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Courts/Crime

  • 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.

  • Fort Lupton man faces DUI, child abuse, charges

    A Fort Lupton man faces charges of child abuse for driving under the influence with his 7-year-old daughter in the car.

    Police pulled over Vance Chavez, 30, around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, for driving with no headlights.

    He failed both a roadside sobriety test and a blood test. 

     

    “When you expose them (children) to that, that’s the charge,” said John Fryar, Fort Lupton’s interim police chief.

     

  • Weld County Sheriff’s Office names new public information officer

    The Weld County Sheriff’s Office recently named Corporal Francisco Saucedo as its new public information officer.

    Saucedo has more than five years of law enforcement experience working with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Leadville Police Department. He joined Weld County in October 2016 and will make $35 per hour in his new role.

    “He looks the part, walks the walk, talks the talk. He was looking for a promotion so it’s a good time for him,” said Sheriff Steve Reams.

  • DA charges Brighton man for alleged attack on father

    A Brighton man faces second-degree felony charges for allegedly assaulting and strangling his father in Fort Lupton.

    Travis Stanley, 21, attacked his father David Stanley, 52, Thursday, Aug. 31, according to police reports. Travis Stanley tackled his dad and began to punch him in his head and face, after his dad called him “lazy” while they were moving items from a storage unit, according to police reports. Travis Stanley allegedly put his dad in a headlock for about one minute, according to police reports.

  • County looks into illegal storage after neighbors complain

    Ogilvie disputed the claims, saying that his commercial truck drivers use Highway 85, even though his property also can be reached by Lone Pine Street in Fort Lupton. Neighbor Benjamin Bachicha said he has seen the trucks on Lone Pine in the past, but not for at least six months.