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Courts/Crime

  • 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.

  • Man sentenced to 28 years in Fort Lupton shooting

    GREELEY — Answering for a shooting last year within city limits, Taylor Cameron Doucet, 21, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for attempted murder last week in Weld County District Court.
        According to police and court records, Doucet fired several shots at a 20-year-old man, striking him in the back and buttocks.
        The victim required an airlift to Denver Health hospital and multiple surgeries to repair damage and is still suffering lasting injuries and continued pain.

  • New strategy helps sheriff's office slow down property thefts

    GREELEY -- The Weld County Sheriff's Office said new strategies have helped deputies stem an increase of property thefts.

     

    Sgt. Tim Schwartz said his office saw a 21 percent increase in the number of property thefts in 2012. Most of them were battery thefts, copper thefts and scrap metal thefts. Schwartz said rising prices in the scrap metal industry makes those commodities attractive to thieves.

    In October, Schwartz said deputies became more proactive in their approach to solving these sorts of crimes.

  • Margie Martinez recognized by Weld County commissioners for decades of service

    WELD COUNTY — During the Feb. 27 board meeting, the Weld County Commissioners recognized Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office for her 34 years of service to the county.

    Martinez, who officially retired from the Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, returned for the presentation ceremony where she was awarded a plaque by the board.

    “You have left your fingerprints on Weld County,” said Commissioner Douglas Rademacher, “and you will be missed.”

  • Sheriff warns of growing rate of battery thefts

    MetroWest Reports

        GREELEY — The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has seen a large increase in the number of property thefts since September, the majority of them involving motor vehicle batteries.
        Several hundred batteries have been stolen to date throughout Weld County, most of them from semi trucks, heavy equipment or batteries stored in unsecured locations.
        Most reported thefts, according to the sheriff’s office, happen late at night or in early morning hours.

  • Lawsuit filed against Fort Lupton alleges illegal search by police

    Alleging improper conduct on the part of city police officers past and present, a Fort Lupton family has filed suit in federal court, naming the city as a defendant.

    In addition to the city, the suit also names three previous police officers for the department: Crystal Schwartz, Jason Verkuyl, and David Hempel. Also named is the department’s current Community Service Officer, Mary Albee, and two unnamed defendants listed as John and Jane Doe.