protect against it, according to John Fryar, Fort Lupton Police chief.

    “Some businesses have indoor surveillance, but very few have outdoor,” said Fryar. “There’s some places I think we have weaknesses.”

  • Weld County D.A. dropped all charges against Rodello

    The District Attorney’s Office dropped all charges this summer against a Fort Lupton man accused of pointing his fingers like a gun at high school students.

  • Fort Lupton resident facing charges after evading police

    Police arrested Fort Lupton resident Joshua Sanchez Saturday, Nov. 4, for multiple drug and traffic violations as well as a domestic violence charge of violating a protection order.

    It all started when authorities responded to a report of domestic violence in the 100 block of Lantern Drive. They found no one home, but soon saw Sanchez driving nearby. Since the police knew that Sanchez didn’t have a valid license, they pursued him, said John Fryar, Fort Lupton police chief.

  • Woman faces charges of assault, child abuse

    A Fort Lupton woman faces charges of third-degree assault, child abuse, and harassment, which allegedly took place in front of her child in an incident Saturday, Oct. 28.

  • Fort Lupton man faces multiple charges

    A Fort Lupton man faces new charges of escape, possessing the Schedule II drug methamphetamine, and restraining order violations after police found him hiding at his girlfriend’s house recently.

    Authorities apprehended Mario Verdusco, 47, at Shanena Jensen’s home at 711 Denver Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 22. Verdusco had methamphetamine when police found him.

    Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies previously picked up Verdusco on Jan. 31 for having methamphetamine and narcotic equipment.

  • Brighton man faces charges of second-degree assault with rubber mallet

    Brighton resident Ray Puckett-Leach, allegedly struck another man in the head with a rubber mallet in a fight over money in July 2016, according to an affidavit from the Weld County District Attorney’s office.

    Police arrested Puckett-Leach, 31, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on Oct. 13. Police took Puckett-Leach to jail after he failed a blood test. He was pulled over on U.S. Highway 85 south of Fort Lupton for a defective taillight on his car.