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Courts/Crime

  • Hudson man arrested for child pornography

    The Weld County Sheriff’s Ofifce arrested a Hudson man recently in connection with child pornography.

    The sheriff’s office charged Terry Sluiter, 53, with child exploitation, a Class 4 felony, and took him to the Weld County Jail. He is now out of custody.

  • Sheriff's deputy cleared in shooting

    The district attorney's office has cleared a Weld County sheriff's deputy who shot a Fort Lupton man in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident Sunday, Dec. 31.

    The deputy who shot Michael Nash, 54, was on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Weld County Critical Incident Team. The deputy's name was not released. Nash was not immediately available for comment Wednesday, Feb. 28.

  • Two local businesses vandalized

    Someone in a white four-door pickup allegedly broke windows at two local businesses Thursday, Feb. 22, or Friday, Feb. 23, according to Fort Lupton police.

    Surveillance video shows the white truck went by El Taco Del Rey, 321 S. Denver Ave. and Taqueria Los Cazos, 123 First St. around the time of the broken windows, police said in a press statement. The projectile used appeared to have less velocity than a bullet, police said.

  • Man now charged with second-degree assault

    A Fort Lupton man faces four domestic violence-related charges after he allegedly choked his significant other some time between Tuesday, Jan. 30, and Friday, Feb. 2, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s office.

    Joe Morales Jr., 47, faces one charge of second-degree assault, one charge of child abuse, one charge of harassment and one charge of criminal mischief for an incident that the Fort Lupton Police Department said happened Wednesday, Feb. 7, at his home in the 600 block of Main Street.

  • Fort Lupton man accused of attempted murder

    A Fort Lupton man is accused of attempted murder, harassment, and child abuse charges after he allegedly choked his significant other Wednesday, Feb. 7, at his home in the 600 block of Main Street.

  • Fort Lupton woman charged with police attack

    A Fort Lupton woman faces felony charges in Weld County Court for attacking a police officer.

    Authorities say Eve Martinez, 48, attacked Fort Lupton Police Officer Garrett Hackett when he took her to the Weld County Jail in Greeley for detoxification Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Weld County District Attorney’s Office has charged her with second-degree assault.

    “When arriving at the jail she became combative and started hitting and striking the officer,” said John Fryar, Fort Lupton Police Chief.

  • FBI arrests Fort Lupton business owner

    FBI agents recently arrested 10 people, including a Fort Lupton truck company owner, for allegedly using stolen and fraudulent credit card numbers to buy gas.

    Fidel Salinas, owner of Salinas Trucking at 3283 County Road 27, allegedly was at the center of the stolen gas ring, using his business as a fuel depot, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Salinas would fuel up his trucks with the stolen fuel from gas stations throughout the northern Front Range, the FBI said.

  • Three caught with drug paraphernalia, burglary tools

    Three area residents are expected to appear in Weld County Court in January and February after police arrested them Sunday, Jan. 7, for possessing drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.

    Police said they found methamphetamine pipes, syringes, smoking foils, digital scales and burglary tools on Rylie Weaver, no address given, Kyle Lechman, of Lochbuie, and William Baber of Keenesburg, after pulling over the trio in the 200 block of Denver Avenue.

  • Illegal trash dumping

    Old mattresses, TVs and toilets seem to be appearing in foreign downtown Dumpsters with increasing frequency, while it seems other items are laid to rest by the side of the road.

    No matter how you dump it, both actions are illegal.

    City code stipulates that litter must be disposed in personal trash cans or taken to public landfills. Violating this code is considered a zoning violation that earns a day in Fort Lupton city court.

  • Two more men arrested in Hudson shooting death

    Weld County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more men and charged them with being accessory to second-degree murder in connection with the death of a Texas man Saturday, Dec. 16.